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Anvil Ale ESB | AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
3.88/5
Very Good
677 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
alesmith.com

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 03-10-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,318
Reviews:
333
Ratings:
677
pDev:
10.57%
Bros Score:
4.13
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
59
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 677 |  Reviews: 333
Photo of BigAl18
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of argelyn
3.26/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ananddullabh
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Uconnelmo
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GatorCoop
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcmchew
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aknalley
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zeff80
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a golden amber color with a bubbly/soapy, off-white, two-finger head. It left nice rings of lace.

S - It smelled of citrus and roasted malt aroma.

T - It tasted of tons of hops and very grassy. Great roasted malt flavor.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good ESB.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of crow
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phi_Psi_OR_Beta
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sposter4
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has that ipa appearance where it looks almost orange. Over an inch of white head. Aroma was hoppy as an esb ever will be. But somehow, despite that, you still get the different english yeast and malt smells.

This tastes like what I remember red hook esb tasting like in the mid90s, real bitter, real good stuff. Somehow it got bland, my palate prolly just changed. Unlike most modern esb, this truly was extra bitter. The caramel, toffee and peat like malt flavors really matched well with it. This is pretty much a hybrid ipa/esb from San Diego.

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Photo of Avatar113
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brewfocker80
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Ruby amber color with very little head that disappears quickly
S: Mild malt smell with floral and almost metallic aroma. It's not a bad smell but different
T: Nice malty flavor with plenty of caramel it finishes with a nice hop flavor that resembles a nice earthy flavor
M: This is smooth and well carbonated. It goes down very easily
O: Based on the smell I wasn't sure I would like this beer. It had some strange aroma's radiating from it but once you drink it, it is fantastic. It makes Fuller's ESB taste like Miller lite versus and IPA. This is a top notch ESB and I look forward to drinking much much more of it.

1 pt 6 oz bottle into a pint glass

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Photo of CMC73
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stillyman11
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ravenskana
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper amber from the 1 pt 6 oz bottle with a decent amount of foam up top. Hops are well under control here, some carbonation, good amount of mild malt, with each sip i found yself enjoying this more and more. Works well with a nice sandwich for a late lunch. Alesmith says this is their interprtation of a British-style pub ale, and it reminds me of that too from my visit there.

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Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sharpski
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of FritzSteinhoff
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of alwaysplayin
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anvil Ale ESB from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 677 ratings
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