Anvil Ale ESB | AleSmith Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
675 Ratings
Anvil Ale ESBAnvil Ale ESB
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 03-10-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
675
Reviews:
331
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
10.51%
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
59
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 675 |  Reviews: 331
Photo of NonicPanic
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of nebula1999
3.09/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of moundbz
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SortaAmbivalent
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of zp6167a
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of firkingroovin
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CBrodbeck
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of delta490
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper, slightly cloudy, with a thin medium-light tan head. The aroma and the taste are both light, faintly malty with a hint of fruit. Both are pretty mild for the style, not particularly robust. The taste has slightly more oomph. The body is a little thin, too but not as much as the flavor and smell.

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Photo of 57md
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark copper with a thin layer of head. The body is a touch thin for the style. Slightly sweet maltiness leads the way in the flavor profile. The finish is slightly drier.

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Photo of ahbithwabm
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.12/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mattmarka1
3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rdoggg
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Czequershuus
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear amber with a solid head. The aroma is very bready, almost like fresh dough, with a solid background of cedar. The flavor is rich at first, filled with decadent but subtle chocolate, brown bread, yeast, butterscotch, and cream. The slight hop presence saunters in at the end. The creamy, joyous mouthfeel pulls the whole beer together. This is a great beer, perfect when you want to dive into a creamy cloud of hearty goodness.

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Photo of Justdoit1234
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ta_hagen
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rfgetz
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kylemif
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vylo
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of warrendietrich2001
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HattedClassic
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice light cream colored head and stay around for a while but ultimately dissipates. The beer itself is a clear dark amber that is close to a strong copper. The look is pretty good and seems inviting.

The beer smell is very good. The smell is very balanced between the hops and the malts. The malts are a strong bready and a really nice caramel note that mix well with the lightly bitter hop notes. The hop notes are a bit grassy but still very good.

The taste is very good. Despite having the same notes, the taste is a bit more malt heavy than the smell. The taste still has the bready taste but the caramel note is much stronger than in the smell. The hops are also a bit weaker but still detectable.

The feel is good. The feel is a little bit heavy but still good. The beer has a light biting carbonation and a medium body. The beer has a sticky finish to it and smooth feel.

Overall, a very good ESB and worthy of being counted as an example of the style. The taste and smell hit the right spot and while the feel is a bit heavy, it isn't off-putting.

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Photo of alexsergio
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an auburn tinted copper body with one finger head and no lace. Aroma is mixed with citric, earthy hops and a bread/caramel malt base. Easy drinking, smooth bodied beer that has a fuller feel thanks to a breadlike punch (not biscuit) and this balances with earthy, spicy hops and a caramel/toffee malt sweetness that gives off a little sweet kick on finish. For a rather easy going beer there are lots of little things going on behind the scenes that make this one real enjoyable.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber into a shaker pint.

A: Pours a vibrant clear amber with 1/2" white head that recedes fairly quickly. Retention & lacing are both pretty good.

S: Mild malt components with a strong hop undertone. Lots of graham cracker. A pretty solid general bitterness throughout.

T: Comes on with a very nice toffee, caramel & graham cracker malt character. Bittering hops become more noticeable through the mid palate. the finish is just slightly off-sweet with a lingering hop/licorice character.

M: Moderate carb married to a full, rich malt body. exceptionally crisp finish. Really nice.

O: Great example of the style.

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Anvil Ale ESB from AleSmith Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 675 ratings.
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