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AleSmith All English Anvil Ale ESB | AleSmith Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Overlord on 03-14-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 19
Photo of beerthulhu
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Dark ice tea pour summons a monstrous 3 finger mushroomy crown that had a light peanut shell tint. Lengthy retention atop with a strong, quick rise of carbonation bubbles along the vessel walls. Big wads of spongy foam deposits adhere heartily on the sides.

S: Sweet crystal malts, lightly dry, spicy cola, cinnamon sticks and some earthy dry tea.

T: Flavor was earthy tea and dry crystal malts. The sweetness from the grains are balanced by an earthy bitterness, cola, and dry cinnamon sticks. Fresh green hopping with a soft hint of pear fruitiness. Some dry nuttiness, sweet caramel and some breadiness.

M: Mouthful is dry, nutty and bready, powdery with a medium body. Tingly micro-bubbly sensation.

O: Overall not usually a big fan of style but his may be a game changer. Nice soft, dry crystal maltbase, spicy colal, easy drinking and very good per style.

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


On tap at Alesmith

A: Deep reddish brown with a creamy beige head. Really nice color. 

S: Lots of caramel with lesser notes of bread. Esters remind me of apple and a perhaps plum. There's a suggestion of sulfur, and a little tea character.

T: Toasted biscuit melds with bread and a subtle herbal tea flavor. Caramel is evident, and there's a low earthy bitterness. A touch of mineral accompanies notes of apple.

M: Lower medium body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth.

Overall: I'm not big on the style, but this is enjoyable and easy to drink. I prefer this to the regular Anvil ESB.

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Photo of Enish266
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Alesmith, served in a 12 oz plastic cup.

A - pours a red-copper color with a modest white head

S - faint smell of hops

T - up front bitterness hits the palate, bready/yeasty with a nice malty backbone, finishes with caramel and a little sweetness

M - slightly creamy with a medium amount of carbonation, coats the mouth but finishes very clean

O - very good example of an American ESB (cask), I enjoyed the characteristics the different yeast imparted and overall liked it a touch better than their standard Anvil (cask)

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Photo of Overlord
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on the 2007 BA Decadence release date. This version of Anvil ESB has English malt and yeast, and no dry hopping. I was told that they created the yeast strain for a "special beer" they didn't want to reveal yet. The 2008 Decadence (an English Barleywine) perhaps?

In any event, pours a brownish copper. Large foamy tan head. Smells like sweet toffee and a bit yeasty/bready. No hops in the smell.

No real hops in the flavor, either. Mostly a sweet toffee caramel and a bit of yeastiness to it to add zest. Lots of malt. Creamy.


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AleSmith All English Anvil Ale ESB from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 19 ratings.
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