Anvil Head | Yakima Brewing Co. / Bert Grant's Ales

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Brewed by:
Yakima Brewing Co. / Bert Grant's Ales
Washington, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Spring

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Added by WesWes on 02-19-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by SheepNutz:
Photo of SheepNutz
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep red/brown color with one finger of head that dies off fairly quick. There is minimal lacing left on the glass. The smell is very malty, slightly sweet. A little bit of caramel and toffee. Just a little light. The taste is malty at first, dark roasted malt and some molasses. There is a slightly tart finish with a little bit of hops. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and strong. The drinkability is just alright. Just an average beer.

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Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

on tap. Faint hop nose, average head, bubbles and lacing. Pours almond, and its pretty cloudy. This is a servicable, drinkable quaffer. Basic, middle of the road feel to this brew. Moderate hopping, fairly smooth finish. Nice brew, that would go well with food. Good one to try on newbie friends.

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Photo of cokes
2.82/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clouded yellowed copper. Streaks of sediment in the fluid. Wispy and short lived bone-colored head.
Doughy and toasty aroma with traces of muddied, pine hops.
Enters bready and vague. Minor intrusions of raw grain. Vanilla-tinged caramel nougat seeps in, albeit very quietly. Yeasty, pizza dough middle. The conclusion is lightly hopped and piney.
Medium bodied with low carbonation.
This is bland and drinkable and little else.

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Photo of bditty187
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Largely clear with only a modest haze, coppery-amber in hue, no animation; a fizzy white cap was the only thing that could be called a head. The retention of this, alleged, head was poor and it quickly faded to a sparse collar. No subsequent lacing. The nose is nicely malty with notes of biscuits, caramel, and light toasty hints. There are also some fruity notes, mainly oranges. Some sweetness too, light flowery hops, and a hint of muddled mint. The bouquet is stereotypical Amber Ale; I could spot this a mile a way. The potency is modest. Inviting but it is still too typical for the style and thus boring. The palate was good but just not quite right. It tasted too minty with astray grassy, herbal notes. Disjointed bitterness. The hops seem off. The malt backbone is ideal with biscuits, toasty dough, and hints of caramel. This is very nice and fairly tasty. Modest sweetness. Jelly-like fruitiness. The finish wraps up the beer very solidly, this tricks me into sipping it again, and then I taste the hops upfront and dislike it until I swallow. Then it is good again! Those tricky bastards! Medium in body with moderate carbonation that seems a little forced, the mouthfeel is still pleasantly (and lightly) creamy. Good over all. Drinkable enough. It is a simple BBQ quaffer, nothing more. I purchased a 12-ounce bottle in Iowa City for $1.40. One is enough for me, more for you?

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Photo of bashiba
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice cloudy amber with about an inch of head, and good lacing.

Smell was dominated by bready roasted malts.

Taste is dominated by roasted malts with a little bit of nuttiness and a touch of citrusy hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and slightly dry.

Nothing great, but a solid enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a ruddy walnut. There was a distinct bitter grapefruit note in the aroma, but this was not at all to be found in the flavor - rather puzzling. Nutty malt flavor with some pleasant but indistinct hopping at the finish. As the beer warmed, a chocolate malt aspect emerged. This is most akin to a mild brown ale, with a touch more hopping. Quite pleasant and easy to drink.

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Photo of Gusler
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Draught @ Papago Brewery
The beer as it evacuates the glass container a limpid deep amber or burnished copper color if you prefer, the head dinosauric in size, creamy in texture and a winsome light tan color, the lace a thick carpet of cover the glass. Nose is sweet malt, a trace of hops, quite crisp and fresh, and a real treat for the senses. Start is moderately sweet, and the malt personable, the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish has a crisp acidity, the hops plentiful and spicy, very dry and lingering aftertaste, a quite quaffable brew and one that would make a fine session beer, shared this pint with a visiting dignitary ATlagerheads, which makes the beer all that much better for the fine company.

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Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of WesWes
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy amber color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It has a nice hop scent that sticks out. It also has a decent malty aroma that balances well with the hops. The taste is good. It is a little watery, but it has a nice grainy malt flavor that mixes well with the bitter hops. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This beer drinks decent; nothing special. The grainy flavor could get to me after a few.

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Photo of putnam
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pretty red/bronze clarity. Substance on top is even. Aromas of toasted sugar and subtle, deeply extracted herb resins. A sweet belly of red, cinnamon candy flavor is decorated with flavors of baked apples, lemon and sticky gingerbread. Autumn flavors, not "spring." Sooty, fine tannins close with some flush of watery interruption. Oily bitterness remains.

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Photo of Shiredave
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice deep, amber color , tan head that foams up tall and leaves alot of clingy lace.
Aroma is hoppy - all Amarillo by the label. Has a Husky, earthy smell with some caramel malt notes.
Flavor is all toffee and fruit up front segwaying into firm, bitter hop flavors. Medium malty body fades as hop presece asserts itself. Dissapoints a little w/ a slightly weak mouth feel. Malt and hops balance and blend well.
Finish is warm and peppery with a creamy caramel thing lingering in the background.
Postscript: I tried this one again and was less impressed. I often overrate the first time I try something, trying to find the good. Still an interesting little beer, but I took it down a notch, and still maybe my new favorite Grants beer. Nah... the Porter and Imp. Stout are better.

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Photo of cbl2
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A simple medium bodied crystal clear brown ale with faint white foam for a head.


Scotch malts predominate here, almost all other odors are obliterated.


This is a deliscious nut brown, much like Ithaca Nut brown, which I have not had the pleasure of in quite a while. Not very intricate, but extremely easy to drink.

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Photo of walleye
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

got this in a trade and cannot remember who sent it. thanks any way. from the bottle , poured a copper ambe with off white head. aroma malts and hops, caramel, hints of grapefruit. flavor, malts, caramel, some toffee, floral hops, a little on the watery side but not to bad.

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Photo of Mitchster
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a clear dark-amber, forming a thin white head with average retention and minimal lacing. Unfiltered. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Aroma is initially striking with the smell of seared meat and caramel, like grilled teriyaki steak. Later on, I pick up very crisp mineralized water, caramel and perhaps chocolate malt, and some faint Pacific Northwest hops. Swirling the glass produces more of the smoke aroma, although it's quite mild. Evidently brewed with Amarillo hops. Mouthfeel is smooth with a crisp finish and medium body. Taste begins with some initially spicy hop flavor and acidity which quickly fades into a generous, albeit thin-bodied pale malt body with touches of chocolate malt. There is a brief aroma of sulfur and skunk if you really concentrate. The finish is very crisp and clean, with lingering notes of chocolate malt husk, green hops, and some faint residual sugars. The dark crystal malt adds a nice grainy husky astringency towards the finish.

I was impressed with this one. Not usually being a fan of Grant's, I found this amber ale to be wholesome, gratifying, and well-balanced. Easy to drink, yet flavorful enough to maintain your interest. Solid 4.0's across the board.

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Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yeast-packed, ripe pumpkin skin orange with butternut squash accents at the margins. The head is moderate in size and minimally orange-tinted ecru in color. Characterful as it slowly departs, it leaves an acceptable amount of lace behind. The strength of the appearance has everything to do with the beer, though the head isn't a negative.

Since this was dry hopped with Amarillo (one of my very favorites), I was expecting great things. What I got was pretty good things instead. Better-than-average nose with roughly equal portions of carmel malt and fruity hops. It needs to be stronger and the hops aren't all that vibrant. Decent sniffer though.

Good beer. I like my amber/reds to be slanted more heavily in the hopward direction, but then I'd say the same (almost) no matter the style. Well-balanced with a solid toasty caramel malt structure on which an acceptable amount of orange fruity hops are arrayed. More sweet than bitter, but not all that sweet.

The flavor fades fairly quickly due to the leaning-toward-light body. Faint echoes of juicy mandarin orange persist longest of all. There's a complete lack of hoppy resins on the back end as if the beer picked up the hop flavor, but almost none of the alpha acid. The body is much closer to medium than it is to light. Though I'd like more mouth presence, it's insanely quaffable as is.

The name Anvil Head suggests solidity and seriousness of purpose, but that's not at all what this beer conveys. A more lighthearted name would be more in keeping with it's friendly, approachable, sessionable personality. I realize that it isn't outstanding beer, but at this moment in time it was exactly what I wanted.

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Anvil Head from Yakima Brewing Co. / Bert Grant's Ales
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 16 ratings