Anvil Ale | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Brewed by:
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Medium-bodied and copper-colored English-style best bitter with a noticeable malt flavor. Finishes with a hop bitterness and floral hop flavor.

30 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-11-2002

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Ratings: 49 |  Reviews: 24
Reviews by SolipsismalCat:
Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

A: Clear orange-tinted amber color with one-finger, white head that diminished slowly. Fantastic lacing.

S: Mild malty aroma.

T: Light sweetness and moderate bitterness. Very toasted flavor that lingered for a while. The hops complement the toast nicely.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

O: This is a great session beer. Good to have for lunch at Iron Hill. Will drink again.

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Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

By far my favorite of the three beers I had while at Iron Hill,pours a deep amber with a nice rather creamy head that leaves some decent lace.Aroma is malty/fruity with a light metallic tone,taste a a malt mavens dream bicuity with some great fruitiness with a light touch of hop in the finish.A real nice ESB Iam glad I gotta chance to try before I moved.

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

Appearance is a copper amber hue with a n off white head which leaves behind evenly dispersed lacing around my pint. Aroma is British hop heavy namingly I would say some Fuggles with some subtle caramel malt sweetness delicate but hoppy bitter. Taste has an interesting gingerbread note caramel herbal earthy English hop mix very nicely done session ale. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied evenly carbonated silky smooth on the palate. Drinkability, well this is a great staple to have on draft at any brewpub a quality English bitter not boring pretty darn flavorful and I could definitely enjoy a few pints.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Iron Hill- Anvil Ale

Appearance- Golden reddish browh with a small soapy head.
Smell- Light floral hops with an equal balance of sweet berry fruits.
Taste- Big floral hops with doses of Lavender and raspberries.
Mouthfeel- Sweet up front but becoming dry throughout and the flavor really bursts through in the end.

Overall- A very good session beer. Worthy of a growler.

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Photo of KenC
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Sammy
3.01/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

They seem to offer this as an English pale. Some significant bitterness. Golden colour with lots of lace. Bitter more than malty, and drying finish. While nothing to come back for, better than average for their product line.Kent Golding came through.

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Photo of FoolCircle
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the kind of beer you find yourself curled-up next to for the entire night.

After the generous 20oz. hand-pumped English-pub style glass arrives with the final steps of the cascade still flowing, one is captured. The beer is served "warm" maybe 55+ degrees F. This difference in temperature sky rockets the smell of this beer into a new dimention, really bringing out the hops in it. The taste is dangerous in the sense that you find yourself diving in for more to try and identify the carmel and cereal like flavors along with the more presence of hops. Creamy smooth goodness runs all the way from lips down ones throught, very refreshing. After about the third or fourth one of these don't forget to check your watch, time has a way of speeding up when your with good company.

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Photo of PaBeerLover
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Vidovich520
4.69/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Creamy but still medium bodied. Nice balance between malt beginning and floral finish. Highly recommend.

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Photo of buzzy
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Mudawg
3/5  rDev -17.8%

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

Golden color with a really nice cap.Not much carbonation,nice malty taste,slight fruity taste and smell.Easy drinking.Would have again in the future.I had it on nitro also and it was the same beer but with a creamy head.It was a good example of the style.

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Photo of AsburyParkJMH
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another of the nicer regulars @ Iron Hill.

It pours a medium copper colour with a mild but sticky head.

The aromas are a bit faint at times, but include a fairly simple mix of basic malt, some earthiness, floral hops and caramel.

The flavour is a touch fruity from the hops but the malt cuts into this nicely for a well-balanced brew. Caramel sweetness lends a different flavour to enjoy as it is laced in throughout the drink. This one is medium bodied and quite crisp with a touch of bitterness to it that us quite right for the style.

Like a few other Iron Hill regulars, this one is simple but well made and quite enjoyable overall.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of salthemonster
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of BuckSpin
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a fantastic orange rusted hue, reflective in its clarity, just a great color. Head was equally appealing as a soft, cream colored cloud of clinging lace. This is a beer for the eyes to savor for a little while.

Nose was pleasant and welcoming, warm with roasted malts, mildly sweet and ripe with warm bread - very inviting.

Its nice and even on the tongue, with no real noticable peaks, somewhat malted. It slides into a soft hop peak on the pallete, then vanishes into a clean throat feel with an equally clean aftertaste. This was an enjoyable ale for all the senses - give your eyes, nose & mouth a treat and try it.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This rating is for the cask version served at Iron Hill Lancaster.

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Photo of danlib21
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this to start off the dinner session last night. The server highly recommended this and lauded the nitro tap in the description.
A -nice light redish brown with an inch high off -white head.
S - Light biscuit / caramel aromas with almost no hops present.
T - similar to the aroma.
M - light bodied, medium carbonated. clean dry finish.
D - sessionable but leaves me wanting a more classic english bitter aroma and flavor.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of ShawnB
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap.

The beer looked inviting, with minimal head but a nice reddish-golden color.

It smelled just as inviting. A subtle bitter, hoppy smell that didn't overwhelm, but was simply pleasant.

The taste, unfortunately, was just average. My first impression was that it tasted watered down, but the aftertaste was a bit stronger and very nice.

The mouthfeel was the same: watery and light.

All in all a nice beer, but nothing special. Tasted more like a macro than some macros.

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Photo of IPAchris
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of dbaraniak
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rifugium
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Iron Hill, Media, PA

Poured a crystal clear copper-amber color with a small lacy head that fades to a thin layer of stray bubbles. Not much in the aroma: faint scents of caramel, grains, and light hops. Very pleasant taste of caramel, toasted bread, apple skin, and mild, floral hops. Smooth and light in the mouthfeel, with a nice low ABV for extra easy drinkability. Very nice and highly sessionable.

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Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: clear copper with a 1 inch head that falls quickly to surface spots. Spotty lacing develops through the drink.

Smell: caramel candy and some hints of hop bitterness.

Taste: a very simple but nice brew. Mainly caramel, with some ripe red fruits and soft bitterness rounding it out. A touch of citrus lingers in the background.

Mouthfeel: crisp at the start and finish, and relatively clean finish as some soft caramel candy lingers for a second or two.

Drinkability: ultimate session beer, this can be consumed all day long. Not overexciting compared to some other Iron Hill offerings, but a solid beer to pair with any dishes they serve at the brewpub.

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Anvil Ale from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 49 ratings