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RATINGS: 904   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Anvil ESB is our interpretation of a traditional British-style pub ale. Deep amber in color, a toasty character from British malts and a touch of kettle caramelization blend seamlessly with a mild English hop profile. Its delicate balance of flavors will keep you coming back pint after pint, making it a complex creation we’re proud to call our flagship beer.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2802) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAR 8, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2007 Pours a brownish/orange sort of color. Fair amount of foam. Aroma is malty and sort of sour. Mild malty flavor. Malty bitter finish. Hint of hops towards the end. Pretty good ESB.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maxamillion (103) - Glendora, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
Pours dark amber color. Subtle aroma of hops. Not very complex but pretty well balanced though. Nice smooth beer though. Good for sessions.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
highalphafan (18) - albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - FEB 26, 2005
Pours a deep copper hue. Nose is bready with fruit undertones. Not incredibly complex, but I’ve never heard of an ESB that was. Overall this would be a great session beer if I could get it in 6 packs.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (9450) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2005
somewhat bitter and not complex. But went well with various lunch dishes. Rather mild Malty and floral and understated fruitiness. Thanks Don for bringing back fresh from San Diego!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5551) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2005
Poured a hazy, copper color with a small, off white, bubbly head that left light lacing on the glass. Malty aroma, possibly some chocolate or roasted malt, and underlying citrus hops. The sweet caramel malts came to the front, balanced by fruity yeast, and faint hop bitterness. Smooth and quaffable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3507) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2005
On tap at Alesmith, followed later by a bottle tasting. Draught had a bit more of a pronounced hop profile, but tasting notes otherwise identical. Pleasant aroma, faint roast and a hint of smoke, with a clear floral hop component. Medium amber appearance, good head. Taste matched aroma, although maltier than you would have expected considering the hop accents on the nose. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - FEB 2, 2005
tiny head that dwindled quickly with an orange brown haze standing below. nicely bottle conditioned like a true real ale. nose of mostly malt sweetness and slight butter nut. the maltiness continues in the mouth and gives you a toffee caramel sweetness. lightly hopped and slightly thinner then i had anticipated. more body on the palate then the co2 lets on. for this classification alesmith could do no better. truly a close resemblence to an cask english esb. which in my opinion no one else outside of england can replicate. if they would have made it a bit ’bigger’ would have pleasured my taste buds a bit more but for this style i think they are dead on.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2005
Copper coloured. Quite hoppy aroma and flavour with a quite solid malt base underneath. Well balanced and pleasant.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ernest (6699) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2013 Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (resin), lightly to moderately yeasty (dough), with light notes of celery and sherry. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter, slightly unclean. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. New bottle just arrived into Colorado. After 8 years since my last rating, sadly the Alesmith quality has not improved at all, at least for this particular beer, and in fact has gotten even worse. Quite sour, yeasty, stark, simple, dirty, and very dull. A complete drain pour. Remind me again why this brewery is still revered?

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - JAN 27, 2005
Less hop bite and thinner than Alesmith’s Evil Dead Red. Dry grapefuit finish off of caramel flavors. A little grassy, but no overwhelming flavor. I prefer the boldness of Evil Dead Red, or even Rogue’s Younger ESB. Still, this is a nice session brew.


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