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RATINGS: 907   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - MAR 14, 2005
Bottle. Pours a light amber color, thin white head, without much lacing. Aroma is nice and malty, fruity and estery, I really liked the aroma. Bitter flavor, but there’s enough malt to back it up, some woody and spicy flavors in there too. Finish is bitter, and some fruity characteristics come through in there. Very smooth, good carbonation levels, mouthfeel is about the right level for an ESB. One of the better ESB’s that I’ve had, as good as the Rogue and much better than Fuller’s in my opinion.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2005
UPDATED: APR 2, 2005 I don’t know if this was a bad bottle. Low carbonation, little to no head. Color is good, but almost nothing on the nose. Taste there is a little mid palate, saltyness on the outside back of the tongue, malts do not come through like they should.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2005
this was pretty rockin. i actually made mike switch with me lol. my 101st and it was smooth bitter and had a clean finish

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2824) - 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 (9527) - 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 (5574) - 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.


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