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RATINGS: 930   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 18, 2005
Bought bottle at brewery and consumed shortly thereafter. Copper color with decent beige head. Fruity aroma with some caramel in flavor. Tastes to be "west coast" hopped, which makes an interesting combination on a traditionally English style. Well carbonated. Better than average, but not stellar like most of the others from this brewer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jasonp (1564) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JUL 11, 2005
Nice deep amber red with a small white head. Malty aroma of caramel and biscuits. Flavor has notes of toasted malt, caramel, toffee, apple and ends with a touch of dark fruits/chocolate. Not too sweet.Has a pleasant, subdued hop bitterness which hits the back of the tongue. Medium body with a smooth texture and subtle carbonation. No lacing or head retention though. Overall, pretty good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2005
Courtesy of Pailhead. Pours medium brown/amber highlights. No head. Musty caramel malt aroma with some floral hop background. Flavor is all sweet malt with a strange fruit character, the yeast in the deScription I’d assume. Average but drinkable.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtw (1149) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JUL 2, 2005
bottle from foolish_mortal. looks like a bitter, with a light woody color and very clear. surprisingly fruity, with a lot of strawberry flavors as well. a little bit too fruity and acidic to be a perfect session beer, but definitely easy-to-drink. a good session beer anyway.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2005
Looks a lot like iced tea. Small head lace. Light fruit aroma with some spicy hoppiness. Somewhat cirusy with a good malt backbone. Again it reminds me of iced tea with a lot of lemon.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - JUN 20, 2005
A strong bitter. Very good and worth trying. Floral hops and sweet maltiness. Does have a prominent bitter presence.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (6142) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of Foolish_Mortal thru a trade. Lots of caramel in the aroma with a nice flowery hop balance. Pours a hazy reddish-orange with a small white head. Flavor is mostly caramel with a nice flowery hop balance, just like the aroma. A light citrus character in the background in the finish. Caramel malt lingers into the aftertaste more so than the hop finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12400) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2005
(Bottle) Pours a lightly cloudy amber body with an average creamy off-white head. Aroma of toffee, pine, and alcohol. Flavor of caramel malt and mild hops. Nicely balanced.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAY 3, 2005
Nice copper color with a creamy off white head. The aroma is a mix of malt and hop. Some sweet and slightly roasty malts and mild piney hop aromas. The flavor has a distinct creamy malt profile which is followed by a mild bitterness. Malt develops with some roasted character. The finish is light to medium bodied.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinnaj15 (275) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 30, 2005
Amber with disapearing beige head. Hints of sweetnes in the aroma. Good balance bettween hops and malt. High drinkability. Soft and smooth with a good lingering aftertaste.


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