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RATINGS: 940   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
piscator34 (2269) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 29, 2005
Orange/amber in colour with a slightly lower than average carbonation level. Aromas are quite fruity from both the yeast and the fruity-floral English (maybe Goldings) hops. There’s a good balance between the caramel malt and hop flavors, and some additional mineral and yeast notes too. The mouth feel is quite unusual: very smooth and rounded... almost salty, but not overly heavy. It was great with steak.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 28, 2005
Pours a darker copper with a frothy cream-colored head. Aroma of malts and yeast. Taste is a lighter ESB, with a pleasant bitterness. Stong malt and yeast make for a crisp bite with an easy aftertaste. Doubles as a great marinade for streaks.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 24, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2010 Reddish-bronze with a fine head and light carbonation. Great, precise malt/grain characteristics blend seamlessly with crisp, even bitterness and a touch of kettle caramelization. A grand achievement in a seemingly simple ESB. Few beers of this style possess the clear, calculated flavors and overall freshness found here.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fordest (2362) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - SEP 13, 2005
Still not an ESB fan. This is better than most right up there with Rogue Brutal Bitter, but still not an ESB fan. Clear copper pour with almost no head. Aromas were malty with some toffee notes. Flavors were dryer with a bit of hops finish, bu mostly caramel malts. Acceptable beer

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2005
Clear copper body with a fading, off-white head. Notes of caramel and toast with a hint of fruit in the nose. Flavor is fresh with nice hop-malt balance, good bitterness, and some light, cleansing acidity. A standard, solid American ESB. Thanks DarkElf.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bockyhorsey (2626) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 31, 2005
A mild sweet fruit aroma. Body looked amber to me but was at a dimly lit pub. Good head and above average lacing on glass. Detected mosly a fruit flavor and that for beer with bitter in the name beer was clean on the palate not overbitter. Refreshing brew.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 23, 2005
Bottle: Light copper color with very little head and light lacing. The nose is very perfumey with light floral hops and creamy malt notes. The flavor is balanced, a bit light but it blends well with the nose. A nice traditional ESB without any over bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - AUG 21, 2005
Bottle. Pours copper. First things first, although this looked like it was have alot of spark to the mouthfeel from the bubbles, it was surprisingly smooth. Okay, the nose was spicy hops, some malt sweetness a bit as well. Flavor was not as full as the nose, mainly hoppy with sweet undertones. No big deal. Very drinkable and refreshing, but I expected more from Alesmith.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mustangjoe (183) - redondo beach, California, USA - AUG 20, 2005
Really nice deep copper color to this beer with a good size off white head. It leaves behind a nice lacing down the glass. The aroma has that roasted maltiness to it with some toffee and brown sugar as well. The flavor was impressive with the maltiness coming through first, with a little bit of hops coming through as well. This was a very enjoyable brew.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bb (8122) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Bottle. Rich honey amber with an off-white head. Malty/caramel aroma. Toffee/caramel flavor with some citrus hop and spice. Medium body and easy drinking. Not a bad take on an ESB.


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