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RATINGS: 944   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DwarvenAle (6) - USA - OCT 16, 2005 does not count
This is the first real beer i have tried. I spent most of my life just drinking MGD, Mickeys and those type of beers. I cam across this website and decided i would go get myself a good beer and see what i have been missing out on. I found out AleSmith was reputaple and was very near me so i went down and picked up this and two others. I enjoyed this one alot. It poured an ambery/light brown with a small tan head. Flavor had a hint of caramel and some others. Overall i enjoyed this much more than any of the "piss beers" and cant wait to try more.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JPDIPSO (5519) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 7, 2005
Lightly hazed dark amber color with a smaller foamy light tan head. Aromas of earthy malt, dough, flowers (rose and petunia) and fruit (apricots). Interesting aromas that don’t seem to mix well with me. Seems oxidized (papery), but this should be a reasonably fresh bottle. Earthy english malts hit the flavor sensors running. Mild floral hops and a slightly strong citric and licorice flavors balance the malts. Yeasty flavors some in late and dry thinks out. A middle of the road type bitter to me.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 7, 2005
Tiny hiss as the cap come off, pouring a clear, opulent copper color with a short, creamy tan head and cascading lace. Aroma is nice, deep and rich, pronounced with baguettes, honeyed hops, caramel, toffee chews and a scant trace of unrefined cocoa. Flavor resonates well. Pecans, pralines, barnyard barley and oats. Numerous, harmonious nutty and sweet libations. Cedar chest woodsy smoothness with a subtle piney bitterness, rounded out with sweetening from English toffee and butterscotch. Smooth and sublime palate feel. Carbonation is toned down but that’s clearly intended. Finishes with toffee and a calming bitterness that seems to perform a tiny titillating socket dance on each individual taste bud. Tasty stuff. Thanks to tpkenned for the bottle!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Thanks to Peter of AleSmith for opening and sharing a bottle at GABF Dark golden amber color tall off white small bubbled head w/ great lacing. English smell light carmel light toffee very smooth. Smooth light creamy palate. Very smooth taste lightly bitter w/ a solid malt back. Everything about this beer was well balanced and smooth.. a perfect session beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
piscator34 (2300) - 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 (2386) - 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 (2628) - 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.


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