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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 weíre proud to call our flagship beer.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2005
Hazy amber body with a small white head. Granola/caramel aroma, smells like some specialy grains I just used, Briess Caramel 40. The same sweet caramelly malts in the flavor are accompanied by a nice mouthfeel at the start, bu the beer stumbles in the finish. It has a nice herbal/citrus hopping but thereís an acidic bite - maybe itís the carbonation. Bit dissapointed in this beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2004
Poured caramel amber with a small but dense white head...smell is grapefruit, caramel, and a touch roasty...great mouthfeel with a nice sweet maltiness up front, giving way to a nicely hopped back end...slightly bitter grassy finish...this one tops my ESB list...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2004
This poured out a clear amber color with a slight of white head that left virtually no lacing around the glass. The aroma smell of sweet caramel with a bit of earthy toned hops peaking every now and then. The flavor was very mild with caramel malt and balancing earthy hops that added a nice bitterness. The mouthfeel was about light-medium with a super creaminess about it that allowed it to go down of so smoothly. Very light refreshing sessionable brew here that can be put down all night.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 8, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2005 Pours a cloudy brown/ amber with a frothy off-white head. Aroma dominated by grapefruit. Caramel flavors with no aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - DEC 4, 2004
First off, not normally a fan of ESBís, but Iíve loved everything Alesmith has made so I had to give this a try. Bomber bottle. Appearance: A dark copper/brown color, light fast dissapearing head with moderate lacing. Aroma: A little pine, a little apple, touch of malt, very subtle. Flavor profile: I was expecting really bitter, but this is surprisingly not so. A nice light hop/malt backbone, with some carmel and apple flavors poking through. Its got a sweet kind of flavor without really being sweet. Light but not watery mouthfeel, really smooth and quenching character to it. Overall: This is pretty good, Iím sure if you love ESBís youíd really dig this.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2004
Sampled at marinaro500ís post-Thanksgiving gathering, provided by the host. Cloudy orange body, thin cream head. Caramely aroma with nice earthy (and floral) hops and minerals. Sharp earthy hops cut the breads and caramels, leaving a relatively long finish with just a touch of bitterness and pine. Coppery. Very tasty despite the low ABV; this is indeed a liquid cookie.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2007 pours a deep amber hue with a small halo of a white head. Aromas of cinnamon, cookie dough, and a slight pine note. Flavors of caramel, slight copper/metallic taste, mild bitterness, malty, smooth/almost creamy, vanilla and caramel. Very nice esb, probably the best one iíve had yet.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Bottle. Nice ESB. Floral hoppy aroma. Medium amber colored with white head. Hops seem to take top billing with flavor and aroma but the malt bill is sufficient to balance this one out nicely!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
giarcsr (103) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2004
Good reddish-brown color with a sligthly bitter malty flavor to it. Nothing strong or lasting, but enough there so that you really notice the flavor. Decent beer overall, but I wouldnít rate it as one of alesmiths better beers.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2004
NIcely played...Slight herbal and hop aromas...Dark amber color. Starts sweetly with frit esters...Good hop character present, add some rich maltiness...followeed by a ni9ce clean finish...Excellent beer


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