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RATINGS: 944   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   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.


3.6
   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 (8314) - 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.

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 (1573) - 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 (1153) - 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.


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