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RATINGS: 887   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 we’re proud to call our flagship beer.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jstu9 (402) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2004
I had this at the Great Arizona Beer Festival in Phoenix. Nice aroma and nicely hopped.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDalkoholic (2206) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 23, 2004
Very thick looking brown texture. The aroma is like i just smelt a pecan pie that has cooled down to room tempature. Flavor consists of brown sugar, pecan, with some spciy hops. Nice overall but i’d like a actual head and more hops on this to make it worth the cost.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (29988) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2004
A hazy amber beer with an orange head. The aroma is very hoppy on a subdued sweet background. The flavor is hoppy and flowery.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (10595) - Søborg, DENMARK - SEP 12, 2004
Bottled: Orange coloured. Clear. Beige medium sized head. Lastning. Hops, hops, hops and hops in the aroma. Notes of fruit and malt tries to compete with the hops. Some spices, fruit and hops in the flaovur. Rather sweet. Is very well bitter in the end. Nice one. Thanks to Jeppe for sharing yet another good one.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2005 (update) Cakey off-white ring of head. Toasted grain aroma with melted toffee, nuts, rotten apple, and soggy hop leaves. Soft, natural carbonation, but seriously lacking in fullness. Initial tingle of acidity and slick fruitiness hampers the body, which prevents the malts from latching on to the palate and lending more much-needed thickness to the flimsy body. Midway, the flavor takes on a soft butter toffee accent along with some minerally and grainy harshness, but the wateriness remains, as does the overt fruitiness. Distant earthy hop twang fails to take shape. Simplistic, dull, and wet finish, yet with a flash of dryness, as well, from the firm toastiness, while “off” alcoholic flavors of varnish and rotten apples pull through amid malt-inhibiting apple fruitiness and melon seeds. Surprisingly unsatisfactory and far too fruity and not nearly malty enough. I couldn’t even finish the second-half of the bottle, which was purchased from a closed case at the brewery, btw. Within the last year or two (did Skip V take his champion yeast with him???), something has gone seriously awry at AleSmith. By the judging of this alone, my mind has some serious doubts.

Rich coppery peach. Loose, semi-rocky light beige foam. Mild flowery hop fragrance is bolstered by perfumey air, caramel, and refined malts. Malts are rich and bready with a light dusting of brown sugar. Fluffy, feathery carbonation. Soft, yet dull on the palate. Airiness cuts the powdery malt flavors right away, giving way to persistently rich caramel. Hard minerals and brisk malt components add more firmness to the body which are then softened by flowery hop notions. Lightly sugared caramel malt flavors somewhat sweeten the brew amid a tasty interplay of roasted nuts, caramel, a drying mineral feel and gentle flowery hop notions. Finishes remarkably balanced, dry, and firmly stony, yet with a thinning body with flashes of caramel and flowery, earthy hops. Yeast pour punctuates the caramel while softening the body and adding more chalkiness. This epitomizes balance and complexity for a low-gravity ale. Its only downside is the subtle acidity, fizzy carbonation, and watery body. Just shy of spectacular. (8,4,8,3,17)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (3667) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2004
Pretty amber color out of the bottle with a HUGE off-white head (I think the bottle was over carbonated). Nose had some hops in it but mostly pit fruit. Nice fruity flavor with apricot and berry sweetness to it. Nice balance. Good session beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2004
Aroma is piney hops with a solid maltiness. Flavor is hoppy followed by mlat that false just short of perfect balance. Very nice ESB.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2004
Dark copper color with a bountiful cloudy head. Pale citrus aroma, hints of malt and maple syrup. Smooth slightly bittersweet flavor. Not zesty, mild nice and mellow. Leaves a somewhat dry finish. Expected a bold, drop on your head beer but found a big hammer instead. Still a nice beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5952) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2004
Dark orange to light brown appearance, slightly hazy with a thin, tight white head, decent lacing. Aroma has some mild citrusy and spruce notes with some toffee maltiness. Flavor is like a mild overhopped IPA - if there is such a thing. Decent hop bitterness with the usual citrusy notes - but not tongue numbing, but it has no "spark" to it. Overall, a decent ESB, and I would kill to get this brand on the East Coast - but just did not blow me away.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4570) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2004
Hazy brownish, tea-colored beer. Lime-ish, fruity hop and tea aroma with a little butterscotch. Pretty well balanced, hoppy, but not as aggressive as I’d expected from the hoppy aroma. A bit piney, a little astringent. Palate is vacant. Finish is tart. This isn’t bad, but it’s over-rated.


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