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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.


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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ej (1224) - Hauglandshella, - NOV 14, 2012
Deep, almost coppery amber. aroma is medicinal of sorts, but not in a bad way. Citrus and grapefruit. Mellow taste with some mild fruityness. Relatively bitter.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 19, 2016
On tap at brewpub. A clear orange hued amber with a short lived white head. Aroma is caramel, fruits, cherry. Flavor is caramel, toast, cherry. Finish is some citrus, caramel, toast. Lingering cherry and caramel. Medium body, average carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
maley1 (1074) - Calgary, CANADA - JUL 11, 2016
Dark amber pour with large off white head. Aroma of malts, caramel, fruits, hops and pine. Taste of caramel malts, slightly fruity, pine, grapefruit and hops. Medium bodied, higher carbonation, crisp mouthfeel. Perfectly balanced. An amazing example of this beer style!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
martjoobolut (2799) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 9, 2016
Bottle, bottled 01.30 (from beergium). Pours amber-copper with beige head. The head stays for some time. Aroma is sweet, caramel, fruits, citrus, floral notes. Flavor is sweet and bitter, caramel, fruits, malt, citrus, toffee, slight alcohol. Finish is toffee bitter. Body is bit watery, carbonation is on the high side. Overall: good, but would like to try fresher version.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ilovedarkbeer (2699) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2016
Pours a dark amber color with a foamy white head. Notes of dark fruits, caramel, toasted bread, and fresh air. Really nice, well balanced.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cristobal37 (731) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 24, 2016
On tap at Alesmith brewpub. Ruby red. Slightly fruity malty aroma. Sweet British style esb in the vein of Fullers. Long lasting flavor of dry, malty, nutty goodness. A good pub style brew. Really nice on tap.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (4951) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2016
Pours a nice hazy golden orange color. Aromas of nice citrus/grapefruit hops. Flavor starts malty and the hops kick in, nice crisp bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ttheilen (528) - USA - MAY 2, 2016
I do not wax on poetically about beer but I do know the quality of a beer once tasted. This review is not about my tastes but reinforces the numbers, which are arbitrary.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anstei (1011) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - APR 23, 2016
Bottle from Erzbierschof Zurich. A typical medium-ABV Alesmith: Nutty, pines, some caramel, rather malt-dominated, and incredibly drinkable! Doesn’t go in any particular style direction as other beers, hardly recognizable as an ESB. Not overly complex, but otherwise this beer does many things right: Texture, carbonation, balance, palate...

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (2608) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2016
UPDATED: APR 11, 2016 Draft at Bru Craft. Poured a hazy dark ruby with off-white foam that left nice splashes of lace. Medium-dark caramel bready flavors. Dark citrus elements as well. Pomegranate. Honey wheat bread. Plums and prunes. Clove studded oranges. Purple passionfruit. Black currants. Black cherries. Black pepper. Much more shinny than flat. A dark juicy ESB.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pedrens (219) - SPAIN - MAR 31, 2016
UPDATED: APR 3, 2016 En palancas...la bomber. Aroma para mi gusto demasiado caramelo, casi chocolate para el estilo con un fondo de buen lúpulo fresco, hierba y frutal. De dulce un pelin subida para mi gusto. Punto mild.Aún así una birra cojonuda. Bien hecha.


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