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RATINGS: 916   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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.

tomxcs' rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - AUG 20, 2010
The aroma immediately reminded me of the milk caramels my mom makes around the holidays. Darkish malt backbone, dried fruit flavors and moderate, resinous hoppiness with little actual bitterness - more like a tangy, dry quality than bitter - malt and hops are extremely well balanced. Almost seems to me like some rye is in here given some of the flavors, though I highly doubt it. This beautiful redhead is of the most flavorful, complex beers under 6% I’ve had in a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DCLawyer (1882) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2015
Bomber->English pint. Amber with thick lite beige head. A: subtle caramel malt, biscuit, lite hops. T: caramel malt, noble hops, vanilla. Bittersweet. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jdjuice (461) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - AUG 30, 2015
Excellent, of course. Nice malty backbone with just the right amount of hop bitterness, done in the English style and punched up a little with an American kick but not overdone. As with their other standards, really well balanced, excellent mouthfeel, quality ingredients.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chrisbruce (18) - SCOTLAND - AUG 25, 2015
Good looking beer has a beautiful amber color and pours with a thick creamy head. It has a mild aroma. It has a really nice smokey malt flavor and is easy to swallow all together

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zvikar (4069) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - AUG 17, 2015
Pours orange to brown with a beige head, aroma of chocolate, honey, bitterness and fruits, flavor is bitter with chocolate, honey, bread, fruits, medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jefcon (1514) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2015
A terrific Americanized version of the English pub ESB. Lots of toffee, caramel and toast, with a hastening hop presence and some good warming notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5595) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2015
Bottle. Lovely copper pour with a medium, foamy tan head. Lots of caramel, sweet malt, dark bready notes, light grassy hops, tea leaves and toffee. Taste is toasted malt, sweet malt, grains, caramel, light grass, tea leaves and dark bread. Body is medium and slightly chewy with a moderate, bubbly carbonation. Ends with more sweet malt, big caramel, toasted grains, dark bread and light grassy hops. Nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
portableparty (2098) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2015
22 oz. bottle. Pours a clear copper color with a tight off white head that leaves a wispy film and collar. Aroma is English malt subtle spice caramel. Taste is spice bitterness and caramel malts nuttiness. Palate is clean thin slightly dry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
garethsmith72 (3) - hedge end, Hampshire, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2015 does not count
From 6floz bomber..one of the best American ESBs i have tried. Lovely malty taste and smell.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fritz123 (1360) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2015
Bottle from Portage Lakes Brewing. Poured into a tulip. Moderate amber color with ample head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, wheat bread, biscuit. The flavor is biscuit, caramel, toffee, and some slight bittering hops. Well balanced. Medium body. Caramel finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
rumproasts (4189) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 26, 2015
Bottle. Deep amber with two finger head. Sweet caramel and toffee. Bready with a light bitter hoppiness. Excellent flavor, but mild at the same time.

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