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RATINGS: 966   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 were proud to call our flagship beer.

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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6611) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2005
Bottle (650ml). Shared with R, blankboy, GregClow, DougShoemaker, and mds, courtesy of GregClow. Poured hazy amber with a small white head. Aroma of tea, mild hops, dried flowers, decent malt backbone - doesnt jump out at you but its light and appealing. Taste also a mellow balance of malt and hops - this could be the perfect session beer. Juicy and creamy mouthfeel, average body, quick balanced finish. Very nice - another great AleSmith, and a terrific example of an american ESB.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (6658) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2005
22 oz bottle, via trade with Fordest. Pours a clear copper with a small off-white head. Lightly malty nose with plenty of floral hops. Sweet and lightly fruity as well. Flavor is nicely balanced with a light malt base and light bitter hoppiness. Mouthfeel is the highlight of this beer for me. Lighter bodied with perfect bottle conditioned soft carbonation. As good as the flavor is, the mouthfeel certainly outshines it. Overall just a really good session beer (flavor wise, not ABV wise at 5.5%). If this were available to me locally it would be a staple in my beer diet.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IMtheOptimator (1167) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - DEC 5, 2005
Poured an effervescent amber with a semi-creamy off-white head. Aroma of crisp grapefruit bitter hops and sweet caramel. Flavor is mild grapefruit hops, honey, caramel and orange. Very clean, slightly sweet finish. Slick, creamy body. Extremely balanced and easy-drinking. Excellent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LePoopie (151) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2005
It has a nice, roasty aroma to it. It has a good, amber-brown appearance, with little head, with a medium bitter flavor that is appealing. It has a nice, full body, with decent carbonation and texture. Overall, a pretty good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2005
Slightly hazy coppery gold body. Pretty nice looking. Bubbly/soapy head with lingering lace. Light sugary fruit aroma. Stale honey component in there too. Light hop character... a bit of grapefruit. Aroma comes out a bit more as it warms (it started a little cold). Light hoppy taste. Some fruit and rye-like malt. Nice overall taste and overall beer. Would drink this often if I lived in San Diego.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2006 Pours to a deep caramel color that has some orange hues to it. There is a spotty lacing and an oil slick of a head. The aroma is citrusy toffee and earthen malts. Light grassiness and some fruit like esters. The flavor is a nice toffee with some light lemons. Nice toasty malts on the 5 second finish. The palate is pretty middle-of-the-road. Not huge in terms of being really unique, but it does taste pretty good and is easy to drink.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2005
Nice amber color,small but long lived off white head that managed to leave a decent lace behind.The aroma was malty and citrusy with maybe a hint of toffee or caramel in there as well as a slight bitter side coming through.The flavor was nicely malty with a good showing from the citrus and a bit of a mild bitterness in the end.Another nicely done brew from these guys and well worth having a few more around for later which is what i did.

1.8
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Pours copper with a slight haze and a medium head. Aroma is a slight sourness to it, barely detectable though. My first sip all I got was a nice blend of caramel and roasted malt. But my second sip that sour aroma started to creep on to my palate. Hard to put my finger on it. I want to say green martini olives. Yes, thats exactly what it tastes like. With so many positive ratings I have to think that my beer is skunked. Ill have to try it again when I am closer to San Diego. I bought a 22oz bottle and I am going to have to drain this one in the sink... so sad.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2005
22oz bottle via trade with FlacoAlto - Thanks Sebastian - Pours dark amber with minimal sudsy dirty white head. Aroma is a nice mix of rich caramel malts and beautiful citrus hops. Also I get some definite toasted almond aroma coming through. Flavor is bread, toasted malts, more almonds, caramel, a bit of licorice flavor as well. Nice dry floral hoppy finish. Palate is medium bodied and smooth. Crisp and clean on the palate. Easy to drink. I think this could be my everyday beer if I lived on the West Coast. Very enjoyable!

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackamackson (127) - USA - OCT 19, 2005
nice dark amber pour, and a tiny white soapy head. citrusy hop aroma. well balanced flavor with a good malty base with a bit of citrusy hops. medium mouthfeel and very drinkable. i want to try this on cask sometime.


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