RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.43/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
The Angel and The Sword seems like an odd name for a peace offering, but hear us out. Sometimes you just have to blend cultures. Toledo, Spain is an UNESCO World Heritage Site called “the city of three cultures” for the continuous coexistence of Jews, Christians, and Muslims since ancient times. They haven’t always gotten along, at times horrendously so, but they do their best. Iron sharpens iron, as their good books say. An area famed for sword production, our favorite monument remains Juan de Ávalos’ "statue of peace" outside Alcázar fortress, representing a winged female holding up her sword to the sky.

Here is a great craft beer which IS NOT IPA. A departure from true-to-style brewing, we put a little bit of everything we’ve learned into this uniquely inclusive expression. Biscuity and bittersweet, familiar and unfamiliar, way more going on than its light color and alcohol content would suggest. Let us raise our goblets to the sky in one accord.

ABV: 4.6%
IBU: 20
COLOUR: clear golden amber with white foam
BJCP STYLE: Who knows? Maybe 23. Specialty Beer based upon 8C. Extra Special Bitter
NOTABLE INGREDIENTS: Diverse US and UK malts, timeless Fuggles & Goldings hops, ale yeast.

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balloonbuffoon (849) - - JUL 1, 2017
12floz can, COD: 03.21.2017, paid $32 (normally $36) as part of a case of beer from brew HQ, website indicates an IBU of 32, poured contents into a pint glass. Good rich almond and caramel aroma exudes from the medium-dark amber body. Tastes like lightly toasted biscuits The brewer indicates this beer is not pigeon holed to a particular style, and it is thoroughly an amalgamation of sessionable English styles. Tastes better from the can than experienced on draft in the past as a side note.

TylerGreenDC (1179) - - FEB 4, 2017
Draft. Classic toffee and licorice aroma. Flavor is full-bodied, lots of Scotchy toffee some grapefruit sweetness and then a bread crust finish. Outstanding.

RobertDale (7133) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUN 13, 2016
Sample at Waldo Hopfest 2016. Comes reddish brown with an average off-white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, and fruit. Taste is similar. Very drinkable ESB.

csaso (2372) - Missouri, USA - APR 2, 2016
Tap - good size foamy head, beautiful medium Amber color, very good balanced aroma and flavor, some fruity/piney hops and caramel malts, smooth finish, very good overall ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Finhead (1886) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2016
A cloudy, brown pour with an off-white head. The aroma has bread and caramel with faint hops. It has a medium body with creamy texture and soft carbonation. The taste is mildly bitter with a semi-dry finish.

Maverick34 (3428) - New York, USA - NOV 11, 2015
Draft in old town at Paradiso brown pour, fairly muted hopscand malts. Ok unspectacular. .

phaleslu (11074) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2015
On cask at the Side Project Cellar, served in a nonic glass. Pours a clear reddish amber wth a centimeter or so of off-white head that forms a small, lasting cap. Great slate of malts in here - caramel, toast, amber, cereal - with leafy and earthy hops to balance things out. But it’s really all about the malts here, which is fine. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. Right on the money. Could sip this all damn day.

argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 6, 2015
Draft. Medium beige head atop clear dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, molasses, orange, some maple. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, bread, some molasses/caramel, light earthy. Light-medium body, light stickiness.

deyholla (12804) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 18, 2015
Sampled from the tap at GTMW 2015. Pours a near clear deep amber with a slight orange hue and a bubbly tan head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma is very bread and biscuit forward with a sweetness underlying. Flavor has a good amount of bread and biscuit notes with a bit of sweetness in the finish.

Bif (2442) - St. Charles, Missouri, USA - JUN 27, 2015
On tap. Served a dark amber color with a fair head and some lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, bit of malt sweetness and bread. Taste of dark fruit, malt sweetness and grain. Mild bitterness and a clean finish. Medium body, quite smooth with a clean feel. Nice beer but not quite a true ESB.

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