AleSmith Anvil ESB

Beer Review: Anvil ESB by AleSmith Brewing Company

4.5 out of 5 Stars

I’m going to pretend that I’m a beer blogger for once and do a beer review.  Don’t worry, there will still be nonsense and hyperlinks, I’m just going to try to provide actual, useful feedback for once.  I can thank Wolf Linderman for the format.  I don’t think it’s his creation, nor do I think he actually knows that I’m using his review format, but I am.  Thanks Wolf!

The factuals: Anvil ESB by AleSmith Brewing Company.  5.5% ABV.  Um, made in San Diego.  I’m not good at this yet.

The Pour: A lovely copper color with a nice, creamy head.  The head had serious staying power, too, like it is an adult film star.

The Smells: AleSmith’s website says that it is a malty, slightly hoppy aroma.  My sub-par, previously-broken-but-never-fixed nose says “slightly” is an overstatement of the hops aroma.  Maybe “very faint hint of” would be more appropriate.  Again, not the best sniffer.

The Taste: Is delicious a flavor?  If it is, it’s made up of maltiness, some caramel, and those faint hops again.  The finish is the appropriate amount of English bitter with no dryness.  Carbonation is fairly light.  It has a solidly medium body.

And now I’m all done with the review thing and I can go back to my normal ranting about it’s deliciousness.  In my constant search for tasty non-IPAs from breweries in San Diego, this was a nice little gem.  I’ve tried some of the other offerings from AleSmith and I’ve had mixed feelings.  I can certainly taste the dedication they give to their craft, and I really dig their logo, but I just didn’t fall in love with most of their beers.  This one, however, I want to wisk away for a weekend in Palm Springs.  But now the glass is empty.