BREWER: Anchor Brewing Company, California
STYLE: Beer 🙂
VESSEL: 355ml bottle
This is a beer that I’m very familiar with.. though not through drinking, but through sight. Until today I have never had Anchor Steam Beer before but I have definitely seen her about A LOT. But where have I seen her about? I honestly don’t know. As Sam provided me with this beer to test I can’t even call on my shopping receipt to work out where this brew came to me via. My conclusion is that this beer is sold in all supermarkets, most bottle shops and some restaurants. I’m basing this on absolutely nothing but to be so familiar with a beer without ever drinking means that surely this must be the case.
Now, at last, I have an Anchor Steam Beer in front of me and my first question (and possibly the reason that I have not purchased nor drunk) was, what is it? Lager? Ale? Well, according to our brewer’s message to us on the label, it’s beer. A unique beer like no other in the world apparently. I mean, I admire the bravery here from the Anchor Brewery, you really do have to have stones of steel to not classify your beer. And if you do go down this path, you better hope the product you’re turning out is a good one…….
Yeah, it is.
I thought it was going to be nodding towards lager for some reason pre sipping but for me this falls bang into the Pale Ale bracket. The aroma coming isn’t amazing though is pleasant enough. It’s very fruity with an almost strawberry vibe going on, nice but not amazing. It’s once you’re sipping on ASB that you realise that you’re dealing with a very good beer indeed. There is a lovely creamy texture to it that is accompanied by a very bitter taste that continues into the after taste. I have a feeling ASB would fly down pretty quickly in the correct setting because it is nice and smooth and that high bitterness keeps you coming back for more. However, it’s that bitterness level that would probably put a halt on you having too many.
Over all a pretty smashing BEER I have to say and I hope, widely available!
Jymi’s Rating: 77%
Sammy’s Rating: 90%
MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 83.5%
MOB review next weekend: LØWLANDER IPA by LØWLANDER BEER CO.
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