Saturday, December 16, 2017

Anchor Steam Beer (2017 re-review to BJCP specs)

DOB: 8/24/17

2015 BJCP Category:

AROMA: Moderate hop aroma with earthy/floral notes (a.k.a. rustic). Malt base is somewhat caramel-like with faint toasted quality. Slight fruity esters lurk in the background, otherwise a clean fermentation. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Most clear copper/amber hue (13-17 SRM). Fairly large off-white froth retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Hop-forward palette with floral/earthy/rustic hop flavor. Slightly spicy, but not on par with Noble hops. Bitterness is firm, but not too intense. Malt base is also firm with a moderate caramel flavor and faint toasted character, but is not sweet. Fruity esters are present, but subtle. Clean fermentation otherwise. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; medium-high carbonation. Smooth and crisp; somewhat refreshing. Aftertaste is a bit hoppy and dry. Easily sessionable at 4.9% ABV. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: This beer is a World Class example of the style (but this particular bottle is merely excellent). 9/10


NOTE: See my 2009 original review here: