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Arcadia Thunder Trail ESB
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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.41/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Thunder Trail ESB (6.0% ABV): stays true to our English Brewing Heritage. With a strong backbone of Maris Otter and Crystal malts, this Extra Special Bitter is balanced by earthy, spicy, English hops. Our Ringwood yeast strain imparts a dis-tinctly fruity character that is accented by dry-hopping with a modest amount if Palisade hops. We hope you enjoy this quality session ale—wherever the Trail may take you.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dmac (3754) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2013
12oz bottle from Canal’s Fire Rd. Poured an unimpressive super hazy amber orange body with a smaller to maybe average sized bubbly foamy super light beige head. Aroma is loads of biscuit, nut shells, brown bread dough, floral and some orange citrus. Body is very very lively with a watery mouthfeel and an average duration on the aftertaste. Flavor of tonic water from the loads of carbonation, biscuit, dough, wet nut shells. Body is too lively on this one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rondphoto (1546) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUL 9, 2013
Cloudy dark orange with a foamy long-lasting head and streaks of lace. Taste is semi-sweet toffee and malt combines early with clean floral hops, releasing the bitter at the finish, leaving behind a sweet residue. Smooth and easy to drink. Recommended.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (3646) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 4, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Big orange pour. Malt and caramel. Slight sweetness. Well balanced hops. Slight fruit. Pretty nice.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holtguy (114) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2013
I bought this one for 2 reasons: 1. It was $3.50 cheaper for 6 than Fullers ESB ($9.99 vs. $13.49). Could Fullers really be 35% better? 2. The packaging of this beer was very appealing. A nice red with good complementary colors. Their marketing tactic worked. So, the beer looked the part - deep, cloudy amber with a creamy off-white head. Aroma was nondescript to me. Flavor, well, I’d say it was about 40% worse than Fullers. It was pretty good, sweet and malty up front with a little bitterness and citrus to round it out. But it wasn’t quite right. Good, not perfect. Not sure i would buy again given all the choices out there, but I wouldn’t turn one down either.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
milewide (1391) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2013
Cloudy amber color with excellent small bubble head. Flavor was malty, with lots of English hops focused on flavor and not just bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtw (1078) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2013
12 oz bottle, aroma of apple, pear, and earthy woody English hops. Nicely balanced with medium body and no detectable alcohol heat. Smooth and easy to drink but a tiny bit heavier than I expected an ESB to be. Enjoyable! Would pair nicely with smoked food.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsquire (3345) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2013
Attractive amber color with a small off white head. Malty nose with some grassy hop notes. Caramel sweetness with lots of grassy bitterness, with some grapefruit rind bitterness in the finish. Okay ESB.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
thouse (47) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2013
earthy, yet fruity. Going to be my go to ESB. Nice balance of malts and hops.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rumproasts (2588) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 12, 2013
bottle. Amber with small head. Solid ESB style with mild hop bitterness. Definitely above average.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (4417) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Bottle: The aroma consists of toasty caramel, herbal notes, and fruit/grape. It pours a transparent amber with some sediment and a small off-white head that settles to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. There is some spotty thing webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with light/moderate fruit/grape, caramel, and a touch of brown sugar. The finish has light toasty notes with a touch of herbal hops. It’s light bodied with moderate-lively carbonation.


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