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Arcadia Thunder Trail
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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   IBU: 29   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Thunder Trail ESB 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 ó wherever the Trail may take you.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (8821) - Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Zippy carbonation, good fruity esters, mild english hops, ttally not to style imo but a really nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
574deadzone (1175) - North Central, Indiana, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Pours a hazy amber with a fair khaki head that leaves some dripping, spotty lace. Nose involves tart, doughy English yeast, flowers and herbs, and lemony citrus notes. Lightly sweet, somewhat bitter, some tartness. Full-medium body, softer carb, with a long tart and grainy finish. Drinkable, refreshing, nuanced, and quite enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kdm1984 (783) - Missouri, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Excessively big head, as Arcadia beers tend toward from my past experience. Aroma is fruit and malt. Taste is tangy fruit and malt. Much truer to the English ESB styles than most American examples: red fruits and somewhat bitter without being over-bitter, floral, or citrusy, which are hallmarks of the American pale ale styles. I think they did a good job with this.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wlajwl (4423) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 7, 2014
Aroma is fruit, biscuit malts and toffee. The flavor is toffee, fruit, malts, a hint of butterscotch and a lightly spicy/tangy finish.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bwa5879 (789) - Portage, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Cloudy pour the color of apple cider with white sudsy head. Aroma of florals, Carmel, biscuit, and citrus. Tingly carbonation, very crisp finish like cider. Well blended flavors somewhat light, Carmel, peat, sour malt and citrus. Alright ESB thatís a little high on floral.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mibeersnob (50) - Howell, Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Poured from bottle. Complex aroma. Pure white head poured very strong and bubbly. Appeared as if bottle was infected, but settled down after second pour. Clear dark amber. The taste was not what I expected. Whether extra special or strong - it was not bitter. A mixture of many flavors, hops dominated but not overpowered. Citrus, with almost grapefruit flavor. Arcadia usually brews excellent beer, but this is not one of their better beers. Still, I didnít pour it out and will drink it again.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (9588) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2013
On tap. Poured an amber color with a small sized off white head. Earthy, toast, some floral hops, and some spiciness.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scipio (754) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2013
Pours a dark amber with a thin white head. The aroma is earthy, with apple, caramel, bread, and some floral hops. For the taste, I get a good amount of apple tartness. In addition, you get bread, cereal, nuts, and plenty of floral impressions. Yet, that tart flavor is there throughout, with that aftertaste that sticks with you for awhile. More light in body, slick in texture, while having about an average amount of carbonation. This one might not be all that special, but it isnít bad at all.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GranvilleTim (1767) - Granville, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2013
Caramel pour with a light beige head. Aroma is biscuit and earthy hops. Little spiciness. Taste is a little spicy ,biscuit, dry finish, little fruitiness. Nice lacing.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
wmubronco1992 (660) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2013
Bottle. Pours a very cloudy dark amber. Huge off white head. Pretty much exploded out of the bottle so there may have been a problem with this. Grainy aroma. Flavor is bitter caramel. Bitter finish that goes on and on. Iím thinking there was a problem with this bottle especially after reading the prior fairly favorable ratings. With that I was semi generous with this rating because honestly this wasnít very good. Will rate again if I get the chance


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