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Arcadia Thunder Trail ESB
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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   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.


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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
thouse (50) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2013
earthy, yet fruity. Going to be my go to ESB. Nice balance of malts and hops.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mittenator (1389) - Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2013
Bottle. Rich caramel color with a good size off-white head. Lots of caramel in the aroma along with some slightly sour malt. Caramel, vanilla and some malt and grain flavors. Really smooth body. This one was a nice surprise.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
milewide (1579) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (6954) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2014
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear deep amber with a gray head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a lot of grass notes with some light grain and just a hint of pine coming through. Flavor has bitter pine up front that mellows in to a grass and light grain finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ColovianTrader (331) - - APR 19, 2013
Lots of bread in aroma and taste. Wheat toast and caramel with good amounts of brown sugar, spice and citrus peel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (7869) - Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Zippy carbonation, good fruity esters, mild english hops, ttally not to style imo but a really nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
paintedmaple (445) - Fenton, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Pours a massive pillowy head that lasts a long time. Really well balanced with fruity esters, sweet malt, and earthy hops. Excellent session beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holtguy (126) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4175) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11066) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2013
Draft sample. Poured hazy copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate earthy hop and bitter malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable beer.


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