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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.


1.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
lukedarock (106) - Howell, Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2014
I just really dont like this style accidentally bought it...f man screw this I got 4 left

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
AndyW68 (814) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Orange pour with white head. Aroma is musty. Taste is musty citrus and a bit sour. Not bad at all.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ICEatALAMO (873) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2014
Draft. The pour is a bright deep red, with a thick full head. The aroma is light and crisp. The taste is refreshing, but a little bland. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (6355) - 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 (889) - 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 (586) - 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 (3552) - 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 (537) - 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 that’s a little high on floral.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mibeersnob (28) - 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 didn’t 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 (8530) - 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.


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