RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   IBU: 29   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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 wherever the Trail may take you.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
arminjewell (9411) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 14, 2015
Pour on tap at the brewery, hazy orange pour with white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, some diacetyl, hints of earth, slight spice. Taste was a mix of spice, yeast, touch of husky notes into butter,slight veggie, finishing bitter, spicy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cybercat (5243) - Georgia, USA - JUL 15, 2015
Pours clear, dark, almost brownish amber with a very thick and rather persistent frothy eggshell head. Strong, malty aroma has notes of caramel, cloves and hops. Flavor has a malty core and even more cloves and hops, plus earthy and caramel undertones for a well-rounded flavor; bitterness gets your attention but isnt pushy. Mouthfeel has average body and fizz, while finish adds a fruity tone to the flavor. Follow this trail to some good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2015
Poured into a perfect pint. 3.75 A: Lightly hazed dark orange color. Two fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is about average or a touch better and a short ring of lacing is left. 3.75 S: Toasty, grainy malts to start things off. Plentiful caramel with hints of toffee. Just a faint touch of yeastiness. Simple, yet so very pleasant. 3.75 T: Taste mirrors the nose. Toastiness is the foremost flavor. Graininess, a few layers of caramel, and toffee follow. Again just a touch of bready yeastiness. 3.75 M: Medium body. Mild chewiness from the yeast. Good creaminess. Solid here. 3.75 D: A well rounded beer for sure. Not a ton of complexity, but the flavors are in perfect proportion. DavoleBomb, Jul 10, 2013

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bif (2104) - St. Charles, Missouri, USA - JUN 15, 2015
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color, with fair head that fades slowly. Aroma of malt, some dark fruit and hint of hops. Taste of malt, dark fruit and bit of spice. Nice bitterness and a dry finish. Medium body, smooth w its a nice malt feel. Nice beer that goes down easy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Elnaer (11) - Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2015
I honestly have limited experience with ESBs. They are relatively new to me. That being said, this is a tasty beer (isnt that the real goal here). Its not bitter like an IPA...instead its a little sour with a touch of fruity bitter, like an orange peel or to a lesser extent, a lime. Its very tasty and a nice change of pace for someone who prefers Stouts and Porters...for whatever thats worth. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexanderj (3555) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Bottle; poured a dark orange to amber with a huge frothy head. Aroma of prange, toffee, chalk and herbs. A balanced beer; some toffee, earth, fruit; a touch of sweetness and bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
edwardbass (803) - Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2014
A giant white head - filled more than 80% of the glass even with a gentle pour. Tastes sour instead of bitter, not enough malt. Some hops sort of come through. Oh well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
paintedmaple (671) - Peoples Republic of Bloomington, Indiana, 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Tessic (1061) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 8, 2014
This ale poured a medium amber colour with a nice, white head. Little lacing. Scents include ripe fruit and a little vinegar. First swig was a little off with flavours of tea, light vinegar and hops. Finish is not nice with strange off flavour. Strong hop bitterness that doesn't seem to match a hop flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (10444) - 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.

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