RATINGS: 64   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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Bif (2344) - 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 it’s a nice malt feel. Nice beer that goes down easy.

Elnaer (11) - Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2015
I honestly have limited experience with ESB’s. They are relatively new to me. That being said, this is a tasty beer (isn’t that the real goal here). It’s not bitter like an IPA...instead it’s a little sour with a touch of fruity bitter, like an orange peel or to a lesser extent, a lime. It’s very tasty and a nice change of pace for someone who prefers Stouts and Porters...for whatever that’s worth. Cheers!

alexanderj (3605) - 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.

edwardbass (859) - 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.

paintedmaple (671) - People’s 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.

Tessic (1206) - 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.

deyholla (12276) - 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.

cheap (6088) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2014
From a bottle this has a big volatile sweet aroma. How could they say this is a session brew at 6%, more than most other esb. Yes, taste is like a cross between a esb and an ipa. What gives? Quite hoppy in a weird kind of way. So much so that it leaves a bitter medicinal aftertaste on the sides of your tongue after each swig. Not nearly as good as the refined Wychwood Hobgoblin or Wells Bombardier. Surprised its even in the same style considering the IPA or strong apa attitude. Yes needs a few manners. Nice motorcycle on the label dude.

Strangebrewer (1344) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear red amber with a frothy beige head. Caramel malt aroma with a tartness to it. Medium body, warming mouthfeel that finishes a bit astringent. Flavour of toasty malts, a little smoke, bitter citrus peel.

shrubber85 (11618) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2014
Bottle. Caramel malt and pepper aroma. Golden yellow with small head. Sweet toffee malt and lightly bitter herbal pepper flavor. Very pleasant.

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