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Arcadia Lake Superior ESB - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Name was changed to Thunder Trail ESB ~2012, though the recipe is the same.

(Beer added by: Wildman on 10-03-2002)
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3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. This brew had a small white head with small bubbles that was fully diminishing. There was virtually no lacing with this brew. The body was cloudy, there was no carbonation observed and the hue was amber. It had a light hoppy aroma of citrus and the initial taste of this brew was bitter. The mouthfeel was light. All in all, I really enjoyed this brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2003 13:57:21 | More by hotstuff
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3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber body topped by a small, but stubborn tan head. Great lacing effect down the glass. Nice aromas of malt with hints of the bittering hops. The taste is a bready and lightly hopped, more lightly than expected. The feel is a tad thin and under carbonated. Smooth, to be sure, but rather vacant of interest. Interesting but not impressive ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2003 16:03:31 | More by AtLagerHeads
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4.22/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a reddish copper color with a nice white head. The head didn't stay too long, but it left a nice coating all the way down the glass. Looking through the glass, you will definitely see sediment floating. If you don't like sediment in your beer, forget I said that and don't look, because this is a great tasting beer. You can taste the hops for sure, but it isn't as bitter as I was expecting. I got this beer in an Arcadia variety pack, and this turned out to be a mistake since I only had two of these to enjoy. Definitely worth getting again.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2003 10:14:12 | More by darklager
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North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I used to drink a fair amount of this living in MI,poures a nice copper color with nice foamy head most of the time.Nice balancing smell with the soft maltiness coming through nicely with a small punch of hops,with sweetness very prevelant in smell and taste.Was a little citruisy in flavor though would like a more malt accentes brew for the style.Still I think a pretty well made brew from a good local brewing company.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2003 11:54:43 | More by oberon
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3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice reddish-orange pour. One finger of thick tan head fades to a thin layer leaving a spotty lace. Some suspended sediment too.

Aroma is nicely malted, caramel tones and a mild hop presence and spiciness.

Taste is smooth and in line with the aroma. Starts sweet, bitterness comes in mid-glass, finishes dry and peppery.

Very nice mouthfeel and well carbonated. Overall an easy drinker. I may have to find more of these.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2003 18:39:59 | More by cretemixer
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3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chill hazed copper with a persistent, but thin head that leaves quite a bit of lace. Aroma of caramel, grass, and herbs. Flavor is somewhat understated, consisting of and upfront caramel sweetness, with a herbal citrus bitterness at the finish. Has a medium body and medium carbonation. Not very impressive compared to some other ESBs I've had, but a pretty good beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2003 16:15:09 | More by zerk
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2.38/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Brewed with Pale, Carapils, Crystal, and Chocolate malts. Hopped with Fuggles and Willamette.

OG=1.059, 5.5% ABV.

Honey and copper colored, moderately carbonated for this style, pours with a slight chill haze and forms a rocky white head atop medium sized bubbles, leaving rings of lace to the bottom of the glass. Head thins out rather quickly. Aroma is disappointing; noticeable diacetyl with toasted malt, rubbery hops, cardboard and fusel alcohols. Has a wet, rubbery mouthfeel with an initial hop bite giving way to a sweeter, thin aftertaste. Tastes like it was fermented too warm, as the fusel alcohols make me feel sick. A burp reeked of sulfur. A blah beer. Diehard fans of ESB may like this much diacetyl, but I'd take a Redhook over this any day.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2003 15:31:35 | More by Mitchster
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2.63/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Lake Superior ESB, from Arcadia sampler: Copper beer, with minimal head, and what was there was kind of foamy. Kind of a brassy aroma and taste, with burnt malts that were very dominant, and not all that tasty. The hops were understated, and tasted a little flat. Not worth it.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2002 20:03:18 | More by jackndan
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3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of and Arcadia sampler: Copper color with an thin orange/beige head and minimal lace. Toasty aroma of malt and caramel. Flavor was malty and smooth, if a little weak. The finish was not as bitter as I was hoping.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2002 09:13:18 | More by Dogbrick
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4.53/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured bronze in color with small head. Lots of sediment floating in the glass. Smells great with aroma of butterscotch. Butterscotch present in taste as well with some subtle bitterness. With other bottles I got a bit of nuttiness but it doesn't seem present in this one. I think this beer is a good value. I had it at a beer tasting event where it was the beer served with dinner. It was paired well with salad, beef, and mushrooms. I got it for $1.35 a bottle. I enjoyed it more than some of the other reviews.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2002 17:10:51 | More by mjohn27603
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3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was a dark copper color and also didn't have much of a head when presented, but it was white and bubbly(only the stout they poured had a decent head but it was nitro). The aroma was of hops, malt and some citrus present. The flavor was of hops, malt and slightly citrus. The finish was bitter. Now with most ESBs, they tend to be a bit more sweet in the finish and less bitter. I don't mind it, but I don't know if that represents the style as well.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2002 17:08:46 | More by Wildman
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Arcadia Lake Superior ESB from Arcadia Brewing Company
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