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Arcadia Thunder Trail - Arcadia Brewing Company

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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 12.35%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly called Arcadia Lake Superior ESB.

(Beer added by: StoutHunter on 04-19-2013)
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TheConnMan

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

01-15-2014 03:20:07 | More by TheConnMan
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plunderspunk

California

3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased this after having read the packaging...not sure about ESB's, but wanted to try it. I was immediately surprised at the nice color and staying power of the froth. A little bit scotchy in front with some fruitiness, and a nice , slightly hoppy aftertaste, with no bitterness, in spite of the style. A nice brew for lunch time, and if you're wanting to be productive after, it's 6% ABV rating allows you to. Or have a second, and take a nice nap (: My wife even liked it, and she usually dislikes heavier, sweeter beers. With brews like this, Arcadia is fast becoming my go-to place for great ale!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 20:00:50 | More by plunderspunk
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EvanWilliams

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

01-11-2014 04:20:20 | More by EvanWilliams
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BierStein711

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into shaker pint.

Dark brownish amber body, with standard off-white head, moderate carbonation.

The mouthfeel is perfect, you are drinking a beer here.

Smells of minerals and dark fruit.

Taste: raisins, chalk, and a mineral finish. This is a blanced ESB!!

Overall, this is an American version of a classic English beer style. I'd buy a sixer. Perfect drink for a colder winter day.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 22:34:21 | More by BierStein711
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zeff80

Missouri

2/5  rDev -41.2%

12-14-2013 03:15:23 | More by zeff80
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ryanpj

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

11-10-2013 23:06:05 | More by ryanpj
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mrmuskie

Illinois

3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Nice bitter. hop aroma is low but bitterness id just right. the mouthfeel is money, just like i like it nice and dry. This is a drinker. Not gonna blow your socks off but it will keep you going all night long... If you are looking for the next "big thing" or just getting into craft beer you might not appreciate this fine brew.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2013 00:14:41 | More by mrmuskie
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breakingbland

Michigan

3.71/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured from the bottle with only a slight head that settled into a ring of foam. The beer itself is a clear golden red.

Aroma: Roasty and sweet with a hint of hay/grass.

Taste: The taste follows the aroma with the addition of slight sourness. There is a suggestion of burnt toast. The hops presence is slight and accentuates as the beer lingers. The flavor profile has some interesting components that I can't fully identify.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-light body. The carbonation seemed a little light.

Overall: This is a very enjoyable beer having a nice malt/hops balance. It is a good example of this style.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 11:37:06 | More by breakingbland
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bigbluebeerguy

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

09-25-2013 02:28:15 | More by bigbluebeerguy
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Wukk

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

09-18-2013 02:31:06 | More by Wukk
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MacStinson

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

09-16-2013 00:37:14 | More by MacStinson
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superspak

Michigan

3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 4/01/2013. Large carbonation pop upon opening. Pours hazy and cloudy reddish copper color with a 2-3 finger rocky cream colored head with big retention, that reduces to a moderate cap eventually. Spotty foamy lacing on the glass, with a ton of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, apple, pear, bread, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Ok aromas with decent balance and complexity of malt, hop, and yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, pear, apple, brown bread, pepper, grass, floral, light pine, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, light fruits, brown bread, floral, grass, pepper, light pine, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and robustness of malt, hop, and yeast flavors; with no cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very crisp and moderately prickly mouthfeel that is ok. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a decent ESB style. Highly over-carbonated, but didn’t seem infected after tasting. Solid malt and hop balance; and very smooth to drink. A decently enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 05:21:52 | More by superspak
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kyungminlee

New York

3/5  rDev -11.8%

08-18-2013 20:54:04 | More by kyungminlee
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours orange/copper with 2 fingers of cream colored head. A bit chill hazed, great head retention & lacing

S: Breadyness & grassiness

T: Leafy hops & pears, grassy hops up front. Woody hops, apple peel, & grassiness, slight sourness as this warms. Finishes crisp with pears & leafy hops. Everything is disjointed & boring

MF: Light/medium bodied & okay balance

A fairly dissapointing ESB, I'm not sure why I let Arcadia bilking me outta money, the joke is on me again. Maybe freshness is an issue, no date on the bottle; caveat emptor

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 03:36:05 | More by russpowell
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dmorley21

Michigan

3/5  rDev -11.8%

08-04-2013 16:56:47 | More by dmorley21
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Chill-hazed copper in color, with a moderate head of bone-white foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt
Taste-Toasted malt, barley, caramel, earthy hop note. Nicely balanced with a subtle mineral note in the finish. A fine food brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 17:26:04 | More by hosehead83
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gulogulo

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

07-27-2013 03:09:46 | More by gulogulo
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akttr

Michigan

3/5  rDev -11.8%

07-25-2013 03:11:27 | More by akttr
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 01:52:32 | More by DavoleBomb
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Kerrie

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

06-28-2013 00:50:07 | More by Kerrie
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Today's beer scene is slathered with 70 IBUs, 10% abv., puckering sourness and gripping roast. So if you find yourself asking, "Where's the balance? Where's the drinkability? Where's the understated charm? Arcadia responds to those questions with an even-keep, pleasant, and gentlemanly English inspired ale.

Thunder Trail kicks of with a creamy medium-weight amber-copper hue. Significantly hazed- its unfiltered hop-conditioning is apparent. Its off-white froth patiently separates from the body of the beer and soon caps it with a dense blanket of foam. Retaining strongly until the last sip, the froth clings to the glass with well-defined rings that denote each visit to the glass.

Firmly aromatic, the scent of caramel, biscuit, pecan and freshly kilned barley give a sweeter, maltier tone. But the balance of floral English hops open its bouquet in a slightly perfumy tone. Wood and tea eventually emit and merge with estery notes of orange marmalade heading into that first sip.

Despite its dense appearance, its taste is lighter and creamy on the palate. The malts wrap around the tongue to appease the sweet tooth. But the middle palate begins to dissolve the sweetness but leaves behind a lightly starchy malt taste to balance against intensifying hops. Woody and nutty in their tone- the taste morphs into a broad and spicy bitterness to finish somewhat minty.

Medium bodied throughout, the beer retains its creamy malt structures deep into the taste, fading only in finish as the carbonation subsides, the hop bitterness rises and the alcohol provide its drying effects.

I stop shy of including Arcadia's Thunder Trail into the group of Fullers ESB, but its English character is present and in bold representation. If tasted blindly, I would have likely chalked the beer up to American Amber Ale with English influence.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2013 16:26:23 | More by BEERchitect
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

06-20-2013 17:58:48 | More by Zaphog
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Brenden

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This ESB does look the part. It's an opaque sort of bronzed medium brown. Its attempts to develop a slightly tinted head don't go particularly far, as it never grows to more than a foam and can't really hold very much of that. It does leave some spotting.
Toasted malts display lots of nut and earth in the aroma. There are some fruity esters as well. Appropriate to the style, hops are very light, perhaps a touch floral and herbal. A somewhat citric element makes me wonder if it's something of an Americanized version (which is fine).
The flavor is sweet up front with the fruits and continues that way, along with a strongly toasty overtone. Slight floral notes are present, and while it's appropriate for an ESB to display diacetyl to a point, I can see the buttery flavor throwing some off. I think it's a touch high, but not going overboard.
Carbonation is at moderate levels in a light body that isn't weak. It shows off a solid crispness that doesn't fade. The finish goes mildly dry but not too much, and it's actually quite smooth.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 13:48:26 | More by Brenden
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salinasa

Delaware

4/5  rDev +17.6%

06-08-2013 22:41:55 | More by salinasa
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linnymtu

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

06-04-2013 01:58:43 | More by linnymtu
Arcadia Thunder Trail from Arcadia Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.