Arbor Brewing Triple Stone Extra Special Bitter | Arbor Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Arbor Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-20-2002

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Photo of Shovelbum
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrives with a chunky one finger head over a hazy amber-gold body. Aromas of light caramel malt and light citric hops. Initially, a crisp spicy, peppery and citric hop flavors and their associated bitterness dominate the flavor. There are fleeting glimpses of a smooth biscuity malt character that ultimately recedes back into the complexity of the hops. Medium to full bodied, low carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel with a nice crisp bitterness. Drying.

A touch more malt or some earthy hops would’ve made this great ale even better. The balance is on the side of the big American hops, but there is a nice complexity in the hop character and it isn't so overwhelming that the malt is totally undetectable. The cask serving method is a great complement to this ale as well.

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Photo of Lelampp
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Type: 20 oz cask pour
Glass: imperial pint glass
From: ABC brewpub in Ann Arbor
Price: $5

Appearance: orangish in color with a thin white head the left a lacing. pretty good clarity.

Smell: Tangy and citrus hops. Smells a little watered down

Taste: As I suspected from the smell its watered down. a good hop taste, it has potential, but it just taste too weak

Mouthfeel: pretty light and drinkable, slightly bitter aftertaste. not as crisp as I wanted

Overall: this beer has potential it just is too weak and watered down. could use some more carbonation as well

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Photo of hopdog
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cask version enjoyedon tap at the Arbor Brew Pub.

Poured a medium and lightly hazy amber color with a small sized off white head. Floral aromas with citrus. Tastes of citrus and caramel. Subtle. Light lacing left on the glass.

Notes from 05/06/06.

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Photo of ChrisKayler
2/5  rDev -43%

Photo of ncaudle
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of JasonR1975
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of marburg
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly mild brew that's practically picture perfect. Served with about a half inch of head off the cask, this was truly a mouth-watering treat. Mild aromas of grapefruit juice and lightly browned white toast help me to recall some excellent breakfasts. The flavor is a bit thin up front however, and certainly lives up to the "bitter" portion of its name -- perhaps too much so. The hops are a bit intense for the style I think -- lots of Cascade-ish, almost IPA-like hop flavors. That said, it's quite drinkable and goes well with a number of the items on their menu, including a few of the dishes with red pepper, et cetera. A bit thin, but it had a really good creamy feel to it from the hand pull. I definitely put it down pretty quickly.

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Photo of macpapi
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time I've seen this one at A.B.C. Then again it's been a while since my last visit. Pours a nice amber-brown color, with a pretty foamy, pillowy white head. Lacing doesn't hold for very long. The smell is sweet and hoppy. Grapefruit and other citrus tones are notable on the back of the smell. Also a nice, kicking hop presence. Tastes malty, hoppy and sweetly acidic. The grapefruit tinge is really strong, but very pleasant. In the mouth it holds well. Not too full, but certainly not watery. Typical cask consistency. I'm very impressed by this beer. Hoppier and bolder than I'd expected. A nice alternative to the standard Sacred Cow. It shares a lot of similarities to an I.P.A., while remaining true to the British Bitter Style.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cask sample at the brewpub: Arbor likes their Bitters! Pours a cloudy yellow/orange color with a foamy bone white head that lasts awhile. Patchy lacing on the glass. Tangy fruit and malt aroma. Medium-bodied and glassy-smooth with an unassertive hops flavor, as well as touches of fruit and malt. The finish is mildly bitter and short. Pretty forgettable overall.

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Photo of nomad
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Typically pours a orange-toned amber that is fairly hazed, something I'd chalk up to being handpumped. Settles into a nice and even head with occasional lines of lace. A fair sight in an imperial pint.

Smells of grapefruit scents but tempered by more citric and pungently floral tones, mixing with a good malt backbone that has toasty and aromatic presence of its own.

Taste wise its a solid big bitter, blending a smooth core of English malts with the barest caramel note into a sizable hop presence. Published as being Cascade-driven, the hops are lightly spicy with a moderate citric character. Mouthfeel, at least when its a fresh cask on the weekends, is full and round yet not filling, complimenting the slickly fresh hop oils and full malty backbone.

Thank you bartender, I'll have another but would have more if the hops were a different blend. Maybe some Goldings or Challenger with less Cascade? Only my peculiar opinion, though.

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Arbor Brewing Triple Stone Extra Special Bitter from Arbor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 11 ratings