Arcadia Thunder Trail | Arcadia Brewing Company

Arcadia Thunder TrailArcadia Thunder Trail
BA SCORE
3.4/5
122 Ratings
Arcadia Thunder TrailArcadia Thunder Trail
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
arcadiaales.com

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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

Thunder Trail 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 distinctly fruity character that is accented by dry-hopping with a modest amount of palisade hops. We hope you enjoy this quality session ale - wherever the trail may take you.

Added by StoutHunter on 04-19-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,186
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
122
pDev:
12.06%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
20
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 122 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of DoubleMalt
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JDoHo
3.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of Buck_Jones
3.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a light brown in color, somewhat clear, with a millimeter of thick, off white foam on top. Aroma and flavor is toasty bread, biscuit, and caramel malts, with a slightly peppery hoppy zing. Earthy. Clean finish.

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Photo of Botulizard
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of red94tt
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WesMantooth
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brew pub. A beautiful copper pour with a large light beige foamy head.

Really nice, clean toasted malts with a touch of caramel sweetness. A slight hop bitterness. The fruit notes may be lacking a tad, but this beer is pretty much on point. Very drinkable.

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Photo of bjm2133
3.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Surfacetension
4.35/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of schnjac
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It's not quite as hoppy as some of the other ESBs that I've tried. I guess that is a matter of personal preference. It is certainly balanced and contains some nice flavor profiles. I agree with metter98 that it would pair well with a meal.

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Photo of jrborchert74
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of scmtim
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WestwardHo
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of uccle81
2.96/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

So, this beer just wasn't right. I love ESB's, probably my favorite type. And this wasn't it. There's nothing wrong with it, but it's not an ESB. I think it's because the type of yeast used is more appropriate for a Saison or a sour beer. I'd LOVE to see Arcadia give this same recipe another shot, but with different yeast and more malt. An ESB is supposed to be more "Extra Special" due to the malt used, which I didn't particularly notice.

So the sub-standard rating is primarily because the beer does not properly reflect the style that it claims to represent. Also, the carbonation was pretty bad.

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Photo of QuadriderMX
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Mark-Leggett
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of coffeegsp
4.65/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appley (tart), hops with nice bitter aftertaste. Sweet, carbonated and full. Surprisingly rich in the beginning, weak hops at the end.

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Photo of tdm168
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of afinepilsner
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Walnut
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sour in a way that is not appropriate for the style, and a thin body. Not recommended, unless you can get it for $5 a six pack (like I did).

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Photo of rapayn01
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's an average ESB. Leans a bit to caramel malt. I would have liked a greater hop profile. I was in the UK last summer and this would have been one of the better beers I had. But I expected more. This was part of a mixed 12 pack of Michigan beers purchased on the last day of vacation.

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Photo of cb8282
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dmorgan310
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Arcadia Thunder Trail from Arcadia Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 122 ratings
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