Arcadia Lake Superior ESB | Arcadia Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Name was changed to Thunder Trail ESB ~2012, though the recipe is the same.

Added by Wildman on 10-03-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
62
Avg:
3.47
pDev:
17%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
0
For Trade:
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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 62
Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of cretemixer
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of zerk
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.43/5  rDev -30%
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.

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Photo of jackndan
2.65/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.17/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of mjohn27603
4.52/5  rDev +30.3%
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.

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Photo of Wildman
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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