Arcadia Lake Superior ESB | Arcadia Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

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
Ratings:
64
Reviews:
60
Avg:
3.47
pDev:
16.14%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
0
For Trade:
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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 60
Photo of BitteBier
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A murky copper-amber color with sediment that is suspended perfectly. Topped off with an average but quickly fleeting tan head that leaves minimal lace. Sweet, caramely malts are balanced to a point with floral hops. Nose also contains a spicy-sweet hint that invokes ginger. Taste starts out surprisingly tart. The taste is opposite of the smell in that the hops are stronger on the tongue than are the caramely malts. This unexpected hoppiness makes for a lighter mouthfeel and wonderful drinkability. This is easily the best beer I've had from Arcadia.

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Photo of Jon
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, I couldn't find too many flaws with this ale, even though it doesn't really conform to style. It pours a reddish copper tint with a small, but staying ring of white head. Leaves traces of lace down the glass. Bouquet is an equally inviting combination of fresh, aromatic hops and sweet, caramel malt. Actually smelled (and tasted) quite a bit hoppier than I'd expected. Taste was a two-sided attack of some mildly citric, mellow hops and caramel malt, with an herbal yeasty flavor on the finish along with notes of toffee. Smooth, easy drinking, I think this is a solid American interpretation of an Extra Special Bitter. A good beer all around. A nice find on draught.

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Photo of marburg
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Darkish, clear copper color. Borderline brown. Thin white head dissipates rapidly. Carbonation is weak, and the brew is a little sloppy. Hardly an exemplary mouthfeel. Exceptionally earthy, bland aroma save some sweet bready fragrance. Flavor is sweet and dominated by the malts. A mid-sized hop presence, predominantly herbal, finishes the brew. Pretty easy, and not bad. But it's not a big winner either. You can get it some spots locally for 2 bucks a bottle at the bar. That's probably worth it. Otherwise...eh.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of darklager
4.18/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

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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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