Wilson Creek ESB
Olde Hickory Brewery

Wilson Creek ESBWilson Creek ESB
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Style:
English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
Ranked #78
ABV:
not listed
Score:
85
Ranked #26,110
Avg:
3.81 | pDev: 12.07%
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
50
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Olde Hickory Brewery
 
North Carolina, United States
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SCORE
85
Very Good
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Reviews by mechamifune:
Photo of mechamifune
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deeo amber with very little head. A very clean looking beer. Lacing is nice and carbonation is evident.

Smell is of malt/caramel though relatively subtle. Not any hops in the nose beyond what I would call a slightly "earthy" componant.

Taste is slightly sweet up front followed by bready/caramel/toffee notes. Slight bitterness to the finish but not that strong. A great overall taste for the style.

Mouthfeel is pretty creamy and smooth and works well with the flavor profile.

Overall this is a nice example of the style. I just wish it came in a six pack rather than a bomber. Very pleasant and sessionable but if you're looking for a beer with big notes this won't be your cup of tea.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of core42
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of tdm168
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark orangish amber with a mountain of loose, bubbly, soft, white head that has great retention

S - lightly malty, a bit earthy

T - lightly malty, faintly nutty, a hint of caramel

M - a bit crisp, heavily carbonated, medium bodied

This is a rather mediocre ESB. The flavor is there but it's light. Drinkability is high, but if you're looking for something that's traditional you'll probably want to look elsewhere.

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Photo of NCbeerpirate
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of dprophet
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of mc4z
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of KajII
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Nonic Pint glass]

The pour was a hazy medium reddish brown with a large off white frothy head that had decent retention, reducing after a while to about a semi thin layer of film and a large collar which did allow for excellent sheeting of sticky lace.

The aroma was of a biscuit malt, an herbal hop and an earthy yeast with notes of a mild caramel, honey and a bit of dried fruit (raisins).

The taste was sweet and boldly malty with a hint of caramel and honey early on and progressed into a decently pronounced hoppy flavor with just a mild note of dark fruit at the end. The flavor stuck around for an average duration after the swallow with a moderate harsh hoppy ending.

Mouthfeel was just a tad above light in body and extremely creamy and yet a little dry in texture with nice mild carbonation.

Overall a very full flavored and smooth ESB, one that I enjoyed immensely...

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Photo of therope
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of lanamj
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served into a Duck Rabbit pint glass.

A- A very copper color that is very translucent. It was a soft pour so not to much head was generated, but I've had it on tap and know it creates a nice foamy white head. Which is slightly present here. A soap lacing is left behind on the glass.

S- Lots of sweet malts and bread. I get some honey and biscuits. Not to much in the way of a hop profile. Kinda one-sided.

T- A lot more complex then the nose. All of the aroma components from the nose, sweet malts, biscuit, honey and bread are all present but they're balanced with a beautiful hop bitterness. Just what it should be.

M- Nice and smooth. Medium body that seems flat on the tongue and active in the throat ( like sprite ). Not to much carbonation, just enough.

O- A very nice beer from OHB. The drinkability is very nice and it seems the flavor is well paired with anything. I wish the nose was a little more but still pleasant enough. This beer is one I find my self getting again and again and again...

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of GTB
2/5  rDev -47.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of Axnjxn
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on draft at beer study in chapel hill. teku glass.

pours a dark orange with an inch thick head. more hops than most esbs, though smell isn't intense. excellent taste. bready and sweet flavor, reality great. malts are the big thing here, but the hops are there too. medium bodied, mild carbonation.

very recommended for ESB fans. liked a lot.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of cackalacky
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of LikeARollingStout
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Enjoy by October 13.

A - Pours a lovely copper/orange with just over a finger's worth of head that dissipated quickly. Spotty lacings.

S - Piney hops, sweet malts, and a good deal of booze.

T - Malt-forward with a mild earthy hop kick on the end. Very biscuity, and strong notes of caramel/honey/toffee. A bit sweeter than I'd like, but it's still delicious.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - A great take on the ESB. I'd like to see this hoppier/stronger, but solid overall.

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Photo of msscott1973
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JWhat
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BEER88
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Wilson Creek ESB from Olde Hickory Brewery
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 50 ratings