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Wilson Creek ESB | Olde Hickory Brewery

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3.81/5
Very Good
50 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States
oldehickorybrewery.com

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by wcudwight on 12-06-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#19,006
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
50
pDev:
12.07%
Bros Score:
4.15
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
3
Trade:
0
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Photo of EasyReader
5/5  rDev +31.2%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of dprophet
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of cosmicevan
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

picked this one up in NC around the holidays. says fresh before march 2012 and the clock is ticking so why not tick it tonight? poured into a duck rabbit snifter.

a - a hard pour yeilds a transparent reddish orange brew with a finger full of frothy white foamy head. some carbonation can be seen.

s - very nice festive malt. a hint of potpouri and autumn. somewhat marzen like.

t - oh wow, that is quite nice. again, marzen comes to mind. very festive on the malt. good potpouri and craft store vibe to the flavor. apples and cinnamon. i dig it quite a lot.

m - smooth and crisp. refreshing.

o - overall, this may be the best ESB i've ever had. the spicing really adds an element of tastiness to a style that although i have been appreciating a lot more...i don't particularly find all that exciting. as opposed to a hopped out version, olde hickory took the malt and zested it up. if it didn't say ESB on the bottle, i'd swear this was a fresh oktoberfest. nicely done.

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Photo of BigTrubble
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of jgreenearrow
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a medium brown walnut color with a thick tan head forming at the top of the pour. Lacing remains on the sides of the glass.

S: The nose is dominated by malt and caramel. Some slight hop notes are present as well.

T: Bitterness hits the tongue at the outset of the sip. The bitterness fades into a somewhat sweet strong malt backbone with the striking bitterness reemerging for the finish. Some slight floral and fruity tones combine with the bitterness to linger briefly after the sip.

M: This is a light to medium bodied beer with good carbonation.

Overall, this is an excellent ESB. The malt backbone is blended nicely with the bitterness to create and tasty, complex beer.

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Photo of Jason
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bomber with a freshness date.

LOOK: Orange amber, clear with a lively lacing on the glass.

SMELL: Caramel, ripe plums and pears, baked apple, cake batter, herbal hops, woody and earthy.

TASTE: Malt bomb, toasted bread, caramel, fresh grain, grassy, bark-like hops, earthy, woody, yeast, ripe orchard fruit.

Killer, soooo drinkable. Seriously, every sip I take I cry knowing that this bomber is the only one I have. There is balance, near perfection. To style, no doubt there.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruby, orange and gold in color. Intiially a nice head but it fades pretty fast to a thin lace on top. Nice sticky lacing.
Smells of caramel malts and citrus hops. Smells more hoppy than other ESBs.
The bitterness bites the tongue immediately. Hop heavy. More earthy than in the aroma and more earthy than thier popular Pale Ale. While being hoppy a caramel malt maintains the balance.
Medium bodied with some twang in the mouthfeel. This is a good one. I'd recommed it if you ever find it on-tap. It's not as good as the Table Rock PA(one of my favorites) but it's a nice beer to have as a change of pace.

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

Photo of SLeffler27
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale orange creamy foam continues to build well after the pour, ultimately reaching equal parts head to beer. The head lasts an eternity as it slowly turns rocky over a clear, dark amber beer while continuous random carbonation ferments from within. Dense clouds of lace are left behind on the Dogfish Head Fisheye pint glass.

Apricot gives way to honey and caramel with spice and caraway, imparting a freshness on this beer.

Opening with a nice, bitter bite that is equaled by a grainy or bready flavor. There is some acidity and lots of caramelized sugar, though not too sweet.

A full body with prickly carbonation and soft texture, followed by a hint of alcohol.

This stands up as an everyday beer with lots of character. It is quite satisfying on a hot Sunday afternoon and the bottle can easily be finished in one sitting.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of GennyCreamAle
4/5  rDev +5%

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

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

Photo of Onenote81
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the OHB Tap room recently. Came out a dark honey orange with a small cap on top. Nose carried some vegetable scent, noble hops, grass. Crisp, mouth with moderate carbonation. Mild bitterness with dry character. Subtle fruit-like sweetness pulls through. This is a balanced bitter beer, that pared really well with my burger. Sorry I've passed over this one for so long. I may have to grab a few bottles now.

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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 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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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 wedge
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

@ Busy Bee

Clear, dark amber color with a small white head on top. Smooth, pleasant aromas of bread, fruit, and light caramel malt. Refreshing malty flavor...earthy sweetness, toasted malt, sweet tea, and mild fruity esters with a slightly bitter finish. Notes of apple and spice. Fine carbonation, medium bodied, and fairly crisp. This is a nice, smooth, well-blended ESB from OH. I had a few...

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Wilson Creek ESB from Olde Hickory Brewery
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 50 ratings
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