Wilson Creek ESB | Olde Hickory Brewery

Wilson Creek ESBWilson Creek ESB
BA SCORE
3.81/5
50 Ratings
Wilson Creek ESBWilson Creek ESB
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by wcudwight on 12-06-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,696
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
50
pDev:
12.07%
Bros Score:
4.15
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
3
Trade:
0
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2/5  rDev -47.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of CooperEllis
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Bomber is labeled Wilson Creek E.S.B. so reviewing it here.
Freshness dated "Before March '12"

from brentk56 in the '11 SSBIF

It's a bit light in the glass. Amber, bright, few bubbles until to you tap it a bit to hard on the table then there is a small explosion.

Thin lacing, sticks but not sticky. So much grain in the nose.

Malt, a bit more malt but gentle on the palate. The after taste is square, four corners of malt, baked apple and oatmeal. nothing flowing or improvisational. It might not be jazz, but it is certainly solid. The mouthfeel is smooth, light without much in the end. Light end of carbonation as well. Easy to drink but it's missing something.

(143rd)

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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 jmarsh123
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep caramel with a wispy head.

Aroma is fresh baked bread. Not a whole lot of hops and the bready aroma is center stage.

This is a malt bomb. Lots of toasted bread and some earthy hops, but malts are center stage. Finishes with a sweet yeasty grainy flavor.

Mouthfeel and carb are good.

This one doesn't really do it for me. A bit too sweet. I'd prefer if the malt bill were dialed back a bit as there's promise here, but definitely above average and definitely better when it warmed a touch.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of soulfly1492
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Mild for a bitter. Sweet pale and crystal malts, some darker malts in the mix, albeit small doses. Hops are mild to moderate and are pine and floral rather than citrus.

Appearance: Deep copper, clear when held up to a light. Head is pure white, mild retention and lots of lacing.

Taste: Nice blend of malts, pilsner, munich and crystal. Mostly sweet with some added bitterness. Some fuity esters from the malts and yeast, not from the hops. Little citrus. Some of the darker malts show up as roasty notes.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. A bit watery. Finishes moderately dry.

Overall: Overall a good brew. Nice complex malt flavor.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of cackalacky
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of WOLFGANG
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of thagr81us
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured red-orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, caramel hop, earth, and earth hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, bitter hop, caramel, dark chocolate, earth, and earth hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. I was really surprised to find the dark chocolate note in this one. It really added a nice bit of complexity to this one that tied the bitter and sweet aspects together. All of the proper notes for the style were definitely there as well. Worth trying if you get the opportunity and definitely do so if you are a fan of the style.

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Photo of oberon
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Iam not sure if this is the same ESB I had at Amos Howards last spring.Poured into an imperial nonic a brilliant burnt orange with a soapy-like 1/2 finger white head that left a half ring of lace at settled pretty quickly.Fruity esters over top of crispy bread malt,myself I would have liked a little more bready malt but it's still appetizing none the less.Bready malt and juicy fruit on the palate,mild caramel/biscuit and leafy hops in the finish.It's a nice ESB I will say my favorite American ESB's are brewed in Pennsylvania where a few breweries make great bready renditions,this is above average.

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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 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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3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep copper orange with a hint of ruby coloring. A nice dense finger of light caramel head results from a somewhat aggressive pour, fantastic lacing and retention!

S - Some light APA type fruits, earthy hops and biscuity grain mostly. Sweeter sugary caramel malts peek through as it warms slightly. A little faint

T - A quick hit of bitter earthy hops lasts for a split second before the sweet caramel malts and light sweet fruits and honey come through. The bitterness continues to linger throughout the taste as I continue to drink. More biscuity towards the end, the aftertaste is mildly astringent and bitter.

M - Good mouthfeel, fairly light, well carbonated, refreshing.

O - Not bad but I'm getting too much apple type fruityness and the flavors seem a little confused... or maybe my palates confused, just a little hard for me to grasp

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Brixx Wood Fired Pizza - Uptown (October 2011):

The beer appeared to be a nice, clear, deep reddish/dark amber color that produced a nice, foamy, white head that was decently retained and that ultimately left some lacing on the glass.

The aroma was good, a solid and fresh malty aroma with hints of earthy hops, wood and yeast. A pleasant aroma.

The taste is what one would expect from the style...a solid malt backbone, toasted malt, earthly hops and perhaps some fruit. The beer had a full and lasting flavor.

The beer had a lighter body and it was very easy to drink, very smooth and refreshing. Overall, this is a good representation of the style and a very enjoyable beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of jak
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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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