Wilson Creek ESB | Olde Hickory Brewery

BA SCORE
85
very good
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
Ratings:
50
Reviews:
20
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
12.14%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 50 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of Onenote81
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of soulfly1492
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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 BigTrubble
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of thagr81us
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
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 tdm168
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
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 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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Photo of therope
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Lob
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of GTB
2/5  rDev -47.2%

Photo of DaveONan
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of KajII
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
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 oberon
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
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 cosmicevan
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
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 dprophet
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of CooperEllis
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
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 UNCCTDawg
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of jmarsh123
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
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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Photo of EasyReader
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of NCbeerpirate
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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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Photo of Jason
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
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 lanamj
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
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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Photo of mechamifune
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
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 jgreenearrow
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
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 wcudwight
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
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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Wilson Creek ESB from Olde Hickory Brewery
3.79 out of 5 based on 50 ratings.
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