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Brewed by Burton Bridge
Style: English Strong Ale
Burton-on-Trent, England

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RATINGS: 345   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle Conditioned. Has appeared in cask as a special.
Previously known as Empire Ale.

Light in color, strong and heavily hopped.
Colour: Pale
Nose: Strong hoppy aroma
Taste: Very bitter beer
Hops: Challenger with Styrian used as a late copper hop
Malt: Pale & Invert sugar No.2


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stu22 (14) - - JAN 28, 2012
Bottle from Wineways, Harrogate. Pours golden with a dense head. Toffee on the nose. The palate is rich, full and fragrant. Citrus fruit, caramel, floral hop character - it carries it’s 7.5% well and is very moreish. Creamy and some sweetness to finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2011
A - dried fruit and Cotten candy A - dark gold with no head T - light sweet and sour with alcohol and controlled bitter P - full and soft O - decent

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tommann (2816) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2011
500ml bottle. Pours dark orange with a thin head. Aroma is earthy, gassy orange. Taste is sweet, some alcohol and cloying orange on the finish. Low carbonation.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
meerbier (1474) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2011
Bottle@Home. Grainy aroma with cinnamon and sweet apples, alcoholic. Amber, off-white irregular head, fair lace. Sweet, apples, bitter, very very alcoholic. Off-flavours and unbalanced.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kaser (3025) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2012 Not what I expected at all, pours orange with quite a bit of head. Not much aroma - light. Smooth, didn’t find it too hoppy, a little bitter. Wouldn’t buy it again but wouldn’t turn it away either.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
prawlie (1175) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2011
Bottle from Beers of Europe poured into a pint glass. Vibrant orange and a bit cloudy. No head at all. Smooth, somewhat hopped, acidic. Hoppy aroma. Quite plain actually, but hides its alcohol content reasonably well.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6700) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 16, 2011
Bottle from Star Grocery, Berkeley. Pours murky light amber with a thin white head and a floral aroma. There is a sweet pale malt flavor that quickly turns very bitter and slightly sour with a little banana ester. This is quite strong and a bit strange for a British ale, yet quite enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (4001) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 28, 2011
Hoppy aroma with a hint of tea to it. The appearance is pale orange and cloudy. The flavor starts with a hop bite to it with citrus and a touch of alcohol following. A very good English Ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2040) - Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2011
Hazy amber/orange color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, fruit, caramel, & floral; Flavor of slight roasted sweet malt, caramel, spicy hops, fruit, and citrus; Finish is slightly bitter; Nicely balanced; Overall, pretty good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
manuchampions (1237) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 5, 2011
Old rate. 500ml bottle from Smokeless Joe’s in Toronto. Pours a cloudy yellow amber with a booming white head. Aroma of banana bread and a bit of evergreen. This is fairly malty and the big esters give it a bit of uniqueness. Alcohol fairly evident and yet the taste profile is really wonderful. A bold and assertive English IPA.


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