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


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RATINGS: 349   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (8280) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (5055) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2447) - Chicago, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
manuchampions (1243) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nickd717 (3860) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 9, 2010
500ml bottle from K&L. Pours a slightly hazed reddish-amber color with a huge, lasting, foamy white head. The aroma is...brett? Really? Didn’t expect that. Besides that, there are floral hop notes and sweet hints of malt. The flavor is definitely bretty and funky, slightly sour. Not sure whether that was intended or not. Besides that, there is caramel malt and a considerable hop bite that is herbal and ESB-like with some floral and grapefruit notes. Alcohol is a little more assertive than it probably should be at 7.5%. The finish is earthy and ever so slightly metallic. Medium-bodied with some acidity on the palate and high carbonation from the infection and/or intentional addition of brett. This is a decent brett IPA overall, although I’m not sure whether they were intending it to be one or not. I think I’m going to file this one in the "WTF" file for now.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mcc5468 (121) - USA - AUG 31, 2010
From a 19 oz bittle. Aroma is spice (I can’t quite place it). Pours a cloudy orange with little head. The carbonation is definitely noticeable on the glass. Taste is the same odd (not necessarily bad) spice - just different.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bullit (4307) - Burgos, SPAIN - AUG 22, 2010
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Amber colour, off-white head. Aroma is caramel, flowery, yeasty, spicy. Flavour is caramel, candy sugar, fruits and yeast. Odd being an English strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
robertjm (830) - Albany, California, USA - JUL 29, 2010
First thing I notice when pouring it is the very fragrant aroma. Most definitely English hops, which have more of a "sweet" aroma than the traditional Left Coast hops we see here in the USA. Nice tight white head. Smallish in size. Orange body. Very clear body considering it’s filtered. First thing that comes to mind when taking a sip is black licorice, but there’s a hoppy finish to it. Average body for an IPA. Interesting to try, but won’t necessarily add it to me "have again" list due to price (abt $7/500ml)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
portableparty (2257) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 23, 2010
Bottle. Pour is amber in color and overly carbonated with tons of soapy head. Aroma bubblegum and malt (very mild). Taste hops and malt, I find it very mild (juicyfruit). Palate is full of carbonation and a dry finish. This one was not what I was expecting. Good brew just not what I was expecting!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 31, 2010
Bottle. Poured a clear medium orange color. The head was a few fingers high and yellowish with good retention and lacing. Smelled of musty corners, pale malt, flower blossom and citrusy candy. Light to medium bodied and slightly sweet with mild bitterness. Flavor followed the aroma pretty closely with the addition of dilute apple cider.

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