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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


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nickd717 (3573) - 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.

3.1
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bullit (4030) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
robertjm (776) - 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)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
portableparty (1956) - 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!

3.5
   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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gary (1465) - the hood Brentford, London,, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2011 (500ml bottle) Somewhat like a English Doubble IPA , but with some pungent brett like notes, esp in the nose. Hoppiness and (intended -or un?) funk unites very well here. When I drink a beer from Burton Bridge im usually struck with 1) some innovation & creativity . 2) Complexity and interest. I would like to reflect on this of cask in the near future.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (5072) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2010
This dingy golden beer has a small layer of off white suds. Some nice cinnamon spice in the aroma. A bit of yeast. That spice also comes out in the taste with nice gentle fruit and light bitterness. Hops are complex and delightful. Some alcohol warming. A well brewed beer that was enjoyed.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (8944) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 14, 2010
Light amber pour in the glass with a very thick head. Nose and taste is bitter hops. Rated 9/28/2000

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (10651) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2010
Bottle conditioned, 500ml from the Real Ale Shop, Wells next the Sea, Norfolk. Orange amber with white head. Plenty of beery aroma on opening which then goes into a particularly drying bitterness with lots of hop character, well defined for a beer aged by 4 years. Spiciness in the hop, full enough without dominating. Really quite decent.


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