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


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RATINGS: 348   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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

Flipbrewer's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Flipbrewer (33) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 13, 2004
Bottled.This was a strange brew indeed. I started out not liking it very much but enjoyed it quite a bit towards the end. Upon opening it was extremely carbonated and slowly gushed for 3 minutes before I decided to pour it. The flavor, aroma, and texture were quite harsh and not at all pleasant (smelled like a dirty dishrag for one thing). However once it warmed up and lost some carbonation its character changed and became quite pleasing, almost like a very mild and sweet lambic. The following then is what I experienced and rated when the beer de-gassed for a bit and warmed up to 60F: No head and no lacing at all; nice hazy med-gold color.Aroma was sweet and fruity layered with a hint of bubblegum, a subtle oaky "brettiness", and a very present alcohol character. Off-dry, malty start; fruity mid-palate with some oakiness; finish was also off-dry with an assertive bitterness that carried into the aftertaste. The aftertaste had an interesting dry, husky malt character, akin to having chewed on a few grains of barley malt. Palate was med-full with a creamy, almost oily texture. So, to fully enjoy this beer I recommend letting it de-gas and warm up before drinking it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBlueSky93 (275) - Sutton Coldfield, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2015
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours hazy amber, was a bit lively, had a big 3 finger white head. Aroma of light malts and very dry hops. Taste is of initial caramel, biscuit, then citrus, lemon, orange, wee touch of grapefruit, touch of pine in there too. Very good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (21545) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2015
Bottled. Pale amber colour, small white head, which leaves some lace. Aroma is berries, caramel, some floral and resiny notes. Flavour is crisp toffeeish and biscuity notes along with some berries. Some slight alcohol sweetness to it as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (3902) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2014
Bottle from SarkyNorthener cheers Martin; clear golden amber pour with a big frothy off white head, pleasant assertive hop aroma, taste has citrus, biscuit, sweet caramel, a hint of pine, ABV makes itself known, bitter finish, overall an impressive English pale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hohops (433) - Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2014
Appearance is slightly hazy, light amber, plenty of bubbles, a big rocky clingy white head which settles down. Aroma- smells almost lambic- tart fruit, very citrussy, pine undertones, grapefruit and orange, slightly musty. Taste- big, big hop bitterness, but also sour, fruity- bitter orange and tangerine, like concentrated fruit juice. A hint of biscuity malt in the middle of the mouth, a lasting, bitter, fruity finish. Great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SarkyNorthener (2619) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2014
Bottle from national brewery centre, burton. Drank in caravan at a Hafan y mor, Wales. Slightly hazy amber beer, lively on opening with large foam head. Aroma is a little yeasty with dry hops. Taste is yeast, dry hops, citrus, some resin, caramel, slightly sweet malts and a dry finish. Palate has a little oil. Very nice, a proper IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Danev76 (506) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 7, 2014
Very strong fruity aroma with strong alcoholic hit. Dark amber colour, cloudy with ok head. Strong fruity up front, nectarine flavour with caramel finish. Heavy body with low to medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (2813) - BELGIUM - AUG 2, 2014
The classical Burton ale, precursor of the IPA’s we know today and honouring its 19th-century roots. Creamy, yellowish white, thin but stable head, colour a brownish copper, misty. Appealing aroma of orange juice and orange peel, white pepper, apple, rose petals, rhum, mint, honey, white wine, grapefruit, candi sugar and melon. Taste kicks off with a ’spicy’ sweetness, herbal, very fruity and citrussy, lively and appetising, then becoming increasingly malty, caramelly, bit honeyish with a sourish note, ending in an assertive, peppery and rooty hop bitterness, which spreads out gently over tongue and throat, while the sweetness also lingers a bit without being cloying and some warming alcohol is added without becoming astringent. A memorable, delicious and very well-balanced, appetising ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rondphoto (2543) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Hazy medium amber with dots of sediment, a generous head that sticks around, foamy lace that slowly slides back into the drink. Taste is a steady sour malt with light hop bittering. Taste moves smoothly through the palate to a distinctly sour finish. Not at all what I expected, but does go well with food (Taco Bell tonight). Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
danlo (1437) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2013
500ml bottle. Golden amber colour, foam white head and aroma of malt, orangey, lemon rind, yeast, sourish. Taste is malt caramel with fruity orange marmalade notes and a sourish bitterness through to the finish. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied, well carbonated. Went well with a curry, very drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardW (1633) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2013
Bottle, Mass in Mills, Matlock Bath. Exceptionally lively foamy pour, with a hazy amber colour. Yeasty and acidic aroma, lots of apple and gooseberry in the flavour, almost stinging on the inside of the mouth. Has Belgian sour characteristics, which I doubt are right, becomes quite sweet and sticky, with some orange and kiwi flavours. Odd......

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