erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 14, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Iíve tried four of empireís beers and they all are very under-malted, not enough backbone. This one is rediculously hopped and without a descent backbone makes for a poor IPA. At the restaurant they have this advertised as 8.0%abv.
TheRoot (38) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was never so happy as the day I stepped into the Empire Brew pub on Main Street Buffalo. Yes it was on a school field trip and yes I returned to the bus with three pints of Purgatory under my belt and my food in a take out container because there wasnít enough time to eat but hey. The beer didnít look like much but it had a delicious citrus kick to it with just the right amount of hops. And yes Jer, it definitely is (well was sadly) a breakfast beer. Smooth mouthfeel, not overly distinctive head but a smooth bight from the hops with a great finish. I canít believe I had the presence of mind back then to make notes about this beer and more so that I found them but hey... thatís the way my brain works sime times!
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 16, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Summer 2002: Had this many times in the brewery and at a 4th of July party for the employees. This was a beer I enjoyed, but not my favorite one from Empire. Hazy golden/copper color. Citrus, & grapefruit notes, with some pine in the nose. Tastes quite bitter and aggressively hoppy, with an oily mouthfeel.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 7, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2005 grapey aroma with other fruit notes too...cloudy bronze color with a frothy and lacey head..tad grainy flavors with grapeseed touches and some hoppy bitterness thrown in for good times..
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the Rochester location. Clear amber. Small off-white head. Leafy, fresh hop aroma w/ lots of grapefruit. Sticky, medium body. Nice fresh hoppy flavour w/ good malt background.
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Matt calls it a breakfast beer; Tastes very much like grapefruit. Cest What offers Al's Cask Ale which is similar, but not as aggressively grapefruity as Purgatory. I was told it was 8% as well. The bitterness was nice, but its not the most refereshing beer in the world.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 12, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
This didnt strike me as an IPA, if that isnt a mistake and Empire thinks this is in fact an IPA. Citrusy to some extent, but has a bit of a stale hops flavor that lingers in the back of the palette. Moderate bitterness, but had that meaty/metallic flavor in the finish, similar to Ithaca Pale ale that i hate. as for the trivia, I guess. . . cascades!
jgb9348 (4282) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had at the Rochester location. Good colour, a somewhat hoppy smell, but more subtle than most Pales. A good overall beer, but the aftertaste is lacking and only hop flavours really show through. A good one to try if you are at one of the locations, but more of an APA instead of an IPA.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 11, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at the Syracuse location. Light bronze colour; fruity, citric hop nose (cascades); good quality bitterness - not overpowering but gives it a nice bite; after this, however, there is nothing else. Needs complexity and more malt.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange color. Piney hop aroma. Oily, plenty of organic hops, very big, finishes dry. Nice pale ale.
Radek Kliber (6287) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 6, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very small head, it does look like tea. Very sweet aroma almost like lemonade with sugar, but! ... Nicely bitter, good decent sample of an IPA.