buzzadvert (4) - Midwest, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 29, 2009 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Uhhhhh. . . . Picture Homer with tongue hanging out on couch. Camera pans over to floor. Three empty Bridge Burner Ale bottles lying on floor. This is what I aspire to most days. And with the high alcohol count, three would probably do it. I leave the fruit and flower comparisons to the other raters; to me this is as good as a hoppy ale gets. After consuming a significant number of these since Lakefront came out with it, I’m forced to reevaluate my dislike of Pale Ale. This is not, by the way, listed as or called a pale ale, but it is very similar to one (but heavier, more alcohol). Through from Milwaukee, I’m only marginally a fan of this brewery’s other beers--I’ll drink ’em in a pinch. This one is different--a true keeper and my favorite ale!
omhper (18746) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled at Stockholm Beer Festival. Cloudy brownish amber, small head. Caramelly nose with grapefruit atop. Mid-sweet, medium-full bodied, clean rounded mouthfeel. Floral canteloupe hops. Dryish finish with growing piny bitterness. Aromatic and pleasant.
rlgk (9016) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - SEP 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival 2009. Hazy brown color, small offwhite head. Hoppy floral aroma, some sweet fruits, caramel notes. Dry hoppy flavor, grassy with some toffee. Hoppy bitter finish.
unclemattie (3995) - Georgia, USA - SEP 8, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Medium brown - reddish color. Tall, foamy light tan colored head. Lots of lace. Aroma of ripe grapefruit, lots of them. Nice dark caramel and a bit of fruit. The flavor is big and bold. Rich toasted malts, lots of toffee and caramel. A bit of woody hops add to the bitterness along with big citrus rind. This is a great beer. An Imperial ESB with big American Hops!
hayduke (3130) - Eureka, California, USA - SEP 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 22 oz bottle this poured a nice dark orange that raised a big foamy tan head that would not settle. When it finally did it left fat lacing rings in the glass. The nose on this is full of the aromas of ripe fruit, caramel malts, and even a little citrus. Very rich and creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is malty, with the taste of caramel malts, toffee, oranges, and ripe figs. Light bitter finish not very different than barley wine. This is a very nice American Strong Ale.
nuplastikk (4088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Toffee thick orange-brown color. Big, foamy head. Astringent seawater hop aroma, thick. Relatively mellow carbonation-wise, almost like a nitro IIPA. The thick malt really shines through, making it a pretty balanced product. Not really bitter at all, has an almost vegetable finish. A touch watery and thin, but unique and enjoyable.
GJF (1193) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - SEP 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really enjoyed this one. Pours a dark amber. The flavor is loaded with caramel malt, sweet up front, but then a nice dry, grassy hop finish with a touch of alcohol warming. I dig it.
ScottyP (425) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - SEP 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear amber with off white head. Aroma of caramel, bread, grapefruit, pine hops. Similar taste
Butters (3658) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at Lithy’s Septemberfest tasting. Pours a clear dark amber with thin tan head. Nose of sweet caramel malt and some mild alcohol. Flavor is much the same. Tasty. Syrupy.
BBB63 (5696) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 6, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle and served in my Duval snifter, Slight gusher but was able not to lose any beer. Mahogany with a nice frothy off-white head and excellent lacework. The aroma has notes of caramel and bready malts, plum wine and fig, herbal and resiny hops, and a hint of DMS. The taste starts sweet malty and fruity with a foothold of bittering hops around the edges. There is a medicinal undertone which is a bit of turn off. The mouth feel is slick but a tad thin. An okay brew but nothing to write home about.