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, Iím 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, Iím only marginally a fan of this breweryís other beers--Iíll drink íem in a pinch. This one is different--a true keeper and my favorite ale!
bierwolf (4) - glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2010 does not count
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This brew pours a thick brownish head that forms a nice lace-work as the glass empties. When held up to the light this beer is a clear, very deep ruby-red color (looks like a schwartzbier when not held up to the light). The aroma is of very fresh hops; I would guess that this brew is generously dry-hopped. As the beer warms in the glass, some caramel malt is noticeable under the hop aroma. Fresh, powerful, quality hops are what dominate the taste as well, beneath the hops are flavors of dark malt, toasted malt, and most subtly, caramel malt with a medium-high level of hop bitterness. If I didnít know this was an ale I would guess that it was a lager, the taste has that clean, well roundedness that good lagers do. This beer has a very lively taste due to its not being pasteurized (no odd cooked flavors), unfortunately not all of Lakefrontís beers fare this well. This brew is full bodied with a mouthfeel that is creamy and velvety which is supported by lively, tiny-bubbled carbonation. The finish is long and complex with strong hops giving way to dark malt, hop bitterness, then the caramel malts stay with you. The warming sensation of the alcohol is pleasant. I would recommend this beer to those who like the strong flavors and aromas of classic hops with dark malt underneath (this combination is somewhat rare). This is definitely a BIG beer, and due to its hoppy nature, it is also a great belcher (wine drinkers eat your hearts out)! The only reason that I didnít give this one an even higher score is because I think that the hops are too dominant in the flavor, and as a result the flavor of the malt gets buried. Six months of aging, however, may bring things into balance!
dwyerpg (4643) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 4, 2010
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Has a wonderful fruity hoppy aroma. Really great. This beer is easily the best Lakefront beer Iíve had. Not even close. Plenty of hops, but this has some graininess and thickness thatís quite enjoyable. Very pleasantly surprised. Nice smooth final finish, after the hops die away.
wlajwl (4054) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 16, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Has the appearence and color of a porter, although the taste very much does not. Resinous hops, complex malt flavor, a very nice ASA.
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 26, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
26-Jan-11 (22-oz bottle, Bottled in Jan 2009: Purchased 30-Dec-09 for $5.49 at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA) I figured a year of cellaring would be fine for this beer, only to discover today that in actuality, the beer was already a year old when I bought it, so this is a two-year-old bottle. But as it turns out, this unexpected surprise is a blessing because this beer is absolutely delicious right now. A big, malty beer, the medium-sweet, caramely malts exhibit additional flavors of toasted bread, toffee, earth, and decayed trees. Beautiful fruitiness includes orange rind, fig, prune, and raisin. The hops have obviously mellowed over the two years, but certainly have not disappeared, as piney, orange-citrusy, and dusty hops linger in the background, but without contributing any bitterness. And the earthy, decayed wood, and slightly mushroomy character is not to be overlooked. So delicious! Similar aromas of caramely and toasty malt, toffee, orange citrus, earth, fallen trees, and pungent mushrooms, but the hops exudes a bit more of the piney and dusty character than the flavor does. Itís full bodied and rich on the palate, and though fairly sweet, a dusty dryness and light acidity strokes the palate from entry to finish, keeping the mouthfeel balanced and wonderfully drinkable for such a big beer. Light-medium carbonation is smooth and velvety, just perfect. The beer pours a very cloudy, amber-brown body with half an inch of creamy, beige head that slowly settles to thin layer and wide ring that deposits a decorative ring of lacing at the top of the glass. Overall, while this is not the hoppy beer it presumably once was, it seems to have glided over toward a beer that is reminiscent of an English-style barley wine, and for me, that would be a positive evolution. By far, this is my favorite Lakefront brew to date.
shendrix (478) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 6, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I tried this on while on the Lakefront tour, and if nothing else had come out of that tour than the glass of amber, amber brew with a citrusy/ pine nose, it would have been well worth it. The palate was interesting. Toffee dancing with pine, cinnamon and cardamom against a fantastically yeasty base and lovely, fruity hops. The only negative on this beer? Too smooth, masking the alcohol. I did NOT drive home. :)
Aubrey (3451) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one surprised me, in a good way. Poured deep ruby-red with lofty and lasting head that left behind sticky, foamy lace. Mouthfeel was full, creamy and smooth. Rich malt flavors were full of dark toast, nuts, and woodsy molasses. Hops were zingy and electric, with snappy twinges of pine, grass, weeds and orange peel. Healthy amount of bitterness balanced well with the sweetness. Surprisingly good beer.
unclemattie (4262) - 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!
crossovert (7902) - Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
It pours into my Lakefront pint a dark brown with hints of red. It has a foamy tan head that sticks nicely and slowly dissipates with nice lacing.
The smell has a nice hop presence. IT has a lot of citrus rind. There is a caramel nuttiness that lingers underneath.
The flavor is big It has a lot of sweetness, but also a decent amount of hops. It isnít overly bitter but it gets the job done. It has some melony, limey hops that have a medium bitterness level. The malt is mostly dark sugar. It works very nicely, it would be great aged in oak.
Another solid limited release form Lakefront.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-02-2011 23:50:40
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 19, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark copper color. Smell of pine, hops, caramel, grass, flowers, root beer, citrus, bread, pepper and malt. Tastes the same. I think this is a solid brew and one of my new favorites from Lakefront! Great job!