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Brewed by Marstons (Marstons plc)
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Burton-on-Trent, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 506   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Pasteurised.
Old Empire is brewed using Optic malt, a subtle and paler grain that will allow other flavours to come through on the palate. Goldings and Fuggles hops are added to this brew, which is then late hopped with the American Cascade variety for extra hop strength.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2005
Oooh i amell and taste hopps Ooihhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Welcome to beeer fellows......ehh fuck off.....................................

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2005
Light amber in appearance with a number of largish bubbles clinging desperately to the side of the glass. A grain-forward aroma, plus layers of bitter hop, pleasant skunk and banana peel. The fairly dry palate carries a medium-strength bitterness and average length for an IPA. Refreshing and palate-cleansing, but could use a little more pop and complexity.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2005
short white head on a golden body. It has the charasteristic hoppy taste of an IPA. Nice drinking, but could be a bit stronger on the hops and malt.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jonas (5937) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUL 9, 2005
Bottle
Very pale amber no head. Light piney hop aroma. Bisquit malt and typical english hops, some citrus,tinny herbal hop exit. Lightbodied, grassy aftertaste.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (10878) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2005
Bottled, Pasteurised. Orange gold colour with short head. Quite a bit maltier than its cask bretheren, softer too, I would hope for more hop twang than this has to call itself an IPA. Nicely Burtonised though, with a chalky watery base, then a soft fruitiness comes through with a fullish flavour. Quite a drinkable beer but could have done with more oomph.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MiP (13913) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2005
Bottle. Grassy aroma. Golden colour, unstable white head. Flowery and grassy flavour from the hops. The aromatic hoppiness is fresh and well balanced against the bitterness.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chriso (7475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2005
Decent enough for a pasteurised beer. But, like the cask version, I thought it too heavy on soft malt and too lacking in hop wallop to make the grade as a genuine IPA. Full marks for the concept. Unfortunately the execution is competent but uninspired. A bit of sulphur on the nose - no surprise for a Marstons beer. 500ml bottle.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - JUN 9, 2005
Bottle from Sainsbury’s. Good full bodied Burton IPA. Light golden colour. Aroma of vanilla, hops, slight sulphur smack. Mouthfeel good. Finish of fruity hops, not overly bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2005
Lovely colour and a reasonable white head. Delightful fresh, herby, flowery aroma, like a summer meadow, followed by a refreshing bitterness that lasts well. Good beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25076) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2005 (Bottle 50 cl) Beautiful, deep amber with a small, dense off-white head. Pronounced aromatic hoppiness well balanced with a light caramel-like malt-sweetness. I don’t agree that this isn’t an IPA (as the brewery also calls it). 270105


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