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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: 510   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.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2005
True to the IPA style (initially malty ending in a dry bitter finish), but not very exciting. The bottle is nicely shaped and all but clear (why?). The beer is listed as a "premium bitter/ESB" - maybe the IBU isn’t high enough?

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivnizub (9161) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - SEP 22, 2005
Big fluffy head, dark golden to light amber coloured, clear; big floral hoppiness in the nose, traces of sulphur, malt and honey; initial slight malty sweetness gives way to a moderate bitter-aromatic flavour, ending in a dry, long lasting bitter-fruity finish; a quite fine IPA, quite pleasant, very smooth, refreshing........

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (21545) - Vasa, FINLAND - SEP 10, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2006 Bottled. Golden colour, mediumsized white head. Hoppy nose with fruity hints. Strong hopped flavour with some sweetishbitter fruity hints. Wellbalanced, and hops grows in the long aftertaste. Mouthdrying. Aroma reminds of a bitter, while flavour is very IPAish. 5 2 7 3 10

. Bottled (re-rate Dec 2006). Copperish golden colour, mediumsized white foamy head, lacing. Fruity and flowery hops in aroma along with some grass and caramel. Flavour is flowery hops, caramel and nice bitterish grass in aftertaste. Refreshing. 6 3 7 4 13.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (14461) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2005
Bottle from Morrisons. Orangecopper colour. Extremely hoppywithbiscuitymalts. Reallygood hoppy finish one of the best IPAs I’ve had recently from the UK. Tangy dry hoppy

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DonMagi (5595) - 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 (5978) - 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 (10980) - 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 (13955) - Sřnderborg, 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.


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