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Brewed by Marstonís
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Burton-on-Trent, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 577   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98/5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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.


klas' rating

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
klas (405) - - MAR 23, 2013
Bitter but not a lot of hoppiness. Classic IPA rsther than modern. Or maybe not an IPA at all.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
djoeye (3640) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - SEP 26, 2016
Aroma; fruity rounded herbal malt character, dark fruity leafy hops to the nose, maybe a small caramel note, all in all a very straight clean aroma. Look; off white modest foam, clear deep golden body. Taste; hops, crystal barley malts, herbs, grapefruit peel, "crystal grain" - leading to a fruity hoppy finish. Feel; clean, easy, natural co2. Overall; quality IPA, a true british one, very british. [50cl.btl 5.7% BB.28APR17 #B6088]

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Wischylini (256) - Grimstad, NORWAY - SEP 3, 2016
Appearance Pours a clear amber, with a medium white head
Aroma Lightly kilned malt, British hops, ie. floral and mildly earthy, biscuits, soap
Taste Very sweet up front, with a mildly bitter finish
Palate Medium body, low carbonation

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sound67 (696) - Offenbach, GERMANY - SEP 3, 2016
Bottle, 500ml. *** Colour: Deep hazy amber, with a small, fluffy off-white head. *** Nose: Mildly sweetish aroma of orchard fruit, biscuit malt and a hint of floral hops. Mouthfeel: Medium body, hardly watery. Soft carbonation. *** Taste: Nice balance of bitter, flowery hops and softer malts at the start, some generic fruitness, too. Maltier in the middle, but still bitter, with some lemon. Finish is medium bitter, again hops & malt in equal balance. Lasting, mediumb bitter hop aftertaste. *** Impressions: Better than I expected after the fairly mediocre reviews I read on Ratebeer - but they shouldnít have printed the "IPA" this big - itís not an IPA. Instead, expect a solid best bitter, very well balanced, just a tad thin for the ABV, but highly drinkable. Good mainstream ale.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Svarun (112) - - AUG 18, 2016
Clear golden, small white head. Aroma of floral hops. Medium body with some bitterness. Dry finish. Good.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 4/20
docrty (1) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2016 does not count
Lost my sense of smell in my 20ís after cauterisation procedures so aroma is not on my radar. Tastes pretty good though so palate over nose for me. Very drinkable - my current goto. My preferences have always been bitter and strong. This fits the bill. Consistent. I also believe in the glass bottle as a safe storage mechanism for humans.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Smyles (5) - - JUN 29, 2016 does not count
Nothing special but good aftertaste and overall drinkabilty particularly considering the high alcoholic content

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gehbe (226) - Vilnius, LITHUANIA - JUN 17, 2016
Weak offwhite head, clear. Hardly any aroma, some fruits, some malt. Tastes a bit better - mildly bitter, some caramel and malt. Mild bitter finish. Nice on the palate - medium body, fairly drinkable. Sort of a "best bitter" with weak aroma, not an IPA. Drinkable, but I was expecting an IPA.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
canddw (100) - - MAY 28, 2016
Light amber clear beer, quite high carbonation and frothy head. Light, fairly generic hoppy nose with a hint of lemon. Uninspired taste, light, hints of biscuit, caramel, grass, some bitterness in the finish. Inoffensive..

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2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Desaparecida (6) - Wuppertal, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - MAY 25, 2016 does not count
Doesnít really taste like an IPA, although on the new bottles those letters are printed all over the label. Maybe Iíve never tried an IPA with english hops before... The citrus notes are totally missing and it tastes very malty and sweet like bread and caramel.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
ndburns (166) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2016
500ml bottle from Asda. Pours a clear and pale amber with a small white head. Aroma is malt, hops, cut grass. Taste is similar, a little sweet, a little bitter.


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