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style
Brewed by Burton Bridge
Style: English Strong Ale
Burton-on-Trent, England

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unknown

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RATINGS: 354   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle Conditioned. Has appeared in cask as a special.
Previously known as Empire Ale.

Light in color, strong and heavily hopped.
Colour: Pale
Nose: Strong hoppy aroma
Taste: Very bitter beer
Hops: Challenger with Styrian used as a late copper hop
Malt: Pale & Invert sugar No.2

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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2011
A - dried fruit and Cotten candy A - dark gold with no head T - light sweet and sour with alcohol and controlled bitter P - full and soft O - decent

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tommann (3616) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2011
500ml bottle. Pours dark orange with a thin head. Aroma is earthy, gassy orange. Taste is sweet, some alcohol and cloying orange on the finish. Low carbonation.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
meerbier (1474) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2011
[email protected] Grainy aroma with cinnamon and sweet apples, alcoholic. Amber, off-white irregular head, fair lace. Sweet, apples, bitter, very very alcoholic. Off-flavours and unbalanced.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kaser (6070) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2012 Not what I expected at all, pours orange with quite a bit of head. Not much aroma - light. Smooth, didnt find it too hoppy, a little bitter. Wouldnt buy it again but wouldnt turn it away either.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
prawlie (1564) - East Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2011
Bottle from Beers of Europe poured into a pint glass. Vibrant orange and a bit cloudy. No head at all. Smooth, somewhat hopped, acidic. Hoppy aroma. Quite plain actually, but hides its alcohol content reasonably well.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (9970) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 16, 2011
Bottle from Star Grocery, Berkeley. Pours murky light amber with a thin white head and a floral aroma. There is a sweet pale malt flavor that quickly turns very bitter and slightly sour with a little banana ester. This is quite strong and a bit strange for a British ale, yet quite enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (6597) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 28, 2011
Hoppy aroma with a hint of tea to it. The appearance is pale orange and cloudy. The flavor starts with a hop bite to it with citrus and a touch of alcohol following. A very good English Ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2837) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2011
Hazy amber/orange color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, fruit, caramel, & floral; Flavor of slight roasted sweet malt, caramel, spicy hops, fruit, and citrus; Finish is slightly bitter; Nicely balanced; Overall, pretty good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 5, 2011
Old rate. 500ml bottle from Smokeless Joes in Toronto. Pours a cloudy yellow amber with a booming white head. Aroma of banana bread and a bit of evergreen. This is fairly malty and the big esters give it a bit of uniqueness. Alcohol fairly evident and yet the taste profile is really wonderful. A bold and assertive English IPA.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nickd717 (4557) - Sofia, BULGARIA - NOV 9, 2010
500ml bottle from K&L. Pours a slightly hazed reddish-amber color with a huge, lasting, foamy white head. The aroma is...brett? Really? Didnt expect that. Besides that, there are floral hop notes and sweet hints of malt. The flavor is definitely bretty and funky, slightly sour. Not sure whether that was intended or not. Besides that, there is caramel malt and a considerable hop bite that is herbal and ESB-like with some floral and grapefruit notes. Alcohol is a little more assertive than it probably should be at 7.5%. The finish is earthy and ever so slightly metallic. Medium-bodied with some acidity on the palate and high carbonation from the infection and/or intentional addition of brett. This is a decent brett IPA overall, although Im not sure whether they were intending it to be one or not. I think Im going to file this one in the "WTF" file for now.


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