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

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RATINGS: 356   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   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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3.8
Flipbrewer (33) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 13, 2004
Bottled.This was a strange brew indeed. I started out not liking it very much but enjoyed it quite a bit towards the end. Upon opening it was extremely carbonated and slowly gushed for 3 minutes before I decided to pour it. The flavor, aroma, and texture were quite harsh and not at all pleasant (smelled like a dirty dishrag for one thing). However once it warmed up and lost some carbonation its character changed and became quite pleasing, almost like a very mild and sweet lambic. The following then is what I experienced and rated when the beer de-gassed for a bit and warmed up to 60F: No head and no lacing at all; nice hazy med-gold color.Aroma was sweet and fruity layered with a hint of bubblegum, a subtle oaky "brettiness", and a very present alcohol character. Off-dry, malty start; fruity mid-palate with some oakiness; finish was also off-dry with an assertive bitterness that carried into the aftertaste. The aftertaste had an interesting dry, husky malt character, akin to having chewed on a few grains of barley malt. Palate was med-full with a creamy, almost oily texture. So, to fully enjoy this beer I recommend letting it de-gas and warm up before drinking it.


3.1
Patrickctenchi (6560) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAY 31, 2017
Bottle: Cloudy amber with a smooth beige head. Orange, almost gingery aroma. Taste is sweet....fruit, grain malt. Mild herbal bittering. OK....pretty sugary, though.

3.6
shrubber85 (11324) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAY 18, 2017
Bottle. Candi sugar, orange, toffee malt, alcohol, and hay aroma. Cloudy amber with nice light tan head. Moderately sweet sugar, orange, toffee malt, and moderately bitter grass flavor. Good body. Not bad - the hop level probably helped minimize the oxidation.

3.2
john44 (3078) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2017
Bottle. Dark Amber/Orange in colour. Flat; no carbonation at all. Hoppy; earthy hops. Fruity; orange-citrus. Malty; caramel, hint of chocolate. Yeasty and Spicy. Alcohol very evident and warming. Bitter hoppy citrus fruity throughout, ending lingeringly bitter and dry. Too bitter. Disappointing. (2008)

3.8
The_Osprey (7886) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2016
Bottle shared at home in Richmond, as ’Burton Bridge Empire Pale Ale’, 7.5%. Supposedly the closest thing you’ll find to an original export IPA. Amber orange, hazy, small foamy white head. Aroma is fruity and bready, some bretty funk, oaky. Body is smooth with soft carbonation. Taste is dry, mixed hop and brett character, citrus-forward but with a bready backbone. I’m not sure if it’s meant to be like this or not, but it’s a really interesting and tasty beer.

3.8
mR_fr0g (11914) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2016
Bottle shared at Daniels place. 20/02/2016. Many thanks to Daniel for this one. Light golden yellow coloured pour with a lively off white head. Aroma is earthy English hedgerow hop, grainy, bread, hint of brett funk. Flavour is composed of white bread, grassy English berry hop, dry funk, hint of brett, Palate is grainy and airy dry carbonation. Little lingering grassy earthy hop. I like it.

3.6
Scopey (14519) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2016
Bottle thanks in Richmondo thanks to Danny. It pours clear orange - amber with a medium, foamy white head. The nose is bitter - sweet, tangerine, oily orange, brioche, fragrant, soapy, barnyard and earth. The crisp, dry, earthy, light funk, barnyard, stewed orange, tangerine, straw, hay and dried grass with a dry finish. Medium body and moderate, foamy mouth - feel. Interesting and funky. Well made.

3.9
Leighton (21089) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2016
Bottle shared in Richmond - many thanks to Daniel. Moderate gusher. Pours clear gold with a big, frothy off-white head. Simple bready malts in the nose, some citrus. Light-medium sweet flavor with notes of tangerine, some funky brett, pale bread, minimal bitterness. Light to medium bodied with average to lively carbonation. Lightly warming on the finish, with moderate sweet pale bread, a bit of funky, brett, peach, citrus, melon. Not sure if the funk is intentional, but it really elevates this beer. Great stuff.

3.6
BunchABeer (30) - Red Deer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 17, 2015
Pours a cloudy dark orange with a big lasting foamy white head. Very mild aroma of hops, yeast and sweet malt. Flavour starts malty and ends quite bitter with a strong alcohol presence.

4.1
MrBlueSky93 (524) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2015
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours hazy amber, was a bit lively, had a big 3 finger white head. Aroma of light malts and very dry hops. Taste is of initial caramel, biscuit, then citrus, lemon, orange, wee touch of grapefruit, touch of pine in there too. Very good!

3.2
oh6gdx (26482) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2015
Bottled. Pale amber colour, small white head, which leaves some lace. Aroma is berries, caramel, some floral and resiny notes. Flavour is crisp toffeeish and biscuity notes along with some berries. Some slight alcohol sweetness to it as well.


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