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Burton Bridge Empire India Pale Ale - Burton Bridge Brewery

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Burton Bridge Empire India Pale AleBurton Bridge Empire India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

157 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 17.83%
Wants: 13
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Burton Bridge Brewery
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-01-2002)
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Reviews by Jables:
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Jables

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The Original IPA, yeah they invented the style.
The pour is a little funny, it sounded like a soda pop all cracklin' and the head had tiny little bubles that fizzed for a bit. It called down and actually maintained some of the head quite well.

The aroma is sweet but sour fruits, sour cherries, apples, pears, and peaches (?).

Tastes like stewed cherries and apples with minimal spices mostly warm subdued fruit flavors. This to me, doesn't taste like a Pale Ale thats bigger with more hops it just tastes like a pale ale with different hops, it's not big at all.

Quite drinkable and refreshing. The mouthfeel is a touch too thin and this beer lacks a "wow" factor but it's by no means bad it's just average-good really.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2004 00:18:03 | More by Jables
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Joey-bags1990

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

07-05-2014 19:24:41 | More by Joey-bags1990
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Ser_Finn

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.4%

05-06-2014 13:47:48 | More by Ser_Finn
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Foyle

Wyoming

2.63/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: billowy 3" off white head settles very slowly with much lacing. Cloudy golden appearance.
Aroma: Floral and earthy hops, toasted grain
Mouthfeel: medium and a bit sticky with a semi-dry finish
Flavor: spicy hop presence with a sweet malt backbone. Somewhat astringent and a bit of a cough syrup flavor.
Overall: good but not great. Glad I tried this but I doubt I would buy it again at $6 for one bottle.

Serving type: bottle

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

03-29-2014 15:36:18 | More by Phishagonia
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zero_signal

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

01-05-2014 19:09:18 | More by zero_signal
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

12-07-2013 20:26:34 | More by BillRoth
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RochefortChris

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

12-03-2013 22:30:35 | More by RochefortChris
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

11-03-2013 16:05:51 | More by jaydoc
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear burnt orange in color with minimal amounts of gentle visible carbonation and some faint golden yellow + amber highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a medium patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of citrus/lemon hops and a lightly sulfuric aroma. There are some very light aromas of sweet caramel malts in the background.

T: Upfront there is a light flavors of slightly sweet caramel malts which is followed by moderate to strong flavors of citrus/lemon hops. Light notes of minerals and a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy.

O: I kind of enjoy the really lemony hop aromas and flavors to this beer - it is easy to drink and hides the relatively moderate to high levels of alcohol well. I would get this again and I imagine it would be really nice served as a proper pint at the pub.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 00:32:15 | More by dbrauneis
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AlaskanYoung

Arkansas

3/5  rDev -16.4%

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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

08-04-2013 18:15:04 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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kvnstfrd

Missouri

1.65/5  rDev -54%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a 16 oz. goblet.
Pours a vey cloudy golden-amber color with a one-finger off-white head.
Smells of fresh cut hay with some cherry and orange aromas. A slightly sour smell.
Taste is strong with hops right from the start with a very sour flavor while on the tongue.
The aftertaste yields some fruity malt flavors, but still dominated by an awful, grapefruit-like sourness. Hop bitterness is not backed up with enough malt to balance. As the beer warms, I'm picking up more yeast flavors, but still horribly sour and bitter. Not a good bitter. It's starting to taste like Alka Seltzer. Mouthfeel is harsh, astringent and dry with too much carbonation.
Overall, too much like a grapefruity, American IPA and a total waste of $7. Barely able to finish this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 21:56:12 | More by kvnstfrd
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JLapadura

New York

2.01/5  rDev -44%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I know it's where it all started but English IPA's are awful. Not just this one but all.
Immediately upon first sip there is something wrong. No hops actually you fall in debt to the hop municipal credit union...negative acceptable amounts of hops despite hops being the foundation of IPA. Sweet flower no bitter despite the decent 7.5 abv you wouldn't know. Don't buy despite one of the coolest bottles ever.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 02:51:01 | More by JLapadura
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pin

Australia

2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.4%

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mikeincharleston

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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Durtdiggler

Illinois

4.51/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from pint sized bottle into a tulip glass. Cloudy amber. I could not wait to Let the sediment settle. White head settles quickly and leaves a lot of lacing.

Aroma is most unique ever. Kind of a Belgian funk but with strong fruits like banana, citrus, some clove, coriander and orange. It must be the yeast. Earthy hops, very non West Coast IPA. Incredible. Just all hits you in the face.

Taste hits with immediate big bitter hop that's intense in a earthy, herbal way but smooth not sharp then fades into nice ester malt, slightly sweet with some caramel. Malty backbone as well but the cask carbonation mellows. The hops last thought the taste. A bit boozy.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, almost barley wine like.

I've read about Burton on Trent IPA and the recipe and this beer is far from what the US would think about IPA. It's almost Belgian like but not a fair comparison since the profile is so unique to anything I've had. It's very earthy, natural with a lot of different things going on in the aroma and taste. The yeast seems to be huge impact on this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 00:35:47 | More by Durtdiggler
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Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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tjdrewry

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

02-17-2013 03:51:16 | More by tjdrewry
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doopydoogle

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Cloudy pale with orange and amber hues. Vibrant had with staying power that gives way to large, foamy suds without descending.

S - Slightly sour smell, akin to a lambic. Granny smith apple, fig, coriander, bubblegum, and fresh yeast rolls.

T - Very tart, tight beginning with a subtle malt that is revealed beneath the sour astringency. Then a subtle bitter gives way to a strong bite that coats the back of your tongue on the finish. A little musty and funky, with an almost blue cheese like quality. Sweet pastries and wine follow with a nice bready malt at the end with the bitter. Overall, quite interesting and unique. Makes me wonder if this bottle might be bad? Not that its bad, just nothing like any US IPA.

M - Explosive carbonation and a good, present mouthfeel. I could really see this going well with any foods because of the acid and the bittering qualities.

O - A unique beer, somewhere between a berlinerwiesse, a lambic, and an APA. Worth a try for sure. British beers are fun!

Serving type: bottle

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Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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mmilyko

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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Burton Bridge Empire India Pale Ale from Burton Bridge Brewery
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