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Burton Bridge Empire India Pale Ale - Burton Bridge Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

158 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 158
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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Photo of dbrauneis
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.

dbrauneis, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of AlaskanYoung
3/5  rDev -16.4%

AlaskanYoung, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of kvnstfrd
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.

kvnstfrd, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of JLapadura
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.

JLapadura, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of pin
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

pin, May 27, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Slatetank, May 23, 2013
Photo of mikeincharleston
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

mikeincharleston, May 23, 2013
Photo of Durtdiggler
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.

Durtdiggler, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of Sparty55
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Sparty55, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of tjdrewry
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

tjdrewry, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of doopydoogle
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!

doopydoogle, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

cliff1066, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of sneaks2210
3/5  rDev -16.4%

sneaks2210, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of mmilyko
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

mmilyko, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of durlta
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

durlta, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of smcolw
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Large bubbled head from the pour. There is a small amount of fine bubbles that rise from the bottom of the glass, but this just creates a thin layer on top.

Smells like soured milk. Nearly no hop nor malt aroma. Not appealing.

The flavor reminds me of a Homebrew IPA, with lots of yeast flavor. Much better malt and hop presence, but I think it still falls short of my expectations. Sour swallow and aftertaste mimics the soured milk smell. The body is rich and the carbonation is low which I like.

smcolw, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of 4Socialanxiety
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

4Socialanxiety, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of tbeer40
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

tbeer40, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nice clear amber colour with a stick-around head and decent lacing.

Smells quite fresh and sweet. Not as much alcohol as I would have guessed.

Tastes very palatable, warming but subtle alcoholic undertones accompany quite a sweet malt taste, well balanced by fresh grassy and fruity hops, the hops creeping over towards the end providing a lip smacking and thirst quenching bitterness.

Overall quite a lovely beer, fairly unique compared to other stuff i've had. Definitely getting more of this when I can.

CwrwAmByth, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of crossovert
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle. Bought for its label which is reminiscent of a homebrew.

It pours a slightly hazy amberish brown with a big foamy but creamy white head.

I am not a huge fan of the scent. It has a spiciness of like anise or something. There is some sourdough, golden raisin, and alcohol.

The flavor is boozy and astringent at first. The mouthfeel is prickly and highly carbonated. The flavor has ripe apple, booze, a mild bitterness, and some liqueur-like caramel. It is decent the longer you sip, it reminds me of an amber ale that has sat for a bit, but the hotness makes me think it isn't that old. It is a pretty decent one in the flavor.

Kind of a wonky one.

crossovert, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a cloudy golden/orange color with about an inch off-white head that stays around a while. Not much lacing. Aroma is bready malt, grassy and citrusy hops (lemon peel, oranges), and a bit of apples. The brew tastes mostly like the aroma, with toasted and bready malt, wood, citrusy hops (lemon and orange peel), minerals, and apple flavors all noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and has a good amount of carbonation. I thought this was a pretty decent brew, the more I drank it, the more I liked it. I'd buy it again. $5.49 a bottle.

bluejacket74, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Griffith, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of EastCoastHawkeye
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

EastCoastHawkeye, Nov 24, 2011
Burton Bridge Empire India Pale Ale from Burton Bridge Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.