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Burton Bridge Empire India Pale Ale - Burton Bridge Brewery

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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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RoyalT

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This one is a pure but dull orange in color with a monster, explosive head.

Smell – This aroma is about 60% malts and 40% bitter hops. The hops are very herbal with some very light grapefruity notes. The malts are slightly nutty with some raw sugars and maybe a bit of caramel.

Taste – The bitter hops here get bigger as the ale opens up. The malts have some sugar to them but are mostly reserved. This is a balanced brew. The flavors aren’t explosive but, like the history of the style supposes, will last for a long time.

Mouthfeel – This one is medium-bodied and overly-carbonated. The flavors though are very blended and smooth like a cask-conditioned ale.

Drinkability – The fizzy carbonation kept this from going down well, but it’s a nice example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2005 03:21:00 | More by RoyalT
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mynie

Indiana

3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Goodness. That's a head. Hazy orange, too.

Smells like Teryaki beef jerky and apples. Very hoppy, and strange. Not much like any Pale Ale I know of.

Organic hops dominate the flavor. Everything else comes in on the back, and they rush at you as if in desperation. Citrus and yeast jump in there, for a nice, wet finish, leaving a dry aftertaste. Nice

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2005 04:21:44 | More by mynie
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500mL into Duvel glass. Initially light gushing despite the bottle not having moved since months. A whole bed of sediments lie at the bottom of the glass. Head is at first huge, frothy, but slowly diminishes to an off-white cover. Color is a deep murky orange sand. Nice color really, seems to have reflects of red and brown + the sediments change the light reflection constantly. From the glass come powerful funky aromas, you could almost believe brett was thrown in and this becomes even more apparent as it warms. Big yeasty and fruity (ORANGE, mint tea, cantaloup, pineapple, mango) even woody character. Lingering earthiness, sand-like, almost smoky. Decent hop background. Citrusy on the tongue, tart with those generous drying out orange flavors. Funky (leather, hay) and delicious flavor development containing a warming kiss of alcohol as it warms. I’ve never had something this uniquely yeasty from england. Moderately high carbonation, round powdery medium-full body. Quite salty toward the end. The finish may be the only point that left me wanting more, while it’s long and fruity, whatever hops they used (styrian golding?) almost give it a cardboardy feel the way it combines with the yeasty and fruity acidity. Awesome. Ultimate proof that bottled english ales ought to be mandatory bottle-conditioned, hell this could be an english Saison.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2005 20:04:09 | More by Rastacouere
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walleye

Michigan

3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured a cloudy brown orangish color with a big light tan head that stayed around for a while with some nice lacing. aroma, sweet, floral, hops, citrus,and malts . flavor, malty, hints of orange and alcohol with a slight sour finish . not to bad of a beer

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2004 04:04:05 | More by walleye
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one poured a golden color with a finger of head. The nose does not say pale ale of any variety to me. It smells very much like a Balgian, tart like a flanders red. The flavor is the same as the nose, not what I expected from the beer. The sour and tart flavors were not from hops as I had expected, but almost puckered my cheeks. The feel was moderate at best. I liked the beer, but not what I would want from the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2004 20:13:03 | More by kmpitz2
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Half a liter bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a medium orange color with one finger of head. The smell is sweet and spicy, almost tart and a little funky. The taste is fairly bitter, but not in a hop bitterness way. I can't find much hops in this one anyway. The body is a little thin and watery. The drinkability is just there as well. Eh.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2004 18:33:03 | More by SheepNutz
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clvand0

Kentucky

3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy amber color with a moderate head that doesn't have great retention. The aroma was hoppy with some fruit notes, but it also has a certain sourness. The flavor was hoppy/bitter but had a strange sourness about it. Very strange. Finishes slightly bitter. Moderate body and medium drinkability. Not sure how well this one fits the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2004 13:27:10 | More by clvand0
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John

New York

3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle conditioned brew. Burton Bridge Empire India Pale Ale pours a hazy gold with an eggshell coloured rocky dense head. Quite inviting appearance in my 20oz. Nonic. The aroma greets me with an alluring sweet malt, fruity subdued yeast and citrus hop bouquet. The head is persistent. The flavor is a mild blend of the various aroma components in addition to some lovely fruity notes of nearly ripe pear, peach and grape. Orange peel citrus hops finish it off. Elements of alcohol warm but are reserved enough not to offend. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, pleasant. Mellows out as it comes closer to room temperature. Quite a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2004 15:09:43 | More by John
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Gusler

Arizona

3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer after its release from the 500ml brown bottle sets in the glass a turbid orange-amber color, the head miniscule in size, bubbly in texture and the color a light tan and it vanishes in the wink of eye, the lace forms a very thin sheet that somewhat obscures the glass. Nose has a bit of yeast, lightly sweet, musty would be a good description; the start is lightly sweet, fair malt presence with the top cadaverous. Finish is light in carbonation the hops light weight in their spiciness, aftertaste is desert bone dry with a bit of bitterness from the 7.5 percent ABV, can’t say it pleases me much, sampled it twice as I thought the first bottle bad, sure the hell different from most English Ales.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2004 21:41:42 | More by Gusler
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy ambered tan with an explosive sandstone head that grows for minutes after the pour. It eventually retreats and forms chasms and trenches.
Tangerine essence and slappy minerality on the nose.
Begins full of fruited doughballs. Peaches, dates, oranges and green grapes. Sweet butterscotch backing. Phenolic vanilla and citrus. Celery stalk bitterness with dusty chalk and booms of hard-water minerals. Ends with a upturn of herbal bitters. Pine nut/tinfoil/mango/woody shrub aftertaste.
Slow carbonated and cask-esque in the mouth. Alcohol is not noted aside from some parching fumes around the swallow.
This is a beauty of a raw, old school, funky-ass EIPA.
Get up and dance.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2004 01:09:59 | More by cokes
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aracauna

Georgia

3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy yellow amber with a booming white head. This one was a bit of a foamer. Banana bread and a bit of evergreen. This is fairly malty and the big esters give it a bit of uniqueness, but it could really use more hops to really be an IPA. It’s pretty bizarre, actually.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2004 06:19:06 | More by aracauna
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chugamugofsud

Oregon

3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thie beer pours murky/cloudy amber with a small white head that quickly fades into wisps of white across the top of the glass. The smell is mainly of yeast with a little bit of citrus and the beer tastes thick and yeasty (almost like a bottle-fermented trappist, although more like an American trappist copy). There is really little hop taste in this beer, not like your normal IPA. Instead, the taste is mostly of sugar and yeast with a thick alcohol bitterness arriving late.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2004 01:43:59 | More by chugamugofsud
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longpondbeerman

Maine

3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

When I first poured this, I thought I had gotten a bad bottle. It pours an incredibly murky amber; frankly, it looks like orange marmalade with an absolutely enormous tinted head, which easily filled 5/6 of my glass. Then I take a whiff and it smells strange--spicy, sweet, like a cloved barley wine. What the...So, I checked the previous reviews (something I ordinarily try not to do). Nope, they were right on: this is almost a Belgian masquerading as an IPA. Fortunately, I like Belgians well enough. But I like hops even more, so I have to say that for an IPA, this is a disappointment. OK. Shift gears. This is still a worthy enough brew. I got to tell you, however, there's enough residue in the bottle to offer sufficient ballast for the entire voyage to India, and the alcohol is quite invasive in the taste. I could find no hops. Forewarned is forearmed.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2004 22:26:20 | More by longpondbeerman
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I read somewhere that Empire India Pale Ale uses the original IPA recipe, or as close to it as modern day brewers can come. If that's true, I'm anxious to see what those Brits drank way back when.

Orange-accented amber with a slight haze. The head is massive and filled almost the entire pint glass before any beer was visible at the bottom. It's light cream in color, impressively stiff, and craggy as it falls. Foamy rings of lace appear eventually.

The beer smells, strangely enough, like a cross between an IPA and a Belgian ale. It has that earthy, sour, funky aroma that I associate with Belgian yeast. The funkiness is also evident on the palate. Who added Orval to my IPA?

Also present is too much unmasked alcohol. Although there's a decent quantity of hops, their flavor contribution is less than wonderful. BBEIPA tastes somewhat woody as well. The body/mouthfeel is fine, though it is a little too carbonated.

If Burton Bridge Empire India Pale Ale is what the original IPAs tasted like, then I'm glad that American craft brewers came up with their own take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2004 19:07:47 | More by BuckeyeNation
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured hazy orange. Huge yellow head that lasts for days.

The aroma was fruity and hoppy with a slight sour note that reminded me of a lambic beer.

The flavor was slightly sour and hoppy, but not overly so, more of a matured hop flavor and bitterness.

The finish was slightly bitter and well done. The body was medium to medium full.

16.9 ounce bottle. The old IPA's were thought to have perhaps been a bit sour in character and hopped to preserve them. This has enough of that lacto/brett character to be authentic.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2004 23:17:22 | More by GCBrewingCo
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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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counselor

Connecticut

2.2/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

pale amber color with an absurdly large fluffy head. This beer smelled like an old refrigerator that had sat unused for months. there was a mild aroma of old oranges. The taste was the same, stale, funky, old. I wonder if it had just sat too long at the package store (usually good turnaround there though). As one other reviewer noted British IPAs tend to dissapoint me and this one certainly did

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2004 14:40:32 | More by counselor
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hazy, peachy color, full, creamy froth atop...
Fresh, fruity aroma, yeasty and smooth...becomes creamier and mellow...grapefruit and pineapple sticks out a bit, and it appears stickily sweet...I enflamed my nose to conisder the last time I encountered anything like this...I think it was DogfishHead 120...So far, looks good, smells good,...
but the taste? It don't carry over so well...too much sourness on the palate, too much green apple...Now it's reminding me of that other big, overpriced bottle from these guys, Olde Expensive Ale. Don't know why IPAs from England disappoint me so often.
Taste flattens out, becomes tinny, plasticine...not pleasant at all.
My experiences with this company continue to be one-time affairs, sorry to say...

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2003 04:40:39 | More by feloniousmonk
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Brent

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting incarnation of the IPA. Perhaps I've gotten too used to "Americanized" versions, this one has some unique fruity hops flavors. Almost spiced in nature, like a Belgian witbier, and the pear-like flavors also brought to mind Belgian ales, Orval in particular.

Also one of the most enthusiastically carbonated beers I've run across. After opening the bottle I went for a glass. On returning I found the beer happily foaming out of the bottle. A few inches of beer filled the glass with foam, so I left it to settle. When I returned, the beer was once again foaming out of the bottle.

An interesting beer. Big and solid, with hoppy orchard fruit flavors livening things up. While the grapefruity/piney hops of the Pacific Northwest are still my favorite, this is an entertaining variation.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2003 02:01:35 | More by Brent
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oberon

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours a deep orange with a huge sticky orange tinted head,aroma is of orange rind and slightly geranium like.I got a hint of orange and mineral right off the bat with this with a dryish finish this a kick in the ass IPA for sure.Why the low ratings on this beer I think it is a very well made beer,I guess Iam just different.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2003 20:55:18 | More by oberon
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an oddball IPA. It pours a cloudy amber with an overly carbonated head and nice thick trails of lace. The aroma is yeasty and clovey up front and some malt and spicy hop aroma in the background. There's a sweet malt body somewhere, but it seems to be compromised by a Champaign-like effervescence. The grapefruit, lemon zest and spicy hop bitterness mingle with coriander and clove-like flavors. The alcohol begins to reveal itself at the halfway point, as does a caramel quality. I continuously upgraded and/or downgraded my rating of this brew throughout this review. So, the best I can offer is; this is a must try, because of all the crazy angles and surprises.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2003 23:18:29 | More by BeerResearcher
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far333

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This is an IPA? Am I too used to American IPA's or is this one a little off? Hazy honey color with an orange frothy head that lingers. The hop profile is very light. It's fresh and floral, but it is overpowered by a fruity, yeasty, doughey sweet flavor. The mouthfeel is round and creamy, but the flavor is off to me. Couldn't finish the glass. Too sweet for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2003 13:47:28 | More by far333
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TripelJ

Florida

2.28/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I bought this hoping to discover another great english IPA, and I was a little disappointed. First I crack the bottle, I can't help but take a quick *whiff* from the bottle--UGH--gross! This beer is the most wretched smelling brew I have ever smelt before. I have bottles of vinegar that smell better than this and that is all this beer smells like. The taste is average at best with a moderate hop profile (I was expecting a lot more). Maybe this is a bad brew because my stomach is already upset with me over the quarter pint I have consumed. The rest is going in the sink.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2003 00:19:05 | More by TripelJ
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86MonteSS

Connecticut

1.6/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Reading the reviews, I could have gotten a bad bottle or an average one, but either way, this stuff was wretched. I'm serious, this was really, really bad. The best way I can describe it is: you know how the doctor's office smells? That's what this tastes like.

I've had a couple Burton-upon-Trent beers in my life and that was the only reason I bought this--I had a lot of faith in the town. I paid $5.50 for the last bottle in the store (they didn't think they'd ever get any more), thinking I had stumbled across England's biggest and greatest secret. But no, instead of a malty and robust pale ale, I got a cotton swab and a tongue depressor. Turn your head and cough, motherf***er.

I'd really like to try this again. I don't think I got the best (or the youngest) bottle of the lot. But until I've had another sample, my decision stands: This was undeniably horrible. I hate, nay... detest pouring out beer but I had to discard at least 18 ounces of this stuff. It's funny... I paid only $4 for the best beer I've had in my life (Rochefort 10) and over $5 for one of the absolute worst. Variety is the spice of life, huh? *hurl*

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2003 05:49:29 | More by 86MonteSS
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Elemental

Oregon

3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation - a 22 oz bottle with some great pictures on it representing the old british empire toops.

Appearance - a darker pale color, copper red almost like a light ESB. Bid head that does not fade

Smell - Good, not as floral as expected but still full of aroma, although almost a little sour

Taste - big and malty. a little over carbonated. Sweet from the start that slowly transitions into a light bitter flavor. Complementary malty and hopiness, not overly hopped. But still sour, can't get past the sour taste( I may have had a bad bottle or something).

Definately a good beer that is brewed in the traditional English way for an IPA. Other than the slightly sour smell and taste, an well rounded beer. I think I will try again and see if it still sour.....

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2003 05:56:15 | More by Elemental
Burton Bridge Empire India Pale Ale from Burton Bridge Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.