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Empire (Barrel-Aged Lost Gold IPA) - Real Ale Brewing Company

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Empire (Barrel-Aged Lost Gold IPA)
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Real Ale Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Mora2000 on 07-20-2010

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4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has a nice copper coloration, like amber. A nice one finger head that isn't present very long, just long enough to let you know its there. Very aromatic from the whiskey barrels and hops. The whiskey is very evident in this, and ends with a nice hoppy bitterness. It was much fuller bodied than any whiskey you'll have, but had the flavor, but, obviously, not as boozy.

This was really a nice execution of a whiskey barrel aged IPA, and definitely worth checking out if you like barrel aged IPAs, or can appreciate whiskey.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sample glass at RealTail II.

Appearance: Clear Orange-brown with an off white head that managed to fade to a ring around the glass before I received my beer.

Aroma: Slight aroma of whiskey, vanilla and oak, no hop profile left and a slight acidic tinge.

Taste: Sour lactic acidity with an earthy oak flavor. I couldn't detect any whiskey, which is probably a good thing since I don't think it would work well with the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Acidic and dry with low carbonation and a medium body.

Overall: Not what I was expecting from a BA IPA, but I still really enjoyed it.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blac Sheep. Pours up a hazy burnt orange. Quickly fading whitehead. Nose of apricot, oak, citrus. Taste same as the nose. Subtle but tasty hops. Pretty damn sweet. Nice lil oaky flavor. I dig it. Very smoothe, very muddled carbo. Medium bodied. I could totally drink this how all day, gangsta pork chops!!!

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Revisited 4/2012

This offering from Real Ale’s barrel age program pours a golden color with a light roast hue.

It has a distinctive yet smooth oaky aroma. I’m going to harbor a guess here and venture that this was aged in wine, not bourbon, barrels because I don’t pick up any of those notes. Perhaps a white wine?

The flavor is pleasing, although it’s hard to identify what survived from the initial base beer (their tasty Lost Gold IPA) as the hops dropped off and the beer itself took on a mellow quality with some sweetness rounding it out.

From my notes (8/2011):
Sweet aroma, nice warm, auburn coloration, pours clear with a little lace and low carbonation. There’s a wonderful, woody (oaky?) aroma. Oak/wood dominates the palate at first, and lingers. I enjoyed the sweet, almost caramel, finish that becomes more apparent as the beer warms. Definitely an interesting beer. As I try more and more of this style I’m finding that I enjoy it more and more. While not my “favorite” barrel-aged IPA it’s one I’d seek out again.

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Empire (Barrel-Aged Lost Gold IPA) from Real Ale Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.