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Bridge Burner Special Reserve Ale - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

Bridge Burner Special Reserve AleBridge Burner Special Reserve Ale

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very good

316 Ratings

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Ratings: 316
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%

Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cokes on 06-27-2008)
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Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly really good, not normally a lake front fan. Nice grapefruit aroma with a bit of pine. Deep russet hue. Medium bodied, a little slick, bright back end hop character with enough sweet caramel malt to balance. Almost bitter sweet. Some dried fruit notes A nice little find. Bitterness is clean and refreshing, alcohol is well hidden, flavors are well blended and concise.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 02:33:30 | More by jtierney89
Photo of jwc215


3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours caramel-colored with a thick light tan head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is fruity, spicy and resinous with caramel and some black pepper.

The taste is big on booze - black pepper and caramel. The hop character is big on pine/resin with some citric/tropical fruits. It has a sweet finish with a dry aftertaste.

It is medium bodied and somewhat sticky. Hot.

This is a strong strong ale. Booze is certainly forward. By the name and style, though, it's to be expected. If you're in the mood for a strong sipper, this is a solid choice!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 01:24:33 | More by jwc215
Photo of faernt


3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This one is smooth with a hop malt balance. Smooth means "silky" in the mouthfeel. The flavors are well blended. It poured well and it made a pretty carbonated greeting. it's balanced, but not idiosyncratic. I want to rave, but it's just good.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 00:58:18 | More by faernt
Photo of PhilDaBrewer


3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep, deep red color with thick, off-white head. Nice lacing. The head appears to want to move into the guest bedroom as it shows no signs of leaving anytime soon.

Smells like a Scottish ale - caramel, dark fruit. There's also some hops there but this one is definitely all about the malt. Those beautiful hops have been dominated.

Taste is caramel, followed by raisins and a nice bitter hop finish. I'm also picking up something spicey as it warms, but i can't quite identify it. Nicely carbonated for the style. Full bodied and smooth. Nice brew to warm up with on a cold winter day. Not too boozy either at 8%.

Overall, this is a solid beer and it's definitely worth a try if you like smooth, malty brews. I don't know that I'd pick it up again, but i'm not disappointed in it either.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 18:35:21 | More by PhilDaBrewer
Photo of JuicesFlowing


4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

The beer is a hazy, murky brown color just lighter than tootsie roll but darker than caramel? A mocha colored head stays around for a long while, and thick foamy lacing stays on the glass.

The aroma is bourbon barrel, vanilla, chocolate, and marshmallow creme sweetness.

The taste is a little more smokey or burnt than the aroma, but the same oak and vanilla flavors come out. A nice smooth caramel flavor takes over through the finish taking some edge off of the ABV.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a strong burn on the finish.

Overall, not my favorite style but perhaps my favorite beer of this style. Very flavorful and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 01:31:31 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead


3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into 34oz mug; warm brown color showing deep ruby/garnet through the sides, with a nice fluffy tan head that doesn't fade at all. Smell is crisp floral and herbal hops, with some slight pineyness, overtop of clean caramel malts. Taste is toasted malt up front, moving into bittersweet hops that add lots of crispness, and finishing out with some sweet fruity flavors from under the malt as hop bitterness lingers. Alcohol is entirely hidden, mouthfeel is clean and medium full.
Overall this is a good strong ale, very clean and tasty flavor. Might not be the most complex thing ever, but it's drinkable and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 18:19:47 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a huge, dense, tan head that has surprising persistence. Aroma is initially very bright with floral/citrus hops very noticeable but then mellows into a sweet, fruity spiciness. Deep, deep burnt umber is radiant when you can get light through it. Starts out with hop bitterness and wonderful, toasted malt and booziness - almost a raisin like flavor, too. It builds into a medium bitterness as the fruit notes subside and citrus rind hop bitterness pairs against toasted malt. Finish is mostly hop bitterness lingering upon roasted malt. A nice, medium carbonation and body.

Overall, I like this. It's got a good level of complexity, but nothing out of control. Great balance of toasted malt, hops, and sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 01:12:23 | More by TheSSG
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Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark brown body with ruby red touches, and a sandy brown head with hints of pink like Himalayan sea salt

Aroma: sweet malts, strawberry, cherry, pine needles

Taste & Mouthfeel: full, smooth mouthfeel, with maple and caramel malt flavour and strong resin hops; this actually feels "Canadian" with the blend of syrupy sweetness and coniferous bitters - well balanced; there is some ripe dark fruit, like prunes or dates, maybe some banana

Overall: a good sessionable ale (if your're looking to get loopy fast), if not particularly special or memorable

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 14:57:24 | More by BGDrock
Photo of dtivp

West Virginia

3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark reddish brown with a finger and a half tan head that fades slowly into a thick ring with good lacing.

Aroma of dark fruits, earthy hops, musty and hints of alcohol.

Taste of sweet caramel, floral hops,earthy with a boozy after taste.

Mouth Feel was medium body and carbonation, syrupy, sticky with a very boozy ending and after taste.

Overall I believe this would be a better beer if the booze was dialed down, surprising at 8.5% the alcohol was so prevalent. As the beer came to room temperature is was much more enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 00:53:24 | More by dtivp
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes.

A - Poured with a great deep amber or dark red colour. Bright. Three finger light brown head. Fluffy head. Good drapes of lace with a film of retention.

S - Caramel, earthy hop, really caramelly, dark fruit, gentle hop.

T - Spicy hop, caramel, lot's of caramel, dark fruit.

M - Gentle carbonation, medium to full body. Some spicy hop/caramel finish. A little bitterness.

O/D - Decent strong ale. Tame in the hop department, but tasty enough. Not breaking new ground at all, but tasty enough.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 19:58:09 | More by tbeckett
Photo of ssmack

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A dark tan brown with 1 inch of tan head that quickly dissolves to a thin head. The lacing though is very good.

A strong resin aroma hit me right off. Then the nice aroma of careml and roasted walnuts. Lots of piney hops too. But an alcohol smell is in there too.

The taste of roasted grains and grassy hops. Lots of maltiness too. Again a strong taste of alcohol spoils things.

A medium feel that lacks the bite of carbonation.

This is a rich tasting brew but too much taste from the alcohol. I enjoyed the balance of malt and hops. I wished that I had cellared this one to mellow the alcohol and intentsifed the tasted. I think the potential is there.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 00:52:22 | More by ssmack
Photo of TMoney2591


3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a snifter at Firkin.

Now why would you wanna go and burn your bridges? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear topaz topped by a finger of light khaki foam. The nose comprises mild caramel, mixed greens, and very light maple syrup. The taste brings in more of the same, eliciting a flavor of syrup-covered greens. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a decent brew, though nothing to really get excited over.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2013 19:10:44 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of rlee1390


3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-brown in the glass, clear two finger head with nice lacing

S- caramel dirt grass good deal of hops

T- some caramel, grass mix of hops no bitterness. Good but nothing stands out

M- medium bodied some carbonation

O- an average tasting brew. Seemed more like a strong amber than strong ale. Nothing to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 13:28:29 | More by rlee1390
Photo of TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

2.96/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Good looking beer. Dark walnut colour with a handsome pillowy head. Leaves lots of lace.

Nose is boozy, sweet malt and charcoal, some dark fruit. Quite sweet and boozy to taste, somewhere between malt liquor and a barley wine. I just find it too sweet and too harsh on the palate to enjoy. Notable burned character. Burned, bitter finish.

Every aspect of this one is just too blunt to me. One harsh note after another, but nothing really hangs together. Sorry, but not to my taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 23:13:57 | More by TerryW
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bridge Burner looks like liquified rust, its red, orange and brown tones all blending into some kind of murky iron oxide soup. I've got to respect its attempt at highlights but, even directly into the light, this beer is as gloomy and lifeless as a far away galaxy (its lacing, coincidentally enough, takes the shape of an interstellar nebula that would be sure to get NASA's attention).

Despite a treacly malt presence, the aroma is a steady wall of hoppy flavours. It is distinctly earthy, the abundance of pine needles, resin, grass clippings and tree bark making it smell like a wet forest. Simultaneously, sharp citrus notes and aromatic guava, lime, passionfruit, lychee, and even gooseberry make it feel as though spring has finally sprung.

The strong muskiness of hops aside, this is also a malty offering and has layered tastes of toffee and biscuits, dry and roasted cereal grain. The palate experiences dark, almost treacly notes of fig, date and plum, all of which are enlivened by well integrated citrus and a sticky tree sap flavour that blends well with the sweetness of the caramel malt and dried fruitiness.

Thick and chewy, it drinks like a liquified fig newton or oatmeal raisin cookie. The hops, however, do continue long into the aftertaste with whispered notes of spruce resin and tree bark. This ale reinforces the notion that American craft beer must be bold but does so while hardly flashing any alcohol nor an excessive amount of bitterness.

Drinking Bridge Burner you get the impression that with this offering the brewery really wanted to impress; being able to discern where the hops end and the malts start is a task both Herculean and arcane, like knowing all the constellations or differentiating between sub-species of moths. What does it matter? This has plenty of both and that's all you need know.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 05:37:06 | More by biegaman
Photo of leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a dark nut brown with a finger width of foamy beige head.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits (plum), earthy/musty hops (just a tad), hint of spice.

Taste - Malts including caramalts, plum and dark fruits, and spiciness from hops. Strong malt backbone. Nice mild bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little sticky.

Overall - An enjoyable strong ale by Lakefront. I like the stronger malt backbone with the hops playing the supporting role. Nice to find other American craft offerings in Calgary.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 04:12:52 | More by leaddog
Photo of Groulxsome

Ontario (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle into a tulip. The Bridge Burner is dark copper witha thick tan head. The aroma is citrus, a little fresh pine, molasses, sweet dark sugar, and slightly like sweet fruit punch (think about it, it's there). On the palate, a little more roasted barley character is present, with a good hit of lemon and a balanced bitterness. Not a lot of heat - though the alcohol heat is present - and overall a fairly rich, creamy body. Little lingering taste of chocolate, malt, and brown sugar. American Strong Ales are always such a mixed bag, this one comes close to being the American Ale equivalent of a Belgian Dubbel. Very much worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 01:19:50 | More by Groulxsome
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark black color ale with a large dark foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of dry roasted malt with some resin and citrus hops. Taste is a mix between some roasted malt notes with dry notes and some pine and citrus hops punch. Body is quite full with somewhat of a creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Well balanced with good hops punch

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 20:14:19 | More by Phyl21ca
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Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 650ml into a tulip.

Deep opaque burgundy, khaki head with moderate retention and a good bit of lace. Strong toffee and malt character, hops are there too and have some citrus and spice to them. More malt on the palate, alcohol, toffee, dark fruits and a bit of sweetness. Some roast and hops in the finish, roast and some chocolate bitterness lingers. Some sweetness and alcohol on the back end. Medium full feel, medium carbonation. Interesting, and saw faint comparisons to Arrogant Bastard can be drawn.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 00:48:56 | More by liamt07
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Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No freshness info was apparent on this bottle. Poured in to tulip.

A - Very dark amber/brown, almost completely opaque. One finger of cream coloured head.

S - Piney hop aroma dominates with some citrus, roast and nuttiness.

T - Piney and citrus flavours accompany a moderate bitterness for the style. Roast, nuttiness and a hint of chocolate in the background.

M - Medium body. Creamy with some nice sticky hop oils. Light to moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 01:52:43 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A very dark red, looks deep brown at first glance. Dense head settles to a ring within a couple minutes. Thick lacings to the finish.

Complex aroma. Bittersweet chocolate, cherries, a hint of piney hops.

Deep malt flavours to start things off. Charcoal and chocolate mingling with dark fruit. Hard to nail down the hops. Bitterness is there, but hard to pick out your American standards. I don't really get much in the way of citrus, but certainly pine. Otherwise the malt and heat is getting in the way... not a bad thing really.

This is a bit of a mess of a beer. A nice mess, but hard to pick apart. Complex malt backbone duking it out with brash hops. I really like this one. Fun to explore.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 02:19:31 | More by CanuckRover
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

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

Glad to see this make it to Northern Ontario.

A - Pours a nice dark ruby red, finger of head with solid retention and some nice sticky lacing.

S - Nose is dominated by sweet citrus hops, candied caramel, burnt sugar and woody pine.

T - The hop profile takes a back seat to the sweet caramel notes, a nice earthy hop profile comes through on the finish alongside a hint of burnt sugar and a touch of espresso.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and surprisingly wet on the finish.

O - A delicious brew, full of flavour and well worth seeking out. Easy drinking and an ABV that is incredibly well hidden. I thoroughly enjoyed this brew and will be grabbing a few extra bottles before they disappear.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 00:24:13 | More by andrenaline
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass.

A real dark brown mahogany body. Looks like very dark brown coffee, with a hint of red hue but barely on the edges. Head compliments the color with a bit of beige and yellow color. Two fingers off the pour with soapy little retention, and settling slowly.

Nose has a mild sense of grapefruit hop and thick malts. Some light brown sugars, but a very heavy sensing smell. Thick molasses like mild milk chocolate also.

Palate is a bit of a surprise. The first flavor on the mid palate is quite fruity, with a sense of fig like character. Hop bitterness is mellowed out with some sweet caramel finishing, with a hint of roast like character. There's some nice mellow simple instant pot coffee warmth and flavor on the finish with this. Feel is quite light but carries everything nicely.

A very flavorful and drinkable strong ale, really liked this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 18:42:58 | More by smakawhat
Photo of Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(4.25) A: Clear cola coloured with a ruby red tinge and a good-looking dense and creamy foam head. Long lasting retention and lacing that clings.

(4.0) S: Pine, citrus rinds, juicy lime, herbal qualities, hidden dark fruits (plums and raisins), and molasses. Solid variety of hearty aromas that are both earthy and rich.

(3.75) T: Caramel, pine, oranges, raw grains, faint cocoa, and dark fruits. Roasted malt elements met with DIPA qualities provide quite an earthy and gritty brew. A bit of alcoholic heat detected on the back end.

(4.0) M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Chewy texture with some slight bitterness but pretty level and balanced for the most part.

(3.75) D: A solid American Strong Ale with a full and earthy flavour and a gritty texture to match.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 01:49:53 | More by Digimaika2
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Ontario (Canada)

3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brownish red body, 2 fingers of off white head, good amount of lace and retention here. Smell is fairly hop forward, some citrus, lots of sharp pine, sweet malts and caramel both present, mostly hops though, grapefruit and orange toward the end along with some bready-toffee notes. Taste is sweet and malty, bit of chocolate flavour, piney-dank weedy hops, moderately bitter throughout, some fruits in the mix most noteably cherry, citrus and caramel mid palate, malty and piney finish. Medium carbonation, lightish body and pretty watery at points also. This was pretty solid, lots going on here in terms of flavour, more body and softer carbonation would have gone a long way here but still a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 13:55:27 | More by peensteen
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Bridge Burner Special Reserve Ale from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 316 ratings.