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Bridge Burner Special Reserve Ale - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Bridge Burner Special Reserve AleBridge Burner Special Reserve Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

353 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 353
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 11
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 353 | Reviews: 161 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Shy5:
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Shy5, Jan 26, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I havent had many Lakefront beer,the ones I have had have been sorta pedestrian.Poured a medium shade of brown with a decent sized white head atop that left broken lace as it settled in my impy nonic.Aromas are great,a mix of big caramel malt and pine/citrus hops,its American strong ale thru and thru in my mind.Flavors start out great,a smack of resiny hop mixed with some caramel and brown sugar,the finish though is abrupt and lacking.The mouthfeel is a bit thin and takes away from the flavors in my opinion.Its pretty good but could be great,glad I tried it.

oberon, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of beerhunter13
3/5  rDev -21.3%

beerhunter13, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VIII:

Brewed with a few different hops and a fruit ale yeast, just what a strong ale needs. Good foaming, and the retention shows off with a lot of sticky lace on the glass. Dark brass color, great clarity. Ripe orchard fruit; pear, peaches, apples and plums in the nose. Hint of caramel and toasted malt, and a prominent oil hop in the aroma as well. Extremely smooth with a lush and creamy full body. Hop bitterness prickles the taste buds to start and then slowly unfolds with flavors of wood, blond tobacco and soft pine. Big malt profile here that wields caramel, a hint of burnt sugar and a toasted biscuit flavor. Baked apple fruitiness with a warming alcohol. The finish is semi-dry and full of lingering hop oil and toasted grain.

Big, bold and drinkable. This one grew on us real fast; nothing over the top, but loads of flavor packed into this beer. Balanced and a joy to drink, which makes this a little dangerous at 8-percent abv.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of blackearth
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber almost brown color with a frothy white head. Strong caramel malt and hop aroma. Medium bodied with a great balance between the big hop and malt flavors both of which last until you take that next sip. This would be an excellent session beer except the high alcohol content will put you on your butt if you drink the whole 22 oz. bottle. Best enjoyed with a friend.

blackearth, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pint glass this beer was a beautiful chestnut brown color. It had a huge tan head that left a lot of lace.

Aroma of brown sugar and caramel, nice and sweet. Some fruit noted.

Mostly a caramel taste. There was also a taste of citrus and tropical fruit.

Mouthfeel was sweet and a little bit funky. Really enjoyed it.

lordofthewiens, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of NWer
4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark brown into my tulip at room temperature (room temperature for me is 62 degrees - I like it cool).
Nice milky taffy aroma. Smooth taste. Delicious. Malt forward flavors blend well and make a mockery of those silly little indicators on the side of the label. A very nice smooth milky dark beer that no doubt met the expectations of the brewer.
Nothing to dislike about this beer.
Very enjoyable.
Update on reflection:
Tastes a little similar to a very good Scottish Ale. The more I think about it, the more I realized I liked it - a lot. Would like more of this but haven't seen it around here. Picked it up at John's Market in Portland.

NWer, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of SD-Alefan
4/5  rDev +5%

SD-Alefan, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

iemailjack, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber pours a slightly hazed copper brown body with a medium sized khaki head. Plenty of sticky lacing.

Aroma of toasted caramel and a boatload of hops. Grapefruit and orange citrusy notes, assertive pine, and a hint of spiciness.

Full medium body has a pleasant creaminess and moderate carbonation. Alcohol is concealed underneath.

Taste evokes thoughts of Arrogant Bastard, as other reviewers have noted. Similar hop profile, I think. Plenty of bitterness of the pine and grapefruit school. Hint of blood orange joins with the brown sugar and caramel maltiness. Finishes hop bitter, with a lasting hop bite.

Nicely done and certainly worth a try if you're a fan of Stone's Arrogant Bastard.

merlin48, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ouncer, the informative back label tells me this was brewed during the first week of June, 2008. Pours a nice rich shade of dark amber/auburn, under a medium tan head that shows world class retention and then leaves extensive, frothy and well developed lace and sheeting. malty nose, with traces of honey and nuts. Smooth, tasty, bald, complex and thoroughly enjoyable ASA. Lots of nutty malts, some wood/smoke, honey, and dark bread notes. Yum. A very nice, smooth and mellow take on the style. With the 8% well in the rear, this one is well worth trying and enjoying with some chedder, bread and smoky meaty. Nice job here from Lakefront Brewing

Billolick, Jun 30, 2008
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4/5  rDev +5%

henryclay_, May 10, 2014
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from the LCBO, nice to see another brewery crack the shelves. Love the story behind this beers name.

Poured into your standard nonic. Dark amber russet, almost chestnut, with a sturdy head of foam. Great retention, terrific circles of lacing. Nice looking brew.

Nose is west coast citrus hops, caramel, chocolate, brown bread.

Interesting mish mash of flavors the work well together. Nutty, chocolate malt fighting with citrus resin hops for attention. Easy to drink, no trace of alcohol.

Mouthful is thin, a bit watery, which does the brew a real disservice because I find the rest of it so well.

For the price (under 6), it's a solid brew I will come back to while it's here. Nice hoppy ale.

JohnnyBarman, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of BGDrock
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

BGDrock, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of wehttam
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

wehttam, Mar 13, 2014
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.

BurgeoningBrewhead, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of wo87810
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

wo87810, May 29, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out looking like a standard brown ale, maybe a little sturdier. Aroma was caramel and alcohol. For the gauge on the label saying very hoppy, it certainly was not noticeable in the aroma.

Well, it wasn't big hopped on the tongue either. Yes, it was existent, but when you do a 1-10 scale on the label, and the gauge is on 10, you'd expect more of it. What was there was the typical darker citrus fruit and caramel presence. Substantial bitterness for something with a sturdy malt base.

I love Lakefront brewery, especially their tour, but this one in bomber format and pricing isn't something I see myself returning too. Nice to score something from Milwaukee at Ben's in Reno though.

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a snifter)
bottled week1/June/08
A- This beer pours a dense warm brown body with a faint red glow. There is a strong carbonation of big bubbles gliding to the surface supporting a thick tan head of foam that last for a good bit.

S- This beer has a green herbal and pine lumber aroma followed by a white grape note. There is a dry toasted grain smell that comes through a bit as the beer warms.

T- This beer has a mellow caramel note with some cardboard and raw grain qualities to it. There is a slight plastic note before the pine hop finish. As the beer warms the hop finish becomes more pungent and minty.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slippery texture and no real alcohol heat at all.

D- This beer has some interesting depth to the hops but the malt flavors are a bit off and not really that big. I don't think age would help this at all.

rhoadsrage, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of richkrull
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this one on a guest tap at Tyranena Brewery in Lake Mills, WI.

Poured a dark black color with a darker beige head on it. Great lacing as well.

Smell is malty with a hint of spice to it.

Taste is very good. Heavy malt throughout with a bit of alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium or better. Nice drinking beer though. Went down smooth despite the higher alcohol. A dangerously drinkable beer.

Overall a great beer. I liked it quite a bit and would definitely have it again.

richkrull, May 25, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

DerekQXQX, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of weonfire
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

weonfire, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of wmtxbb
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this on-tap from the brewery. The owner and brewmaster of Lakefront served me this while on my brew tour. The on-tap version of Bridge Burner he served us was 9%, instead of the 8% seasonal version of this brew. The following is from my notes:

Appearance: Dark brown with a thick head that sticks around.

Smell: Fruit esters, crushed grapes/port like, figs.

Taste: a mixture between port wine and a scottish ale. Sweet, caramel malts and citrus hops. Grapes and figs as well. Very thick body.

Overall, this is an awesome brew. According to the owner, this beer was a seasonal, but it has become so popular they are going to make it year round.

wmtxbb, Mar 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, 8.0% ABV. Lots of good stuff about working together, bridging the gap (with fire, apparently), and all that, on the busy label.

This beer pours a dark, murky orange-tinted brown colour, with three fingers of chunky, foamy, and rather bubbly light beige head, which leaves some very nice tight webbed lace around the glass in its short wake.

It smells pretty much like a prototypical DIPA: tart citrus hops, a hint of muddled pine resin, bready caramel and toffee malt, and a sidling nostril-probing booziness. The taste still leads with the sassy hops - blended citrus notes and wet pine, to a lesser degree, with a sturdy backbone of bready, lightly caramelized malt, Toffifay, and some besotted raisin and dark plummy fruitiness.

The carbonation is moderate, with just a wee prickliness, the body a stolid medium weight, and maybe a little thinned out by the booze, but generally smooth. It finishes, as ever was, with resplendent piney, citrus rind hop bitterness, annoyed reactionary citizen malt, and a slightly sneaky and almost ethereal alcohol warming.

If it looks like, smells like, and tastes like a DIPA, then it must be so? No? Two out of three for the win? Ah well, it's got more big-ass hopitude packed into those 45 IBUs than a lot of actual DIPAs I've recently come across. Tasty, American, strong, and ale - got it.

biboergosum, Oct 31, 2011
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Bridge Burner Special Reserve Ale from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.