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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

340 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 340
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 11
Gots: 17 | 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)
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3FaveryRogue

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber picked up 10/22 @ Woodman's on the way to DDay. Sitting in the fridge for a couple weeks.

[L] No need to be rough with this one. A gentle pour stirs up a generous amount of creamy, fluffy, tan head that is leaving both sheets and rings as it recedes. A gentle swirl also goes a long way. Sticks around for a good amount of time. The beer itself is a ruby-brown hue, pretty dark, yet leaning toward the translucent red end of the spectrum. For the catch-all of "strong-ales", this is a good looker.

[S] Hoppy. Mostly bold citrusy aromas, with some pear, orange, and lighter fruity whiffs. Only a slight hint at caramel and crystal maltiness. More of that, and a slight astringency as it warms.

[T] More bold hops in the taste, with an amber malt body. Nice fruitiness. Caramel. Slight chocolate in back. Not a "deep" beer. But still flavorful.

[F] Very thin. Carbonation lends some much needed body. For an 8% strong, I find the minimal body to be an asset. A touch of heat does settle in after a bit. Very strong hop bite, I would estimate at 50-70 IBUs? Respectable.

[D] THIS. If it were a 6er, I may drink all of them on a good evening.

The hops in this are reminiscent of a West-Coast, namely Lagunitas, profile. Fat Tire crossed with Hairy Eyeball, maybe? Maybe leaning toward an Arrogant Bastard. But even more enjoyable than that one has become. Not sure, but for <$5 (I recall?) this was a great buy. And would be a nice staple in the market out here. I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 18:28:54 | More by 3FaveryRogue
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siradmiralnelson

Iowa

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

Poured from 22oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. 2+ finger head of an off white color. Really thick lacing. Nice retention. Color is a dark brown.

S. Smell is pretty hoppy. Nice bitter aroma. Some caramel malt, but really nice and hoppy. Smell is almost like a hoppy barleywine for me.

T. Taste is not nearly as hoppy as the aroma. The malt plays center stage in the flavor. Taste is some roasted malt, almost chocolatey in flavor. Hop bitterness comes out in the finish.

M. Medium bodied. Nice creamy mouthfeel.

D. Drinkable. Overall a pretty good beer. Nice aroma. Interesting flavor. Kind of a beer that falls between a couple different styles. I guess that is why it is placed in the Strong Ale category.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 00:45:20 | More by siradmiralnelson
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DennisD

California

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

This beer was a cola colored brown with a cream colored head. The smell was malty, sweet, some brown sugar. The taste was sweet and malty, toffee tones and maybe a spice undertone. The mouthfeel was warming with a medium body. This beer was enjoyable. Nice tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 00:10:37 | More by DennisD
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 05:16:05 | More by BeerAdvocate
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 21:02:49 | More by oberon
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MKEHophead

Wisconsin

2/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Being from Milwaukee and having tasted many of Lakefront's beers I was looking forward to trying the Bridge Burner since I enjoy many of their other styles. Poured into snifter glass. Appearance was a nice Amber Color with generous white head. Appearance however, is where the enjoyment ended for me. Smell was a very sharp earthiness of dry grass, leaves and twigs. Not a memorable scent. I could taste a little bit of caramel, but it was over shadowed by such a sharp hoppy bitterness and overburnt taste that I wasn't able to enjoy it. Maybe its the Strong Ale style that I am just not a fan of, but I just had trouble getting much enjoyment out of it. The mouthfeel had dry citrus/lemon with a hint of pine, but nothing memorable. I tasted way too much alcohol for my liking and not enough balance with the caramel and other fruit/earth flavors. Maybe it was too much carbonation. I don't know, but to me it lacked balance. I wasn't able to finish the 22oz bottle which is rare. I am by no means a American Strong Ale expert, but it was something I will not be trying again. I'm going to try some other ASAs and see if its just the style I'm not a fan of vs this particular beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 15:42:31 | More by MKEHophead
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emerge077

Illinois

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

This comes off as an Arrogant Bastard clone that surpasses the original.
Bottled: mar wk2 10

Murky orange in a pint glass, strong retention with sticky sheets of lace that last for the whole glass.
Visible chunky sediment, hanging in the reddish orange liquid.

Hops! Fairly fruity and citrusy at first, a little sweet cantaloupe.
Somewhat malty though hop dominant in the nose.

Sticky and full bodied, a fairly big beer that seems like an imperial amber, a la nugget nectar. Sweet sticky specialty malt, resinous hop bitterness, piney and fruity notes. Not too heavy, but still a sipper. Medium to low carbonation, smooth feel to it. Pretty substantial hop character that's well integrated overall. Will pick this up again...

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 05:24:09 | More by emerge077
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jsh420

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours murky cloudy dark cider color with a 1+ finger head that left lacing all down the glass

smells of pine and brown sugar carmel malts

taste wow has the sugary fruity apple malts of belgain and the pine hops of a west coast ipa

mouthfeel is a medium body beer that is very smooth and creamy

drinkability is good but the might be a little too sweet for me to drink an entire bomber

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 04:07:21 | More by jsh420
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sweemzander

Illinois

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

22oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Bottled April, week1, 2010. Thanks to beerwolf77 for this one!

(A)- Pours a clear dark brown sienna color that produced a great foaming tan head with great retention behind it. Left plenty of intricate lacing behind as it slowly dissipated.

(S)- A good piney lemon and lime citrus in front of a light caramel-like sweetness.

(T)- Again, a good piney lemon and lime citrus in front of a good baked-bread like caramel malt backbone.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. A good hop presence with a equally good malty sweetness. A light bitterness up front, but quickly evaporates into a light sweetness.

(D)- A solid to great beer with just an overall good taste and feel. Refreshing, yet a tad rich, fitting for the fall time too. An overall good beer for anytime of the year. A far better drinkable beer in a style that I typically find is not. Well done Lakefront!

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 23:09:34 | More by sweemzander
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a brown color with a short 1/4" head that breaks apart quickly to some large surface bubbles. Some spots of lace develop.

Smell: caramel, brown sugar sweetness, and a bit of alcohol are noticeable but it seems a bit sweet overall.

Taste: big malt presence with caramel, brown sugar, prunes, and a mild bitterness. Alcohol is definitely noticeable here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp at the finish. Aftertaste is long on the sweetness.

Drinkability: if you are in the mood for a malt heavy beer this is it, but it comes across a bit to sweet for my liking in a strong ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 21:07:28 | More by Gavage
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uwmgdman

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pour brilliantly clear deep mahogany with a deep ruby hue and a thick, sticky tan head. The aroma is moderate-high citrus and piney hop and a medium-low sweet caramel malt aroma in the background. The flavor is quite complex, medium-high hop flavor, pine, citrus, and floral with moderate hop bitterness. Beneath the hops there is a moderate malt backbone -- malty caramel, a bit of burnt sugar and a hint of smoke. Carbonation is medium and body full. Overall a hoppy amber ale that is complex and hides its 8% ABV remarkably well.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 01:41:29 | More by uwmgdman
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chickencoop

California

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

Picked this up by random accident, label caught my eye, and picked up a sampler pack before and was pleased. Deep deep amber pour with a big billowy head. Big malts dominate this beer, didn't get that much hop balance, but not a problem. Boozy undertones remind you of the 8%. Overall very good beer and glad I stumbled on it.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 06:03:34 | More by chickencoop
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thryn

Florida

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I remember liking this very much when I first had it, shortly after its release, so when I found a bottle recently I snapped it up. I'm hoping the somewhat elevated ABV and general character of this beer helps it hold up to some age.

It pours a cloudy amber-brown, like dark honey in color. A nice creamy looking off white head forms but quickly recedes, leaving some bubbles around the edge and a bit of film on top.

The nose has a bit of spice to it, reminiscent of rum. There is raisin and alcohol is detectable. The primary scent is of nice, biscuity malt. Sweet.

This is not as good as I recall. I don't know whether to attribute that to age, or just my palate developing. It's a lot like an old ale, but tempered a bit.

The rum and raisin flavors are right there up front; after that, though, it falls off quite a bit. A bit of that biscuitiness comes through, but the flavors don't linger. There's a slight piney hop character that I suspect (and half-recall) was far more prominent at one time. That does assert itself a bit more nicely as the beer warms. I'm giving this half a point based on my earlier recollection of its quality and the assumption that it's quite old.

Mouthfeel is fine, but not great. It has a medium body that is slightly sticky but leaves little residue on the palate.

It's easy to drink and Ill finish the bomber, but I wouldn't recommend picking this one up at this point in the game. It hasn't aged terribly well.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 04:54:34 | More by thryn
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber into tulip on 1/27/10.

A - Emerged from the bomber as a hazy reddish, copper-colored liquid akin to iced tea with a finger's width of bubbly beige head that yielded a fair amount of sticky lace.

S - Slight boozy aroma up front with burnt caramel and sugar notes and a predominant fruity character suggesting citrus and a hint of dark fruit.

T - Opens with a wash of sweet caramel malt and slight dark fruit tang suggesting raisins and dried apricots that lasts well into the middle, then segues into a toffee character in the backend. Finishes with a leafy hop quality and moderate citrus fruit bitterness.

M - Pretty full-bodied and robust with medium carbonation resulting in a creamy mouthfeel overall. Finishes with light bitterness and plenty of residual sweetness on the palate.

D - Bridge Burner is a pretty good... um, I guess a Strong Ale. Since there was nothing on the label indicating the style, I assumed "hoppy amber". Whatever it is, it's a pretty solid, tasty brew with a nice mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 00:21:05 | More by ffejherb
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a rich mahogany color with one finger of creamy beige head. Leaves a nice coat of lacing.

I note the aroma of black cherry, spices, candy sugar, caramel malts, brown sugar and a hint of pine.

Tart black cherry, caramel malts, brown sugar, fig, and a hoppy astringency embrace the palate. The 8% alcohol is there but just barely.

Medium bodied and smooth with a moderate carbonation.

I enjoyed this well-balanced American Strong Ale from Lakefront. Easily my favorite from the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 22:21:19 | More by Monkeyknife
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RedBrewer83

Oregon

3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip...

A: Dark amber body with hints of darker almost chocolate like hues. Head is a big three fingers, frothy, off white and has some good staying power but eventually falls to a thin foam, good lacing left behind.

S: Big toffee, brown sugar, caramel malt mixed with some dark fruit, hops come through big with pine resin. Big nose, but seems unbalanced.

T: Follows the nose, but added astringency from the hop note, again, flavors are good but need balance, not as smooth as one would hope.

M: Pretty solid mouthfeel, medium light body with good carbonation, not too harsh, just noticeable. Slight booziness comes through.

D: With more balance this beer goes down really smooth, as such it takes a little more effort, but i'm certainly not choking it down. Overall its a pretty solid offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 16:14:51 | More by RedBrewer83
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky looking crimson brown body. Thin and bubbly beige head. Lace etches my glass in nicely spaced rings. Aroma is piney and sprucy and brings out a spiked punch aspect to it as well, which I like in strong and old ales. I'll tell you what. This beer has got some character. Best beer I've had in a while from Lakefront. It's actually pretty subtle but complex. The pine and spruce are subtle and not overbearing in the least and mix nicely with the tropical fruit tones and underlying toffee/nougat malt base. Alcohol is detectable but only in trace amounts, which ain't too bad for an 8% beer. Body is hitting light-medium at best. And the carbonation is quite reserved. Very enjoyable beverage.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 06:42:42 | More by Bighuge
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Wisconsinality

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from 22 oz bottle into Lakefront pint glass

A- Pours a big frothy head, probably about two fingers worth and leaves nice sticky lacing along side the glass. A deep mahogany brown that lets barely any light through. The head is a little bit of an off white color and sticks around for a good long while.

S- The smell is fairly balanced, with some hops and some sweet malt. The alcohol peaks through a bit and there may even be a slight hint of cinnamon and vanilla. There even seems to be a little orange spice in there.

T- The complexity of this beer opens up when it warms up. The big flavor is of toasted malt. There is also some hops in there but is nicely balanced. The alcohol is a little present along the edges but not too bad. Also there is some orange and what I am perceiving to be cucumber, a little weird.

M- A nice smooth beer that is medium bodied. There isn't much bite to speak of but there is a little bit of warmth from the alcohol.

D- A high ABV that is somewhat noticeable when it warms, makes this a one bomber and done beer. A good winter beer and one that I think would age well. Every time I lift my glass to drink the smell says IPA and the taste says something completely different.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 02:43:41 | More by Wisconsinality
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wheatyweiss

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a perfect.

Pours a medium dark amer with a nice head that leaves a decent amount of lacing. Clarity is good.

Aroma is of tannic acid and roasted nutty malt. Spicy hop are barely discernable.

Flavor is caramel up front with a bitter roast. Nuttiness creeps in to the middle with some astringent hop. Finishes sweet and nutty with a slight hop snap, dry but not overly. Warming alcohol on the exhale.

Mouthfeel is full and lush. Stickiness left on the lips, although a dryness is present on the mouthfeel. Carbonation is good.

Decent, but a bit "warm" for me.

I'm editing as of 05/18/10, the booziness has definitely calmed, and the hops flavor is still here.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 01:13:46 | More by wheatyweiss
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Offa

California

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a good strong, hoopy-malty ale, but not great. It's a lot like a slightly inferior, more boozy and rougher version of Arrogant Bastard or Lagunitas Lucky 13. I love those beers, but not as much as I used to a couple years ago, and the fact is all of these are pretty thick, a little rough, and very strong. This just happens to be another in the same vein and, although characterful and enjoyable, is a bit one-dimensional and overly rough, thick and sweet.

Very deep red-brown, a bit hazy, it has a large, light orangish-tan head, slowly shrinking to a foamy ring and leaving some frothy lace.

The aroma is sweet, flowery grapefruit, caramelised orange peel and candied orange, with a thick, burnt/caramelised raisiny quality and hint of pine.

The taste is similar, malty-syrupy up front with caramelised orange peel, candied orange, dark rummy raisin syrup (for Turks out there, a bit like rum mixed with pekmez). It's quite sweet, almost cloying from the start, but the sweetness does not get worse, thankfully, and the character, plus light hoppy bitterness and the warm alcoholic spiciness moderate this a bit. However, it is still almost cloying, it's a bit rough, very thick and oily, and rather one-dimensional, the character strong and bold but lacking depth or complexity. The oiliness gets worse and becomes too slick and thick as it warms and a rough meatiness soon develops. It is somewhat enjoyable, but only in small amounts and it's very heavy.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 17:57:48 | More by Offa
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a murky chestnut color with a big head; nice stickage and a willowy pattern of lace

Smell: Stone fruit with a lot of caramel and a bit of resiny, minty hops

Taste: The stone fruit and resinous hops jump out together at the outset, with the hops building further by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweeter elements prevail, though there is a lingering fruity aspect in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: As others have pointed out, very similar to Arrogant Bastard, which is not among my favorites; just too sticky for my palate

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 01:17:15 | More by brentk56
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BeerSox

Virginia

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

22oz bottle into 25oz snifter. Bottled on January, week 2. The person marking the label forgot to mark the year, with the choices of '08, '09, and '10. Since it can't be 10, and I don't think it's almost two years old, it was bottled in January '09. Unfortunately, we can expect some slightly tamer hops.

A gentle pour yields about a two finger cream-colored head. Most of the beer was poured in, but stopped just as a couple chunks of sediment made it into the glass. The hue is a deep purple, almost like plum.

Even after spending 9 months in a bottle the hops are still sharp, giving off plenty of grapefruit and pineapple. An interesting brown sugar aroma is in the background. There is a little bit of a dark fruit aroma, like sugary plum. The alcohol is well hidden. Overall, it seems like the aroma is on the lighter side, but that might not be the case if it was fresh.

The taste has a strong sweetness to it, like candy sugar, which is highly contrasted by the bitter hops, which linger until the very end. The alcohol is a little more noticeable in the flavor. Plenty of citrus from the hops. Full bodied, high carbonation.

This to me seems like a bit of a Barleywine with the volume turned down. It's still good though, and would be even better fresh. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 05:22:38 | More by BeerSox
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A rather intriguing offering from the Klisch brothers. After reading the interesting label I pour a generous amount of beer from my bomber into a Lakefront pint glass. Whoa! A slightly aggressive pour results in a solid two inches of thick beige head that would make a rootbeer proud. After it settles the amount of sticky lace on my glass is just as impressive. The aroma is spicy malt and hops. Sort of peppery with a sweet fruit hint. The flavor is rich malt and bitter hop. The flavor is spicy as well. Caramel,sweet fruit,pepper,chocolate even a hint of coffee. The alcohol come through on the finish. Lots goin on here. Very flavorful and robust. Medium to full body. Plenty of carbonation. This is probably the most flamboyant beers I've ever had from Lakefront. This is a good thing. I'm sure I will run into this beer around town. Lucky for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 00:00:28 | More by beerwolf77
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn."

--David Russell

Polished pomegranate that explodes with gemstone-like brilliance when sunlight is added. The pastel gold crown, that is milkshake thick and creamy, looks even better as it melts. Thick sheets of BB-shot lace coat the upper third of the glass, cementing the sky-high appearance score. What a looker!

According to the aroma, Bridge Burner SRA smells like a caramel-malted barleywine with a generous amount of citrusy hops. American strong ale? Pretty much the same thing when you come right down to it. If the alcohol is masked as well on the taste buds, this could be Lakefront's best brew yet.

Since this bottle is at least 6 months of age (and probably older), it doesn't have the kickin' hoppiness that it probably had when fresh. That's really the only thing holding it back from the next highest taste score. What was probably a pretty serious hop punch initially has mellowed into something... well... more mellow.

BBSRA is still delicious beer. It also appears to have aged well, for those of you who prefer more malt and less lupulins, relatively speaking. A brown bread and English-toffee-covered-with-nuts bass line is complemented by candied orange and grapefruit peel top notes. The ABV would have been easy to guess, but the alcohol is almost impossible to appreciate. Kudos to the brewers for that.

As the beer falls with drinking, a gorgeous, lace-crusted pint glass is the visual reward. Although the mouthfeel comes close to keeping pace, it doesn't quite get it done. It's a fraction light for the style and the bubbles don't inject enough creaminess. It sure does make the beer easy to drink, though.

Lakefront is a better brewery than my memory gives them credit for. Holiday Spice Lager, Riverwest Stein Beer, IPA, Cream City Pale Ale and White Beer are all solid. This one is as well. Next time I'll drink it fresh and hoppy. Bottom line: Bridge Burner is a barn burner of an American strong ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 20:23:20 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Vancer

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A strong performer from Lakefront - clear and dark mahogany brown in to the Bitburger glass, darn nice froth tan head explodes up and leave nice Brussels lace.

Aroma of a stronge pale ale - lots of spicy hop mixed with a good malt presence. Same with the quaff, with bits of doughy wood resin mixed in for good measure. Nothing strong ale about this one - it's a hop bomber, but a darn tasty one. 8% is well hidden, I'd have no problem recommending this one to try. Glad I got the chance to try it here as it's a new brewery reaching the area.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 18:51:38 | More by Vancer
Bridge Burner Special Reserve Ale from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.