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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: 21 | 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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4/5  rDev +5%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark amber and crystal clear. Impressive head that recedes in a rocky fashion, leaving rings of chunky lace on the glass.

Nice blend of crystal malt and fresh hop. There's a mild fruitiness to aroma...in an attractive way.

Creamy flavor with a small amount of sweetness. This is quickly lost in a hop bomb rush. This continues through the swallow and long into the aftertaste. The body is surprisingly thin, but it does not take away from the powerful flavors. Could be described as a weak-bodied DIPA.

smcolw, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +5%

MarkyMOD, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -21.3%

XmnwildX12, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

beernads, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of Gavage
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.

Gavage, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

imperialking, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of corby112
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark chestnut brown color that appears almost black in the glass with a faint mahogany edges and a two finger frothy light beige head. Good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap/ring that coats the glass with large chunks of soapy lacing.

Earthy hop aroma with a strong roasted malt backbone. Lots of resinous, oily hops with hints of pine and soil countered by subtle citrus, caramel, toffee, nut and chocolate.

Medium bodied with a balance of bitter, earthy hops, sweet citrus notes and roasted malt. Dry and bitter up front with hints of grass and pine but this is quickly countered by the fruit notes and sweet malt character. Hints of grapefruit and orange peel along with some other light fruit notes followed by some caramel, toffee, chocolate and hazelnut. Slightly roasty but not enough to overshadow the other notes. Complex with a well masked ABV, resulting in a pretty quaffable beer.

corby112, Jul 02, 2011
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
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely one of the better Lakefront beers I've had. Pours dark amber with a very thin head. Smells citrusy and a bit piney with a lot of firm malt and a slight nuttiness. The taste is rich and thick with malt, and quite creamy but not too sweet. Lots of piney hops followed by a touch of malty sweetness on the back end. A bit thick in the mouth but quite smooth. Big, and with lots of hops and a fair bit of alcohol, but it's all well supported by the malt.

Georgiabeer, Jun 14, 2009
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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
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

ejimhof, Jun 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy mahogany color with a soapy head and plenty of lace. Aroma is fully malty and has just a kiss if smoke. Reminds me of the smell of a mild aged scotch but of course faintly. In the taste, malty with some piney, resinous hops providing expert balance. Toast, caramel, brown sugar and hops. Disguises the alcohol very well. Full bodied with a soft carbonation, wasnt pouring well but drank just fine. Overall this is a smooth American Strong Ale, can hit with the best of them.

Stinkypuss, Aug 05, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the clear dark copper brew. Dense head lasts well, with thick frothy lacing. Aroma is heavily sweet with piney hops. Taste follows the nose, with bitterness overpowering late. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, cutting the bitter some, and drinkability is good as well.

ppoitras, Feb 17, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of biegaman
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.

biegaman, Apr 13, 2013
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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.

smakawhat, Mar 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Latarnik, May 28, 2014
Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brazilian cherry with a glass consuming smooth and frothy tan head that was incredibly well lasting. A full film lace adores the glass.

S: Strong hoppy aroma of fresh pine and sweetly toasted grains. Sweet citrus with some woodsy scents with a fade of dry flowers.

T: Malty and dry toasted munich grains combines with a flowery citrus of grapefruit and some pine. Mid-palate sees some malt sweetness creep in, powdery dry toasted malt with a nice bite of dry citrus coming on the finish. Nice fullness. Listed at 45ibu of hop bitterness that seems much higher but perfectly suited per style. (for the record i originally thought this was an american amber)

M: The mouthful is malty and full with a lush creaminess. Dry toasted malts, smooth with a good dry hop bitterness coming on the tongue on the swallow.

D: For drinkability we have a fulfilling red that sits high on the side of flavor with an ample bitternessand body with a dry well being. Great downer and very good example per style,(again drinks like a red) no hesitation for repeat and six pack purchase.

beerthulhu, Dec 24, 2010
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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.

Bighuge, Dec 13, 2009
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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
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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.

liamt07, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber color. 2/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, slight caramel malt, slight dark citrus, hint of yeast, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of an American Strong Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, roasted malt, slight hop, slight alcohol, hint of wheat, hint of dark citrus, and a hint of caramel malt. Overall, good appearance, aroma, blend, complexity, and body.

Tone, Nov 29, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Imperial Amber?

A: Deep amber with a light tan head, great retention & lace.

S: Pine, brown sugar, toffee and cotton candy.

T: Pine, caramel, cocoa, cotton candy, sponge toffee, citrus rind, solid bitterness, alcohol is subtle.

M: Moderate to full body has a light residual sweetness with slightly drying finish.

O: A balanced drinker for its weight. Nicely done.

Derek, Aug 17, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

scruffwhor, Jul 10, 2014
Bridge Burner Special Reserve Ale from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.