American Strong Ale | Empire Brewing Company - Brewpub

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Empire Brewing Company - Brewpub
New York, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by WesWes on 09-13-2009

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by chinchill:
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3.11/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

purchased & consumed at Empire Brewing.

This is a beautiful looking but overly bitter ale.

A - dark copper/amber; clar with highlights under light. off-white head

M - as expected

T - hops + malt; faint alcohol. Bitter (too much so) finish with a hoppy (Cascade?) aftertaste.

S - primarily hops with detectable alcohol.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of MadScientist
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Pours dark brown body,with little head but with lots of lace dots. a good hop aroma. Above average carbonation. Chocolate malt . Decent bitterness and good drinkability. Some hop aromas. Hits the style and worth brewing although the Stone's of the industry overwhelm the style grades.

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Photo of Dave_Treat
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stignacious
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy dark brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid roasted and crystal malt scent along with a very bitter hop nose. It has some burnt toffee character from an extended boil. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth, hoppy flavor that goes down easy and finishes warm with some burnt toffee flavor. It has a good malt bill with some excellent roasted notes. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an outstanding effort from these guys. I hope they keep cranking out the good stuff. Well done.

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Photo of ridgeline23
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of RancidAggro
4.49/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohnGray
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JizackFH
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria, NY in Feb '13.

Review taken from notes.

This beer pours a slightly hazy dark brown color. It has a little more than a finger of thick white foam resting on top. The head has pretty good retention, and leaves some good lace behind clinging to the glass. The nose starts off with a good amount of roasted malt. There is a pretty big hop presence here which is nice. Also, I am getting some dark fruit and toffee aromas. The taste starts off much like the nose, witch a good amount of roasted malt. There are some dark fruit flavors, as well as some toffee and a little bit of chocolate. A good amount of hop flavor and bitterness is also present, and it sticks to the palate throughout the finish, as does the roasted malt flavor, and a touch of alcohol flavor. This has a medium body and a nice smooth feel. There is some roasted malt bitterness as well as some bitterness from the hops. Also, there is a decent amount of sweetness, and a little bit of boozy warmth on the back end. There is good drinkability here. It goes down easy and has good flavor. Overall, I thought this was a pretty nice beer. I wouldn't have a problem having a few of this in a night, and I would buy again.

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American Strong Ale from Empire Brewing Company - Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 10 ratings
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