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Burton Bridge Empire India Pale Ale | Burton Bridge Brewery

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Burton Bridge Empire India Pale AleBurton Bridge Empire India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Burton Bridge Brewery
United Kingdom (England)

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 133 | Ratings: 169
Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a cloudy golden/orange color with about an inch off-white head that stays around a while. Not much lacing. Aroma is bready malt, grassy and citrusy hops (lemon peel, oranges), and a bit of apples. The brew tastes mostly like the aroma, with toasted and bready malt, wood, citrusy hops (lemon and orange peel), minerals, and apple flavors all noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and has a good amount of carbonation. I thought this was a pretty decent brew, the more I drank it, the more I liked it. I'd buy it again. $5.49 a bottle.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a stemmed glass. Displays a hazy golden hue with subtle orange highlights beneath an imposing white head that laces deep into the glass.

S: Aromas of biscuits, lemon zest, orange, pine sap, and subtle woody spices are present on the nose. Much more assertive than many English IPAs.

T: A fruity, tart entry gives way to notes of biscuits, lemon, orange, minerals, pine, spruce, kumquat, and woody spices. Finishes with a resinous punch of pine, citrus, and warming alcohol on a relatively long fade.

M: Fairly dry compared to many American IPAs with a substantial, crisp feel to it. I would have liked a little more heft though.

O: This is quite a bit better than most English India Pale Ales. It is also a nice change of pace from the American hop bombs. Very good for the style.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice orangey colour with a really big, fluffy white head that takes awhile to settle down.

Citrusy, malt scent with this weird, grape-y that takes over. It smells rather sour.

Soury hops, weak malts. Lots of yeast. That wierd grape-y scent makes its presence known in the taste too. It seems almost like a wierd mixture of an IPA and a tripel...but not well balanced.

Decent carbonation, but the wierd scent and taste forces me to sip this.

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Photo of beerdrifter
2.58/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up at the biggest beer store in the UK, Beers of Europe Ltd. Hazy orange-yellow pour with a huge three finger soapy head with decent retention and lacing. Really sour, cider-like nose that is like no other British IPA I've ever had. The taste follows suit with lots of grassy, bitter, acidic qualities that had me thinking I was drinking a cider. There's a subtle malt sweetness that bleeds through ever so slightly, but the sour brett overpowers all else. I wasn't sure if this was intentional or if maybe I just got a bad bottle, but several other BA's had the same experience. If this was a blind review, I would bet my life I was drinking a Belgian Sour. This is the strangest IPA I've ever had...

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a hazy orange body with a thick beige butter cream head that rises above the glass. A few small bubbles pop of the base.

S- The cidery floral aroma during the pour takes on a wood quality with a growing brett note. The finish has a pine sawdust note to it.

T- The alcohol fusel bite is strong and takes on a cidery quality with a faint toasted malt hint in the background. There is a dandelion hop bitterness that turns into more of a brett character and hangs in the throat after each sip.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a scrubbing fizz that fills the mouth and an alcohol bite that finishes the beer.

O- This is a bit of an odd beer that is a bit too cidery and the alcohol is pretty hot with only the faintest of malt flavors. The hops are only really bitterness with no other character but the brett does shine through especially as the beer warms. There are more Flanders red characters that IPA qualities in this beer.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange with a huge cream colored head. Some light floaters at the end of the bottle.

Big floral and fermented fruit nose. Pineapple. Spicy and different.

Very different for an EIPA. Toasted malt and fruit, with clean bitterness. Lots of age, some woodiness as well, like something soaked into a wooden keg. Good lingering bitter finish.

Medium to fuller bodied.

Very different and tasty. Loved this one, and worth finding. Very non-traditional, or at least based upon what we've been conditioned to drink as IPA.

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Photo of Shaken9
2.19/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Paid $6.99 for a 500ml bottle.

Was expecting an English IPA, got a hoppy, sour mess that smelled of apples and pears.

Poured into a 22oz Pilsner glass, hazy golden amber color. Not unexpected for a bottle conditioned beer. Huge foamy head that persisted throughout.

Smelled EXACTLY like young cider, then after it had warmed a bit, like very citrusy hops (Sorachi Ace comes to mind) very lemony with apple and pear notes in the finish, some Brett sourness, funky sour aroma.

The flavor of this beer was... harsh with a side of sour bitterness. I LOVE sour beers and I love bitter hop bombs, but this was medicinal, bitter and sour at the same time. There is some funkiness, which I can only assume is Brettanomyces given the dirt, barnyard funky sourness to it. The malt hardly enters into the taste given the amount of hops and sourness.

Mouthfeel is a tiny bit thin for an IPA, even an English IPA, but the carbonation was good.

I can *KIND OF* understand what they were going for here, old English beers were supposed to have a little funk over time, but this is really not balanced and the sour and bitter really fought against each other. I was expecting an English IPA with lots of East Kent Goldings, Fuggles and Challenger hoppiness but got a big, bitter, lemony Sorachi Ace type flavor. Was not pleasant, even when I tried to consider it a Belgian sour or saison. Just unbalanced, I'm not interested in trying this beer again.

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Photo of nicnut45
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a gusher. Couldnt pour it all at once. A slighlty hazy yellow orange color. The smell is a perfect mix of vanilla malt shake and green olives with some blue cheese as well. The taste is interesting to say the least. There is some nice vanilla whiskey like notes, no doubt from the oak. Bitterness seems to come more from the alcohol then the hops. This actually reminds me of a bourbon. more then likely because of the woody/oak like notes. Has a strange green olive like taste as well. Mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated. A strange beer, but the taste is intriguing and I find myself taking more sips. Not because it is good, just interesting. All in all im glad this style today isnt reminiscent of the past.

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Photo of claspada
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aromas of bready/biscuity malts and earthy/herbal hops; something is adding a slight sour characteristic.
The taste follows the nose pretty much exactly. Begins with full flavor bready maltiness and transitions to the bitterness characterized by orange marmalade and earthy/slightly floral notes. Still something sour, maybe infection or oxidation, can't be sure.
Mouthfeel is lightly spritzy and carbonation is appropriate. Overall a decent beer, probably amazing on cask in England but average here and now because the freshness is clearly a factor.

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Photo of nickd717
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle from K&L.

Pours a slightly hazed reddish-amber color with a huge, lasting, foamy white head.

The aroma is...brett? Really? Didn't expect that. Besides that, there are floral hop notes and sweet hints of malt.

The flavor is definitely bretty and funky, slightly sour. Not sure whether that was intended or not. Besides that, there is caramel malt and a considerable hop bite that is herbal and ESB-like with some floral and grapefruit notes. Alcohol is a little more assertive than it probably should be at 7.5%. The finish is earthy and ever so slightly metallic.

Medium-bodied with some acidity on the palate and high carbonation from the infection and/or intentional addition of brett.

This is a decent brett IPA overall, although I'm not sure whether they were intending it to be one or not. I think I'm going to file this one in the "WTF" file for now. I'm not going to lie though - it kept me drinking it.

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Photo of biga7346
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Thin copper to metallic orange hue, very thick, rich creamy head that rises to the rim and takes a while to dissipate while leaving creamy lacing on the side of the glass. Reminds me of a Sam Smiths pour, and I'm guessing creamy full heads are helped by Burton-On-Trent mineral rich water.

N: Fresh, tart peaches, red wine and some lambic mustiness, moss. A spritzy and alive smell coupled with musty hop aroma - very nice and enticing.

D/M: A velvety and firm mouthfeel gets you up front with notes of grapefruit, kiwi, red wine and a smattering of floral hops in the finish. This is a great example of hoppy English session beers although the ABV has risen over the years to a stout 7.5 percent. I would enjoy this with corned beef and tart English cheddar.

Very drinkable, look forward to coming back for more, however, reading some of the low reviews it seems like this beer has a storage and travel problem as the bad reviews almost certainly had an outdated bottle from what they are describing. Definitely a beer that I believe would be amazing really fresh I'm pretty sure I got a good bottle from one of my local haunts although I did not see a date or batch number anywhere.

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Photo of theghost3
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, deep copper with a 3-finger, yellow frothy head.

The smell is cloves and floral, slightly citrus hops. The taste is cloves, floral and slight grapefruit hops with an aftertaste somewhere between medicinal and peppery. The mouthfeel is rather carbonated at first, champagne-like, but it settles into a crisp, medium-bodied feel.

This is OK in the drinkability area, but the taste is all over the place--I did not expect the strong clove and herbal flavors.

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Photo of Manxguy
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer at 10C to a Pint (20oz) Glass, noting that it is bottle conditioned and contains yeast (I left a few drops in the bottom to avoid pouring the yeast into the glass).

A - Bright deep gold, good level of carbonation for an ale.Good lacey head.

S - strong hop aroma, slightly floral with a good citrus note.

T - Nice amount of malt and hops initialy, with a slight citrusy hop zing and a clean finish - not overly bitter for the style.

M - Very drinkable, not too heavy not too light.

A very drinkable beer, but too strong for a session ale. Two or three bottles are plenty!

A good beer that I would buy again. Of the few I've tried now, I'd say it s better served at around 8-12C
Remember if you like your beer bright, pour carefully leaving the yeast in the bottle!

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Photo of DerBayer
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ich bin sehr impressed Herr von Burton. This much fruitier and way less herbal/edicinal than most IPAs.

I cannot really pin down the fruit - it s grapefruit and is it peach? - nay! orange? nay! whatever it is very pleasant! There is also a wheaty graininess... The whole thing is really more akin of a Weizen plus X.

The body is full drinkability is high - what can I say?

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Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, bright white, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Aroma of hops, fruit (citrus especially) and some malt. Very subtle, but nice.

T: Tasted of hops, though not overwhelmingly, citrus (grapefruit, I think), and malt in the finish. Very well rounded and surprisingly vibrant for an English IPA.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: Although I'm not the biggest fan of English IPAs, this one is excellent. Drinkable.

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Photo of titosupertramp
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy gold with 2-3 fingers of thick, white head.

S: Huge nose on this one when you open the bottle. Fruit, malt, alcohol.

T: Follows the nose. The alcohol might be a little dominate for only being 7.5%, but not too bad. Hops are certainly present, but well balanced with the malt..just the right amount of bitterness on the back of the tongue. There's almost a barrel aged taste about this beer. It's hard for me to place. Also, if you allow this to get almost to room temp(mid 60s) and take a few minutes between sips, you might pick up a cherry after taste.

M: Medium body, but gets a little thicker as it warms. Also, slight alcohol burn which I enjoy.

D: This is a delightfully easy drinking beer which I'm glad I tried. It's one that I think BAs could use to convert BMC drinkers. If you're looking for a more flavorful alternative to Sam Smith's Pale Ale, look no further.

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Photo of markbatonrouge
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The cloudy yellow/gold appearance is nice. The aroma is a bit sweet, a bit citrusy -- a lot of alcohol. The alcohol comes through in the taste as well. The taste also echos the sweet aromas, though there is a nice lingering bitterness.

I liked this beer well enough, and would happily drink another, but for the gravity in it (7.5% abv), there are a lot of other much better beers with more complex and richer malts.

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Photo of teovaldi
4.45/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy orange with a huge 3 finger head that leaves beautiful lacing.

Smells of hops and a slight whiff of alcohol and fruits.

The taste starts out dominated by the hops followed by the fruits picked up from the nose. One the end there's a slight sweetness and a hint of alcohol. You can tell this spent some time in the cask and it adds another depth to the already great taste.

Moderate/light bodied and low carbonation.

I could easily drink a few of these despite the higher ABV.

This beer was a big surprise for me as I picked it up out of the reduced section at my local store. Was on sale for 1/2 off so I figured why not and was very happy I did as this is one of the better EIPA's I've tasted.

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Photo of bob3701
4.42/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass. Poured a hazy straw amber with suspended particals with a huge fluffy head that hangs around a long time with excellent lacing. Big bannana aroma. Great balance between sweet and bitter. Really easy going down with an alcohol burn. An excellent beer.

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Photo of jlindros
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A huge rising 4 finger head that takes up 50% of my SA pint glass rises up quickly and fades almost as fast, imploding on itself as the big bubbles pop. It has a hazy bright pale orange color.

N: A little disappointing at first. It has some British hops, but not much. Some pale aromas, a little spicy hop quality, that strange pungent fruit hop aroma you get from UK hops. Some creamy malt aromas round it off. It also has a little of that fresh wort aroma like the beer had just finished brewing and hadn't fermented yet. Some light woody esthers.

T: Pretty similar to the aroma. Some floral, grassy, herbal hop qualities. It does get pretty pale, similar to an English bitter but more bitter. This is pale bitterness, pretty distinct English Bitter type. A little creamy flavor, light malts, and just that overall pungent fruity hop flavor. Hides the 7.5% very well. A little bit of fresh raw woody esthers as well. It started off a little watery and unpleasant bitterness, but as it warmed and the more I drank it started to open and taste much better. Then I noticed this was pulled from a cask and should be drunk at about room temperature. Too cold just ruins this beer. It is a perfect beer for Real Ale cask type.

M: Lighter body at first, then gets a little thicker as it warms, with decent carbonation.

F: Pretty bitter, a very slight diacetyl, some creamy and woody esthers, a slight unpleasant bitterness on the finish that gets better as it warms. Semi dry as well. At first I wasn't a big fan of this beer, in fact I was pretty disappointed. But the more I drank this and the more it warmed from fridge temps, the more I enjoyed it and the more it opened up. This is really a Real Ale like beer that needs to be more warm and open up, and is a cask beer. It should even be poured from the cask, not bottle, but that's the only way I can get it. I'll look forward to trying this at NERAX sometime.

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Photo of rye726
4.6/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Vintage '05

Pours an orangish brown with a beige head. Nice retention and light lace.

Nose has bready malts, nuts, caramel, herbal hops and a subtle mossy funk aroma.

Taste also has a bit of must funk which pairs quite well with the floral hops and sweet doughy malts.

Medium body is well carbonated. Nice finish. Really cool beer.

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Photo of checkfeet
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a more interesting interpretation of the IPA than many of its British counterparts. This is a favorite.

It is a great orangey-peach color, lightening around the edges of the glass. The nose is a crisp mix of tangerines and cloves. It tastes. Perfectly balanced bitterness, citrusy fruit and and good resiny mouthfeel. High alcohol content nicely masked by everything else going on.

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Photo of timtim
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

hazy dark amber with an off-white head that holds very well and leaves very pretty lace. nose is very perfumy floral hoppiness up front followed by a touch of orange jam and some biscuity malt as well as a good amount of minerality which expresses itself as a rustic, kind of earthy cellarish smell. taste is proper english hop with only a hint of malt shining through. nice, bitter finish and a real sense of terroir from the quality english ingredients familiar to their part of the world. medium-full body that is very soft and slick at the same time. very nice, proper english ipa. my only advice on this one is to make sure it is as fresh as possible and coming from a reputable source that handles it well. reading some of the other reviews, it sounds like quite a few mishandled bottles have made their way to people's mugs. cheers!!!

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Photo of OttoBomb
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml, 1 Pint/ 19 fl. oz. (bottle is labeled as such, even though these measurement aren't equivelent) bomber poured into a 16 oz. pint glass (September 7, 2009).

Eyes: Mid-color, significant head for an IPA. Strong lacing and head retention.

Nose: Strong grassy hops, slight malt, a mild hint of the alcohol.

Tongue: Nice grassy hops up front, yeast & wood is present also. Well balanced, somewhat spicy, metallic, quite a good example of the style in my opinion.

Mouth: Good creamy feel, perhaps a bit thin.

Libation: Over all really quite good. The carbonation is a bit heavy, it's just best to wait for it to settle and warm anyways. It's good to have a quality version of the classic English IPA, I'll be having this again.

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Photo of allboutbierge
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The label gives the impression that this is THE historical example of the IPA style...even has a CAMRA endorsement neck hanger proclaiming "CAMRA says this is REAL ALE".

Appearance is an extremely attractive burnt orange deep amber with loosely formed and long lasting off white head. Lots of big bubbles formed in the foam. Most of the yeast remains stuck in the bottom of the bottle. Lack retention is spectacular. Nose is almost dead to other IPAs I have had (mostly, admittedly, of the AIPA genre) and even in comparison to many top Pilsners I have had. Some extremely light floral notes due come through, but Im not sure if they are only figures of my imagination.

Flavor is hot...not much holding back the alcohol. Hoppy notes of more of the floral variety...minimal citrus character. No heavy puckering to the bitterness. Formidable malt backbone overcomes the bitterness in the aftertaste. Forefront: floral bitterness...Finish: malt monster.

Carbonation is extremely pleasant and elegant on the tongue. Body full with a very unadulterated fill on the palate.

A gentleman of an IPA.

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Burton Bridge Empire India Pale Ale from Burton Bridge Brewery
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