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
England, United Kingdom

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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

This beer pours a cloudy yellow-orange color. The head is an inch in height, and recedes very slowly into thick lacing. This is one nice looking IPA. The aroma is of lemon, orange, flowers, and a nice wood character. I really like how the woods is there, but does not by an means overpower or distract from the rest of the aroma. The taste has the same lemon, orange and flower characteristics of the aroma. The wood is there too, but it is cut through by the a sharp piercing bitterness. This beer has got to be on the high end of bitterness for an English IPA, but it works. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is one fine IPA that I would love to see in six pack form, but I am sure I would drink it again nonetheless.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy amber with a finger-wide head that slowly settles. Carbonation is subtle, but still present.

S: Wood is dominant on the nose, with toasty malt and a fruity hop character lingering behind. Overall not very powerful.

T: Malt hangs in the foreground, with a sweet, bready character. The wood is there but less prominent than on the nose. The finish is dry and fruity, with a nice hop profile, followed by more of the wood.

M: This is a full-bodied IPA, and the cask aging adds to the body. It's viscosity coats the palate and flavors linger for a good amount of time.

D: This is truly what British IPA should taste like. Something about it just says "traditional." It's good, but I wouldn't have more than one in a session.

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Photo of sgoodship
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My wife picked me up a 500ml bottle form Whole Foods.

A: 2 finger bubbly off-white head with very little effort. Dissipates to a bubbly ring. Hazy coppery color - like a murky raw cider. Color becomes more amber toward the bottom. Yeast sediment visible from second pour.

S: A hint of citrus and fruity hop but plenty of sweet malt coming through the nose. A hint of mineral and metal.

T: Sour fruit taste in the apricot area rather than citrus. Diacetyl comes through loud and clear with a hint of alcohol. This is followed by some bready malt. It ends dry and with a bitterness - not that aggressive which is usual for the style.

M: Light body with a medium carbonation that is tingly in the mouth. Pretty clean and refreshing.

D: Not a fan of the sour/tart fruit. Good balance as per the style and interesting complexity for an IPA. Way too much diacetyl for my liking, especially toward the end.

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Photo of donmonkey1
1.17/5  rDev -67.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance: Dark orange with a very large white head, decent lacing. I can't tell if the beer is dark orange or cloudy. I'm skeptical with the orange color.

Smell: Mild skunk. No date on bottle.

Taste: Average or above average hop bite and skunk.

Mouthfeel: water with a touch of stinginess.

Drinkability: This beer should be called Shitty Shitty Bang Bang.

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Photo of brendan13
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass with a 3 centimetre white head that falls away to a thin whisp fairly quickly atop a hazy dark orange beer.
S - Candied fruit, minerally aromas and yeasty notes and some light caramel malt touches.
T - Like the smell, quite a sweet fruitiness, caramel maltiness and quite a yeasty quality.
M - Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation.
D - Not all that complex but still quite flavoursome. Something I'd drink again.

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Photo of SeanRedd
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I forgot how the English got down. Right when conservative hop bills and balanced malt seemed redundant, a spritzy bitter ale shocks the scene...and has been, for a long time now. The appearance is gorgeous; dense foamy head atop a murky, amber body. Bits of yeast and sediment dance around the potent carbonation, and the tongue recieves a bit of a sting from the crispness. Sour and tangy at times with high pitch bitter notes and a soft malt foundation. A different breed from the piney American IPAs. This one is a spritzy, lemoney cocktail...complete with lime and tonic. Thist quenching witha pucker. A jolly good historic rendition.

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Photo of Globetrotter
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at the Biererei in Vienna, the dark brown half liter bottle features a multi-colored label sporting a cricket player and a viceroy enjoying large mugs, with a Union Jack flapping behind. No ingredient info. Best before August 2009, I opened it on the eve of the ides of March.

Pours a cloudy pinkish orange under a one finger beige head with fairly large bubbles that pop rather quickly, leaving thick film and a few spots of lace. The nose is strong of grapefruit and carnation, with a good dose of sweet bread behind. The mouth is (too) light and very prickly. Lovely taste, starting out grapefruit bittersweet with a touch of sweet caramel, followed by an achingly dry espresso-bitter. Very refreshing.

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Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle I get apple pear and hay in the nose as well as in the taste. There is a slight sugar-fruit left-over taste at the end that is common in Belgian triples. I don't know enough to know what that is but that taste is there.

IPA my arse! I get no hops here. Seriously, do a side-by-side with Chimay white or any other good Belgian Trippel.

This is a really good beer but mis-classified as an IPA.

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Photo of goethean
4.72/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice, complex, drinkable English ale. I cellered my bottle for several months before drinking, and the brettanomyces was quite apparent in the aroma and flavor profile. Hops make themselves heard but are not overpowering. Not as excessively over-hopped as most American craft IPAs. Hopped closer to a pale ale, but with a more substantial malt presence and complexity. If I could hold my liquor better, I could drink this stuff all night.

After I poured it into my glass, I dumped the dregs into a keg of homebrewed old ale --- maybe the brett will dry it out a little before the alcohol content kills them. So if you're a homebrewer, you get a sample of wild yeast in addition to a fine beverage in an almost antique style.

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Photo of PretzelCity
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the first beer in Roger Protz's "300 Beers to Drink Before You Die" book. Poured nicely into my glass a deep golden honey color with a mighty head about three fingers thick. Tight, crisp bubbles gave this beer something of a champagne feel at first. The first taste is interesting, lots of oak, and citrus hops seem to dominate the beer. The taste and mouthfeel remind me of Cantillon Iris. Overall this is a very interesting brew, true to the English IPA style (although I liked Three Floyds Blackheart better). Worth a try if not for the history alone.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.32/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9oz. bottle into an imperial tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of citrus (grapefruit & lemon) along with caramel, honey, some spice and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is sweet up front with flavors of caramel, citrus, honey and spices. Then there's a pale hops presence that comes in next, but doesn't offset the sweetness like you normally see in the style. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and the alcohol is a touch more detectable than most in the style. Overall, there doesn't seem to be a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, not the best representation of style, there's a bit more strength in this one than most EIPA's but there are definitely many others that I would pick over this one.

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Photo of Offa
1.91/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I don't know what to make of this beer and am particularly unsure whether it's supposed to be the way my bottle was or if it was simply a bad bottle. It seems to fit the description most other reviewers here gave and to some degree, at least, what I have read elsewhere. However, to me it seems to have been bad and in its overly active carbonation, smell, and taste, it very closely resembles the one bad bottle of Young's Special London Ale I had (it's also pale, hoppy, and bottle conditioned and I KNOW the Young's was not supposed to be like that as I've had it many times and only once was it like that).

It's hazy dark straw with a huge, out-of-control white head that fills the glass and lasts forever, shrinking very, very slowly but leaving no real lace. It remains extremely actively fizzy for over an hour, since that is how much time passed before I decided to revisit it and ended up pouring it down the drain, with it fizzing up in the sink.

The aroma is yeast, bananas, more yeast, pears, and citrus with some essence of bitter green grass.

The taste is kind of similar: bananas, yeast, and exceedingly dry champagne, as if tasting day-old champagne, that somehow remained as fizzy as when opened, after someone had steeped bananas and yeast in it. It also has hints of bitter orange pulp and pear. It's sharp, very spicey-bitter, and alcoholic. Overall, interesting, but dreadful.

I do agree with those who commented that this has a Belgian quality to it. It especially resembles a more bitter Belgian strong, bottle condition golden ale, however a twisted and really unpleasant one, assuming that what I drank was the way it is supposed to be.

I will assume that this was bad and will try it again, but not for a while.

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Photo of botham
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into a chalice. pours an apricot orangish color with a sizeable, off white and pillowy head that has good retention and leaves moderate lacings.

aroma is of a light sourness and a mild fruityness that carries a distant note of citrus and hops along. reminiscent of a farmhous ale because of the light sourness, and well proportioned in the nose.

taste is lightly sour on the palate with light notes of mild fruit. finishes on a mildly spicy note with mild hops in the aftertaste.

mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a light effervescence and a mildly peppery aftertaste.

drinkability is decent. the funkyness creeps up on the palate and creates a dry mouthfeel and a tart aftertaste. unique for an IPA to say the least, with a questionable overall character.

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

This beer was recommended from Roger Protz's 300 beer to try before you die. I saw it in Detroit for the first time and gave it a try.
Great thing that I did. This beer is wonderful! This baby is a full bodied, bottle conditioned, floral, and hoppy pale ale. It is listed as a pale , but is closer to IPA in style. It has a orangish amber opaque color with an aroma that is more up front fruit than floral. The taste is all malt and hops and yeast. Beautiful to look at and taste. If you haven't had it yet, give it a try...it is good beer.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this one up today even though it was $5.99 because the concept of it being like one of the originals sounded so cool.

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a hazy orange with a big off-white three inch thick monster of a head. Sinks down after a few minutes and leaves some lacing.

Aroma is very fruity with very slight apple, some pear, a bit of a sweetness reminiscent of honeycomb.

Taste has more of the aforementioned fruitiness with a lot more hops. A bit of caramel malt at the start but it quickly becomes bitter in a very nice way and ends with a minerally finish with some nice lingering fruit and earthy, spicy hop flavors.

Mouthfeel starts out good, medium-light body, but then it goes downhill. There's so much carbonation that when I try to swish it through my mouth it just foams up and fills my mouth with foam. Very hard to drink.

Tasty stuff but that carbonation is a bitch. Needless to say the second glass was much better after the carbonation had calmed down a bit.

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Burton Bridge Empire India Pale Ale from Burton Bridge Brewery
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