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Empire (Barrel-Aged Lost Gold IPA) | Real Ale Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company
Texas, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Mora2000 on 07-20-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
54
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
27.59%
 
 
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Reviews by elNopalero:
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4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Revisited 4/2012

This offering from Real Ale’s barrel age program pours a golden color with a light roast hue.

It has a distinctive yet smooth oaky aroma. I’m going to harbor a guess here and venture that this was aged in wine, not bourbon, barrels because I don’t pick up any of those notes. Perhaps a white wine?

The flavor is pleasing, although it’s hard to identify what survived from the initial base beer (their tasty Lost Gold IPA) as the hops dropped off and the beer itself took on a mellow quality with some sweetness rounding it out.

From my notes (8/2011):
Sweet aroma, nice warm, auburn coloration, pours clear with a little lace and low carbonation. There’s a wonderful, woody (oaky?) aroma. Oak/wood dominates the palate at first, and lingers. I enjoyed the sweet, almost caramel, finish that becomes more apparent as the beer warms. Definitely an interesting beer. As I try more and more of this style I’m finding that I enjoy it more and more. While not my “favorite” barrel-aged IPA it’s one I’d seek out again.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Freetail-Real Ale barrel-aged festival in San Antonio.

The beer pours a gold color with a white head. The aroma is orange and other citrus fruit with some oak mixed in. The flavor is more the same. It tastes like heavily oaked oranges and grapefruits with a nice, bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blac Sheep. Pours up a hazy burnt orange. Quickly fading whitehead. Nose of apricot, oak, citrus. Taste same as the nose. Subtle but tasty hops. Pretty damn sweet. Nice lil oaky flavor. I dig it. Very smoothe, very muddled carbo. Medium bodied. I could totally drink this how all day, gangsta pork chops!!!

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Rudyard's.

A: Pours a semi hazy golden/orange color. A two finger white head forms that sticks around for a while. Light lace is left behind.
S: Very vinous and almost tart fruits up front. Musky grapes with a lingering hop bite. Floral, citrus, and grassy aromas all work really well with the wine barrels and fruits. I love the aroma.
T: To bad non of the aroma carried over. Up front is a very light vinous/grape character. Citrus, grass, light bitterness. Sweetness lingers, and pretty much dominates after a while.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Though a bit on the watery side. Easy enough to drink. I had no problems finishing.

I was looking forward to this. The nose is really amazing, but not much else stands out. This is worth a try, and I did enjoy it. Though there are better barrel aged beers by Real Ale and other breweries available.

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Empire (Barrel-Aged Lost Gold IPA) from Real Ale Brewing Company
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