Bridge Burner Special Reserve Ale | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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86
very good
392 Ratings
THE BROS
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Bridge Burner Special Reserve AleBridge Burner Special Reserve Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States
lakefrontbrewery.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by cokes on 06-27-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
392
Reviews:
167
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
11.92%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
38
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 392 |  Reviews: 167
Photo of Sammy
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery. Black with a little white head. Not aroma.Some chocolate malt, some roast. This is what I was getting. Boozy. Less than
average strong, a bit like a malt liquor with some chocolate flavouring.Not so drinkable. WOuld like some more hops which would be more like the style.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: half finger head with minimal retention on a deep amber head with a lot of floaters in it... likely related to age.

S: dark fruit, mostly apple, raisin and strawberry with tofee and caramel and candy sugar notes.

T: flavor has a sharp, terpentine like note up front quickly moving to a brown sugar, toffee, milk chocolate and toasty malt base. molasses and earthy/resin hops notes round this one out.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: nicely complex. certainly better than I was expecting. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, 8.0% ABV. Lots of good stuff about working together, bridging the gap (with fire, apparently), and all that, on the busy label.

This beer pours a dark, murky orange-tinted brown colour, with three fingers of chunky, foamy, and rather bubbly light beige head, which leaves some very nice tight webbed lace around the glass in its short wake.

It smells pretty much like a prototypical DIPA: tart citrus hops, a hint of muddled pine resin, bready caramel and toffee malt, and a sidling nostril-probing booziness. The taste still leads with the sassy hops - blended citrus notes and wet pine, to a lesser degree, with a sturdy backbone of bready, lightly caramelized malt, Toffifay, and some besotted raisin and dark plummy fruitiness.

The carbonation is moderate, with just a wee prickliness, the body a stolid medium weight, and maybe a little thinned out by the booze, but generally smooth. It finishes, as ever was, with resplendent piney, citrus rind hop bitterness, annoyed reactionary citizen malt, and a slightly sneaky and almost ethereal alcohol warming.

If it looks like, smells like, and tastes like a DIPA, then it must be so? No? Two out of three for the win? Ah well, it's got more big-ass hopitude packed into those 45 IBUs than a lot of actual DIPAs I've recently come across. Tasty, American, strong, and ale - got it.

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Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a murky chestnut color with a big head; nice stickage and a willowy pattern of lace

Smell: Stone fruit with a lot of caramel and a bit of resiny, minty hops

Taste: The stone fruit and resinous hops jump out together at the outset, with the hops building further by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweeter elements prevail, though there is a lingering fruity aspect in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: As others have pointed out, very similar to Arrogant Bastard, which is not among my favorites; just too sticky for my palate

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This comes off as an Arrogant Bastard clone that surpasses the original.
Bottled: mar wk2 10

Murky orange in a pint glass, strong retention with sticky sheets of lace that last for the whole glass.
Visible chunky sediment, hanging in the reddish orange liquid.

Hops! Fairly fruity and citrusy at first, a little sweet cantaloupe.
Somewhat malty though hop dominant in the nose.

Sticky and full bodied, a fairly big beer that seems like an imperial amber, a la nugget nectar. Sweet sticky specialty malt, resinous hop bitterness, piney and fruity notes. Not too heavy, but still a sipper. Medium to low carbonation, smooth feel to it. Pretty substantial hop character that's well integrated overall. Will pick this up again...

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark black color ale with a large dark foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of dry roasted malt with some resin and citrus hops. Taste is a mix between some roasted malt notes with dry notes and some pine and citrus hops punch. Body is quite full with somewhat of a creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Well balanced with good hops punch

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Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a dark burgundy color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled fruity and yeasty with a strong dose of maltiness and booze.

T - It tasted very boozy and had a strong alcohol heat. Very sweet with caramel and a touch of fruitiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This could use some time to mellow out. A bit too sweet and boozy.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed at a recent tasting. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a fairly-dark brown color with a thin light tan head with pretty good retention. The nose yields a bit of strong malt sweetness along with some dark fruits. There's a bit of light cherry lingering in the background as well. Mild brown sugar. The flavor is fruity and sweet. Not too much complexity, but a nice combination. Mouthfeel is medium with a bit of booze. Overall, pretty good. I wouldn't mind tried this aged out a bit further.

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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of off white foam on top of a hazy, dark brown body with some small chunks floating in it. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves excellent lace.

S - Brown, sugary malt with some molasses and smoke in the background.

T - Sweet, alomost tart dark fruit up front with some molasses and brown sugar in the middle. Finishes with dark cherry smoky caramel and a hint of mocha.

M - a moderately thick body, average carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Not bad, better than I expected in fact, especially after seeing the copious amounts of floaters that ended up in the glass. The malt character was relatively complex and well balanced with and it is pretty drinkable for the alcoholic strength.

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Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Starting temperature of about 45F but improved with warming.

Poured dark reddish-brown with a fine, creamy tan head than left exceptional lacing.

Aroma: surprisingly hoppy: More like an APA than an "amber ale". A solid mix of malts is also present. Hints of toffee, white pepper and other spices.

Flavor: about as hoppy as a typical APA, but with a robust medium- and dark-roasted malt base. Well-balanced and mildly spicy (hops).

Feel: light heat from the higher ABV but relatively smooth and soft. Medium+ body.

O: a well-crafted and tasty Imperial BPA (Brown Pale Ale).

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Photo of oberon
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I havent had many Lakefront beer,the ones I have had have been sorta pedestrian.Poured a medium shade of brown with a decent sized white head atop that left broken lace as it settled in my impy nonic.Aromas are great,a mix of big caramel malt and pine/citrus hops,its American strong ale thru and thru in my mind.Flavors start out great,a smack of resiny hop mixed with some caramel and brown sugar,the finish though is abrupt and lacking.The mouthfeel is a bit thin and takes away from the flavors in my opinion.Its pretty good but could be great,glad I tried it.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color with a large off- white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a nice blend of hops, dark fruit, citrus, brown sugar and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out malty with sweet flavors of caramel, brown sugar and dark fruit. Then a strong hops presence comes in and provides a decent balance. The combination of flavors fades out and leaves a dry and slightly bitter after-taste.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this beer but after reading the label and then smelling the beer, I thought I would like it more than I actually did. However, overall, I consider it a pretty good beer that is worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, mahogany-hued body with a teeny tiny, off-white head.

Smell: Blending of butterscotch and light caramel in the aroma with supporting notes of pine, unripened cherry, and toast.

Taste: Toasty, sweet caramel and butterscotch maltiness. Lightly fruity. Earthy, piney hops with an assertive bitterness. A lingering bitterness tries to restrain the otherwise malty finish. Definitely hides its ABV well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Somewhat sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Not a bad little ASA. Far and away, it's my favorite thing to come out of Lakefront.

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Photo of russpowell
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at Macadoodles in Jane, MO, bottled Apr 2010

Pours a ruddy chestnut with 2 fingers of fluffed up tan head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruit & vanilla

T: Plums, figs, caramel, dryness & woody hops up front. Leafy & slightly piney hops mingle with figs, slight boozeyness, plums & brown sugar as this warms. Finishes dry with brown sugar sweetness, some vanilla & with figgyness & subdued leafy hops

MF: Medium bodied, chewy, warming with subtle carbonation & decent balance

Drinks easy, not a bad take on the style, but doesn't quite gel into greatness

Would love to try a fresher bottle just to see what the diff is. I'm guessing more hops, but also a bit hotter booze-wise...

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Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Bridge Burner Special Reserve Ale from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
3.86 out of 5 based on 392 ratings.
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