Bridge Burner Special Reserve Ale | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Bridge Burner Special Reserve AleBridge Burner Special Reserve Ale

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

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

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Ratings: 391 |  Reviews: 167
Photo of peensteen
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brownish red body, 2 fingers of off white head, good amount of lace and retention here. Smell is fairly hop forward, some citrus, lots of sharp pine, sweet malts and caramel both present, mostly hops though, grapefruit and orange toward the end along with some bready-toffee notes. Taste is sweet and malty, bit of chocolate flavour, piney-dank weedy hops, moderately bitter throughout, some fruits in the mix most noteably cherry, citrus and caramel mid palate, malty and piney finish. Medium carbonation, lightish body and pretty watery at points also. This was pretty solid, lots going on here in terms of flavour, more body and softer carbonation would have gone a long way here but still a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle from the Nepean LCBO for $5.25

Appearance - Brownish-red colour with an average size fizzy/frothy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some goodlacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, caramel, grapefruit/oranges

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There is also a hint of roasted chocolate and some grapefruit/oranges and something along the lines of strawberries. It ends with a malty/fruity/hoppy aftertaste.

Overall – Lots of flavours going on here. I don't really like the strawberry/guava type fruitiness in there but the rest of it works well. I picked up a few bottles thinking I could age them, but I'm not sure that will work out well.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from the LCBO, nice to see another brewery crack the shelves. Love the story behind this beers name.

Poured into your standard nonic. Dark amber russet, almost chestnut, with a sturdy head of foam. Great retention, terrific circles of lacing. Nice looking brew.

Nose is west coast citrus hops, caramel, chocolate, brown bread.

Interesting mish mash of flavors the work well together. Nutty, chocolate malt fighting with citrus resin hops for attention. Easy to drink, no trace of alcohol.

Mouthful is thin, a bit watery, which does the brew a real disservice because I find the rest of it so well.

For the price (under 6), it's a solid brew I will come back to while it's here. Nice hoppy ale.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Surprised how much I'm enjoying this beer!

Bomber pours a beautiful dark mahogany colour with decent head and residual lacing. It was bottled on Jan 30th (like the rest of the LCBO release?) and has a fantastic "c" hop aroma with caramelized malt undertones. Unfortunately those citrus and pine notes don't follow into the flavour, which has an impressive bitterness to the finish although without many "west coast" elements. The taste starts with sweet roasted malts, some caramel and chocolate notes, before transitioning to that nice bitterness. The high 8.5% ABV is warming but not overwhelming.

Have read others describing this as a "messy" beer - and I think that's a good description - but it's a messiness I'm really enjoying. May be time to book a trip to Milwaukee...

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Photo of korguy123
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Jan 30th, 2013
Bottle into snifter.

Opaque dark brown pour with a light tan thin cap floating on top. Lacing is spotty.

Sweet malts, dark fruit, slight booze, fresh cookies with a bitter pine finish.

Sweet malts, slight alcohol with a bitter wallop in the finish. Dark stone fruits with a touch of strawberries.

Light to medium body, medium carbonation with a sticky finish.

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jrenihan
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled Jan 30, 2013.

Beer is dark maroon in colour, with a moderate to large sized light tan head. Good retention.

Dark fruit scents (red grape, fig), quite vinous. Alcohol is more noticeable than I would have expected. Bready malt and some grassy scents. A bit spicy.

Taste is lighter than expected- a thin body really affects the flavour for me. The dark fruit is there, with a dry, yeasty flavour. Bitterer than expected- grassy. A bit of booze.

Medium bodied, but feels very thin. Low carbonation. A bit sticky.

Overall, some nice aspects. but the body does not work and the flavours are a bit out of balance.

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Photo of YamagamiTravis
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of WeissBoy
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of bgibbard
2/5  rDev -48.2%

Photo of martyl1000
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of casapy
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Ri0
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - A rusty red and brown with a 2 finger off white head. Excellent retention and lacing.

S - Some pine hops with a roasted malt and sweet caramel, brown sugar smell. Some dark fruit notes mixed in as well.

T - Up front is malt and roasted grain followed by a hop presence. I was hoping for more of a bold hop presence, but this beer stays on the sweeter side with caramel, brown sugar, biscuit and toffee. Hints of date and fig. Has a pine and spice finish,

M - Nice carbonation and is a somewhat thick and heavy, good for this style.

O - A pretty good offering from LFB, but it leaves me wanting more from it. A bit more assertive and not so safe in the hop/malt combination. LFB doesn't seem to take too many risks, which may be a good thing.

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Photo of nuclearmeg
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of thehead92
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Strix
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reddish brown, nice initial head, some nice lacing.

Very malty nose, a cascade-type hop note.

Quite malty, a complex malt note with a bit of raisins, bread, and caramel and a mild grapefruit hop finish.

Mouthfeel rich and creamy.

An easy drinker for an 8% beer, this was nicely done.

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Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of ummswimmin
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I aged this bottle for about a year before pouring it today.

I poured this bottle into a tulip style glass, and there was about three fingers of foam. This left some really nice lacing on the side of glass.

You get a decent amount of smoke in the nose. There is also some chocolate roast and a decent dose of malt.

The flavor had some decent coffee, malt, and smoke presence. I like the way that these flavors mix together.

This is a pretty good beer. I like what Milwaukee put together in this one.

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Photo of bscalt
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of sneaks2210
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of 4ster
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of mychalg9
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of jaasen64
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber thanks to the bigredone. Poured into a Lawson's tulip.

A- Pours a dark reddish brown mostly opaque but some translucency. About a half finger of light yellowish slightly brown head that leaves some light spotty lacing. Towards the end of the bottle there was definitely some yeast sedimentation. Decent consistently rising carbonation.

S- Caramel, malts, a little bit of evergreen from the hops, a little bit of booze that fits in well, about average aroma strength. Interesting smell, a little bit more hops then I was expecting.

T- Caramel, malts, some piney hops, lightly sweet, finishes with a lightly sweet caramel taste that lingers. Interesting, decently tasty, everything is balanced well and fits together smoothly.

M- Medium bodied, a little bit watery on the finish but nothing that impedes drinkability, nice carbonation, goes down very easily.

O- This was a nice strong ale. Nothing amazing that really stood out, but an easy to drink enjoyable strong ale that I could easily have again. I'd definitely recommend checking it out if you get the chance.

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Bridge Burner Special Reserve Ale from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
3.86 out of 5 based on 391 ratings.
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