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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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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Photo of DustyDust79
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of jklecko2
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of OnWisconsin
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of TastyIsBeer
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of BlakeL
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of cdkrenz
3.11/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at The Bottle Stop on Sept 28th 2011 for $4.99.

Cellared above 45 degrees for 1 year.

Light bodied with a sharp, edgy beginning. This brew agrees with me but my thought here is that is that it doesn't quite have the base to really age well in the cellar. This is evident by the lack of smooth transitions from one flavor to another.

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Photo of JeltMaaj
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of MisterE
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of YCantWeNotBeSober
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark mahogany-brown with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of rich sweet caramel malts with residual sugars, grapefruit and pine hops, a bit of dark fruit, and a hint of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of rich sweet caramel with some grapefruit hops, bitterness, and a touch of dark fruit. Through the middle, some pine hops and some more bitterness come through alongside some residual sugars. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts, grapefruit hops, bitterness, a touch of brown sugar, and some mild booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, bitter, and lighlty warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice balanced American Strong Ale with a good malty backbone and a nice hop profile.

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Photo of bertram
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of DTown
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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 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 BeerFMAndy
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
8.0% ABV, Bottled during missing (summer '12)

A - Pouring a clear dark amber mahogany color, Bridge Burner is topped with a giant three-finger tan head that floats on the surface like a huge wad of ice cream. The dense bubbles leave thick lace caked to the snifter in rings.

S - Bridge Burner overflows with pine and citrus hop aromas, caked with resin. Toasted and caramel malt with hints of fruity esters imply candied red apple draped with gooey caramel. While alcohol isn't pouring fourth with booziness, this beer isn't subtle either.

T - Bold and gripping, Bridge Burner is a strong, hopped-up beer balanced with a solid malt backbone. Light alcohol spiciness toys with the pine resin from hops as while toasted and caramelized malt and mild dark fruit esters add an underlying sweetness for a well rounded strong ale.

M - While Bridge Burner is certainly is a smooth brew, the medium body feels somewhat thin for how potent the beer is in it's other areas. Strong carbonation livens the feel up even more and, though there's plenty of dry bitterness from the hops, this beer seems to end abruptly; no real lingering profile. Tasty, but a bit disappointing in this regard.

O - While a very broad spectrum, Bridge Burner seems to embody an American Strong Ale well; great caramel malt base with sweetness and strong American hoppiness for bold, assertive flavor and character. The body seems a little weak for how potent the beer ends up being in the long run, but a bomber of this will certainly get your fist in the air to viva la revolucion!

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Photo of Derek
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Imperial Amber?

A: Deep amber with a light tan head, great retention & lace.

S: Pine, brown sugar, toffee and cotton candy.

T: Pine, caramel, cocoa, cotton candy, sponge toffee, citrus rind, solid bitterness, alcohol is subtle.

M: Moderate to full body has a light residual sweetness with slightly drying finish.

O: A balanced drinker for its weight. Nicely done.

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Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

A 22 oz bottle

Pours a very dark brown with light tan head and super lacing. Head does not go away.

Nice syrup, malt and alcohol

Taste is very roasted malt. Notes of chocolate, bitterness and sweetness round out the taste. This is very easy and pleasant to drink. Mouth feel is pretty heavy but acceptable for the type of beer this is. Very worthy.

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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