Bridge Burner Special Reserve Ale | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

very good
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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 TheSSG
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a huge, dense, tan head that has surprising persistence. Aroma is initially very bright with floral/citrus hops very noticeable but then mellows into a sweet, fruity spiciness. Deep, deep burnt umber is radiant when you can get light through it. Starts out with hop bitterness and wonderful, toasted malt and booziness - almost a raisin like flavor, too. It builds into a medium bitterness as the fruit notes subside and citrus rind hop bitterness pairs against toasted malt. Finish is mostly hop bitterness lingering upon roasted malt. A nice, medium carbonation and body.

Overall, I like this. It's got a good level of complexity, but nothing out of control. Great balance of toasted malt, hops, and sweetness.

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Photo of Insubordinator
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of beerhunter13
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of CesarLopes
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of weonfire
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Chucker17
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of MitchellBeir
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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

Appearance: dark brown body with ruby red touches, and a sandy brown head with hints of pink like Himalayan sea salt

Aroma: sweet malts, strawberry, cherry, pine needles

Taste & Mouthfeel: full, smooth mouthfeel, with maple and caramel malt flavour and strong resin hops; this actually feels "Canadian" with the blend of syrupy sweetness and coniferous bitters - well balanced; there is some ripe dark fruit, like prunes or dates, maybe some banana

Overall: a good sessionable ale (if your're looking to get loopy fast), if not particularly special or memorable

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Photo of jxb345
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of mkh895
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of dtivp
3.39/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark reddish brown with a finger and a half tan head that fades slowly into a thick ring with good lacing.

Aroma of dark fruits, earthy hops, musty and hints of alcohol.

Taste of sweet caramel, floral hops,earthy with a boozy after taste.

Mouth Feel was medium body and carbonation, syrupy, sticky with a very boozy ending and after taste.

Overall I believe this would be a better beer if the booze was dialed down, surprising at 8.5% the alcohol was so prevalent. As the beer came to room temperature is was much more enjoyable.

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Photo of redleg411
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of Roger85
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of bylerteck
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes.

A - Poured with a great deep amber or dark red colour. Bright. Three finger light brown head. Fluffy head. Good drapes of lace with a film of retention.

S - Caramel, earthy hop, really caramelly, dark fruit, gentle hop.

T - Spicy hop, caramel, lot's of caramel, dark fruit.

M - Gentle carbonation, medium to full body. Some spicy hop/caramel finish. A little bitterness.

O/D - Decent strong ale. Tame in the hop department, but tasty enough. Not breaking new ground at all, but tasty enough.

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Photo of ssmack
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A dark tan brown with 1 inch of tan head that quickly dissolves to a thin head. The lacing though is very good.

A strong resin aroma hit me right off. Then the nice aroma of careml and roasted walnuts. Lots of piney hops too. But an alcohol smell is in there too.

The taste of roasted grains and grassy hops. Lots of maltiness too. Again a strong taste of alcohol spoils things.

A medium feel that lacks the bite of carbonation.

This is a rich tasting brew but too much taste from the alcohol. I enjoyed the balance of malt and hops. I wished that I had cellared this one to mellow the alcohol and intentsifed the tasted. I think the potential is there.

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Photo of ClevelandsRocks
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Reddawg55
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of CCutch
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of bubseymour
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of RangnaR
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jmkoscie
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of GaryFields
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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