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Empire India Pale Ale by Burton Bridge Brewery
English IPA
0.00 % ABV

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Review by beastiefan2k on 08/31/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2009
What would you say is the newest fad for American brewers? I would say hoppy brett beers, I had a few at BCTC recently and GABF before that. Unfortunately, they all suck. The problem, they aren’t looking at the examples that are out there, like Orval or this beer. Now I am not saying this beer and Orval are the same or even too similar but they are both able to combine hops and brett in a wonderful marriage, yet take different routes. Unfortunately, the American brewers are taking the route off the end of the cliff. Now on with this beer...

The beer pours with a beautiful thick, large, and frothy white head. This sits atop a thick orange-golden-amber colored body. The body is very hazy but yet some of the carbonation is visible. Light radiates but I cannot see through it completely. A very pretty beer. Aroma is strong on a mix of brett and hops and it works because both are well balanced. It comes of as strong, herbal, tropical citrus fruit. That’s the combination of that barnyard pineapple and a citrus and herbal hoppiness. Its strong and aggressive on the nose yet acceptable on the senses. There is an underlying biscuit aspect, even if it is a tropical biscuit, its still that English biscuit malt. The flavor is an easy passing tropical fruitiness with a faintly lactic aftertaste. A really easy drinking brewing full of flavor and character. A lightly spritzy mouthfeel and effervesce make this beer flow away like the spirits. Yet an underlying fruity lactic character remains for a long while like a ghoul haunting a house. If I pour the beer a little less than properly the head expands like a fat chick at a bon-bon convention. Lots of slurry at the bottom of the bottle representing the bottle conditioning.
500mL bottle poured into La Fin Du Monde tulip glass, no date.

Price: $4.99 Served In: Tulip

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