Saturday, June 25, 2011

Burton Empire Ale

This brew appeared in Roger Protz's book "300 Beers to Try Before You Die". A heavily hopped IPA that spends 6 months in a cask before bottling; sign me up.

Burton Empire Ale = 9/10

The first thing you notice is the huge meringue-like head. Oddly there was little aroma that could escape through this fluffiness. Light caramel and loads of carbonation set the palate for a massive hop slap. They were more of the herbal, medicinal, mineral and resinous style. There was a long and thick tongue coating of mixed bitterness and fruity malts.

Taste +4
Aftertaste +2
Alcohol Content +1 7.5%
Value +1
Appearance +1 (best old school label ever!)

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