Brew Review: Bridge Burner

20 Jun

Brew: Bridge Burner

Brewed by: Lakefront Brewery (Milwaukee, WI)

Style: American Strong Ale (8.0% ABV)


The Bridge Burner, it has a ‘special reserve ale’ mention right on the label but no designation of what type of beer it really was so I went into it not really knowing what I was getting myself into. Turns out its an American strong ale, which means it was supposed to have plenty of hop characteristics but still pack a powerful malt backbone. Hopefully Lakefront pulls through here.

The Bridge Burner poured out a deep dark brown through the thick middle and a bit more orange and light red around the edges. Looked more like a light brown ale than anything. It also had a decent 1 inch head which rose off the brew that was a light tan color.

The aroma up front was mostly dominated by malts and sweet overtones. The hops came out a bit at the end, there was some faint floral and fruity-ness that shone through but nothing very strong. A faint bitterness pulled through but it was very minor. The aroma was dominated by sweet malt.

The taste was almost the same. It came out right away with sweet candy or caramel malt flavors that were very sugary. Once again those faint hops also played a very minor roll on the side but nothing to intense. For the most part this was malty once again. There was a little smokey aspect to it which was intriguing but nothing more than a hint. It was also a little syrupy which led to a poorer feel in the mouth. Mostly sweet and malty.

I can’t really put a finger on this brew. It was sweet and a big malty beer but I don’t think it was supposed to be like that. These malts were not really balanced and I think the hops that were present might have played a bigger role at one time and their effectiveness had diminished over a period of time. I did not open this bottle and drink it right away and I think the hops would have definitely played a more pronounced roll had I been more prompt on my drinking of this brew. Might have to go back and find this one again to try it fresh.


Final Grade: B-


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