Bridge Burner Special Reserve Ale

Mildly amusing story.
It’s 01/31/09 and the day of the Atlanta Cask Ale tasting. I decide to pop into Green’s on Ponce to do some “pre-cask purchasing” and I see this, 22oz bomber perched on a pile of cases, all alone. I knew that this was not in GA at the time, so I was naturally interested and picked it up. Taking it to the register they had terrible trouble locating it in the sysytem; basically it wasn’t there. This precipitated ‘phonecalls to Adam who was not at the store. Eventually they sold it to me for $4.99. I told them (in jest) to tell Adam he was running a crappy store.
Anyway, later in the afternoon I’m at the Cask tasting talking with Adam and he says he has a mystery to solve about someone buying his “sample” bottle of Lakefront Bridge Burner! Well, it amused me.
Back to the beer.
Mahogany red pour with a lace and head appropriate for the style and ABV. Looks pretty rich. The head gives that yellow tinge that I associate with a beer like Arrogant Bastard.
Nose and tastes are very solid and reminiscent of the Arrogant Bastard classic example of the style. This holds up to scrutiny well, with some serious grapefruit and alcohol combining up front, and the bitterness and alcohol coming together in the middle and the finish.
Drinks pretty well considering the stlye and the ABV. Some residual sugar.
Poor man’s Arrogant Bastard – as simple as that.

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02/15/2009
Format:
bottle
ABV: 8.0 %
Appearance: 4
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 4
Overall: 3.5
Total: 3.63
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