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Blue Bridge Double Pale Ale - Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouse

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Blue Bridge Double Pale AleBlue Bridge Double Pale Ale

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26 Ratings
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Ratings: 26
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouse visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
An emerging new world style, this double pale blends north-west and noble bittering hops and finishes with old world noble aromatic hops to create a complex and floral hop profile. This beer is superbly balanced, masking its strong body and making the beer very drinkable. Beware!

42 IBU

(Beer added by: jwc215 on 10-23-2008)
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Reviews by biboergosum:
Photo of biboergosum
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up this bomber last month during a visit to Brewery Creek in central Vancouver. Best before date is January 2009, so pitter patter...

This beer pours (following the helpful label instructions) a hazy pale golden colour, with a few fingers of soapy white head, that leaves a nice ring of lacing. The aroma is sweet caramel malt, and floral hops. The flavour is cereal grain malt, with a minor grassy hoppiness. The carbonation is moderate, the mouthfeel a little thin and somewhat creamy, and the elevated alcohol is evident only as a slight warming. The finish is dry and aromatically floral. It's decently drinkable, until the purported booze kicks in.

This seems like a very nice Pale Ale. Too bad the label proclaims that it's a Double IPA. Maybe an English Double IPA, if such a category were to exist. The label also explains the mix of new world (PNW) and old world (English) ingredients. That may explain a lot here. This isn't the first IPA/DIPA I've had from the Canadian West Coast that seem to fall into this possible categorization. I am only rating this according to it's style - I actually quite like it, but not as an American DIPA.

biboergosum, Jan 03, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of chickenm
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650mL bottle. This is now labeled as a Double Pale Ale, not a DIPA. Pours a copper color with an extremely thin head that quickly fades to nothing. Malty, grainy aroma. The taste is fairly mild with malt, honey, light hops, and just a tiny bit of alcohol noticeable. Medium bodied. Drinkability is 'just okay'. Overall I wasn't too impressed with this; it's not one of Spinnakers' better offerings.

chickenm, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of Cookeeman
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one deserves more credit than it gets. Truth be told, this is one my go-to's when I just want a good brew to get me a cheap buzz. It is probably the most drinkable 8.2% beer I've ever had, and here in Vic we can get a 650mL bottle for less than $6 (which is a steal). It's delicious without being expensive, and it's very versatile. It fits with a myriad of situations that everyone finds themselves in at some point in their life. Headed to the golf course and you're not the DD? Grab a couple Blue Bridge. Got off work late and headed to a party, need to catch up? Grab a couple Blue Bridge. Payday is tomorrow, there's nothing new out and you just need a good beer to make you happy? Grab a couple Blue Bridge. I think you get my drift.

As far as a review goes, the key word is still Drinkability. It's very smooth, not too much carbonation, nice clean finish. The malt body isn't too complex, certainly not a boring 1-dimensional beer, but it's also not a thinker. A mild hop finish, just enough to cover any alcohol burn that normally would exist in a beer of this percentage. While I may not think this beer is an award-winner, I recognize and respect it's place in the craft beer community. It's not a beer that everyone talks about, but most would miss if it disappeared! Maybe I'm crazy, but I just feel this beer is more than the sum of its parts...

Cookeeman, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of CWVegas
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

CWVegas, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of Rutager
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Murky gold with a ton of suspended, dark particles. Nice foamy 1 finger head that lasts a while leaving some heavy lacing.

Smell. Hoppy, citrus fruit and some light malt.

Taste. Nice. Light hops and lemon. Some bread with only a little lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Nice strong carbonation. Crisp and dry.

Drinkability. A great drinker. Alcohol well hidden and goes down real easy.

Rutager, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

TheSevenDuffs, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of josiahschlender
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber in a nice big imperial pint glass. I like that these Canadian brewpubs use bigger than 16oz glasses! Unfortunately, you also pay for the extra amount. Beige head sticks around for a while, leaving some lace.

Not huge aromas I was hoping for, but this was my first try of a Victorian IPA. I detect some herbal, citric hops which are fainter than the caramel, biscuit malts.

Flavors are very balanced with mild hopping and sweet, bready, biscuity malts. Alcohol is present as well, adding to the bite of lemon-peel bittering on the finish The only IPA I can think of that has less hops that I've tried might be Samuel Smith's IPA, or Swan's Extra IPA, also in Victoria.

Not what I was expecting, but not bad. I'd come back to this beer again, but the alcohol seemed a bit strong for the aroma and flavors. I haven't had but a couple of traditional English IPAs, this must be what an English double IPA must taste like.

josiahschlender, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of ritzkiss
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly murky medium pale color, good carbonation. One finger of head that leaves light lacing down the glass as you drink.

Smell is hops and citrus, really clean.

Taste is the shocker. This is not your average DIPA, really light on the hops. It's blended in well with lemon, citrus, floral flavours. Dry finish.

This is actually a pretty decent pale ale but I have to downgrade the taste simply because there is no way this could fall into a real DIPA category. High ABV is hidden well, nice summer drinker, though.

ritzkiss, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of jwc215
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Voonder for this 22 oz. bottle!

Pours hazed golden with a thin white head that immediately drops away. Minimal dots of lacing slide down the glass.

The smell is yeasty, grainy - maybe a hint of orange, but more in a grainy/malty way. There's a slightly musty, floral, vaguely citric something in the background. Not the aroma I would expect in the style, and nothing particularly special or inviting (though not offensive) out-of-style.

The taste is grainy and caramelish with some citric and floral notes. Some bitter balance lends itself to the sweetness to make this well-balanced. It has a thinnish, but crisp (not something I necessarily associate with a Double IPA. The label says "crisp", and it pretty much is. (Not something that I would necessarily associate with the style, but if that's what they were going for, I suppose they did that part well enough). It is on the watery side. Thin, for style, but smooth.

It has a surprising "drinkability" to it. I have to give them credit for hiding the abv reasonably well. Not that much of a Double IPA, and a mediocre-ish brew overall, IMO. It's a bit grainy and light (despite abv).
Still, glad to have the chance to have had the chance to try it.

jwc215, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of Bryn
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Bryn, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of LampertLand
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spinnaker's Brewpub 'BlueBridge Double Pale Ale' @ 8.2% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $4.80

A-pour is a pale gold from the bottle to clear golden amber in the glass with a big sized white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint

S-pale malts

T-crisp , clean , very dry swallow/finish

MF-tons of carbonation , doesn't feel full bodied at all

Ov-a somewhat smooth Dbl Pale Ale that's easy to drink , well done Spinnakers

prost LampertLand

LampertLand, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of grub
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

22oz bottle. sampled sept 5/09.

pours lightly hazy orangey amber with a small cap of dense off-white head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is good. alcohol. juicy grapefruit and orange. bit of tangerine. hint of lemon, but that might just be more of a grapefruit rind character. white bread and cracker. hint of lightly toasted multi-grain bread.

taste is nice. grapefruit and orange juice. hint of tangerine. grapefruit and orange rind. hint of puckering sourness, but mostly fruity. bit of biscuit. wheat bread. alcohol. just under medium bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. just below medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. hides its alcohol pretty well. not overly assertive in the hop department, but that seems to add to the drinkability. a nice dipa.

grub, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

bumchilly25, May 13, 2012
Photo of Derek
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'd say this was more of an american strong ale. The hopping was good, but it just wasn't DIPA, or even pacific northwest IPA territory.

A: Amber-bronze with an off-white head, some retention & lacing.

S: Mild pacific northwest hop aroma with a slight fruityness and plenty of alcohol.

T: Alcohol is very warming & upfront, hints of biscuit grain are over-shadowed by the marmalade-like hopping. Bitterness is fairly balanced.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a drying alcohol finish.

D: It really needs some more flavour to cover the alcohol here.

Derek, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of Viggo
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber, thanks to ritzkiss for hooking me up.

Pours a cloudy orange/amber, quite dark and chunky, thick off white head forms, settles down to a solid layer and ring, not much lacing on the glass, looks a little murky. Smell is neat, very citrusy, grapefruit tartness, tangerine and orange peel, some floral, sweet maltiness, caramel, roses, pretty hoppy. Taste is similar, big grapefruit tartness, orange, floral, tangerine, biscuity malt middle, light caramel, balanced bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, dry in the finish. This was pretty neat, not your average DIPA. I liked it.

Viggo, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of homebrew311
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I brought this bottle back home with me from my Alaska/Canadian vacation. Purchased at a liquor store in Victoria, BC.

A: Pours a bright clear golden with a thick creamy white head. About 2 fingers of head upon pour, heavy lacing and good retention.

S: nose has huge aroma of pale malts, very biscuity and bready. Some faint hops are mixed in with notes of lemon and grapefruit. This one leans way more to the malts than I would expect. The bottle description states that it is a Double Pale Ale as opposed to a DIPA, so perhaps that is why it focuses more on malt character than a typical DIPA.

T: the front has some malty sweetness with notes of honey and a slight hop bitterness, this one finishes with the heavy malt character that I detected on the nose. There seems to be an issue with the balance of this beer as the hops don't seem to be providing enough bitterness.

MF: this beer has a very creamy and velvety texture, unlike any DIPA I've tried. It almost has the mouthfeel of a nitro-drawn beer. I must say that it works out nicely. The carbonation is very low.

D: This beer is an average DIPA. It lacks the punchy hops that I would expect. Reminds me more of a English style pale ale amped up a notch. Since it is listed as a DIPA, I will review it as such, and this misses the mark for the style.

homebrew311, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of Erik-P
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Erik-P, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of ericj551
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Spinnakers Blue Bridge Double Pale Ale pours a bright yellowy gold with almost a non existent head. The aroma is light, caramel malt with mildly citrusy and herbal hop notes. The flavor is a delicious blend of slightly sweet, crisp caramel malt flavor and herbal, earthy hops, perfectly balanced in my opinion. Herbal and damp, earthy bitterness lingers just slightly in the finish. I find the beer a bit undercarbonated, although I think that is how it is intended. Overall it is a solid and balanced beer.

ericj551, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +11.4%

EskimoDave, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Graham5161986
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This "Double Pale Ale" pours bit of a dull looking orange copper colour with nothing much in the way of head even with a pretty aggressive pour. Not much in terms of lacing is left on my glass either.

Smell is of faint grain and bready malt with a touch of honey and caramel and just a hint of fruit.

Taste is bit subdued overall with light notes of caramel and has touches of caramel, herbaceous honey in there too. Finish faint but slightly bready and just a bit bitter from this beer's limited amount of hops. I really don't know why this beer is classified as a DIPA - it's nothing like one and, honestly, I don't think it's trying to be one. There is very limited hopping going on. Also, at 8.2%, I was expecting alot more in terms of flavour. It's not bad - it's just not that great - it definitely lacks complexity and depth of flavour.

Mouthfeel is light with a good amount of carbonation, finish is pretty clean with a bit of oil from all the malts.

As for drinkability, it's amazing that this beer hides the alcohol so well (In fact, it's probably this beer's strongest asset). So, I wouldn't considers having a couple of these as much of a problem. It does however, lack a bit in terms of flavour and is, thus, not very memorable. That being said, I can't say I'll be remembering to pick up another one of these again. A mediocre offering from an otherwise stellar brewpub.

Graham5161986, May 26, 2010
Photo of Coastal_Brew
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Coastal_Brew, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of canucklehead
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seems that the Canadian DIPAs I have tasted all have a sense of orginality. This is a big DIPA with an English hop profile so not the true hop bomb as per usual for the style. The mouthfeel is smooth and almost silky which adds to the drinkability. The hops are there but not overwhemling which create a balanced beer. The only fault is a lack of complexity which shows up after a glass. Nice beer but not at the same level as Half Pints

canucklehead, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of ZachT
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

ZachT, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of kjyost
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle received from my sister for my birthday. Thanks Jackei & Tony! Poured into a nonic at 4C.

Nice clear copper body with a one finger white head that drops rather quickly with light lacing. Caramel malts on the nose with a vinous hint underneath. Some earthy hops lie underneath it all. I was expecting a bigger hop hit, regardless of the noble hops being used. The body continues in a similar fashion, with minimal hop flavours. Earthy and a hint of spicy hops underneath a fairly thick body that is sweet with minimal bitterness. An odd style that I don't get. Too much malt in the body and not nearly enough hops... Meh, not worth having again.

kjyost, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of KalanM
4/5  rDev +11.4%

KalanM, Nov 29, 2012
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Blue Bridge Double Pale Ale from Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouse
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