Trilogy 1 Crystal Dry-Hopped Pale Ale - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Trilogy 1 Crystal Dry-Hopped Pale AleTrilogy 1 Crystal Dry-Hopped Pale Ale

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Reviews: 34
Hads: 167
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 4.67%
Wants: 2
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: artoolemomo on 01-23-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.68/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Having downed quite a few cinematic trilogies in my day, it's about time I took on one from the brewing world. This stuff pours a clear brass topped by a short finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, apricot jam, light pine resin, and a touch of caramel in the distance. The taste takes a strange turn, unfortunately, opting for a surreal focus on month-old ruby red grapefruit rind mixed with cabbage greens and dried honey. Nothing about this flavor combination is in any way good. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid-ish feel. Sadly, the aftertaste lingers, providing me with more than enough guilt and remorse for having even sampled this garbage. Overall, a good idea and a good smell don't translate into a tasty beer by any metric. Now I'm not even sure if I wanna give the other two entries a try when they appear... (922 characters)

Photo of MartzMimic
3.09/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours light copper with some haze. The slight bubbly head disappeared pretty fast. Some lacing. Some floral hops and caramel malt smell. Tastes of hay, fruit and flowers, with a bit of a metallic bitterness. Mouthfeel is fairly light. Very crisp. An interesting beer that would be nice on a summer afternoon. (308 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle $8.49 per sixer. Orange and completely hazy. Aroma is lemony with hints of water crackers, just ok. Flavor is more lemon with this odd aftertaste that's sort of dirty and I get it from Bridgeport IPA too. Overall a very so-so pale ale, I'd take a Sierra Nevada over this any and every day. (301 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours into a nonic a dull honey tinged golden with a nice sticky full one finger white head that leaves two broken rings of lace as it settles slowly into a frothy mass.Caramel/biscuit malt mainly stands out in the nose with light leafy hops,dry-hopped maybe but lightly hopped at that.Flavors have almost and English flare to them with biscuit malts and leafy hops the main flavor profile although it does get sweet after awhile.The body needs a little beefing up and the flavor does as well,for a 30th anniversary trilogy Bridgeport leaves a little desired for their first of the trifecta. (591 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $2.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Lightly hazed, deep golden body with a medium-sized (but lasting), standard, white head.

Smell: Half of a sweet, simple cookie, a smidgen of grain. Tropical citrus, hints of flowers, resin.

Taste: Starts with a light, lightly sweet cookish maltiness, then, a sip of grapefruit juice infused with florals and a bit of resin. Slight undercurrent of yeast. Moderate bitterness. Drying, citrusy, bitterish on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. A skosh beyond medium carbonation.

Overall: Wasn't too enamored with it. Maybe it will be the Phantom Menace of the trilogy! (651 characters)

Photo of snohojimbo
3.22/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Apparently, this beer is retired? I just got it in a mixed case with a sixer of 3 other selections from Bridgeport. So, maybe its old. Or, maybe they're brewing it again?
Anyhow, not too impressive, and I really like Bridgeport's offerings. (240 characters)

Photo of nqdell
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- A dar gold and in sunlight a few slight orange tone

Smell- Nothing to smell here

Taste- The hops finally show up (see above) and this pale ale is more bitter than anything.

Mouthfeel- Refreshing and for lack of a better word smooth, very drinkable.

Overall- I think my palate is busted from a winter of IPA's but this Pale Ale is great on a hot day, I think I was just look for something little more bold from brewery that made IPA the beer of choice for people that know there stuff. (502 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz : tulip

Fairly clear, golden orange with a thin foamy white head.

Floral, lightly spicy hop character with a crackery malt backbone.

Medium body, foamy carbonation.

An enjoyable, well done done pale ale, though nothing particularly memorable or exciting. (263 characters)

Photo of Beerme5
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was really fun. No other way to describe it. I'm not a huge Bridgeport fan, but you can tell they had fun creating this beer. It threw me off because the flavor was somewhat dull upfront with a light hop profile, but the finish is just plain fun. LOTS of fruit notes, particularly mango/melon. It was completely unexpected, but made for a very sessionable beer. The rest of the beer (smell, appearance, mouthfeel) was nothing out of this world, but I'd recommend grabbing a sixer of this simply for the finish alone. Looking forward to the rest in this limited release series. (586 characters)

Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - burnt orange color that you would hope to see with some decent amount of head.

Smell - sweet hop aroma all over this one. interesting smell

Taste - definitely a unique hop flavor to this one. at first it is sweet and then just a little overwhelming for me.

Mouthfeel - nice and smooth, but still an interesting flavor to end the beer. nothing special (366 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L - mildly hazy golden body with a thinner, creamy off-white head
S - earthy, grapefruit pith, biscuity malt
T - fruity, grapefruit pith, earth, biscuit, grassy, spicy hops
F - medium body, sharp and crisp, finishes dry and bitter
O - nice accentuation of the Crystal hops and a good APA, but nothing spectacular here (317 characters)

Photo of Sky_Mex
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Looks like a watered down guiness. Smell, is pleasant sweet apricot hoppy. Moderate carbination, but lacking mouth feel. Glad I tried it, not sure if I'd get it again. (169 characters)

Photo of alexrichman
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A> Not the best appearance, about 1-finger of head that quickly dissipated and looked more like the head from a carbonated soda. The brew itself is clear and rusty looking.

S> Smells pretty good, biscuity malts and a tropical/melony hop aroma

T> Hops come through much stronger on the tongue. A really nice play of hops that exhibit mainly tropical/melon flavors and just a bit of citrus on the finish. The malt also makes itself known, the biscuity flavor from the nose comes through but I also taste really dark/roasty malts. Finishes hop dominant without being overwhelming.

M> Feels good on the tongue. Nice carbonation and not too thin, especially given that it's a pale ale. Nothing outstanding but solid none the less.

O> This is an interesting beer. The flavors are all pretty big without being overwhelming in the least. I can see this brew turning someone on to craft brew for the first time, but not really anything to write home about. Considering this is the 30th anniversary ale from Bridgeport, this is pretty dissapointing. (1,058 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a well made pale ale featuring the crystal hop, which imparts only a very delicate citrus summery flavor, but is really subtle compared to so many other C varietals, its nowhere near as oily or high alpha, unless they simply didnt use very much of it, but thats a secret i may never know. blonde and mostly clear, very well carbonated in looks and feel, a nice spring time pale ale with almost no bitterness and just enough grassy hop flavor to keep it seasonally right on, as well as interesting enough to be sessionable for a very light beer. some pale two row and maybe even a little wheat malt provides a delicate base for the hops, which come through clean and with a tiny lemon twist. its refreshing and zesty and enjoyable, but still very light on flavor overall. i like what bridgeport does with hops, i always have, and while this one is a bit lighter than some of their classics, its equally well done. curious to check out the other beers in this series that are soon to come. (987 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Three Cellars, Franklin, WI:

Pours copper-amber with a creamy thin white head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is tea-like, herbal, citric.

The taste is herbal/citric, grainy backbone. Balanced finish.

It is smooth and easy to drink. Not too thin.

For as many hops that were used it is a very balanced beer. A solid APA. (328 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up an okay amount of head (about a finger's worth) which has poor retention. The head is pure cotton white while the body is a dull pale amber which appears as a mix of pale amber and golden straw when held up to the light. Lacing tends to sheeting at the moment.

Nose- Not a whole lot of presence. Initially, I got touches of citrus (mostly orange and lemon) and a tiny amount of pine and resin from the bottle, but now I get nothing. The glass showed some fleshier, softer fruit (maybe peach, a little bit of mango) but now shows a tiny bit of caramel. Fairly subdued. Swirling shows small amounts of peaches and mango.

Taste- Has a front of vague citrus, then flashes notes of grain which build into huge cereal notes throughout the middle with a slight touch of bitterness on the finish. Some wood and spice. A hint of pine and resin. But from the initial taste, the biggest aspect is the warm and toasty cornflake nature of the middle. Not really what I was expecting from a pale ale and at the moment, it's inviting. Let's see if that lasts. Some chalkiness on the next taste which shows bigger hop notes on the front- citrus (orange, lemon, some grapefruit) and fruit (peach, mango) notes that reflect the nose. There is still a warm mix of grain, cereal, biscuit, and cornflake but it has moved closer to the finish and I would have to say that it works in this beers favor. There is almost no hops on the back end and I'm good with that. Some pine and resin punctuated throughout the flavor profile but nothing that distracts. Somewhat different for a pale ale but pretty much a solid, good beer. Maybe above average to good, but mostly good.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with some syrup to the texture. Little bit of a dry finish. Appropriate amount of carbonation that is a tad bit carbonic.

Drinkability- Pretty easygoing and is interesting enough for a pale ale to be sessionable. Pretty standard craft beer price and something I could see myself picking up again.

Overall- Above average to good, but pretty much just good. It somewhat straddles the line between an APA and a lager and has enough of the good parts of both to make any interesting beer that's a little different. Worth a try based on that alone. (2,266 characters)

Photo of bperuzzi
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on cask at the brewery in Portland.

Probably one of the best English style bitters that I've had outside of London. Having it on cask brought out the strengths of the beer nicely, I think.

Slightly hazy light copper in color.

Nice floral hop aroma with some toasted malt sweetness.

Beautifully balanced; hop bitterness backed with rounded, biscuity malt, finishes with pleasantly dry hop taste.

An imperial pint of this went down like buttah, as we say in Boston. (478 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Trilogy No. 1 Pale Ale from Bridgeport is decent and quite sessionable. The beer poured a slightly hazy golden with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent carries a fresh hop zeal that has a hint of potpourri. The taste is evenly balanced and crisp. Floral base with pine twang makes it worth while. The mouthfeel is light to medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a good beer and would recommend it. (432 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a half finger of head on a hazy medium straw colored body.
The aroma is quite nice: grapefruit and orange.
The taste starts with a jab of lemon bitterness then lightens up a bit in the middle, finishes with a strong lemon and pine bitterness. Nice profile.
The texture is crisp with some nice fizz.
Great aroma and good tasting. (334 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a medium amber-colored beer with a big but very quickly fading head of airy foam. The nose offers pleasant notes of citrus hops, with a touch of sweet malt. The taste is fully of citrus hop flavor, to a nearly unpleasant degree. There's little to balance it out. Malt is barely present. It's really not a strong enough beer to carry off the flavor and aroma hops, in the same way some recent "session IPAs" have fallen short.

Just not a very drinkable beer. Fortunately, it's a one-off that will never appear again. (525 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

RB

12oz from the COOP... Pours a fairly clear pale orange... Nice white head with good lacing.

Nose is interesting mix of grassy and slightly floral/melon hoppiness... pale malt essence mixes well with the grassy notes and helps amplify the fruitiness... a bit more herbaceous with warmth.

Flavor has a more pronounced melon/tropical fruit hoppiness.. but a residual cut hay/grass element is present too... Some spicy/herbal notes rise up as the glass warms.

Pretty standard in body and carbonation.

Okay pale ale... Good use of a PNW hop variety.

3.75's across the board. (579 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Slightly hazy, muted copper color. An eggshell colored head dissipates to a light film, while watery lacing sticks to the glass momentarily.

Aroma: Subtle malt sweetness, then spicy, piny hops.

Taste: Just like the aroma, there's a touch of malt sweetness at first before being swallowed by a tea-like tang and spicy, woody hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry finish.

Overall: On the verge of outstanding, but still very good. (471 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an ever-so-slightly chill-hazed honey color with 3 fingers of ivory colored head. Clears nicely, great head retention& lacing

S: Biscuitty malt, mown hay, breadyness

T: Follows the nose, some grassy notes & tangerine up front. More biscuitty malt, dryness & a touch of floral hops as this warms, along with some grain husk notes. Finishes dry with some aspirin notes

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, pretty good balance, gets a bit too bitter as it warms

An old school APA, started strong, but didn't quite finish that way, worth a try though (556 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy, medium copper amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of biscuit malt, grassy and lightly citrus hops. Flavor follows, with biscuit malt, grassy and citrus hops, light melon fruit, flavor falls off mid-taste, but recovers to reveal some mild fruit and lingering tea and grassy hop bitterness. Medium bodied. Classic pale ale profile with a good balance between grassy and lightly citrus hops and biscuit malt. Flavor is mellow but a satisfactory variety of hop flavors. Crystal hops are kind of old fashioned now, so it was interesting to taste them again and it does bring back memories of early craft ales. (704 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz single bought from Fred Meyer in North Salem. $1.19 Nice golden coloured ale with an inch thick off white head. Handsome. WEll hopped aroma the crystal hops are not my absolute favourite but this is fine enough. Taste is also nice with good lemon hints..tastes very fresh. Malts are there but in the back. Simple but nice. Good palate properly carbonated and very likable A nice simple APA..would do great in June. I think this is a return to form by Bridgeport...look forward to more in the series. (505 characters)

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Trilogy 1 Crystal Dry-Hopped Pale Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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