Ebenezer Ale - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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4.78/5 rDev +31%
This is my favorite of the Northwest Christmas beers. Great malty flavor without the elevated alcohol levels that many winter beers have. This makes it possbile to enjoy three or four in an evening and still be able to function the next day.
The labeling is also fairly clever; some of the labels sport the miserly Ebeneezer, while others show the born-again version.
I look forward to this release every winter.
11-22-2007 16:58:28 | More by nectarofthegods1
4.7/5 rDev +28.8%
BridgePort isn't my favorite brewery by any means, but each year I anxiously await Ebenezer Ale, it is my own personal benchmark for what a winter warmer should be.
The appearance is darkish red, and a bit cloudy since it is bottle conditioned, but as a homebrewer I celebrate this (and I hate to think of the fate of those poor yeasties in filtered beer anyway. Hefeweizen is my favorite style, so that gives you an idea). The head is fairly light tan and produces nice, even lacing, but it retreats to the edges of the glass quickly.
The smell is one of my favorite parts: this is what a winter warmer should smell like. Fresh malt aroma with the tiniest hint of aromatic hops, and a delicate spicy note to balance it.
The taste is as close to perfect as I can imagine for this style. It is well balanced, the spices do not dominate, and the hops, while present, are not asserting themselves in any way. Despite the relatively high ABV, there is only a slight trace of alcohol warmth, and it blends very well with the smell.
As for drinkability, it is still pretty strong, so I prefer to sip this one slowly, preferably in a cognac-style glass so my hand warms it as I go. The first cold sip is very nice, but by the last few sips the beer has warmed and the malt really begins to stand out. Of course, this is always best followed by a cold sip from the next bottle!
Overall, it doesn't get much better than this for an Oregon winter warmer.
11-13-2009 09:30:00 | More by Clamwacker
4.48/5 rDev +22.7%
(11/06/2011) Poured form bottle to a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass, creamy head with some lacing, dissipating quickly
A: Spicy and hoppy aroma with a slightly nutty hint
C: Pours a cloudy medium brown
Sip: Balanced malty sweetness with hoppy tones coming through and swallows with great flavors of winter spices
OV: Very good winter warmer, medium bodied with warming spices and a balanced profile
03-22-2012 04:40:31 | More by capt_rob934
4.45/5 rDev +21.9%
I drink this one right out of the bottle as it is one of my favorite winter warmers, right next to Jubelale. I was able to score another 6 pack of this years batch before it is replaced by all the spring beers.
A great deep mahogany color (from previous pours into the glass) this should have some flavor to it when you look at it and it does.
Smell's of fruit and hops.
Taste is very appealing to me, you know you are drinking a winter beer, full of spice and flavor with a clean hops finish. A bit bold at first but fades quickly with no real aftertaste or lingering bitterness.
Mouthfeel is good, again you know you are drinking a great medium body beer, not to light nor to dark. Great for pounding back a 6 pack in an evening if need be.
Overall I rate high as I go back and forth between this and Jubelale as my winter refreshment. This is just a little lighter than Jubel so depending on how I feel, it hits the spot!
04-15-2011 02:38:10 | More by BigE90
British Columbia (Canada)
4.45/5 rDev +21.9%
Another excellent addition to the Bridgeport lineup of distinct and very enjoyable ales. Recently snatched a sixer of these and numerous other goodies out for friends and familar during New Year's last night and everyone commented highly on Ebenezer, even those who generally don't drink craft styled brews.
This rich and extremely full bodied ale pours very well and delivers a very nice woft of sweet malty aroma. Gives off a decent sized, long lasting head with good lacing.
A rich and sweet tasting ale that delivers hints of toffee, caramel, and a hint of spiciness. I enjoyed this both as an afternoon warming drink as well as an after dinner teaser to go along with some left over Xmas cake. A double duty brew that's worth taking a closer look at when the opportunity arises.
01-01-2003 18:06:43 | More by 49degrees
4.44/5 rDev +21.6%
Poured into a shaker pint glass.
The beer pours a really deep hazy dark cinnamon color. A mocha colored head keeps a nice layer of film while leaving spotty lacing.
The beer smells deliciously piny with notes of apples, cherry, and cinnamon.
The taste profile starts out toasty and malty. A good spicy body follows with hints of cinnamon, brown sugar, and a good spiced apple finish.
The mouthfeel is dry, medium bodied and somewhat crisp.
Overall, this is always one of my favorite December beers. Great flavor and feel.
12-23-2012 19:01:55 | More by JuicesFlowing
4.43/5 rDev +21.4%
Pour from a bottle into a glass. Appeared deep amber, actually more of a deep red, ruby, garnet maybe? Almost brown till the light hit it. Good head, didn't last long and not a lot of lacing.
Smell was inviting! A sweet candy scent, with some spice. Makes you look forward to the first sip!
Tasted a little woody, balanced hops, and malt. And the spice was very noticeable, but not over powering. Mouth feel was easy, and lighter then you would expect, but full and noticeable!
This is a great winter warmer! I really enjoyed this beer, and look forward to my next one!
11-15-2007 04:58:53 | More by buffettfan
4.38/5 rDev +20%
Poured into a stemmed short tulip glass it formed a tan head above a red body. Head is whispy and leaves sliding coat lace.
First thing that came to mind was rip oranges and tangerines with a cherry backer and some plumb in the back. Second thought was a mix of spices sweetend by brown sugar. Third thought was damn this is tasty and rich without being overbearing. Infact I'd consider this light for the "style" and still very complex.
Notes: I could pull back a few of these without thinking of a change of pace.
10-28-2006 04:10:43 | More by DogFood11
4.35/5 rDev +19.2%
Nice exterior presentation, in a slim 12oz brown bottle with a creative Dickensian label.
Beer pours a rich ruby-brown, with thick bubbles forming a two-finger head with good lacing.
Aroma: notes of alcohol, fruit (mango? pineapple?), subtle spice. Intriguing without being overpowering.
Taste: The high alcohol content (6.4%) is nicely hidden. There is malt, smoke, backbite of hops, and spice in a richer-textured that what one might expect. Clean aftertaste. As the brew slowly warms to room temperature, the beer takes on a mellower quality, encouraging one to savor it slowly. This is not a quaffer, but something to be enjoyed thoughtfully.
A very nice winter warmer, one that gives Samuel Smith's and Anchor Steam's seasonals a solid run for their money. I'm tempted to save the last bottle and see what a year of bottle conditioning might do to the flavor. Snap it up if you can find it this winter!
11-15-2004 23:56:18 | More by Hunter
4.33/5 rDev +18.6%
Pours a nice brownish red, the foamy head dies into a nice ring of lace. Aroma is nice too - full of roasted malt tones. The taste is sweet but with carmels and roasted malts. Spicy hops adds to this too. Reminds me of the Winterhooks from the early 1990's. Pick this one up for the holidays -- great beer at a great price. Recommended.
11-16-2008 22:46:24 | More by jkdrummer
4.33/5 rDev +18.6%
A- Great dark copper malty goodness is what this looks like.
S- This has a great smell. Spicy and herbally, with a great caramel malty bready smell. It basically smells like the holidays in a bottle.
T- This is an outstanding winter warmer. Great malt profile with good herbs and spices to help back that up. Excellent beer to have around for the holidays. I like how this beer is spicy and not just super malty.
M- Easy on the mouth in every way.
D- Very drinkable. Super tasty and something I'm going to buy every season.
11-24-2009 17:08:04 | More by Wetpaperbag
4.33/5 rDev +18.6%
A: Dark amber, with a white head.
S: Caramel, apple, spruce
T: Good balance, Caramel sweetness upfront with spruce and spicey character showing up later to bring an appropriate bitterness to the mix. Aftertaste of biscuit and slight hops.
M: Nice feel, a good solid beer. Not watery or thin.
D: This is a beer with big flavor, but still it is smooth and drinks rather easily. I recommend this one.
12-18-2008 05:20:07 | More by Japerrault
4.28/5 rDev +17.3%
Small head atop a dark slightly cloudy amber melts to thin lacing. Fairly typical for the style.
Aromas are Tasted amber malt and cherries along with a touch of cocoa powder.
Taste follows the aroma...sweet toasted malt gives way to lightly bitter cherry and some cocoa on the end. Very nicely balanced combination of complex flavors. Also nicely subtle and nothing is 'in your face' or overpowering.
Mouthfeel is creamy and full.
Aftertaste of chocolate covered cherries....not candied cherries...REAL cherries.
Nice warming alcohol afterwards as you savor the last sip.
10-28-2006 03:04:38 | More by IntriqKen
Ebenezer Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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