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Ebenezer Ale - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Ebenezer AleEbenezer Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

408 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 408
Reviews: 244
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 5
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-20-2001)
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southside5


1/5  rDev -72.6%

06-14-2012 23:30:56 | More by southside5
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harrymel

Washington

1.83/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottled: unk

A: diaphanous rusty copper ale with a sheet of off-white centralized cap. Spot lace.
S: some spice, some metal, some pizza sauce smells. Weird.
T: Some acetone and acetyl notes with sweet and vegetal flavors.
M: Moderate body and hi carb. Slick finish.
O: No thanks.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 05:30:06 | More by harrymel
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Westyn

Texas

2/5  rDev -45.2%

07-31-2014 16:10:44 | More by Westyn
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Smurf2055

Washington

2.25/5  rDev -38.4%

07-15-2013 05:07:40 | More by Smurf2055
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

2.25/5  rDev -38.4%

02-23-2014 03:21:47 | More by Whiskeydeez
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Goliath

Illinois

2.42/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a murky brown/dark amber color with an inch and a half light tan head. Good retention on the head, and it receeds leaving some spotty lace behind.

No the nose I'm really enjoying. A bit of a piney hop presence, with a good dose of fruit (cherry and apple). Also, a nice dose of spice is in there.

The taste is not good. Some of that fruit presence translate, giving me a small dose of cherry, as well as a bit of spice. A bit of malt, kind of hay like. The problem is a huge booziness, and a horrible overwhelming phenolic character. They mesh to give it a real big rubbing alcohol effect, and it's absolutely obnoxious.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with loads of carbonation.

Drinkability is very low. This beer started out looking and smelling great and I thought I was going to have a nice warmer on my hands. At first sip it all went devestatingly wrong. There's no way I could drink more than one of these, I don't even think I'll be finishing this one, the phenolic/booze character is too much for me. Sad, I had high hopes for this one actually.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 22:20:32 | More by Goliath
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Travisnin

Idaho

2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

12-25-2011 00:08:48 | More by Travisnin
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Fabric8r

Montana

2.5/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Just before Christmas, I stopped and got three holiday brews. I had never heard of this one, so picked up a 6 pack. Not good. Not good at all. It looked fine in the glass, nice little head, and smelled OK, but tasted like somebody made a mistake. I couldn't pinpoint the flavor, and really didn't try, I just didn't like it. Some spice flavor of some kind.

Sorry folks, I just didn't care for this. Still have 5 more I don't know what to do with.

(Drank the 6 pack of Pyramid Snow Cap right away)

Kev

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2004 19:50:45 | More by Fabric8r
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Elimination

Oregon

2.55/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Look is a brown that seems to glow when light hits it

Smell is minimal slight hops a bit of malt and some spice

Taste is almost horrible I don't know what it is but it's a touch of fused alcohol, bad cider, and a hot bit of cheap vodka. I hope this isn't what it's supposed to taste this way because this might be a drain pour

Mouthfeel despite the taste is good strong carb and thick

Drink is not great as well because of the taste. I hope this isn't what it is supposed to be like

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 02:16:56 | More by Elimination
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SerialHiker

Illinois

2.58/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a nice deep, dark auburn/brown…some head formed but only really a thin layer stuck around…definitely some sediment floating about…tons of bubbles bubbling about inside…(3/5)

Smell: Not much going on here initially…I smell some alcohol heat mixed with holiday spice way, way in the background, but I’m gonna have to wait a bit and see if more shows up as it warms…15 minutes later, there’s still no improvement, it basically has a bland malt smell…(2/5)

Taste: Classic amber malt flavor in front…transitioning with some holiday spice, very mild though, but still the basic amber ale taste…the finish has a sour, bitterness…(2.5/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body…lots of carbonation, more than I would expect from the look…smooth, wet and fluffy with a surprising dryness in the after taste…definitely the best part of this beer…(4/5)

Overall: This isn’t my favorite brew…maybe one of my least favorites I’ve had in a while…it’s really bland, the smell and taste leave a lot to be desired…the name suggests that it’s a holiday seasonal, but the lack of any real spice in the aroma or flavor is confusing…it sets me up for something that I’m not getting…even beyond that, the beer itself isn’t all that good…humbug…(2.5/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 02:58:17 | More by SerialHiker
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Mitchster

Michigan

2.63/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Per the website, this is bottle-conditioned, but there is absolutely no yeast in here. Crystal clear with no sediment. 6.4% ABV, OG=16.0, 40 IBU's. Brewed with "four kinds of roasted malts and local and imported hops". Wow, imagine that.

Pours out to a clear very dark ruby red, forming a soapy light khaki head with very good retention and clingy sheets of lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma isn't much to write home about...rather succint. Candy apple and "wax-lips" esters, mild and distant herbal hops. Swirling brings out the piney, citrusy hops that it sorely needs, but they are very subtle. Mouthfeel is a little overcarbonated with too much zing and a medium body and wet cardboard texture. Taste begins with spicy hops that don't mix well with the oxidized malts and mild fusels. Rubbery finish with a homebrew, sour metal twang in the aftertaste.

A very disappointing seasonal ale. Poorly brewed and poorly fermented. Blech. Down the sink it goes. Pee-Yoo-Sa!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2005 19:01:30 | More by Mitchster
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BrownAleMale

Wisconsin

2.68/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Horny Goat pint glass.

Appearance- A reddish brown hazy color with a half finger of off white head that stays with the beer and leaves a nice lacing.

Smell- Not a whole lot going on, get some citrus notes and maybe some red apple.

Taste- Yikes! You get that citrus up front with a long finish of a almost rubbing alcohol flavor. Very off putting!

Mouthfeel- On the heavy side of light body with an abundance of carbonation.

Overall- A great looking beer that has a very off flavor that ruins it for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 22:26:25 | More by BrownAleMale
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TheAlamoWrocker

Texas

2.7/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed December 29, 2012. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly less than a one fingered head. Dark red caramel appearance.

Smell: Slight dark malts with some alight yeasts smells as well.

Taste: Weird citrus malty taste. More floral than pine in this warmer. Varied spicy, I don't know.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation, nothing special. Can be used as a session drink for the holidays.

Overall: Not really a fan of this warmer at all. Maybe I'm just not of a fan of how they presented this style. I guess I'm just more of a fan of a maltier style warmer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2012 04:52:48 | More by TheAlamoWrocker
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tubeyes

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

12-19-2012 06:21:11 | More by tubeyes
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TheFlern

Idaho

2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a nice dark amber. Little head that leaves no lacing.

Smell: Very malty with a little alcohol and hoppy notes.

Taste: Malty with alcohol. This balance seems to be the reverse of what it should be. I want more malt!!!

Mouthfeel: weak for a winter warmer. however pretty balanced with the carbonation and alcohol where nothing takes control.

Drinkability: Lots of ABV but little taste to make up for it. Not very good overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 00:58:01 | More by TheFlern
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kojevergas

Texas

2.8/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

6.4% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger head of off-white colour, nice thickness and cream, and good retention for the relatively high ABV. Body colour is a very dark copper with amber hues. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Spice, sweet malts, hints of toasted character, and some buried bright fruit esters. An above average strength aroma. Little yeast or alcohol comes through.

T: Malty sweetness, biscuit malt, some toasted malt, sweet sugary bright fruit hop esters, some floral hops, and residual malty sweetness on the finish. The third act flirts with a medicinal character. Too sweet all around. A bit imbalanced, but fairly enjoyable. It's certainly drinkable. Lacks yeast character. No alcohol comes through. Lacks subtlety and complexity.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit too thick. Slightly overcarbonated. Palate presence is understated.

Dr: Drinkable but underwhelming. A very forgettable winter warmer. I wouldn't bother with this again. A pedestrian effort from Bridgeport.

Low C

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 02:21:09 | More by kojevergas
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TheLiterati

California

2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured reddish brown with a finger high tan head. Smells of malt and hops, but seems to be missing the spice element I usually associate with this type of beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth, with just enough carbonation so that it’s not watery. Taste is bit more complex and refreshing than the aroma suggests: nicely malted with just enough hops to keep it interesting.

A nice, drinkable seasonal offering from Bridgeport in Portland OR.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2006 23:54:56 | More by TheLiterati
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HimerMan

New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into one of my generic tulips.

Dark amber/copper color with a light tan/off-white head that sticks well to the glass.

Not an overpowering aroma at all, but some nutmeg and hops are present.

Flavors of figs and nutmeg swirl in the palate, but the aftertaste is a bit like yeast.

Overall this went down ok, but with all the winter warmers out there - I'd seek something else over this.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 04:55:13 | More by HimerMan
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beer2day

North Carolina

2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep red to orange pour with 1/2 finger of darker cream head. No retention and very sparse lace.

Nose evokes cherry syrup. Not terribly inspiring. Light spices underneath, but all I'm really getting is an overpowering hit of cherry syrup.

Taste is better than the nose. Sweet and tart cherries, cinnamon, and a tart finish. Tastes a bit contrived though with too much cherry juice.

Feel is a bit heavy, with the cherry syrup. Very active carbonation, so a good bit of fizz here.

I'd pass.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 03:10:17 | More by beer2day
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aracauna

Georgia

2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a medium-dark brown body with a small cream head. The aroma is lemon and the smell of tomato plants during picking or tobacco. As for taste, there isn't much. There's a hint of sweet malt and maybe a little bit of spice and slightly sour at the end.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2003 00:31:42 | More by aracauna
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seanthornton152

Oregon

3/5  rDev -17.8%

12-14-2011 01:52:02 | More by seanthornton152
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TheMrFarnham

Oklahoma

3/5  rDev -17.8%

07-08-2013 17:53:59 | More by TheMrFarnham
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bonbini26

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -17.8%

01-13-2012 18:20:49 | More by bonbini26
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hannaho

Washington

3/5  rDev -17.8%

02-14-2012 16:11:12 | More by hannaho
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crobinso

Colorado

3/5  rDev -17.8%

12-08-2011 04:08:25 | More by crobinso
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Ebenezer Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
83 out of 100 based on 408 ratings.