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Ebenezer Ale - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Ebenezer AleEbenezer Ale

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BA SCORE
83
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414 Ratings
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Ratings: 414
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy dark brown with a 2 inch foamy light tan head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Thick foamy rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, dark fruits, and some mild spice aromas. Taste is of malt, fruit, spices, and a slight vegetal flavor on the finish. A mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average Winter warmer in my book. Nothing too offensive but nothing that great.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of chickencoop. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a medium brown with a thin, off white head. The nose brings a small amount of spice forward. I think I'm getting cinnamon and nutmeg, but never entirely sure. I really need to start having these beers with my spice rack nearby. A bit of caramel and toffee in there as well. Taste is a bit of doughy bread with light caramel and some spice. Light to medium body with good carbonation levels. Not at all overspiced, this drank pretty well.

Thorpe429, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark amber color with garnet highlights and a decent head that dissipates quickly and leaves strips of lacing

Smell: Malty, brown bread nose with a touch of dark fruit and some citrus

Taste: Starts out with a rather chocolate/cinnamon/cherry-like flavor that changes, mid-palate, as the citrusy bitterness kicks in; then, the sweetness returns and plays off the bitterness through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation; a bit lighter than expected

Drinkability: Interesting flavor combinations that I enjoyed even though it is a bit more bitter than the typical Winter Warmer

brentk56, Dec 26, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Darkly ruddy dark bronze with a stationary cloud of fine yeast. The large, golden ecru cap is displaying remarkable persistence given its soft, airy nature. It's also stickier than it looks and is beginning to grace the glass with small sheets of bubble bath-like lace.

The aroma favors malt over hops, although neither one is tearin' up the joint. Sweet, lightly toasted barley and fruity hops comprise the nose, along with a subtle hint of Christmas-like spices. I believe that winter warmers should be a little more complex than this.

Considering the style, Ebenezer Ale has a lighter than usual touch. To me, it tastes like a winter warmer as conceived by an English brewer. That is, one who has added a wee bit of sweetness and sprinkling of spice to his standard pale ale. I'm getting that impression, I think, because of the English (herbal, fruity, tea-like) nature of the hops. A citric quality suggests an American influence as well.

The spices aren't prominent enough for me to attempt a guess, and the spiciness may be due solely to the hops anyway. Bitterness is minimal and is most noticed on the medium length finish. The mouthfeel is light-medium and the carbonation is middle of the road. When judged against what I feel a winter warmer should be, they're too light and too active respectively.

BridgePort's Ebenezer Ale is something of a Scrooge when it comes to ingredients, but is still a worthwhile beer. If you're looking for a boldly flavored, full-bodied, spice-intensive, complex sipper of a winter warmer, look elsewhere. If you're looking for a reasonably tasty, sessionable, 'snowblower' version of the style, then Ebenezer is your man.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Texasfan549, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

kjkinsey, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -11%

kylehay2004, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

jaydoc, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark red-brown body with a medium, fizzy off-white head.

Smell: Dark caramel with freshly-grated cinnamon, a whiff of hops, and notes of dark cherries.

Taste: Mild malt flavor with a slight dark caramel sweetness. Hint of chocolate. A pinch of mulling spices blends with the cherry pie fruitiness. Only a very faint hint of hops near the semi-dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: While not the most remarkable example of the style, it is still fairly easy-drinking for a lighter winter warmer.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a rich amber with an ample creamy looking head that left sheets of lace as it settled,aroams are pretty subtle I picked up some cherry and cinnamon mainly but not real strong.This warmer has some complexities that make me give it higher taste ratings although they dont blow your mind,holiday spice cinnamon nutmeg maybe a touch of clove and dark fruit over top a bready-like elemant I really liked the somewhat earthy dryer finish .A tad thin I think I was hoping for something robust but its quaffable for a winter seasonal.Like I said there is some complexities but the beer is pretty subtle,not bad.

oberon, Dec 16, 2005
Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I miss Bill Murray's real comedy work... Anyway, this stuff pours a mostly clear ruby-influenced amber topped by a finger of glowing off-cream foam. The nose comprises perfume-y caramel, light greens, light raisin, a pinch of cinnamon, and the vague inference of dark fruits way in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, with the spices and fruits (now not quite as dark, but not quite un-dark to not be called dark anymore) increased a notch or two throughout. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally smooth feel. Overall, a nice spicy Winter warmer, something I wouldn't mind enjoying time to time during these cold months.

TMoney2591, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served cool around 45º into a Boon tumbler glass. Brown with burnt orange edges. Hazy and reddish in direct light. Puffy cap of light tan foam that coats the glass with webby lace. Head retention is good, the skim never breaks and easily rejuvenates with a swirl.

Malty aroma with mild dried cherry buried into it, that manifests more in the flavor. It's light cherry flavor is hinted at under a smooth malty rush. Finishes a little dry with the barest hint of hops. Body is fairly light, no indication of alcohol. Definitely traditional, not overly sweet or spiced at all. A nice easy drinker for a cool fall night...

emerge077, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a semi-opaque, burgandy color with a creamy, foamy, tan, one-finger head. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled very earthy. A nice caramel malt nose with some fruity aromas and some spice.

T - It tasted of spices, like nutmeg and cinamon, plus the fruity aroma turned into a cherry taste. It had a sweet caramel and toffee taste, too.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium-bodied beer,

D - This is pretty good. Very different from most winter warmers.

zeff80, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a cellared bottle, aged for roughly one year, and enjoyed at cellar temperature.
A dark mahogany body reveals cherry-stained highlights when held to the light; and it's creamy off-white head holds quite well and leaves some nice splashes of lace at the outset of the glass. Some vinous and cherry-like notes greet you in the nose, followed by a waft of chocolate and caramel. Overall, the aroma is somewhat restrained, but what's there is very nice. In the mouth it's medium-full bodied and creamy with a moderate, natural carbonation. The flavor, not unlike the aroma, is somewhat limited as well. The notes of cherry remain (they're not sweet, but still cherry-like), and the delicate cocoa flavor is there as well; but overall it's very restrained. Some alcohol is present but it's unobtrusive; and some leafy hops emerge in the dry finish. As a fan of English-style beers I can say that this makes a decent pint, but I'd imagine most American beer lovers will be left looking for more.

NeroFiddled, Jan 24, 2005
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, but very dark ruby with a light tan head. Nose is light with a hoppy tone . Flavor is smooth. Slight bitter tone. Strong presence of hops, but nowhere near overpowering. Caramel. Very slight nut character. Overall, a decently complex flavor ride. Feel is good. Not overly syrupy like a lot of other winter warmers tend to be. Good bubble on it too. Very drinkable. Someone could drink a lot of these in a night if they wanted to. Would I? Probably not. It’s good, but it just doesn’t grab me as others have.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of russpowell
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

After a 2 year break form this, I decided to give it another go (only because Lukas had singles)

Pours reddish chestnut with 2 fingers of tan head. Average lacing & head retention

S: A bit of candy sugar & some caramel as this warmed up

T: Cherries & brown sugar dryness up front. Slight chocolate notes, Some more cherry, dates & maybe apricot as this warms. Finishes dry with a bit of cherry & leather & apple skins, weird??!

MF: Light/medium bodied & a bit over carbonated

Drinks okay, just not much going here as winter warmers go. All & all I'd say this is the most mediocre winter warmer I've ever had.

russpowell, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep crimson color, clear and light at bottom, and adorned with a generous, cream-colored head of foam.
Aroma: interesting...a bit harsh at first, whiskey-ish, alcohol stands firm and foremost in the nose (though it's not terribly strong), with underlying fruit (plums, cherries, berries, grapes) and spices, and it becomes sweeter and rosier as it unfolds.
Taste: very agreeable on the palate, quite smooth and mellow, with with a rich, roasty, tasty flavor all the way through. Highly drinkable, medium bodied, decent, fruity finish. A very happy little X-Mas brew, certain to please even a Scrooge. Humbug, this ain't!
Big thanks to Gusler for providing!

feloniousmonk, Dec 09, 2003
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

solid winter warmer. smells malty and sweet and fruity, and guess what, it is exactly that. there is a fruity flavor that presents itself up front, with a sturdy wintery malt backing. feels good in the mouth, pushing full bodied, with the right carbonation and abv for the season. its not unique in any way, but it is well made and well priced. worthy first beer from this place...

StonedTrippin, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely coppery amber in the chalice. Quite nice creamy carbonation and rich mouthfeel. Tasted at cellar temperature. Rather sharp but plenty of roasted malt. Just not very sweet or rich. Liquorice is the main spicy flavor. Touch of hops but not notable.

This has been in the basement for a few months, and seems to have lost a bit of the sweetness I remember. But quite clean and highly drinkable.

mactrail, May 27, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very clear amber color when held up to the light, otherwise it is brown with a tan head. Aroma notes of raisin, rum, perhaps some cherry, definitely malty and an ale. Lightly sweet in the front, there are notes and hints of chocolate, raisins, and other dark fruits. A bit over carbonated for a beer that should be served at cellar temperatures, though a quick swirling of my glass takes care of this deficiency. A smooth cream soda type of feel & taste to this beer. Evokes memories of vanilla. Curiously this bottle conditioned ale has the least amount of sediment (barely a faint ring at the bottom) I have ever seen in a bottle conditioned "real" ale. Definitely a nice beer to be sipping on a cold fall night.

Gueuzedude, Nov 25, 2003
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

MarkyMOD, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
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

kojevergas, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of GClarkage
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12/17/04- Part of a 10pk of winter brews purchased at Cost Plus in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12 oz bottle with no expiration date. Poured into my Englander pint glass.

Appearance- Light brown or deep amber color with a 3/4 inch head that quickly evaporates. Average lacing at best.

Smell- Your typical hops and spices. Do I smell tangerine?!?! Hmmm, intriguing.

Taste- Not bad, but nothing out of the ordinary. A bit weak in flavor. Semi watery, but not enough hops and or spices to catch your attention.

Mouthfeel- Light and a bit watery. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability- Have had many better winter beers than this one, although it's still worth a try. Just a bit boring to me.

GClarkage, Dec 17, 2004
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this in bottle back in DECEMBER 06 fromthe Stadium Thrift Way in Tacoma and just now drank it. Poured a reddish brown in the glass. Almost no head. Rich malts and alcohol with subtle prune/raisin scents. The taste is similar but transitions to noticable citrus hops. Very nice Warmer a real delight to drink. Was good nad malty with some age on it.

barleywinefiend, Jul 18, 2008
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Ebenezer Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
83 out of 100 based on 414 ratings.