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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

406 Ratings
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Ratings: 406
Reviews: 244
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 5
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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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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smurder187

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My older brother sent me some Christmas goodies from the NW this year. I was excited to see this in the mix. The label has a great old timey illustration of Scrooge and pours a somewhat foogy amber color. It smelled like dull nutmeg and cinnamon. The taste hinted at warm, holiday flavors like the scent but is surrounded by a more malty taste. It's smooth and good for drinkin', but lacked the holiday punch I was hoping for.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 03:05:17 | More by smurder187
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Bizz88

Colorado

3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy dark amber, minimal tan head with next to nothing lacing, Ebenezer indeed. Malty roast carmel on the nose and not much else I'm sorry to say. On the palate a warm fruity spicey citrus affair with a medium body and good carbonation, fooled me. I would have to say all in all, sure!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 22:24:39 | More by Bizz88
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jdense

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle gifted from buddy for Xmas, consumed 12.27.10, poured into pint glass. Had this several times before different vintages, first review from current version.

Finger and a half off white head, dark reddish brown clear body hard to discern any visible carbonation until held up to bright light which revealed multiple trails of carbonation, significant lacing retained after pretty slow dissipation. Sweet malty nose, toffee more than caramel (or is that treacle?) a bit of roast and spicy brown bread, noble hops. Taste pretty sweet up front, mirrors the nose but hops are pretty faint at best. Mouthfeel on the full side of medium, average effervescence, some stickiness. Decent drinkability, could have several of these, though the sweetness ends up being a trifle cloying.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 04:56:47 | More by jdense
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notsoprobeer

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The tasting:  Poured a golden orange with an off-white head that lingered for most of the drink.  Nice lacing on the glass.  Aroma is not very strong, but I'm picking up some malts.  Flavor is mostly caramel malts.  Hops take a backseat this this beer as it has little hop flavor or bitterness.  Light to medium bodied, nice carbonation, and very drinkable.  Personally, I would like it to be a touch heavier.

I've been drinking Ebenezer throughout the years.  It's a great winter brew.  Try it out if you want something with a rich flavor, but without the heaviness.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 06:15:11 | More by notsoprobeer
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Hoopster4hire

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass from a bottle

Copper, amber hue when poured with an off white lace that trailed the entire time

Aroma of roasted nuts, nutmeg and a slight coffee aroma

Quite malty with a nice spice background. Fig, almond and slight hazelnut taste with the taste of nutmeg, faint cinnamon and toffee.

Slightly overcarbonated, but not too overwhelming.

Fairly drinkable but after a few you begin to feel a little heavy, both in the head and stomach.

Pretty good winter warmer, nothing too amazing. A great beer to have by the fire or on a cold, rainy day where you sit around and watch movies

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 03:48:07 | More by Hoopster4hire
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csiewert

Oregon

3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Classic nut brown ale with some spiciness to it. Pour a dark amber color with a little off white foamy head. Aroma is strong with malt and nutty notes. Tastes of the same qualities and finishes smooth. Mouthfeel is good with the right amount of carbonation. Overall a good beer for those who like brown ales.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 21:26:10 | More by csiewert
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tronester

Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark copper with a thin tan head. Smells of dried fruit and cut hay. Taste is spicy fruit up front, a wheat bread middle and a hint of cinnamon in the finish. Earthy hop bitterness as well. Mouthfeel is smooth, low carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good. A pretty good beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 01:14:21 | More by tronester
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy dark orange brown. 1 finger of tan head.

S - Dark malts, candied oranges, faint cinnamon apple. Unkown fruits. I had to really try and find anything in the nose. Overall the aroma was pretty subdued.

T - Spicy wheat breadiness, a good amount of toasted toffee malt, spiced oranges, over-ripened red grapes. Good hop presence. Has a soft spice blend that I couldn't quite pick out.

M - Moderate carbonation, light to medium body.

Nice malt flavors but a very faint nose on this one. Drinks very easy and finishes dry. Seems a bit thin for a Winter Warmer but a tasty beer nonetheless. I would get this again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2010 03:07:02 | More by StaveHooks
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MNJR

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer scores solid 4.0s in all categories. Dark brown color, a bit cloudy. Smells woody with understated hazelnut, prune and walnut aromas. The taste is good: creamy mouthfeel, bitter hops and tangy dried fruit flavors dominate with a slight cinnamon flavor - not added as a spice, I think, but hinted at somehow. The aftertaste is a bit chewy and the bitterness lingers, but these qualities are balanced by a good sharp bite. As I say about the smell, the flavor is a bit understated for a Christmas/Holiday brew, but it is quite good overall. Has qualities similar to English bitter ales.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 01:24:23 | More by MNJR
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climax

Missouri

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The pour uncovered a cloudy chestnut brown with shades of red. The head was modest with equally as understated retention.

The nose is interesting and fairly complex. Nutty light toasted malt aromas are at the forefront. I had to dig a bit deeper to reveal the fruity hop aroma. Roasted coffee bean, brown sugar, and a dash of bourbon make for a plethora of aromas.

The flavor is bitter with dry roasted flavors of coffee and dried fruit. The hop profile is earthy, and balances out the malt more so in the finish, which is nice. Banana esters and alcohol in the finish add to the dry aftertaste.

The body is on the light side, not as thick as I was hoping from a winter warmer. It does have a slight creamy coating mouth presence with crisp carbonation. The finish is very roasty and dry, aiding drinkability. It's a good beer, but I was left wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 02:08:00 | More by climax
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured with lovely, big, foamy, frothy, fluffy, cream colored head that lasted a while and lots of lace. Color is a clear medium amber. Aroma is malt and a little caramel and toffee. Flavor is similar, with a little roast added along with some sweet solvernt. Body is decent and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor but ends up with the sweet solvent thing.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 06:17:55 | More by drpimento
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sweethome

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour is chestnut brown, tan head. Looks the part of an english style old ale.

Nose of brown bread, cinnamon, and light dose of noble hops.

Soft on palate - hate to say it but a bit watery feel. Bready flavors, light spicy hop backing. Nice malt backbone. Decent for style. Mouthfeel lacking.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 03:40:33 | More by sweethome
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velosuds

Oregon

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass.

A-Pours a chestnut amber hue with about a two finger tan head. Modest retention and lacing.

S-Bready malts and some spice, probably from the hops. Not bad, just not developed enough for the style.

T-Toasted malts with spicy fruitcake type fruit flavors. Decent.

M-Medium body is a bit dry. Carbonation was adequate.

D-Another so-so beer from Bridgeport. Although a local brewery, they must have a different merchandising arrangement than Full Sail, Widmer, and Deschutes because I almost never see Bridgeport on sale. Thus, I rarely buy.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 03:07:38 | More by velosuds
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Thansen44

Wyoming

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a sixer. Split with a buddy and each beer found its place in a chilled pint glass.

Poured a dark amber with a respectable head, which held it's own all the way through the bottom of the glass. No doubt that the carbo level was on point, present, subtle and smooth.
Not terribly aromatic but a distinctive roasted malt note.

Those notes go on to play your tongue quite well, then the hops come in as if to play "just the tip". Nothing too crazy, but that's a good thing. It's well balaced, smooth, and makes for a wonderful refreshing beverage.

I sought out a winter beer that I could drink in quantity and found it.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 06:39:36 | More by Thansen44
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in North Aurora, IL for $1.50 in Fall 2010.

Expect the unexpected with this ale. It pours a dark brown color with a long lasting head. There is a slight scent to it, but nothing that stands out. It was quite heavy for an ale while there was a slight nutty taste, very slightly bitter but finished quite smooth. A very nice find and something I would suggest to others.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 20:29:11 | More by Lemke10
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Tilley4

Tennessee

3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

New arrival to these parts so I picked a sixer up for the evening...

Pours a deep amber with a thick creamy head atop... Lots of carbonation here... Nice....

Not picking up a lot here... Faint maltiness with maybe a touch of spice but not much else... Decent...

Peppery hoppiness to the forefront followed by a solid malt backbone that has a touch of spice to it... Finishes with more spices and perhaps a little cinnamon apple...

A bit watery in my opinion... Not thick or hearty enough to claaaified as a Winter Warmer...

An ok brew here... It grew on me at the end but not enough to improve the scores any..

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 04:25:46 | More by Tilley4
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Bfarr

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby amber with medium tan foamy head with okay retention and decent lacing. Spicy sweet herbal aroma.Very peppery hops with earthy herbal tea undertones with a balanced roasted malt sweetness. Moderate bitter lingering. Lightly syrupy/creamy mouthfeel with sharp carbonation.

It's like a spicy winter toddy. I'm not entirely thrilled with anything in particular about this beer but it's still fairly enjoyable from a unique sipping experience. It's something that must be tried to understand the interesting flavors in this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 20:03:11 | More by Bfarr
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wmtxbb

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nothing to get excited about, a little lacing of head around a caramel colored beer. Low levels of carbonation coming to the top.

Smell: Pleasant clean malt smell with some yeast.

Taste: This is where the "magic" happens for this beer. A sort of soft malt hits your tastebuds first followed by a zing effect, possibly from the high level of alcohol. Light aftertaste of peppermint, cinnamon, possibly ginger and sort of dry. On a second taste this beer has an interesting malt presence that comes at you first followed by this crazy "second meeting" of flavors that makes this beer interesting and complex.

Drinkability: I could have a couple of these in a night and not be upset. Not a perfect, all the time beer, but interesting enough every once in a while for an occasional drink.

Overall this beer has character. It is aptly named and a great addition to winter beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 04:56:38 | More by wmtxbb
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look - fairly dark and murky amber in color. Good finger's worth of a foam that dissipates slowly. Slow carbonation.

Smell - sharp and hoppy smelling. Not malty at all in the aroma. Maybe a bit spiced.

Taste - Tastes more like an IPA. Hoppy and bitter, but not overwhelmingly so. There is a tinge of maltiness that just seems to serve to balance out the hops. Some spices there I think, but I can't tell which ones. Texture is very creamy. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, but short-lived.

Drinkability - mildly complex, worth buying a sixpack of, and a decent taste in general. The aftertaste is mild enough to make the bitterness bearable.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 02:00:49 | More by Nerudamann
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 11:23:19 | More by Thorpe429
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buttons9

Washington

4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this was the first winter warmer ive had, so i dont have anything to base it off of. so from my opinion, despite my lack of experience in this field, i thought this was a really good beer. appearance was sort of dark amber, smell was rather pleasant, malty. as far as tatse goes, to me, this felt like it had raw vanilla in it. some may say cheap vodka, but i think they dont know what theyre talking about. those people should stop trying to analyze beer and just enjoy it. and thats what this beer is for, enjoyment. it felt great to drink, and wasnt heavy like stouts or most darker beers. thanks bridgeport for this great beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 20:53:37 | More by buttons9
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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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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have not had this beer for quite awhile and I liked the caramel notes that swirled up in the midbody as the beer warmed up. Not as hoppy or as thick a mouthfeel as Jubelale but satisfying in its own way this beer is a classic winter warmer that shows more reliance on the malt than the hops.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 16:36:15 | More by canucklehead
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chumba526

Oregon

3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This ale appears dark amber with a small white head.
Smells mildly of toffee, caramel and citrus. There is a nice orange smell to the beer.

The taste is much like the smell there is a nice subdued toffee flavor, a nice citrus flavor and slight caramel flavor. There is a nice mild hoppy bitterness in the end. This seems as if they made very light English old ale. It's not bad: it's quite refreshing for winter ale. I do wish there was a bit more body though.

The carbonation is moderate high.

The drinkability is pretty good I could drink a couple of these though I don't feel driven to. Over all not a bad winter ale about average for the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 02:22:46 | More by chumba526
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philbertk

Washington

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bridgeport Brewing Company--Ebenezer Ale--2000 Release--12 oz.--6.40%. (3.75 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Pours with a rich head. Deep dark clear copper bronze color. Mildly malty spicy front with Winter Ale flavors. Toasted dry mild fruit spice body. Finishes dry with toasted spice hint. Weak Winter Ale. Sampled 10/6/2000.

Bridgeport Brewing Company--Ebenezer Ale--2001 Release--12 oz. Bottle--6.40% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Lightly hazy bronze copper color.Christmas spiced malty front.Laced copper tan head.Floral spice malt notes.Sweet thick malty body with spiced fruit and light bisquit touch. Lingering sweet spicy end. Sampled 11/21/2001.

Bridgeport Brewing Company--Ebenezer Ale--2002 Release--12 oz. Bottle--6.40% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Clear rich ruby garnet color. Light mild lacy head. Tasty malty mild spice mild hop front. Sweet smooth toasted caramel cherry English malt body. Tasty clean light nutmeg hop end. Mellow and complex. Sampled 12/30/2002.

Bridgeport Brewing Company "Ebenezer Ale--""Bottle Conditioned Winter Warmer""" 2003 Release--12 oz. Bottle--6.40%. (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale. Bottle Conditioned sediment. Clear copper amber color. Nice mild lace head. Tangy malty toasted mild nutmeg spice hop front. Sweet roasted rich mild spicy black cherry toffee creamy crusty body. Smooth mild spice hop end. Sampled 11/13/2003.

Bridgeport Brewing Company--Ebenezer Ale--2004 Release--12 oz. Bottle--6.40% ABV--40 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale--BC light sediment. Light lacy head. Clear dark garnet ruby red color. Toasted malty mild spice hop front. Mild sweet clean malty roasted nutmeg spice body. Clean mild hot hop spice malt end. Mild Winter Brew. Sampled 10/20/2004.

Bridgeport Brewing Company--Ebenezer Ale--2005 Release--12 oz. Bottle--6.40% ABV--40 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Firkin. Lacy copper head. Rich dark amber Bottle Conditioned color. Tangy floral hop coriander malt spice front. Rich caramel toasted crusty mild sweet doughy fruit ester body. Tangy winter hop spice end. Better than 2004. Sampled 10/28/2005.

Bridgeport Brewing Company--Ebenezer Ale--2006 Release--12 oz. Bottle--6.40% ABV--45 IBU's? (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale--English--Mild lacy head. Clear dark amber bronze color. Malty mild nutmeg spice hop front. Creamy rich cloying sweet toasted butter toffee doughy mild cherry fruit body. Malty mild English hop spice clean end. Sampled 10/29/2006.

Ebenezer Ale--2007 Release--12 oz. Bottle--6.40% ABV--45 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale--English $6.99.BC.Dense foamy lacy off white head. Hazed dark amber color. Malty mild fruit hop front. Medium sweet biscuit toasted caramel apple crusty body. Creamy mild hop malt mild Winter spice end. Tasty. Sampled 10/16/2007.

Bridgeport Brewing Company--Ebenezer Ale--May good spirits reign. Cheers!--2008 Release--12 oz. Bottle. 6.40%--45 IBU's? (3.75 / 5.00 Winter Ale--English--Dense big rocky head. Clear fizzy dark copper amber color. Bottle Conditioned. Malty mild toasted vanilla hop front. Smooth mellow sweet English caramel bisquit mild fruit body. Smooth clean light hop end. Tasty Amber mild spice Winter Ale. Sampled 11/3/2008. 6-Pack--$6.99.

Bridgeport Brewing Company--Ebenezer Ale--May good spirits reign. Cheers! 2009-12 oz. Bottle. 6.40% ABV. 40 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale--English. Lacy off white mild head. Bottle Conditioned hazed walnut cherry red brown color. Toasted floral hop cherry toffee front. Rich malty creamy sweet winter spice crusty doughy toasted toffee fruit smooth tasty body. Clean refreshing mild hop spice lingering tangy malt hint end. Sampled 8/8/2010. 6-Pack $6.99.

Ebenezer Ale-Bottle Conditioned Winter Warmer--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 6.40% ABV. 40 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale--English. Bottle Conditioned sediment dusting. Big dense lacy tan head. Hazy dark ruby red color. Toasted doughy malty floral toffee cherry hop front. Rich mildly creamy doughy English biscuit toasted caramel mellow sweet dark fruit body. Smooth balanced Winter hop spice end. Very Nice this year. Hop Czar Hops? Sampled 10/18/2010 from 6-Pack purchased for $6.99 @ Seattle Fred Meyer--Ballard on 9/27/2010.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 05:48:12 | More by philbertk
Ebenezer Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
83 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.