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Ebenezer Ale | BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Oregon, United States | website

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-20-2001

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Reviews: 247 | Ratings: 440
Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

The huge head that doesn't fall into the glass is obstructing my olfactory senses. The head is impressive, and retains in a fashion not often seen in American beer. Through it I can smell just a touch of sweet grains.

The flavors seem a bit dull. I get some basic sweeter malt, mostly lighter with a touch of darker. There is a bit of hop flavor, but it isn't really very distinct. In a winter warmer I want a thicker and rich array of malty flavors, and a stronger presence of hop flavor (though not bitterness) or at least the old remains of hops, as in slightly aged English versions.

The mouthfeel weighs in just to lighter side of medium in body with ample carbonation. Seems almost overly carbonated without enough sticky body to support it.

Conclusion: I was afraid of this. Bridgeport makes appealing looking beers, but it seems that they often fall short with the execution. So many craft brewers (big and small) these days are making really fine beer, so to produce mediocre beer just doesn't cut it. Bridgeport loves to tout their position as the oldest craft brewer in Oregon, but it seems that they haven't updated their beer to compete with the ever more and more refined and perfected craft industry. For example, this beer can't stand up to other winter beers like Jubel, Hibernation, or even the mild mannered Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome. This isn't bad beer by any means, but there are just too many better options to ever buy (or drink) it again in this price segment.

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Photo of jmbranum
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice malty aroma with some hops.

Pour a clear dark amber with a generous head. Lots of lace left on the glass.

Flavor: lots of pineish hops, very toasty malt, pretty dry but a little bit of lingering sweetness at the end. A tiny hit of spices (I wish there were more).

Medium mouthfeel. A little bit overcarbonated to me.

Overall, not a bad beer but not as good as many others of the style. This frankly felt like more of a dark almost-an-IPA than a winter warmer too me. I think this beer would have been improved with more spices and a little bit less hops.

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Photo of jsanford
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark mahogany with a fluffy ivory head that settles to a thick cap. Malt-forward aromas of caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits, and some Winter spices. Similar to the nose, sweet caramel and toffee malt, candied orange peel hops, brown sugar, and some mild spices. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, with a medium-full body and moderate carbonation. Decent Winter Warmer, but nothing new.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear deep amber body, surmounted by a dense, persistent white head, which persists well. Thick glass-coating lace adorns the glass walls. The carbonation is moderate and slow-rising.

Aroma: An abundance of dark toasted malt vies with pine tar hops for prominence. There are faint notes of cinnamon and ginger as well, but these seem as more of an afterthought.

Taste: Opens with rich toasted malt, soon followed by an abundance of piney hops. As the taste progresses, the hops rise to ascendency, presenting lingering tarry notes. These linger at the back of the mouth well beyond the close of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, full, and quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A decent example of the style, although something a bit over-the-top would have been even more appealing.

Presentation: Packages in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brownish-red and hazy, good one finger head and fairly good lacing.

Spicy and hoppier than I'd expect from a winter warmer, a bit earthy with a touch of solvent like notes.

Spicy again on the taste, caramel malts, floral and earthy hops, a tinge of alcohol.

Body is pretty full and mildly bitter on the finish, with some residual caramel malt flavor.

Overall it's a decent winter warmer. Not my favorite, but good enough for inclusion in a mixed twelvesky.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: A pillow top of tan micro bubble head that sits on top of a deep mahogany body. Settles to a thin film that gently grasps the edge.

S: Sweet figs, candied malt, pineapple, nutmeg, old apple rind, woody hops and topped with cinnamon stix. Wood aged bourbon sneaks in as it warms.

T/M: Taste is more mellow than the nose. Musty, figs, roasted caramel, spiced apple peels, touches of potpourri, and wood. Booze is subtle and hard to find and the warming is very mild. Feel is cola-like and finishes semi dry.

O: Bah Humbug! As far as winter warmers go this was nothing spectacular. Easy drinking and a good tasting beer overall but lacked the warm booziness I expected. I could see knocking out a six pack fairly quick.

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Photo of papat444
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mklever42 for this one.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

Appearance: Body is the color of buckwheat honey, an impressive head forms and floats leaving a patchwork of lacing.

Smell: Bit of spices, mild cinnamon, nutty a bit, dried fruit, rick & malty.

Taste: Plums, light mint, seasonal spices, dried fruits in the middle, caramel, figs and a touch of cinnamon in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Warming, malty, glides easily and has a long finish.

Overall: Nice little treat that delivers a strong malty flavor with a tinge of bitterness in the end.

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Photo of KKB
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A – A relatively opaque, ruddy brown with a somewhat meager head that doesn’t seem to last very long, though there is some scant lacing.

S – Relatively mild, more malty than hoppy but neither is very pronounced. It has a rather bready aroma, as well as some toasted barley and fruity hops. Perhaps some vague spices in there as well.

T – Not good. I mean it isn’t horrible per se…ahhh I’m kind of warming up to it a little bit. It has a kind of malty, fruity tea-like taste to it, with a faint addition of spice as well. All in all, it pretty mild, and really nothing to write home about.

M – The mouthfeel is really pretty flat, light/mild, and not orchestrated very well.

O – Not a great beer, I wouldn’t buy this again, I would drink it if it’s put in front of me though, as it is not a bad beer. I would say highly mediocre.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
6.4% ABV, no date.

Our recent snow flurries have caused me to abandon my usual "why the &$*@ are these seasonals so *@#( early" and jump into winter warmers. Here we go!

A - Ebenezer pours a dark mahogany ruby brown color that's capped by a whipped foam, light khaki head that leaves arcs of sticky lace producing what looks like icicles on the tulip.

S - Earthy UK hops plaster a fall-like aroma all over this beer with dry, musty leaf pile and gardening mulch but a light spiciness prevails to draw my fickle nose back in. And while the alcohol is lower, a touch of solvent heat bites through the amber-malted base lightly.

T - Toasted amber malt and bits of caramel sweetness shed no depth on the beer but earthy hops flourish with a fall-like presence and light citrus bookend. The taste isn't at all bad but there's not much going on that encourages thoughts of winter.

M - Balance is the key to this beer, moving from a dry toasted malt with little sweetness to dry hops and a lingering but retained bitterness works out nicely in the end. Faint alcohol comes through as well, mainly with dryness, but doesn't do anything to overcome the medium-bodied beer.

O - Ebenezer doesn't make me go "ba-humbug" but I'm not convinced this is something that will compliment my winter. Instead, the hops used remind me of harvest and fall throwing me off balance. This Bridgeport offering is a good entry to winter warmers as Thanksgiving and the colder weather approaches but not one I'm looking to return to as the snow drifts set in.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a brownish amber with an off-white, finger width head with average retention. Virtually no lace.

Smell - Faint notes of raisin and caramel. Really subtle, even after warming.

Taste - Nearly as weak as the nose; faint roasted malts evoking a hint of mocha, a bit of raisin.. and that's basically it. Not a lot on the back end. A shame.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with fair carbonation. Smooth in the very least.

Overall - Pretty disappointing. No brew date, but Total Wine does a pretty good job of selling out their seasonals, so I gotta think this is fresh. I just don't see any appeal in this beer, absolutely no depth or complexity with this winter warmer.

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Photo of donmonkey1
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark, cloudy brown with an amazingly huge tan head that's out of control (like Duvel). The head is super thick with awesome lacing.

Smell: Roasted toasted malt, molasses, brown sugar, raisins.

Taste: Very sweet, prunish/raisinish, and not nearly the roasted/toasted taste I expected.

The beer has a lot of flavor but I personally don't like the taste much. It seems to be a beer of great quality but it's just not my thing.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big light tan head settles into a nice lacing above a cloudy and particle filled reddish amber colored beer.

Light aroma of lightly roasted malts with some light darker spices.

An even taste consisting light caramel malts with light but darker spices.

A light dry aftertaste that brings some of the light caramel with it on this medium bodied affair.

A light caramel taste that brings with it a lot of extras that holds the caramel notes in check resulting in a pretty good beer.

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Photo of BaileysBrews
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love the rich and full flavor of this beer. It was a Christmas present from my bro-in-law. This beer turned me on to Bridgeport. Since then I have visited their facility in Portland and they are my favorite Pacific NW beer. If you have no other beer from Bridgeport try this one.

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Photo of capt_rob934
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(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

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from undated bottle to pint glass the beer pours a rich clear copper color with a nice 2 finger tan colored head, excellent retention and lacing. A pleasant mix of earthy hops and caramel malts together with a biscuit bread tone in the nose. The beer is more balanced than the nose lets on with a earthy pine hop and mild bitterness, a hint of caramel malt sweetness, a spicy note as well. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Finishes dry with a lingering caramel malt flavor. Overall, I enjoyed this beer. A little late in the for a winter warmer but it was nice.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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...

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Photo of lwillitz
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

another snow day, another beer review

A - nice cascading bubbles during the pour; light khaki head fills the glass over a semi-cloudy copper brown body; more than average carbonation bubbles, decent trail of lace

S - wonderfully malty nose, some kind of spice, caramel sweetness, hint of alcohol, floral hops in the background

T - well-spiced bready malt up front with caramel sweetness, hops put up a fight in the middle, balanced bitter-sweet finish

M - oily light/medium body, high in carbonation; thinner than expected

O - Ebenezer looks great and smells and tastes good. A fuller body would not hurt this one. Not bad, but not spectacular as winter warmers go.

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Photo of Theitos
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark ruby copper color. At first glance it looks murky, but its really just very opaque. There's a very small head that sticks around.

S: A pleasant roasted malt smell with a hint of hops that sneaks in towards the end.

T: The malt flavor is a lot weaker then I thought it would be. There's touch of bitter hopness that starts with the initial taste and continues to the end. I taste some dark fruit buried in the flavor.

M: The top of the beer in my mouth feels smooth but the bottom part feels a little tingly.

O: Not bad, but nothing special. I'm happy I got it in a gift basket instead of buying it.

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Photo of CEversole
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark nutty brown color, with a off white 3/4 finger head lacing is exceptional.

S: Very pleasing nutty/malty/hoppy/herbal aroma.

T: I'm a bit let down here, the smell had a lot of potential. The flavors are all there but they seem to be very weak. I feel I have to look for them in order to find them. There is definately a bready malt flavor there. This is followed by a bittering hop flavor. I am picking up on some cirtrus or herbal character that I can't quite place toward the end. I like the taste, I just wish the flavors were a bit more bold.

M: Great for the style, clean feel, and not too much carbonation. Just enough.

O: Overall this wasn't a bad beer. There is definately room for improvement, but good still to say the least.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle x2. Bottled September 20th, 2011. Served in a tapered 22oz glass.

Pours a deep ruby-tinged copper, mostly clear. A sizable two fingers of beige foam forms and hangs around for a long time. Wide bands of lacing left in the glass.

Aroma is of dry caramel and bready malt. Kind of spicy with some grassy hops sneaking through as well.

Taste maintains the dry profile. There is only a touch of sweetness. Very earthy, grassy middle and finish with light hop bitterness. Spiciness comes on as well. Flavor ends a little too quick for me, but has the bonus of a note of cherry jello.

Medium body with natural carbonation. Mostly soft, but a touch sharp on the finish. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of hdelavega
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a murky brownish red with two fingers of light tan almost off white head, pretty decent lacing.
The nose is pretty mild, a little fruit and some spice.
The taste is more spice forward, I'm having a hard time putting my finger on it but I do get a little cinnamon, there are also some medicinal flavors in there.
Medium carbonation medium body.
Overall not that bad but nothing I'd go looking for. I do suppose this is a very aproachable winter warmer.

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Photo of neilgavigan
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Foggy dark copper brown with a 1/2 inch thick tan head

S - Sweet bready malt, berries and hint of herbal bitterness

T - Bitter almost right away, there is not much to speak of in terms of distinct malt flavor that I expected from the great smell. Nice sweetness comes in during the long finish

M - Medium body, medium low carb

O - The smell was the best thing about this beer which looked unappetizing and tasted average. I wonder if I got a bad one?

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of industrialswill
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this 6 pack at Winco for $6.88
Brown with off-white head.
Abundant foam.
Smells wonderful, like fresh baked bread.
Taste is a nice balance of malt and bittering hops.
There is nothing outstanding to remark about as far as taste goes, but this is an outstanding beer.
A very nice change of pace from the more flamoyant IPAs.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out, a sturdy brown color, with good clarity for how dark it is. Cream colored head. Aroma was mostly muted, nutty if you look for it. No alcohol heat, nothing warming sensed yet.

Nutty, decent hopping, substantial bitter sting, mild warmth, can't tell whether its exacerbated by the bitterness being high or not. Its a decent beer, but I don't know what makes this a winter warmer as opposed to say a PacNW brown ale (read: hoppier). Usually, when one mentions the word aftertaste, its usually a negative connotation, but here, there is no aftertaste, and its a disappointment, because there wasn't much taste frankly. Didn't pick up any spice notes either. Really, the only flavor left was the metallic bitterness that is too high for this style (or any pretty much) of beer.

I dunno, if malty beers without much flavor behind them are your thing, then I would recommend. At least there are no off flavors really.

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Ebenezer Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
82 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.