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Ebenezer Ale - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Ebenezer AleEbenezer Ale

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83
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408 Ratings
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Ratings: 408
Reviews: 244
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%
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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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a four finger off-white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Clear deep amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Spicy malty nose. Flavor is spicy with malts and hops balancing. Some bitterness at finish. $1.49 for a 12oz bottle from John's Marketplace Portland, OR.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 00:42:39 | More by jdhilt
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OKCNittany

Oklahoma

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 1" thick tan head. Decent retention and lacing. Rich mahogany body.

S: Roasted malt. Dark fruit. A little alcohol as it warms.

T: Similar to the aroma. Roasted malt. Cherries. Raisins. A touch of hops brings great balance. A nice touch of spice as well.

M: Medium body. Above average carbonation. Dry finish - spicy with a decent bitterness.

D: For many, the lack of overwhelming spice is a negative, but not me. Any more than a touch & I have to wonder if I'm still drinking beer. This seems to get it just right.

That said, it's still just good - not great.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 15:56:27 | More by OKCNittany
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beeragent

Texas

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer pours a medium copper, forming a creamy 1 inch tan head. Light spots of lace dot the glass. The aroma is a rich mix of malt and spices. The taste begins with a smooth malty caramel flavor, followed by a light mix of spices, and a hint of hops in the finish. Nothing too complex, but in this case, the simplicity works out well. Mouthfeel is very smooth, with a medium thickness. For a winter warmer, the medium abv. and full flavor make for a highly drinkable brew. Overall, this was one of my favorite holiday beers this season.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 12:29:01 | More by beeragent
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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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rye726

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark ruby brown color with a nice tan head. Nose is very malty with some spices and earthy hops. Taste is again of dark sweet malts. Some nice fruits and candy as well. Good body and carbonation for the style. A little overly sweet, but a good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 21:47:00 | More by rye726
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Rayek

Colorado

3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer was a mixed bag for me, but still better than many beers I've had.

A: Amazing thick tan head that stays with the beer the full way down the glass. Leaves a heavy lace. Dark walnut color. Quite cloudy, perhaps due to yeast in the bottle from the bottle conditioning.

S: Nice balance of sweetness and spice. I smelled a hint of tree sap and a touch of lemon zest.

T: I mostly tasted licorice and toffee. The licorice taste stuck with me throughout. Hops seem there mostly for balance, but add a touch of spice. The alcohol contents gives it some warmth going down.

M: My bottle was over carbonated. Medium body with a lot of fizz. I could feel the thickness of the malt, but the carbonation dominated too much for my tastes.

D: Certainly a nice winter beer. Not the best for me, but good. Hopefully the over carbonation of my batch was an anomaly.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 16:14:40 | More by Rayek
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MisterClean

California

4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

6-pack from Bevmo.

A - Dark chocolate in color, no visibility through pint glass, tan foam, which dissipates quickly.

S - Pepper, cinnamon, maple syrup, cranberries, yes cranberries.

T - Figs, figs, and more figs. Dark cherries, rum, and hickory.

M - Light pepper, very flavorful, carbonated, but carbonation offset by rich flavors. Slight notes of alcohol.

D - This beer will not taste very good to the average beer consumer, but if you look for the flavors and are picky, this is a great beer. Great for dessert and example of an English Strong or a Black Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 18:47:16 | More by MisterClean
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jasonjlewis

Texas

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

pours a huge thick 3 finger head with awesome retention. Cloudy amber/brown color.

A variety of malts and spices come through the most noticeable of which is orange peel I also smell chocolate and caramel malting.

Taste is a nice caramel malt sweetness to start followed by a chocolate maltiness. Spiced overtones add a nice complexity.

Mouthfel is creamy and smooth. However, it is a little bit watery. Still good, though.

This beer is perfectly balanced and very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 05:23:52 | More by jasonjlewis
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allengarvin

Texas

3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Into a sniffer glass, this pours slightly hazy mahogany with a very small topping of foam. The nose is full of nice toasty malt and lots of resinous hops. Flavor is not quite as interesting though: a bit of sweet grainy malt, and bitterness that's very low compared to what I was expecting from the nose. A little subtle spiciness and a fruity yeast character round it out nicely, though.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 04:59:24 | More by allengarvin
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 12:19:10 | More by RblWthACoz
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ccrida

Oregon

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic, Ebenezer is a dark murky cherry wood color with a medium sized khaki head that leaves heavy lace.

Smell is lots of earthy, spicy PNW hops, with an herbal mintiness and a hint of allspice, I really love it.

Taste is crisp, toasted biscuit malt with a dry, cedar like finish that I really dig. Lacking the fullness I look for in the style, but still nice. I really like it's dustiness in an IPA...

Mouthfeel is chewy and oily, medium-heavy body

Drinkability is pretty good, satisfying and quaffable . Not my favorite winter warmer, but a fine regional interpretation.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2007 06:29:26 | More by ccrida
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Hollenbeck2

Oregon

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

my review

bottle from safeway

Pours dark brown

Minimal head, good lacing.

mildly smooth, a little bitter

Chocolate color in the glass, minimal head.

Well recommended if you like hoppy brews.

Will probably try next years version, not a session beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2007 00:13:40 | More by Hollenbeck2
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walshclimb

Nevada

3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear medium to dark brown with thin head that dissipates quickly to just a film that barely covers the body. Really mild aroma is more malty than hoppy with a slightly leathery nose and a hint of vanilla and spice. Nice malty IF with a light hop bitterness and hint of other indistinguishable spice. Transitions quickly into a pleasantly lingering aftertaste that is bitter and eventually a little spicy. Medium to full bodied with a good creamy texture and a softish carbonation that makes this very drinkable. I consistenly buy at least a sixer of this every holiday season, partially because the local grocer always carries it. It is not as strongly flavored as some of the other holiday beers, but I am not always looking for that. Goes well with a holiday roast or any of the dessert pies.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2007 16:33:38 | More by walshclimb
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2007 21:06:03 | More by ChainGangGuy
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

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

12oz bottle from the Boise Coop for about $1.40. Enjoyed from my standard red wine glass while listening to "New York Afterhours: A Later Shade of Deep".

Almost no head on top of pretty dark brown brew. No lacing to speak of.

Smell is like most run of the mill PNW winter ales (I think I need to change things up). Caramel, roasted and toasted malts with enough hops (citrusy) to balance while still making it feel "warm".

Taste is again pretty standard ... still pretty good though. raisins and rum cake... nice and warming ... definately makes me think of Christmas.

The Ebenezer ale needs something though ... it is stingy ... not much of anything to be memorable... It is still very balanced and not bad in any way. Bridgeport is a pretty good brewery... Their ESB and IPA are pretty much a 5-6 time a year purchase in the Galt household.... Ebenezer though, there are better PNW holiday beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2007 11:58:30 | More by JohnGalt1
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mhaugan

Arizona

4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a sixer of the BridgePort winter seasonal Ebenezer Ale at the local grocery store. Poured it into my Full Sail shaker pint (as close as I could come to Portland) and found a deep amber, slightly hazy brew with a nice thick head to it. The aroma was spicy and warm with a slight alcohol to the nose. Taste was bursting with maltiness with just enough bitter and sweet to make this a perfect winter beer. If it wasn't 85 degrees outside I would have been in total bliss, but had to settle for beer enjoyment. This isn't as complex as other winter warmers, but it sure hit the spot and paired well with my dinner. This also increased its drinkability as I finished off 2 of them.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2007 18:53:24 | More by mhaugan
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer had a dark brown color with a soapy head atop the beer. Smells very malty and tastes malty as well. Not much spice going on in this beer which ups the drinkability for me. Not my favorite Bridgeport beer but one of the better winter warmers.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2007 03:52:52 | More by ArrogantB
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nectarofthegods1

Washington

4.78/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2007 16:58:28 | More by nectarofthegods1
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Roguester

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle on a cool winter evening. Pours a dark reddish brown rusty hue, very thin head and lacing. Smell has both hops and sweet smells very strongly. Taste is much of the same, both hoppy and malty, with a bit of a strong alcohol taste, despite the fact that it is only 6%. A bit sweet perhaps, not especially easy to drink. This beer is interesting, it isn't quite as heavy or strong as most winter warmers, but doesn't really fit the bill of a casual drinker as an IPA or APA. That said, it is a good beer for those who want a warmer type beer without the determination it sometimes takes to finish a stronger barleywine type warmer. Not a bad beer, but probably won't miss it during the off-season.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 07:37:39 | More by Roguester
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Ebenezer comes into my world with a dark black reddish hue with a nice foam head. No freshness date on the bottle. The aroma starts off malty with a waft of spice. It tastes smooth but is definitely more malty dominated with a biscuit maltiness to it. It is slightly chewy in the mouth and is an overall pretty darn good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 06:36:25 | More by cswhitehorse
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russpowell

Oklahoma

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2007 05:45:43 | More by russpowell
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rsyberg01

California

3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S - 12 oz bottle, 06 vint, from notes

A - Pours a hazy copper, head puffs up to about a finger then drops to a patchy surface.

S - fruit, cherry, sherry, malty sweetness, floral, sensing some what will be bitter notes in there, i like.

T - citric bitter, sweet, hop bite is underwhelming, not what I was hoping for. It definitely needs more.

M - Creamy, clean

D - Easy to drink, nothing thats going to wallop you which in most instances is a good thing to have.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2007 05:13:17 | More by rsyberg01
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buffettfan

Arizona

4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2007 04:58:53 | More by buffettfan
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timbro81

Oklahoma

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. Ebenezer is somewhat easy to drink, not alot of complexity to it, but still a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2007 06:33:47 | More by timbro81
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henrysunset

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an attractive beer that has such a fabulous hoppy malty character that I noticed it accidentally. Appearance is dark reddish, with a good standing head of tan with lacing.

smell is sweet, malty, with a hint of chocolate and citrus. hoppy tones are buried in here too.

taste is drier than the malty nose suggests. dark rich malts in the aftertaste. hops are light and lying low, but the dry taste is adequately balanced.

smooth and rich, great beer for the holidays.

Thank you Andre for bringing it to fake thanksgiving.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2007 02:11:03 | More by henrysunset
Ebenezer Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
83 out of 100 based on 408 ratings.