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Ebenezer Ale - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Ebenezer AleEbenezer Ale

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Ratings: 427
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 6
Gots: 18 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-20-2001)
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Photo of Dubbercody
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. I really like this beer, makes me even want to visit the 'remodeled' disaster that is the Bridgeport Pub to have it on cask.

Dark amber pretty brew, with a white head. Smells great, lots of malt and toffee. Christmas/holiday flavors of spice, cinnamon and some nice hops with the piney hops.

Drinks down easily, which makes for a nice addition to the winter beer arsenal.

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

Pours a dark amber, little clarity with a thick two finger light brown head. Aroma is pleasant, some malt but a light hint of hops. Smell is very crisp and pleasant. Taste is hoppy with malty sweetness, good balance between the two. Slight hints of alcohol, not a light of spiciness, suprising for a seasonal brew. Good texture with a light body. Good beer to try, but not a session beer. A little heavy and sweet for multiple units. Taste is average, nothing exciting.

Photo of Japerrault
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark amber, with a white head.

S: Caramel, apple, spruce

T: Good balance, Caramel sweetness upfront with spruce and spicey character showing up later to bring an appropriate bitterness to the mix. Aftertaste of biscuit and slight hops.

M: Nice feel, a good solid beer. Not watery or thin.

D: This is a beer with big flavor, but still it is smooth and drinks rather easily. I recommend this one.

Photo of blackjack000
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Dark apricot with fiery spots where the light comes through. A caramel fizzy head.

Smell: Apricot again. Not the smell I was expecting from this type. Citrus fruitiness and warm brown sugar underneath. Some warm biscuit.

Taste & Mouthfeel: I like this. The citrus flavor of the hops sits on top of the sweet maltiness beautifully. A tad more spice and this winter warmer would be right on. A smooth mouthfeel compliments the ale well, with enough fizzle from the carbonation to highlight the citrus tones.

Drinkability: Very nice. A well rounded ale. I would have preferred more spice to make it more memorable, but I could definitely enjoy a few of these in a sitting.

Photo of djeucalyptus
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a rich amber accented with orange and crimson. A lively light caramel head fills the remainder of the pint, growing to two-plus fingers before receding slowly, leaving behind a nice bet of sticky webbing down the glass. A touch of particulate dances through the glass, creating a bit of haze.

Neutral and appealing winter warmer nose, with hints of caramel, apples, raisin, and some pine and juniper notes. A bit of pepper and vanilla hiding in there, almost creme brulee (the dessert, not the beer). Nothing outstanding, but pretty nice aroma.

Taste is a bit more powerful than the aroma. Sweet caramel up front, with traces of grain malt coming through, but definitely more caramel candy than caramel malt. Apples, pears and apricots blend with pine hops and citrus to combat the sweetness. Spicy clove, pepper and vanilla bean notes come through as well. Spicy but not overly spiced.

Mouthfeel is good, clean carbonation, a bit lively... almost prickly. Smooth and creamy with a richness on the tongue. Pine hop bitter definitely sticks around, as does the caramel sweetness. Nothing outstanding, but definitely pleasurable.

This is one of my usual favorite winter warmers, not quite amazing, but pretty solid. Spiced without being overly winter-warmer-spiced. Sweet without being cloyingly sugary, piney without being PNW IPA bitter. A nice solid blend of malt, sweet, fruit, and spice. Definitely worth seeking out.

Photo of Goliath
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.

Photo of colts9016
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A very big head with a deep velvety reddish brown hues. The head had some retention.
Nose: A healthy roasted caramelize malty aroma, hints of hops, chocolate, some kind of fruit, and a bit nutty.
Taste: Roasted malt with caramel nutty fruity and hoppy. It is very full body beer with a nice balance of hops and malt.
Overall: This was a very nice winter warmer with a flavor that last on the palate. Enjoyed this beer very much.

Photo of erikm25
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours burgundy. A darkened ripe cherry hue with some subtle purple streaks. Perfect color for a Christmas tree ornament. Head is a pillowing and snowy mountain of bubbles. Reasonable retention. Delicate lacing melts down the sides of the glass.

S: Sweetly spiced aromas. Sweetness, spiciness, and hops float out of the glass like the Three Ghosts of Christmas. Just a bit of malts in the nose to help round things out. Coupling of cranberry and cherry(ish) smells as well. Overall, a sharpening and pleasant nose.

T: First taste yields a nice balance. But not nearly as strong on the the spiced or sweet flavors as the nose leads on. More earthy, spruced, and toffee qualities come through. There is a bit more cinnamon after a few tastes. Smoked fruits with malt roundness. There is nothing wrong with these subtler tastes but it doesn't set itself apart. Enjoyed this a little more as it warmed up a bit.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation.

D: Overall this is a pretty drinkable winter warmer. Nothing new here but still a solid offering. For the price and the fact its from the PNW make it enough for me to be willing to throw some back with Bob Cratchit this Christmas Eve.

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.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to emerge077 for the bottle.

Pours a beautiful dark ruby color with a short off white head that dissipates fast leaving a nice ring of lacing.

Scent of malts, cherries, some spices, and a hint of caramel. Sweetness is slightly overpowering the spices, but it is hardly enough to complain about.

Taste of cherries, spices, yeast and malts. Finishes with malts and some spices. There is a better balance here, nothing seems to be overpowering or out of whack, good stuff.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, it had a nice full body with a slight bite.

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

Dark bronze with some orange highlights. Seemingly wispy head is actually quite sticky, with great retention, although the lacing is pretty mild. Should be a malt over hops kind of affair.

ARomas are spicing and mostly malty. Hops are fruity, don't add much yet, but could be a nice player. Some spicing. I don't know, a little too "flavored-Christmas-tea" to me.

The flavor is not bad, but unusually light for style. Some sweetness that complements the spices alright, but the hops don't quite throw their weight around. I'm getting some herbal notes, more of the tea, and a floral quality that augments the sweetness of the malt.

Medium carbonation, overall quite light for the style. I'd like a little more heft and complexity, but I suppose others are looking for something lighter. What's good for the goose, as they say.

Photo of jkdrummer
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice brownish red, the foamy head dies into a nice ring of lace. Aroma is nice too - full of roasted malt tones. The taste is sweet but with carmels and roasted malts. Spicy hops adds to this too. Reminds me of the Winterhooks from the early 1990's. Pick this one up for the holidays -- great beer at a great price. Recommended.


Photo of Magpie14
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: ruby-brown in color, rather creamy head and strings of lacing

S: roasted malts, caramel, and spiced hops

T: nice malty sweetness, hops give polite spicy character. A tinge of orange peels, cherries and ever-so-soft cloves/cinnamon. Not sure where the hops went after a few sips...weak. Prominent malts and few holiday spices

M: nice mild to hefty body and medium carbonation. Kind of a wry finish. The taste vanishes kind of quickly and something thin and watery about the follow up

D: kind of regular winter warmer, nothing really stands out. Of the "garden variety" as they say

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...

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is dark copper with good carbonation. The head is tall, brown and leave some lace.

The smell is good, the malt has a strong aroma of toast and brown sugar, with a bit of spice, but not much and for me that is great.

The taste is very good for the style Winter warmers are usually way over spiced for me. The malt is great, caramel and brown sugar, just a hint of spice and a very good balancing hopy finish.

The mouthfeel is good nice body and a good carbonation.

The drinkability is very good a must try brew. Prosit, MK

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.

Photo of yemenmocha
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, slightly hazy, with moderately thin light brown head.

Nose isn't too potent for a winter warmer, but contains holiday spice baked goods and some brown sugar.

On the palate the caramel & malt do modest battle with background hops, and there's a few miscellaneous spices in the mix. Sometimes cinnamon, maybe ginger, and yet still a baked cookie malt sweetness in between. Rather thin bodied too, and easy to drink for the style.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From my notebook, undated, sometime earlier this year.

Plum amber color, good clarity. Pretty nice head.

Fruity hops and malt density - almost tangerine/plum/strawberry flavor. How unusual.

It's got that thick Winter Warmer feel - heavy in the mouth, heavy on the malt. Still has the unusual fruit factor - exotic and tropical/fresh. Then we have a bit of alcohol on the back of the tongue. Dark roast to the malt - bitter espresso bean. Sticky caramel molasses sweet side. Bit of hop bitterness.

Photo of stephens101
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well I thought I had finished with all the winter warmers I had in the fridge, but this one was hiding in the back. Good deal, I'm in the mood for something festive as it's been a blah week. Let's see here, it pours reddish-brown. A one-finger tan head fades quickly leaving no lacing behind. Smells of malts, light chocolate, some spice and a bit of tea. Tastes malty and spicy with a subtle earthiness in the background. Mouth-feel is smooth and light to medium bodied. Wouldn't mind having a few of these next year when the time comes.

Photo of jdhilt
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.

Photo of OKCNittany
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.

Photo of beeragent
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.

Photo of HimerMan
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.

Photo of rye726
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.

Photo of Rayek
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.

Ebenezer Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
83 out of 100 based on 427 ratings.