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Ebenezer Ale - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Ebenezer AleEbenezer Ale

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Ratings: 407
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-20-2001)
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Photo of jakon


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

12oz bottle with no freshness date.

Pours garnet with an average sized head that leaves webs of lacing as it dissipates. The aroma primarily consists of roasted malts and spices, though a bit of hop character and alcohol shine through as well. The taste is not as sweet as the aroma would suggest. Roasted/caramel malts dominate while the hops play their part and balance things out by providing just enough bitterness. The alcohol is well masked. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with enough carbonation to lightly prickle the tongue. Overall, this is a solid beer that I look forward to each year.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 05:11:37 | More by jakon
Photo of eballard


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

This beer pours a deep red and brown color with a nice head. It has a nice spicy sweet smell. This beer has sweet malt with a rich spice and a hop back. It has a clean smooth feel with a nice finish. This beer was pretty good. It drank easy and had a good flavor. As far as a winter beer goes it’s not the best I’ve had but it is worth drinking if you have the chance.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2007 02:47:11 | More by eballard
Photo of jhammerly


3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to IntriqKen for this brew.

The body is a dark ruby color with a thick tan head that dwindled down to a thin ring around the glass. Lace left behind after each drink. A malty, caramel aroma with a touch of alcohol in the nose. Slightly sweet taste due to the malt. Some hop tingle on the tongue, spices, and a tinge of alcohol. A nice balance. A medium-bodied beer with a decent amount of carbonation. I can handle one or two in a sitting, but I think anymore would be overkill.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2007 03:15:07 | More by jhammerly
Photo of Vancer


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

Ol Ebby comes out dark amber, cloudy and with a ivory top hat that left a sheets of lace throughout the session. Grassy and funky in the aroma. Solid combo load of malts and winter spices make for a nice sipping ale – tons of coriander in this one. The 6.4% is well hidden, but sneaks up like a lil’ ghosty.

Thanks to babydoc for sending this for my BA annv.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 21:19:44 | More by Vancer
Photo of jmarcot


3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a sparkling, foamy, robust head. Aroma is crisp, delicate, yet inviting and familiar - malty with the slightest piney hint. Color was a deep, barely translucent mahogany brown. Mouthfeel is lighter than expected, but smooth with ample, yet delicate carbonation. I was expecting the flavor to be a torrent of clichéd malts, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a slowly developing medium bodied dry flavor, with mere hints of roasted malts and an oakey depth.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 02:20:00 | More by jmarcot
Photo of TheLiterati


2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured reddish brown with a finger high tan head. Smells of malt and hops, but seems to be missing the spice element I usually associate with this type of beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth, with just enough carbonation so that it’s not watery. Taste is bit more complex and refreshing than the aroma suggests: nicely malted with just enough hops to keep it interesting.

A nice, drinkable seasonal offering from Bridgeport in Portland OR.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2006 23:54:56 | More by TheLiterati
Photo of cjhofelt


3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have to say, it's always a crap-shoot with these winter warmers. You never know exactly what you're gonna'get. It may be a fantastic beer, and it may suck. I wish I could find these things in singles.

I didn't get burned with this Bridgeport offering. It's a pretty well made beer and it tastes good. There's a few other winter warmers that I can't say that about, but that's another review.

This beer is really nice looking. Deep copper color and a creamy and persistent head that laces my glass very nicely.

The smell is nothing to get excited about, just some clean malt and a bit of hop floral.

It tasted great. Malt up front with a nice hop presence in the back. Way way in the back, there's something that makes me think of peppermint, but that may be my imagination. There is something definately cool in the finish, though.

Nice mouthfeel, a bit chewey, but not so much. Not bad, just what you'd expect from a well made ale.

I'd definately kill this sixer by myself, but I suspect that I'll be getting some help from my friends.

It's a solid beer, and a good winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2006 05:36:45 | More by cjhofelt
Photo of amatuerbeerguy


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

Poured out a nice ruby brown, with a slight tan head. The head was high, with small lacing.

Aroma of malt, with some spice, little woodiness, and fruit

Flavor of malt with spice, wood, and a bit of smoke

Mouth feel is lowmedium body, with medium high carbonation

Overall it seems to be a nice drinking brew, not overwhelming but not spectacular either.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2006 01:14:58 | More by amatuerbeerguy
Photo of RJLarse


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

I picked up a sc-pack of Ebenezer Ale at a grocery store to taste and review. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a chestnut brown color and is slightly cloudy. A small off-white head forms and dissipates quickly, leaving thin lacing on the glass.

The smell nice, a sweet floral aroma.

The taste is good. Sweet malt flavors up front, with a warm peppery finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and warm.

This is a very drinkable brew, especially on a cold night. I got it for $8 a six-pack, and it may be over-priced at that amount. I'll have Ebenezer again this winter for sure, but I'll look for it on sale.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2006 02:39:30 | More by RJLarse
Photo of Westsidethreat


3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Garnett color with mahogany highlights. Decent head made up of medium sized light beige bubbles. The body of the beer is very, very still...no life what so ever.

S: Interesting aroma...reminiscent of mellow pot pouri, cherry pipe tobacco, raw cinnamon rolls and apple turnover.

T: Begins lightly fruity and floral...candied plums, dandelions and crab apple. Subtle smoky characteristics mix with minor caramel, nutmeg and biscuit malts. Finishes doughy, a bit dry and crunchy.

M: Medium body, thin across the tongue.

D: I gotta be honest here...the smell led me to believe this was going to be special, but the taste was a let down. This beer is very conservative.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2006 23:27:35 | More by Westsidethreat
Photo of DogFood11


4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stemmed short tulip glass it formed a tan head above a red body. Head is whispy and leaves sliding coat lace.

First thing that came to mind was rip oranges and tangerines with a cherry backer and some plumb in the back. Second thought was a mix of spices sweetend by brown sugar. Third thought was damn this is tasty and rich without being overbearing. Infact I'd consider this light for the "style" and still very complex.

Notes: I could pull back a few of these without thinking of a change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2006 04:10:43 | More by DogFood11
Photo of IntriqKen


4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small head atop a dark slightly cloudy amber melts to thin lacing. Fairly typical for the style.
Aromas are Tasted amber malt and cherries along with a touch of cocoa powder.
Taste follows the aroma...sweet toasted malt gives way to lightly bitter cherry and some cocoa on the end. Very nicely balanced combination of complex flavors. Also nicely subtle and nothing is 'in your face' or overpowering.
Mouthfeel is creamy and full.
Aftertaste of chocolate covered cherries....not candied cherries...REAL cherries.
Nice warming alcohol afterwards as you savor the last sip.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2006 03:04:38 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of Iguana


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

A: Reddish with orange tinges around the sides, with a 1cm beige head.

S: Old fruit, and some hints of malt. The fruit smell isnt rich like in belgian beers, but its more like just old fruitcake smell.

T: Taste is ok, some fuityness, warming alcohol taste in the middle, followed by some hop bitterness. Taste is ok, but not particularly special.

M: Thin, a bit watered down, keeps ya drinking it just for the fact that the taste goes away so fast.

D: I could see drinking a few of these in a night, although with other winter warmers out now I doubt I would do so. Worth a try though, although currently its hard to consider it winter when its 90 degrees outside

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 22:39:27 | More by Iguana
Photo of deejaydan


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

Pours a deep red with a great amount of clarity and a decent head and retention. Aroma is slight, fruity, malty. Taste is refreshing, nothing special, but well blended and balanced. I think I pick a sweet cherry flavor in this, hops are none to speak of. The alcohol is well hidden. It is refreshing, and nice. Not offensive at all... but not outstanding...

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2006 01:35:40 | More by deejaydan
Photo of Golden2wenty1


3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this bottle in the back of my mini beer fridge, all but forgotten. Brought back from Lake Havasu City, AZ over Spring Break. A random find at a wine shop, along with a bomber of Stone IPA. A little out of season I suppose.

Pours a dark garnet with a finger or two of cappucino froth on top. Nose is a striking apricot potpurri and peach schnapps. Taste continues with the schnapps, buttressed by christmas cookie spice and caramel malt. Mouthfeel is thin for a winter warmer, but welcome on a hot day like today. An interesting warmer here, smells delicious, tasted pretty good. Not overboard on the cinnamon and nutmeg like most in the style. Perhaps the age did this old man well.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2006 03:29:53 | More by Golden2wenty1
Photo of Rezzin


3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark ruby red with a 1/2"f frothy and somewhat creamy beige head.

S - Not much in the aroma department. Cherries, malt, and maybe some alcohol notes.

T - Somewhat light on flavor but actually quite good. Malty and fruity... cherries, strawberries, cinnamon, a little spicy. Sweet and tart.

M - Moderate to highly carbonated. Almost soda like but not in a bad way.

D - This was one of the beers in a Winter Brews 10 pack from Cost Plus World Market for $9. This is the first one I tried. If this is any indication of the rest of the box, this is a great deal. Not a bad winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2006 01:21:16 | More by Rezzin
Photo of joedon


3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty average for a "winter warmer". A nice dark brown with very fine carbonation and a sticky tan head.

No much aroma, a little malt and some spicy notes.

Taste is underwhelming. Just a bit of dark malt and a slight caramel edge.

Easy drinking and pleasant but could have been better.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2006 01:05:13 | More by joedon
Photo of scottoale


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

This 12oz brown bottle pours a darkish copper with a half-inch of off-white foamy head which quickly disappears. Pretty good lacing in the start.

Has a candy like sweetness first off, sweet malt and bubblegum, not much of a hop presence.

Tasting like it smells, sweet and sugary with bananas and bubblegum standing out with a fizzy, frothy bit of a dry finish. The hops are burried by the sweetness lending a dryness rather than bitterness. Nothing stands out malt wise, it's just floral and fruity kind of like a soda pop of some kind.

The mouthfeel is very fizzy and dry with a medium body. The alcohol is hardly noticed and has no warming effect. It's a bit too sweet for my liking and as a winter warmer...there are many others that I prefer.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2006 11:19:09 | More by scottoale
Photo of Tupperwolf


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

Pours out a cranberry-juice ruby in color with a fluffy, distinctive white head that lingers a lot longer than I expect, and leaves nice looking lacing.

Smells - tart spice, grapefruity hops, alcohol...

The taste gently warms with smooth alcohol, and has a nutty, fruity background. It's a hoppy winter ale, which I like - It tastes spiced, but is very pleasant, unlike many.

Smooth mouthfeel, with a fairly crisp, refreshing finish.

This is quite good; I've had some bad luck with winter beers this year, but this is one of the better ones. It's up there with Anchor's OSA.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2006 02:40:06 | More by Tupperwolf
Photo of bennetj17


3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours leaving no head, just a fine ring around the outside. Dark plum in color. The aroma is very faint. Just minor hints of raspberry fruit, nutty hops, and mild alcohol. Taste also has a low potency, although its a nice mix of cherry, raspberry, caramel and other sweet malt flavors. I would say it wasn't very spicy as you might expect from a winter warmer. Hops are low, taste is fairly dry, finish is kind of boring. Carbonation is nice, but its a bit thin/watery and could use more body. Drinkability is average, I would expect more overall flavor from this style of beer...

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2006 01:22:29 | More by bennetj17
Photo of ppoitras


3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Secret Santa AKSmokedPorter. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a dense 1" tan head above the dark red brew. Head lasts and lasts, with heavy frothy lacing. Aroma is lightly hoppy and spicy. Taste is biscuity malts upfront, moving into spicy hops and dark fruits. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with nice drinkability as well. Very approachable for the sometimes overdone winter warmer style.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2006 23:31:30 | More by ppoitras
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

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

Amber garnet pour produces a thick, bubbly, 2 finger head of toasted beige foam that retains very nicely, leaving rather thick lace deposits as a reminder.

Aroma is sweet caramel malt and toasted grains, brown bread dusted with cocoa, and a festive pine, balsam, and spice hop note. Nice, but understated.

Flavor stands out a bit more with toffee/butterscotch, burnt brown sugar, light fruits, cherry preserves, figs, light chocolate, and a mild hop finish of floral pine and subtle spice.

Body is barely medium, but smooth and creamy, making it a pleasant drinker. If you're looking for a big, beefy, complex Winter Warmer, you may want to look elsewhere. This has a distinctly mild English nuance about it.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2006 21:02:25 | More by AlexJ
Photo of Wasatch


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

Pours a nice dark brown/ruby color, a little bit of carbonation, nice small head that dissaptes quickly, some nice lacing afterwards. Scents of chocolate, and fruits, slight malt as well. The taste is very nice of malt and sweet fruits (cherry), with a very little bitter aftertaste. Medium body. Very drinkable, would highly recommend. Not much of a warmer, but very tasty in deed.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2006 01:37:35 | More by Wasatch
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2006 15:48:34 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of nvsblman


3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown with some ruby highlights. Pillowy off-white head that quickly disappeared. The aroma is mostly spices and spruce. Sweet malty taste, some toffee, chocolate, cinnamon, but nicely balanced with a light hop finish. Creamy mouthfeel with lots of tiny bubbles. Try this one with some gingersnaps and you won't regret it!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2006 23:55:29 | More by nvsblman
Ebenezer Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
83 out of 100 based on 407 ratings.