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Ebenezer Ale - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Ebenezer AleEbenezer Ale

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Ratings: 413
Reviews: 244
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.36%
Wants: 5
Gots: 13 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-20-2001)
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Photo of russpowell
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

russpowell, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of rsyberg01
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

rsyberg01, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of buffettfan
4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
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!

buffettfan, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of timbro81
3.93/5  rDev +8%
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.

timbro81, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of henrysunset
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

henrysunset, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of SafeAtFirst
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Color is a deep ruby red with a beige head, moderate lacing and medium carbonation.

Aroma is full of sweet caramel malts with some spicy, citrus undertones and a hint of alcohol. An intriguing nose.

Flavor starts with a nice sweet note from the caramel malts. The malts are balanced out with a nice jab of hops and spice. Finish is slightly warm from the 6.4% ABV. Very nice full-bodied mouth feel.

Overall a very nice slow sipper with some unique smells and flavors.

SafeAtFirst, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of jakon
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

jakon, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of eballard
3.13/5  rDev -14%
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.

eballard, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of jhammerly
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

jhammerly, Feb 08, 2007
Photo of Vancer
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Vancer, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of jmarcot
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

jmarcot, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of TheLiterati
2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

TheLiterati, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of cjhofelt
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

cjhofelt, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of amatuerbeerguy
3.53/5  rDev -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.

amatuerbeerguy, Dec 12, 2006
Photo of RJLarse
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

RJLarse, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Westsidethreat, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of DogFood11
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

DogFood11, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

IntriqKen, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of Iguana
3.53/5  rDev -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

Iguana, Sep 30, 2006
Photo of deejaydan
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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...

deejaydan, Jun 27, 2006
Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Golden2wenty1, May 31, 2006
Photo of Rezzin
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Rezzin, Apr 21, 2006
Photo of joedon
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

joedon, Apr 08, 2006
Photo of scottoale
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

scottoale, Apr 05, 2006
Photo of Tupperwolf
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Tupperwolf, Feb 15, 2006
Ebenezer Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
82 out of 100 based on 413 ratings.