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Beertown Brown - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 01-15-2007)
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Photo of rowew
1.95/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle, embossed with the Bridgeport name and slogan. Label looks a bit nicer than the older Bridgeport offerings.

Appearance: Reddish brown, tan colored head, a bit of haze.

Smell: Hops and a bit of medicinal sweetness - not the most appetizing thing in the world.

Taste: Wow, first impressions with this are not good - super thin, not much going on. I can't identify exactly what they are, but the only flavors I do find here are a bit off.

Overall impression: Well maybe I got a bad batch, but this is definitely not a good beer. Maybe I can cook with the rest of the batch ...

rowew, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of RedDiamond
2.53/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On the day of its release there was a ceremonious recognition of Portland as “Beer Town” replete with proclamations from the mayor, lots of elbow rubbing with high society folks, press releases, photo ops, and so on. But my God! If you’re going to coordinate the release of your new beer with the mayor’s office, at least release something worthy of the hoopla. Beer Town is just plain lame unless you like a dour yeasted taste with wilted bittering and an anorexic body. There’s no nuttiness here and only a mild, sequestered wash of caramel backbone.

Beertown Brown is at least a pretty thing to look at. It’s actually more red than brown, and features the kind of filtered polish that means so much to big-barreled brewers. So it’s pretty with no character, lots of polish, and an anorexic body. Well, that’s the Pearl District for you. And get this – the promotional coaster exhorts us to “Loosen That Tie.” (It really says that.) Heads up, Bridgeport – tie loosening is for martinis.

RedDiamond, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of kdoc8
2.58/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was the last week of Bridgeport brewing this beer and they were making a big deal of it. I am not sure why - it's not that spectacular compared to some of their other brews. It was served up with a nice foamy/creamy tan head and was amber-brown in color. Not too much of a smell at all no matter how hard I whiffed at it. It had a very bitter taste and not much malt - actually quite a bite of alcohol much like a Scotch Ale, but with a lower ABV.

kdoc8, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of czmate
2.65/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Cola colored body. Head quickly falls, leaving only a ring of beige foam, also reminiscent of a cola. Mild lacing.

Smell: Aroma of alcohol and dark malts.

Taste: Banana esters and alcohol. Ripe fruits with slight caramel back. Overly sweet for the style.

Mouthfeel: Lighter than expected. Medium carbonation, but seems overly so.

Drinkability: Notes of alcohol make this seem stronger than it is. Not a repeater for me.

Serving type: bottle

czmate, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of rye726
2.78/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured a mahogany brown into my imperial pint glass. A nice tan head. The nose has sweet malts and nutty caramel. The taste has toasted grainy malts and a faint touch of hops. A nice light clean body with moderate carbonation. An average mild brown ale.

rye726, May 24, 2008
Photo of TiMX
2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Aroma:
Very caramelly, grainy, somewhat roasty aroma with no hops noticable.

Appearance:
Very Clear coppery and almost red color with a tan crown. Not much for head retention.

Flavor:
A very nutty bread flavor with not much sweetness. I just do not taste much malt in this one.

Mouthfeel:
Medium body with a bit of astringency. Very dry finnish.

Overall:
I think this beer is a bit to nutty. But that is just my take on it. I know many people like a nutty brown ale. I think a bit too dry. This beer is just not my cup of tea.

TiMX, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of IceEyes
2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I don't know about this beer. It just seemed kind of blah. There was a bit of sweetness to it at first and then lots of blah. The color was pretty and about as brown as you might expect except for a bit of red too. And I couldn't find a smell on it so there's nothing to say about that. In the end I don't think I would order this beer again. I know Bridgeport has better beers that they offer so I'll skip this one next time.

IceEyes, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of Wetpaperbag
2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

So my brother brought this over a while back...long while back, so I hope this one is still good.

A- Creamy foamy head that has good lacing. The brew is a good clear medium dark brown.

S- Malty, brown sugar, nutty, with a touch of vanilla.

T- There is an earthy nutty malt presence. The taste of caramel and brown sugar is there. Not much else.

M- Thin and overly carbonated IMO. It is just very foamy in the mouth.

D- Not too bad, would be better with less carbonation.

Wetpaperbag, May 11, 2009
Photo of illidurit
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at 515 in Santa Cruz. Clear medium brown with a fluffy off-white head. Not much lacing, decent retention. Aroma is bready malts with a sweet citric hop tinge. Flavor is bread crusts, cocoa, light roast, and a bit of earthy hoppiness. Mouthfeel is overcarbonated and a little too thin. Comes up a bit short in every category.

illidurit, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of dnichols
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was served this beer on March 21, 2008 at the Spring Beer Festival in Portland, Oregon.

A: It poured a clear darkish amber with a moderate off-white head that receded fast and left little lacing.

S: It smelled of sweet lightly toasted malts, brown bread dough and had hints of spicy and floral hops. There were recessive flavors of plums and pears

T: It had a doughty brown bread and caramel malt flavor complemented by floral hops.

M: It was light bodied with a bit of creaminess, moderate carbonation, and a thin clean finish.

D: It was an easy beer to drink, smooth, moderate carbonation and modest ABV. Nice bar session drink but nothing to go out of your way for.

dnichols, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of TYE
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a medium-dark brown with an amber glow. It's topped with a creamy off- white head. Easily got two fingers worth. Good retention that fades to a covering, with some lacing.
S - Nice aroma of brown sugar molasses with a hint of scent like aspirin.
T - Tastes of bread with a hint of citrus. Leaves a bitterness in the back of the throat that reminds me of aspirin. Coated tongue feeling at the finish.
M - Medium body, light-medium carbonation, slight bite at back on tongue and a little textured. Leaves mouth feeling dry.
D - Not sure about this one. It's ok, but the off taste of aspirin throws it for me. Also, I feel cotton mouthed after drinking it. Not one of my favorite browns, but ok.

TYE, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of Talisker
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A perfectly respectable beer, even enjoyable, if a little unusual to the style.

Pours a clear but dark reddish brown. Very little head, almost hinting at something like a British style. Nose is nicely (and unexpectedly) chocolatey malt, with a little bit of mineral edge - almost hinting at something like an American amber. Taste is well-balanced, led by sweetness but certainly not overly so. Unfortunately the body is a little thin for the relatively strong nose, even more than a British would be. Certainly something you could drink several of, but also not one you really need to seek out.

My first beer from this brewery. I would be happy to encounter this one on tap, but I won't be scheduling any trips just to taste its brethren.

Talisker, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of orfeu
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cool-looking bottle, with a sleek, angled neck -- no "shoulder" so to speak -- and a stylish retro label. Pours a dusky copper brown. Busy carbonation rises up to a creamy crown of ecru foam. Great head retention. Aromas of roasted cashews and whole grain bread predominate, with a bit of leafy hop spice near the back. Soured grain flavor; not quite husky but veering toward it. Tangy vegetal hop notes and a largely bready backbone similar in flavor to freshly-baked but prematurely bagged whole wheat bread from a local bakery. Overall a bit too sour for my expectations. Thin-to-medium body; creamy with a slight peppery kick at the finish. A decent enough brew, but I wanted to like it more. Not something to lose sleep over not trying.

orfeu, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of bkilpatr
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 02/10/09.

Pours a clear ruby-brown color with a finger of bubbly beige head. The head quickly dropped to a thin layer. Aroma is of sweet caramel malt, toffee, and somewhat nutty.

Taste is very malty with plenty of toasted caramel and toffee flavored malts. The nuttiness is also present, as is an odd rice-like flavor. Some astringency. Faint earthy hops finish out the taste. Overall the taste is very subdued and mild. Feel is thin and watery with high carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good. It's not heavy at all, so having a few of these would be pretty easy.

Overall, fairly average. There isn't a whole lot going on flavor wise, but it's very easy to drink.

bkilpatr, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of Reidrover
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, typical Bridgeport bottle bur label is different. Very handsome looking ale brown, clear with amber tones, large tan head, its tight and thick. Aroma is quite shallow, malty and with a touch of creamy oats. Nice semi-bitter malts at first then a touch of hops balances the account at the end, slight coffee accents, and a bit of treacle . Thin on the palate but quite OK for traditional brown ale. Overall an easy drinking beer, but nothing to get excited about.

Reidrover, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of hopdog
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving size: 12oz bottle.

Apperance: Poured a medium and clear brown color with a small sized off white head.

Aromas: toasted nuttiness with some caramel.

Tastes: the same nuttiness, caramel, and lighter chocolate.

Notes from and tasted on: 11/25/07.

hopdog, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of CoolJosh
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pours a very foamy white with a light brown tint head, half finger. dark amber brown with no haziness but not crystal clear.

S Mostly sweet banana, but doesn't come out strong, and nothing else really sticks out here

T Starts off a little rough, lots of carbonation, and finishes with a nutty banana flavor. Not enough comes out here, some brown sugar, and not as smooth as the style typically calls for.

Good to try, but probably would pass up if I came across it again.

CoolJosh, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought this in a mixed six pack

It pours a clear medium brown red with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell has a nice caramel malt profile with a bit of citrus hops peaking through that's a bit off putting.

The taste is of caramel, some bread, light roasted malt, and a very mild hop bitterness near the finish. Good taster...solid Brown Ale though on the light side when it comes to overall flavour.

It has a light mouthfeel and the carbonation is medium.

Drinkability? This is meant for sessioning but I figure one bottle is enough for me at a sitting. I would have liked a bit more oomph in the flavour. The abv was what it needed to be.

Bitterbill, May 11, 2009
Photo of Chefie
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My first experience with Brigeport. Nice example of a medium bodied Brown Ale.

Lots of caramel, malt and fruit aromas.

Some lacing. A short lived head. Has a clear light brown color.

Very Light body. Smooth and drinkable.

Taste is underwhelming. Not much hop bitterness, fairly sweet. Drinkable but forgettable.

Chefie, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of russpowell
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours amber/red with one finger offwhite colored head. A little lacing& head retention

S: Sweet malt & caramel

T: Dryness & toasred malt up front. A little chocolate, fruittyness & some cirtus hops follows. Some toast & grainyness & dryness in the finish

MF: Light/medium bodied with slightly prickly carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, but a pretty run of the mill brown IMO, certainally have had worse

russpowell, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of canucklehead
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The problem with this beer is it lacks any real lasting resonance on the palate. The balance is right and the typical brown ale notes show up including a little sweetness but the beer is dialed down in the flavour department. I kinda got bored after a bottle and wished for more ummph in the finish. I like brown ales but want body in the beer

canucklehead, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of SurlyDuff
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is a bit too macro for me. It's lacking real depth or dimension.

Common brown color. dark mahogony umbar color.

A spicy metallic twang. Malty carmel and a roasty coffee. Smooth buttery mouthfeel. Like I said, this one is rather one-dimensional, and it's got way to much bitter coffee.

Mouthfeel is kind of weak, doesn't fit the color or aroma.

SurlyDuff, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of woemad
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased on sale at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.09. No freshness date. I keep finding myself coming home with brown ales despite not really being a fan of the style.

Poured a dark mahogany color that takes on a reddish look when it is held up to the light. Small, light tan head that dropped at breakneck speed. Tiny, insignificant looking drops of lace are left on the sides of my glass.

The smell is of caramel sweetness, backed up by a nutty scent and the smell of mildly roasted malt.

The taste is predictably of malty sweetness. This beer has a noticeable nutty component, which I prefer to the brown ales that are nothing but suggary sweetness. A slight dryness at the swallow seems to be the only place hops are making their presence known. There's not a lot of depth to this, though it's by no means unpleasant to drink, just nothing earthshattering.

The mouthfeel of this beer is a litle more carbonated than I would have thought, considering the retreat performed by the head. I suppose it could be considered within the confines of average for the style.

This is drinkable in the way that I find most brown ales drinkable, and would probably make a decent session beer. People who like brown ales that aren't nuty might have a problem with it, but it's be a safe pitcher choice for a lot of people. I don't think I'll go out of my way for it, though.

woemad, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of webbcreative
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Feb 22, 2009
Dark brown pour, with little head. smelled of malt, kinda nutty. smooth creamy mouthfeel, little bit of sweetness, get a little of the hops near the end [very little though] this is okay, nothing too special, pretty ordinary, im a much bigger fan of the English brown ales.

webbcreative, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of marvin213
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It seems kinda light as I pour it into my Magic Hat pint glass. It's brown but, for "Beertown Brown" I'm a little disappointed. I can clearly see my whole hand through the glass. A nice 1mm+ head tops her off. I recognize it's not "Beertown Black," but I can't help but be disappointed that it's not a deeper, thicker brown.

It actually smells good. After uncertainty about the look, I'm glad to have a brown after I smell this one. It's malts and chocolate and barley and...everything a brown's supposed to be. Caramel, too.

The taste is mostly malts. Little chocolate. Maybe a hint of caramel. Maybe it's the barley that leaves my palate slightly disappointed. I really think the chocolate is lacking and the pale malts aren't much more than blah. Believe it or not, the taste doesn't do justice to the smell. The caramel is hardly present. It's a respectable attempt, but not one I'm going to tell the buddies about tomorrow.

The mouthfeel is forgettable. After smelling the beer, I want more chocolate and caramel and I get...pale malts with little else. I acknowledge I'm desensitized from hop-bombs like Hop Stoopid, but I detect basically no hops.

I can't get this beer around here, and it is definitely a beer worth trying. Like this one actually was, it's a nice "beer it forward" addition.

marvin213, Apr 21, 2009
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Beertown Brown from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
81 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.