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Beertown Brown - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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BA SCORE
81
good

57 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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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 cswhitehorse
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer town brown poured a clear brown with a single finger foam head with very little head or lacing. The aroma was caramel malts with a slight hop aroma.

The taste was really unique and was malty through the drink. To me I really got a root beer taste which I enjoyed. In the mouth it was thin and lingered on the tongue. Overall a very enjoyable brown ale.

cswhitehorse, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of jsprain1
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Decided to try something from Bridgeport beside their IPA.
A- A light brown, with red-orange on the edge and a small head that faded quicly.
S- The scent reminded me of walnut and brown bread. The scent was of moderate strength.
T- The taste matched the scent, sort of nutty and bready. It finished with a bit of floral hops, but the nut and bread tastes did not suffer as a result.
M- It had kind of a strange mouthfeel for me. I don't know how to describe it, but I think it was probably a result of the fairly strong carbonation.
D- A pretty solid beer, that would be good with a meal. It was a pretty solid choice with an appropriate abv. The carbonation was the only real negative. Worthy.

jsprain1, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a rich mahogany color with hints of ruby. A small, tan foamy head left behind small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of nut, coffee and malt.

T - It tasted quite nutty, maybe even some hazelnut flavors. It had a grassy bitterness and a strong roasted malt quality.

M - It was charp and crisp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very nice brown ale. Yet another solid offering from Bridgeport.

zeff80, Apr 05, 2008
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 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 ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bridgeport sixers are on sale for $5.49 at the local and I was about to grab some IPA as it is my old standby but I thought "Why not try something new?" Nice brown-red color with a very helathy, foamy head. The smell is at first has a similar component to the IPA so maybe that is the yeast but its followed by a distinct malt smell. Nothing too special but still good. Nutty, brown flavor that is about average for a brown. Not sweet like Newcastle but actually has a bitterness. This would be an interesting

ArrogantB, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of brentk56
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber with a modest head that declines to a pancake while leaving a few shards of lace

Smell: Brown bread, caramel and just the mildest hint of piney hops

Taste: Opens with a brown bready and caramel flavor that moves in a fruity direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, it develops a slightly spicy but woody aspect that is quite dry, but a touch buttery on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium, almost creamy, body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very easy to quaff and a decent representation of a style that is straightforward and uncomplex

Thanks, younger35, for the opportunity

brentk56, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of Tilley4
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one nice little brown here...

Pours much darker than most browns I've had... huge head also...

Smells of sweet malt and maybe a little chocolate.. I know that sounds crazy but that's what I'm getting....

Nice pleasant taste of sweet malt that is very smooth and drinkable...

I could easily session this brew.. I liked it a lot...

Tilley4, Feb 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 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 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 JohnGalt1
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beertown is back in '08... 12oz from the Coop for about $1.30.. poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Nice long lasting head that drops leaving sheets of lacing... color is a clear polished chesnut.

Smells "English". Light brown and caramel malts with a touch of diacetyl ... fruity esters are present and fairly out front.

Flavor is pretty much all toasted malts.. fairly heavy on the toasted malts.. the ale fruitiness is ever present... lighter than expected caramel.. earthy hop flavor.. finish is a nice mix of earthy hops with a lite chocolate hint... light/medium mouthfeel and good carbonation.

This is a great session beer... and a very good take on an English brown from a PNW brewery.. I pick up Beertown fairly frequently when it's around.

JohnGalt1, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of Zorro
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear brown colored beer with a decent brown head that fades fairly quickly.

The smell is sweet and malty with a trace of peat and smoke to the aroma.

The taste begins sweet and a little malty with a bit of grassy flavor and a decent bitter finish. Bit of vanilla and coffee flavor this is on the mild end of the spectrum. Earthly flavor there is a lot of peat and mushroom flavor here with faint chocolate.

Mouthfeel is OK.

This scores quite highly on the drinkability scale. Nothing complex just a good brown ale.

Zorro, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, little fizzy off-white head, some sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, good dose of toffee/caramel. The taste is malty, some toffee/caramel, slightly sweet. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty Brown Ale, another underated brewery in my book.

Wasatch, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of Gusler
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer leaves the 12 ounce bottle a brownish orange with a moderate off white head that evaporates quickly leaving a velum like covering on the glass. Nose has a black walnut like aroma, backed by sweet malt and caramel, start is malt sweet, slight tartness, with the top medium in feel. Finish has a determined acidity; the hops pleasantly spicy, dry aftertaste clings to the palate. Brown ales have been one of my favorite styles, since I sampled my first Newcastle Brown Ale, many years ago, a style I think over looked by many.

Gusler, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours medium brown with a very thin head that becomes a slowly vanishing patch.

The smell is of caramel/toffee with hints of chocolate. It has an earthy/nutty background. Fairly robust.

The taste is of caramel/toffee with hints of chocolate. The brown sugar-like sweetness is balanced by earthy, slightly fruity hops in the background that lend some depth and complexity to the rich maltiness. There is some balanced sweetness in the rather abrupt finish.

Medium-bodied, it has an astringent note, but nothing to really complain about though I would have liked the flavor to linger on the tongue a bit longer.

This is a brown ale that is enjoyable. Nice maltiness with a fair amount of balance, but would like it to have a bit more .... well, something to hold on to a bit longer. Overall - I do recommend it.

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this one back from his trip to the Pacific NW!

jwc215, Oct 20, 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 walshclimb
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear caramel brown with thin off-white head. Slightly sweet malty grain smell. The initial flavor is clean and malty with a light hop bitterness and a relatively short-lived bready malt aftertaste. It is medium bodied with a soft to active carbonation that is just about right for a brown. This is a relatively mellow full malt flavored brown in the english style. It is tasty, smooth, and very drinkable. I buy it pretty regularly.

walshclimb, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bronzed rustic orange with a hint of red. The lightly creamy cap is two fingers after the pour and is an attractive mixture of ivory, pale gold and ecru. Soap sudsy streamers of froth are beginning to be laid down, but the lid isn't disappearing fast enough for entire lace story to have been written yet.

The nose is more robust English pale ale than English brown ale. According to the neck label, 'roasted chocolate and pale malts' have been used, but I can't appreciate the first of those no matter how many times I try. Earthy, lightly musky hops are at least as prominent.

As expected, there's very little 'brown' maltiness on the palate. The flavor profile consists of lightly buttered, lightly toasted wheat bread sprinkled with almonds and a pinch of shredded tea leaves. Fruity esters from the ale yeast contribute as well. Beertown Brown definitely tastes English, even it doesn't bring to mind the stated style. A pale version of it... maybe.

The beer is growing on me as the ounces pass. As long as I don't think about style, I'm fine. The bottom line is that Bridgeport BC, more often than not, brews well-constructed, balanced, drinkable beer. I'm not sure how anyone could have a problem with that. It occurs to me that this offering would go well with any number of foods and would be great to session as well.

I've gone back and forth on mouthfeel and have finally decided to go with the higher score. I'm impressed that such a light-bodied ale can be so creamy and so expansive; yet more evidence that these guys know what they're doing.

I've never had a bad Bridgeport beer (and I've had most of them). They've been either above average or well above average. Beertown Brown isn't a stunner by any means, but it's such a joy to drink that I decided to reward it accordingly. Solid all the way around.

BuckeyeNation, May 04, 2007
Photo of rkuhnel
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz Bottle it poured a dark brown with a small, frothy, light brown, quickly diminishing head. Nose is light and mostly malt, nuts, caramel, toasted bread, with some hops. Mouthfeel was smooth and flavor an interesting combination of sweetness with a slightly bitter.finish. Easy to drink.

rkuhnel, Apr 11, 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 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 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 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 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
Beertown Brown from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
81 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.