Haymaker Extra Pale Ale - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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4.08/5 rDev +12.7%
This was a beer that I enjoyed for its unique flavor and aroma, but I don't know if it is something I would share with friends.
It had a fairly weak head even when poured vigorously, but there were many bubbles that attempted to make up for that deficit. In all, the appearance is nice and clear, but the color is just not aesthetically pleasing to me. To each their own!
The smell is what really grabbed me. The label says "extra pale ale", and also something about "a glass of sunshine" or something like that. I grabbed this beer hoping for a semi-sweet malty experience, and was surprised at the hoppiness. The hops almost have a smoky tone to them.
The taste itself is smoky in a way, and knowing how closely smell is associated with taste, it almost (ALMOST) has the character of a German Rauchbier, although I hesitate to characterize it as such. It just has a certain flavor to it that is ineffable. This is going to be the flavor which creates a "love or hate" situation for its drinkers.
The mouthfeel is just fine, but for those who read the label and expect a beer that is refreshing on a hot day, they may find it a little bitter. The hops do present themselves in this brew, although not as much as in Bridgeport's Hop Czar offering, which may be the result of a hop volcano exploding on their vats. It is by far less insulting to the palate than that creation, but the nose can be intimidating nonetheless.
The drinkability depends entirely on your perspective. If you like a hoppy beer, you will not hate this, but if you REALLY like a hoppy beer, you may be disappointed. It's not an IPA, it's an EPA. This seems to be a category which is not well-defined.
Overall, it is a beer with a quite unique character, and for the style it seems as though they have really diminished the malt in favor of the hops, which may seem to some as a fault, and perhaps to others as a boon. Reviewing this beer is like describing what a banana tastes like -- it's next to impossible to characterize it completely. You have to try it for yourself. It has a smoky flavor, but it is not a Rauchbier. It's not a pale ale, but it's not an IPA, either.
04-15-2010 12:09:06 | More by Clamwacker
4.1/5 rDev +13.3%
Ap - Clear not hazy. Very bright yellow, golden hue.
Ar - Lightly aromatic with straw, grass, light spice, citrus notes
T - Very good flavors that dance on the palate. Touch of hops.
M - Light and elegantly balanced
D - Very clean with low tannins. Balanced acidity, hops, and alcohol.
All in all a very good, clean, and high quality beer for those used to Pilsners, Lagers, and commercial Pale Ales who want to step up a notch
11-12-2009 20:45:43 | More by cbarrett4
3.7/5 rDev +2.2%
This was a very tasty beer for me; hard to pin down why.
An average light yellow colored, an immense thick head forms if quickly poured. The foam compensated for its average appearance. Very limited nose, which for me is a plus. Hops of a light floral character, perhaps slightly green applely. Not citrusy or overly pungent at all, like the Belgians; perhaps a bit on the bitter side. Dry and clear on the palate, with more flavor if held and swished; only light hoppy aftertaste. Very similar to Bud or Mich Lite, yet with slightly more flavor and less hop smell.
Sneakily easy to drink, but the higher alcohol content catches up quickly!
11-11-2009 05:59:44 | More by katybee
3.3/5 rDev -8.8%
Appearance is a hazy yellow golden color with nill head and lace. Smell of sweet malts, citrus and light hops. Taste is grainy with a light citrus bitter with a mild malt backbone. Mouthfeel has good body and carbonation. For some reason the name does suggest what it tastes like, I don't know I can't explain it. Nothing I'd run back to soon, but not bad.
08-17-2009 00:02:56 | More by Bookseeb
3.65/5 rDev +0.8%
Appearance: Pours out a slightly hazy, orange-yellow body with a small, short-lived, white head. Saying it looks like "Sunshine in a Glass" may be overdoing it, but it does look reasonably cheerful. "Reasonable Cheeriness in a Glass." There you go.
Smell: Subdued aroma of barley malt with a small hint of grains along with some whiffs of spicy, faintly floral European hops. Also a small touch of citrus lurking in there.
Taste: Starts off with light, crisp pale malts carrying with them some modest grainy tones and a mild sweetness. Hint of orange citrus character. Noble hops along with a very, very minimal amount of bitterness. Drying, lightly effervescent finish.
Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: It's a refreshing brew for both Spring and Summer months and a fine candidate for a lawnmower beer, though, as I'm currently based in an apartment, it still makes for fine drinking whilst watching the landscape maintenance crew do their thing. This sip is for you, Guy with Leaf Blower!
08-10-2009 15:50:33 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.68/5 rDev +1.7%
Pours a clear golden, with a medium white head. Smells of earthy, floral hops. Taste is hop dominated, with citrus flavors up front, floral in the middle, and earthy in the finish. There is just a bit of biscuity malt flavor to balance. Mouthfeel is average, average carbonation levels. Drinkability is good, I would drink this again, it is quite refreshing. Mainly hop dominated due to the light malt character, this beer reminds me a little of Anchor Liberty ale, with less tangerine sweetness. It doesn't really seem to be a Blond Ale, more like an American Pale Ale to me. Worth a try for hopheads though.
07-31-2009 23:54:12 | More by tronester
3.8/5 rDev +5%
Good beer, not bad at all. Overall a great tasting pale ale from Bridgeport brewing co. not too shabby. I think this beer would be a great summer bbq beer, nice pulled pork sandwiches and some potato dish or fries. I think this would go good on a nice hot day like the 109 days we've been having for the last 10 days. good choice.
07-16-2009 03:29:47 | More by skeetermoses
3.23/5 rDev -10.8%
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Slightly hazy orangish golden body. Smallish off-white head with minimal retention and lacing.
Smells clean and fresh. It's bready and lightly floral tiny hints of hoppiness and baked apples.
Taste is also subdued with lightly sweet bready malt. Husky grain finish with a quick kiss of spicy hops. Medium-light body and lightish carbonation.
Overall impression: Not a terribly interesting beer, but it goes down just fine.
07-07-2009 22:22:17 | More by PDXHops
4.15/5 rDev +14.6%
Just grabbed a 6-pack for lunch.. let's see what this brew is all about...
- Glowing orange and yellow straw colored ale... hmmm hay! Little bit of white bubbly... but left hardly any head or lace in my tumbler glass.
- A bitter citrusy lemon zesty grainy pale smell.. bittering hop, citrus hop and a bit of roasty grain... actuallt really smells good.
- Great bready and malty taste with a hint of smooth caramel, citrus and pine hop. Truly balanced. A nice roasted malt and fruit salad blend.
- Not dry or chewy... but refreshingly good for a hot day... I don't know about the "extra" in pale... but it is certainly good... and a good summer pale. Nothing will ever beat their Blue Heron pale though...
- Hugely drinkable, and very good carbonation... great flavor to match... I don't understand some of the lower reviews here.. perhaps not a fan of the style? I think it hits the style spot on.
07-06-2009 19:39:59 | More by Docer
3.1/5 rDev -14.4%
Reviewed 5/5/2008 (bottle):
Pours a dark golden colored body, clearish looking. Has a fresh aroma, with some malt, and some wheat, and sweetness too. Also some hay present in the aroma. Watery palate. Fresh tasting, with some maltiness. Pretty refreshing.
03-12-2009 04:39:37 | More by jujubeast6000
3.8/5 rDev +5%
Atop a pale yellow colored beer rests a white, quickly to leave head. Small bubbles. Aroma is almost sour with a hint of roasted cereal. Flavor has a citrus begining, a good dose of malt and roast barley, finishing with a small bitter whip, brining your tastebuds back to the starting point. The brew is a slightly watery, doesn't feel quite as full as expected. Super quaffable, awesome summer brew
02-07-2009 14:04:28 | More by geographie
3.7/5 rDev +2.2%
This is a realy good, smooth, lighter kinda beer.
Lightly hopped, but distinct hop presence.
Aroma is like a light beer but with some hops.
Flavor is the same as above. Real good and simple.
Good for summer nights indeed. I would get this one again.
12-24-2008 07:44:08 | More by hoplover82
3.43/5 rDev -5.2%
A: Pale golden color has active carbonation. Small and soapy white head doesn't retain well and leaves no lace.
S: Straw, grass and that's about it.
T: Mild, which is appropriate for the style. Dry malt is followed by a mild bitterness that isn't particularly flavorful. Finishes very clean.
M: Medium light body with a little too much carbonation.
D: Blonde Ales seem to be what craft brewers make to attract the macro crowd. Certainly better than most macros, but not my favorite style of beer.
10-26-2008 16:39:27 | More by Rayek
British Columbia (Canada)
4.1/5 rDev +13.3%
The weather in Leavenworth at the end of September was 86 degrees so it seemed right to search out the last summer beers on the store shelves. Haymaker is a real nice summer beer that pours very pale with a white head. The nose is fresh and redolent of sutble hops. The finish is dry with an almost lager like midbody (almost like Anchor Steam). Nice beer , will search this out next summer.
10-06-2008 16:16:17 | More by canucklehead
3.93/5 rDev +8.6%
Golden-amber with good white head and lacings.
Aroma is oily, funky hops.
Complex flavors for the style. Bottle says made with four malts and three hops. Crisp funky taste. I enjoyed the flavor but have never encountered anything quite like it before. May have to try another bottle as I'm not sure how long it has been in my inventory.
09-23-2008 02:55:22 | More by Spikester
3.23/5 rDev -10.8%
12 oz bottle poured into my large Petrus goblet (I've got an aged pale on deck), Haymaker is a clear gold with a small, tight white head that quickly settles. Served at fridge temp.
Smell is pretty subdued, sweet grains, clean, with soft and dry, minty citrus noble hops.
Taste is crisp, mineral laden cereals, perhaps a tad tinny, herbal hops, but pretty clean particularly in the dry, sweeter finish.
Mouthfeel is pretty slick, medium light body, burpy.
Drinkability is ok, this is obviously made for the BMC crowd, and it's not too bad a version. Grainy and crisp, with noble hops and corn sugar, complete with the aluminum can aftertaste!
09-14-2008 00:37:09 | More by ccrida
3.8/5 rDev +5%
A - Poured out a clear, orange/yellow color with a small, white, bubbly head. No lace.
S - It smelled of grains and malt. There was also a fruity sweet aroma.
T - It tasted of some light, spicy hops. There was a good caramel flavor, too.
M - It was sharp, crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.
D - This seemed to bring more hops and spice than most Blonde ales. Pretty easy-drinking brew.
08-30-2008 14:13:27 | More by zeff80
3.58/5 rDev -1.1%
Golden, but not quite straw(hay) colored. Big ole fluffy white head sits aloft. Lots of carbonation runs up through this. It melts away to spindly lacing.
Aroma in mild in every respect. Pale light malt and slightly bitter hops. Certainly nothing to write home about. Kinda dissapointing.
Taste is pretty unremarkable as well. It's got good drinkablity and is quite approachable for the newbie craft beer drinker. It's just way to mild and generic. It's got a good twang in the hops, kinda spicy. The finish and aftertaste are a tad sweet, which makes me want to keep drinking it. A good drinker, thats about it.
08-18-2008 01:19:31 | More by SurlyDuff
3.45/5 rDev -4.7%
12oz picked up a couple days ago at the Coop for about $1.45.. poured into my standard shaped Sam Adams glass...
2 finger head atop a damn near clear light straw brew... no lacing head died back fairly quick.
Aroma is pale malts.. bready and little else... some background yeastiness.. but it is restrained.
Flavor mirrors the aroma .. but has a more pronounced bread flavor with a little more yeastiness to it.. a little sweet on the end. Very little hoppiness to speak of.. maybe a little bit of grass/hay.
Body is light and more than enough carbonation. Drinkablity is very high.. but I will get bored with only this in my fridge.
Edit: I would have guessed that this is the best American Blonde I've reviewed to this point and I am right.
08-12-2008 06:40:10 | More by JohnGalt1
3.53/5 rDev -2.5%
A very light orange pour ends in a slight off-white and quickly fading head. Smells a bit grainy with a lemony zest and some orange peel. Tastes of oranges, lemons, grapefruits and malts. A slight hoppiness figures into the end equation. Highly drinkable, but could use a bit more substance, though being an "extra" pale ale, might let it off the hook a bit.
08-08-2008 00:20:11 | More by stephens101
3.43/5 rDev -5.2%
Does the name of this beer call to mind the word "lawnmower?" It does to my way of thinking, though this light golden ale is brewed with that particular strain of yeast that I personally don't care for. It's just not clean and tends to obscure the hop and malt in favor of yeast esters.
That said, if you enjoy this particular yeast strain I follows that you'll like this beer. It is pure, clear copper - very pretty - though with minimal adornment of suds. I would nearly go so far as to say that the taste is clean, if you consider the dominant thrust of yeast esters to be clean. Noble hop presence is marginal and the malts merely whisper.
Haymaker doesn't suit my personal preferences. But if it suits yours, don't let me stop you.
08-04-2008 02:04:29 | More by RedDiamond
3.3/5 rDev -8.8%
Pours slightly hazy golden color with thin white head that does not retain.
Nose is lemony.
Palate has a sweet honeyed corn flavor that isn't too bad, but again - honey & corn? Whether it is made with corn or not, the corn profile is there for sure. MOre body than expected also.
Hops offer some bitterness at the end of the honeycorn presentation, and the aftertaste is honey sweet.
Not recommended for hot weather refreshment as far as pale ales goes because of the syrupy sweet corn honey taste.
07-19-2008 02:55:26 | More by yemenmocha
3.58/5 rDev -1.1%
From a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The apperance is a gold/ straw color that is very transparent. Cannot get much out of the nose of this beer, mabey just a little bit of hop. the taste is not bad at all, some hop and something sweet that I just quite decide what it is. the mouthfeel is very light and easy. This beer is very drinkable, but there are other beers I will drink before drink many of these. Not bad but I am glad I bought this in a mixed 6 pack and only got one.
07-13-2008 20:42:30 | More by Alanthebeerguy
3.48/5 rDev -3.9%
This beer was a steal at $3.99 a six pack.
Pours a little 1/2 finger head that dissipates quickly to leave a nice orange color.
Smell is of pale malts and a little bit of cooked corn, but mainly just pale malts with some grassy undertones.
Smell is of pale malts and grassy undertones. Fairly simple, yet refreshing.
This beer is simple and crisp and fairly decent.
This is sort of a no frills beer, but it's nice for 3.99 a six pack. I would definetly buy more at that price.
07-12-2008 22:38:03 | More by jasonjlewis
4.13/5 rDev +14.1%
Appearance: Slightly hazy golden-orange in color, with a half-inch snow-white white head, which retains superbly. Thick, brken lacing adorns the glass walls, and a few small bubbles drift lazily to the surface.
Aroma: Rather moderate aroma with abundant pale malt, a slight honey-like sweetness, and restrained herbal hops. The aroma is rather understated.
Taste: The taste opens with sold, slightly bready pale malt. As the taste progresses, mildly bitter grassy and herbal hops appear. These bring the taste to a close, and linger on well past its end.
Mouth feel: Smooth and full, with moderate carbonation.
Drinkability/notes: A well-balanced, drinkable pale ale. Its understated hop profile makes it more accessible to those of us who are not hop heads. A refreshing and drinkable summer beer that is very well-crafted.
Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass bottle which is embossed "Oregon's oldest craft brewery" and topped with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.
06-28-2008 02:17:18 | More by Pegasus
Haymaker Extra Pale Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
82 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.