Hop Harvest Ale (2007) - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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Reviews by sinistermadman:
4.43/5 rDev +7.3%
This brew pours a slightly hazy copper color with a nice fizzy head. Retains a slight lacing after settling Smell is a tremendous citrus-y hop celebration. Very nice aroma here. Taste begins with hop bitterness as foretold by the aroma, which gradually melds with malts to finish somewhat less bitter than the initial blast. Semi-sweet hop flavor nuances a plenty here - mostly citrus and ripened fruit, but quite tasty. Pine flavored burps are also evident. Slightly husky, bready mouthfeel, but hop/malt balance tips in favor of the hops. To me this has an ideal balance that makes for a not too cloying brew. Medium full mouthfeel with a soft background malt presence to back the hop front. Quite quaffable. Probably the best beer Ive had from Bridgeport. Grab one while they are still around.
10-20-2007 01:33:33 | More by sinistermadman
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3.73/5 rDev -9.7%
I received this a very long time ago and it's been in the fridge being overlooked for sometime. I'm happy that the length of time has not destroyed this beers hops profile.
A - Not hazy, but CLOUDY copper color with the very center of the glass bordering on brown. Fairly think head with very little lacing left on the glass
S - This one is lacking a lot of aroma. With a deep inhale I get a bit of a rubbing alcohol scent.
T - Great taste. Bittering hops all the way not much malt on this one, which is good in my opinion, after all it is a triple hopped IPA. I wonder how much of it has been lost? With that being said the beer has a fantastic taste, but just...wondering. "Things that make you go hmmmm."
M/D - Somewhere between thin and medium viscosity on this beer. High carbonation, which is seemingly added to by the nearly stingy bitterness. I could drink this fairly often just not more than one at a time.
10-24-2008 00:34:11 | More by dashirey
4.43/5 rDev +7.3%
Poured from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a bright golden-orange hue with a touch of cloudiness, topped by a sizable creamy white head that leaves some nice-looking sticky lacing on the glass. Aroma of resinous floral hops and just a touch of sweet pale malt. Notes of grapefruit and cannabis are detectable, but mainly it's the pure essence of fresh lupulin that shines through. Palate is beautiful bitter hops up front. A bit of balance with the pale malt is achieved mid-palate before the hops take over again on the finish. A mild biscuity character pops through momentarily, only to be overtaken again by grapefruit and pine.
The body is a touch sticky at first, becoming creamy as it is worked around in the mouth. Finish is actually not too sticky, and leaves a nice bitterness that lingers for quite a while.
This is what it's all about. Pure fresh hops, picked a couple of hours before being added to the boil. Only in the northwest can you get such a wonderful farm-fresh crop of hops, and only in Portland do you find folks who know exactly what to do with it. By far the best and most exciting offering I've had from Bridgeport.
10-07-2007 06:11:31 | More by ElGordo
4.47/5 rDev +8.2%
Again I did the cheating thing and got a good sample of this beer at the GABF about 7 oz. My notes say Smooth and awesome as fuck. Oh well. I gotta remember to try this beer later, so I will review it.
Good head and lacing. Nice smooth maltiness with good wet hop bitterness. Leaves a balance of earthy citrusy bitterness in the mix that flows together very smoothly. Sorry for not having better notes, but I wrote this on my cell phone cause I had to remember to try it.
I will be looking to get my hands on more of this. It's damn good. A lot of DIPAs are too malty, and this one is just sooo well balanced, it's awesome.
10-14-2007 23:05:22 | More by jasonjlewis
4.55/5 rDev +10.2%
22oz bottle purchased for $4.49 on 10-3-7 at Belmont Station.
Pours a somewhat hazy gold with a fluffy white head that dissipates at an average pace leaving a wash of sticky lacing all around the inside of the glass. There are very few carbonation bubbles rising sporadically from the bottom of the glass. The aroma is awesome, though somewhat more distant than I had hoped for. Brightly floral and fruity, I also detect something resembling cannabis resin. More specifically, the AK-47 varietal. Definite pine character as well. This thing has got me salivating and stuffing my nose deeper into the glass with each sniff seeking more. The taste is quite similar to the aroma, but with the obvious hop bitterness. Very mellow and in harmony with the malt. The mouthfeel is very soft and registers on the low end of the carbonation scale. Resinous and oily. Drinkability is off the charts. I haven't consumed a beer this fast since we had chugging contests when I was a kid.
10-04-2007 07:03:00 | More by jakon
4.43/5 rDev +7.3%
Dark burnt orange beer with a beautiful eggshell white head. Attractivly murky. Very strong and fresh aromas, very liottle pine, just fresh hop, quite breathtaking in its simplicity. Great hoppy taste, fresh hops, slightly lemony with a touch of almost green onion, but its not unpleasant, malts play a minor role in this one. Great mouthfeel , very nice indeed, clean finish. Overall I found this a fantastiic beer..on how I would have loved to have tasted it REALLY fresh. By the way i thought this was more an APA than a DIPA.
10-23-2007 13:27:46 | More by Reidrover
4.22/5 rDev +2.2%
This beer has to some extent restored my faith in Bridgeport's ability to make good beer. This is a much better and more flavorful beer then the regular IPA, one I would order pretty often if it were available year round.
Had this on tap at the Horsebrass the other day (just hope the bottled version I bought at Belmont Station is as good).
The beer pours a fairly typical peachy orange IPA color with good head retention and lacing. There is nice citrus on the nose, with some leafiness and earth from the wet hopping. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, and the beer comes across as well balanced with nothing overdone or out of place. The beer has good citrus bitterness, with flavors of lemon, lime and tangerine. This is a very nice beer. It has a very nice mouthfeel, coming across as light with a completely unobtrusive abv. The finish on this beer is pretty dry, with some lingering bitterness from the hops.
A very nice, very well done effort from Bridgeport.
10-12-2007 14:22:06 | More by John_M
3.5/5 rDev -15.3%
poured a hazy shade of apricot with a foamy head that lasted awhile, and created nice lace.
Smelled of citrus orange, lemon, and fresh cut lawn.
tasted of cascade hops, very flowery, citrusy but not overbearing like a dry hopped brew would be.
The beer left a oily buildup on the palate after about half the bomber that wouldnt go away.
This isnt my preferred style, but for a fresh hopped brew this is my favorite one so far. I wont seek out any hoppy beers generally, but this one was certainly worth a try. I wish fresh hop season was in spring so these could be summer beers, would "fit" better....
11-24-2007 22:49:51 | More by tayner
3.3/5 rDev -20.1%
Pours a brilliant, glowing, sunlit orange with a creamy whitish head. Smell is citrusy, with notes of orange, fresh hops with sweet caramel making an obvious presence. Taste is slightly of oranges, hops, but not the spicy fresh hop taste I've come to expect. Believe I get a hint of the alcohol as well. Mild bitterness, and slightly creamy body. The alcohol flavor is a bit detracting as it warms. Light grassiness to the finish. Good, but not one of my favorite fresh hops beers.
03-15-2008 19:06:56 | More by JDV
3.78/5 rDev -8.5%
Thank you johnmichaelsen for giving me a bottle of this otherwise unattainable NW brewery's hop harvest ale. Its only 7% but BA labels it a double IPA...which is not my favorite IPA style but here goes.
The appearance is very nice, orangey-amber, with a lot of off-white foam. The lacing remains on my tulip glass.
The smell is perfumey, flowery and piney hops, pretty good. The taste is typical of a west-coast [double] IPA, loads of flowery and citrus hops, some resin, drying alcohol taste, and barely any malts except sweet butterscotchy wimpy ones. There is a bitterness in the finish that's nice as it warms up.
This taste does not stand out to me at all in any way, not that it is a bad beer, but its just not very palatable for me. The long-term aftertaste on my palate and tongue is funky, sticky hop and bready buildup, yuck.
Not as pungently grapefruit as Green Flash's kick is, but not bad for a similar west-coast style [and one which uses fresh hops]. Although I do feel a bit guilty drinking it since hops are so scarce. Not one of my favorite IPA's as I like them better balanced like Surly Furious [sorry John!].
11-06-2007 07:12:03 | More by roan22
4.47/5 rDev +8.2%
Great fresh hop beer, the best I've had in a while. Extremely fresh tasting with beautiful herbal hop flavors. Pours a nice cloudy orange with a thin hed and no lacing. The smell hasovely orange and lemon citrus aromas as well as an underlying herbal quality. The taste is similar- wonderful orange and lemon from the hops followed by a long gentle but spicy bitterness and a late fresh herbal hit. Wonderful. Smooth, gently spritzy mouthfeel. The overall impression is of freshness. Wonderfully drinkable.
10-25-2007 00:48:15 | More by Georgiabeer
4.33/5 rDev +4.8%
10 oz. nonic at The Horsebrass on cask, Hop Harvest is a cloudy pale gold with a small white head that leaves heavy lace.
Smell is softened from when this first came out last fall, though less then I had expected, as it's still nice and hoppy. Cotton candy and spicy, citrus NW hops.
Taste is still really great 6 months old, a big hoppy DIPA that has held up nicely. Not as pungent, rounded and smooth, the hops are mostly aroma and flavor, with only enough bittering to keep it from being too sweet, exactly my preference! I loved this when it came out, and am still loving it now!
Mouthfeel is very smooth, with a lighter body, and a bit oily.
Drinkablity is great, I really love this. A little sweet and softer on cask, the ABV is well hidden, this goes down like butter.
04-04-2008 21:36:36 | More by ccrida
4.38/5 rDev +6.1%
First tried this the week of its release (late September 2007) at Bridgeport Brewery in NW Portland. This taste is from a 22 oz. bottle bought a couple weeks ago at New Seasons (Portland).
A: Pours a deep, copper/orange - quite hazy and apparently bottle-conditioned. A dense 1/2 finger of creamy ivory head sits atop, fading slowly and leaving bands of tight sticking lace. Just a little visible carbonation rises in the murky depths.
S: "Triple Hopped" fresh hop aroma is wonderfully fragrant, though doesn't linger quite as long, or forcefully, as I'd have liked. Malts are more an afterthought, but do rise in an enticing gentle grain sweetness, amidst the oranges and light pine.
T: Juicy citrus and pine resin gloriously dominate this one, yet toasted grain back them up and offer a nice complimentary balance. Fresh hops impart a grassy and herbal/earthy quality. Each sip imparts a sweetness at first, followed by a drawn-out hop bitter, evolving from green to mature.
M: A gradual oiliness builds and clings along with some sticky maltiness. The hoppy bittering gets to the point of 'cheek-pucker' after a couple sips and lingers for many minutes after the final sip. Medium-fullness in the mouth, moderate carbonation.
D: Quite easy to drink and a decided favorite in the NW Fresh-Hopped category. Simply one of the best IPAs I've had and certainly at the top of the list of Bridgeport's recent releases. Looking forward to next year's version (and perhaps a little more of this year's...)
11-01-2007 03:25:56 | More by msubulldog25
4/5 rDev -3.1%
Rich, cloudy gold color with creamy white head. Citrus and hops dominate the nose. Very smooth bitterness, not as intense as Sierra's Hop Harvest offering but the finish is pleasantly longer than expected, flavors are subtle citrus and slight pine. The smooth bitterness persists for a good little while and for a triple hopped ale very smooth, I found it to be closer to an intense pale ale than an IPA.
10-21-2007 05:35:28 | More by bitterthebetter
4/5 rDev -3.1%
The Hop Harvest came is a cool Bridgeport bottle with no freshness date. It poured a nice amber color with a decent foam head that left sea foam lacing on the side. The smell was of dank hops. A hop head's delight. The taste was a little on the bitter side with strong hop flavor with a nice sweet lemon flavor. Definitely one of the better Hop Harvest Ales.
06-22-2008 03:10:25 | More by cswhitehorse
3.65/5 rDev -11.6%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is nice, copper and somewhat opaque. Smell is very floral, very hoppy and fresh. Taste is very bitter and hoppy, very citrusy and bitter. Leaves a stingy hop aftertaste in my mouth after each sip. Interesting beer to try once a year or so, but in the months between, I probably won't miss it.
11-05-2007 01:42:02 | More by Roguester
4.5/5 rDev +9%
Foggy apricot with lemon-orange borders. I hope the haziness is due to millions of miniscule hop particles. Up top is a fantastic looking head the color of elephant tusk ivory bathed in a soft orange light. I didn't even need to see the sheets of tattered lace that are beginning to appear from the rim of the glass downward to know that this is great looking beer.
It's also great smelling beer. Cascade may not be the nose candy that Centennial is, but these guys are also amazing when fresh-hopped. Man, I wish I could have been in the brewery the day this stuff was being brewed. No toasted or caramel-like aromas are definitely a good thing. The nose is simply wall-to-wall citrus zest (oranges especially).
Hop Harvest Ale 2007 is some kind of dee-freakin-licious! As a hophead, it doesn't get much better than a 'triple hopped' IPA using fresh Cascade cones. At barely more than one month old, the beer still tastes incredibly fresh. Probably not as fresh as on-tap at the brewpub in late September, but then that can't be helped. Living in Iowa, I'm thankful that I was even able to get a bomber.
I wouldn't be surprised if the only member of the malt bill is pale. Other than a semi-sweet biscuitiness that does no more than keep the bitterness from getting out of control, the malt doesn't do much. I wouldn't have it any other way. As noted above, this is more of a highly hopped IPA than a DIPA.
Anyone who loves hops is bound to love Hop Harvest Ale. It's incredibly green and resinous, with sunshine-bright flavors of white grapefruit, orange, lemon, spruce and cannibis. In other words, typical Cascade. The alpha acids, while far from punishing, will get your attention as the ounces pass.
The mouthfeel might be the biggest reason why this offering seems like an IPA. It's midrange for that style, with a perfect amount of carbonation that keeps things lively without becoming the least bit overbearing. A light stickiness on the finish allows flavor linger without standing in the way of maximum gulpability.
BridgePort Hop Harvest Ale, 2007 Edition, is the best beer this brewery has ever created. The problem with using fresh hops is that the beer doesn't last very long in its optimal state. If you can get it fresh, though, watch out! If they decide to use Centennial next year, I plan to order at least half a case.
11-12-2007 16:33:40 | More by BuckeyeNation
Hop Harvest Ale (2007) from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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