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Pintail Ale - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Pintail AlePintail Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

32 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-28-2002)
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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +14%

Presentation: 12 oz slender brown bottle, “Bridgeport … Oregon’s Oldest Craft Brewery” in raised glass around the neck. Undecipherable freshness code on the back label.

Appearance: Thick off white lace leaves behind sporadic streaks of stickiness, bright tawny colour looks appetizing.

Smell: Fruity with hints of ripe pear and mango, slight citric peel from the hops and an underlying maltiness and musty buttery yeast makes up the aroma.

Taste: Moderately bodied with a crisp smoothness, big juicy fruit character with suggestions of pear and mango. Touch of buttery musty diacetyl. Light and refreshing citric zest flavour give the taste buds a quick snap, hop bitterness plays around the malt with both bitterness and flavour. Yeast flavours of earth and mineral come to mind. Maltiness is a tad thin but does not seem out of balance at all with a light caramel malt flavour. Clean and semi-dry finish makes you want to take another sip.

Notes: A quick and easy ale to put drink, flavourful with small complexities that are not a nuisance to the taste buds. Very well balanced and very drinkable in my eyes.

Jason, Jun 30, 2002
More User Reviews:
Photo of Thrasher
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%

This qualifies as BridgePort's lightest offering, for the Bud Light drinker, although its flavor is a bit more blatant than the extreme subtleties of BridgePort's Blue Heron. Not to say that the beer is brash; far from it. It pours a sunny copper with good seafoam head and spidery lace. The aroma is trademark BridgePort, with a hint of caramel, some rainy day yeast, and perhaps popcorn? Fruity esters are also apparent, and carry over into the flavor to buttress a light toffee malt quality. Hops are muted, herbal, with a slight peppery zing. The mouthfeel is fluid, quite soft, substantial for this kind of beer. The entire package is seamlessly composed; not a jarring note or flavor out of place, to these taste buds at least. I wasn't expecting much from BridgePort's seemingly least impressive offering, but I was surprised by how easily enjoyable the beer was. Another solid selection, not to be overlooked, from a great brewery.

Thrasher, Jan 21, 2005
Photo of Elemental
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%

I usually really like beers from Bridgeport but I will have to say I was slightly disappointed with this one....it just seems like a run of the mill average beer

It has a very light copper color
Very light hop aroma and bitterness
Its taste is fine but there isn't much to it because there is hardly any bitterness with more malt then needed. I don't think there is a good balance of malt and hops - to much malt not enough hops
The aftertaste is fairly sweet.

Its a ok beer for sipping on in the hit summer months but its just not what I am looking for out over Brigdeport....

Elemental, Aug 02, 2003
Photo of Padron4KM
2.68/5  rDev -23.6%

12 oz bottle: Clear amber pour, decent sized, but fleeting head. minimal lacing.

Carmel and bread dominate the aroma. one has to really agitate the beer to bring any hops out and even then they are faint.

Flavor is mildly bitter, mildly sweet.

Body is thin and watery.

finish is short and mildly citrus

Goes down easy so this could be a session beer with some freinds who don't drink much more than Bud.

Padron4KM, Jan 08, 2005
Photo of MJR
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%

Appearance: Pours a perfectly clear copper with a light tan head that shrinks quickly to a small cap, but leaves a fair amount of lacing.

Smell: The aroma is quite malty, with a considerable amount of Munich malt toasted breadiness. There's a hint of fruit, as well as a bit of herbal and spicy hop. Strong mineral presence.

Taste: Almost overwhelming in it's maltiness. There's a huge shot of Munich malt that gives a warm, toasted bread flavor and a hint of nuttiness. The hops show up mostly in the form of a herbal, spicy note that get's trampled by the malt. As in the smell, there's a strong mineral component to the flavor that adds to the dryness.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin in body, with a crisp, dry mouthfeel that is highlighted even more by the minerally flavor and aroma. Very clean.

Drinkability: This would make a good session brew. It's a bit one-sided, with the Munich malt taking most of the attention, but still manages to please.

MJR, Aug 22, 2003
Photo of Dcbelkot
4/5  rDev +14%

Dcbelkot, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of Gusler
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%

The color translucent amber color with the head pythonic in size, spumous in texture and the color a very light tan as it slowly disintegrates a thick and clinging sheet of lace is formed upon the glass. Sweet malt dominates the front of this nose, under lying is a slight lime like aroma, crisp, clean and refreshing to the senses, start is lightly sweet, adequately malted, top is light in feel. Finish is strict in its acidity, the hops present but unassuming in their spiciness, quite dry and lingering aftertaste, a drinkable beer from a favorite brewery, may need to sample a few of these to get a real feel for them, but a light as it is, a good lawnmower beer, nuttin’ wrong with that.

Gusler, Jan 08, 2004
Photo of Zorro
3.58/5  rDev +2%

Pours a clear red to copper colored ale with an off white head.

Smell is malty with a toasted cracker scent and a slight buttery scent. Fainter herbal hops and caramel aromas detected.

Taste is sweet with the strong malty flavor that you smell in the nose. The cracker malt flavor is in the taste in full force and is joined by a good herbal hop finish. After the first few sips the malt flavor tones down quite a bit and the fruity flavors and hops take over to make this still a malty ale but much better balanced with a nice nutty flavor.

Mouthfeel is average.

A very pleasant session ale here. This is tasty and mild and a good choice for bringing to a party to finesse a macro drinker in to a better world of beer.

Zorro, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of Reidrover
2.95/5  rDev -16%

Bought this in a brown 12ozer bottle with no "best before" date.
MM the appearance is pretty par for the course with other "copper" ales it is a coppery colour, with almost no head to mention..though it does retain a smallish lace around the glass..seems very "fizzy".
Smell is pretty good though not great..though less hoppy than most NW brews
Taste I am afraid is very average, maybe its just me I always seem to rate Bridgeport brews as not very tasty. just a strange bitterness to it after swallowing though its not Cascade Hops bitterness..not appetizing.
The mouth feel is exscessivlly carbonated..its too much
all in all an average beer..I will not buy again

Reidrover, Feb 26, 2003
Photo of 67cuda
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%

This beer pours a nice copper color, with a small white head. It smelled a bit sweet, with a little bit of hops, but the smell as a whole was not very powerful. This beer tasted a bit sweet, with a bit of a tart finish, but all the flavors were fairly mild overall. Not a bad taste, but there is certainly better out there. The mouthfeel is a bit better than I was expecting; the flavors linger for a while in the mouth, and there is more body than the mild smell had made me expect; I wish the rest of the beer matched this. It's a very drinkable beer, possibly a good way to start someone's road away from macro swill, but there are definetly better APA's to be found.

67cuda, Oct 31, 2005
Photo of jjkatter
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

jjkatter, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

cdwil, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of sinistersteve
2.95/5  rDev -16%

I normaly grab Bridgeport's IPA almost by instinct when I go to the local grocer to purchase beer, but on this night I thought I would try something different, Pintail Ale. Being a product of Bridgeport I knew my decision couldn't have been a bad one, could it? Well, I could have done a lot worse but I think I'm just spoiled with the IPA. The aroma of the Pintail isn't bad and the taste is pretty malty. Being a hophead, I'm screaming for a more hoppy aftertaste. This isn't the worst beer I've ever had, but chances are that I will continue down the beer aisle and stick with the IPA.

sinistersteve, Aug 16, 2002
Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.65/5  rDev +4%

Tasted on 3rd October 2005. 12 fl oz (355 ml) bottle, no "best by" date to be found.

Poured a copper coloured body topped by a thin off-white head. Head receded quite quickly, but small bubbles continued to form to leave a thin lacing effect.

Smell was subtle, a mild hops with some malt and fruit. Tasted quite nice, though not a complex of flavours (buttery); a bit light. Mouthfeel was somewhat syrupy.

Could easily be enticed to drink a few of these.

JohnfromDublin, Oct 03, 2005
Photo of BeerBard
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%

Tasty treat from Portland brought back as a souvenir. Wish I could have had one draft up there, but the bottle will have to do. Copper-colored, of course. Small head and no significant lacing. Taste isn't all that forward, but that gives it the ability to go the distance for those thrsty few out there who need to replenish without killing their taste buds. It's a good beer, and my moderate score may not do it justice.

BeerBard, Nov 05, 2003
Photo of Zraly
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured a fair coppery-amber with a tannish head. Clear in appearance and has nice lacing. Notes of fruit and malt in the smell, slight undertone of fresh hops.

Initial flavors are sugary and toffee-ish. Also notes of fruit and the hops just add a small bite of bitter. Overall, it is light-medium bodied. The finish has a strange, citrusy tang to it. Interesting.

I find this to be a curious pale ale. Not great, but certainly enjoyable. I wouldn't complain if someone offered me another one :) I'm gonna drink it and watch the rain fall here in Washington.

Zraly, Aug 15, 2003
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%

Poured into pint glass.
A good color...dare I say copper? Brown/red/yellow. I wish it had a deeper head; thin, little lacing.
Aroma had malt and hops; weird though as they never balance...you smell one or the other.
Taste was not great, but not bad. Starts with smooth malt, some dark fruit then hits the hops and more of a sweeter tone. No aftertaste which makes what you just tasted seem light.
A nice micro...nothing eccentric, but more diverse than macro

Mebuzzard, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of beertaster13
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%

Pours a very rustic looking orangish yellow with a very nice frothy white head that stays throughout, not much lacing left on glass as you drink. Smells of citrus oj and hints of banana and mango, slight molasses/caramel brings up the rear. Taste is of zesty lemon and lime with great citrus aftertones. The pinepapple/mango is a great sweetness to the balance of the bitter buttery hop. A medium bodied ale, very refreshing, would drink again.

beertaster13, Jun 08, 2004
Photo of beerguy101
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%

Gold-copper color, medium head. Aroma is malty and fruity. A medium bodied pale ale. Malts are nutty and sweet. Hops are spicy and grapefruity. Rather aggressively hopped. Smooth lighter flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

beerguy101, Aug 03, 2003
Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

harpus, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of BeerManDan
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%

When poured, it was a golden amber with a medium amout of foam. The smell was of a sweet citrus and fruit. The taste was a sort of a watermelon flavor with the citrus to smooth out the sweetness. The lace on the glass never left even after the last sip. Sweetness and bitterness was well balanced. If you looking for a hoppy flavor, this is not the beer.

BeerManDan, Jan 11, 2003
Photo of HiroProtagonist
4/5  rDev +14%

Bridgport Pintail Ale was served from a 12 oz. bottle. In a pint glass, the beer was beaming copper hue, with a small white and nice lacing. The nose was pleasantly citric, zippy, and quite enticing. The taste presented a soft and mellow malt base that was decorated with a lively lemony lime citric transition into a lightly bitter finish that held lingering limon citrus and a touch of sweetness. The flavor was satisfying but quite mellow, making this a great hot weather quencher. The body was full and very smooth, and the extra carbonation worked well with the citrus effects. Well done and refreshing.

HiroProtagonist, Feb 20, 2004
Photo of tavernjef
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%

Lighter copper color, clear body, small thin off-white cap, little lacing. Aroma is a bit on the fruity side with some melon, a bit of citrus tones from hops and slight pine, buttery sweet and clean, but a bit too sweet, more hop tones needed I think. Taste is much better, but not a bad drinker, sweetly fruity with more then enough malts, melon-like, pears and dull apples mark the flavors mostly, some hoppy things approach the finish with a bit of grassy spice and pine but lacks depth with a very mild little bite. Feel is shy of medium with a lower carbonation and malty sweetening thats a bit sticky upfront but it drys out some for the finish. Not a bad drinker, just a slightly better then average pale with more of a malt rendered approach which may suit some, but not I said me.

tavernjef, May 30, 2004
Photo of kbub6f
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%

There are two fingers of creamy-white, fine, soft foam on top of the almost perfectly clear, dull copper beer. Small spots of lacing with a couple of swoops. It smells caramely, a little tangy and roasty. The front is fruity with apples leading to a tangy, caramel+fruit middle. The beer finishes very tangy with more apples. It's quite bitter. This is a decent, tangy, caramel, amber ale with strong apple highlights.

kbub6f, Aug 26, 2004
Photo of woemad
4/5  rDev +14%

Bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane. Billed as a "copper ale." Hopefully no copper mining tailings were used in the making of this beer. Poured a "copper" color with a small white head that vanished fairly quickly, although a ring of foam remained throughout the beer's tenure in my glass. Smell was of floral hops with a tinge of honey. Taste was tangy, but still rather mild.Mild maltiness seems pretty well balanced with the subdued hoppiness.The finish was crisp, but didn't loiter around afterwards. It kind of reminded me of a Fuller's ESB. Pleasing mouthfeel, slightly thicker than I expected. While not being something I would truly savor with every taste, I would expect this would be a nice session beer.

woemad, Oct 17, 2003
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Pintail Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
81 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.