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Bridgeport IPA - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Bridgeport IPABridgeport IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

976 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 976
Reviews: 522
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 37
Gots: 83 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-17-2001

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Ratings: 976 | Reviews: 522
Photo of beergoot
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brilliant gold colored body; thick, rocky, sticky head; slight yeast hazinesss. Pungent hop aroma; old citrus fruit and pine sap; some caramel notes. Juicy sweet flavor; grapefruit; dull hop bitterness that builds to a strong, lingering finish. Medium-heavy body; mild raspiness on the palate; dry finish.

A very nice (and probably under-appreciated) west coast IPA. The flavor depth and complexity come across in a well-rounded manner. Yes, indeedy...a fine little IPA discovery...

Photo of pianoguy
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Recently this has become a go to IPA for me...

Pours a hazy golden body with a fluffy white 1 inch+ head. Great lacing

The familiar floral smell of hops and some yeast

The taste it what set this one apart. The complex hop taste is a little different then most IPA's . It has a hoppy bitterness right up front that smooths out... and then comes back as an aftertaste that inspires that ahhh sound that a beer drinker makes after a good sip of beer !

Nice crisp feel

Overall a very nice IPA .
There are IPA's that taste fruity, and there are IPA's that taste hoppy . If you like your IPA hoppy and a little bitter you will like this one.

Photo of Gagerbot1
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yummy ipa have had better but not bad

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.02/5  rDev +5%

Appearance - Pours copper in color, huge off white head and leaves monstrous lacing! The sediment is a nice touch!
Smell - Not bad, but not great. Floral, piney notes come through towards the end of the glass.
Taste - A good tasting IPA, but several out there are better.
Feel - Good hop bitterness and decent carbonation.
Overall - Fantastic for the price point ($6.99)/6 pack) and wonderful to look at! Plenty IPA's that I would prefer, however.

Photo of buschbeer
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 FLUID OUNCE bottle
Served in a tulip glass

L - It is amber with golden highlights. There is suspended yeast in it. It is topped with three inches of off-white head.

S - I get a medicinal smell with some earthy and citrus aromas.

T - The taste is much the same. It is unique.

F - Medium

O - This is a weird IPA. I am glad I tried it for the flavor experience. It is unlike any IPA I have had before. It is medicinal and earthy with a little citrus and pine. It has left me kind of speechless.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, herbal hop, and slight nail polish remover aromas. Taste is much the same with pine, herbal hop, and slight floral flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop and floral bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an odd nail polish remover aroma, but the flavors are solid.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of SitkaSteve
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When fresh, this stuff kicks butt. If after three months, my recommendation, don't drink.
Okay, well here's the rest.
I poured this into a pint glass. The appearance was a nice looking hazy amber to orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light simple speckled lacing.
The smell had a nice sweet spicy citrus hops with a light burnt - ness to the hops.
The taste was mainly sweet with a crafted spicy to roasty / is that burnt hops?
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the palate. It does have a decent sessionability about it.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good sessionable AIPA that I could have again.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Julian code reads 09347 (i.e. bottled on April 3, '14)

Appearance - Pours a hazy amber orange with an off-white finger width head. Fair retention results in a broken layer of suds across the surface. Lacing is fair, mostly spotty, and holds with good stick.

Smell - Equal notes of orange hop character and bready malts, along with some peppery spice.

Taste - Follows the nose. Orange notes and a bitey, peppery spice backed by an enormous amount of bready maltiness. Hints of pine in the finish to ride along with a low level of orange pith bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with a fair to lively level of carbonation. Goes down easy with a nice, crisp, semi-dry finish.

Overall - This may have been an amazing IPA back in 1995, but times have changed. Most would consider this an APA by today's standards, and I couldn't disagree. It's a really nice, drinkable beer, but nothing close to what's expected of the style in this age of hop bomb madness; truly a victim of time.

Photo of admiral
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A classic American IPA - solid!

aroma: Big pine with orange and grapefruit

taste: pine, orange, grapefruit, pepper, spice, orange peel with slight white wine and a malt and slight honey backbone. As it opens up, becomes smooth and tastes start to soften: becomes sweeter overall.

Very nice IPA, very American and enjoyable to drink.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #68 (Spetember 2012):

LOOK: Mild haze, golden glow, three fingers of head

SMELL: Floral, pineapple, passion fruit, juicy, pungent, biscuity, yeast, mild caramel, spicy

TASTE: Very fresh, wildflowers, bitter, rustic, yeast, juicy, slightly pungent, orange pith, pineapple skin, melon, leafy, dried grass, slightly biscuity; long, lingering, hoppy finish

How could you not be drawn into the raw nature of this brew? It’s a bit “in your face” … a trait that has not changed over the years. Many layers for an IPA—we want to quaff this one back and dissect it at the same time. Our palates are happy to bask in this beer.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint.
5.5% ABV

A - Delicately hazed, the beer is clearly unfiltered but without chunky particles floating throughout. Raw honey colored, this IPA is completely with a plush white head that maintains it's composure nicely while leaving ring after ring of lacing on the pint.

S - Bright and ethereal, BridgePort's IPA has a tantalizing hop aroma that's anything but conservative. The fragrant floral notes waft in with a congregation of flowers like a springtime garden with juiced citrus showers gently raining down. Lemon oil, sweet orange peel, and grapefruit pulp wash over the still pale malt backbone. Given a swirl, the beer releases just a squeeze of earthy grass and resin on the finish.

T - Maintaining it's overall earthy presence through each aspect of the flavor, BridgePort's IPA starts with grass and resin notes but transitions quickly into a blanket of floral pedals with pronounced remarks of citrus on the finish, all balanced nicely by non-intrusive malt.

M - Lingering dry hoppy bitterness finishes off this IPA but not before it's smooth body and delicate carbonation provide a welcome drinking experience that, as a whole, begs for sip after sip.

O - This complex IPA from BridgePort flutters from citrus to grassy and resin-like hop notes but remains floral-forwards, blanketing the simple base of pale malt. The bright profile of this beer keeps it airy and drinkable, full of flavor for a nice sessionable IPA!

Photo of bmwats
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

a: deep opaque golden. pours a 1+ finger foamy white head. settles slowly, unevenly, and incompletely leaving some dry residue as it does. dry sticky spider web lacing.
s: pine resin

t: bitter with a large dose of lemon pith.

m: crisp hop bite. feels a little shallow. with a dry biting finish that lingers on the palate.

d: bitter but nearly sessionable.

atmosphere is really nice. dark golden hue, solid foamy head, and persistent lacing. nose sweetly piney. shallow hop bite, plenty of citrus pith. overall this is a pretty good quaff.

Photo of JohnnyJam
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a six-pack and I was thinking that I had this before and it was fairly good. After I tasted it I was sadly aware that I was mistaken. I have never had this beer before.

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle with a freshness date (15838 which means nothing) into a pint glass and got 1 1/2 fingers of head.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with 1 1/2 fingers of head that dissipates at a moderate rate to leave a covering on the top of my glass that lasts to the end. Lots of nice sticky lace from start to finish.

S: Some yeast and malt. That's it and where are the hops?

T: It's balanced and that being said: Where are the hops? Isn't this an IPA? Taste of malt and some mild bitterness of some piney hops. It finishes a little bitter.

M: A little more than medium bodied and medium carbonation. It is easy to drink and goes down good.

O: First of all I have to say that I was disappointed with this beer. It really doesn't have that IPA hop blast that I was expecting and hoping for. That being said, I like it. I would have it again but it has more malt taste than I prefer and less hop explosion that I thought I would get. It's not my favorite but I would have it again. I think that any brewery that does not put a readable date code on their product is stupid!

Photo of BMMillsy
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at an Inidan restaurant in Seattle. Gold pour with medium creamy white head. Slight floral aroma with a hint of citrus, not bad. Taste is stale hops--I assume this has been sitting a while--but not bad by any means. Not a lot of malt in the background, but I like the lightness of it with my food. Light mouthfeel and easy to drink. Run of the mill.

Photo of LXIXME
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Decent medium sized off white head settles into a nice lacing above a clear well carbonated honey golden colored IPA.

Soapy citrus hops aroma.

Light oranges to citrus hops taste with some of the carbonation coming through, reminds me of a soda.

Light dryish aftertaste with a bit of the carbonated citrus tastes remaining behind with this medium bodied beer.

Citrus taste settles towards oranges a bit, seems a little over carbonated to be or at least to my liking.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at First Street Draught House in Winston-Salem, NC

A: Pours a hazy medium burnt orange in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and some golden yellow + apricot highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a medium to large patch of thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/orange, pine, and herbal hops with a lighter aroma of caramel malt sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of caramel malt sweetness that is quickly followed by the flavors of the hops - citrus/orange, pine, and herbal (almost medicinal). Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness which is initially kind of sharp.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: A little too bitter and medicinal in the finish makes this beer a little tough to be drink easily. Rather average for an IPA in my opinion - I will not be seeking this one out again.

Photo of soju6
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy bronze color with a fairly large head that fades to ample lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus and pine with some floral notes and bit of malt sweetness.

T: Taste of pine, bit of citrus with mild malt sweetness and bit of fresh grain. Nice bitterness with a fairly dry finish and just bit of lingering hops.

F: Medium body, crisp, smooth with a nice character and well balanced.

O: Enjoyable beer for the style without being over hopped.

Photo of ssteakley
2.63/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

I am new to this sight but have drank my share of beer in my 62 years. I love IPA's and being new to Seattle plan on learning more about Beer than just drinking. After tasting several of the local region brews this one is a bit disappointing. Bland not at all interesting. Did ok with some spicy food though. Will not buy again.

Photo of ev4life
3.01/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Overall disappointing and I will not buy again given another IPA choice. Mouth feel is flat and dull and taste is weak and bitter with little flavor power. It is fairly smooth but lacks depth and character. I was bored after a few sips. Alcohol content of 5.5% may have something to do with the poor showing for flavor, but others have successfully navigated this issue (ie. Founders All Day IPA)

Photo of kojevergas
2.96/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

5.5% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with straightforward label art acquired as part of Bridgeport's variety 12-pack box in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are somewhat high given its current ratings.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger wide head of white colour. Decent creaminess. Average thickness. No lacing. Retention is pretty good - about 4+ minutes.

Body colour is a murky orange-copper of below average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Pretty standard fare for the style.

Sm: Floral hops, dominant citrus (orange, grapefruit) esters, apricot, clementine, pale malts, and juicy fruit character. Clean barley. Fresh and inviting. Quite fruity. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Peach. A very appealing aroma of moderate strength.

T: Citrusy hop character dominates, with clementine and orange coming through most. Juicy apricot and peach. Pale malts. Pilsner malts. Clean barley. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. A nice balance of hops and malts. Floral hop character is subsidiary to the fruity esters here. A bit too sweet. Slightly grainy. Decent complexity and subtlety, but it's far from impressive. It does have an off-putting orange juice off-note that I'm none too keen on. Average flavour duration, intensity, and depth.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Juicy. A bit crisp. Slightly oily. Overcarbonated. Suits the flavour profile generally well. Okay body. Nice thickness.

Dr: Drinkable but ultimately somewhat forgettable for the style. I like the fruit emphasis and it's an interesting approach to an IPA, but the execution falls short of the potential of the premise. I'll happily kill the three bottles included in the variety box, but it's by no means a fantastic brew. Worth trying for fans of the style.

C

Photo of BeerDocT
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to reviewing this bottle conditioned bad boy. Dedicated to my old pal, Witt Mills, who lived in Portland for a time.

Appearance 3.75: Beautiful golden color and a hazy, opaque gold at that. There is just something about an opaque (i.e. non-translucent) beer. Smallish head, but this is probably because of the bottle conditioning.

Smell 3.50: Nice bouquet, but very subdued. This is a theme among the Bridgeport beers and is interesting to note. Usually, this subdued smell belies a big, bold taste.

Taste 4.0: The one word I can think of to describe this beer is "smooth." Front is dry, with a slight grapefruit taste. Middle is also somewhat dry, but there is a huge rush of light caramel and barley followed by very refreshing middle-palate hops that bring a delicious citrus and piney taste with them. Finish is short, dry and tasty. Lots of very subdued hop flavor palates on display. Aftertaste is medium length and, surprisingly, focuses more on the grains than the hop tastes!

Mouthfeel 4.0: Smooth, balanced and refreshing. The bottle conditioning really pushes this beer up to a different level than its peers.

Overall 4.0: Outstanding IPA. You could even call this "The IPA for people who hate IPAs." All the hop flavors are well-balanced and smooth (again!). The pervasive dryness allows this beer to hit flavor profiles which other IPAs miss. This beer is excellent with food, but one caveat: I really and honestly do not see it being sessionable. I just cannot see knocking back 4 or 5 of these expertly crafted brews in one night. You might speak with a British accent afterward if you did. If you find this beer, try it.

Photo of Hoptron_3000
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy orange hue. Tiny soapy head. Bottle conditioned.
S: Faint orange. Some bready malt.
T: A little bitterness. Malt and bitterness are balanced but not much of either.
M: Crisp finish.
O: This is alright but I think this is an old bottle as the aroma and flavours are very muted.

Photo of ClassicallyTrained
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was the IPA flavor I was looking for when I tried Hop Czar (also from Bridgeport) out of their Beervarna mixed pack. Great nose and upfront citrus hop flavor. A very fresh flavor throughout the whole bottle which was very refreshing. This was a very West Coast IPA with more citrus than Floral/Earthy hops.

I would buy this one again and would like to try it on draft to since I was very impressed at how well it stood up in bottled form.

Photo of RTitus
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased in a mixed six pack in Memphis 5.5% abv. No freshness date.

A: Hazy dull orange. One finger of off-white head, good lacing, still has good film halfway through glass.

S: Floral and Citrus with a bready undersmell. Hints of grass

T: Hop bite on the tongue. Dry but not overly so. Taste almost perfectly matches the smell. Citrus, Floral, and Pine resin. Good mouth, a little oily, good carbonation.

This is without a doubt the best balanced IPA I have ever had. Some others are hoppier or stronger, but this melds all the elements of the style in an almost perfect package. I am a fan of the southern craft brewers, but the PNW still seems to be the leader of the craft beer scene.

Photo of Fatehunter
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A finger and half of foamy head on a hazy, medium straw colored body.
The aroma is lemon, pine and a little peppercorn.
The taste is moderately bitter with a nice malt sweetness to round it out well. Great balance with no edges.
The texture is smooth with moderate carbonation.
A great IPA, nice hop profile with the perfect balance to make it a drinker.

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Bridgeport IPA from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
86 out of 100 based on 976 ratings.