Bridgeport IPA - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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Reviews by kindestcut:
4.38/5 rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I truly believe that the issue with the Bridgeport IPA is flavor vs. size. Bridgeport did not create a huge IPA here as is the growing trend with American IPAs. Thus, it's obvious that people are going to say this beer lacks flavor. I believe that is not the case at all. There is plenty of flavor here. However, this is not a hop monster and lacks the bitterness that many IPA lovers have come to expect. It doesn't make this beer bland. It just doesn't drop a hop bomb in your mouth.
The beer pours a murky gold with a vibrant white head that leaves a nice lace as it withdraws. The aroma is very pleasant, dominated by floral hops with a hint of fruit.
And then there's the taste. Again, if you're expecting a quadruple hopped beast then move along. However, this is a special beer, a bottle conditioned IPA. The emphasis here is on flavor and you won't find many beers that taste like this one. There is a nice hop bitterness that is balanced by a maltiness that cuts the bitter bite.
However, it's the bottle conditioned nature of this beer that makes it interesting. There is an obvious taste of yeast that might surprise many IPA lovers. Personally, I think it makes this beer a nice change of pace instead of just one in a long line of similar attempts at the style.
Serving type: bottle
04-24-2010 03:16:49 | More by kindestcut
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3.83/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-26-2014 03:24:57 | More by TheSixthRing
Bridgeport IPA from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
86 out of 100 based on 884 ratings.