Bridgeport IPA - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Bridgeport IPABridgeport IPA

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992 Ratings

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Ratings: 992
Reviews: 527
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 38
Gots: 92 | 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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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off thanks to my buddy hoppedup for the heads up on this beer,pours a slightly hazy peach color with a nice tight one finger gead leaving a sheet of lace behind.This beer is from Portland and its shown in the aroma big pine and citrus-grapefruit with just enough nutty malt to let you know its there,flavors as well citrusy hop dominated but there is a big malty backbone to hold up to the citrus and pine hoppiness to make this if not balanced at least highly drinkable.A nice new find here in Greensboro,a hoppy IPA to get the hop fix.

Photo of RoyalT
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Nice, light, cloudy orange in color with a big head that went down slowly and left a little bit of lacing on my Ruination glass.

Smell – There’s a good biscuit malt balance to this hoppy NW IPA. The hop aroma is led by some sharp, slightly-spiced citrus along with a tinge of grapefruit.

Taste – The balancing malt leads off the taste followed closely by the sharp hops. The two flavors mix well with the lingering grapefruit and granny apples.

Mouthfeel – This is the ale’s strong point, IMO. It is very smooth with a subtle yet bitter hop bite that gets the saliva glands in high gear. This one is definitely medium-bodied with a very crisp mouthfeel.

Drinkability – This is a classic NW IPA that’s worth a look if you’re in the area.

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 Beaver13
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a glowing golden with lots of tiny yeasties. The head is a large frothy white that retains and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is slightly sweet, earthy malts and very grassy, almost metallic, hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts leading to a subdued english hop finish. There are some metallic, slightly skunky notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a good amount of carbonation - slightly sharp.

Overall, a good English IPA. I prefer the over the top American style, but this is a nice change of pace.

Photo of Jason
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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: Sizeable frothy off white head leaves a web like trail down the glass, weathered and mildly hazed golden hue.

Smell: Hints of alcoholic esters, fruitiness from both the yeast and hops with a some biscuity grain thrown in there for extra measure.

Taste: Smooth and creamy mouth feel from the bottle conditioning showing a complex texture. Bitterness from the hops, fruitiness and a well rounded maltiness seem melded together in an almost seamless way. Hops are earthy in flavour, yeast drops a nuttiness on the tongue, esters are even with fruity undertones and malt is stable with a biscuity flavour throughout. Bitter finish as the brew dries on the palate.

Notes: Not as big compared to the many American IPAs but certainly just as flavourful. The best attribute about this brew is that it is bottle conditioned and by far adds more complexity than the usual American IPA. A nice spicy curry dish would go great or even a plate of buffalo wings.

Here are some notes of when we had this beer on tap at the brewery back in 08-14-1998:

Amber in colour with a fine white lace. Very slight chill haze is evident A complex mix of bread, hop leaf, grain and pale malt aromas with a hint of yeast. An up-front bitterness and a full semi citrusy hop oil flavour sit atop a fruity, dry malt, bready and caramel palate that is just as complex as the aroma. This brew is somewhat balanced but between the complexities and making the hops shine though bring it to be a fine IPA. 5.5% abv and 2 lbs of hops per barrel.

Photo of tjthresh
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Barley’s. Very nice Cascade aroma, with some sweet malts to back it up. Poured a hazy yellow/orange with a snow white head. Pleasant Cascade flavor with just the right bitterness. A bit thin with some harsh carbonation. Slightly astringent. Best beer of the day.

Photo of warriorsoul
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to 1hopmontster for this one...have been looking forward to this one since we started talking up a trade...did not disappoint.
Pours a cloudy, golden orange color with a full finger of snowy, bright white head that sticks around for most of the pint...and produces some impressive striated lace.
Bitter, piney hops in the nose...a touch of malt in the mix as it warms.
The taste is fantastic...sweet malt shines through to balance this offering out perfectly. Tons of resiny hops in the flavor, yet hitting me more like a hopped up English style IPA.
Mouthfeel is slightly above average and the carbonation makes this highly quaffable. Finishes bitter but not dry and the hops linger on the pallet with incredible flavor, yet not sweet.
Have to add this one to my handful of exceptional IPA's that would find it's way into constant rotation if only if it was available in my can only hope I will find this one again in my travels.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With AKSmokedPorter and PhantomVodoo, I got a few of these from the group shipment we made this year.

Starting off, a nice golden color with rapdily-disappearing foam. Hoppy aroma, but not too much. I, too, expected a more distinct bitterness from the hops. Good balance of hops and malt. Very easy to drink more than one, it has a crisp mouthfeel with that really pleases.

Photo of magictrokini
2.82/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Unimpressed. Pours orange-tan cloudy due to the brewer's yeast in the bottle. Aroma is great; hoppy, citrus, and piney. The taste is soap. Minor hops, some citrus and pine, but primarily soap. It reminds me of the cleaning product Simple Green. Would not recommed this IPA if you like West Coast IPA's.

Photo of Bamabrew22
4.62/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a pint of this not too long ago at the Barking Kudu on Lakeview. Really nice, tasty IPA.

Appearance - Beautifull liquid gold look to it with a well-crafted and lacey head. Nicely presented beer. The kind you'd take home to mom on a first date.

Smell - Deep hops smell throughout with a spicy-floral aroma that makes you want to swan-dive into.

Taste - Heavy hops bite grabs you from the start and never lets go. Spicy and fruity flavors, hinting of citrus fruits and cloves.

Mouthfeel - a well developed feel to it, like you've really got something in your mouth. Soft, yet dense, resist the temptation to chew.

Drinkability - Goes down smooth with enough of a mesmerizing hoppiness the keep you coming back for more. Excellent IPA.

Photo of WeymouthMike
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer and think this is a perfect example of an American
IPA on all levels. This is so well balanced in this world of over hoppy IPAs that are on the market now. Super smooth and the right amount of malt gave this a great mouthfeel which would make drinking a few of these an easy task to do on a nice summer's day.

Photo of fivehoursfree
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: light head, no lace, golden.

S: floral and fruity.

T: Citrus Rind and a noticeable, but low malt flavor

M: Light, but overcarbed.

O: Another middle of the pack IPA, it may even be somewhere between a PA and IPA. Call it a PA.5.
Good to drink though.

Photo of sammy44
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good IPA and good drinking beer. Served from a bottle with a careful pour to leave as much sediment behind as possible. Holding the bottle up to the light you can see some yeast still floating around in the bottle so not all will settle out.

Pours a slightly hazy copper with a white fluffy head. Head tries to lace a little on the way down.

Smell is of citrusy and piney hops with a little bit of other fruit smell in there as well. Malty sweetness is at a minimal.

The taste is a bit unbalanced but it is an IPA. There is a flash of sweetness up front then a blast of lemon zest hops. The flavor does not linger but is gone with a dry feeling on the mouth.

An OK session beer. A good IPA that is not too over the top.

Photo of Thrasher
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled at the BridgePort brewhouse in NW Portland not long before they shut down for most of 2005 for renovations. (Brewery operations will remain intact but the pub is being redone.) I was pleased and surprised to find it was served at the right temperature! Not too cold, as is a frequent complaint with BP's cask beers. From an imperial pint glass, the IPA shone a bright sunny bronze with a slight haziness and a small but determined head. I couldn't detect much in the way of aroma, but the beer contained a light sweet malt element like the crust of white bread. A big hop flavor quickly usurped the brew, with largely citric flavors (not just grapefruit but a big slice of lemon, too, substantially more than I've typically found in hoppy brews). The hops also contained some grassiness, perhaps a trace of aloe, seaweed, dune grass, and even more exotic flavors like sesame and green tea. The leafiness lingered on the tongue, and while there was some bitterness, the IPA is not nearly as tart as one would expect. Serving it from a firkin may be responsible for smoothing out the beer. In a town with many fine beer options, cask-conditioned BridgePort IPA remains a top choice.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.73/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

One of the old favorites for sure, had lots of this stuff. A darker than average ipa, bordering on brown at times, a little bit of head. Smell of pungent Euro hops.

Taste, a good dallop of wood and malt to balance this and keep it PacNW and traditionally British at the same time. Nice touch, not really too bitter for an ipa, but it does display the hop mouthfeel despite the relative presence of darker malts and under average bitterness. Very drinkable. Price can vary, but is usually within this beer's worth it for the quality 1range. $7-8.

EDIT: Damn, this beer has went downhill. Picked up a 6 pack. It was like drinking lemon pledge. Its like they substituted hops for lemon. Original rating: 3.5/4/4/4/4

Photo of ADR
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy bright orange color, less than full amber. White pillowy head, holds some shapes and sticks at over 1/4 of an inch after a minute of settling. Laces in downward pointing strands. Hops dominate the smell, lurk with fruitiness but expressing a delicate orange blossom tone. Body is lighter and the bottle conditioned carbonation is muted and kind of nice. Starts out with hops accompanying dry bready malts early. There is slightly more juiciness to th ehops here, not scouring but leaning toward a gentle orange rind with just a touch of pith. In some ways, an understated example but actually well-crafted in style without being laden with standard American IPA "tricks".

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Glowing orange amber hue with a nice creamy textured off white cream head leaves behind thick collar of lacing very nice. Aroma: Citrus scented hop aroma very clean biscuit malt sweetness also present, nice. Taste: Biscuit malts bready tone added from the bottle conditioning along with a very nice hoppy bite in the finish consisting of a clean zesty dose of hops. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but light and fluffy mouthfeel very nice beer here. Drinkability: Excellent hop to see this beer one day make it to the Pittsburgh area on tap, that would be nice very tasty a bit mild but overall very drinkable.

Photo of chrisms86
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I'll admit I'm not too familiar with IPAs, but this is one great beer. The taste is basic: bitter, slightly sweet, and even sour but beyond that there is nothing more complex. This beer earns points for its mouthfeel, thick with only a bit of carbonation. Highly recommended.

Photo of ByTor2112
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice pale almost orange color. One finger head that hangs for a while but I kept swirling to get that killer aroma going. Lacing was there but I kept swirling as I drank this one.
Aroma- Bold citrus and piney hop aromas.
Mouthfeel- very pleasing, some sweet malt but the aromas are transformed into a wondeful hoppy flavor profile. A nice forth heightens the citus flavors and the finish gives a nice bitterness to balance some of the sweetness. Great IPA and I've had it before, it was time to give a review. Cheers on this one!

Photo of glid02
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color with a thin head that sticks around - good lacing. It smells great - both fruity and bitter.

The first sip wasn't all that great, but it definitely comes into its own. The bitterness seems to slightly override everything, but that may just be because of the smell. All in all it's pretty well balanced. The mouthfeel is what you'd expect from an IPA.

It's a good tasting beverage, worth a shot for the price.

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 jbphoto88
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sandal brown with a cream colored frothy head that forms quick and sticks to the glass. Vigorous bubbles for on the side of the glass and travel swiftly upward. The bottle conditioning has been very effective.

Smells of citrus hops (typical of an IPA), light malts and a bread-like yeast. There is also a slight smell that I can only compare to the smell of a fine scotch. Not a super potent but it has as slight oak age smell. Or maybe I am having a stroke.

The taste is not as bold or as big as other IPA's but this beer has some nice flavor. It starts out with a nice citrus hop flavor thats not overpowering. There is some nice malts and a minor yeast bread flavor that works well with the light hops.

A fine beer thats not, knock your socks off good but is still a fine brew to swill on. Go get a sixer, its not too pricey either.

Photo of apaltrineri
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy pale amber, reminiscent of a hefeweizen, two finger off-white head with moderate lacing. Purty.

S - Lots of sweet, fruity hops in the air, hints of orange peel and pineapple. Pleasant and intriguing considering the taste is a 180 from the aroma...

T - Pretty mellow IPA bite, nice bitterness balanced well with yeasty undertones. Finish is crisp and coppery, mmm.

M - This brew has a surprisingly light and buttery-smooth feel for a hefty IPA, with the low carbonation a good balance with the body.

D - Considering the wonderful aroma and good body balance, this is a highly drinkable beer for IPA fans. Bridgeport IPA won't knock you off your socks, but it's a nice tasty IPA from one of Portland's landmark craft breweries.

Pesonally, I can find no better beer to have with a big plate of spicy nachos. Enjoy liberally!

Photo of Melchizedek
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy (more or less depending on whether you let yeast in) coppery orange, with a lovely white head built right up to the edge of the glass. Head retention is excellent, leaving sticky lace all the way down.

This smells great: up-front hoppy tartness, low-key malts in the background--the aroma is strong and downright mouthwatering but hard to pin down.

The taste is consistent with the smell, with a berry/apple tartness that gives way to bitter hops. Malts and variable yeast notes pull through thereafter, balancing the brew nicely with some bready flavors, more pronounced as the beer warms from fridge temp. The end effect is reminiscent (to me) of a blueberry muffin or bagel--the tart and bready sides complement each other beautifully. Medium body and a somewhat drying finish, leaving an aftertaste with lingering berry and hop bitterness.

This is a delicious beer, one that I would happily make a regular in my fridge. Not ridiculously pricey in FW either. I feel like the 5.5% listed ABV might not be giving enough credit, as I am feeling the alcohol after just one more than usual for brews of this strength, for whatever reason. I might be cautious about making a real session out of this one, but it's got a taste that makes me want to make each glass last.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy golden wheat color with a craggy 2 finger head that disappated to lacing that lasted the entire drink.
Aroma is a little fruity/flowery/bready from the malts with a not overpowering hops aroma.
Flavor is biscuits and flowers from the yeast and malts with a definate astringent snappy hops bite as should be in an IPA. Not overpowering hops like most American IPA's...nicely balanced...both malts and hops make theirselves known.
Mouthfeel is full from the nice bottle-conditioned carbonation with a gentle warming from alcohol as it goes down.
A very pleasant hops aftertaste lasts a long time after you swallow.
I really like this IPA....maybe the best I've had. I could definately session this one

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Bridgeport IPA from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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