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Bridgeport IPA - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

Bridgeport IPABridgeport IPA

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very good

845 Ratings

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Ratings: 845
Reviews: 517
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%

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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-17-2001)
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Photo of tbone53


5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

good beer.the bottle does not have a twist cap you must use a opener. nice amber creamy head.slight haze you cant see the brewers yeast in the bottle.taste the bitterness of the hops.even my light beer drinking daughters like this one. i highly recomend it.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2006 23:16:52 | More by tbone53
Photo of OregonDuckinTexas


4.93/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ok, sports fans (or anyone who actually reads these reviews), this is my favorite beer in the whole world. Light, crisp and with a definitely strong hop note. IMHO, Bridgeport nailed it with this IPA. For my taste, it's got a great aroma and the flavor is perfect. A lot of IPAs and many microbrews, suffer from a pretty blah after taste that I've never quite been able to figure out. In some cases, this is clearly intended to keep their beer as close to the mid-ground (think Bud) as possible while still having enough flavor to lable it IPA, Stout, or whatever. Bridgeport didn't do that. This is an honest IPA with a unique balance on the palate and great smell.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 17:23:25 | More by OregonDuckinTexas
Photo of badfetch


4.9/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is the ultimate fall-back beer. My favorite brew to come from Bridgeport Brewery.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2001 15:34:20 | More by badfetch
Photo of sinistersteve


4.88/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one is my daily drinker. Probably one of the best beers I've ever had. Nice small head on top that tends to decorate the glass with a sheething lace. Wonderful balance with a distinct citrusy after taste. Semi-cloudy copper colored. This is one hoppy beer that belongs in every hopheads top-ten list.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2003 18:38:12 | More by sinistersteve
Photo of freed


4.83/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A taste from hop-heaven. This beer has a wonderful citrus aroma, beautiful color, and compliments whatever you're eating.

The slightly hazy golden pour from the cask means there's a slightly yeastly flavor, which is why we drink cask in the first place. The maltiness is that of a typical pale ale, which suits the ale quite well.

Bridgeport has maganed to get the draft-in-a-bottle taste much better than Guinness (bless their hearts). The bottle carries the same fresh hop aroma and taste.

Serving type: cask

10-22-2002 17:04:41 | More by freed
Photo of porntipsguzzardo


4.83/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had many, many respected IPAs -- all of the standards, Stone, Pelican, the Dogfish Head 90 Minute, even the 120 Minute. But this is still my favorite, and perhaps my favorite beer in existence. Bridgeport understands something many modern brewers don't -- the value of subtlety, of balance of flavor. While so many breweries go for the limits -- the incredible extremes of taste, be it hoppiness, maltiness, bitter or sweet -- the Bridgeport IPA shows a beautiful blend of citrusy hops, bready yeast, and sweet, mellow malt, with no aspect of flavor overpowering any other. I would have this over the Ruination any day.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 04:46:01 | More by porntipsguzzardo
Photo of gwfrankpsu


4.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Overated? Bland? Flat? This is a wonderful beer, on regular tap its great with pizza and very refreshing with perhaps not the hop bite that is expected in the Northwest. From the Firkin it is great, with floral overtones and a remarkable aroma. I love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2001 18:16:35 | More by gwfrankpsu
Photo of dislogik


4.78/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is by far my favorite IPA and the benchmark by which I compare all others, and I came across it by accident while looking for a place to eat in Portland. While it is good from the bottle it seems to have a hight IBU from the tap. It has good color and aroma that has a touch of citrus. The bitterness is perfectly balanced with the flavors. Unfortunately I no longer live in Portland and have moved to a state, Nevada, that doesn't carry any of the beers from the Bridgeport Brewery, but this one is good enough to travel for. If you know of a better IPA please let me know so I can try it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2009 22:03:36 | More by dislogik
Photo of Elemental


4.72/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer three ways, cask-conditioned, on tap, and from the bottle and is definately best at the brewery cask-conditioned. The appearance is wonderful, exactly what I want from an IPA. The smell is wonderful, with a great hop aroma that has a hint od citrus in it. This is combined with a wonderful taste that leaves the mouth wanting more. The beer is dry with just a hint of sweetness that is perfectly coupled with a lite citrus flavor. Overall a wonderful beer that is great for all events.

Serving type: cask

03-15-2003 19:31:21 | More by Elemental
Photo of RBorsato


4.7/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasted at the BridgePort Brewing Co./Brewpub in Portland, OR on 06/15/06.

Nice bright golden color with a decent off-white head. Aroma was full of beautiful citrusy/grapefruit NW hops. Flavor was pretty much the same without being bitter at all. Perfect balance of hops and malts. Medium bodied and smooth with a nice hoppy finish.

A wonderful example of the NW IPA style - God bless NW hops !!

Per BB website:
Natural-conditioning. Five hop varieties.
ABV: 5.5%, OG: 13.5, IBUs: 50
Silver - American Style Pale Ale - GABF - 1999
Gold - Classic English Style Pale Ale - GABF - 1997

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2006 18:48:28 | More by RBorsato
Photo of SloMoSlovak

New Mexico

4.7/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

No beer finds its way into my bar fridge more often than this one. I don't think this one is the "truest" example of the IPA style, with the big hops and alchohol that enabled kegs of it to survive their arduous sea journey from Great Britain to the colonies. I'm sure a lot of serious hopheads probably think it's a lightweight IPA, preferring the over-the-top bitterness or higher ABV of some of the more aggressive offerings out there, but for me, I think this one's close to perfect.

Pours a crystal clear pale amber in the glass, topped by a creamy two-finger head that fades pretty quickly. Hop presence makes itself felt through aroma and flavor, nicely balanced by a little malt, but with a restrained bitterness for the style. Could have a little stronger nose, I guess. Good mouthfeel, not too thin, not too chewy, effervescent, without being irritatingly fizzy.

Not really remarkable in any single characteristic, but extremely well-balanced. The ultimate session beer...I could kill off a sixer at the drop of a hat.

Still kicking myself a year later for picking up just the one case the only time I ever saw it at Costco.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2007 23:51:18 | More by SloMoSlovak
Photo of Grate


4.7/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's different than most of the IPAs I frequent . . . Widmer Bros. Red Hook, Pyramid . . .
It's really quite smooth with a nice flavor...
I usually trade off between this and Broken Halo IPA depending on price <$6> a sixer..

It seems more consistent than some. You buy a 6-pack and it tastes the same each time. Or maybe my "taster" is broken once in a while.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 10:10:06 | More by Grate
Photo of RedDiamond


4.68/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is served at the movie theater I frequent and over the years I'm sure to have consumed 100 or more pints on tap. Probably more. Probably lots more. It has never failed to satisfy and is a highly popular brew with casual beer fans in the Portland area. But I recently enjoyed a cask-conditioned imperial pint pumped from the firkin at the Bridgeport Alehouse on Hawthorne Bvld. and was stunned by how much more exquisite the cask-conditioned IPA really is.

The mouthfeel is soft and delicate, the aroma bountiful and robust. The flavor is a hophead's dream. There is great subtlety and relaxation in the cask-conditioned pint. Subtlety should never be overlooked as a profoundly desireable quality. Bridgeport IPA possesses this quality in distinctive abundance.

Note: Bridgeport IPA is the house special at the Bridgeport Alehouse on Wednesday nights.

Serving type: cask

02-11-2004 05:42:09 | More by RedDiamond
Photo of wmthorne


4.68/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Drinking this on tap at my favorite local spot.

Pours a golden orange color with a finger of head and lots and lots of carbonation bubbles.

I pick up grapefruit hops on the first smell and taste.

I tried this on the recommendation of the bar manager and it was a great call. Can't beat quality beers @ $2

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2009 23:01:55 | More by wmthorne
Photo of jasonjlewis


4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm new to the style but man was this beer balanced. I love it!

Appearance: cloudy browish gold color with nice head retention.

Smell: Biscuity, citrusy almost smell, esters come through.

Taste: Remarkably smooth, I read 2 lbs of hops in each barrel. That's amazing that it's this balanced. Nice easy going beer. I think acheived what they were going for, a smooth IPA. It's not crazy and wild, it's just remarkable smooth and crisp. Has a creamy taste. The malts and hops are well balanced. It's remarkable how balanced this beer is. Sort of biscuity as well.

Mouthfeel: The natural carbonation that is in this beer makes a mouthfeel that is incredible. Very crisp naturall carbonation.

Drinkability. Can't get anymore drinkable than this. I could down these all night long. This is a sessionable IPA.

Notes: More of an english style IPA

Serving type: cask

07-25-2006 00:28:36 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of mmmbeer


4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, conditioned, with no freshness date. The body pours a hazy/sedimented topaz, with low carbonation and a half-inch of khaki head that leaves nice lacing, but reduces to nothing by the end. Lots of hops in the nose, contributing citric, earthy, floral and perfumy notes on top of lightly vinous malts - good, but could be more aromatic. The beer is delicious, with complex hops that add to the bouquet notes of peppery spiciness, sea salt, and some citrus. Not only is the taste exquisite, but the mouthfeel is perfect - smooth and well-carbonated, medium to full, and so dry. The beer rolls over the tongue smoothly and the conditioning creates carbonation that persists throughout and allows you to almost chew the beer - very nice. Such a tasty IPA, with flavors of noble and American hops, and the conditioning adds a wonderful dimension to this exceptional beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2007 02:21:41 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of OlRasputin989


4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy golden brew with foam of tiny bubbles. fades to leave lacing on the edge of the glass

S: earthy piney, lemon grapefruit notes being mostly sweet

T: very delicate hops flavors that are less overpowering like some IPAs. sweet lemon meringue and banana bread flavors. leaves a lemony-bready aftertaste

M: very bubbly entry that goes down smooth and leaves a slight but plesant drying of the mouth.

Overall, a very nice IPA. Doesn't concentrate on the boldness of the hops as much as it does the sweetness and true flavor. One of the best IPAs I have had

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 23:12:58 | More by OlRasputin989
Photo of SeanRedd

New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can I say it? Should I say it? This is what is running through my head right now. Can I tell you it is the best damn IPA I ever had, at least as far as I can remember. Pure balance, delicious harmony. A big frothy head sits at the door, guarding lemon merangue and peach tart. Bitter dessert. High and not too mighty. Just a tease of wood and its gone, back to the refreshing, not too sour splash. An even seesaw of perfection. (Clap, clap, clap!)

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2008 02:01:36 | More by SeanRedd
Photo of Offa


4.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent, well-integrated, balanced, lightly complex, IPA, with very fresh, clean character perhaps due to bottle conditioning.

Slightly hazy, bright deep gold/pale amber, it has a medium off-white head slowly shrinking to thin wispy top and foamy ring leaving some thin but very nice lace.

Aroma is citrussy, fresh oranges, a little grapefruit, hint of resin, hint of leafiness, faint caramelly bread crust.

Taste is noticeably citrusy in the way of bitter marmalade with Orangina, mostly orange, orange zest, with a hint of grapefruit. But, there is more there, even just from the hops,w ith light leafiness, hint of spicey earthiness, and a caramelly bread quality lurking underneath that comes on stronger from behind. Lightly spicey bitterness and light tartness just edge out the light sweetness in the finish befoee a lingering, balanced aftertaste of earthy-cistrusy hops and light caramelly bread. A light, zesty yeastiness is present throughout, as well, and the whole thing is well-balanced, lively, and engaging.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 19:16:50 | More by Offa
Photo of BobJustBob

New Mexico

4.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a dimpled 16 oz. mug

I noticed the aroma before I got the cap completely pried off.
Very nice pine/citrus scent that practically filled my kitchen once I got it open. A good sign!
Immense rocky head on the pour. Tasted of Tangarine and Grapefruit with an agreeable but not overpowering sweetness.
The Hop flavors are to the fore, but biscuity malts aren't lacking in this brew. It's well balanced and complex enough to be interesting, but not completely inscrutable. I could probably bet half my liver on the predominant Hop being Cascade, due to the deep citrus notes.
The color is what I expect from American IPA. A hazy amber/orange.
I expected a bit of sediment left, since the label proudly proclaimed this to be a bottle conditioned brew. Nope. None to speak of, but oh well. It's definitely not a complaint, just a little unlike English bottle conditioned beers. (I'm thinking White Shield and Samuel Smiths here.)
The drinkability is un-freakin'-beatable. I've knocked back 3 of these in a row so far without my taste buds wearing out, or staggering across the room.
I agree with other reviewers that called Bridgeport a "session IPA".
Very good and one I will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 03:22:02 | More by BobJustBob
Photo of GClarkage


4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

01/08/05- Purchased at Jackson's Wine and Spirit's in Lafayette, CA

Presentation- 12 oz bottle with a code of "25441" on the back label. Quoted as a bottled conditioned beer. Poured into my Wyders Cider pint glass.

Appearance- Great cloudy golden coloring, nice 1 inch white creamy head and good lacing.

Smell- Great smells of grapefruit, orange, lemon and apricot. Bitter hops abound.

Taste- Hmmm, not as bitter as I expected, but still, it works for this beer. It is on the sweeter side a little. Almost like they were trying to go for the DIPA but left out about 3% of the alcohol. Very floral and fruity flavored hops, but on the muted side.

Mouthfeel- Quite creamy and nicely carbonated for a smooth draining of the bottle.

Drinkability- If you aren't in the mood for a super bitter hoppy IPA, but want one that still has great hop flavor and all the other qualities of a good IPA, definitely pick this one up and give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2005 17:27:39 | More by GClarkage
Photo of Bamabrew22


4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2007 20:16:18 | More by Bamabrew22
Photo of ccrida


4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off, I consider the Bridgeport IPA to be the benchmark for the NW style.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an old John Smith's flared flute, (a glass style I don't often use but am really liking lately) the IPA is a hazy orange with large white head that leaving thick, foamy lace.

The smell is moderately strong, grapefruit and piney cascade and chinook goodness. I also think there are some english varieties as well, but I can't really smell them behind the NW powerhouses, which I really love.

The taste is very well balanced between the strong grapefruit hops and the soft, semi-sweet malt. The NW hops are dominant enough to define the style, but there is still an appreciable smoothness that's more akin to english style IPAs, which you don't often find in the NW, and I think is what sets the Bridgeport apart. In spite of the bitter finish, there's still a sweetness to the aftertaste, which is otherwise dry, that I really enjoy.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a medium body.

I think this is one of the most sessionable NW IPAs out there, my BBQ/party choice for sure. Reasonable ABV, price, well crafted and flavorful, without being to heavy, what more can you ask for?

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 08:22:59 | More by ccrida
Photo of beerera4


4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought 1 bottle from World Market along with some other IPA's. I poured it into a frosty pilsner style glass. This was by far the best out of the 6 I bought. The smell is citrus almost a lemon/grapefruit type smell. The taste was incredible and smooth. Not a very heavy IPA but very flavorful. I can drink this all night long and plan to tonight after I stop at Central Market and pick some up to stock my refridgerator with. Excellent beer. A new favorite. Thanks Bridgeport for creating this wonderful IPA!

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2009 17:05:08 | More by beerera4
Photo of MichaelLynBryant


4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After flying 8 hours on an airplane--when you touch down at PDX--you must make a Bridgeport Public House your first stop. Whether near 39th&Hawthorne or the big spot downtown (near Rogue's house on Flanders), make a Bridgeport IPA on Cask your very first beer. It sets the standard for all other Portland India Pale Ales.

Best at just under room temp, cloudy, a nose full of dank aroma. You're in Portland. Keep it weird, anything goes, and have no excuses not to drink good beer.

A very drinkable beer. Highly pleasant.

Serving type: cask

02-28-2011 02:12:58 | More by MichaelLynBryant
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