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Bridgeport IPA - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

Bridgeport IPABridgeport IPA

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very good

846 Ratings

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Ratings: 846
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 admiral


3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 05:41:23 | More by admiral
Photo of BeerAdvocate


4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 16:26:24 | More by BeerAdvocate
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 23:09:04 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of bmwats


3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 22:27:08 | More by bmwats
Photo of JohnnyJam


3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 01:17:36 | More by JohnnyJam
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3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 19:11:14 | More by BMMillsy
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New Mexico

3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 02:48:15 | More by LXIXME
Photo of soju6


3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 20:52:42 | More by soju6
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2.58/5  rDev -32.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 18:02:15 | More by ssteakley
Photo of ev4life


3/5  rDev -21.9%
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)

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 02:13:56 | More by ev4life
Photo of kojevergas


2.93/5  rDev -23.7%
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.


Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 03:13:42 | More by kojevergas
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Into a pint glass:

A: hazy golden colored body with a two and a half finger white foamy head that rises a bit and falls, lacing is very clingy and has a thick foaminess

S: big bold hops, floral yet piney, subtle sweet maltiness tries to linger forward as it warms, but mainly combines wonderfully

T: smooth bittersweetness all the way through into the aftertaste, as the caramel malts combine fantastically with the bitter hops, leaves a dry finish

M: light to medium, fairly sessionable, carbonation seems a bit under for an AIPA, but actually just makes this one better for the summer

O: I say this is a pretty good AIPA that I wouldn't mind having again, worthy of seeking out. This Bridgeport Brewing Co. is growing on me!

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 03:23:57 | More by BeerKangaroo
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3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 05:15:09 | More by BeerDocT
Photo of DenverHopHead


4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 03:02:08 | More by DenverHopHead
Photo of Hoptron_3000


3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 05:19:40 | More by Hoptron_3000
Photo of ClassicallyTrained

New York

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 21:26:23 | More by ClassicallyTrained
Photo of RTitus


4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 21:54:41 | More by RTitus
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4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 05:21:25 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of VelvetExtract


3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a murky orange color. Tinted head is of moderate stature. It leaves good lacing too.

S-Citrusy hops and a biscuity malt. Balanced and status quo. Does what it needs to do. Leans more towards the hops but they seem to be rather level.

T-More of the same. Getting some nice tangerine, clementine and grapefruit. Lighter grass backing. Pleasantly citrusy but I have experienced it hundreds of times before. Biscuit and dough malt with caramel lining.

M-Light side of medium. Dry. Middle of the road in terms of bitterness. No booze.

O/D-A citrus stressed IPA. I have had this same cut of cake hundreds of times; or so it feels. $4 a bomber didn't hurt. It failed to express anything unique which shouldn't necessarily be a fault. A good personal example of how the grass isn't always greener: there are plenty of East Coast IPAs with much more to offer me.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 03:48:49 | More by VelvetExtract
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3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into standard pint.

A: hazy straw colored. Pretty standard color for an ipa but a tad hazier like it were a hefe. No measurable head but a substantial ring around the glass.

S: runs the gambit of ipa aromas. Pale malt and decent hop aromas. A bit of citrus, a little flowery, and an inviting malt backbone.

T: one of the lightest ipa I have had as far as hop bitterness. Good pale malt body that is well balanced. Hop flavor follows nose well and in the best way. Not overwhelmingly bitter.

M: solid medium body, nothing more nothing less.

O: nothing phenomenal about this ipa but what it lacks in standout characteristics it makes up for in excellent balance. Would call it an average ipa but it is so well balanfed thst it exceeds average.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 04:29:44 | More by N3rdM3t4l
Photo of RockAZ


3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I too, have been trying this beer at least once a year in a bottle for over a decade now. A reasonable IPA, nothing too fancy, certainly not my favorite but it does remind me of the Bass beer I loved in the '70's and 80's when there wasn't a whole lot of other interesting beers easily available. Not a bad beer at all, a good working recipe I have been grateful to get in a few otherwise dry bars around this country.

Another reviewer said "copper", and I am not sure I know what they meant by that, but I probably agree with it. The aftertaste has a metallic tang to it that keeps me from loving it. Other flavors in it are more appealing to me, but the aftertaste keeps this one down to one a year for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 07:50:52 | More by RockAZ
Photo of DenverLogan


2.6/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice lacy head that lingers and hangs onto the tulip glass. Copperish color. Not a big aroma to me, but slight malts and hops are there.
I've had this beer for many years and always find the flavor a bit bitter in the wrong way...bordering on a metallic. The carbonation is fine, color, minimal aroma, that's all fine...but the overall mouthfeel just doesn't do it for me because of my perception of metallic water, rancid nuts, infected lines, or just a lack of enough ingredients to give it a enjoyable body. It may also be this hop combination combined with yeast esters that give it that flavor profile. I buy a bottle once a year just to experience that flavor profile, and remind myself of the enjoyable inherent values of more flavorful IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 02:47:26 | More by DenverLogan
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking, tannish orange with a good head and lacing.

Smell is fruity hops, biscuit malts.

Tastes of an array of nicely fruity and citrusy hops, a good blend of malts, earthy and perhaps a little nutty. Very balanced.

Body is medium, well carbonated, with a smooth bitter hops finish.

Very enjoyable. An easy to drink IPA that I rather liked. Not too over the top, but a good everyday beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 21:02:37 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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2.78/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Pours a mildly hazed golden hue, with a fizzing but reasonably substantial head that sits as a couple of millimetres of film above the top of the glass. Lacing stretches fine fingers up where the beer moves to. Carbonation is tight and tiny. Looks reasonably good.

Nose is disappointing. Mild sweet fruit characters, more like apple and pear than anything else. Slight tea-like characters, perhaps a hint of pepper and an almost candy sweetness. It's not very robust by any account, and even what characters it gives are disconcerting. Unimpressed.

The palate is similar or even perhaps worse. Very faint hop characters on the front lead to a mild, appley mid-palate, with a thinness to match overattenuated cider. The back has a weak carbonation bite and even a hint of Pride of Ringwood hops. It also just feels thin and bland, with very little going for it. There's an odd hint of sherbet on the finish that sneaks up on you and provides some interest, but it's a matter of "too little, too late".

Very unimpressed. This is really dull stuff, even if it doesn't actually court the "offensive" vote. But it's really not much good as an IPA. Perhaps it's better fresh, but given that it's officially imported here into Australia now (the importer's information is even printed on the label), I have no qualms about reviewing it as-is.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 06:36:22 | More by lacqueredmouse
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a hazy golden amber with a half finger fine white head with good retention and lacing; nice active carbonation. Aroma of sweet malt and citrus hops. Pleasant flavor of citrus and bready malt finishing with biscuit malt, mildly spicy hops. Medium bodied with some creaminess. A very nicely made IPA with a light, but good touch of hops.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 21:24:36 | More by LiquidAmber
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Bridgeport IPA from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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