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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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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
Photo of djbreezy


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

on cask at the Bridgeport brewery

appearance - golden amber, great transparency, soapy head, nice lacing

smell - dominant citrus hop sweetness

taste - citrus and grapefruit hops abound, subtle cask profile, hop oils

mouthfeel - medium carbonation, medium body, some of the soapiness seen in the appearance comes through the mouthfeel

drinkability - unique hop oil profile, oily and slick ipa, flavorful, entirely different than the commercially carbonated version of bridgeport ipa, worth a try

Serving type: cask

01-31-2011 03:54:34 | More by djbreezy
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South Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting a chance to formally review the first cask beer I ever had! Imperial pint at the brewery in a nonic.

Screensaver-worthy brew. Slightly hazy golden orange body with an incredibly fluffy and puffy white head. Great retention, and the lacing is crazy, with alternating sticky spiderwebs and soap bubble clumps.

Incredibly complex citrusy aromas- grapefruit, pineapple, orange, tangerine, maybe melon. Bright and zesty without overpowering. Malt backbone is clean and lightly sweet.

Tastes much like it smells, only a bit bolder. It's one of those beers that's so juicy my mouth waters even as I drink it. The delicate carbonation and general grapefruit/pineapple juiciness are an addictive combo.

Overall impression: Wonderful beer, and especially addictive from the firkin.

Serving type: cask

06-25-2009 05:58:30 | More by PDXHops
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North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on cask at the Bridgeport Brewing Co in Portland.

I've had this beer in the bottle a lot and on tap a few times. This experience from the cask was by far better than any before.

It comes with a nice golden color, good clarity and a lasting head. The aroma was hoppy and very pleasant. The flavor was also hoppy with a mild bitterness. The taste was just perfect from start to finish. I could drink these all day long.

This is a good beer in the bottle and on tap but if you can get it on cask, it's out of this world.

Serving type: cask

04-13-2008 02:40:59 | More by GJ40
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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 Rezzin


4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this 3 days ago so I can't review this like I normally do while drinking bottled beer but I did make sure to make key mental notes while trying not too look too much like a beer geek. This was also my first time having a cask conditioned beer - what a treat!

A - Hazy copperish yellow. Frothy head looks great - I didn't really wait to see it as I was thirsty and drank it almost as soon as the bartender put it down.

S - Hoppy, piny and somewhat citrusy with a slight malt background. Smells very 'smooth around the edges' if I can use that as a scent description. Floral.

T - This was a really great tasting IPA. I had this side by side the regular IPA and the difference was dramatic. The cask conditioned IPA was much like how it smell - very well rounded. The malt and hops seemed to just meld together.

M - Medium carbonation and smooth. Almost a silky feeling on my tongue. Refreshing.

D - I'll be sure to have this on my next visit next year. I was sure to bring home a growler with me to share with my friends.

Serving type: cask

03-21-2006 03:44:05 | More by Rezzin
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4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Serving type: cask

11-22-2004 02:46:33 | More by Thrasher
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
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3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This n.w. IPA is definatly better on cask than in any other form.Really nice hop smell,light orange in color and with a crisp citrus flavor with very little malt in the balance.

On cask its a little more rounded and soft than on tap or bottle. A really nice everyday pint....If you that lucky enough to live in the portland area. You could do a lot worse that sip a few pint's on the back loading dock on a warm summer evening!

Serving type: cask

07-22-2003 06:52:41 | More by bridgeporter
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 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 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
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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
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North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2013 02:01:47 | More by dbrauneis
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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
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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
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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
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Bridgeport IPA from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
86 out of 100 based on 845 ratings.