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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 BuckeyeNation


4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly murky (first pour), significantly murky (last pour) rich golden amber. The eggshell white head is slightly tacky, deflates ever so slowly and leaves a respectable amount of lace. There's plenty of sweet tropical fruitiness in the nose; grapefruit, orange and pineapple, in roughly that order. It this beer tastes like it smells, I'll be in seventh heaven.

Malt provides a less than sturdy backbone--which is all that I require in my IPAs--but the hops don't seize the initiative as firmly as they might. Juicy, grapefruity hops dominate the flavor profile without running rampant. Just when I think that the flavor is going to explode and really saturate my taste buds, it drifts away on a too-light-for-the-style body.

Don't get me wrong, this is a delicious, drinkable version of my favorite style. It's just that for an IPA to really get into my good graces, it needs to have more malt and especially more hops. As a consequence, it's anything but a palate destroyer and could be drunk in volume if so desired.

BridgePort has made a well-crafted, clean, sessionable, bottle-conditioned IPA that novice hopheads should love. Even though it doesn't quite manage to give me my hop fix this evening, I did savor every drop. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2004 22:55:57 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a very hazy honey color with a modest cap (despite a volcanic eruption when I opened the bottle) that leaves some lace

Smell: Orange/grapefruit and a hint of pine, but a bit understated compared to others of the genre

Taste: What I missed in the aroma is more than made up for in the taste as the beer is citrusy from the outset, with grapefruit and apricot jumping out and, after the swallow, becoming more pronounced; the malt is not really there to balance, but that is acceptable as that keeps the beer light and refreshing

Mouthfeel: Medium body but a bit over-carbonated

Drinkability: Because of the over-carbonation, the beer's drinkability suffers a tad, but this is still a nice, though mainstream IPA

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 23:14:03 | More by brentk56
Photo of BEERchitect


4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GABF Weekend '08
It's good to revisit this beer after about five years. Along with Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale, this beer defines the style for Pale Ales. A very crisp malt backbone shows low-lying sweetness but strong malt character that hinges toward well attenuated barley flavors and an accentuated hop bitterness. Hop flavor in almost undoubtedly Cascade with a spicy grapefruit-orange zest flavor. Finishes with a snappy malt dryness and a lingering fresh hop flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2008 18:31:08 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2.28/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Dark yellow body with a bubbly white-colored head.

Smell: Musty, pine-scented aroma.

Taste: Hmm. My main concern is the lack of malt to balance the hops. All that's left is an awful generic bitterness. Any decent taste is masked by it, as is any compulsion to have a second taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with a fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: In short, my evening at Taco Mac consisted of many, many fine, fun, delicious beers, and one really bad one.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2006 18:00:48 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2005 02:20:18 | More by oberon
Photo of TMoney2591


3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler.

Randomly found a single o' this at Binny's a little while ago and said, "Hey, why not?" It pours a hazy straw-amber topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises orange peel, lemon zest, light black pepper, light coriander, and a touch of light caramel. The taste holds plenty o' grapefruit, orange peel, and lemon zest, along with some coriander, caramel, and a small vein of rye bread. Nicely balanced, if I do say so myself. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty smooth feel. Overall, a solid, nicely balanced IPA. 'Nuff said.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 21:59:51 | More by TMoney2591
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Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My introduction to this beer was in a hotel room in Sandpoint, Idaho last summer. I had popped across the road to the Safeway for some munchies, and was floored by the entire aisle of beer that I 'discovered' between the frozen food and salty snacks aisles. We Canucks should be so lucky! Anyhow, trying to grab a few singles of something new to me for a nightcap (I was on vacation), I nabbed one of these. I enjoyed it out of the hotel room's plastic cups, so I picked up another bottle before coming back across the border.

This bottle, poured into a more appropriate Laughing Dog pint glass, produced a couple inches of fluffy white head, which fell away after a few minutes, with minimal lacing, and appeared to be a cloudy light copper colour. The smell was floral hops with a significant bread malt component. The taste was more of the same, with maybe a bit of pine hop bitterness that livened things up a bit. The mouthfeel was quite smooth, with light carbonation. As far as Pacific NW IPAs go, this one is pretty mild, but that said, nicely balanced and highly drinkable, for when you don't want to numb your taste buds (anymore than usual) during a session.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 08:42:36 | More by biboergosum
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big, white head, dark orange color. Aroma is strong and spiked with hoppiness, fresh and fruity, with notes of citrus, grapefruit, pine, some vegetal notes. Clean taste, with scarce bitterness on the palate. An easy-drinking ale, full of flavor, fruitiness keeps coming through. Not quite as hoppy as I like my IPAs, but I'm not complaining too much. I could put away a lot of these.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2003 18:49:47 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from timbro81 so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of pale hops, caramelized malts and citrus.

T: The taste is hits with a bitter burst of pale hops and that same flavor remains dominant. There are mildly sweet flavors of citrus and caramel in the background and a decently hearty malt character provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, the finish is clean and very dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this might not be the first IPA I would choose, but it's still a good solid beer that is worth drinking for a while.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 20:16:53 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of emerge077


3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle lasered 05288, May 28th, 2008?

Poured a golden orange with creamy peaks of foam. It's head is very stationary and long lasting. Little bits of lacing form as it works it's way down. Champagne-like streams of carbonation.

Odd variety of hops in the nose, it could be the ale yeast though giving it a funky aroma. Some pale malty aromas come through later, with a touch of apple.

Light bodied and citrusy, also tangy apples. Hop bitterness is low, and very easygoing and approachable for the casual IPA drinker. Carbonation is very fine, and lends itself to the lighter body.

Good stuff, this was a good selection from a beer-of-the-month club.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 01:42:47 | More by emerge077
Photo of russpowell


4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden and clear with 3 fingers+ deep white head. Fantastic head retention and lacing

Smell: Citrus hops and malty fruitiness

Taste: Piney hops and slight malt sweetness up front. Some grainyness, Dry citrusy finish

MF: Good balance but slight thiness. Slight overcarbonation

Pretty drinkable belies it's abv. Refreshing and crisp

Bottle conditioning gives it a little extra frutiness and & kick. Good value @$5.99 a sixer (reguluar price). Good Mainstream IPA

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2006 04:14:34 | More by russpowell
Photo of WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very bitter scent that boasts of piney hops and pale malts. It also seems to contain some carapils malts. The taste is good. It has a pale malt flavor that is overpowered by bitter hops. It goes down smooth and finishes piney and dry. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine IPA. It has excellent balance and hop character; a good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2004 01:21:54 | More by WesWes
Photo of drabmuh


4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Beer is dark yellow / orange and hazy. Forms a thin broken head of white tiny bubbles that fail to cover the top of the beer. Carbonation is moderate to low.

Kind of a soft pine aroma to the whole thing. The malt definitely comes through.

Nice back bitterness, it gives way to an almost fruit like character in the midpalate. This is not a malt forward IPA. Second taste, some graininess that time. Bitterness is clean and the beer finishes nice with only a minimal aftertaste. Pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 01:48:07 | More by drabmuh
Photo of zeff80


3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out an oragne/amber color. Highly carbonated and it still left some lacing.

S - Smelled of Cascade hops and yeast. Also, hints of pine.

T - Tasted very malty and fairly hoppy. There was also a pine-like kick.

M - It was crisp and smooth. Light to medium-bodied.

D - Nice IPA. I really liked the hint of pine flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2006 02:43:31 | More by zeff80
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy gold with copper highlights. The head is initially quite thick, and it is creamy and a light tan color. Ah yes, the aroma is a hit of American hops, pine, citrus fruits, apricot, and some interesting undertones of tropical fruit (perhaps some papaya and guava) dominate the nose. The taste is lightly sweet up front, and quickly moves to a tangy hoppiness that dominates the flavor in the middle. The finish is nicely bitter with a solid hop-bite to it. This is a really nice pale ale, it is definitely dominated by the hops, and perhaps is a bit thin, and could certainly use a bit more malt complexity. But as a hop-characterful brew this is quite simply, a tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2004 19:55:21 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of jwc215


3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange with a thin head that becomes a thin patch before vanishing from the scene.

The smell is of citrus, pine/resin, and lemon zest. Normally, this would be great, but had to really search for it - very soft/mild.

The taste is hoppy, though pretty restrained. What's there is good, though - orange/lemon and grapefruit citric fruitiness - plenty of hops. But, why they seem a bit restrained? Well...what's there is nice. A piney/resiny character comes through as it warms. Grainy malt gives this a nice balance while keeping hops at the front - appropriate for style. This one has potential for being great, but...almost as much as in the smell, one has to search. Nice, but not as forward as I would expect for a Pacific NW IPA.

With a beer this potentially "big", I would like a bit more body to it. But, it does reach, and hold on to, medium-bodied, and it does have a decent carbonation level and a smooth, if rather lackluster, texture.

Well - bottom line - it's fine - could be great, even. But, it's so mild/restrained compared to so many other IPA's, especially from the region that it comes from. It could use more heft/richness/assertiveness. Nice, but rather wimpy.

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this back for me from his trip!

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2007 00:15:09 | More by jwc215
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle conditioned beer out of the U.S. Gotta love it.

Pours a clouded dark gold with very little head (due to a gentle pour). Nose is heavily hopped. Tangerine scents present. Very pungent. Flavor is very hoppy, but not overly powerful. It definitely leaves an impression on your mouth. Feel is good, though I seem to remember it being nice on the mouth off tap. Extremely drinkable. I can see this one being one to give to macro lovers and it might open their minds and mouths to a world of possibility.

Verdict: even better than it was on tap I think.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 08:51:49 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of WVbeergeek


4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2003 21:39:18 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange / yellow in color wih a 3" thick fluffy head that created some thick lacing.

Smell: very mild piney bitterness is all that is detected.

Taste: more of a bread-like maltiness, with some mild grapefruit and decent pine bitterness. This beer was plain and simple, but enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: crisp on the tongue, and the aftertaste lasts long on the bitterness. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: easy drinking and a solid IPA. Just needs a kick on the aroma front. Worth having.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2006 23:51:03 | More by Gavage
Photo of smcolw


3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale amber color with plenty of haze. Sculpted, domed head which leaves some stringy lace.

The aroma is pretty typical of an American IPA. There's a light, moderately caramel malt that gets dominated by a stronger floral hop presence.

The flavor is similar to the smell, good malt start but mid-sip, the hop takes over with a hot pepper spiciness. I had this beer with spicy sushi (plenty of wasabi) and it held its own. Full bodied. Good balance

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 17:39:35 | More by smcolw
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a good ipa, but in the wake of their hop czar, this one feels a bit bland and unremarkable. pours a crystal clear deep honey color with an average white head. smells great, big grassy and citrusy hops permeate, good crystal and pale malt backing. flavor is identical to the nose, but less intense. flavors mesh well, and the bitter finish is welcomed here, very crisp. feel is average to slightly above average. medium body, fair carbonation, and a quick finish. overall a very drinkable ipa, but this is a saturated market, and this ipa just doesnt stand out. the bridgeport hop czar is the way to go.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 19:17:31 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of barleywinefiend


3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy, golden orange color with a small white head. Nose is light on the hops but did have traces of lemon, floral. Taste is not that big and pretty let down on this one. Simple taste with a small lemony hint, thin, off if you ask me. Mouthfeel is thin, the 5% ABV does not help. Average IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 01:40:27 | More by barleywinefiend
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 akorsak


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

A 12 oz bottle purchased at Liquid Solutions.

A: The IPA is a vibrant orange amber color, clearly more orange. The head was near one finger on pour and has laced sporadically in the glass.

S: The nose is a citrusy hop bomb with some resiny pine thickness mixed in.

T: The ale has a strong hop body that jumps out immediately on first sip. That hop body is citrusy with some orange and apricot sweetness. Supporting the hops is a grainy caramel malt body that is more sweet than dry.

M: The hops are pleasant but not strong enough to stand out. The hops mix well with the malts though, providing a decent drink.

D: The is a solid IPA, strong on hops without overdoing it. The malts are nicely roasted, providing a strong base to hold those hops together.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2007 01:37:21 | More by akorsak
Photo of lacqueredmouse


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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Bridgeport IPA from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
86 out of 100 based on 846 ratings.