Bridgeport IPA - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Bridgeport IPABridgeport IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

525 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 525
Hads: 998
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 39
Gots: 95 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-17-2001

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Reviews: 525 | Hads: 998
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, herbal hop, and slight nail polish remover aromas. Taste is much the same with pine, herbal hop, and slight floral flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop and floral bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an odd nail polish remover aroma, but the flavors are solid.

Serving type: bottle. (605 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: two finger frothy head with nice retention and lacing on a murky golden with crimson hues body.

S: sweet citrus hops a little wheat and malt.

T: this one is a little watered down with some citrus hops but overall the hop character is very simplistic and short lived with each taste.

M: lighter body than I would expect. moderate carbonation.

Overall: I feel I rated this one generously. Drinkable but not great or memorable. (431 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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 (732 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (602 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy, slightly turbid golden amber. Vigorous pouring yields a nice two finger head, which clings to the glass nicely as it slowly recedes.

Smell: Lightly floral, biscuity. A bit yeasty. The hop aroma doesn't exactly leap out of the glass, but it's nice enough.

Taste & mouthfeel: Citrusy and floral hop flavor hits the palate immediately, quite a bit bolder than the aroma implies, but in excellent balance with the bitterness. A dry, crackery malt foundation holds up to the bitterness nicely, without lending much sweetness or complexity. This beer has a pleasantly raw, unrefined character to it that I would expect from an unfiltered, bottle conditioned IPA. Good stuff. (688 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (1,252 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (1,170 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.91/5  rDev 0%
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. (655 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (329 characters)

Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (543 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.33/5  rDev -40.4%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (594 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy golden orange with 2 fingers of foamy brite-white head. Solid 1/4 finger of retention that fires up well, leaving some decent moderate lace behind. The aroma is floral and spicy with an earthy hop profile, followed by a flush of citrus and malts.

The taste is mellow, earthy hops that spreads some lingering bitterness out well. Backing notes of spice, citrus, and caramel do a nice job of balancing things out. Finishes with a dry bitterness that lingers. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderately creamy carbonation and overall slick feel.

For some reason, I was expecting another West Coast hop bomb but was pleasantly surprised to discover a well done IPA done more in the English style here. Tasty and easy drinking, I enjoyed this. (796 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (877 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (1,702 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
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 (481 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (615 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.96/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
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 (448 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.87/5  rDev -1%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
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! (1,263 characters)

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Bridgeport IPA from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
88 out of 100 based on 525 ratings.