Bridgeport IPA - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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4.15/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
07-31-2004 22:55:57 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.08/5 rDev +6.3%
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
04-27-2009 23:14:03 | More by brentk56
4/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
10-31-2008 18:31:08 | More by BEERchitect
3.3/5 rDev -14.1%
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.
04-14-2012 00:48:41 | More by kylehay2004
2.28/5 rDev -40.6%
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.
09-30-2006 18:00:48 | More by ChainGangGuy
4/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
07-22-2005 02:20:18 | More by oberon
3.98/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
02-25-2011 21:59:51 | More by TMoney2591
3.93/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
05-10-2008 01:42:47 | More by emerge077
3.83/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
11-20-2006 02:43:31 | More by zeff80
3.53/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
02-06-2009 21:30:05 | More by largadeer
3.88/5 rDev +1%
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.
01-06-2008 08:42:36 | More by biboergosum
4.45/5 rDev +15.9%
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.
12-30-2007 08:51:49 | More by RblWthACoz
4/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
05-17-2008 20:16:53 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.22/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
12-16-2003 21:39:18 | More by WVbeergeek
4.2/5 rDev +9.4%
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.
06-19-2002 08:43:50 | More by Jason
4.25/5 rDev +10.7%
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
02-24-2006 04:14:34 | More by russpowell
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
10-29-2008 16:44:17 | More by Kegatron
3.83/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
02-27-2003 18:49:47 | More by feloniousmonk
Bridgeport IPA from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
86 out of 100 based on 904 ratings.