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Bridgeport IPA - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Bridgeport IPABridgeport IPA

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very good

529 Reviews

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Reviews: 529
Hads: 1,028
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 17.1%
Wants: 40
Gots: 117 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Oregon, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-17-2001

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a draft into a pint glass at ABQ Pub in Albuquerque, N.M., on April 21. Color was hazy yellow gold. About a finger of head. Puffy, cloudy lacing on the top that lasted throughout the pour. Lots of wet, thick, spongy film on the sides.

Smelled citrus hops, pine, soap and lime.

Tasted as a better version of the smell. Got lime, pine and citrus hops. Smooth and easy drinking. A small amount of bitterness.

Light body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Smooth, balanced finish. Refreshing.

Good change of pace for an IPA. Lime and piny. Crisp, clean and refreshing.

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Photo of TheAmbassador
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured From a 120oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Gold color with a white head. smell is of hops but not very stong. the taste is good, not a huge IPA but a good one none the less. Hoppy but a very easy drinking sessionable IPA. at $7.99 a 6 pack a very good deal.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of Beermazter310
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz poured in Zenyatta pint glass. hazy orange with Quarter inch white foam. floral hoppy aroma. tastes good, floral and orangey but not a lot of flavor for an ipa and not a lot of hop bitterness. mild carbonation, very light and watery for an ipa, probabaly the lightest one i ever had, only 5.5 abv. overall a good refrshing ipa

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Photo of ujsplace
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pub glass.

This is one of the dirtiest IPA's I had. I'm loving the looks of this. Roused the brew to get the yeast from the bottom - worth every bit. The color is a very dirty orange colored brew that is a few shades away from brown. The foamy off white head quickly fades, but leaves some nice lacing behind.

Smells of pine resin, citrus hops and a hint of biscuity malt and fruit sweetness.

Good earthy, nutty, ripe IPA. This is different. Strikes a great balance with the hop bitterness and malt that leaves a very crisp, clean finish. Incredibly smooth and creamy. Very complex flavors going on altogether - and very well. Bright fruit sweetness, earthy with plenty of piney, citrus hops to go around.

This is my first from BridgePort - I was just telling my wife (who gave me this as a gift) that I'd love to have a case of this stuff. Sadly, there is only this one single 12oz...of which there is about 3 fingers left.

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Photo of mndlssphlsphr
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Haziness....I am a bit dazed from the fuzzy yellow falling into my glass. Off-white and tasty head awaits my exploration. The bottle demands a smooth and satisfying experience, I cannot disagree entirely on this one. This is complex in a pleasant fashion and the taste speaks for itself. The flavor disperses quickly, I need to slow down a bit. The orange brown reddish colors flow through the glass and my mind. This is a relaxing brew, I would recommend one for you too.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle without any freshness or bottling date to a pint glass.

A - The beer pours a very cloudy golden color with a nice two finger white head. Not much retention but decent lacing.

S - A very fruity floral character to the nose. More fruity than other IPAs.

T/M - Not much hop character - not what I was expecting. The beer starts with a mild bitterness and evolves to a fruity malt sweetness. Kinda of watered down beer. Lighter end of medium bodied. Well carbonated.

D - Fairly drinkable.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-14-2011 01:36:59

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Portland Brewery.

A - Served a light yellowish-orange with a smallish white head. Good retention and lots of lacing left on the glass.

S - Pretty mild, but mostly grass, pine, and very herbal.

T - Similar to the smell. Mostly grassy and herbal.

D - Light body and good carbonation. Mild all-around.

O - Pretty weak. Mild for you that are afraid of west coast ipas.

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Photo of aval89
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a nice golden orange color.. a bit cloudy from the bottle conditioning. 1 finger of tight, off-white head.

S: a bit floral with some leafy hops. Malts create an almost butterscotch like aroma in the undertone.

T: upfront is a soft hop bite, spicy hops. Then you get hints of citrus with some nice fruity esters. The hops climax on the finish with a citrus peel like twang. Nothing over the top, just enough to let u know its an IPA.

Mf: smooth, almost creamy mouth from the bottle conditioning.

O: finally got to trying this one. A solid IPA that doesn't do too much, nor too little.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Cloudy golden yellow with a white one-finger head. Bubbles are small and tight, and not at all soapy. Solid amount of clumpy lacing.

S – Muted floral/hop resin smell. Also picking up a little sweet malt aroma that I wasn’t expecting, almost reminiscent of butterscotch.

T – Initial taste is grassy hops with a bit of earthiness and citrus, followed by a surprising bit of biscuity malt bringing a nice balance before the hops return again carry the finish. Overall flavor profile best described as “light”, with the hops being extremely mild for an IPA. Much closer to a standard pale ale.

M – Medium bodied, with an almost creamy feel. Carbonation is lively, which works well to help carry the flavor.

O – A very nicely balanced brew with some good depth, but ultimately I just found it too weak for the style to be satisfying. It’s like a really good beer that’s been neutered…just no balls. Had it billed itself as a standard pale instead of an IPA, I might have rated it a half point higher, because as a pale it’s not bad.

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Photo of harrymel
2.25/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottled: unk

A: ruddy orange with a phase of white foam which dissipates quickly to a central cap. spotty lace.
S: some spicy hops, some catty hops, some english malts. meh.
T: Bitter and catty for me. some grapefruit and tartness. Malts are simple and biscuity.
M: Medium bodied with hi carb. semi dry finish.
O: Meh. I remember drinking a substantial amount of this, ice cold, when I first got into IPA's. This does not serve memory accordingly.

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Photo of
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - bright and clear, golden straw in colour, persistent head that leaves incredible lacing.

Smell - The aromas are subtle and well-balanced. The hops hit you first, but are not overwhelming. Floral aromas, light citrus, and just atouch of pine blend perfectly with delicate, biscuity malts and a whiff of alcohol.

Taste and Mouthfeel - The texture is medium-bodied and almost creamy. Like the aroma, the flavours are perfeclty balanced. The malt flavour is just sweet enough to balance the hops, more biscuit and grai than caramel. The hops provide lots of floral, flavour and enough bitterness to make the beer crisp, and refreshing.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No stamped date.

Appearance - Hazy gold body with cloudy yeast sediment. One finger white head with good stick and decent retention.

Smell - Oaky, floral, and smooth hoppy character. Smells like it might be a little too sweet, but not by much.

Taste - Smooth, balanced, and very flavorful. No off characters.

Mouthfeel - Somewhat sticky and chewy. Full bodied. Smooth. Somewhat refreshing.

Overall Drinkability - One of the best, most balanced, flavorful, and drinkable single IPA's I've ever had.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Semi-transparent golden in complexion, with a luxurious frothy head of white bubbles. Huge, spider web lace. High marks here.

Nose is citrus and floral hops. Nice.

Taste? Crisp and bitter, with tones of citrus grapefruit, grass, some lemon, and a slight hint of peppery spice. Not an over-the-top overwhelming IPA, but certainly a well-done example that I wouldn't hesitate to pick up again.

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Photo of scootpolute
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 FL OZ. bottle into pint, cone glass.

A - Pours semi-cloudy golden, with a nice white head...- some good lacing.

S - Hops and lots of sweet citrus - some orange & grapefruit tones...

T - Smooth & Bright! A great hop kick at the top, followed by some citrus, then ending with a bit of pine-like spices...Pleasant & refreshing!!

M - Good carbonation There's a good fullness. Present, but not 'too' much fruity/sweet flavors...The final pine/spice balances the beer out, although the aftertaste dies out a bit?!

O - This one is a great 'stand-by' NW IPAs!! I think what make this beer so good is the fine line of not over-doing 'it' in any particular area (hops, fruity-flavor, pine/spice, carbonation, and last but not least, alcohol level). VERY refreshing...One of the 1st beers I think of on hot sunny days...Great at baseball games...will get again!

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Photo of avaldivia
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into a Belgian Tulip.

A: Very hazy golden orangey color. A lot of floaties. Nice thick head.

S: Good floral, grapefruit hop aroma. Decent malt.

T: Great grapefruit, hop flavor. Nice malt flavor on the backbone.

M: Medium bodied. Dry finish. Good carbonation.

O: A very solid IPA. It is rare to find BridgePort beers around here, so I will not hesitate to pick this up when I see it.

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Photo of hiku7
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good, but not great, very drinkable IPA in an IPA style of yesteryear when they were closer to a pale ale than today's super hopped IPAs.

Pours a cloudy yellow amber with a one-finger eggshell white head. The cloudiness works in this classic IPA.

Smell is very floral and grassy hops. Taste is less floral and very balanced by the malt. Fairly low bitterness for an IPA, so it goes down easily. Very drinkable, with a dry finish.

Overall, this is a solid and very mild IPA. Enjoyed it.

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Photo of dlbrockmiller
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with a little cloudiness. Smallish head. Great citrusy smell with a little hops thrown in. The mouthfeel was good, not over carbonated. Taste is light and fruity with hoppy overtones in the background. Overall a light and refreshing IPA.

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Photo of deepchills
2.6/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

The 12oz bottle poured gold and cloudy, with an inch of rapidly dissipating head, in my tulip glass. There is little lacing.

Some light floral notes in the nose, maybe a little pine. Nose is very faint.

The beer is well carbonated and easy to drink, very crisp for an IPA.

The flavor is so light and crisp that it's hard note anything outside of the obvious floral taste. Some lemon and pine comes out as the tasting progresses. There are some bitter hops in the finish, but hardly enough for a highly rated IPA. The light bitterness lingers on the pallet and turns into a sourness eventually.

I've always liked floral flavors in my brews, but this is lacking fruit and hops, things I love from my favorite IPAs. My pallet is still in training, so maybe it's me, but I won't be buying this IPA again.

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Photo of ferrari29
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into Nonic shaped pint glass

A - Beer pours with an opaque, orange/grapefruit juice colored body; small one finger sized frothy head; well carbonated; not much lacing

S - Citrus; hops; pine; slightly yeasty and very high in alcohol scents, interesting that its only 5.5% ABV but carries a strong nose; you really can smell the double fermentation process; caramel malt back-end; slightly floral; grass

T - Grape; pineapple; caramel malt flavor; touch of yeast carries a strong peach taste; slight grass flavor, but not very powerful, so you're not getting the trendy hop forward taste profile; just a really good ale

M - Thick and creamy; effervescent and flavorful; gives your palate an enjoyable yeasty ale flavored ride; each sip starts with ale notes and turns dry like a sparkling wine flavor; not bad; lingering flavor of peach and other fruits; not much bitterness, which I like

D - This was really good; great taste and tremendous mouthfeel; enjoyable, I could definitely have a few in one sitting

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Photo of DaveHack
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in trade. Poured into DFH snifter.

Very little head, decent lacing.
Smells of flowers and grass.
Taste is bitter, it doesn't have the oily hop profile that I love so dearly.
In my mouth, I get decent carbonation and a medium body.
Overall this is a good beer, but not great, at least to me. I think there is a bit too much bitterness.

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Photo of jbakajust1
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into SN Imperial Pint

A - Hazy orange with thin offwhite head that quickly fades to an "oil slick" cap

S - Smells of caramel malts, biscuits, nuts, fresh cut grass, flowers, lavendar, tangerines, a little yeasty

T - Sweet caramel, flowers, citrus, light alcohol bite

M - Dry, light bitterness, medium body, light acid f/ carbonation

O - Not bad, balanced, not too hop forward, a little in the nose but less in the taste, bitterness is there but not bold. This was the first IPA that got me into liking IPAs, I was glad to revisit it, and will do so again, just not if I am in the mood for hops.

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Photo of arizcards
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Total Wine last weekend for $1.29.

Beer poured a golden orange with a decent white head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is mainly the malt backbone, not much aromatic hops in this one. Not sure of the age of the bottle which could be a factor

Taste is very well balanced, malt bill with some cereal balances nicely with a grapefruit dry hop finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy yet carbonated.

Overall a nice beer, well balanced, not overwhelmed by alpha hops. Need to get a sixer for a tailgate!

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Photo of steveh
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a sixer of this on a whim -- didn't know they were bottling, didn't even know it was in my area. Visited the brewpub many years ago and enjoyed the beer.

Label states "double-fermented," bottle conditioned?*

A -- Hazy golden with a dense white head that holds up well.

S -- Piny, spicy hops, mild citrus back. Not overwhelming, very enticing.

T -- Spicy hops right up front that blend into a nice biscuit malt character, but the hops are the star. Spiciness lingers through the taste, biscuit malt reappears in the finish with some light fruit esters and spicy. Bitter, resiny hops handle the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is very crisp and dry throughout with a light-medium body.

O -- This is the type of IPA I remember from the early days of craft brewing; nothing over-the-top, nothing extreme, just well-balanced mix of hops and the right amount of malt to hold a decent backbone. On top of that, very easy drinking with no overpowering resiny character to stunt your palate. Though the dryness gets a little heavy, 2 bottles went down smooth.

*BTW -- The label on the new bottles is different from that pictured by BA... yeah, I see the BC on that label.

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Bridgeport IPA from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
87 out of 100 based on 529 ratings.