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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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Photo of ZenAgnostic


4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 22:26:04 | More by ZenAgnostic
Photo of secondtooth


3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 04:16:38 | More by secondtooth
Photo of scootpolute


3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 23:10:46 | More by scootpolute
Photo of avaldivia


4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 06:47:37 | More by avaldivia
Photo of hiku7


4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 03:05:17 | More by hiku7
Photo of dlbrockmiller


3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 20:58:08 | More by dlbrockmiller
Photo of deepchills


2.58/5  rDev -32.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 19:04:43 | More by deepchills
Photo of ferrari29


4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 05:14:11 | More by ferrari29
Photo of DaveHack


3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 00:34:32 | More by DaveHack
Photo of jbakajust1


3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 15:45:12 | More by jbakajust1
Photo of arizcards


3.8/5  rDev -1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 21:36:23 | More by arizcards
Photo of steveh


4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 21:13:37 | More by steveh
Photo of litheum94


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

Reviewed 7/22/10.

P: Slightly hazy, golden-yellow body. Tiny, white head that settles to patchy covering, sticking to the glass as it settles.

A: Very complex hop profile. Floral, citric, spicy and peach fruit hops. Slight tone of honey malts sweeten the nose up a bit.

T: Malty up front, with biscuit and honey flavors. The complex hop profile follows through to the mouth, with garden like floral flavors and a citrus sourness. Also has a spicy bite on the finish. Crisp and smooth.

Great mix of hops, with all the flavors working perfectly together. A great, year round IPA, especially for the price.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 04:27:07 | More by litheum94
Photo of fivehoursfree


3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: light head, no lace, golden.

S: floral and fruity.

T: Citrus Rind and a noticeable, but low malt flavor

M: Light, but overcarbed.

O: Another middle of the pack IPA, it may even be somewhere between a PA and IPA. Call it a PA.5.
Good to drink though.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 13:40:31 | More by fivehoursfree
Photo of atomicbeer

New Mexico

4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium hazy copper-orange. Two finger creamy slighly off-white head. Fair carbonation. Floral apricot grapefruit aroma. Smooth and malt forward - rye toast with grapefruit marmalade taste followed by grassy hops. Hops are downplayed but there is a lingering grapefruit bite. Very good and sessionable. Label states "Floral and Hoppy, Delightfully Complex, Smooth, and Satisfying" - truth in advertising!

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 01:06:08 | More by atomicbeer
Photo of GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudly, sparkling gold with lots of carbonation and a thin white head.

Smells of fruity hops and malt and citrus rind.

Tastes fruity and zesty upfront, pretty sweet with some nice floral hops to finish it off. Not very hoppy though.

Overall it's fruity and sweet but not too hoppy, very well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 01:20:39 | More by GodOfBeer
Photo of chocosushi


3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz -> Bridgeport Pint

A ~ Golden orange with a semisoft head that dissipates after about 2 minutes. Looks very inviting.

S ~ Smells very "Clean" if that makes sense. Melon and light resin. I wish I could get more out of the nose.

T ~ Apricot, Honeydew, Peppery hops (English?), yeastbread, and soft citrus (orange and tangerine). Not much grapefruit that most expect out of AIPAs

M ~ Well carbonated (could see why it would be too much for some palettes) with small bubbles with a lightly bitter mouthfeel that is very soft. Could be a little more oily.

D ~ At 5.5 ABV this is a very drinkable/sessionable IPA that is a little on the tame side, which makes a fantastic option with Pizza or Stromboli. Affordable too. Different from most heavily citric/resinous IPA but still great for what it is. Solid.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 20:28:29 | More by chocosushi
Photo of velmalikevelvet


2.68/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is *not* my IPA, sad to say.

A: Golden & slightly cloudy yellow (looks more like a Hefe than an IPA), with a bouncy but quickly-dissipated head that left substantial lacing on the glass.
S: Pretty standard floral & fruity fare; nothing to write home about.
T: Starts with a soapy flavor and ends with a bitterness that doesn't speak well for the brew. Not much in the hops department for an IPA. Tangy, like biting a penny, but less interesting.
M: Slightly slippery, but maybe that's the soapiness I picked up on in the flavor department. Thin & insubstantial.
O: Just not a fit for me. Maybe the right IPA for people who don't really like IPA, or suited to an unsophisticated palate.

12 oz bottle poured into tasting glass.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 21:01:34 | More by velmalikevelvet
Photo of ectomorph


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

12oz bottle into a DFH glass.

A - crystal clear amber and gold body, minimal white head, very little in the way of retention or lacing.

S - Some pine and sweet apricot. Slight biscuit flavor in the malt profile.

T - Assertive bitterness up front, the midway point feels a bit watery or thin. Good citrus hop character in the finish. Nothing biting in the aftertaste.

M - On the thin side, but it is nice and dry so it's subtle. The bottle conditioning does add a layer to the carbonation side of things.

D - An easy drinker with just enough hops to satisfy without overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 22:45:06 | More by ectomorph
Photo of OWSLEY069


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

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, dry hops of pine and citrus. In the taste, mellow pine hops and a nice malty backing,, almost English feeling. A pine hop bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine hop in the aftertaste. A bit thin, but it works. Quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 16:10:48 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the tap a clear golden amber with a fine-bubbled cream-white head. Hoppy, yeasty aroma has a firm hint of citrus. Strongly hoppy flavor is quite bitter but not fiercely so and has a good grapefruit undertone. Tingly texture leaves a fizzy and slightly powdery finish.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2011 03:46:02 | More by Cyberkedi
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 whatthehull


3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted April 10th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - A cloudy bright orange sunset, two finger white head and nice lacing

S - Bright citrus hops, pine, a bit of floral and very nice toasted malt. The wheat and yeast are present and very nice.

T - Fresh water, Very hoppy, floral and citrus. Taste a bit of sap. Yeast note is sweet, toasted barley and wheat all over the back end. The bitterness is awesome. Makes everything pop

M - A bit chewy, finish is long. Nice acidity and very nice bitter sweet all over the tongue

D - This is for the IPA fan only. Drinks like a charm but you have to like toasted malts an hops

Final thought - At $6 a six, this is a must for the old and new world IPA lover

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 04:07:42 | More by whatthehull
Photo of Duff27


3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Head recedes to a one finger height. Beer itself is a pale straw color, small orange hue, with a lot of small sediment. some nucleation sites give off effervescence. Decent head retention and a tad below average lacing.

S- Citrusy floral hops.

T- Hops bite is not significant and citrus smells translates to a lemon taste. I just got a bit of cinnamon? (wtf)

M- Adequate carbonation. Perhaps slightly watery.

D/O- Very unique appearance and taste for an IPA that caught me off-guard. Couldn't tell ya how old this bottle is, bottled is etched 18907 which from what I read means the 187th day and batch 07. Would not recommend if this is a fresh bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 00:28:51 | More by Duff27
Photo of FanofHefe


3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No dating on the label. I found the numbers 04018 on the bottle, but after a search of the website, could not interpret. I like the bottle with the raised lettering. Body is a hazy, light yellow/golden color. White two-finger head that leaves nice lacing. Looks good, but light in color for most IPAs.

With no dating, I can't be sure this is fresh, but the aroma is surprisingly weak. Only the slightest hint of citrus hops, but they seem overpowered by a "lager-like" malty aroma. Does not set up well for an IPA.

I notice the abv is on the lower end for an IPA, 5.5%, so perhaps that contributes to the muted flavors as well. Some minor hoppiness in the flavor mix, featuring grapefruit. Not too complex in the hop flavor. Some sweet malt in the balance.

This tastes like a slightly hoppy pilsener to me. I hope the bottle is not old, but with no dating I cannot be sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 23:37:40 | More by FanofHefe
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