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Bridgeport IPA - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Bridgeport IPABridgeport IPA

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very good

925 Ratings

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Ratings: 925
Reviews: 520
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 34
Gots: 56 | FT: 0
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-17-2001)
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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this was the first beer i had at club popeye after a week of macro lagers in japan (i gave out all my dreadnaughts as omiyage). in such a circumstance this beer was most welcome. amber color, obligatory caramel, citrus and pine in the nose. nice sweetness and a decent smooth bitterness comprised the taste. nice creamy mouthfeel. all i had to say while drinking it was praise the lord and baby jesus for an american ipa.

MrMcGibblets, May 09, 2008
Photo of GJ40
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on cask at the Bridgeport Brewing Co in Portland.

I've had this beer in the bottle a lot and on tap a few times. This experience from the cask was by far better than any before.

It comes with a nice golden color, good clarity and a lasting head. The aroma was hoppy and very pleasant. The flavor was also hoppy with a mild bitterness. The taste was just perfect from start to finish. I could drink these all day long.

This is a good beer in the bottle and on tap but if you can get it on cask, it's out of this world.

GJ40, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of canucklehead
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

People ask me what my favorite everyday IPA is and I usually answer Tree Hophead or Phillips IPA but I forgot how much I love this beer and how it introduced me years ago to the real PNW hop bomb. This is a orangey dark tan beer with the amazing piney grapefruit nose. The beer is hoppy all right but balanced to the letter. The finish is long and kinda dry. Very drinakble and a PNW classic.

canucklehead, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of peck95
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a nice orange color with active carbonation
produces a nice flower smell with some citrus, and an odd alcohol smel (i believe from the bottle fermented yeast)l
the taste is relatively smooth not a little more hops would be nice
mouthfull is somewhat thin and a bit over carbonated
this is a balanced ipa that would be well fitted for someone who wants to try the style, but for me this beer could probably use more hops.

peck95, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of Mdog
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy gold, good head.

Smell: Piney, citrus, not too strong.

Taste: Moderate sweetness that gives way to a dry citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Finishes dry, but not astringent.

Drinkability: Low ABV and moderate bitterness makes this practically sessionable.

This is available in MN, but I'd never had it until a recent trip to Idaho. It's a decent IPA, but overly flavorful but more of a session IPA. It has more of a dry bitterness instead of the juicy bitterness I prefer, but is still pretty good.

Mdog, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of jadpsu
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: This pours cloudy - too cloudy for me.
Smell: Strong grapefruit oder that also is evident in its tart taste. Fruity is ok but I am definitly not into grapefruit. Heavy hops but the tart grapefruit dominates everything.
A high moderate body that has a good mouthfeel- tangy/tart/bitter.
Maybe this beer is too complex for my simple taste buds

jadpsu, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of wataazu
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy golden brown with some yeast floating around. It had a nice head that was initially white and faded to an off-white with a swirl of gold in the center. I liked the bitter, fruity flavor but the hops werre not over-powering my palette.

wataazu, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Honey colored pour with a bright white head. Light looking for an IPA. Smell is nicely hopped, and a bit soapy. Taste is a balanced sweet/hop flavor with a very smooth, easy drinking body about it. Could be a touch richer and more boldly flavored, I thought as it was a bit mild. Sort of like a "light IPA" I thought, but decent.

JDV, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of spaceranger
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this IPA to be quite delicious and refreshing. Golden, slightly cloudy from the bottle with a decent head of cream color that did fade rather quickly. Good, full hop flavor jumps right out. Heavy citrus and all that - but- this brew seems to be a little shallow on the malt side. Not that there's anything wrong with that...Maybe the brewmaster is trying to establish some uniqueness. It works. It's good beer. I just would like a tad more malt. OK, I'm done.

spaceranger, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of ojclark
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very citric, grapefruity hop aroma. Yellow/golden color, cloudy with lots of small yeast particles floating around. Thin white head with some lace remaining on the sides of the glass. Bitter, floral and citric flavor with decent balance. Slight bitter bite right after swallowing and a nicely bitter and citric aftertaste. Medium carbonation and body.

ojclark, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of lawman834
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-A cloudy honey color. Decent white head, decent lacing. Pretty carbonated.

S-Grapefruit and Hops.

T-Clean and crisp. Citrusy and tangy. Balanced in the mouth with a strong bite lingering. Just a tad maltier that the IPA's that I have had thus far (meaning that I can at least taste it at all though just barely).

D-Since it is clean and crisp, it is pretty easy to drink. For my personal taste, the hops could be a little overbearing after awile.

lawman834, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of jbphoto88
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sandal brown with a cream colored frothy head that forms quick and sticks to the glass. Vigorous bubbles for on the side of the glass and travel swiftly upward. The bottle conditioning has been very effective.

Smells of citrus hops (typical of an IPA), light malts and a bread-like yeast. There is also a slight smell that I can only compare to the smell of a fine scotch. Not a super potent but it has as slight oak age smell. Or maybe I am having a stroke.

The taste is not as bold or as big as other IPA's but this beer has some nice flavor. It starts out with a nice citrus hop flavor thats not overpowering. There is some nice malts and a minor yeast bread flavor that works well with the light hops.

A fine beer thats not, knock your socks off good but is still a fine brew to swill on. Go get a sixer, its not too pricey either.

jbphoto88, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of Murchmac
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer. I was not expecting much, and dont let the lower score fool you. This is a beer i would actually buy a six pack of and enjoy. It has a lot of micro qualities, with some macro enjoyability.

Nice citrusy smell, sweet malts, hoppy nose. Well balanced taste, nice finish, good mouthfeel.

Thoroughly enjoyable.

Murchmac, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of porntipsguzzardo
4.83/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had many, many respected IPAs -- all of the standards, Stone, Pelican, the Dogfish Head 90 Minute, even the 120 Minute. But this is still my favorite, and perhaps my favorite beer in existence. Bridgeport understands something many modern brewers don't -- the value of subtlety, of balance of flavor. While so many breweries go for the limits -- the incredible extremes of taste, be it hoppiness, maltiness, bitter or sweet -- the Bridgeport IPA shows a beautiful blend of citrusy hops, bready yeast, and sweet, mellow malt, with no aspect of flavor overpowering any other. I would have this over the Ruination any day.

porntipsguzzardo, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of tronester
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber with a giant, rocky, off-white head. Smells of citrus and a hint of yeast. The taste starts out with a superb malt flavor, slightly toasty. Then a lemony/grapefruit flavor from the hops. There is also a touch of pine in the flavor as well. Finally to round out, a good amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel is good, the carbonation is nice and soft, thanks to the bottle conditioning. A very drinkable, tasty ale.

tronester, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

biboergosum, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of timbro81
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy straw orange in color with a 1/2 inch white head that fade after a while. The smell is of floral hops with a touch of pine in there too. The taste is more citrus with a light malt presence. Medium to light in body. An approachable IPA that is not too offensive one way or another. Nicely balanced yet not what I'm looking for.

timbro81, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of Deus1138
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think this may be the first review of 2008. Go me! Go me! Go me!

So, right after the ball dropped, I popped open this IPA. Poured a very nice golden color into a pint glass. About 1/4 inch of head that faded in about 5 minutes.

Smell was very hoppy, of course. I've smelled better hoppy beers. Not that this smells bad, but I've smelled more pleasant pale ales.

Taste is quite pleasant. Hops abound, but don't overpower. Kind of a pine-hop flavor going on here.

Drinkability- pretty darn good. This is good enough to be savored slowly, but light and pleasant enough to be consumed quickly, if that's your thing. An excellent brew. Not too overpowering. A good beer to ween your friends off of macro lagers with.

Deus1138, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of tonistruth
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- unfiltered copper ale with a slightly fluffy white head thats about two finger tall and holds well, some Belgian lacing

S- bready, yeast, caramel, and citrus

T- mellow, toasted malt backbone, citrus and some spiciness from either the yeast or hops

M- filling, nice carbonation, spicy and hop abused palate afterwards

D- mellow brew thats filling (hurts sessionability) and very delicious, a top notch IPA in my book

tonistruth, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of cswhitehorse
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Bridgeport pours a hazy straw color with a finger foam head with some decent foam retention. Overall the smell is very floral and citrus aroma. The flavor is very nice. Sweet but lemony. Overall the mouthfeel is a little soft for my liking but overall a worthy IPA.

cswhitehorse, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of mmmbeer
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, conditioned, with no freshness date. The body pours a hazy/sedimented topaz, with low carbonation and a half-inch of khaki head that leaves nice lacing, but reduces to nothing by the end. Lots of hops in the nose, contributing citric, earthy, floral and perfumy notes on top of lightly vinous malts - good, but could be more aromatic. The beer is delicious, with complex hops that add to the bouquet notes of peppery spiciness, sea salt, and some citrus. Not only is the taste exquisite, but the mouthfeel is perfect - smooth and well-carbonated, medium to full, and so dry. The beer rolls over the tongue smoothly and the conditioning creates carbonation that persists throughout and allows you to almost chew the beer - very nice. Such a tasty IPA, with flavors of noble and American hops, and the conditioning adds a wonderful dimension to this exceptional beer.

mmmbeer, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of Tilley4
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I really liked this IPA. More subdued than some of the offerings out there now and I liked the balance to this one.

Hazy orange pour, nice little head, good looking beer.

Smells like the typical IPS, nice and citrusy.

Not as much of a hop presence up front to this beer as I was expecting, but the finish is where the hops were most prevalent and I loved it. Nice and bitter.

Very good session beer. I could drink several more of these.

Tilley4, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz picked up at the 16th st Albertsons for about $1.45.. poured into a shaker pint. Just put in James Zabiela "Alive V.1"

Hazy lite honey amber topped by a pillowy white head... left great lacing.

Citrusy and floral hops ... definately quite a bit of columbus in this one. Good pale malts and yeast fruitiness.

I am always how drinkable this one is... it is not a hit you over the head with IBU's IPA. High to high-middle hop taste balanced nicely by low malty backbone. Low but still noticeable fruity esters ... lite sour apple adds to the mix, but could use more malts.

Low to mid range body with descent carbonation makes this one into a good all day drinking IPA if you're into hoppier beers... No doubt I could make this one into a session and do fairly frequently over the summer months. I've given this one to macro drinking friends many times and they've all said good things about it.

JohnGalt1, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of SargeC
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy golden-orange with a golden-white head.

Smell: Citrus hops, yeast.

Taste: Biscuits begin the flavor, followed by medium strength citrus and finished by clean malt.

Mouthfeel: Solid medium-light body. Semi-dry.

Drinkability: Good IPA. Limited bitterness provides a nice balance and an accessible brew for folks that are new to the IPA world. Overall, a well-crafted presentation.

SargeC, Dec 02, 2007
Bridgeport IPA from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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