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Bridgeport IPA - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Bridgeport IPABridgeport IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

943 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 943
Reviews: 519
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 36
Gots: 60 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-17-2001)
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Photo of Rayek
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden amber color has good clarity for a bottle conditioned beer. Fairly active carbonation. Head is small, but retains well. Leaves small amount of lace.

S: Heavy grapefruit with some lemon, toast and fresh flowers in the background.

T: Grapefruit from the aroma carries through and is accompanied by tastes of lemon, toasted malt and a little pepper. Bitterness builds rather than hitting all at once. Malt becomes more prevalent in the back end. Finishes with a nice balance of citrus and malt.

M: Medium light body is quite oily. Carbonation level feels a bit too high.

D: Very nice, complex session IPA. I'll be revisiting this one.

Photo of flipshevanel
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First a foremost this is an excellent IPA. Poured with a small, white, fully diminishing head. The body was beautifully cloudy and hazy with medium sized particles that were average to thick sized with an overall orange hue. Light malt and moderate yeast, what was most distinct was an orange aroma to the hops with some banana; a very fruity IPA. The flavor started with a light sweetness and moderate bitterness and then the sweetness overpowered everything. To the palate the body was medium and creamy, the carbonation lively with a short to average light alcoholic/astringent finish.

Photo of SeanRedd
4.63/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can I say it? Should I say it? This is what is running through my head right now. Can I tell you it is the best damn IPA I ever had, at least as far as I can remember. Pure balance, delicious harmony. A big frothy head sits at the door, guarding lemon merangue and peach tart. Bitter dessert. High and not too mighty. Just a tease of wood and its gone, back to the refreshing, not too sour splash. An even seesaw of perfection. (Clap, clap, clap!)

Photo of elniko
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass

A: Slightly lighter that typical IPA, head dissipated quickly, little bit of lacing as well.

S: I get hints of citrus as well as possibly vanilla, very nice smelling brew.

T & M: Taste definitely has IPA tones but it has a very watery mouthfeel that I've never encountered in IPA before. The taste was a little more subdued than I'm used to in IPAs.

D: Quite drinkable for IPA but this was not an IPA that I'm particularly fond of. Won't seek out again but wouldn't turn one down either.

Photo of glid02
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color with a thin head that sticks around - good lacing. It smells great - both fruity and bitter.

The first sip wasn't all that great, but it definitely comes into its own. The bitterness seems to slightly override everything, but that may just be because of the smell. All in all it's pretty well balanced. The mouthfeel is what you'd expect from an IPA.

It's a good tasting beverage, worth a shot for the price.

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle:

A: Poured into a tulip glass, the beer appeared to be a hazy yellow/orange color with a fairly thick white head that was retained very well.

S: Really, just hops with a bit of a floral hint. Simple but very well done.

T: Again, the taste is simple, but very well done. Mainly hops with a hint of wheat/yeast.

M/D: The beer was smooth, creamy, and rich. Almost felt like a Belgian style beer, but overall, highly drinkable and will be keeping this one on stock in the beer fridge for awhile.

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

12oz bottle poured into my Nugget Nectar pint glass

A: Hazy yellow with an off-white head with good retention.

S: Classic cascade hop aroma with orange, citrus and fruit loops. Nice tangy aroma

T: Starts off pleasantly and mildly hoppy with orange and almost a jackfruity flavor. Mild malt presence in the back with a mildly dry finish. This one is a lot milder than most IPAs but not in a bad way - subtle and pleasant with floral, fruity and citrus characteristics.

M: Nicely carbonated and nice finish

D: Good stuff but I'm going to drink my last Union Jack next. If I see this on cask - I'm so all over it!

Photo of Haybeerman
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep gold color. Two inch white head that held nicely. Thick lacing the glass.

Smell: Stong herbal hop aroma, caramelized malts and citrus.

Taste: Up front burst of herbal hops that stays dominates throughout. Faint sweet flavors of citrus and caramel malt in the background that provides a nice balance. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth medium body, medium carbonation, the finish is clean.

Drinkability: Tasted great, easy drinking and didn't fill me up. Decent hop kick. Decent IPA

Photo of skeetermoses
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer has a very bitter after taste to it, not that impressed by any means. I cannot say if I have ever had any other bridge port beers in the past, but would definately like to try some of the others, to see if they are any good. All in all I will probably drink another BP IPA, but not in the near future.

Photo of Rennpferd
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It poured golden hued and slightly flat from the bottle.

It had a slight fragrant hop smell. Nothing else was detected, not even the malt that I enjoyed tasting.

It tasted quite good. It had a robust hop and malt taste. The flavors were well balanced. It seemed to have a slightly heavier than light body. It was very smooth.

I found it very drinkable. I drank it while out West and unfortunately have not seen it since returning to Wisconsin.

Photo of Goliath
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a thin white head. Decent retention and lace.

The aroma is full of citrusy and piney hop character, also a touch of sweetness.

Taste has a nice citrus hop with some grassy tones. A nice light bittering bite.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with gentle carbonation.

Drinkability is relatively high with good flavor and low alcohol making it very easy to consume.

Photo of CaptainIPA
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on-tap @ The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Cordova, TN.

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a thin, white head that quickly parts company. Active carbonation throughout session.

Moderately floral, hoppy nose.

Citrus and hops with a subtle malt undertone and hints of biscuit. Extremely well-balanced. Bitter finish reminiscent of grapefruit rinds. Crisp and refreshing. The hops make a definitive statement without overpowering the taste profile.

Nice mouthfeel with smooth carbonation. Medium-bodied.

Very sessionable. Drinkability: high.

Photo of bboven
2.68/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy golden body with a finger of head that lasts and leaves good lacing behind.

A citrusy hop nose, but there is also a yeasty aroma that hurts it; keeps it from smelling crisp and clean.

80% hops here, not very well balanced. The malt flavor is very weak.

Mouthfeel has a nice, mellow carbonation but the overall body is watery.

As far as a sessionable IPA, this one is alright, but it's a little too weak for an IPA, and the yeasty ester notes definitely detract from the overall beer. Drinkable, but noth worth buying twice with so many other solid choices out there.

Photo of rye726
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty good IPA from the guys over at Bridgeport. It pours a cloudy golden color with a nice tan head. The nose has some big fruity hops up front followed by a solid malt base. The taste also has a kick of bitter hops, but is well balanced by rich malts. A clean medium body goes down well.

Photo of ghostwalker
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruddy orange body. Thick whipped cream head.

Nose is sugar-crusted grapefruit. A beautiful hop presentation.

Flavor is a prime example of a well-balanced IPA that really delivers the hops. Plenty of sweet malt up front, it finishes like a glass of extra-tart grapefruit juice. A constant treat for the palate!

Mouthfeel is tangy and tooth-stripping. A blast of goodness.

Drinkability is excellent. Out here in the boonies, the only two IPAs I have been able to order in are this, and Deschutes Inversion. As much as I love Inversion, Bridgeport IPA is the go-to brew for me right now. Always a pleasure to drink. I am pleased to have this great brew for my 200th review.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of stephens101
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A quickly dissipating off-white head covers a hazy orange brew with little retention left behind. Smells of sharp, citrusy hops and a little hay or grass in the background. The hop taste is a little subdued, but still apparent and is surrounded by some sweet malts, a certain piney essence, and a bit of chalkiness. Some oranges, apples and bananas come out after a few sips and really liven up the palate. This is a medium bodied, decently carbonated brew that holds it's own among the middle tier of IPA's.

Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Bridgeport IPA from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
87 out of 100 based on 943 ratings.