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Bridgeport IPA - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Bridgeport IPABridgeport IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

962 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 962
Reviews: 520
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 37
Gots: 74 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-17-2001

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Photo of magictrokini
2.82/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Unimpressed. Pours orange-tan cloudy due to the brewer's yeast in the bottle. Aroma is great; hoppy, citrus, and piney. The taste is soap. Minor hops, some citrus and pine, but primarily soap. It reminds me of the cleaning product Simple Green. Would not recommed this IPA if you like West Coast IPA's.

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

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.

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

A- A deep orange honey color, hazy. Head is 1/4", oily and sticky, hanging on to the glass for dear life.

S- I definitely smell the aromas of floral hops and they are giving off a perfume-y scent, too. Deeper down, you find the malt securely holding the supporting role to back up the hops in the front. Very pleasant, light, sweet honey like aromas. I will say, for an American IPA, these guys didnt try to over do it with the hops, they just made a balanced IPA.

T- Tastes of light and sweet citrus up front, the same honey malt, maybe a tad of caramel. The bittering hop is somewhat in the shadows of the malt, but does a nice job trying to keep up.

M- The feel in the mouth is medium body and good carbonation.

D- The finish is dry which makes this beer good for sessioning and the ABV is low enough it wouldnt kill you too badly. I could easily thrown back 3-4 of these in a row.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice light amber color, off-white head with some good staying power. Lacing is minimal.

Fruity hop aroma, some caramel and sweet malt balancing this out, but primarily hop infused aroma. Taste is of mild grapefruit, not biting, sweetened. Some bitter hops in the finish but generally fades fast and really leaves you wanting more. I think I could chug this 20-oz'er.

Medium bodied, not at all filing but noticeably substantial. I like this IPA, and I did have another.

Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of usmittymc
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pub glass.

A: Light honey gold color. Eggshell colored mountainous head (result of stirring the yeast at the bottom of the bottle).

S: Peppery hops. Some light fruity notes (plum, for some reason).

T&M: Real smooth on the draw, with a nice hop profile that is not too bitter. More peppery and fruity. Good carbonation.

D: One of my new favorites. Hands down, nothing else needs to be said.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This used to be a staple of mine when I lived in Seattle, and since its in Atlanta now I've added it to my rotation. A fairly simple beer, but honest and pleasant IPA flavors keep it real. Pours dark golden with an okay head that fades to almost nothing but leaves some nice lacing. Very citric hop aromas of tangerine with some additional apricot. Juicy and clean. The flavor has that same tangerine fruit and apricot juiciness up front, and then some developing bitterness and tangerine peel as well as some medium firm rounded malt. The mouthfeel is firm enough and very well balanced if the very slightest bit on the soft side. A delicious beer and often overlooked for a great standard IPA.

Photo of AChamberlain
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Very light for an IPA, yellow with the slightest amber highlights. The white head really pops.

S - Great hop aroma, light grapefruit aroma. Wet and fruity.

T - Easy bitterness with a nice malty finish. Hops are not over the top, but they certainly are not hidden. Very good.

M - Medium body, but not heavy in anyway. Zesty, yet smooth, quaffable for sure.

D - The most drinkable IPA I have had in quite awhile, actually it does not get more drinkable than this I imagine. Plenty of flavor, not harsh, smooth, perfect.

Photo of RickS95
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bitter smell, small head that sticks around a while. Appears golden orange and cloudy/unfiltered. Nice lacing.

Like all IPAs I've had, extreme bitter in the finish until my tastebuds had been destroyed, then somewhat milder.

Will put hair on your chest.

Photo of apaltrineri
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy pale amber, reminiscent of a hefeweizen, two finger off-white head with moderate lacing. Purty.

S - Lots of sweet, fruity hops in the air, hints of orange peel and pineapple. Pleasant and intriguing considering the taste is a 180 from the aroma...

T - Pretty mellow IPA bite, nice bitterness balanced well with yeasty undertones. Finish is crisp and coppery, mmm.

M - This brew has a surprisingly light and buttery-smooth feel for a hefty IPA, with the low carbonation a good balance with the body.

D - Considering the wonderful aroma and good body balance, this is a highly drinkable beer for IPA fans. Bridgeport IPA won't knock you off your socks, but it's a nice tasty IPA from one of Portland's landmark craft breweries.

Pesonally, I can find no better beer to have with a big plate of spicy nachos. Enjoy liberally!

Photo of sobchack
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: light, copper/orange color with frothy head; minor cloudiness from bottle conditioned yeast
S: citrus hops dominate the aroma.
T: as many others have noted this is not as punch you in the face as many american ipa's. somewhat delicate for american ipa. grassy hops hit first on the tongue. wonderfully balanced with the malts. taste unfolds throughout.
M: very dry, bitter finish. a bit of a cottony mouthfeel to it
D: great drinkability. this is a great introduction to american ipa that could be a crossover/flag-bearer for the style. very good beer. great with spicy cuisine.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy copper color with a tight, fluffy beige head.

Nose is of bright grapefruits and minerals. Floral hops abound and hints of pears and fresh cut grass. Smells really good.

Hop flavors and bitterness are not as pronounced as the nose, but the aftertaste is quite dry and bitter. Hops taste a bit more grassy and I dont get as much of the fruityness that I got in the nose. Well carbonated and tastes fresh.

A pretty damn good beer. A good example of the style, I can see why some people say this is the quintessential American IPA. A bit tame and mild compared to other west coast IPAs, but this is a solid, easy to drink IPA. Well done.

Photo of JEdmund
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance
Bright orange, hazy, thick pillowy head--extremely attractive IPA; ¼ head just sits around throughout; leaves a lot of thick lacing

Smell
Big, juicy aroma! I was surprised by how flavorful and full this was; I don't remember it being so big; extremely citrussy and fruity

Taste & Mouthfeel
Good, smooth body and consistency (from bottle-conditioning?), with a lower level of carbonation than I'm used to; tasty initial hop bite--citrus fruit and something slightly floral--that continues throughout; smooth and noticeable malts, though not as big as in some IPAs (Celebration); taste fades a little on the back end, but aftertaste is very good.

Overall
A really solid IPA. It looks great, smells fantastic, and has a spot-on flavor for the style and my preferences. My only complaint is the slightly weak back end. Otherwise, it's top-notch and very drinkable.

Photo of rxdrewthejew
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Still trying to find a good sessionable IPA that's in 6 packs. I guess I could just stick with Stone or Union Jack or something...but we'll see how this one is.

A: This beer is bottle conditioned, as it states numerous times on the bottle. Pretty typical IPA look, yellowish amber with a small white head that has little retention. This one is quite hazy with yeast floties, probably due to the fact that it's bottle conditioned.

S: Smell is mild, but predominantly citrus hops, with a bit of floral and piney hops mixed in there. I sense a bit of malty crispness, but not prominant.

T: Flavor is a bit of sweet malt, quickly covered up by bitter resiny hops. A bit of citrus and pine in the flavor as well. Hop character is pretty good, though I could do with a bit more flavor.

MF: Thin and fizzy, as you would expect. Finish is a tiny bit dry, but more due to carbonation than hops. Not much warming and the alcohol content is really not noticable.

D: A nice solid IPA. I would rate this higher than a lot of IPA's out there, but it doesn't touch any of the top beers in the category. Almost more of a super hopped pale ale. The 5.5% ABV makes this a very sessionable beer, which may make for better drinking in certain situations than other IPA's...but that's really the only reason I would drink it over those beers.

Photo of Bobo77
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have been wanting for some time now to pair up an IPA with actual Indian food and see how it stands up to it. Grabbed a 6 pack of these cold at Dierbergs.

Bottle states, "Authentic Bottle Conditioned Ale" as well as, "Pour slowly to keep the yeast in the bottle or pour it in, it tastes great." I chose to pour it in.

A moderately hard pour down the center of my mug yielded 2 fingers of thick lumpy head. The body was a slightly hazed golden color.

The aroma was that of floral hops, no doubt since this beer is from the Pacific Northwest. Fruity and surprisingly non-medicinal smelling unlike most other IPAs that I have sampled. Smells of apricot...This is REALLY pleasant smelling beer.

Now the sip - Initially it almost doesn't even taste like an IPA. Bread and yeast come rushing in first. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamier than expected. Ahhh...there it is, the grapefruit bitterness. It really sneaks up on you but it is nowhere near as bitter as other IPAs, such as O'fallon's. It is very drinkable.

As I am sitting here eating samosas and paneer makhani (Sweating my a#@ off, this food is hot) I am wondering if the Bridgeport IPA is powerful enough to stand up to the food. I take a big gulp....yup, it is. This paneer makhani said it was mild on the package, if it were hotter the beer might not have been as formidable an opponent.

Photo of grs8313
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 12oz bottle with no bottling or freshness date. Pours hazy golden yellow with a white head, the head goes to about one finger and then starts to die down. Very nice lacing as the beer gets lower.

Smell: Hops, malts, slight alcohol astringency, and a biscuit/ bready smell.

Taste: Malts, hops, dough, earthy notes, and a slight nutty flavor. Subtle bitter aftertaste from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth mouthfeel, that leaves the mouth feeling clean.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable, and the creaminess from the bottle conditioning is amazing. A beer I would recommend to anyone. I am about to open a second.

Photo of pwsoldier
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy copper with a decent white head that dissipates fairly quickly. A little bit of lacing, but not much.

S - Citrus hop aromas, mainly grapefruit. Some sweet fruit aromas come through as well.

T - Starts off sweet with citrus coming through in the finish. Plenty of balance between the hops and the malts.

M - Dry finish, light-bodied, plenty of carbonation. The hops leave a slight aftertaste of grapefruit.

D - Overall, a very enjoyable IPA and a great session beer.

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of those bottles you see on the shelf but pass over it almost every time, I dont know. I'm blind to it or maybe their graphic design sucks.

I've had this ontap, but this review is for a sixer we got the other day.

Rich amber gold with a chilly haze and a real nice light beige head that starts fluffy and redices to a webby lacing.

Starting with the aroma, the first thing I notice is this isnt the monster PacNW IPA that I have been trained on. It's more subdued, an older recipe from an older brewery, harking back to a pre-hophead era. Good balance of yeast, malt, alcohol esters, and hops.

Nice cream ale smoothness and a really good balance. Crisp hop oil and citric bitterness is prevailent, moreso in the taste than the aroma. It's a really well-crafted.

If I had any objections (which i guess i do), I would consider this a bit aqueous/watery compared to other IPAs. Its just a tad light on the body after I got halfway through a bottle.

Photo of tbeck
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poures a light orange, cloudy with a thin white head that turned. While pouring caught a whiff of citrius and hops. It was a very pleasant aroma of pine and hops when put to the nose. Taste was well balanced between hops and pine, a lot of flavor but not bitter. Vergy good texture, almost chewy with a clean and crisp aftertaste. This is a good beer for a session, very smooth for an IPA.

Photo of Rayek
4.02/5  rDev +5%
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
3.6/5  rDev -6%
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
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
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
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
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
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Bridgeport IPA from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
86 out of 100 based on 962 ratings.