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Bridgeport IPA - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Bridgeport IPABridgeport IPA

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886 Ratings

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Ratings: 886
Reviews: 517
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 33
Gots: 43 | 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.

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Photo of shadow1961


3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bridgeport IPA pours a lofty creamy head over a cloudy dark yellow
brew. Carbonation is extremely active and there are considerable
suspended particles (it is bottle conditioned). The nose is piney hops
and funky yeast. The flavor is a bit of malt dominated by pine, grass,
and herbal hops. Not a bad IPA but just a bit unbalanced- it needs a
bit more malt IMO. Mouthfeel is crisp and a bit dry. Not a first choice
for an American style IPA but it makes the list. It's just towards the

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2007 08:06:06 | More by shadow1961
Photo of Budro


4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a room-temp pint glass, the beer boasts a foamy, inch-thick head atop a peach-colored body, cloudy with a fine sprinkling of yeast from the bottle conditioning. The head settles nicely and retains well but doesn't leave much lacing that sticks.
S: The aroma is spicy but not overwhelmingly so, evocative of cloves and pine at the top of the nose with a mineral cleanliness in the back.
T: Sharp, bitter, citrusy front, with a bracing finish, quick and dry. The contrast between the onslaught of hops and the quickness of the finish is striking. Notes of clove and allspice linger on the palate.
M: The carbonation tingles on the tongue just to the point of burning. The finish leaves the palate feeling fresh and clean, ready for another swallow.
D: With an ABV of 5.5, this beer isn't going to knock you on your tail. It is, however, probably too heavy and densely flavored to lend itself to easy pounding. This beer is crafted to be savored. I can see knocking back a couple of these to start the evening, but if I'm in it for the long haul, I'm going to have to move to something lighter.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2007 13:17:49 | More by Budro
Photo of IceEyes


4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a pint of this at the brewpub last night. I've always enjoyed Bridgeport's IPA in bottles but I think the beer on tap was even better. The hop flavor was strong and the smell was pure joy. Even without drinking it, I could just sit there and smell those hops all night long. The flavor of this beer is everything I would want from an IPA. Good hoppy flavor and very clean. I could have drunk this beer all night long but I wanted to try their other beers as well. Glad I had this one though.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2007 02:21:02 | More by IceEyes
Photo of oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle graciously gifted by fisherman34. Colour is light cloudy tangerine with decent head and lacing. Nose is fresh woody hops- kind of smells like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Taste- yum!! Great refreshing citrus hops that give a real zing to the mouth. Carbonation also is quite high adding to that tangy zing. Great mouthfeel and is just plain tasty. Hops and malts are really well balanced and are in great harmony. This exceeded my expectations and would gladly have again. A great session IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2007 01:05:10 | More by oakbluff
Photo of Vancer


3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I’d have to say I was disappointed in this one – guess I was expecting more of the juicy orange west coast style IPA, and got this English version instead. Oh well.

The pour was fantastic, a massive pile of egg white on top of a clear yellow / amber pour, almost looked like a nitro pour.

Dull notes of a piney citrus, but alas, none of the citrus came through with a taste – only the woody and resinous taste of a EPA. I mean, still, this is good, but not what I would make for a regular IPA drinker. Even with the decent price or $7.50 a sixer.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2007 15:00:46 | More by Vancer
Photo of dickroop


4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this brew on a recent trip to Seattle. It poured a light straw color with a modest kakki-colored head, also slightly hazy. The nose was *definitely* citrus, grapefruit, also slightly grassy, little malt or alcohol were evident.

Taste was great citrus hops, but there was a grayish medicinal or metallic bitterness mid-palate that persisted into the finish. (As this beer warmed, this apparent off-flavor diminished, maybe it was an artifact of serving it too cold or maybe this flavor just grew on me.) Malt flavors were understated, there was a slight bready taste and graininess in the finish.

Mouthfeel was medium-bodied, a little chewey and sticky, carbonation is pleasantly supportive, alcohol not evident. Overall, a pretty pleasant brew. I am very partial to the citrusy IPAs and recommend this one. I'd love to have it on tap or try it again to see if the initial off-flavor is a consistent feature.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2007 22:25:08 | More by dickroop
Photo of flexabull


4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Old favorite I thought I would give another try...

Pours a nice clear orange color with a big fluffy white head.

Aromas are of pine and citrus hops. Not strong, but still quite pleasant.

Taste has a dry character, but it's still full and supple. On first sip an overall sweet creamy maltiness hits the mouth, and the finish is bitter and mineral like, with a citrus bite.

Mouthfeel is nice, as mentioned before... full and supple. Maybe a touch too carbonated for my tastes, but it's still good.

Very drinkable brew. Session worthy, and what I remember this beer to be. I think the last bottle I reviewed was past it's prime.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2007 03:40:47 | More by flexabull
Photo of Padron4KM


3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, no freshness date.

Hazy golden yellow, with thick creamy off white head.

Aroma is caramel and citrus, with some floral character in there as well.

Flavor is citrusy grapefruit, with a watery sweetness and a spicy finish

Body is a little to thin and watery for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2007 05:42:31 | More by Padron4KM
Photo of josiahschlender


4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured the yeast in from a cool 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Nice white head lasts well, leaving lots of sticky lace all the way down. It is hazy, and golden-orange in color.

Smells are sweet mixed with bitter, with grapefruit and a little bit of lightly roasted grains getting through. It also seems like some alcohol is present in the aroma.

Taste is unlike many other IPAs. It's sweeter and more complex than most, with grapefruit citrus, caramel, understated biscuit malts, and long-lasting hop bitterness. Not a hop monster, but enough is still there to let you know it's an IPA.

It's creamy and clean, with medium carbonation and a medium body. Balances out the taste well. It's an easy drinking, refreshing twist on the NW IPA. I think Bridgeport took some risks, but did an excellent job making a very drinkable brew..

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2007 11:29:27 | More by josiahschlender
Photo of Riggo


4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

attractive golden orange color with substantial thick head and nice lacing.

familiar west coast ipa smells of grapefruit and cedar, with some rain and melon notes picked up on.

taste follows suit with citric lemon sharpness and some fruity sweetness. some notes of bubblegum and perhaps banana or pineapple in the medium finish.

bottle-conditioning perhaps contributes to what is a smooth, soft mouthfeel, though still somewhat spritzy.

drinkability would be pretty high for me if i weren't just a little turned off by the bright, citric quality in this beer. not enough balance here for me with some earthier undertones. just too bright and citrusy. still a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 00:28:37 | More by Riggo
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this note on the label to be unusual, for an IPA: "Pour slowly to leave the yeast in the bottle, or pour it in, it tastes great!" So, it's bottle-conditioned, that's cool, and no big surprise. But the pour/swirl/pour is familiar with regard to hefe-weizens and witbiers; never considered it for an American IPA. Tried one without swirling, and it paled to the next bottle I tried, with the yeast poured into the glass. For this review I did the pour/swirl/pour.

The peach color looks great when the sediment is swirling and marbling inside. Head is not insane, but creamy and retains well. Lace already building up on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is very fruity. All the juicy pear, peach, apple and lemon you can imagine...its light, sweet, flowery fruit smell reminds of a number of Magic Hat beers. Nirvana or anathema, depending on who you are...I like it, but had to dock it a point value since it smells more like a fruit beer than an IPA.

The flavor is succulent fruit sweetness, no surprise, but fortunately there's a strong hop presence too. Add pineapple and grapefruit to the list of fruits listed in the aroma. Mouthfeel is soft and gentle, while having enough carbonation to pull everything through. An almost acrid bitter finish helps balance all that sweet fruitiness.

It's not exactly what I think of when I think IPA, and I'm now anxious to read other reviews and see what everybody thought. It's good, but certainly not IPA hall-of-fame material. Magic Hat could sue over this one!

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2007 22:45:44 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of boblog


4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a hazy bronze color, medium white/slight brown head with a good amount of lacing. It really has great smell. Hops are very evident and a slight acidic cirtrous scent is also there. The taste is also very good. One of my favorite beers for its great hop flavors. Fairly light bodied brew, nothing amazing as far as mouthfeel goes. This is an extremely drinkable brew, and since its price is reasonable you can afford to drink this beer often. Overall this is a very good beer, and one of my favorite IPA's and its pretty easy to screw up an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2007 03:43:18 | More by boblog
Photo of trevorwideman

Manitoba (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to fisherman34 for giving this to me.

Pours an unfiltered luminescent orange with a bit of gold. 1/2 inch head develops from a vigorous pour, and stays around at 1/8 inch, leaves lots of sticky lace. Smell is very lovely, citrussy and floral hop aroma with some tropical fruits (pineapple, mango) thrown in too, a bit of light malt sweetness in the background. My only real complaint is that though delicious, the aroma is very subdued.

Taste is very subdued as well, the tropical fruit notes in the aroma come through, bitterness is very light, and there a smidgen of pine in the background. Even the malt comes through as being very light, the sweetness is more of an apple/floral sweetness, very juicy. The body is extremely light, too much so for my liking in this style, super wet and juicy with a BIT of dryness in the finish, but the carbonation is nice and low-key. Actually, that's probably the best description of this beer: low-key. It's not pretentious, and it's definitely a starter IPA. Definitely a drinkable brew though, extremely so, this is almost a lawnmower IPA, the first one I've ever had!

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2007 01:11:18 | More by trevorwideman
Photo of ArrogantB


4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic glass. The head was huge, white, and had very small bubbles. The color is a very bright yellow-orange. The aroma was citrus and hops. The taste is some citrus, a little bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth and this beer is very easy to drink. This is a great beer for a very hot day.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2007 18:55:38 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of akorsak


3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle purchased at Liquid Solutions.

A: The IPA is a vibrant orange amber color, clearly more orange. The head was near one finger on pour and has laced sporadically in the glass.

S: The nose is a citrusy hop bomb with some resiny pine thickness mixed in.

T: The ale has a strong hop body that jumps out immediately on first sip. That hop body is citrusy with some orange and apricot sweetness. Supporting the hops is a grainy caramel malt body that is more sweet than dry.

M: The hops are pleasant but not strong enough to stand out. The hops mix well with the malts though, providing a decent drink.

D: The is a solid IPA, strong on hops without overdoing it. The malts are nicely roasted, providing a strong base to hold those hops together.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2007 01:37:21 | More by akorsak
Photo of bosco7


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice frothy head that leaves very nice sticky lacing. Hazy orange color.

Orange and floral aromas prominent. Some caramel malt.

Big Cascade hop flavors upfront and throughout; orange juice, herbal, and perfumey flavors. Some caramel. Pretty high in BU's.

Slightly slick mouthfeel with some carbonation bite.

This is a very sessionable beer. Bottle conditioned adds a certain complexity that lacks in some IPAs. A gateway brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2007 03:52:41 | More by bosco7
Photo of alemakesmestrong


4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear yellow straw color.

Smell was of Northwest hops. Very approachable.

Taste was very good, dry hops still kicking, but the malt was nice and lightly sweet.

Finish is a wine term.

Overall impression was "I have officially had my 100th american IPA, but this one I really liked. Good job bridgeport brewers!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2007 03:05:25 | More by alemakesmestrong
Photo of 1fastz28


3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden haze color witha nice carbonation as well as a nice lacing. Almost has a slight green hue to it. Smells very piney, with some citrus aspects and hops of course. Taste is first a slight warmness of alcohol with more pine and hops than before, but has more of a yeast taste to it aswell. Pretty good well rounded IPA, i'm kinda spoiled from all the DFH i've been buying, but this is a good example of an IPA, too bad they dont sell it in illinois, its a good beer that i'd buy often if available.


Serving type: bottle

05-08-2007 00:49:17 | More by 1fastz28
Photo of GbVDave


3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a very nice looking hazy-peach color. 1 1/2 finger of off-white head that retain for ages and leaves the inside of the glass absolutely coated with lace.

S: Pungeant hop aroma. Undercurrent of citrus and a tiny smack of biscuit malt.

T: Bitter, pungeant hops that exude citrus qualities. Malt flavors are very subdued. There is a tart fruit flavor towards the finish as well.

M: Bitter and drying. Very still appearance, yet prickly to the tongue.

D: Quite refreshing but unfortunately it's balanced a little too much towards the bitter side. Could use a touch more of caramel malt to liven up the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2007 22:23:54 | More by GbVDave
Photo of fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light orange in colour with a bit of haze and moderate carbonation. Fragrant aromas of tangerine, white grapes, pink grapefruit, and a bit of pine. Loads of citrus fruit in the mouth, with more tangerine and orange, with some very mild secondary notes of flowers, and a bit of roasted nuts. There’s a bit of cut grass on the finish. Not a whole lot of malty flavors here. The bitterness is so smooth that I find it hard to consider it an IPA. I think SNPA, which it vaguely reminds me of, might even be a bit more bitter than this. Very drinkable stuff though. Probably a real crowd pleaser.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2007 23:15:27 | More by fisherman34
Photo of kdoc8


4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served up with a thick, foamy white head - over 1 inch thick. Reddish-golden in color. The smell is mainly of hops - I don't get much complexity in the smell. But then I was pleasantly surprised with the taste which was much more complex of floral hops and not bitter at all. Very refreshing and drinkable. Plus it's a bit lower in ABV at 5.5% than typical IPAs, so you can keep on drinking it for a while.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2007 20:28:25 | More by kdoc8
Photo of mhaws000


4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at a local restaurant in a Bridgeport IPA pint glass

a-nice dark orangey yellow. Others have compared it to the color of iced tea, that is a pretty good comparison. Not much head but the foam maintained throughout the beer.

S-Hoppy herbal and spicy notes and a definite citrus kick.

T-As a big fan of hoppy double IPAs this has a minimal hop presence for an IPA but it works wonderfully witht the citrus (especially grapefruit) sweetness in the beer.

M-Really nice carbonation level to cut through the slightly syrupy body. Once again the two work really well together to create a nicely balanced beer.

D-Very high. I really enjoy this beer. As I mentioned before it is not a hop monster like some IPAs but rather a well thought out skillfully made example of a delicious style of beer. I will absolutely drink this beer again and again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2007 02:11:38 | More by mhaws000
Photo of Bamabrew22


4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a pint of this not too long ago at the Barking Kudu on Lakeview. Really nice, tasty IPA.

Appearance - Beautifull liquid gold look to it with a well-crafted and lacey head. Nicely presented beer. The kind you'd take home to mom on a first date.

Smell - Deep hops smell throughout with a spicy-floral aroma that makes you want to swan-dive into.

Taste - Heavy hops bite grabs you from the start and never lets go. Spicy and fruity flavors, hinting of citrus fruits and cloves.

Mouthfeel - a well developed feel to it, like you've really got something in your mouth. Soft, yet dense, resist the temptation to chew.

Drinkability - Goes down smooth with enough of a mesmerizing hoppiness the keep you coming back for more. Excellent IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2007 20:16:18 | More by Bamabrew22
Photo of CJStout


3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Nice tangerine/tea color, generous frothy head that disapates very slowly. Carbonation is noticable. Lacing persists.

Smell - Hops are very prominent but surely not over powering compared to many other IPAs. Not one hop stands out to me, but aroma is fresh suggesting a late boil hop addition or dry hopping. Aroma says, "Have no fear - Drink me."

Taste - Good. Bitterness replaces hop aroma. Aftertaste is notably bitter but not outrageous. True to style.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation supplements the IBU bite. Medium body.

Drinkability - Middle of the road beer as far as drinkability - bitterness is significant but not extreme, medium body, moderate carbonation, does not strike me as having a high alcohol level. Probably would not drink more than two at a time.

Overall - Very attractive, pleasant tasting beer, would definately order/buy again but it is not an IPA that distinguishes itself.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2007 22:34:10 | More by CJStout
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale amber with prominent yeast particles present. Mild head, decent retention.

American hops. Strongly citric, piney in the middle, finishes floral. Sweet fruity malt peaks through. Smells like wonderful hop nectar, exactly how an IPA should.

Medium bodied viscous balance of hops to malt. Fairly light, overall. Tastes like a fruity flower. Finishes dry.

Great IPA. I’ve always liked this one, one of the first to turn me on to goodbrew.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2007 06:47:18 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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