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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

963 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 963
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 Murchmac
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of porntipsguzzardo
4.8/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

Photo of tronester
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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.

Photo of Deus1138
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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.

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

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of mmmbeer
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Photo of Tilley4
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of champ103
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A one finger head that fads fast. An amber orange color that leave a little lace.
S: Lots of floral hops with a good citrus aroma. The smell is about average for an IPA, but the average IPA smell is great.
T: Dry hops again (obvious) with some spiciness and citrus. Not bad at all, but have had too many IPA's that taste just like this.
M/D: Good carbonation and smooth. A little bitter, but not bad.

IPA's are not my favorite, but when the mood hits me this is a good one. The best thing about this beer, like all IPA's, is the smell. The smell always lours me in, and the taste does not disappoint...just a little one dimensional.

Photo of inanimal
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Bridgeport IPA out of the bottle produces a very thin head that quickly diminishes into the mug. The beer has a gorgeous amber with hint of orange color that is lightly cloudy, similar to but not as cloudy as a hefeweizen. I can only explain the smell as a pale ale, and I love it. The smell gives off more bitter intentions than the beer actually tastes. the taste is surprisingly delicious and is not very bitter. It also does not have a powerful aftertaste, that leaves you looking for the next sip. This beer is very drinkable with a good mix of bitter and sweet taste. Overall, a surprisingly delicious beer, and I'm gonna have another one right now.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12ounce bottle poured slowly into a chalice, yields a smallish white head over a hazy very orange-amber body. Lots of lacing. Pretty beer.

Smell is floral hops, grass, a little citrus, all over a mild cracker-malt base. I little bit of leather, and -- I promise you -- some raw beef, which is interesting, to say the least. Not at all unpleasant. Hard to describe.

Taste is almost all floral hops, with a small amount of bitterness. Sour and dry finish. Decent.

Mouthfeel is the best part of this beer: round, smooth and rich with soft carbonation, while retaining a hop-driven crispness. Very refreshing mouthfeel.

Drinkability is pretty good, since this is on the low end of the ABV scale for the style.

Photo of jwc215
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange with a thin head that becomes a thin patch before vanishing from the scene.

The smell is of citrus, pine/resin, and lemon zest. Normally, this would be great, but had to really search for it - very soft/mild.

The taste is hoppy, though pretty restrained. What's there is good, though - orange/lemon and grapefruit citric fruitiness - plenty of hops. But, why they seem a bit restrained? Well...what's there is nice. A piney/resiny character comes through as it warms. Grainy malt gives this a nice balance while keeping hops at the front - appropriate for style. This one has potential for being great, but...almost as much as in the smell, one has to search. Nice, but not as forward as I would expect for a Pacific NW IPA.

With a beer this potentially "big", I would like a bit more body to it. But, it does reach, and hold on to, medium-bodied, and it does have a decent carbonation level and a smooth, if rather lackluster, texture.

Well - bottom line - it's fine - could be great, even. But, it's so mild/restrained compared to so many other IPA's, especially from the region that it comes from. It could use more heft/richness/assertiveness. Nice, but rather wimpy.

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this back for me from his trip!

Photo of wagenvolks
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

First off, for a grocery-store IPA, this one might just take the cake. Unless your grocery store offers Red Seal or Magic Hat's HiPA...

The bridgeport IPA pours much like a blue moon -- cloudy orange gold body with a wisp of cream head. Lacing was present, nothing extravagent, although the head was retained fairly well. The aroma was the highlight of the beer: bold, foresty hops with a touch of resin. Lots of citrus too.

The taste was a bit disappointing. It was quite wheaty and semi-bland with a minor hop kick. It did get a little better as the beer warmed, but still failed to make an impression. Mouthfeel detected a somewhat light body, crisp and quite refreshing. A small, hoppy aftertaste, a little more envigorating than what the initial taste presented. Drinkability was quite good, I could easily put back a few in one setting, and, faced with limited grocery-store options, even consider buying this one again.

Photo of atsprings
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served a decent pale amber with a moderate but diminishing head. The aroma was some citrus hops and sweet malts. The taste was more of the same. A decently enjoyable IPA but nothing that sets it anywhere close to its competitors. I'm beginning to wonder why so few of the best IPAs come from the region that produces the best hops. Anyway, the beer is light bodied with low carbonation. This one is drinkable, but like I've already said in so many words, it's far from the best.

Photo of briman
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a hazy pale amber color. About a quarter inch white head, with average retention, leaving just some but not much lace.

Aroma is mild to moderately hoppy, some grapefruit & fresh orange citrus.

Flavor is pretty much what you'd expect. Basic pale malt base, dominated by the hops. Finishes with a grainy note along with a mild grapefruit bitterness, that isn't terribly punchy, and doesn't linger into the aftertaste much.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Balance is good. Not as hoppy as some other examples of this variety. Bitterness is pretty subdued. More on the refreshing side as opposed to being your standard IPA hop wallop. That said, if you're looking for a characteristic hop bomb, I think I would pass this one by. If you're looking for a mild IPA that's easy drinking & good for a few pints during the night this might be for you.

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

Hazy sort of golden orange color, head leaps up rather large and leaves some pretty okay lacing.

Big ester alcohol presence in the nose, with some hop fruitiness as well as evident yeast. Grain is light and biscuity in the background.

Hops are doing nicely here, bitter, but more fruit. A nutty earthy flavor is there as well, while a spicy ester presence comes in late in the flavor.

Rather creamy mouthfeel - bottle conditioned IPA - nice and smooth overall. Not spectacular but it hits on a good balance of hops and body.

Superbly drinkable, nicely hopped and spicy ale, weighing in at 5.5 this is a sessionable one. I'll look forward to having one at the brewery.

Photo of loren01
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an orangish color, big frothy white head, excellent head retention.
S: Smell is citrusy, lots of grapefuit. Very slight amount of maltiness/just baked bread smell as well.
T: Pretty well balanced, maltiness up front with a good bit of grapefuit. Their seems to be a little bit of a hop flavor that you don't normally get in the US. Wonder if they use some English hop or something?
M: Medium bodied beer. Crisp but easy drinking. Finishes dry.
D: Overall a very good IPA, different than the norm, but I like different.

Photo of IgnatiusReilly
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap to pint glass. Flying Saucer, Memphis, TN.

A: Deep golden clear color. Good head, lots of retention down the glass.
S: Lots of hops in the aroma. Subtle malt.
T: Citrus, and pine of hops dominate. Malt is much more subdued than most sweeter American IPAs. Finishes dry and very grainy, heavy on the earthy tones.
M: Full, clean and crisp.
D: The relative lack of sweetness makes this much more drinkable (session-considering) than most bigger IPAs.

Nice, clean IPA.

Photo of franksnbeans
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange with thick head and tons of lacing. Smells of lots of hops, some malt and citrus. Nice and full in the mouth, with a lot of refreshing carbonation. This has all the attributes of a great IPA. Nothing over the top and very well balanced. Drikability is great. This is a great session beer.

Photo of ccrida
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off, I consider the Bridgeport IPA to be the benchmark for the NW style.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an old John Smith's flared flute, (a glass style I don't often use but am really liking lately) the IPA is a hazy orange with large white head that leaving thick, foamy lace.

The smell is moderately strong, grapefruit and piney cascade and chinook goodness. I also think there are some english varieties as well, but I can't really smell them behind the NW powerhouses, which I really love.

The taste is very well balanced between the strong grapefruit hops and the soft, semi-sweet malt. The NW hops are dominant enough to define the style, but there is still an appreciable smoothness that's more akin to english style IPAs, which you don't often find in the NW, and I think is what sets the Bridgeport apart. In spite of the bitter finish, there's still a sweetness to the aftertaste, which is otherwise dry, that I really enjoy.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a medium body.

I think this is one of the most sessionable NW IPAs out there, my BBQ/party choice for sure. Reasonable ABV, price, well crafted and flavorful, without being to heavy, what more can you ask for?

Bridgeport IPA from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
86 out of 100 based on 963 ratings.