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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 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
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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?

Photo of inbeertruth
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my favorite pub glass.

Appearance: Light amber, hazy. Thick foam which fades slowly (I actually get a little froth on my nose and mustache).

Smell: Hoppy aroma, with toast, pine, vegetal, and fruit notes.

Taste: This is a hop explosion blanketed in fruit tones of peach, pine, and citrus. Complex. This beer, in my opinion, defines IPAs by their taste. It really kicks you in the mouth with the hops.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and carbonated; refreshing.

Drinkability: This is a darn good India Pale Ale. I always keep it on hand, and it is a staple in my household.

Photo of SwillBilly
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a classy and embossed 12 oz bottle. Very nice packaging for sure.

Appearance: Pours a light orange to peachy hue, slightly hazing due to an aggressive and it being bottled conditioned. A good 1" thickly foamed head tops the beer. Good head rentention as it is slow to fade.

Smell: Very light in the aroma department with a fruity maltiness layered with an herbal like hop aroma. Somewhat yeasty as well.

Taste: Starts with a fruity sweetness with hints of peach, apricot, a little lemony. The middle transitions the beer from the malty sweetness to a finish that is more of the peachy/apricot fruity goodness but is followed by a nice hoppy bitterness that lingers fairly long after the swallow. Very clean finish and nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with a bit of slickness. Carbonation is spot on.

Drinkability/Notes. Bridgeport IPA is very drinkable. A tasty IPA with a unique peachy fruitiness. Very easy on the palate and well balanced as the hops find their way in the finish with a very nice and subtle bitterness. Not over the top like some IPA's and definitely not like your typical West Coast IPA. Has a distinctly clean finish. Picked this up in NC of all places and glad I did. Worth seeking out and enjoying

Photo of shadow1961
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
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
bottom.

Photo of Budro
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of IceEyes
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of oakbluff
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of Vancer
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of dickroop
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of flexabull
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of Padron4KM
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

Photo of josiahschlender
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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..

Photo of Riggo
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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!

Photo of boblog
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of trevorwideman
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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!

Photo of ArrogantB
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of bosco7
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of alemakesmestrong
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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!

Photo of 1fastz28
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

cheers.

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