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Bridgeport IPA - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Bridgeport IPABridgeport IPA

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very good

871 Ratings

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Ratings: 871
Reviews: 517
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 31
Gots: 37 | 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 GPHarris


3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a one finger thick head into a tumbler. has a golden, slightly hazy color to it.
s - has a malty and sweet smell like most of their beers.
t - very complex taste to it and hard to differentiate specific tastes but there is a hint of citrus.
m - slight carbonation
d - one of my favorite IPAs. it's very crisp from beginning to end.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2006 15:36:14 | More by GPHarris
Photo of jasonjlewis


4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm new to the style but man was this beer balanced. I love it!

Appearance: cloudy browish gold color with nice head retention.

Smell: Biscuity, citrusy almost smell, esters come through.

Taste: Remarkably smooth, I read 2 lbs of hops in each barrel. That's amazing that it's this balanced. Nice easy going beer. I think acheived what they were going for, a smooth IPA. It's not crazy and wild, it's just remarkable smooth and crisp. Has a creamy taste. The malts and hops are well balanced. It's remarkable how balanced this beer is. Sort of biscuity as well.

Mouthfeel: The natural carbonation that is in this beer makes a mouthfeel that is incredible. Very crisp naturall carbonation.

Drinkability. Can't get anymore drinkable than this. I could down these all night long. This is a sessionable IPA.

Notes: More of an english style IPA

Serving type: cask

07-25-2006 00:28:36 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of variousartists


4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Nice lingering head. Inviting color.

Smell: Nice floral hoppy aroma.

Taste: Wow! This is one fine IPA. Very balanced. The bottle conditioning really pays off. Adds a very nice complexity.

Mouthfeel: Conditioned bottle results in a nice carbonation.

Drinkability: Could drink this all day and night. One of my new favorites. Another fine brew from Oregon.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2006 06:40:17 | More by variousartists
Photo of RBorsato


4.7/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasted at the BridgePort Brewing Co./Brewpub in Portland, OR on 06/15/06.

Nice bright golden color with a decent off-white head. Aroma was full of beautiful citrusy/grapefruit NW hops. Flavor was pretty much the same without being bitter at all. Perfect balance of hops and malts. Medium bodied and smooth with a nice hoppy finish.

A wonderful example of the NW IPA style - God bless NW hops !!

Per BB website:
Natural-conditioning. Five hop varieties.
ABV: 5.5%, OG: 13.5, IBUs: 50
Silver - American Style Pale Ale - GABF - 1999
Gold - Classic English Style Pale Ale - GABF - 1997

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2006 18:48:28 | More by RBorsato
Photo of dreadnatty08

District of Columbia

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

Pours a cloudy, golden orange color. Tons of frothy white head is well supported with excellent tracing. Aromas of citrusy and floral hops dominate with a little sweet lemony background. Flavors are well balanced for an IPA. Complex hop flavor mingling with a dry malty flavor ending with a slight bitter tinge. This is a perfect everyday IPA, nothing palate destroying, but also very crisp with a high carbonation level.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2006 16:46:28 | More by dreadnatty08
Photo of objectivemonkey


4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass, pours a kind of dark golden copper on top, fading to dark amber on bottom, pretty opaque, nice off-white head that shrinks to a nice thin foam and good cascading lacing. Really like this aroma, a pretty herbal mix of piney hops and grapefruit, given some extra umph by the sugar-sweet malt backing complemented with a slight alcohol twinge mid nose. Taste is a slight let down, not living up to the nose. A very short biscut malt upfront swarmed immediately with an extery hop that ends up a little subdued, ending long and bittering, a bit dry perhaps. The creamy mouth is nice, a very drinkable beer. Not the big IPA I was expecting, but definitely quite nice, and as its bottle conditioned, probably has a real good shelf life. A goodie in my book. I want another.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2006 21:30:04 | More by objectivemonkey
Photo of gbarron


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

From a 12 oz. bottle with those cool Bridgeport embossments on it. States that there is live yeast in the bottle.

A - light golden amber with a frothy white head like a pillow of tight bubbles. Leaves adequate lacing. Looks like a nice pale ale.

S - light aroma of earthy, floral hops, along with sweet toasty malt. Well balanced nose. Reminiscient of fresh bread and yeast.

T - tastes a lot more like an Enligsh IPA than an American. Hops are well balanced against the malt here, unlike in a lot of modern American IPAs. Reminds me alot of Sam Smith's IPA. Assertive floral hop bitterness runs up against a toasty, caramel, yeasty bread flavored malt backbone. Also present appears to be significant amounts of Burton salts/water hardening minerals as the beer has a noticeable minerally dryness in the finish. Well-made, very tasty, well balanced IPA.

M - medium bodied, slightly chewy, very dry finish. Carbonation appears average.

D - very tasty, balanced, well-crafted brew. A good example of what IPA can be without going overboard with citrusy NW hops.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2006 13:49:51 | More by gbarron
Photo of Beaver13


3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a glowing golden with lots of tiny yeasties. The head is a large frothy white that retains and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is slightly sweet, earthy malts and very grassy, almost metallic, hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts leading to a subdued english hop finish. There are some metallic, slightly skunky notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a good amount of carbonation - slightly sharp.

Overall, a good English IPA. I prefer the over the top American style, but this is a nice change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2006 05:39:55 | More by Beaver13
Photo of WeymouthMike


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

I really enjoyed this beer and think this is a perfect example of an American
IPA on all levels. This is so well balanced in this world of over hoppy IPAs that are on the market now. Super smooth and the right amount of malt gave this a great mouthfeel which would make drinking a few of these an easy task to do on a nice summer's day.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2006 22:49:21 | More by WeymouthMike
Photo of kimcgolf


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

Poured from 12 oz. bottle. Golden orange color with white head that dissipated quickly, but had good lacing throughout. Hoppy aromal of grapefruit and lemon. A very smooth drinking beer, just bitter enough to be good, with a long, smooth finish. Impressed with this and the ESB. Glad these are finally coming to the South.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2006 21:26:11 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of znarf


3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a light head, its look and scent nothing to write home about, but wait, the taste will surprise you. Good citrus elements to taste. Good beer on a hot day, refreshing and light in flavor with a tangerine finish. Kind of a nice surprise. Good IPA in a pinch.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2006 02:00:48 | More by znarf
Photo of Hollenbeck2


4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

so far, by far my favorite IPA to date, this is the oldest micro-brewery in Portland OR and to be honest I have only tried this IPA in the bottle, I plan to make a trip to the brewery, where I assume the taste can only improve. Not too bold but just right, the taste is excellent and smooth, not too overpowering as some IPA's can be.

I highly recommend trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2006 18:09:42 | More by Hollenbeck2
Photo of orsulacp


3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came to the table with a small head on top of a clear copper body. It was on special for $3 a pint so it became the session beer. The smell was a bit off, there was very little hop aroma and some crackery malt. The keg was changed during the session of these beers and it didn't improve the aroma. The taste is right on, piney floral hops, nice and tasty not overly bitter with a good malt background. It had a medium mouthfeel and was very drinkable an excellent session beer. It went well with the spicy pork loin.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2006 13:04:31 | More by orsulacp
Photo of kgotcher


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

Slightly hazy light copper color, big cabonated white head. Great head that never fully goes away. Lots of beautiful lacings even after the glass is empty.

Hoppy aroma of pine and spice, light citrus. Light pale and caramel malts, just a hint of sulphur. But man those piney hops come through.

Dry but refreshing mouthfeel. Nice light body,

Taste is very straight forward. Light cracker maltyness, and lots of piney hops. Very hop sided brew. Light bitterness and a dry finish.

I reviewed this beer before and it has always been one of my favorites, however lately I have grown to appreciate bigger bodied IPA's that have much strong malt profiles. Still this one rates high on drinkability and is very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2006 05:59:20 | More by kgotcher
Photo of doppelmeup

North Carolina

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

Poured a light copper color with a half inch head that left decent lacing on the glass.

Aromas of pine and some grapefruit. Definitely smells like an IPA.

Taste was quite piney, although not over the top bitter. Could have used a little more balance, IMO.

Good mouthfeel. Some creaminess and a slight hoppy aftertaste.

Overall not a bad IPA. I've had some better, but this was not bad. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2006 16:39:32 | More by doppelmeup
Photo of geexploitation


4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a big eggshell white head and cloudy, light amber body with a constant stream of bubbles floating up to the head. Big piney nose with hints of grapefruit and mint. Big piney bitterness at the start, morphing into citrus sweet-and-sour notes, along with chewy, fine-bubbled carbonation. The bottle conditioning here adds a lot, as the bubbles are tiny and persistent.

Overall, this is not as bitter or as malty or as big-in-general as a lot of American IPAs these days, but it's great nonetheless. The hop notes are bright and delicate, and the malt is about as substantial as you can get without venturing into double IPA territory. Hugely hoppy and pleasantly so. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2006 05:11:15 | More by geexploitation


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

I ordered this on tap at my local Old Chicago restaurant. I wasn't disappointed-- the beer arrived with a nice, frothy head. It didn't disappear completely-- left a nice lace on the glass as I drank.

I'm a huge fan of IPAs and HOPPY beer-- this IPA certainly has a great hoppy flavor, but not overly done. This is a beer I could drink as a "session" IPA. The ABV doesn't seem like it is much over 6%.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2006 03:39:57 | More by IPALOVER
Photo of KyleVick4


2.55/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

pint @ Taco Mac

A: Came with a nice head and left beautiful lacing all down the glass.

S: Was served to cold, but after it warmed a bit caught some simple smells of hops and maybe bread?

T: Grapefruit. In my opinion too much citrusy hops. Too much cascade or cascade family hops. Also caught some maltyness, but not too much. Personally think it needs much more complexity and a bigger grain bill.

M: Kinda light for an IPA, not bad carbonation, just right actually. A little swet for an IPA, but not to a bad extent.

D: Well the overpowering taste of grapefruit hurts it a lot. Other than the one-sidedness of this beverage I would have had another, but I didnt.

Not a bad IPA if you are a fan of citrusy hops. Unfortunately I am more of a fan of the piney hops and marked off accordingly...

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2006 06:59:05 | More by KyleVick4
Photo of shererjt


3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy orangish-copper with a lot of carbonation and a big, off-white head. Wow, aroma was really, really, really citrusy, particularly grapefruit. If you don't like citrusy hops, pass on this one. Otherwise, earthy with a bit of caramel in the background. Tasted about like it smelled; lots of hop flavor and lots of bitterness. There was a fair amount of malt in the background to help out, but it's a little over-the-top hoppy for my taste. Mouthfeel was pretty typical; had a substantial but not overpowering body. Drinkability was good as well.

Nice beer. I love IPAs, though I prefer British hops. If you're a lover of cascade hops, you'll find a lot to like in this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2006 02:08:19 | More by shererjt
Photo of sammy44


3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good IPA and good drinking beer. Served from a bottle with a careful pour to leave as much sediment behind as possible. Holding the bottle up to the light you can see some yeast still floating around in the bottle so not all will settle out.

Pours a slightly hazy copper with a white fluffy head. Head tries to lace a little on the way down.

Smell is of citrusy and piney hops with a little bit of other fruit smell in there as well. Malty sweetness is at a minimal.

The taste is a bit unbalanced but it is an IPA. There is a flash of sweetness up front then a blast of lemon zest hops. The flavor does not linger but is gone with a dry feeling on the mouth.

An OK session beer. A good IPA that is not too over the top.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2006 13:25:24 | More by sammy44
Photo of troutmask96


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

Bridgeport IPA is a great IPA in that is it inexpensive, you can find it everywhere in the northwest, it has a relatively low ABV, and it is a decent drinking session brew. Nothing too remarkable here unless you consider these variables. It's a great case to break out for a summer party...

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2006 18:05:12 | More by troutmask96
Photo of edmundfitzoil


3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a single bottle of Bridgeport's bottle conditioned IPA from a brown bottle. No date was listed in bottle anywhere on the bottle I could find.

The beer poured a perfect gold color with champagne like, perpetually rising carbonation. The beer's inch of pillowy white head and a gradual number of lacing rings down the sides of my glass. The beer's nose was slightly disspointing: bland and slightly grainy. Bridgeport IPA's flavor was lightly, citrussy hoppy initially with a pleasant, dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, and the drinkablity, because of its lack of over the top hoppiness and nice balance, this IPA is pretty darn drinkable. this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2006 04:20:08 | More by edmundfitzoil
Photo of hanco005


4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with no markings of batch of freshness, poured into a pint glass

A—pours hazy orange amber color, cloudy with a darker tornado looking swirl that came out of the last of the bottle, I assume it has something to do with the “bottle conditioning” as the label indicates, a pillowy off white head appears and collapses slowly into a few islands, there is also a brown splotch in the head which I also contribute to the “bottle conditioning”, there are some dust like floaties in the glass, too, laces in spots down the side as I drink

S—hops are plentiful, some sweetness, but it is very mild, more floral than anything

T—bitter all around but not too powerful, the malts provide a touch of sweetness that balances it out well, the floralness can be tasted, just a touch of citrus…a very faint touch, actually, finishes dry

M—light/medium bodied with appropriate carbonation, a bit slick

D—a solid IPA that is well worth returning to. I would take this for a session beer in a minute. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2006 03:56:06 | More by hanco005
Photo of Wasatch


3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy golden yellow, nice carbonation, tiny head which disipates quickly, some lacing.

S - Scents of hops, and citrus.

T - The taste is hoppy, but not that much, there's a nice little bite at the dry finish.

M - Medium body.

D - Drinkable. This is a nice little brew from Bridgeport, not that hoppy though, so if your looking for a real hoppy IPA, this would not be your first choice. Would make a nice session brew though.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2006 00:12:02 | More by Wasatch
Photo of TheBungyo


4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The pour resulted in a copper body topped with a struggling inch thick head. Nose was a confrontational mix of pine, grapefruit, and syrup. Taste wasn't much different, bringing to mind grapefruit, pine, caramel, and lemon. This is the beer to introduce non-BA's to. Mouth is a wondrous tour of cream.
If you wish to session an IPA, look no further. This beer is pleasing on all fronts.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2006 02:44:35 | More by TheBungyo
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