Bridgeport IPA - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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4.03/5 rDev +4.9%
A "typical" IPA color, although perhaps a little less dark than most.
Smells like floral hops, but with a malt backbone.
Taste is very unusual. Hop bitterness, but with a bubble-gum type sweetness. Kind of like a kid's medicine, but quite good. It also has a little bit of a yeast-type after flavor. I'm not sure what's producing the bubble-gum flavors, but they're definitely there. Perhaps it's herbal...maybe it's a little bit of a Tea-Berry flavor?
Mouthfeel/Drinkability is solid. It's not too weak or strong and the flavor keeps you coming back. It's something I could definitely drink several of.
Definitely a different IPA, but a really good one.
A must try for anyone!
02-13-2006 01:29:31 | More by Domingo
3.65/5 rDev -4.9%
Pours a slightly hazy golden copper with a giant, billowy white head that retains well. The aroma has a nice citrus and piney hops kick, as well as some caramel malt, esters, and a hint of alcohol...the prototypical IPA it seems. The flavor starts off with some citrusy and piney hops, followed by a light caramel and toasted bread malt component, and a touch of alcohol. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery for the style, but drinkability is good. A descent IPA, but there isnt much of a malt character to back up the hops (which arent that impressive anyways) and the mouthfeel is too thin.
02-06-2006 04:01:39 | More by silver0rlead
3.5/5 rDev -8.9%
Poured into pint glass.
A good pour. Lacey head, yellow-golden hue to body. Aroma had citrus, hops and orange, I think.
Head was totally gone half-way through the beer. Taste had a good hop quality, but disappeared after the first couple of sips. The bite seemed partially from the hops and the carbonation. Almost a clean, crisp taste rather than bitter.
Had this after Boulder Beer's Mojo IPA. this one is better.
01-13-2006 03:26:42 | More by Mebuzzard
3.13/5 rDev -18.5%
12oz bottle without intelligible freshness date.
Poured a somewhat anemic hazy yellow-orange. Big chunky white foam slowly dropped to a finger or two and lace. Smells predominately hoppy with citrus (orange, lemon?) undertones; simple but pleasant. Very little initial flavor on the tongue. Thin and grainy at first, with a leafy middle and slightly bitter drying hop and mineral finish. Overly thin and moderately bubbly in the mouth.
Fairly thin and weak in flavor for an American IPA.
01-13-2006 03:04:12 | More by dgallina
3.85/5 rDev +0.3%
A bit on the reserved side for an IPA, but nicely done. Clean, biscuit malt with moderate hopping that suggested citrus in a roundabout way. Finish was just a touch astringent to pull things together. Not a lot of session candidates in the IPA category, but his is one I could enjoy several of, and at 5.5 abv, a reasonable choice. Apparently this is becoming pretty widely available, and would be a good introduction to the style for a macro drinker.
01-09-2006 17:31:28 | More by Brent
3.63/5 rDev -5.5%
Bottle donated to my cause by my brother John. Thanks buddy.
Aroma is very pleasant, with a somewhat soft/mild sweet malt followed by complex hops of grass, flowers and citrus.
Amber of fold/yellow and a little brown. Cloudy. Head settles slowly and shows some lace.
Like the aroma flavor profile is complex, yet soft. Bitterness is boldest aspect and is long and lingering. There is a slight sourness that's a little off-putting. Mild malt is adequately supportive and not particularly sweet. Hops are less pleasing and intense than in the aroma.
Carbonation feels excessive. Body feel is medium. Somewhat soft.
Not sure if bottle was old,but the sourness quality was distasteful.
12-29-2005 23:01:58 | More by garymuchow
4.33/5 rDev +12.8%
Appearance: Beautiful golden amber color with a small amount of floaties. White lacy head quickly dissipated.
Nose: Far less hoppy than expected. Spicy hints. Definate hops. Some fruity yeast smells as well.
Taste: Malty start. Quite smooth. Interesting hop profile. Far less bitter than expected. Quite nice actually. Clean, drying finish.
Quite a tasty beer. I was expecting a lot more hops for an American IPA. I found this beer more balanced and very flavourful than a typical American IPA that is just hops-hops-hops.
12-27-2005 04:11:28 | More by isubsmith
4.28/5 rDev +11.5%
Appearance: Very light in color. A darker golden color with a hint of amber might be a good way to describe it. There was some appearance of haze, but very little. Head was composed of dense slightly off white bubbles that dissipated within 3 minutes leaving a thin white layer of foam.
Smell: Hops are definitely present with a piney smell and also a slight green apple aroma with maybe a hint of oak?
Taste: Very hoppy as per the style, but with a good bitter biscuity flavor that lingers on the back of the tongue after the swallow. Seems like there might be some citrusy notes hiding in the hops, but the bittering tends to overpower it. The apple aroma does translate into a very slightly (and I mean VERY slight) apple flavor, but this lends some depth to the hops flavoring. I really like this IPA since the malt is definitely in there and not overpowered by the hops.
Mouthfeel: Slightly thicker than I expected with carbonation that creates bubbles all over my tongue that quickly dissipate so that I can actually taste the beer. There is no appreciable alcohol warming.
Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer and is good for a session beer in my book, although some people may find it too aggressively hoppy or alcoholic to be drinking large quantities of.
12-15-2005 23:50:49 | More by Muddybuddy
4/5 rDev +4.2%
Pours a darker shade of clear gold with a tall puffy white head.
Smell is a big nose full of hops with citrus, pine, pineapple, menthol and a bit of eucalyptus in the scent. Tart acid scents from the hops are in here too. Malt scents are masked by the hop's intensity here and the only thing that gets past them is a bit of fruity scent from the yeasts used. I could almost take some points away for lack of complexity but the hop scent is VERY complex here.
Taste is light malts and strong citrus hops at the beginning with a restrained bitterness. Good amount of tropical flavors from the hops here mostly pineapple and mango. Lots of layer of hop flavors here, pretty much what you can smell is what you can taste. Good lingering bitterness in the after taste, this is an IPA that is indeed all about the hops. I could almost give this a 4.5 for taste but no there are better.
Mouthfeel is good.
Nice tasty IPA here with a low alcohol content, too bad it is a bit strong for a session brew. Nice and tasty IPA but very quickly this will fatigue your tongue. This is best reserved for session brew duty for Hopheads that think, "Stone Ruination needs more hops."
12-14-2005 03:31:09 | More by Zorro
4.05/5 rDev +5.5%
Hazy golden orange...tiny bits of yeast hover as far as the eye can see. Nice foamy white head which leaves some nice lacing. Smell is big-time floral hops with hints of fruit as well, and a biscuity malt base. Tastes are surprisingly creamy & smooth malts with a nice floral hop touch. Mouthfeel is very smooth and it finishes with a bold, bitter aftertaste. Didn't blow me away by any means, but it's a solid session IPA and a good representation of the style using Northwest hops.
12-12-2005 05:28:31 | More by hero27
3.85/5 rDev +0.3%
Pours a hazy pale gold. Surprisingly pale gold. Dense two-finger cream-colored head, sheets of lace. Smells of herbal and citrus hops with a faint aroma of pale malt.
Lightly fruity and grassy malt. Followed by a finih of pleasantly biting herbal hops. Crisp mouth. A bit light for the style. A strident low-level bitterness that builds throughout. Good stuff, good session beer.
12-12-2005 04:08:08 | More by ViveLaChouffe
3.48/5 rDev -9.4%
5.5% ABV, O.G.=13.5, 50 IBUs.
Pours to a hazy and finely sedimented peach golden, forming a rocky off-white head with very good retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is fresh and brisk with woody hops, grapefruit and pine, mixed with a touch of higher alcohols and caramel which I have learned to expect from Bridgeport and their dreaded yeast. The mouthfeel is semi-smooth with a medium body...a little light for the style. The flavor is not overly hoppy like most Northcoast IPA's...in between the British style IPA and the American style. The chemical bitterness is rather mild and never abrasive. I'm picking up on an dry oak character in the finish, but I don't think they use oak in the beer. The finish is relatively clean with lingering grapefruit and light acridity and astringency. Toast is lightly evident in the middle.
Ho hum...an average IPA. Not too exciting, but not boring either. Quite middle of the road, but not something I would care to drink again as there are so many great IPA's available.
12-09-2005 23:24:02 | More by Mitchster
3.73/5 rDev -2.9%
This is a proto-typical Pacific Northwest hoppy beer. The body is cloudy gold with a white head that covers the beer through the last sip. I poured the yeast in, as I usually do, when I had a bottle last night and it sat as a clump at the bottom of the glass. I poured this pint without it as the label suggests, but I think it tastes better with the yeast. Citrus hop flavors- grapefruit, tangerine- meet pine, fruity yeast and honey tinged caramel malts. The carbonation is lively, but the body is somewhat light. This stuff is an enjoyable session IPA, especially when you pour the yeast into it.
12-02-2005 08:28:46 | More by goschool
3.73/5 rDev -2.9%
Poured at 50 degrees, slowly (as suggested on the label) so as not to disturb the yeast. Crystal clear golden yellow, with a voluminous pale yellow-white head. As the glass was emptied, last two ounces (with yeast sediment) were poured more aggressively to yield a hazy yellow. Head disappeared a bit faster than the beer disappeared, leaving a thin but distinct layer in the end, and some sticky lace on the glass.
Nose floral and citrus. Taste was a nice balance of malt and citrus hops, hops taking the upper hand to state it was an American IPA. A touch of apricot in the beginning, with distinctly more grapefruit character after the yeast was added in the end. Hops were not overwhelming in this IPA, making it a good candidate for a session beer. It had light carbonation, a bit less body than I anticipated. Smooth, slightly astringent finish.
11-29-2005 04:26:06 | More by babydoc
4.15/5 rDev +8.1%
This is a really great looking beer, it has a level of color that isn't too light or too dark.
There is a fluffy finger and a half of head that becomes a thick ring of lacing around the edges. Nice floral aroma.
Super smooth taste with a nice fragrant hop flavor, slightly sweet.
Clean finish, maybe a bit perfumey.
Overall a pleasantly drinkable beer.
11-27-2005 22:48:32 | More by Chadbrew
4.5/5 rDev +17.2%
Thanks to 1hopmontster for this one...have been looking forward to this one since we started talking up a trade...did not disappoint.
Pours a cloudy, golden orange color with a full finger of snowy, bright white head that sticks around for most of the pint...and produces some impressive striated lace.
Bitter, piney hops in the nose...a touch of malt in the mix as it warms.
The taste is fantastic...sweet malt shines through to balance this offering out perfectly. Tons of resiny hops in the flavor, yet hitting me more like a hopped up English style IPA.
Mouthfeel is slightly above average and the carbonation makes this highly quaffable. Finishes bitter but not dry and the hops linger on the pallet with incredible flavor, yet not sweet.
Have to add this one to my handful of exceptional IPA's that would find it's way into constant rotation if only if it was available in my area...one can only hope I will find this one again in my travels.
11-19-2005 21:33:27 | More by warriorsoul
3.7/5 rDev -3.6%
Poured a orangey golden color into my glass mug and left a pleasant creamy head. Detected hints of citrus, though the flavors were much more pronounced in the taste. The taste imparted an complex blending of hops, but not too bitter. An agreeable natural pine-like taste was present throughout. Mouthfeel was crisp, though the beer went down smoothly with no significant aftertaste. Another solid offering by Bridgeport. I need to get a hold of their Old Knucklehead Ale to do some serious taste testing.
11-18-2005 03:42:01 | More by WTexas
3.78/5 rDev -1.6%
Beer had a white head, a pale orange-yellow color, and was a tad cloudy. The aroma was very citrusy hops, sharp, with a touch of fruitiness. The flavor was also a little fruity at the start, with some bubble gum notes, then it became more malty and finished with a strong bitterness. It could use a little more malt backbone. There wasn't a lot of hop flavor, mostly just bitterness. This was a good, non-extreme IPA, very drinkable for just about any occaision.
11-10-2005 01:36:03 | More by KroMagnon
3.23/5 rDev -15.9%
A decent IPA, but certainly not a Dogfish Head 90, or even a Stone IPA. Pours a clear copper with a half-inch head that didn't care to stay for long. Nose is hoppy, lightly grapefruit-like, but the malt was also evident. Taste was not hoppy enough for what I like an IPA to be. A bit of orange/grapefruit, then clove, followed by some grassy malts. Not very deep. Pretty carbonated, with a spicy mouthfeel due mainly to the carbonation. Light and drinkable, though. Maybe a good summer IPA.
11-07-2005 02:22:16 | More by kosmoraios
4.05/5 rDev +5.5%
Pours a hazy orangey gold with a stark white head that disappeared rapidly.
Smells like bread or grains with big citrus hops aroma. Faint alcohol scent.
Great balance! Not nearly as bitter as I might expect. Nice flavor hop profile, very floral. There is a malt sweetness that lingers through the finish.
Smooth and creamy. Very much a bottle conditioned beer. There is a nice CO2 bite.
A fairly low alcohol content and great flavor really make this a beer to drink for an extened session.
I love this beer! Bridgeport IPA certainly isn't the best beer ever but it is a really tasty real ale I can buy everywhere for about $7 a six pack. Not too bitter, it may make a nice introduction for people who don't think they'd enjoy an IPA. As of the date of this review, it is my go-to, always-have-in-the-fridge beer
11-04-2005 08:02:28 | More by krberg
4.22/5 rDev +9.9%
Pours a hazy light brown with a small white head. Leaves some lacing. Smells of hops with a small bit of alchohol. Taste is great. Being an IPA the hops are obviously apparent, but well balanced by the malts. Nothing is too overpowering in this IPA and it is actually very pleasant to drink. A great IPA in my opinion.
10-31-2005 23:08:47 | More by BurnsTau
4.18/5 rDev +8.9%
Hazy with a deep straw color; large fizzy white head. Grassy hop aroma with hints of lemon, and a faint pale malt background. Big lemony hop nose, with some light raw grain poking through towards the back, then a dry, cleansing hoppy finish. Dominated by a clean, lemony-fresh bitterness. A bit thin, but the mouthfeel is delicate with lively carbonation. A quenching, crisp IPA with a light pale malt character. A standby NW IPA, especially with certain foods.
10-25-2005 05:35:19 | More by bcm119
3.88/5 rDev +1%
12 oz brown bottle, no freshness date, served in a Stein
Pours a cloudy amber with a thick, fast forming, long lasting head. Overall, attractive.
Smells of hop, with a leafy/earthy layer detectable, some spiciness and a little cider smell. Pretty good, I think.
A very tasty IPA. Not as strong as some, but very balanced. A sweet beginning is quickly overcome by the hop bitterness and the spiciness from the alcohol. A little cider is in the aftertaste, as well as the earthiness/leafiness. The aftertaste is really dry. Mouthfeel is slick and pleasant at first, then very dry afterwards. A great combo.
A really nice American IPA. I could drink this all night, unlike, say, the Flying Dog, which is relatively more unbalanced.
10-20-2005 05:57:30 | More by UberWasser
4.45/5 rDev +15.9%
This IPA pours a lovely clear gold until the smidgeon of yeast at the bottom of the bottle hits the glass and produces a cloudy gold. Yum...I love bottle conditioned ales.
The head is quite massive at first but settles into a nice 1/4" layer around the glass.
Smell is citrusy and promising.
Taste is a nice harmonic balance between the hops and the malt that lingers in the aftertaste. Superb IPA *and* it didn't take a high abv to make it so! Only thing is, I can only get this one when I make trips to Colorado or order it on line.
10-08-2005 21:07:47 | More by Bitterbill
4.38/5 rDev +14.1%
Appearance Pours very light amber with intense clouding from the in bottle yeast. A 1 finger, complex yellowy head arises; on its bottom large bubbles, small ones on the top. Heavy lacing little head retention. Broken clouds of foam on top.
Smell Strong, intense fresh hops from dryhopping with spruce overtones.
Taste: crisp, extremely well balanced with the intense hops slowly finishing allowing slight banana tastes from the isoamyl acetates produced by the yeast. Youll miss the malts if you drink this beer too cold. Those present are moderately kilned.
Mouthfeel: Full, great mouthfeel.
Drinkability: I think this is one of the most balanced IPAs out there and is highly drinkable. Fantastic beer; great price too.
10-03-2005 18:48:19 | More by xoqx
Bridgeport IPA from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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