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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 whynot44


3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light/medium bodies, hazy light amber color with a nice off-white head that dissipates to some really nice lace.

The aroma is mild with a bit of pine, citrus and sour milk.

The taste is pine and grapefruit hops over a bready malt base and a bit of pear. Very lightly sweet before the hops take over, with a slightly sharp piney finish that lingers.

Fairly smooth, easy to drink. Not as aggressively hopped as some American IPAs but some may find this a plus.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2005 06:04:09 | More by whynot44
Photo of ADR


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

Slightly hazy bright orange color, less than full amber. White pillowy head, holds some shapes and sticks at over 1/4 of an inch after a minute of settling. Laces in downward pointing strands. Hops dominate the smell, lurk with fruitiness but expressing a delicate orange blossom tone. Body is lighter and the bottle conditioned carbonation is muted and kind of nice. Starts out with hops accompanying dry bready malts early. There is slightly more juiciness to th ehops here, not scouring but leaning toward a gentle orange rind with just a touch of pith. In some ways, an understated example but actually well-crafted in style without being laden with standard American IPA "tricks".

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2005 14:11:19 | More by ADR
Photo of kbub6f

New York

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

Small, white, filmy head. Hazy, orange-gold beer. Swoopy, spotty lacing. Big pine in the nose and a little tangy citrus. Very piney and fruity in front, with the fruit filling up and developing through a somewhat milky middle. More piney hops in the finish with some grapefruit. Nice nuts in the aftertaste. It's light, fresh and piney. Quite fruity, too. Some good grains in the finish. Intensifies a little with temperature.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2005 16:31:12 | More by kbub6f
Photo of beercollector


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

This pours with a good creamy white head with fair lacing. It is slightly cloudy amber.

The aroma is light malt with average hop and citrus.

The flavor starts with a light sweetness and then moderate acidity and hop bitterness. This is a mild IPA by Northwest standards but a good drinkable example if you do not want hop burn out.

This one can be an all day drinker for the deck.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2005 20:37:50 | More by beercollector
Photo of HardTarget


2.83/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Custom lettering on a brown 12 oz. bottle, Cap notes bottle conditioning, 5.5% abv but no date
Aroma: Mild floral and citric (orange) hop notes, some sweetness as well.
Appearance: Hazy dark blond glass with a nice finger of white creamy head that laced like a good IPA should.
Flavor: Starts fairly mild with the hops in control, dips to a light fruity middle then comes an over exuberant rush of bitter hops, a very U shaped taste profile. The bitter end is a bit much, being all bitter, no taste.
Mouthfeel: A bit numbing in the mouth, light-medium body with strong but acceptable carbonation.
Overall Impression: The finish is a bit bitter for my tastes. Too much bitter, not enough hop flavor or aroma. I would suggest (like the Master Brewer of Bridgeport hangs on my every word) moving the hop schedule forward a bit. Even with the haze, the beer looks great. I’m not craving another though, just too bitter for me.
Thanks to Pegasus for the bottle!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2005 00:54:26 | More by HardTarget
Photo of mjbrewboy


4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks stunning when poured into a glass and tastes even better. A nice citrus hit on the nose with some malt backbone to help balance this easy drinking IPA. The hop flavor is outstanding and refreshing. Just enough bitterness for hopheads without being a real tongue scraper. Carbonation may have been on the low side but I personally like a beer that is a little lower in CO2. I had some nice lacing rings while enjoying this beer. Magnificent jog lads!

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2005 03:53:16 | More by mjbrewboy
Photo of charlatan

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This straw coloured, slightly cloudy IPA comes on tap at Kelly's Olympian in Portland. It has mediocre head retention and leaves a little lacing.

The smell is a real turn off, but not particularly strong. There is a faint hint of vomit in there!

In marked contrast it tastes marvellous. Citrus hops are in charge here, but there is a little cereal flavour and some definite herbal/pine kick. This beer is probably most notable for its dry feel which is not unpleasant in combination with strong carbonation, but doesn't make for a good session beer.

I have had a good few pints of this IPA in the past, and I am really torn about it. Fortunately I never sniffed it before, and I'll be sure to avoid nasal interaction with it in future.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2005 10:06:28 | More by charlatan
Photo of sulldaddy


3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I am sampling a bottle from my buddy fish113d. I am drinkin at room temp. The beer pours slightly hazy orange with tightly packed bright white head of .5 cm. This quickly fades to a thin surface layer. Aroma is evident on the pour with pine and citrus (orange and grapefruit) hop scents mixing nicely. First sip reveals an average bodied brew with prickly carbonation. Texture is a little watery and flavor is lightly sweet up front, but not caramel or toffee, only orange. This flows quickly to a tart sour grapefruit finish that lingers. Not an overpowering IPA , but where is the malt backbone of this brew? Decent not great for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2005 04:43:05 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of GClarkage


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

01/08/05- Purchased at Jackson's Wine and Spirit's in Lafayette, CA

Presentation- 12 oz bottle with a code of "25441" on the back label. Quoted as a bottled conditioned beer. Poured into my Wyders Cider pint glass.

Appearance- Great cloudy golden coloring, nice 1 inch white creamy head and good lacing.

Smell- Great smells of grapefruit, orange, lemon and apricot. Bitter hops abound.

Taste- Hmmm, not as bitter as I expected, but still, it works for this beer. It is on the sweeter side a little. Almost like they were trying to go for the DIPA but left out about 3% of the alcohol. Very floral and fruity flavored hops, but on the muted side.

Mouthfeel- Quite creamy and nicely carbonated for a smooth draining of the bottle.

Drinkability- If you aren't in the mood for a super bitter hoppy IPA, but want one that still has great hop flavor and all the other qualities of a good IPA, definitely pick this one up and give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2005 17:27:39 | More by GClarkage
Photo of clvand0


4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared with me by kmpitz2. This one pours an orange color with very little head (almost none) and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma is very odd, but good. Lots of citrus in there with a possible bit of caramel malt. The flavor has a lot of the citrus notes that were represented in the aroma from the hops as well as a nice, sweet malt for a base. The body is moderate to light and the drinkability is good. I enjoyed this beer and I'd have it again if I had access to it.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2005 19:01:35 | More by clvand0
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4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This well traveled bottle came from Idaho, to Utah, shipped to Kentucky for us to drink. This beer pours a hazy orange color with no real head over top. The nose is sweet citrusy hops with a very sweet malty backbone, almost a orange quality to it. The flavor is nice. Some dirty hops, but a nice citric tinge, and a very sweet malt character. I like it. The feel is a touch bigger than moderate, but creamy and very delicious. What a nice nice beer. Glad I grabed this when I have the chance.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2005 00:45:47 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of rowew


4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck that prominently advertises the fact that it is bottle conditioned. Blurb about the beer and brewery on the neck - no freshness info I could find.

Appearance: Nice slightly hazy orange color with bits of sediment (I couldn't leave the tasty yeast in the bottle). Nice firm white head.

Smell: Citrus and hops with a slight malt undertone (smells similar to the biscuity aroma from Fat Tire).

Taste: Very nice mouthfeel with a smooth carbonation. Nice fruit and hop flavor well balanced by the malt. Bitter finish reminiscent of grapefruit. Very crisp.

Overall Impression: A very drinkable IPA - not overpowering in the hops tastes. Very well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2005 07:00:12 | More by rowew
Photo of GreenWBush


4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I can't tell you how pissed I was to finally get to the brew-pub and learn that the IPA was not on cask, a near impossible event. So to the Co2 I go.

Golden copper with streaming bubbles of carbonation. No head to speak of, but with agitation I was able to get a few specks of lace.

Nose is roughly citric hoppy, like cracking a fresh jug of Tropicana. Yum. All about hops, this beer is freshly squeezed Grapefruit-hop love.

Smallish mouthfeel, but wickedly refreshing and encourages you to keep going back for more...

Tiny hints of grainy malt decry a decently balanced beer, but this ones delicious hop characteristic make me look a little past the one-sidedness. Only gets this high of a review because of the sheer freshness and wickedly potent hop-bomb prowess. Another review of a bottled example is necessary to fully judge this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2004 04:03:00 | More by GreenWBush
Photo of meathookjones


3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This review was from a 12oz bottle sampled on 12/15/2004. This appears a hazy orange/yellow color with an off white head that was about a fingers width. The head dies quick leaving only a scattering of bubbles on top and on the side of the glass. Aroma is a bit earthy with a complementary biscuit malt presence. The earthiness has and interesting dirty or funky scent to it as well. Flavor starts of with a bitter floral/earthiness that is met by a light sweet caramel malt. The after taste is a bitter earthy hop one. Mouthfeel is about expected for the style and drinkability was about average. Overall a solid offering but not one that really got me going.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2004 19:11:30 | More by meathookjones
Photo of carln26


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

I had this from a bottle (pint glass) in the Sea-Tac Airport. It was a dull copper to gold with a slight head, and a medium cream colored head. Lace consistently sheeted the side of the glass as I drank. Piney, flowery hop aroma rose to the front, and a mild citrus, almost apple character quickly followed. Just a hint of malt came on the finish to balance out the hops. Nice hop bite that accentuates, rather then dominates the beer. Bright sharp mouth feel. Not too much alcohol. This is a nice warm weather, and really any weather beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2004 19:59:33 | More by carln26
Photo of mschofield


2.63/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a nice cloudy orange-amber, topped with a one finger white head, leaves bits of lacing.
Alcohol, yeast and leaf aroma, aroma isn't very appetizing, it's ok but not very complex or inviting.
Leafy taste, bread, fruity, biscuit with a citrusy aftertaste.
Medium bodied, poor to average drinkability, I just didn't like it, mainly the aroma threw it off for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2004 18:51:58 | More by mschofield
Photo of Thrasher


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

Sampled at the BridgePort brewhouse in NW Portland not long before they shut down for most of 2005 for renovations. (Brewery operations will remain intact but the pub is being redone.) I was pleased and surprised to find it was served at the right temperature! Not too cold, as is a frequent complaint with BP's cask beers. From an imperial pint glass, the IPA shone a bright sunny bronze with a slight haziness and a small but determined head. I couldn't detect much in the way of aroma, but the beer contained a light sweet malt element like the crust of white bread. A big hop flavor quickly usurped the brew, with largely citric flavors (not just grapefruit but a big slice of lemon, too, substantially more than I've typically found in hoppy brews). The hops also contained some grassiness, perhaps a trace of aloe, seaweed, dune grass, and even more exotic flavors like sesame and green tea. The leafiness lingered on the tongue, and while there was some bitterness, the IPA is not nearly as tart as one would expect. Serving it from a firkin may be responsible for smoothing out the beer. In a town with many fine beer options, cask-conditioned BridgePort IPA remains a top choice.

Serving type: cask

11-22-2004 02:46:33 | More by Thrasher
Photo of Fish113d


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

Poured from a bottle into a goblet at about 45 degrees (F), this little known IPA (little known to me) left a very little bit of lacy head at the top, and it poured a nice golden orange color. Thick and juicy is how this beer appears w/ some yeast sediment at the bottom floating around in there.

First, as I smell it the northwestern hops jumps out at me. Under the flowery hop smell, i can get the smell of some pine and also some grapefruit.

Upon first sip, the hops definitely jumps out, to which the grapefruit that I noticed comes out as well. IT almost leaves a sweet taste, almost like pouring sugar on grapefruit, however the hops are prominent here. This is a nice crisp beer that is pretty light in body but has great aftertaste that hangs on for a bit. This is not really the strongest or most bitter IPA I have ever had, which is why I probably really enjoy this beer. I gotta thank John, from Kokomos Regulars for this treasure! I would definitely get my hands on this if I could!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2004 00:56:42 | More by Fish113d
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy gold with copper highlights. The head is initially quite thick, and it is creamy and a light tan color. Ah yes, the aroma is a hit of American hops, pine, citrus fruits, apricot, and some interesting undertones of tropical fruit (perhaps some papaya and guava) dominate the nose. The taste is lightly sweet up front, and quickly moves to a tangy hoppiness that dominates the flavor in the middle. The finish is nicely bitter with a solid hop-bite to it. This is a really nice pale ale, it is definitely dominated by the hops, and perhaps is a bit thin, and could certainly use a bit more malt complexity. But as a hop-characterful brew this is quite simply, a tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2004 19:55:21 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of aracauna


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

This one is on the paler side of amber, slightly cloudy with a nice off-white head on top. The aroma is very nice. Fresh grapefruit hops and dried apricots make for a nice nose. The flavor is a bit thin on the malt side. The hops are just as nice in the flavor as they are in the aroma, but I’d like to see the malt back that up a bit. An odd saltiness up front turns into a clean bitterness in the back.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2004 00:01:17 | More by aracauna
Photo of WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very bitter scent that boasts of piney hops and pale malts. It also seems to contain some carapils malts. The taste is good. It has a pale malt flavor that is overpowered by bitter hops. It goes down smooth and finishes piney and dry. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine IPA. It has excellent balance and hop character; a good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2004 01:21:54 | More by WesWes
Photo of BuckeyeNation


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

Slightly murky (first pour), significantly murky (last pour) rich golden amber. The eggshell white head is slightly tacky, deflates ever so slowly and leaves a respectable amount of lace. There's plenty of sweet tropical fruitiness in the nose; grapefruit, orange and pineapple, in roughly that order. It this beer tastes like it smells, I'll be in seventh heaven.

Malt provides a less than sturdy backbone--which is all that I require in my IPAs--but the hops don't seize the initiative as firmly as they might. Juicy, grapefruity hops dominate the flavor profile without running rampant. Just when I think that the flavor is going to explode and really saturate my taste buds, it drifts away on a too-light-for-the-style body.

Don't get me wrong, this is a delicious, drinkable version of my favorite style. It's just that for an IPA to really get into my good graces, it needs to have more malt and especially more hops. As a consequence, it's anything but a palate destroyer and could be drunk in volume if so desired.

BridgePort has made a well-crafted, clean, sessionable, bottle-conditioned IPA that novice hopheads should love. Even though it doesn't quite manage to give me my hop fix this evening, I did savor every drop. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2004 22:55:57 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of Globetrotter


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

Sampled in mid-June at the Virginia Inn Tavern in Seattle, this brew came out a cloudy gold under a one finger creamy white head that lingered well and left some decent lace. There's a strong floral hops nose and a quite prickly, medium-bodied mouth. Good floral hops dominate the taste from start to finish, with a touch of grapefruit along the way. The aftertaste is smooth, sweet carnation bitterness. By no means overpowering, this is a nice, smooth, drinkable IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2004 19:08:28 | More by Globetrotter
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4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought this while in Phoenix. Gusler took me to AJ's to go beer shopping. Thanks Gusler!

My first Bridgeport offering.

It pours a hazy golden yellow with an orange tinged core. The yeast is very fine and suspended in the glass. You can see it if you look really close! Hi yeast! The head is slight and quickly disappears, but it laced nicely.

When I poured it I had it up near my nose and was immediately hit in the schnoz with white grapefruit. Grapefruit smelling hops seems to be a West coast thing. A little skunk too, but that disappeared after a second or two. Upon swirling and really getting my nose in there, I detect a floral character as well.

Taste is refreshing a bitter bite with a pleasant slightly sweet grapefruit rind aftertaste that spurs on another sip.

Mouthfeel is very nice. The carbonation is noticeable as it hits my tongue, but it is not prickly at all. I hate prickly carbonation. It reminds me of soda. This beer has a soft and gentle carbonation release that is nice in itself. Thus the higher mouthfeel score.

Drinkability is good and this beer is not lasting long in my glass. If I had bought more than one of these in AZ, I might follow it up with another.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2004 02:03:05 | More by silenius
Photo of henrysunset


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

l: almost-transparent golden yellow; very-fine suspended sediment. Poured into glass but had no head. A little lacing around the edges of the glass.

s: great smell of hops and a tame scent from their assoiciated bitterness, balanced with a sweet cantalopey scent and a hint of grain.

t: great fresh grain flavour coupled with the hops. aftertaste is also pleasent, with grain and a hint of alcohol. Light tingly sensation on the tongye after having a few sips.

m: a little too carbonated for my tastes, but quite excellent. Thin and smooth.

d: hops, grains, sweet citrus tones and alcohol content are extremely balanced, making for a very drinkable, albeit well hopped IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2004 22:22:07 | More by henrysunset
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