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Bridgeport IPA - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Bridgeport IPABridgeport IPA

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very good

886 Ratings

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Ratings: 886
Reviews: 517
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 33
Gots: 43 | 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.

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Photo of kmpitz2


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
Photo of silenius


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
Photo of rkhaze


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

Pours a slightly hazy apricot color with a medium sized dense foamy white head and lots of noticeable carbonation.
Fresh citrus/floral hop aroma. Some sweet malt, fruitiness and a tinge of yeast.
Big hop flavors upfront. Citrus, floral and slightly resinous. Almost a bit perfumey. The malt backbone is really overmatched here. Would prefer a bit more balance There was a lingering earthy bitterness.
Light bodied with a thin mouthfeel dominated by carbonation.
Decent IPA albeit with a weak mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2004 02:49:09 | More by rkhaze
Photo of BrewMan82


4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden yellow with thick white head. Heads boils down to a nice little cap and leaves extensive lacing. The unfiltered haziness from yeasty bits adds character in my opinion, and proves secondary bottle fermentation in this case. Aroma is extremely sharp citrus - orange and strong grapefuit come through, with a bit of hops thrown in. Initial taste is the same, strong grepefruit leads to some nice hop bitterness, then smooths only a bit with a slight kick of alcohol. Gets your saliva glands pumping. Only negative (and it is nit-picky) was that it seemed a bit watery on the tongue. Overall - this is one of my favorite hot summer day brews.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2004 00:18:29 | More by BrewMan82
Photo of CBFanWish

New York

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

A classic IPA that I would have never heard of if a friend hadn't told me about it. This is from Portlands oldest micro-brewery and the experience shows.
The colour is a hazy orangy amber with a thick to moderate head. That releases some wonderful aromas. Citrus smells. Orange, grapefruit, lime. Hoppy and making my mouth water.
The taste begins malty but then a strong hoppy presence jumps out and bites. Well balanced, but could blend a little better, but in all, very nice.
This is a session brew. Above average and very drinkable. It is a comfortable brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2004 02:40:50 | More by CBFanWish
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3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with one massive 3 finger head. Apparently I misjudged this one after having two different IPA's prior to this one. I poured them the same, but the head came on strong, too strong...but nice nonetheless. The aroma consists of citrus and floral hop aromas and a tad of maltiness in the background. The taste is more of the hops in the aroma but less citrus and more floral and slightly tangy and light malt in the background. This is a light bodied beer that finishes a tad dry.

Notes: This is another IPA that has too little malt character. I love hops as much as the next person, but you have to balance it out, even on an IPA. It can be done, but this one doesn't do it. Still good, but short of great. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2004 04:51:42 | More by BeerAngel
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is being pushed hard and heavy at LA area Beverages & More stores. It looks a bit lighter than most other American IPAs. The initially thich head diminishes quickly. It has a piney hop smell that somehow seems a bit dull. The taste is pretty much middle of the road IPA: it's hoppy enough to annoy a Bud drinker but not hoppy enough to satisfy a real hop-head. It's not bad, but it really doesn't have much going on.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2004 05:48:00 | More by mickeymac
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3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bridgeport IPA pours an orange amber color with a white, frothy head that resided until well into the beer. The smell is of citrus and roasted malts, some wood hints as well. The taste is good, citrus with a great blend of malts and hops. Very refreshing. Feels a little flat and to dry in the mouth but still will refresh the thirst demons. Drinkable for an IPA, very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2004 06:33:22 | More by beertaster13
Photo of ark57


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

It is an orange gold in color. There is a lot of fruity and hop character in the nose. The body is creamy and tastes of tangerine and vanilla, almost reminiscent of a creamsicle. It finishes with a minty hop bitterness. It is shame that this is not a local beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2004 16:47:58 | More by ark57
Photo of francisweizen


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

This is a nicely balanced IPA from Oregon. This is a dark golden liquid with a nice thick head of white foam. The aromas are all spicy/floral hops with some nice biscuity/bready malts in their as well. The mouthfeel is quite thick and creamy and the drinkability is very good as well.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2004 01:27:43 | More by francisweizen
Photo of RedDiamond


4.68/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is served at the movie theater I frequent and over the years I'm sure to have consumed 100 or more pints on tap. Probably more. Probably lots more. It has never failed to satisfy and is a highly popular brew with casual beer fans in the Portland area. But I recently enjoyed a cask-conditioned imperial pint pumped from the firkin at the Bridgeport Alehouse on Hawthorne Bvld. and was stunned by how much more exquisite the cask-conditioned IPA really is.

The mouthfeel is soft and delicate, the aroma bountiful and robust. The flavor is a hophead's dream. There is great subtlety and relaxation in the cask-conditioned pint. Subtlety should never be overlooked as a profoundly desireable quality. Bridgeport IPA possesses this quality in distinctive abundance.

Note: Bridgeport IPA is the house special at the Bridgeport Alehouse on Wednesday nights.

Serving type: cask

02-11-2004 05:42:09 | More by RedDiamond
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4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a 12oz bottle as depicted. Neck label states it's an "authentic bottle-conditioned ale." True, there be "little beasties" floating in there, giving it a second fermentation as it waits for someone to pluck it from the shelf.
Bridgeport's IPA had an elegant hazy tangerine color with a frothy white head that was quite durable and left splotchy lace behind. The smell had some sweet citrus aroma and a mellow malt note. Not nose-grabbing, but it lets you know there have been a generous dose of hops added. The hops save it for the palate, as an asssertive grapefruit rind taste rolls over the palate and culminates with a long resinous hops flavor draped across the tongue. Some light biscuity malt notes provide a nice balance and it finishes cleanly. The feel was medium-bodied, crisp and lively.
At first I wasn't too sure I'd like this IPA, based on the smell. However, I did find Bridgeport's IPA to be quite enjoyable. It's not going to blast your palate silly with hops but is worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2004 01:41:55 | More by Boilermaker88
Bridgeport IPA from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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