Bridgeport IPA - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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4.13/5 rDev +7.6%
Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.
These just showed up at Great Spirits here in town -- I hadn't even heard of them, but knew that I had to try them, as there aren't too many IPAs that are low enough ABV and wide enough in distribution to be available in my area. I got a sixer of these and one of the Black Strap Stout (to be reviewed tomorrow) -- both are very nice beers and good examples of their respective styles.
This one pours a nice dark reddish-yellow/amber color with a thick foamy head. Really nice appearance on the pour, and very substantial lacing around the inside of the glass as the beer is consumed and the head moves down. I'm also giving a good appearance rating for the quality of the bottle and label -- the imprinted glass on the top of the bottle is very nice, as is the clean, classic, gold-foil look to the labels themselves. Feels like a really classic beer to me, like a slice of pure Americana that I can hold in my hand.
The nose is dominated by fruit esters and a bitter hop profile. Very nicely balanced, the aroma really sets the stage for this beer, and whets the appetite for what's to come.
Taste steps down a notch, as the fruitiness is just a bit overpowered by the hop profile, and while I enjoyed the brew, I wish it had been just a bit more balanced. A complex flavor, but one that doesn't really reveal deeper subtleties as the beer is held or swished around in the mouth. Very solid, but not fantastic.
Mouthfeel is very good, with a medium-bodied consistency that coats the inside of the mouth pleasantly, and a nice level of carbonation. The bitterness means that it doesn't quite go down as nicely as I'd like, and the aftertaste can be just a bit cloying for my taste, but it's very pleasant and works very nicely with the rest of the beer.
Overall drinkability is good, but not perfect. I could stand to make this my only beer of the evening if drinking without food, but with a meal I'd probably want something a little less aggressive, so as not to take away from the flavor in the food. I am, however, considering cooking with this beer -- perhaps grilled chicken or shrimp will be a nice dish for this.
Overall, a very solid brew that I will try again. I was expecting to prefer the Black Strap Stout to this one, but this is probably the overall better beer.
EDIT (June 13, 2005): Nope, I just reviewed the Black Strap Stout, and I think that the Stout's probably just a smidge better. Both are really fantastic, however.
06-13-2005 02:41:46 | More by danielharper
3.63/5 rDev -5.5%
Hazy, peachy-gold in hue with an amber hint; I really like how this liquid looks, it is bottled sunshine. The head was off-white in color; at the apex the foam was two-fingers in height. The sticky bubbles had excellent staying power; it looked like meringue before fading to a very thin cap that did last the entire consumption. The subsequent lacing wasnt very widespread; there were a few webby bands. Overall, I like how this beer looks.
The nose leaves little doubt about this beer. It clearly articulates, via the citrusy hops, this is an IPA with roots in the Pac/NW. The grapefruit zest, pine, and orange rinds provide enough hop pop to make me want to take a sip. This says nothing about the yeast fruitiness that adds depth and the kiss of caramel malt with a toasty belly at the back. Solid potency. I like the nose, it is standard stuff, it is textbook but little more at least I can say it is inviting.
The palate is very agreeable. This is not a hop monster but it is not a yawner either. It reminds me of Goose Island IPA but GI is better. Anyway, the hops are citrusy at first but they turn woody and piney in the middle with some wildflowers as well. The hops finish very juicy with grapefruit and oranges mainly. At the finish and into the aftertaste I detect the most bitterness. The thunder is only a rumble. I really like the lively yeast fruitiness. The malt offer soft caramel and a tickle of toasty bread; Im happy I can taste the malt, who knew this was possible in an American IPA? Ive said a lot of nice things about this beer and they are warranted. I dont have much negative to say about it either. This beer is solid and above average but it is nothing special. It is good nothing more, nothing less.
Medium in body, the carbonation is a bit low but it works. The mouthfeel is pleasant and relaxing. Lovely all-round.
Well this is a session IPA. It is a BBQ IPA. It is a tailgating IPA. It is a good IPA that Im happy that I bought a six-pack of in Kansas City, MO. It is not a Top 10 IPA but this is something Id drink again but I wont hunt it down. This beer is a drinker, not a thinker. Likeable. Worth a try.
05-27-2005 14:10:35 | More by bditty187
4.03/5 rDev +4.9%
Beautiful light golden color, quite hazy, with a solid finger of head atop the brew. Aroma is full of citriusy hops. Initially bitter with a lot of lemongrass-like hop flavor. Malt is very light, with only a slight residual sweetness. Finishes dry. Medium-light body with a powdery-dry texture. With so many excellent IPA's available, this beer doesn't really stand out well, though there are no particular flaws. A fairly light, easy drinking, but still pleasantly bitter beer.
05-26-2005 02:56:39 | More by allengarvin
4.25/5 rDev +10.7%
Semi hazey gold straw color with a quick and small whitish foam. Leaves light strings of lace across the glass and keeps a good collar.
Nice aroma to this as it displays a welcoming creamy lemon pie and crispyness. A bit pf raw lemon peel and pith sifts on top for the overall and has some hints of pine; also has a light dry malt whispering of biscuits. Clean and aromatically nice.
Nice, well rounded flavors with a milding lemon creamyness and touches of fresh peel bite and some pine bitterness. Floral ascents add to it along with a smidgeon of grasses trailing off the palate. Maintains a creamy body while it inlays a delicate dry malt backing. Finish keeps more of an herbal mesh of hops mingling as it drys off fairly quickly. The only downfall I really could find was just that, it was over a bit too fast. Nice flavor profile but didn't last long enough. Not a bad thing because it did encourages more sipage.
Nice creamy medium set body and a favorable carbonation and hop bite. Good drying character too. Actually as it warmed up, it did seem to stay on the palate a while longer with the hops.
A very soild IPA to say the least. Very drinkable (due its creamyness) and quite a treat with its forefronting lemonyness and overall mild toned bite. I will be picking this up again when dedicating sessioned IPA-like evenings or lunches.
05-23-2005 18:04:10 | More by tavernjef
4.22/5 rDev +9.9%
Yeasty gold appearence with a white head that dies down to a small white cover. Not much aroma but could detect a little hops. Taste was citric hops up front with malt coming through in the middle and a mildly bitter aftertaste. Aftertaste was exceptionally smooth. Very drinkable with a wonderful balance between hops and malt. Almost too smooth for a IPA but makes me want another one.
05-23-2005 01:08:02 | More by John1985
4.5/5 rDev +17.2%
Super-duper! Probably the best IPA I've had actually. I'm trying to remember the other great ones I've had...
It's looks perfect after the pour. It's thick, not dark, but a deep reddish gold/brown. In many ways this reminds me of a tuned-down version of the Mojo IPA, also a fabulous beer. There's a grapefruit hint with the hops, though overall not as powerful as the Mojo. Highly drinkable in spite of being a heavier beer. Because it tastes so damn good!
05-21-2005 03:58:47 | More by Gruntlumber
4.2/5 rDev +9.4%
The beer poured into the glass slightly hazy golden with a very slight amber hue. The head was white and compact, but long lasting to lace the glass.
The aroma was nicely malty with a light caramel presence. The aroma was fruity and slightly floral with a light citrusy hop aroma.
The flavor was nicely done with a nice maltiness accentuated with caramel flavors. The hop presence just balanced the malt presence and keeps the beer from initially being overly sweet, but dries out quickly after touching the palate. The hop bittering and flavor was grassy with a light citrus flavor.
The finish was dry with lasting grassy and slightly citrus hop bittering and flavor long into the aftertaste. The body was medium and nicely done.
12 ounce bottle. Thanks BIF20 and jimdkc. A very nice IPA. Bridgeport supposedly is going to be distributed in NC, I will have to get more of this when that occurs.
05-19-2005 21:26:01 | More by GCBrewingCo
3.7/5 rDev -3.6%
Pours a cloudy orange with a massive foamy head. Aroma is bright and crisp with mandarin oranges, grapefruit citrus and a mild, sweet spice (cloves?).
Taste is very bitter and dry. Lots of hops flavors all across the spectrum with a sharp citrus bite. It has a clean woody flavor but almost no malty sweetness to be found.
Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Would be easy to drink if only a slight bit sweeter.
05-06-2005 02:19:44 | More by assurbanipaul
3.68/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
04-30-2005 06:04:09 | More by whynot44
4.15/5 rDev +8.1%
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".
04-25-2005 14:11:19 | More by ADR
4.08/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
04-23-2005 16:31:12 | More by kbub6f
3.55/5 rDev -7.6%
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.
04-17-2005 20:37:50 | More by beercollector
2.83/5 rDev -26.3%
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. Im not craving another though, just too bitter for me.
Thanks to Pegasus for the bottle!
04-05-2005 00:54:26 | More by HardTarget
4.43/5 rDev +15.4%
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!
03-26-2005 03:53:16 | More by mjbrewboy
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.5/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
03-19-2005 10:06:28 | More by charlatan
3.38/5 rDev -12%
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.
01-14-2005 04:43:05 | More by sulldaddy
4.6/5 rDev +19.8%
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.
01-08-2005 17:27:39 | More by GClarkage
4.43/5 rDev +15.4%
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.
01-07-2005 19:01:35 | More by clvand0
4.38/5 rDev +14.1%
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.
01-07-2005 00:45:47 | More by kmpitz2
4.03/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
01-05-2005 07:00:12 | More by rowew
4.58/5 rDev +19.3%
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.
12-27-2004 04:03:00 | More by GreenWBush
3.5/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
12-20-2004 19:11:30 | More by meathookjones
4.33/5 rDev +12.8%
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.
12-05-2004 19:59:33 | More by carln26
2.63/5 rDev -31.5%
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.
11-26-2004 18:51:58 | More by mschofield
4.47/5 rDev +16.4%
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.
11-22-2004 02:46:33 | More by Thrasher
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