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Bridgeport IPA - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Bridgeport IPABridgeport IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

966 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 966
Reviews: 521
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 38
Gots: 78 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-17-2001

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Ratings: 966 | Reviews: 521
Photo of kmcnair
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice clean pale copper color and makes a very thick white crown that is long lasting and makes quite a lot of lacing on my glass. This beer presents itself incredibly well.

S - Aroma is very floral, citric and piney. There's definitely some cascade in this beer as well since it is really the frontrunner in the nose.

T - Flavor has crisp, clean, yet assertive bittering, some lemon and grapefruit citrus twang, has grassy/piney finish. Again, the cascade is very pronounced. Very nice classic american hop profile. There's some very subtle caramel malts in there too, but they are very subdued.

M - Light bodied, heavy peppered carbonation, clean dry finish.

D - BridgePort IPA is a real nice drinker, easily one of the best American "session" beers I have tried. I think the low ABV and lots of hops is a recipe for success in the years to come... Bridgeport IPA is ahead of it's time.

Photo of BeerBuilder
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours to a murky golden color with an off-white head that diminishes to a ring. It leaves spotty lacing.

The aroma is fruity, sweet, a bit spicy and citrusy. It has a light caramel malt backbone.

The flavor is citrusy and spicy, with a biscuity and lightly caramel malty backbone.

It is light-medium in body and easy drinking. Not bitter at all, more along the lines of an English IPA imho.

I don't know if I got an off six pack or what, but I'm not buying into this one.

Just ok.

Photo of nickss
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at 6th and Vine.

Pours a nice orange hue with about a 1/2" head.... I am quite content with the bartender's pour. I wouldn't mention this, except that it hasn't happened in a long while. It appears to be highly carbonated... e.g. thousands of bubbles streaming towards the surface.

Strong lemon zest aroma, with a strong hop presence. There is a light malt backbone that helps a bit to balance it out. Very light, crisp aroma... nice.

Strong citrus flavours. Some peach makes itself apparent on the tongue as well. Wonderfully hoppy.

Nice, creamy-thick mouthfeel. However, maybe a touch too much in the way of carbonation.

Wonderfully drinkable brew... far exceeded my expectations. an IPA that makes no attempt to be tame.... I love it.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy golden wheat color with a craggy 2 finger head that disappated to lacing that lasted the entire drink.
Aroma is a little fruity/flowery/bready from the malts with a not overpowering hops aroma.
Flavor is biscuits and flowers from the yeast and malts with a definate astringent snappy hops bite as should be in an IPA. Not overpowering hops like most American IPA's...nicely balanced...both malts and hops make theirselves known.
Mouthfeel is full from the nice bottle-conditioned carbonation with a gentle warming from alcohol as it goes down.
A very pleasant hops aftertaste lasts a long time after you swallow.
I really like this IPA....maybe the best I've had. I could definately session this one

Photo of blackie
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: The pour produces a low, white head that soon recedes. The beer is a hazy golden hay color.

smell: Ok hop smell, though not too fresh. Smells like old, dried hops, actually (I know most brewing hops are dried, but these smell like some that have been sitting out for about a week).. Pretty one dimensional in favor of the hops, save for some slight tropical fruit and caramel malt aromas.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the high side of the medium range, and the body a very light medium.

taste: Not bad, but nothing to talk about. Some muddied hops, dried tropical fruits, and a light sweetness of caramel malt. Average bitterness lingers into the finish.

drinkability: A decent beer, but not one I'll buy again unless it's between this and the macros. Pretty easy to drink.

Photo of Rezzin
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this 3 days ago so I can't review this like I normally do while drinking bottled beer but I did make sure to make key mental notes while trying not too look too much like a beer geek. This was also my first time having a cask conditioned beer - what a treat!

A - Hazy copperish yellow. Frothy head looks great - I didn't really wait to see it as I was thirsty and drank it almost as soon as the bartender put it down.

S - Hoppy, piny and somewhat citrusy with a slight malt background. Smells very 'smooth around the edges' if I can use that as a scent description. Floral.

T - This was a really great tasting IPA. I had this side by side the regular IPA and the difference was dramatic. The cask conditioned IPA was much like how it smell - very well rounded. The malt and hops seemed to just meld together.

M - Medium carbonation and smooth. Almost a silky feeling on my tongue. Refreshing.

D - I'll be sure to have this on my next visit next year. I was sure to bring home a growler with me to share with my friends.

Photo of Crosling
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6’er. Golden color, perfect falling froth. A variety of well utilized hop aromatics in the nose, with hints of flowers, citrus, earth and Chinese herbs, along with a touch of biscuit. Assertive hop flavor throughout, bitter and medicinal, with herb, lemon, vitamin and minerals, all in a delectably creamy body of layers. One of the better domestic English IPA’s I’ve tasted.

Photo of Luigi
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A copperish orange color that is a little hazy from the bottles yeast particals. The head starts off big and rocky then settles down to a frothy layer that sticks around till the end. The aroma is has a floral almost pine like hop to it. The flavor is balanced out nicely. A sharp on the tongue piney hop paired with a biscuity malt. Even the yeast adds a certain sweetness to the flavor. Medium body with a dry bitter aftertaste. What can I say, this is everything I would want from an American IPA. No flavor is over the top like many west coast brewery tend to do. Paired well with jalapeno chicken sausage and rice.

Photo of Tupperwolf
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange-light amber color with a stark eggshell head, wafer thin, which leaves behind delicate lacing. Carbonation is evident, streams of bubbles rising at a medium rate.

Good scent for a mild IPA! Floral hops are dominant in the nose, but nowhere near overpowering. This is one of the few cases where I distinguish hops to really be floral - normally that's a term others use and I don't understand, but the aroma here really is an exotic blooming flower's.

The taste is quite well blended, as well - a slight earthiness, fresh malts, and the floral/citrus/bittering hops meld together nicely. It is bright and fresh, alive without being too stimulating, creamy and intriguing while remaining very drinkable.

Creamy-soft and lightly tart are the dominant mouthfeels, and they play off of one another very well.

When I began my six-pack a few nights ago, I was undecided on if I liked this brew or not; However, tonight, I'm really enjoying it. It's got enough character to please any hophead or pale ale enthusiast alike, and never becomes burdensome. Would make a great session IPA!

Photo of DogFood11
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light color, golden w/ a Orange inner. Sliding, slick lacing.

Very citrus, ressin, piney. Quite the assortment in the hop profile. Some musky characteristic comes into play, almost farmhouse like. cloying around the finish.

Notes: I'll be looking for more 6'ers. It's really nice from start to finish. Label is well put together as well. I believe this is the first I've had from bridgeport, so we are off to a good start.

Photo of fingolfin72
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- the white head diminishes to clingy lace, and the color of the beer is hazy amber.

Nose- flowery, piney hops with a bit of yeasty cake mixed in.

Palate- mouthfilling, but with a nicely balanced hop edge. The carbonation is fine-textured and bracingly keen, and the finish lasts longer than many IPA's. The structure and balance of this beer is excellent. It's a good session beer, but the hops force you to slow down and take notice.

Photo of doubleipa
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had really wanted to have this on tap in Portland, but the brewpub was under construction when we were there. Almost no head. Body was a bit hazy and orange. Fair amount of lacing. Aroma of pine, hops and light yeast. I had expected more hops. Short finish. Texture was dy with a fizzy carbonation, but why no head? Slight hoppiness in the taste, but it didn't last. Not really inspired by this. Reminded more if an English IPA, rather than a West Coast version.

Photo of BeavisCubs
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle- "Authentic Bottle Conditioned Ale"

Cloudy pale orange with a beautiful cream head that hangs around pretty well.

Smell is fantastic. Citrus with a hint of alcohol.

Taste is well balanced. Hops aren't out of control but are definately present and fruity.

Mouthfeel is clean with good aftertaste.

Very smooth drinking but more than a few will hit you pretty hard.

I'm very limited in my IPA selection in Alabama due to the absurd 6% law, but I'm thrilled this one sneaks under. Praise Hov.

Photo of beertastegood
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-coppery color with a very nice thick white meringue-like head. Head retention is moderate to high. Citrusy aroma, along with a smell that I detect as metallic, but is really more of a spruce scent. So...it smells metallic to me, but someone with a different nose would describe it as spruce-like. FWIW. Also some caramel/toffee notes in there as well, but it takes some serious sniffing to get them.

Taste: hop flavor builds and builds into a nice big burst of pine/orange/grapefruit. Slight malt backbone detected, just enough to give a hint of sweetness. Actual hop bitterness (IBUs) is not very high, but the hop flavor is outstanding. Finish is tangy and dry, very thirst quenching.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium body. Doesn't overwhelm the hop notes.

Drinkability: Yes.

A solid IPA from Bridgeport. I will be picking up some of their other beers next time I hit Spec's.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drinking a fairly warm bottle, pouring into my Oregon Brewers Festival 2005 plastic mug! :) It's Friday & the office bought a 24-case!

Have had this beer on many times and always enjoyed it.

A: Deeper than golden, almost orange, and lightly cloudy. This is bottle-conditioned so there's always yeast included. Mammoth frothy white head, slow to disapate.

S: Huge floral hops and citrus twang. Lingers even after the head is gone

T: Crisp with bitter hopping. Orange peel with a hint of spices. Slight sweetness in the finish

M: A little thin but clings to the edges of my tongue. The back and sides hold the bitterness long after I've swallowed.

D: Considering I've had two or three on several occasions, I'd say it's very drinkable. The only reason not a 4.5 or 5 is that after a while I find the hop flavor to be slightly numbing.

Photo of russpowell
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden and clear with 3 fingers+ deep white head. Fantastic head retention and lacing

Smell: Citrus hops and malty fruitiness

Taste: Piney hops and slight malt sweetness up front. Some grainyness, Dry citrusy finish

MF: Good balance but slight thiness. Slight overcarbonation

Pretty drinkable belies it's abv. Refreshing and crisp

Bottle conditioning gives it a little extra frutiness and & kick. Good value @$5.99 a sixer (reguluar price). Good Mainstream IPA

Photo of Domingo
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting IPA
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!

Photo of silver0rlead
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of dgallina
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Brent
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of garymuchow
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of isubsmith
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Muddybuddy
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Zorro
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 yeast’s 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."

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