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Bridgeport IPA - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Bridgeport IPABridgeport IPA

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very good

944 Ratings

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Ratings: 944
Reviews: 519
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 36
Gots: 60 | 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 isubsmith
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
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
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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."

Photo of hero27
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Mitchster
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of goschool
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of babydoc
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Chadbrew
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of warriorsoul
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of WTexas
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of KroMagnon
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of kosmoraios
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of krberg
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

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

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.

Photo of bcm119
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of UberWasser
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of xoqx
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. You’ll 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.

Photo of waldowin
2.28/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured a nice golden color, with an absolutely massive head. By the time I'd filled the pilsner glass half-way, the rest was a massive head of foam, that stuck around for at least 10 minutes before I could pour the rest.

The smell is *packed* with warm hops. Pine needles and citrus abound. Intoxicatingly spiced.

Taste is very dry, with bitterness everywhere. The hops are just buried under the bitterness. Alcohol is very astringent, especially for the ABV. Very disappointing, as the appearance from this brew had really raised my hopes for it.

Mouthfeel is puckering, and harsh. Almost vinegary, and not at all pleasant.

I would have assumed that this beer was just past its prime, but it was about as fresh as it gets, straight off the truck.

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

I expected a little more pacific-northwest hop flavour.

A: Gold with a fluffy, off-white head. Only a little head retention, but nice lacing.

S: Malt, hops. Stereotypical IPA.

T: Smooth bitterness, only a little hop flavour.

M: Light-to-moderate body, moderate carbonation.

D: Very drinkable.

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

I had this brew earlier in the summer and it was a solid IPA. However, I really started to drink it when visiting friends for BBQ's. It's $5.99 for a six pack and a solid brew that I don't mind sharing or leaving at a friend's house. I'll buy the pricier stuff for home when entertaining and what's leftover will save for later in the week.

Since I bring this places I must confess I often drink it from the bottle. That being said, I have really begun to enjoy this IPA. It has a nice strong hop profile, but it's extra smooth on its finish. Perhaps this is a characteristic of the bottle conditioning. I have been able to turn on many friends to this awesome beer.

Photo of Melchizedek
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy (more or less depending on whether you let yeast in) coppery orange, with a lovely white head built right up to the edge of the glass. Head retention is excellent, leaving sticky lace all the way down.

This smells great: up-front hoppy tartness, low-key malts in the background--the aroma is strong and downright mouthwatering but hard to pin down.

The taste is consistent with the smell, with a berry/apple tartness that gives way to bitter hops. Malts and variable yeast notes pull through thereafter, balancing the brew nicely with some bready flavors, more pronounced as the beer warms from fridge temp. The end effect is reminiscent (to me) of a blueberry muffin or bagel--the tart and bready sides complement each other beautifully. Medium body and a somewhat drying finish, leaving an aftertaste with lingering berry and hop bitterness.

This is a delicious beer, one that I would happily make a regular in my fridge. Not ridiculously pricey in FW either. I feel like the 5.5% listed ABV might not be giving enough credit, as I am feeling the alcohol after just one more than usual for brews of this strength, for whatever reason. I might be cautious about making a real session out of this one, but it's got a taste that makes me want to make each glass last.

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

This was a hazy yellow brew with a two finger, foamy, rocky head. I am not used to hazy IPA's, but not put off, either.

Aroma was of crisp Macintosh apples and floral hops. Nice blend.

Taste was very different though. No fruitiness at all, despite what the aroma said. Mainly bitter hop resins and some mellow malt backing it all.

Mouthfeel was pretty good, but not exceptional... not a fully chewy mouthfeel. Drinkability was good as well, I'd have this one again.

Photo of Bcant
2.78/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As far as IPAs go, this was not a stellar example of the style. The double fermentation process gave it a yeast flavor reminiscent of a Belgian double and the orange/yellow color indicated the possibility some wheat malt. The aroma was decent, of citrus hops, but the finish was a bit sour. Nonetheless, while I am not sure about the IPA label, it was interesting enough to try again.

Bridgeport IPA from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
87 out of 100 based on 944 ratings.