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Bridgeport ESB - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Bridgeport ESB
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157 Ratings

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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-14-1998)
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Reviews by CharlieMopps:
Photo of CharlieMopps


3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A half-finger of white head forms over an amber color that let in a good amount of light. Head formation reduces to a thin layer of bubbles fairly quickly.

S: Sweet, malty notes of toffee and a dash of caramel, with a noticeable hop presence and somewhat musty aroma. Smells like it has balance, but more pronounced than its English ancestors.

T: Toasty malt flavors with a tiny level of sweetness introduce themselves up front, followed by a mellow bitterness of hops that fades before reaching the back of the throat. Aftertaste is a lingering hop presence toward the middle of the palate.

M: Carbonation is at an agreeable level, mouthfeel is full and cream-like.

D: This is a decently drinkable beer, because it's rather smooth and has a low abv, but there is a certain lack of buttery or caramel flavor in the taste to complement the malt and hop ratio. While this can be enjoyable, it wouldn't be a go-to for me in terms of an ESB. Not bad, but not all that great.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2007 14:22:09 | More by CharlieMopps
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4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An all around great beer.

Its hard for me to find something I didn't like about this one. It was a nice gold color just as I expected. Its smelled and tasted like a well balanced ESB, slightly sweet and bitter enough to want more. This was very drinkable, and I will have it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 17:26:46 | More by mixedbrewer
Photo of falloutsnow


3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hard pour produces a tall, thick, fluffy, off-white head of dense bubbles of varying sizes. Leaves satisfactory lacing along the sides of the glass. Beer itself is a semi-transparent bronze or copper color.

Scent is of vague sweet malt with amidst a more dominant floral hop backdrop.

The taste is a nicely balanced, smooth affair. Caramel and crystal malt sweetness with spicy and bittering hops that intertwine nicely. Secondary metabolites are interesting, and I pick up some spices like cumin with mild alcohol and esters in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium, with moderate, non-aggressive carbonation. Finish is relatively dry. Satisfying.

Quite a nice beer, very sessionable, and a solid interpretation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 06:42:08 | More by falloutsnow
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4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well balanced like an ESB should be. flavor is

crisp without being all over the place. Finishes

smooth. My Light beer drinking friends can enjoy

more than one!

Can taste the hop hints, but it is not

overpowering. Prefer the tap highly over the

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Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2011 17:19:04 | More by Rickdiggity
Photo of soju6


4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice copper color with a small head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of fresh grain with citrus and bit of malt sweetness mixed in.

T: Has a mild malt sweetness & citrus taste with a nice bitterness and a quite dry finish.

F: medium body, nice carbonation crisp & clean, very smooth. Very well balanced.

D: Excellant ESB. Good any time any place.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 21:55:35 | More by soju6
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3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Copper/ slightly orange, had about a 3 fingered head this time which dissipated rather quickly, left some lacing though.

S. Grassy with, umm, I guess you would call that lemon and slightly hoppy.

T. Crisp up front, hoppy but not much bite and mellow on the back end. Sweet with malts and slight caramel... if I dig for it.

M. Crisp, clean and not over carbonated.

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Serving type: bottle

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4.72/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I finally got this cask conditioned at Bridgeport itself.

It is copper with a medium, solid pale tan head shrinking very slowly to a very foamy ring and some nice lace.

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3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper hazy body topped with a nice off white head.

Smells grassy with sharp citrus and lemon hops.

A spicy crisp hop flavor is mellowed by a nice caramel malt. Very earthy well balanced flavors.

Has a great bready chewy mouthfeel very smooth and an incredibly nice drinker.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 01:12:09 | More by bfields4
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Bridgeport ESB from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
88 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.