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Bridgeport ESB - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

Bridgeport ESB
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BA SCORE
88
very good

155 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.39%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 155 | Reviews: 141 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by roblowther:
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roblowther

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Honey-colored with a white head that quickly goes the way of the dinosaur. Smells of malt and sugar at first, which surprises me. Taste is warm caramel, with delicate hops just providing a nice floral aftertaste. Very delicate, very balanced and very, very good. Mouthfeel is soft and slightly undercarbonated. Drinkability is as good as it gets. I never figured an ESB to be so easy to drink. It has some of the understated softness of the English beers, but with a more balanced, approachable flavor. Very, very well done!

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 20:22:13 | More by roblowther
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DOCRW

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev +1.5%

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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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tbone1384

Wyoming

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-09-2012 04:01:47 | More by tbone1384
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California

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.5%

04-05-2012 02:12:11 | More by Falcone
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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

02-01-2012 16:04:11 | More by Kahlerbock
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rogerthegill

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

01-24-2012 04:19:40 | More by rogerthegill
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Texas

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

01-02-2012 13:49:39 | More by Stoffel
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cdwil

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.5%

12-29-2011 20:34:27 | More by cdwil
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Grebdioz

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.5%

12-27-2011 11:16:20 | More by Grebdioz
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CoryR

Oregon

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-19-2011 04:33:15 | More by CoryR
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mixedbrewer

Tennessee

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
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falloutsnow

Illinois

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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Rickdiggity

Colorado

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

bottle. Great session Beer overall.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Missouri

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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DCon

Missouri

3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought Beer from Lukas Liquor in a Mix-A-Six. (2nd Beer of Night)

Appearance:Has a cloudy base with partials throughout? strange.

Smell: I smell the ale, freshness of the beer

Taste: Malt upfront with tons of sweetness. Can taste a banana/nut after taste, and get all the way through. AWESOME!

Mouthfeel: Full Bodied and love the spectrum of tastes

Drinkability: Wonderful if you are trying out beers from a wide variety. I would recommend to this beer to anyone!

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 04:06:15 | More by DCon
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monkeycaveman

Washington

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.

D. A very session able beer, not too complex though.

Certainly worth the price if your looking for a good beer but don't have the bucks.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 02:14:01 | More by monkeycaveman
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Offa

California

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.

Aroma is mellow but very firm, very peppery-spicey and citrusy with firm caramelly toasted grain and bread underneath.

Taste is fairly complex, well-rounded, balanced. It is very leafy-woody with caramelised toastiness and light malty sweetness up front soon joined by more spicey-peppery bitterness, juiciness, and hints of citrus, cherry, and yeastiness, all married nicely together in the finish. It is flavourful but highly drinkable. Fell is firm but lively.

Serving type: cask

08-18-2010 21:07:54 | More by Offa
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bfields4

Colorado

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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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now here's a really good example of an esb to satiate American and English palates.

Good dark orange pour, massively thick off white head, excellent retention, totally looks the part. Aroma was citrusy as if an ipa.

Taste, melds the hops of America with the restrained bitterness of an esb. The caramel of an esb, the hop flavor of an ipa, the bitterness of both (this is not a hop bomb by any means, but well above traditional style, thankfully).

An enjoyable beer, can be obtained at a good price $6-7 frequently.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 19:03:59 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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udubdawg

Kansas

4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper in color, a bit more hazed and dull than I expected. off-white head fades to a thin cap but then shows good staying power and leaves spots of lace in its slow retreat.

very fruity aroma, light caramel and biscuit malts competing with flowery and fruity hops. Seemed to get a little citrus though I think this uses all euro hops. Exactly what I like in the style.

again fruity flavors flex their muscle. There is some citrus but mostly orchard fruits show themselves. There is some caramel but it isn't too heavily done. Biscuit balances with plenty of hop character. sweet up front and the impression is that the bitterness is low, but they show themselves well in the finish. What would seem sticky at first actually finishes reasonably dry.

medium body, soft carbonation, not too sticky sweet, just enough bitterness - it all adds up to an extremely drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 22:21:01 | More by udubdawg
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Bridgeport ESB from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
88 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.