Kingpin Double Red Ale - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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Reviews by 4000qtrap:
2.83/5 rDev -20.5%
Source: 12oz bottle
S: Fresh and bright pine, some juicy red berry/cherry, herbaceous, light lemon/orange citrus and even a touch of grape. Alcohol comes through as it warms and is slightly fruity, clean, smooth and quite strong.
T: Somewhat fruity (cherry, berry) with a rustic, almost pit-like quality up front. Equally matched by well-structured pine bitterness to give a nice sweet-bitter play with a nice overall brightness. Middle is slightly dry but the grape-skin, almost pithy bitterness accentuates this (probably the high alcohol too) a bit too much leading to a dry harshness which really impacts my enjoyment. Definitely malty (red fruit and apple) with caramel, a touch of toast, and heavy mouthfeel for the style, though it does remain slightly bright and lively. Alcohol is hidden except for a bit of dryness and pepper in the finish which goes along with pine and a hint of mineral, apple, and grape. Finish is clean for the style, without much lingering.
Note: Average red IPA on the dry, bitter side. Would buy again if on sale.
04-19-2013 23:29:15 | More by 4000qtrap
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3.5/5 rDev -1.7%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #49 (Feb 2011):
Big waft of fruitcake and wild herbs in the nose. Mildly hazed deep amber color shows some tiny bubbles; those same bubbles have produced an epic creamy lacing. The ale is not shy, and shows off its lush smoothness right away, while the malty medium body holds together very well. Biscuit, bread crust and a hint of grainy caramel throughout the malt--this beer does show its bold Red Ale side. Hops throw down a pretty hefty bitterness, brash but flavorful. Fruitiness suggests ripe apple orchard flavors with a hint of golden raisin in the back end; alcohol is warming. Finishes bittersweet and biscuity. A worthy encounter--a bit more caramel edge would do it great, but a good drink nonetheless.
04-07-2011 00:11:29 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.05/5 rDev -14.3%
12oz bottle. Pours a reddish amber with a medium creamy off-white head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is a bit subdued - sweet bready caramel and crystal malts with some pine and resin hops and a touch of fruit.
The flavor is sweet caramel malts and rye with some green resiny hops in that have decent bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low sharp carbonation.
Overall, an OK hoppy red. Nothing too special though.
03-31-2011 02:06:58 | More by Beaver13
3.5/5 rDev -1.7%
Picked some of these up in Arizona. Dark red and amber color, below average head, creamy texture and appearance to it. Aroma was slightly hoppy, had that mildly sweet and dry irish malt thing going.
Decently hopped taste, toffee, irish moss and/or malt seemed evident, mild grapefruit tinge from the hops. Hides 7.5% alcohol well. For the triple hopping claims, falls short of hoppy expectations, but still remains a solid choice at the price. ($8/6). More bitter than almost any red ale short of nugget nectar.
06-01-2011 21:05:39 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.75/5 rDev +5.3%
BA Review #825
12 oz undated bottle served in a Sam Adams lager glass. While this bottle has no date, it is from a 6-pack purchased some time ago and I estimate the age to be about 1 year. If memory serves me, this aging improved the beer overall: Despite a drop in hoppiness, the beer seems less harsh and more balanced than when fresh. Along these lines, note that this is a "triple hopped double red ale" -- It is an imperial red or Red IPA more than an Amer. amber/red as classified by BA.
Pours a hazy red-amber with a semi-durable head. The aroma is a rather hop-forward - not your grandfather's red ale. The malt is still there as a base. In addition, "herbal", "earthy" and "spicy" can be applied to the nose ... and to the taste. The taste [3.75], however, is more balanced with a substantial medium malt component nearly keeping pace with the hops in this "triple hopped" ale. Both of these linger on and on in the aftertaste. Some nice complexity in both aroma and flavor.
M: medium+ body; well-chosen, medium carbonation.
O: better and much more drinkable than remembered; some aging recommended.
09-18-2012 23:01:54 | More by chinchill
3.13/5 rDev -12.1%
(Served in a tulip glass)
A- The slightly hazy deep brown body has a sea of microbubbles supporting a thick lumpy beige head for the full beer.
S- The soft green notes mix with caramel malt and some brassy hint in the finish that grows a bit as the beer warms.
T- The dry slightly pungent hops give way to some biscuit malt flavor with cream and slightly toasted malt notes. There is a dandelion bitterness in the finish that lingers. There is a soft grassy dry hop note in the finish.
M- The light mouthfeel is slightly astringent with no alcohol heat noticed.
O- The full bitterness of the hops and really dry finish make this abrasive and a bit harsh to drink.
02-21-2012 17:20:14 | More by rhoadsrage
3.48/5 rDev -2.2%
Pretty good sized off white to light tan head so slowly recedes above a clear orange-ish copper colored red.
A very light malty, maybe some bread like quality, might be a hint of orange in the aroma.
A nice light cutting edge to the taste of this beer, it has a toasted almost roasted caramel malt taste that seems to finish with a very light sour lemon bitterness to it.
There is a dryness to the aftertaste, yet it does not seems to be as dry a aftertaste like I'm accustomed to.
A solid medium bodied beer that seems to get better as the glass gets emptier.
05-07-2012 22:41:25 | More by LXIXME
3.3/5 rDev -7.3%
12 oz bottle poured into a chalice. (I know, it was the only clean glass I had lying around) No markings to date it.
Average appearance with a color like a strong brewed tea. Single finger of chalky foam that evaporated pretty quickly. Some lacing, but not as much as the Port City Shark Attack I tried last night. Not a bubble in sight after settling.
Malt and hops on the nose. I'm hoping that aromas will develop the more it warms up.
Plenty of malt as far as taste goes. Not detecting much hopsy citrus for a beer marked "triple hopped" on the label. Hmmm. According to their website, these are Liberty hops.
While pleasant enough, there is that tangy finish that isn't sitting well with me. Granted, the 7.5% ABV hides well, so maybe after two more I could ignore the sharpness.
Not bad, and certainly good to see more red ales out there, and at $8 for a sixer, this would be interesting to bring to a beer swap without feeling like you're being cheap. I've tried a couple of the Bridgeport brews and think Hop Czar is a much better offering.
Would I buy it again? Not necessarily. Would I drink it again? Yeah, I think so. Draw your own conclusions based on that.
03-03-2011 23:38:56 | More by Groucho75
3.63/5 rDev +2%
12oz bottle, from a recent trip to PDX.
This beer pours a clear dark copper hue, with one finger of thinly foamy pale beige head, which leaves some layered droopy lace around the glass as it readily settles. It smells of sweet biscuity, toasted malt, fruity floral hops, and a subtle sugary booziness. The taste is bready biscuit malt, bitter leafy hops, and an increasingly noticeable yeasty alcohol presence. The carbonation is on the low side of average, the body medium weight, and otherwise smooth for our purpose. It finishes still fairly sweet, the somewhat spicy rye presently coming out of its shell, amongst the other breadiness, in addition to a still sporty, acerbic, edgy hop bitterness.
The purported hop profile doesn't really flesh out, beyond rendering a generic bitter crutch, but it's nice to see the rye strutting its stuff on the flip side.
07-31-2011 03:03:25 | More by biboergosum
3.88/5 rDev +9%
Appearance - Pours a nice reddish amber with a 2 finger head, good retention and a thick, semi-sticky lacing.
Smell - Bready, with a hint of Caramel and a citrus hop note.
Taste - Follows the nose; bready, caramel malts. Finishes sweet, with red apple and a faint citrus note sparkling faintly in the back end.
Mouthfeel - Medium body. Fairly decent carbonation.
Overall - A good red ale. Lots of interesting, mellow flavors. Definitely a must try, if not for you, at least me again.
07-07-2012 05:50:25 | More by TheSixthRing
Kingpin Double Red Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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