Kingpin Double Red Ale - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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Reviews by doktorhops:
3.65/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Here's to the new beer: 2014! First beer of the year is BridgePort Kingpin, of which I thought the Hop Czar was a decent drop despite a few very minor niggles. Well let's see how the Kingpin stacks up with it.
Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.
A: A nice deep but clear rust-coloured body with a meaty off-white head that sticks around at a solid 1.5cm, impressive to see an ale with a head like this that isn't tap poured.
S: The nose is a prominent mix of fruity hops, honeyed figs, caramel malt and a hit of bread characters from the yeast. Possibly one of the most balanced aromas between hops, malt and yeast that I've encountered in all my years, well played BridgePort.
T: Favour is where the balance skews decidedly towards sweet, which is a shame because it had much promise. The palate begins caramel/honey sugar sweet, followed by a muted bread middle and finishing with slightly sharp medicinal bitter herb hop flavour. Overall the sweetness is needed to balance that bitter hop note, but one thinks the balance would be better without such a bitter hop note to begin with.
M: Medium bodied with light carbonation and hop resin oils throughout, not unlike its Hop Czar cousin.
D: Not as enjoyable as the Hop Czar. Whereas Hop Czar was expected to be brutal in its bitterness, and by style-default warranted, this is one brew I was hoping would have a bit more balance in the flavour. That being said the hops do seem to die down a little as it gets warmer (or my taste-buds have been clobbered into submission), either way it becomes a little bit nicer with some warming. Price-wise on an even keel with Hop Czar so out of the two Hop Czar is the better.
Food match: As the flavour became more fruitcake I began thinking about Christmas ham, turkey, stuffing and roasted vegetables - I would start there.
Serving type: bottle
01-02-2014 14:11:29 | More by doktorhops
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3.94/5 rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from bottle into pint glass. Amber red with not much head or carbonation. Very drinkable hoppy red ale. The hops and bitterness last on you tongue for quite a while. Not an everday beer at 7.5 abv, but one or two every once in a while for a nice change of pace. Very affordable at 6.99 for 6 pack in KC. Will buy again at this price point.
Serving type: bottle
06-24-2014 21:03:30 | More by pjbfromkc
Kingpin Double Red Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
81 out of 100 based on 456 ratings.