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Kingpin Double Red Ale - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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BA SCORE
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171 Reviews
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Reviews: 171
Hads: 530
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 14
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 12-28-2010

OG: 17
IBU: 65
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Reviews: 171 | Hads: 530
Photo of godlessape
4.88/5  rDev +41%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a 6-pack because the price was right and I also loved that Hop Czar Imperial IPA that BridgePort puts out. Not to mention the great artwork on the label that turned my head.

Appearance: Absolutely gorgeous amber with subtle ruby highlights with a creamy frothy head that looks like vanilla frosting on a red velvet cake.

Smell: Floral hop's, with just a bit of caramel malt note's.

Taste: The balance of caramel malt and hoppy bitterness is just about perfect. All the red ales I've tried in the past never tasted as good as they looked. This beer is shooting me straight to the moon.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation that fits, and a medium feel all around.

Drinkability: This beer has just made it into my top 5. It's that good. (741 characters)

Photo of MoustacheHero
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first taste of Oregon's oldest craft brewery.

A: A beautiful brown with a hint of red, and a soapy head that holds up well. Very pleasing, not overpowering.

S: A wonderful bouquet of hops, malt, toast and semi sour apple.

T: Toasty and sweet, finishing hoppy and hints of fruity, sour esters. Smooth and full bodied to be red, hoppy like pale.

M: A fully body flavor and none of they dry that comes with some hoppy beers. Wet your whistle on this tasty beer.

O: This is one of those wonderful beers that is unique enough for the adventurous, but mild enough for the session drinkers. Definitely worth a try. (618 characters)

Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yet again another Bridgeport beer that I know I am going to drink a lot of. This triple hopped double red ale is exteremely well balanced with the hops and malts. Definitely shows some good hops but it isn't so intense that it takes away from the sweetness of the malts. In my opinion the bitterness of the hops and the sweetness from the malts coincide very well, with neither ingredient dominating the other. (410 characters)

Photo of industrialswill
4.42/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$6.99 for the sixpack at Fred Meyer.
This beer is walnut colored, it smells a little bit like fruit cake.
It's got gobs of malt, to the point of noticable thickness and enough hop bitterness to make this a beer for hop lovers. The label mentions rye grass, which must explain this beer's unique taste.
I'm loving it...typical good stuff from Bridgeport. (354 characters)

Photo of duderus123
4.33/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -Amber in color and a tad bit murky but still mostly clear, not very fizzy (YEAH) The head is frothy, lacing the glass as it settels d...own. It looks like a good Amber Ale should...

Smell -Malts smell kind of caramelly. The hops have a piney and citrus like scent to them. You can smell that these hops will taste sharp. The yeast is kind of hanging out, not ruining what the malty hops are doing...

Taste - Ahhh.... This is what an Amber should taste like!! A sharp dry hops profile with necessary bitterness common to this style. You should taste strong hops, but this one doesnt venture into the stronger ale categories. Malt flavor complements the hops... A joy to drink.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied like an Amber Ale should be.

I love this one... BUY IT! Bridgeport nails Amber Ale with this one. (815 characters)

Photo of sjdevel
4.24/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look:
Slightly low on the carbonation scale as there was a 1 finger head with a bit of a rough pour (12oz bottle). Beautiful deep copper color and quite clear. Head deflates but has decent lacing thereafter.

Smell:
Caramelly scent with slight tartness. There’s almost a metallic smell mixed in.

Taste:
At first you are greeted with a hoppy bite that’s a bit surprising but not over powering. The bitterness subsides and rich caramel and nutty flavors step in. There is a slight fruity tartness as well. The rye in this brew adds a nice spicy earthiness. The higher ABV is apparent in this beer as there is a slight dry sherry undertone. The beer finishes dry and floral hop notes come in at the end.

Feel:
Great full bodied feel and very tingly on the tongue. Starts smooth and ends up with a dry finish.

Overall:
This is really close to some barley wines that I have had recently (oddly enough). It was quite rich, fruity, and hoppy! I would drink again. (976 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial Pint.
7.5% ABV, 65 IBUs

A - With it's deep copper color, Kingpin looks warm and inviting though faintly hazy. Atop the beer lies a crown of tan whipped foam that sits on it's throne infinitely, casting heaping chunks of lace to the glass.

S - Kingpin sure smells like a hopped-up red ale but at first whiff it doesn't quite strike me as "tripple hopped" - can Miller sue them for that, or vice versa?. The balance is nice though, rounding out to a smooth double red with luscious caramel sweetness, Munich malt-like breadiness and toasted finish overlapping the earthy hop varietals.

T - The flavor profile of Kingpin sticks with the same balanced approach that the aroma does; hefty malts for it's "double" stature that have an overarching sweet, bready character with a finish of earthy hops that display a bit more citrus and pine character than the nose lets on.

M - I keep mentioning balance and once again, despite the higher IBUs (65 to be exact), it's the focal point, and probably best attribute of the beer. A smooth malty entry leads to a quietly rising dryness and finish of well-placed bitterness that doesn't overwhelm but works to cut the medium bodied malty sweetness off at the perfect point.

O - I'm not quite sure what BridgePort means by "triple hopped" with their double red ale, Kingpin but I assure you, there's a hell of a lot more hops in here than Miller's "triple hopped" Lite. Either way, while exponentially hoppier than that bladder-filling swill, Kingpin seems more balanced than anything which seems to work out great. Sweet, bready malt provides a nice body and smooth feel with predominantly earthy hops filling in the gaps and finishing out with dry bitterness for an easy drinking (and higher alcohol) red that won't destroy your taste buds in the process. (1,834 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: standard brown 355mL bottle, pretty cool old-school label. I like it.

Appearance: clear bronze colouring, with a one-finger off-white head. Good retention, and a decent amount of lacing.

Aroma: some sweet caramel malts back a pepper-and-hop overtone. Pine and grapefruit with some citrus. Nice, but a touch weak.

Taste: the taste is similar, but somehow better defined and more full in body. The hops definitely come through stronger - a nice slow sipper.

Aftertaste: definitely a slow sipping beer - the hop bitterness picks up, offering a fantastic red ale bite. One of the best.

Mouth feel: medium in body with a lasting bitterness. Hangs around in the mouth for quite a while, which is nice.

Overall: without a doubt the best American Red Ale I have had to date. A good sipping ale - something worth while onece every now and then. The price is a bit restrictive at AU$100 a case (2013), but a 6-pack every now and then won't hurt too badly. (959 characters)

Photo of ElGordo
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a pretty orange-amber color, with almost no head. In fact, the body is almost perfectly still. Aroma of sweet, bready malt and fruity hops. Notes of sweet fruit (apple? maybe a little citrus?) and a touch of roast character come through as the beer warms.
Palate is sweet, bready, and a touch fruity up front. A mild bitterness from the hops emerges on the swallow, helping to temper the sweetness. The yeast imparts a very distinctive, bready character that's endemic to all Bridgeport beers. The roast character really comes through on the finish.
Body is smooth and creamy, not nearly as still as the appearance would indicate. As full as a big red ale should be, without the stickiness of some imperial ales. On the whole, a very drinkable new offering from Bridgeport. While this is obviously an attempt to compete with Ninkasi's Believer, it fills a slightly different spot in the lineup by not being a complete hop bomb. Still, it's a very enjoyable brew. (1,019 characters)

Photo of alexipa
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Murky red color with an off white head.

S: Toffee like malt scent with a slight roasted character. Feint hop scent.

T: The roasted toffee malt comes through on the taste as well. The hops are piney and balance the strong malts nicely.

M: Creamy smooth and low carbonation. Fairly hot, but still very drinkable.

O: This is pretty excellent. I'm struggling to find any flaws with this brew but it's not particularly wow-ing either. Just very good and enjoyable. (466 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i find this to be grossly underscored here on BA. it pours a clear light amber color with a lacey beige head as tall as you want it to be. smells like big red malts, but not dry like the irish reds. some resiny hops in the nose as well. flavor is a bit tart, but not like a sour at all, just bursting with that malt flavor, very unique. hops balance it all out at the end, and the alcohol is never noticed. feel is nice here too, not a heavy beer for a double red at all. good carbonation keeps it feeling lighter than it is. overall an excellent brew from bridgeport, and one id like to see get a little more love from the beer advocate community. this is really good stuff (674 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
4.06/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wide flute glass. Deep red color with a thick, finger and half of tight dirty head. Really well put together.
Big malt nose, small lemon and grapefruit, banana at the end.
This is a bold taste. Lots of malt balanced with an equal large dose of hops. The bitterness wins out at the end with an uppercut to the tongue. It is a little unruly but worth it.
Smooth and creamy texture with low carbonation. Works really well.
A straightforward and bold flavor. Beautiful to look at. An enjoyable and different amber ale. (528 characters)

Photo of busternuggz
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Nice, clear orange-copper color with a light khaki 1/4" head. Head recedes to a ring, leaves some spotty lacing.
Interesting nose, gives off some scents of tangerine and a mint-evergreen combo. Some caramel malt. Nice but a little muted.
The taste comes on with caramel and rye malt, just a touch of sweetness, then quickly followed by a nice grassy/evergreen hoppiness. A little lemon zest. Long, nicely bitter hop aftertaste. Not too complex but well balanced and tasty.
Nice texture, comes on light bodied but a little viscous and ends nice and dry. The dryness really compliments the hop flavors.
I was surprised by this one, given the reviews, but grading to style this is a flavorful, interesting, and well-balanced beer that stands out above most ambers to me. Love the touch of rye malt too. (845 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.04/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a reddish amber color with a one finger head of billowy white foam. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a great sum of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is one the sweeter and beadier side with a good showing of some fruity notes of apple and pear. Other sweeter smells of a caramel nature are strong as well, with some hints of a citrus and herbal hop smell mixed with these to produce a rather inviting aroma to the brew overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a quite bready and moderately sweet taste of a caramel and light fruit nature. These flavors create a strong backbone flavor for the brew, lasting throughout the entire taste. As the taste advances from the start, other flavors of a light grassy nature and some tastes of a herbal and a bit of nut taste hit the tongue. The sweetness gets a little more potent in nature at the very end, with a roasty caramel flavor ramping up in nature. With all the transitions that occur, one is left with a rather malty and fairly sweet red flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thick and creamy with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the more rich sweet flavors mixed with the decent sweetness and moderate hop, the feel is spot on, as it nicely accentuates all the flavors.

Overall – This was a quite enjoyable red overall. While a bit more on the malty side with a lesser showing of hop, it still was quite balanced and very flavorful with a good easy drinking feel. This one I rather enjoyed. (1,610 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First tap review, odd... figured an Oregonian BA would take care of that.

Served in a standard pint glass, it had a glowing russet tone, with ruby highlights when held to the light. Creamy, frothy cap of foam that left a sticky network of lacing all around the glass. Retention was good, an unbroken skim lasted for the duration of the glass.

Very estery with fried plantains, caramel sauce, and baked apples. Slightly sweet, appropriate for a big Amber Ale. Comes across with Maibock nuances.

Hearty yet easy drinking, dominated by an estery yeast flavor manifesting as fresh sliced apples. Pleasant malt complexity, crusty multigrain bread and honey. Slighty toasty, breadiness and apple notes seem to domintate. Medium bodied and easy drinking. It has fortitude, yet never feels heavy. Something i'd drink again for sure, seems well suited to cooler weather. (866 characters)

Photo of jadpsu
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When purchased I saw the words, double red ale, but not the smaller font tripple hopped.
Pours a less than clear amber with slightly off white head and great side lace and good retention.
A: Wow, smells like muddled fruit of raisens, dark cherries, mandarin oranges hoppiness. A ting of bready malts evident, but hops are most prominent.
T: hops show up with their bitterness in raisin and dark cherry tones. Bready, roasty maltiness more balanced in taste. Medium body mouthfeel, with amost bitter finish.
Pretty good and price of $8.99 for a 6 pack is reasonable for the value.
Liked it better the second time I had it. (621 characters)

Photo of philbertk
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bridgeport Brewing Company--Kingpin Triple Hopped Double Red Ale--Feared By Some, Cheered By Many--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 7.50% ABV. 65 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Red Ale--Imperial. Thick pour. Dense rocky lacy lasting light tan head. Clear bright fizzy rich enticing amber red color. Toasted caramel malty floral earthy Liberty hop front. Creamy mild sweet toasted caramel biscuit rich red fruit smooth malty doughy body. Clean dry hop mild citrus end. Satisfying and Nourishing rich tasty smooth malty roasted Red Ale. Sampled 12/31/2010. 6-Pack purchased for $7.75 @ PCC-Fremont, Seattle on 12/31/2010. (595 characters)

Photo of Libeertarian
4.02/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Using a nonic pint (that's what's suggested by the label), a beautiful shade of red with a tannish head that was with me all the way to the bottom. Nose is fairly dank and spicy. Hop character is very vegetably, like a broth made with carrots, celery, and the like. I'd suggest this was related to the rye, but I've noticed this with Bridgeport's Conviction Pale Ale, Signature IPA, and Hop Czar Imperial IPA as well. In the red and the pale, it's tolerable, good even, but in the others it's overwhelming. Decently carbonated with a relatively high viscosity and a bitter, pepper-like aftertaste, this ale is surprisingly drinkable...in sips, not gulps...with a snack, which works well with the moderately high ABV. (716 characters)

Photo of TheSeeker61
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured a two finger head with a off reddish tint into a pint glass.

S- Has a fresh cherry malty sweet smell.

T- The intial taste is a hoppy malty mix. Not as sweet as the smell which is good for me. The hops dominate moreso than the malts.

M- I like this mouthfeel. Medium bodied mouthfeel.

0- Really like this beer. Kinda surprised as most reviewers dedn't give this a positive review. It's not the best red ale I've had but I like it as I like hoppy beers and like the hops found in this one. (503 characters)

Photo of JMad
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

The beer is is orange-red with a thick foamy off white head that hugged the glass. It smells like a fruitcake, sweet and fruity with a hint of caramel the most dominant aroma of fruit is peach, I couldn't single out the rest. The taste is sweet then bitter with flavors toasted malt, bread, lemon and pine. This is a thick, full-bodied beer with soft carbonation and a dry finish. I'm glad I picked this one up, it's very well rounded and I'll have no problem finishing the 6-pack. (525 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass

Pours a pretty reddish amber with small, pale head. Lacing is pretty nice. Carbonation is fine and fast. Smell is roasty and slightly hoppy. I get a fair amount of citrus peel smell out of it.

Taste is slightly sour, mostly bitter hops, with a sweet rich roastiness from the malt. Somewhat nutty, maybe a little hint of smoke, too.

Mouthfeel is thick and very slightly sticky. Overall, not bad at all. (444 characters)

Photo of pjbfromkc
3.96/5  rDev +14.5%
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. (348 characters)

Photo of jwinship83
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle picked up after reading the description for $1.49. im not sure weather to think arrogant bastard, or miller lite after seeing the "tripple hopped" on the label. into my samuel adams perfect pint glass it goes.

A- this one pours out a translucent ruby red colored body with a large cream colored head on top. the head falls quicker than expected and leaves behind only small rings of lacing.

S- the first thing i pick out of the nose are bready malts with a little bit of caramel and toffee. after that it goes straight to the hops which offer a little bit of pine, a little bit of grapefruit, and a larger dose of floral notes. i cant pick out the booze in this.

T- the taste starts out with some sweet caramel, toffee, and bready malts. it quickly moves into hop country from there. floral are the main attraction. there are also lesser degrees of pine and grapefruit. the alcohol remains well hidden.

M- a solid medium body with a nice level of carbonation. no complaints there. the alcohol is very well hidden.

O- definitely closer to arrogant bastard than miller lite. ill probably pick up a sixer of this given the price. i feel i rated this beer higher than average, but i also feel that it isnt given the respect its due. check it out for a nice value craft beer. (1,288 characters)

Photo of humbleevenstone
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The lacing is okay and the bubbles are nice. The color is the only thing really enticing. The transparency of the ale is pretty standard but it is a pretty red. Seems reviewers compare color to either a gem stone or hair color; so I'll say its a nice light auburn. Irish it is not but it seems reminiscent.

The nose seems very fruity but that might be psychological since the drink bears a resemblance to sparkling fruit beverages.

The taste starts with a fruit-like acidity grape juice only cleaner. In the middle the hops start their approach and build to a well blended finish. There is some warmth in the aftermath and the taste lingers in the mouth for a while; makes you want to wait before the next sip.

The lightness of an ale but there is more texture. The effervescence is good. This is not a smooth feel but I don't go for ales that often and the texture appealed to me.

Trying to broaden my palate and drink local. Checked the website for the brewer and this beer is one of a couple that has no accolades. Not average, but not quite excellent. (1,059 characters)

Photo of jacobseyb
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my snifter a deep amber color, head was off white and average, about two fingers. Head dissipate quickly with really good lacing. Aromas were very balanced with a great caramel malt smell, and floral hops. Taste is balanced as well, with malt sweetness and great balance from floral flavors. Feel is smooth, with some oiliness, light carbonation. Overall a good beer, fitting in the style, though I would have appreciated a little more hop flavor, and carbonation. (492 characters)

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Kingpin Double Red Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
79 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.