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Kingpin Double Red Ale - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

Kingpin Double Red AleKingpin Double Red Ale

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412 Ratings

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Ratings: 412
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.08%

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:
OG: 17
IBU: 65

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 12-28-2010)
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Photo of godlessape


4.9/5  rDev +38%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 07:13:41 | More by godlessape
Photo of WhatsNewinBooze


4.55/5  rDev +28.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 18:29:29 | More by WhatsNewinBooze
Photo of MoustacheHero


4.55/5  rDev +28.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 06:42:55 | More by MoustacheHero
Photo of industrialswill


4.43/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 01:34:56 | More by industrialswill
Photo of duderus123

4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 04:57:02 | More by duderus123
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 23:57:21 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of SmashPants


4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 12:39:01 | More by SmashPants
Photo of busternuggz


4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 23:38:24 | More by busternuggz
Photo of alexipa


4.09/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 04:16:18 | More by alexipa
Photo of ElGordo


4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 05:44:59 | More by ElGordo
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 19:10:39 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of Fatehunter


4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 02:39:31 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of philbertk


4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 18:52:21 | More by philbertk
Photo of emerge077


4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2011 02:20:51 | More by emerge077
Photo of jadpsu


4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 04:38:21 | More by jadpsu
Photo of humbleevenstone


4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 07:06:50 | More by humbleevenstone
Photo of JMad


4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 00:41:25 | More by JMad
Photo of snaotheus


4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 04:32:20 | More by snaotheus
Photo of TheSeeker61


4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 21:32:22 | More by TheSeeker61
Photo of TempeBeerMan


3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Pours reddish brown with the thinnest bit of white head which disappears almost instantly. However, leaves an impressive lacing when sipped. A bit hazy, and cloudier than I would expect for the style.

S – A whiff of sweet lightly toasted malts, but the overall aroma is barely noticeable.

T – Initial taste is very sweet almost nutty malt (chestnuts?), followed by an assertive blast of earthy hops that carries forever. Very bold and flavorful! Not overly complex, just a nice balance between the malts and hops, and I personally feel the aggressive hoping gives this beer a unique taste, more similar to a Marzen than a red.

M – Medium bodied and carbonated, which works well with the lingering hop aftertaste described above.

O – I always remember “reds” being the hot beer twenty years ago, with Killian’s Red serving as my “bridge beer” between adjunct beers and “better” beers, but I never truly enjoyed them as a style. Until now. If this is an example of what reds can be, sign me up!

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 22:30:25 | More by TempeBeerMan
Photo of jwinship83


3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 04:03:03 | More by jwinship83
Photo of jacobseyb


3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 04:50:48 | More by jacobseyb
Photo of Lemke10


3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up as part of a M&M 6pk from Woodman’s in Sun Prairie late summer 2012.

Pours a reddish/orange color with a slight off-white head. Scent is mild with malts and slight hint of hops. Taste is bold with wheat, rye, and hops. After taste is slightly crisp and bitter. Drinks smooth but has a good grain taste that is hard to pass up. Made quite well!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 03:47:12 | More by Lemke10
Photo of Docer


3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a 6-pack today to try,.

- Pours a very clear rich copper color... fizzy white head quickly down to a bubbly thin cream blanket.. little bits of lace..

- Some light caramel malt, vegetative aroma or odor.. grassy.. slight brown sugars.. some citrus.. smooth sweet smells..

- Nice caramel character, slight funky grains.. nice bitter hop hit.. citrus, sweet sugars.. herbal grassy hops... and a slight funk that I can't seem to get over. Good finishing flavor.. balanced for sure.

- Lightly creamy and medium bodied.. slightly dry and chewy.

- Overall not bad... there is a slight funk in the grain bill that is throwing me off.. perhaps it will not stick around in the brew once it is brewed more often and dialed in. Overall rather balanced and quite drinkable.

** edit - every bottle after the first didn't have the funk.. was it just me? Turns out a much more smooth and bitter red.. as it should be.. little filling but otherwise good. Their yeast just seems crazy and bubbly.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 01:15:27 | More by Docer
Photo of dylanrossi


3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber color which borders on crimson red. Lots of carbonation and a thick head which leaves behind a good deal of lacing.

Smell: Very enticing nose, fruity and sweet. Not much in the way of hops however.

Taste: Sweet and malty upfront. A good deal of fruit comes through in the form of dried fruit and cherries. Sweetness is balanced nicely by a good hit of hops. Finishes bitter and fruity.

Mouthfeel: Light in body with a good deal of carbonation.

Overall: Surprisingly complex twist on a red/amber. The deep fruity flavors could be balanced a bit more effectively with more pronounced hop flavor though.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 03:43:39 | More by dylanrossi
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Kingpin Double Red Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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