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Kingpin Double Red Ale - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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173 Reviews

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Reviews: 173
Hads: 532
Avg: 3.5
pDev: 26%
Wants: 14
Gots: 49 | 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: 173 | Hads: 532
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, rye, candied citrus zest, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with rye, caramel, and candied citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop and earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice balance of rye and hop characterisitcs.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.07/5  rDev +16.3%
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

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Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear copper with a three-fingered head that leaves a few dots of lacing

Smell: Spicy rye bread, caramel and earthy/piney hops; rather herbal

Taste: Fruity, with apple and strawberry tones, up front; caramel and earthy/piney flavors develop, in the middle; harsh, spicy and metallic, after the swallow, with an unbalanced finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A rather unusual beer with a range of surprising flavors - too bad it doesn't work better

Thanks, kemoarps, for the opportunity

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Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -Poured out a clear, ruby/amber color with a one-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It little to no lacing.

S - It smelled very malty and grassy.

T - It tasted of rye, malt, sweet breads and had a bitter hop bite. A slightly boozy taste, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a warm alcohol heat.

O - This was pretty tasty. I guess I like a double red ale with rye.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Slips out a clear, dark amber-toned body with a frothing, just off-white head.

Smell: Sweetish, caramel-scented maltiness, a pinch of rye grain, and some faintly lemony, savory spiced hops. Seems a bit timid.

Taste: Sweet-tasting caramel and a dose of crusty, toasted rye bread with an addition spoonful of raw sugar opens things up. Complimentary earthy spiciness from the Libery hops used. Moderately bitter, but it drops off the palate in a heartbeat (if not faster), leaving you to make take the long road back to Sugar Town. Mildly citrusy. Some additional berry-esque fruitiness, like a muted strawberry, though it remains light. Slightly savory taste of autolyzed yeast. Sweetish on the soft finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Touts being triple hopped, so, like Miller Lite, it's "triple hops brewed." I gotta say, it just doesn't come together for me and there's really not much to this one, especially with a name like Kingpin (an, at times, understated Spider-Man villain).

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.97/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

We talkin' Michael Clarke Duncan or that fat white guy? Regardless, this stuff pours a sunset russet-amber topped by a finger of lightly off-cream-white foam. The nose comprises toffee, caramel, orange zest, ruby red grapefruit peel, and a hint of greens. The taste holds notes of dried maple syrup, light grapefruit peel, light caramel, and an overarching surge of some blandly bitter citrus rind. Let's be blunt, indeed. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a pretty sad beer, one that has no idea of balance, let alone quality flavor expression.

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Photo of mactrail
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The usual orangey amber color in the big globe glass. Head is nothing sensational but plenty of carbonation in the mouth. Sweet and fruity, like a Tripel but without the Belgian yeasty flavor. More hops too, and just a little of the leafy, vegetal, and dank flavor.

Rich and seems stronger than 7.5%. Sweet and sharp on the tongue. A perfumey sort of flavor. Flowery with some odd fruit notes. Not one of my favorites from Bridgeport, but they get a lot of flavor into this beer. It's more malty and perhaps simple than you might like, and hop fiends will be left panting. However, it's quite full of hoppy flavors without the total bitter takeover. Aftertaste does have enough bitterness to make its mark.

Quite pleasant for sipping. From the 12 oz bottle. Cost was a reasonable $1.49 for a single.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.6/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Trappist Westvleteren goblet in Denver, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: 3.5 finger head of nice cream lacing, good thickness, and great retention. Colour is a dark ruby red.

Sm: Amber hops and slight caramel. That's all that comes through to me broken nose; all apologies lads.

T: Raspberry esters, light cream, very light bittering hops, and caramel. Not horribly complex, but decently built. Fairly balanced - just simple.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Too much on the latter. Coarsens on the climax and carries unfavourably through the finish. Doesn't really match the flavours of the body.

Dr: Decently priced, relatively high ABV, and of bad quality. I won't have it again.

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Photo of chinchill
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks darn good. Pours chestnut brown with tons of ruby highlights. Crimson, maybe? Just barely off-white color head. Foamed up nicely, convex bulge in the middle, great lacing.

Aroma is weak. I think I get sweetbread with some spice. Rye comes through a bit here, somewhat spicy. Hops gives it that noble floral nose a bit.

The combination of rye and Liberty hops is interesting. I get kind of a spicy / floral / metallic taste in the middle. Sweetbread is apparent, provides some 'cling'. Somewhat roasty. I can't really tell if this is dry, spicy, metallic, or herbal. Intriguing and pretty good. It makes me think...which sometimes isn't good. Ha!

Easy drinking. Probably a beer best paired with food.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I expected there to be some more hop oomph from this beer. Not really there. More of a mild earthy hoppiness swimming in some grainy maltiness. Not sweet, exactly, but a bit boring. Some light citrus notes, and fairly thick, almost soupy in the mouth. Disappointing.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne. Not quite sure exactly how it got there, but there you go. Shared with Rich after a large homebrew bottling session.

Pours a pleasant bright amber colour, perhaps red if you look at it in the right light. Head is a pocked, bubbly and rather inconsistent off-white, leaving some spotty, pathy lace. Body is pretty light (certainly lighter than expected for a 7.5% ABV red Ale), but holds some fine carbonation. Overall, it looks good without being exceptional.

Nose is sweet with mild malt, but lacking much else in character. Perhaps a bit of pepper comes through, but it really feels pretty flat and uninteresting. Not a lot to talk about: as it warms, there's maybe some chalky character of a mineral gravel note. But that's not much of a positive.

Taste is similar. Light malt makes a pleasantly dull basis, with a hint of very mild roast in the back. On top of this is certainly the suggestion of hops, but they feel skeletal or tired: a faint bitterness without much true bite or flavour. Pretty average stuff.

Overall, it's drinkable enough, and I don't get the sense of a particularly high ABV beer, which is good at least. But it's just dull: there's really not a lot to it. It feels as though all the flavours have given up, and they're putting in only the most perfunctory effort.

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Photo of biegaman
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Kingpin has more than enough colour to be called a 'double red ale' - I can count far more than two tones of amber that emanate from this clear-bodied, extremely lambent beer. Highlights abound. Its head, however, isn't much magnified at all; the thin, soapy foam manages just barely to cover the circumference and fails entirely to mark the glass.

Liberty hops are appreciated in the nose much as they are in Anchor Liberty Ale, albeit with a notable rye malt presence that makes this decidedly not pale. This particular variety is quite leafy and a little bit soapy too. The malts (probably with the help of some alcohol esters) smell of dried or candied cherries that add a bit of balancing sweetness.

For something that has both the terms "double" and "triple hopped" (whatever that means) in its title, Kingpin tastes like a beer designed not so much for beer geeks - as those terms suggest it's being marketed to - but rather for the mainstream drinker. This has little hop bitterness and even its maltiness is light-bodied. There's more alcohol than either.

As result, not only does the toasted biscuity malty flavour suffer, but any leafy, slightly spicy character derived from the hops is ravished and chased away on the finish by alcohol. All that survives the aftermath is some candied cherry taste and a bit of zestful rye malt. They really need to bulk up the maltiness if they are going to brew at this high a gravity.

I don't mind Kingpin, but I strongly suggest BridgePort stop advertising it as a "double" red ale that is "triple hopped"; surely it would fare better in the mind of the average reviewer without those unfortunate monikers. Or, conversely, they could do the right thing and bulk up the malts and double-down on the hops. Either way, changes are needed.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

(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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Picked this up tonight at the COOP... boxing beer... listening to tunes and hoping this is gonna be better than expected.

Poured into my Delerium goblet.. 1/2" white head dies quickly leaving no cap and no lacing... the brew is very clear amber.

Nose shows toasty malts and hints of caramel with some hoppiness.. but the hops honestly make me think "metallic".

A little bitterness up front.. blah toasty malt essence in the middle with no sweetness at all to balance out the lite citrus hops.. not alot going on at all... and there is a distinct yet minor copper element that is lingering on the finish.

Needs to be dialed in.. a more discernible hoppiness would help.. and a nice punch of malt midpalate would go along way.

The body is lite/medium with an okay carbonation.

Cool to try this one, but I doubt I will buy another from this batch.


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Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, amber color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, resin-y hops, pine, sweet malt, hint of alcohol, and citrus (mango?). Since, there is no American Double Red style, this beer fits well enough into the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, hint of pale malt, sweet malt, slight pine, slight citrus, hint of alcohol, and hint of wheat. Overall, tastes more like an American IPA, than an American Amber / Red Ale, but still decent.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium orange-red amber. Thin head but some lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, bready malts and a hint of hops. Starts with a bitter malt and apple flavor with some straw undertones. Finish is dry, bitter and dry grass. Hops provide bite without any aromatic presence. A bit too sour, acidic and dry, bitter finish to be a good red.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich red-orange hue with a thick finger of creamy, frothy light tan head. Body is clear but for some tiny suspended floaties. They don't bother me; this beer looks good.

Smell: rich but not overpowering caramel and biscuit malt aroma. Somewhat sweet with maybe a hint of earthy hops. Maybe a little too astringent-smelling for me, but still pretty good.

Taste: somewhat tasty, but this beer lacks balance. There's sweetness, tartness, bitterness; caramel malt, nutty malt and earthy hop flavors. The elements are there but in this beer they just don't seem to play well together. Somewhat disappointing, but this is not a *bad* beer, per se; it's just not what I wanted it to be.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a decent level of carbonation. Not super creamy, but pretty smooth nonetheless and not too bad overall.

Overall: this beer seems to have a fair amount of potential but it just doesn't quite live up to it. I think it's the tart sourness that gets me the most: maybe too much acid from roasted malts? I don't know, but it just doesn't seem to work well here with the caramel sweetness and the earthy bitterness.

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Photo of beertunes
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a very clean clear reddish-amber with just a thin cap of light tan head that had low retention and moderate lacing.

The aroma was more subdued than I expected from a "Triple hopped" beer made with Rye. Just a trace of hops in the scent and only a hint of Rye's typical sharpness. On the tongue the beer had a much better presence. The crisp rye gave some depth to the other malts and some tangy hops lingered at the back end.

The body was good, not quite full, yet crisp and engaging. Not sticky at all. Drinkability was pretty good, I killed me 12oz bottle in a pretty short period of time and could see putting a sixer in the fridge. I look forward to trying it draft if it shows up around here.

Overall, a pretty good brew. I expected a bit more after reading the label, but that's marketing for ya. Worth trying when you see it.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, clear red/amber color. Poured a 2 finger rocky tan head with good retention. Slowly decanted. Laced in wide rings.

S: Sweet Crystal malts. Mild floral hop aroma.

T: Big caramel malts; wet grain and bread crust. Floral hops find there way onto the palette ahead of an evenly building bitter in the finish. Some warming alcohol dries the finish.

M: Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Starts malty and sweet, finishes dry and little warm.

O: Big malt is the hallmark of this beer.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taken from notes on 3.10.11

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a reddish-amber color with a tan, medium sized head that lasts forever.

S - Smells of wood and apples.

T - Bitter malts and slightly earthy.

D - Bitter start that fades quickly to a malty finish that lingers on the tongue.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Kingpin Double Red Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
80 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.