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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 DavidST


3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, not sure the freshness. This pours a reddish / amber color with a mid sizzed tan head which leaves a lacing. The scent is mild, a little caramel and some hops. The feel is medium. The taste decent, some hop bite followed by some caramel malts.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 04:34:55 | More by DavidST
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 23:01:54 | More by chinchill
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 maximum12


3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ordered on tap at Taco Mac, jazzed to find a beer made with rye malts on the menu. Bring me the rye!

Pour is on the yellow side of orange, not at all red & much lighter than I expected. Nose: not much there. Beer, slightly sweet. Huh.

Kingpin is the beer you take one sip of & think, "Did I get the wrong beer?" As it warms it improved, slightly. The only component that jumped out was a stiff dose of white bread. Whiff of rye, bit of sweeetness, fleeing glimpse of hoppy bitterness at the end. Not much here.

Overall, I just don't have much to say. This is as mediocre as beer gets & with all those taps begging for attention, I was bummed to get something this hum-drum.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

08-23-2012 22:01:58 | More by maximum12
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3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 06:27:43 | More by mactrail
Photo of TheSixthRing


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

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 notes.

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 05:50:25 | More by TheSixthRing
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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 intensify


3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper colored body with 5% visibility, if that. Small, off white head dissapeared into a cloud floating atop.

S- figs, banana, caramel, bready/biscuity, bubble gum sweetness and a touch of alcohol.

T- Caramel, bready/biscuity backbone, dark fruits, malts and hops.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation and a semi dry finish. Could use a thicker body.

Impressed. Has a ton of goodies packed away in a nicely priced 12oz bottle. Makes for a nice desert, or a snack in that case.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 06:23:50 | More by intensify
Photo of mastodonj


3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a diconic

Great looking ale with a foamy, fluffy head and nice lacing. And of course, a reddish amber color.

Smell was eclectic: real good malt, some fruitiness but I couldn't say exactly what, plus a nutty aroma.

A nice smooth hoppiness offset with malt.

Very good mouthfeel owing to the excellent smooth carbonation.

Altogether, a very drinkable ale and with 7.5 ABV, that is something you may have to watch out for.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 00:27:17 | More by mastodonj
Photo of BaileysBrews

3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a Red Ale guy. I guess that should disqualify me from the review but here is a review anyway. Smooth, a little flat for my taste in terms of carbonation. Some flavor but I feel one flavor was more dominant than the others and I can't put my finger on it. I gave the bottle to my brother-in-law to finish because well, I don't want to waste it. He like it but it wasn't a favorite of his. Maybe I swayed his opinion. Bridgeport should focus on lighter beers in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 19:55:43 | More by BaileysBrews
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Liked this on-tap, had to try it in a bottle. Sharp aroma is malty with an overtone of caramel and spice. It pours a dark, clear coppery with a pale golden tan head that leaves some good lacing. Mouth-filling flavor has malty and hoppy qualities plus hints of caramel and cloves. Texture has good body and a fair amount of fizz, not quite as much as when on-tap but still appreciable. I'm glad I gave this one another review.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 02:00:40 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of Flightoficarus


3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a chestnut brown-amber, w/a light off-white head, leaving moderate lacing.

S - Smell is subtle notes of toasted caramel, nuts, and orange.

T - Taste is of bready, caramel malts, nuts. w/plenty of orange peel, and a slight piney-ness to it. All the flavors here are actually pretty subtle for a double red. I was expecting a more vicious hop bite, but this is kind of a nice change of pace here.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, light carbonation. Really drinkable for 7.5%

O - Overall, I dunno that this is one I'd go out of my way to find, but I'd happily drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 06:02:53 | More by Flightoficarus
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

3.48/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 22:41:25 | More by LXIXME
Photo of vkv822


2.18/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours and amber-orange with a foamy, light toffee colored head.

Some pale, bready and caramel malt. Not really any hop notes despite being "triple hopped.

Taste follows the nose.

Average mouthfeel, medium body with prickly carbonation.

Not bad, but not good either. Not worth the money.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 07:33:46 | More by vkv822
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
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North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like this one. Pours a dark copper with a thin white head. Smell is deceiving, as the nose leads you to a dopplebock or heavy dunkel. The taste is rye, caramel, maybe brown sugar or molasses, and a fairly intense mutliple hop finish - there are tones of floral as well as citrus.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 03:31:23 | More by raszputini
Photo of Murrhey


2.78/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured in a pint glass from a 12oz bottle. Reviewed from notes.

A- Clear red-orange color, half a finger off-white watery head. Minute and a half retention.

S- Darker malts and some bittering hops. Subtler smell. Some spiciness to it.

T- Spices and spicy hops. The malts cool it down at the end and are more subdued.

M- Medium bodied. Well carbonated and a bitter linger.

O- Ok beer. The appearance is mediocre, but the taste and mouthfeel are nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 01:17:18 | More by Murrhey
Photo of Star80


3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours out a reddish color with a tan head with some lacing. Looks a bit opaque. Pretty. No date code to be seen.

S: Smell is faintly of malts, some stale tea smells.

T: Taste is roughly of alcohol and some grainy flavors, faintly sour from the rye grains. Some dead hop flavors since I couldn't determine this beer had been sitting on the shelf. A bit of sweet malt and a dry aftertaste.

M: Mouthfeel is fine, not too prickly.

O: Overall another average and disappointing beer from Bridgeport. Reminds me of Redhook or some other grocery store crap. I forgot how boring and overly strong their beers were. No nice smells or tastes from this beer, possibly due to age. I won't be buying another one of their beers for a long, long time. Maybe I can use this beer for cooking something.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 03:08:17 | More by Star80
Photo of AlCzerik


3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer on draft at my local Taco Mac. I like most of what Bridgeport does especially the Hop Czar but this didn't really cut the mustard.

Appearance- Pours light Brown or Amber with more foam on top than you usually expect with an Amber Ale.

Taste- This is a solid amber or red ale. Just didnt have anything that really set it apart for me.

Overall this beer was worth the try as far as bang for your buck goes it absolutely is. Bridgeport puts out a quality product in my price range and I appreciate that.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2012 21:06:20 | More by AlCzerik
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 03:27:16 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of NODAK


3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The nose here initially had a floral quality to it but eventually ceded to a sweeter, fruity type of crystal-ish malt.

Initially, the taste had a hoppy, floral taste to it right out of the gate...but then came the spicy rye, which I'm glad I read the label ahead of time or else I may have been a bit confused by that taste. Along with this rye, the sweet, fruity malt is also present as was found on the nose but isn't nearly as pervasive as I thought it would have been. At the finish, a decent bitter snap is present...a hint of grain....some lingering of the bitterness.

All in all, pretty interesting in that they included rye in this beer...other than that, pretty average stuff. That said, it was enjoyable and I'd have another.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 00:26:58 | More by NODAK
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2.94/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 21:05:28 | More by TMoney2591
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
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3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 17:20:14 | More by rhoadsrage
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark orange, light red color with a minimal head. Smells spicy, must be rye, hints of malt too. The flavor is a good spicy flavor but nothing really special and the rye seems to dominate the hops. Overall, not bad but not something I'm going to be buying more of any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 04:30:55 | More by ArrogantB
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