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Kingpin Double Red Ale - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Kingpin Double Red AleKingpin Double Red Ale

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472 Ratings

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Ratings: 472
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.61%
Wants: 12
Gots: 29 | 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:
OG: 17
IBU: 65

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


3.33/5  rDev -6.5%

Pours a, well, red color. Deep and clear with a frothy head.

Smells roasty with a twinge of hop bitterness. Lots of malt character.

Taste comes a lot from the hops with a backbone of sweet roasted malt. Very nicely balanced with the scale tilted slightly more towards the hop bitterness side of the spectrum.

Mouthfeel is dominated by the thick maltiness with a late bitter piney aftertaste from hops. It is heavy, but at 7.5% it isn't really a chugging beer.

Overall this is a great go-to sipping beer. It's big, strong, and not really flawed. Problem is, there are 5000 other beers just like it, and this one had nothing in it that really stood out and was memorable. So all in all, I'd call this a good beer. But just good.

10-28-2011 04:50:49 | More by corylew
Photo of Tone


3.55/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours a clear, amber color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, pine, sweet malt, 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 hops, sweet malt, slight pine, slight citrus, and hint of wheat. Overall, tastes more like an American IPA, than an American Amber / Red Ale.

10-27-2011 12:50:59 | More by Tone
Photo of Fatehunter


4.05/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

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


3.83/5  rDev +7.6%

Poured into a frozen mug. The head on this thing is thick, creamy and foamy and has some real staying power. The color is garnet and the beer is clear. Smells of raisin, malted milk balls and sweet, tangy hops. The flavor is sturdy, with the raisin up front and spicy hops next. The sharp, prickly carbonation is great, then it washes down leaving a malty glow. A bit of a grainy mouthfeel. The 7.5 ABV is not very noticeable. It goes down smooth and could lead to premature (if that's possible) intoxication. As I down it, the lacing is firm and intact in the glass to the end. A good one, for sure.

10-10-2011 00:14:52 | More by MNJR
Photo of litheum94


3.48/5  rDev -2.2%

12 oz bottle. 1-11 bottling date? Reviewed 8/25/11.

Red-brown body. Clear. Slow forming head, bubbles up to two fingers, slightly brown in color. Settles slowly, leaving some nice lacing.

Sweet aromas of caramel, dates and pears. Biscuity, with pine and floral hops.

Caramel hops lead the way, with flavors of pears and apples. Some biscuit malts as well. Building hop bitterness, piney and earthy. Some floral hops as well.

A good red, and for $6.99 a sixer, it's hard to beat.

09-30-2011 05:00:45 | More by litheum94
Photo of JoeAmerican77


3.43/5  rDev -3.7%

A dark auburn girl... Slight ruby grapefruit in the nose, some milk chocolatey malt aromas as well. Hops pop out at the outstart followed tomato and grapefruit skin and finally some cracked grain at the backend. An interesting twist i'm getting is belgian yeast? Well its enjoyable with medium light body, and alka seltzer carbonation.

This beer seems like a confused adopted stepchild wandering through a family reunion. Lots of hops argue with a malty red base and strange flavors intermingle.

09-29-2011 23:59:10 | More by JoeAmerican77
Photo of bmwats


3.23/5  rDev -9.3%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark brown, ruby hue. Medium carbonation. Pours about a quarter finger, bubbly, brown white head, which decomposes quickly. Pretty decent beer ring lacing.

S: Pungent, woody malt with a tone of butterscotch and oregano.

T: Pungent, bitter, cardboard-y flavor with something of a weird licorice and bubble gum sweetness.

M: Pungency sticks to the palette. Dry and bitter finish.

D: A little too pungent, but decently drinkable.

Atmosphere is decent. Ruby brown hue and a little head remains around the rim and some dry sticky lacing that remains throughout. Nose is pungent and woody. Flavor is pungent with a bit of an unappealing synthetic sweetness. Overall, this is a decent quaff.

09-25-2011 05:11:06 | More by bmwats
Photo of notsoprobeer


3.48/5  rDev -2.2%

Reddish orange in color with a white head. I love the look of beers with this color! I first noticed a yeast-like aroma, followed by malts and alcohol. Given that this is triple-hopped, I expected a stronger hop aroma. In flavor, the caramel malts come through and a grassy hop bitterness is more pronounced. Mid-taste, the alcohol is noticeable (but along the lines of what I'd expect for a 7.5% ABV brew). Body is light to medium, nicely carbonated, and has a crisp mouth feel. Finish leaves a hoppy bitterness and a taste of of alcohol that lingers.

09-22-2011 06:24:06 | More by notsoprobeer
Photo of tbern007


3.45/5  rDev -3.1%

A- golden/amber, a little hazy, lots of carbonation, off white head that is not very thick, little lace.
S - malty, earthy, grass/hop.
T - not as strong as the description. Triple hopped, double red would make me think something like an Arrogant Bastard is on the way but really it's his 2nd cousin. Malty, hoppy yes. But bitter, not very smooth. The hops do not make me think of the pungent west coast varieties. Dry and bitter overall but there is some good taste of roasted malt with stronger than average hops. It's ok but there's better out there if there's a choice for sure.

09-22-2011 02:14:02 | More by tbern007
Photo of Philousa


3.43/5  rDev -3.7%

Pours a deep, clear red with a half finger of head, showing decent lacing. Sweet malt with sweet, earthy hops greet the nose. A tangy, metallic malt washes over the tongue followed by tres bitter hops.This had a bit of a soapy feel from the hops, which made it easy going down.

This was a decent double red ale, but I felt a little lacking in flavor. I didn't get much out of it, but at the same time it was drinkable. Glad I tasted it, but I'd order something else after a taste.

09-20-2011 02:50:22 | More by Philousa
Photo of avaldivia


2.98/5  rDev -16.3%

Poured 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy red color. Decent off white head, with little lacing.

S: Biscuity. Malty. A little roasted malts as well.

T: Citrus hops at first and then a very strong roasted, caramel malt flavor. Not crazy about the transition. Flavors don't blend as well as I would have liked.

M: Medium bodied. Good carbonation.

O: Decent, but the flavors don't meld as well as I would have liked. Don't feel the need to try this again.

09-10-2011 15:56:10 | More by avaldivia
Photo of Jenkster4


3.6/5  rDev +1.1%

Pours a rusty brownish red. Pretty hazy with not much head at all, and just a very small lacing.

Nose: Spicy & floral, hops, bready malts ,yeast, a little booze, grapes. Not bad.

Taste: I'm actually getting a little citrus in the taste. With a nice spicy malt backbone.

Mouth: Goes down rather smooth on my palate. Some hop bitterness, but not much. Pretty nice.

Overall: This is a very decent brew. It's worth getting if you see it.

08-15-2011 02:32:23 | More by Jenkster4
Photo of SunkenDrience


3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Bottle poured into pint glass. Creamy head over a dark amber body, enough said.

Smell was slightly misleading, maltiness in the nose was not balanced by a significant hop aroma. Strong notes of biscuits and baked bread, lighter hints of baked fruits. Did not smell great, but not bad.

This beer had a medium body with a light malty sweetness which is well balanced by hops. Ended wonderfully dry with biscuit flavor carrying over from the nose. The rye enhanced the flavor and finish with spicy notes. No complex hop flavor, but the bitterness level was dead on.

I personally enjoyed the mouthfeel, lighter than expected and helped make it very drinkable.

I gave this beer a 4.0 overall based on the time of year I sampled it. I have been craving a straightforward beer as an alternative to corporate swill in the late summer heat. I am looking for more malty flavor as an alternative to my go-to IPA, but sweetness really gets to me in the heat. This beer would be great for fall tailgating as well before it gets cold enough to warrant a bigger beer. It won't change your life, but a cheap way to not compromise beer credentials when you're looking to get hammered (7.5% ABV and poundable - woohoo).

08-13-2011 17:45:53 | More by SunkenDrience
Photo of MoustacheHero


4.55/5  rDev +27.8%

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.

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

South Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -5.1%

Cask poured into an imperial pint. Slightly hazy brownish amber with a modest soapy head. Decent retention and lacing, though.

Nose is restrained, if pleasant, bready and slightly toasty with vague fruity notions of baked apples, maybe a hint of cherry. The lack of aroma 'oomph' is made up for by a smooth malty goodness. Not so much caramel as fresh baked dark bread with a light smear of butter and brown sugar. A touch boozy. Nice velvety feel reveals hints of chocolate among the stronger toasted notes. Not bad, although it seems a red ale this subtly flavored could have been fit into a smaller ABV package.

08-06-2011 19:20:10 | More by PDXHops
Photo of MadeInOregon


3.68/5  rDev +3.4%

THE LOOK of the BridgePort Double Red Ale when poured out is nice. The body is a brownish-gold, copper color accompanied by thick pillowy off-white foam atop. Looks like a red ale, duh.

THE SMELL is also that of a good red ale, I think, with the addition of a hot alcoholic smell which was a little weird but not unappetizing. As others have pointed out, there is a cherry aroma to the Kingpin which I've found distinctive of red ales. There's also scents of brown sugar and hops.

THE TASTE was cherry cream soda --> hops --> light chocolate and hop finish. It is surprisingly un-hoppy, considering this is "triple hopped." It's actually quite mild overall, but quite pleasant. The alcohol is well hidden by the hop and cherry flavors. In general, the Kingpin ends up tasting like a normal, old red ale. A good red ale, but certainly not as extreme as you might expect given the "double" and "triple" on the label.

THE FEEL is nice with a full, oily consistency. This is not a dry beer and is very easy to drink.

CONCLUSION: For being "triple hopped", I agree that this was disappointing and perhaps a failed attempt at making an amped up red ale. I would think BridgePort could make this a lot hoppier and big, as they did with their Hop Czar IPA, and still call it a "double red". This is my only complaint against this beer. I got mad respect for BridgePort as a hallmark of the Portland beer scene, I know they can do this one better.

08-05-2011 04:24:20 | More by MadeInOregon
Photo of blakelive784


2.8/5  rDev -21.3%

A - Inviting semi-transparent ruby red color. Creamy, off white head with good retention leaves good lacing.

S - Hoppy citrus aroma with hint of biscuit malts.

T - Initial maltiness is overpowered immediately by bitterness that increases into the finish.

M - Dry, as it should be, but a bit too dry for the style.

D - Entirely to bitter for a red. Not bad, but there are better in the style.

08-04-2011 06:48:56 | More by blakelive784
Photo of kojevergas


2.58/5  rDev -27.5%

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.

08-04-2011 06:47:00 | More by kojevergas
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

08-03-2011 04:42:57 | More by biegaman
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +2%

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.

07-31-2011 03:03:25 | More by biboergosum
Photo of industrialswill


4.43/5  rDev +24.4%

$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.

07-29-2011 01:34:56 | More by industrialswill
Photo of isualum12


3.78/5  rDev +6.2%

Have to admit I drank it out of the bottle. Smelled hoppy with some earthtones.

Tasted smooth with a hop bitterness bite at the tail end. Tastes like a nice red as expected. I have to say I have never been impressed with much out of Bridgeport but this is a really nice beer that i am enjoying on the beach in Newport OR.

Mouthfeel- bite on it with some carbonized feel.

Thanks for the nice beer.

07-26-2011 01:16:15 | More by isualum12
Photo of busternuggz


4.1/5  rDev +15.2%

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.

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


3.53/5  rDev -0.8%

Served in a shaker pint at the Mellow Mushroom.

Burnt orange and slightly hazy. The creamy medium-tan head of foam descends slowly, leaving thick walls of lace and a concentrated top layer.

Sweet and rather fruity in the nose. Lots of peach, caramel, apricot. Hints of nuttiness and just a bit of toast. Lightest hints of earthy hops. A bit sweet.

Much bigger bitterness here, marked by earthy hops with a hint of pithy citrus. Caramel and burnt toast mix with apple and peach. A nice toffee sweetness emerges as it warms, but I get a weird tang and abrasive hops as I near the bottom. Spritzy finish.

High carbonation is a bit painful, but the body’s a nice, hefty medium. Fairly clean finish, though bitterness lingers hard on tongue.

Overall, Kingpin exhibits qualities both good and bad. Not Bridgeport’s best, but not their worst either.

07-19-2011 22:06:34 | More by Phelps
Photo of bayougutter


3.4/5  rDev -4.5%

Poured from bottle to a dixie cup, just kidding, to a tulip. Reddish copper color with a one inch off white head. Nice lacing.

Smell: sweet malts, dark fruits, toffee, with a hint of earthy hops.

Taste: I got just what I smelled with the sweet malts and dark fruits at first with good hop bitterness to balance. I got some alcohol at the finish as well.

Mouthfell: Nice coating of the palate, a little flat by the end of the drink.

Overall: Not bad, good for a change of pace but not my style of beer. Good one to try.

07-14-2011 23:02:29 | More by bayougutter
Kingpin Double Red Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
81 out of 100 based on 472 ratings.