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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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BA SCORE
81
good

481 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 481
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.61%
Wants: 13
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 suncrust
2.25/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Very filtered and clear, rose honey amber hue. Looks pretty artificial. Low lacing and virtually no head.

S- Where are the hops? Light juniper berries, VERY mild piney hops, a little bark, some artificial watermelon and bubblegum.

T- Stale caramel malts and a backbone that reminds me of a red lager. Boring, plain, and a little plasticy with the bready malt characteristics. Watermelon bubblegum sweetness, a touch of floral hops, and some sour citrus in the back end.

MF- Drinks at first a bit like a fruity soda, while the hops that are there tickle the back of the throat a bit. Sour and astringent in the finish.

O- Disappointing for sure. Really artificial and chemical tasting overall for me, like a sour patch kid candy mixed with a cleaning agent. Not digging this. Gave this brew a few chances thinking I may have had a bad bottle or two… but still it let me down on multiple occasions.

suncrust, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Dunkelhund
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Dunkelhund, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of seanmugs
4/5  rDev +12.4%

seanmugs, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of CoryR
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

CoryR, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of zdk9
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Comes out of the bottle a cloudy brown with a grey tint. The head isn't much there, but some decent spotty blotches of lacing.

S- Lots of caramel, some red wine (maybe oxidation), cherries, raisins, wood, roasted nuts.

T- Malty gooeyness. Caramel, whole wheat bread middles, some brown sugar bordering on rum, hazelnuts.

M- Pretty sweet with just a touch of bitterness right at the end of the taste.

O- If you're expecting a ton of hops this one doesn't really deliver. The malt flavors are nice though so I'm enjoying it none the less.

zdk9, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Sargully
5/5  rDev +40.4%

Sargully, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ColSanders123
4/5  rDev +12.4%

ColSanders123, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of woemad
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $1.29. No freshness date.

Poured a dark amber color with about an inch of off-white foam. Lots of lace.

Despite being billed as a “Triple-Hopped Double Red Ale,” hops are not too apparent in the nose, which is quite malty.

Very malty tasting beer. Roasty, but with a bit of fruitiness as well. There’s a bit of hop bitterness, especially at the swallow, but this is the malts’ show.

This somewhat heavy bodied, with a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

This is a somewhat heavy beer. It’s fine in a 12oz serving, but I can’t see sessioning it. A little too heavy and a little too monotonous for me.

woemad, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of timtwoface
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been drinking various beers from Bridgeport for a while now, and while I'm still not a super-fan of the Double Red Ale style, this one is a very crisp, nicely hopped, delicious and easy-drinking brew I would have any time. Definitely recommended.

timtwoface, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of corylew
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

corylew, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of Tone
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Tone, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of Fatehunter
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Fatehunter, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of MNJR
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

MNJR, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of litheum94
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

litheum94, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

JoeAmerican77, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of bmwats
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

bmwats, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of notsoprobeer
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

notsoprobeer, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of tbern007
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

tbern007, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of Philousa
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Philousa, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of avaldivia
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

avaldivia, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of Jenkster4
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Jenkster4, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of SunkenDrience
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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).

SunkenDrience, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of MoustacheHero
4.55/5  rDev +27.8%
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.

MoustacheHero, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of PDXHops
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

PDXHops, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of MadeInOregon
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

MadeInOregon, Aug 05, 2011
Kingpin Double Red Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
81 out of 100 based on 481 ratings.