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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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456 Ratings

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Ratings: 456
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.65%
Wants: 11
Gots: 21 | 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 blakelive784


2.8/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

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


2.58/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 04:42:57 | More by biegaman
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Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 03:03:25 | More by biboergosum
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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 isualum12


3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 01:16:15 | More by isualum12
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 Phelps


3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 23:02:29 | More by bayougutter
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3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A clear reddish brown in color with a big light tan head. Smells vaguely of pine cones. Taste is initially a mild sweetness, followed by a big earthy, piney, resinous bitterness. Mouthfeel is light, medium carbonation. Overall a good beer, tastes a bit watery though for how much alcohol it contains. I would drink it again though.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2011 01:37:19 | More by tronester
Photo of whatthehull


3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a La Chouffe tulip

A - Deep and clear red, two and a half finger off white head and some decent lacing

S - Sweet malts, floral and a slight citrus hops, very sugary, nice yeast and some toasty toastedness

T - Nice sweet malt, floral and bitter hop, some sugar, wheat, some sweet and sour yeast notes and some toasted grain notes on the finish

M - Slightly chewy, medium acidity, long finish, full bodied and pretty well balanced

D - Very light and easy to drink, but, enough complexity, to be enjoyable. I don't see or I should say taste "double" anything. But a very nice and very enjoyable

Final thought - Pricey at $10 a sixer and a decent 7.5% abv. Pick this up if you like reds or really love the brewer. Otherwise, try this on tap

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 06:35:10 | More by whatthehull
Photo of katybee


3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber brown/deep orange, clear, with residual foamy lacing but not overly heady.

Smelled a little on the hoppy side...It could be only one variety of Liberty hops was used in the "triple-hopping"

Taste is somewhat complex. Towards hops,--the pungent "budwieser" kind, the label calls Liberty...but balanced by slight citrus and 'wheaty' malts-- the label notes rye included. Slightly bitter character; pungence, softened by slight sweetness; vaguest hint of banana esther...Nice, but the hops leave a slight aftertaste and that hoppy smell in the nose, which makes it somewhat more of an ordinary beer experience...

The light-medium body was right-on for a double;

somewhat sippable, but somewhat ordinary...I'm going to try adding a touch of Wells Bananabread beer to this.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 05:37:49 | More by katybee
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
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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
Photo of Bookseeb


3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance is red amber in color with a healthy head stickin around awhile leaving fair lace. Smell, well for as hoppy as it is, hops are not dominant, a little grainy with a citrus note. Taste is fairly true to style, but just with more hop punch. Mouthfeel is medium with a good spike of carbonation. Nothing to exciting, but something different to try.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 23:20:14 | More by Bookseeb
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3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very nice head and a long lasting foam with thick lacing after each sip. Not to mention the constant bubbling. Good clear copper color.

Pretty simple toasted malt, dry caramel, and earthy citric hop aroma.

The taste has some powdered texture upfront and toasted rye bread with a little caramel sweetness. The middle has a bitter powdered orange peel and dry grass nitterness to it. The finish ia dry and somwhat metallic. Not a bad brew, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 03:36:19 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of flagmantho


3.3/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 01:29:44 | More by flagmantho
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3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear red liquid with an off white thick head that was well retained. The aroma was a nice malt and hop aroma, well balanced. The taste, as with the nose, is well balanced, malt sweetness balanced with floral hops. The beer has a medium feel to it. The beer is smooth, clean has good carbonation. Overall, a very solid and interesting beer with a nice aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 19:58:06 | More by PhillyStyle
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3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into my Iron Horse mug.

A Pours a dark red color almost ruby with a thin head.

S a bit of caramel, and some biscuit notes.

T some more caramel, and biscuit, with some floral hop notes and a bit of bitterness on the finish.

M Smooth with light carbonation.

Overall this is a alright red ale. It is nothing spectacular but it doesn't suck either, so its worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 00:49:39 | More by beerandcycling88
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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 Beerandraiderfan


3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 21:05:39 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of HuskyinPDX


3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 20:50:43 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of josiahschlender


3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It seems like I'm on a streak of getting beers that look more exciting than they really are. Maybe that's because I'm getting them at the cheap grocery store.

Anyway, on paper (or label, I suppose) this beer looked great. I like pretty much anything double when it comes to beer. It looks fine, a dark amber with a moderate khaki head that leaves a little bit of lace.

Aromas aren't blowing me away. The bottle claims triple hopped, and I'm getting some earthy, grassy hops, but not a ton. Some roasty malts are also present... maybe darker roast aroma than I expected.

That dark roasty attribute also dominates the flavor. It's like they combined some porter hops that imparted the flavor with some pale hops to mellow out the color. Not much sweetness going on, moderate hop bitterness, that's actually where I notice more of the hops. Medium body and a semi-long finish of lingering bitterness and roast.

This ale is interesting, but it isn't hitting the spot for me. Some more complexity with hops and malty sweetness and body would have added a lot. It was worth a try, but I'll look elsewhere next time.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 03:52:26 | More by josiahschlender
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3.23/5  rDev -9%
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).

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 19:17:32 | More by ChainGangGuy
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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
Kingpin Double Red Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
81 out of 100 based on 456 ratings.