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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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481 Ratings

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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 godlessape
4.9/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a 6-pack because the price was right and I also loved that Hop Czar Imperial IPA that BridgePort puts out. Not to mention the great artwork on the label that turned my head.

Appearance: Absolutely gorgeous amber with subtle ruby highlights with a creamy frothy head that looks like vanilla frosting on a red velvet cake.

Smell: Floral hop's, with just a bit of caramel malt note's.

Taste: The balance of caramel malt and hoppy bitterness is just about perfect. All the red ales I've tried in the past never tasted as good as they looked. This beer is shooting me straight to the moon.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation that fits, and a medium feel all around.

Drinkability: This beer has just made it into my top 5. It's that good.

godlessape, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of codsmith
2.63/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Very nice and clear dark amber with a slight amount of head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell - A sweet malty aroma mixed with hop bitterness dominates the entire smell

Taste - It starts off sweet and ends with very bitter hop notes. The hop bitterness overrides the sweet aftertaste and leaves a less than desirable taste in your mouth

Mouthfeel - it has a heavy feel and the carbonation dances on the tongue. Maybe a little too much cardonation

Drinkability - If you like very bitter finishing ales than this beer is for you, if not steer clear.

codsmith, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of JEdmund
2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Looks the part with a garnet color; smallish head forms and settles fast. Leaves some decent lacing along the way.

Smell is surprising. For a "triple hopped" beer, the aroma is completely malt-dominated. It smells good, but it's not a hoppy aroma by any means. So, I really should count that against them since it appears that's what they were going for. The smell does remind me of Deschutes' hoppy red ale, Red Chair IPA. Maybe it's the Liberty hops and I'm just not familiar with them. But I perceive malts in the aroma. After a few minutes, I'm getting more floral/perfumy notes, which must be those Liberty hops.

Taste starts off all malt just like the nose, but midway on comes a barrage of hop bitterness that rides out through the finish. Malts are fairly sweet and the hops have a twang to them that I'm not appreciating. Tastes pretty coppery in mouth after the beer has gone down. Mid-way through the glass and I'm feeling like this beer is a bit of a letdown. After reading they used rye in the recipe, I'm starting to detect its unique spice quality, which is certainly part of the hard, bitter finish. Not interested in drinking this whole bottle when other good beers await. Body/texture seem fine.

Overall, I'm just not liking this one. I really don't like the aroma (it got more perfumey after it warmed), and the flavor is just not balanced right. I think the Liberty hops are running too high, resulting in a mouth-puckering bitterness coupled with that perfumey flavor. I wouldn't drink this again. I would, however, drink their Café Negro Porter though! That was a good new addition!

JEdmund, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of ruckus232
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Nice amber color with about 2 fingers of tan head that leaves really nice lacing.

Smell: There is a slight hoppiness to the smell but then right next to it is a sweet smell, almost caramel like.

Taste: There is definitely an initial burst of bitterness that is followed by a little sweetness but not a large amount of either. The taste quickly fades but leaves vary little aftertaste.

ruckus232, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of Groucho75
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a chalice. (I know, it was the only clean glass I had lying around) No markings to date it.

Average appearance with a color like a strong brewed tea. Single finger of chalky foam that evaporated pretty quickly. Some lacing, but not as much as the Port City Shark Attack I tried last night. Not a bubble in sight after settling.

Malt and hops on the nose. I'm hoping that aromas will develop the more it warms up.

Plenty of malt as far as taste goes. Not detecting much hopsy citrus for a beer marked "triple hopped" on the label. Hmmm. According to their website, these are Liberty hops.

While pleasant enough, there is that tangy finish that isn't sitting well with me. Granted, the 7.5% ABV hides well, so maybe after two more I could ignore the sharpness.

Not bad, and certainly good to see more red ales out there, and at $8 for a sixer, this would be interesting to bring to a beer swap without feeling like you're being cheap. I've tried a couple of the Bridgeport brews and think Hop Czar is a much better offering.

Would I buy it again? Not necessarily. Would I drink it again? Yeah, I think so. Draw your own conclusions based on that.

Groucho75, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of stephens101
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale red in color with a dense and rolling tan head that holds its own for a bit before retreating into a thick frothy covering. Subtle sweet malts and grassy notes to the nose initially. Fleeting light fruits and florals meander. Good mix of bitter up front and background sweetness to the palate. Nothing bold, but it all fits. Has a medium body with a near creamy core which is followed by a definite crispness. Enjoyable, albeit a bit misleading in the labeling department, as there's nothing "double" about this brew.

stephens101, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of Chyren
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a translucent copper hue with dense 1-finger head. Leaves significant lacing. Emits a beautiful hop scent, citrusy, complimented perfectly by the sweetness of the red ale malts and a light caramel. The taste is bitter, of course, hoppy and malty, somewhat of a copper bite to it, and a touch of booziness. Tastes great, actually, but unfortunately the fullness of flavor falls off at the end. It has full body, quite viscous, but not too sticky. It's a strong brew and perhaps not the easiest to drink for that reason, but I could drink a pitcher of this with beer if it were available.

Chyren, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of beeragent
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a medium copper, forming a creamy 1 inch off-white head. Medium lacing sticks to the glass.

S - Strong bready malt aroma with some floral and grassy hop aroma throughout.

T - Bread and caramel flavor coat the palate with the grassy flavor of the hops coming through in the finish. The alcohol makes itself known in the finish and tastes a little stronger than expected.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Very smooth with the flavor clinging to the tastebuds long after the swallow.

D - Very balanced flavor between the hops and the malts, with neither completely overpowering the other. With that said, this is a slightly boring beer. Nothing special going on. I have to admit this isnt my style of beer, but I thought there would be a little more falvor wise going on. Again, this isnt the style I usually drink so I'm not an expert at what the flavor profile should consist of.

beeragent, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of ccrida
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a sixer on sale, as I love red IPAs, and hoped Bridgeport would knock it out of the park. Unforrtunetly, this didn't really meet my expectations. Poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Kingpin is amber with a bit off-white head that leaves heavy lace.

Smell is sweet, some floral hops, malty, pretty sharp. There's a mish-mash about it, kind of compost like, not gross, but not awesome either.

Taste is mostly malty, the sweetness of the hops, as well as the earthiness provides some depth, but it's definitely not IPA styled...which I don't mind, but expected by the language on the label.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, nice carbonation without being to sharp, fairly dry.

Drinkability is pretty good. Not what I hoped for, not beckoning, but slid down easy enough...

ccrida, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of wagenvolks
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Perfectly clear copper body with edges of fiery orange and a healthy carbonation level. Average retention to the mottled taupe head with sticky lacing. I can't believe they actually use the term "Triple Hopped" on this beer's label. Pretty tame aroma for such a bold statement/marketing ploy? With some fruity pebble hops and amber malt sweetness that suggests caramel and mineral water.

Assertiveness kicked up a notch in the flavor, but the alcohol clashes against an onslaught of German style hops and a syrupy/spicy rye note. This beer is having trouble finding its identity, as it has the sweetness of an amber, the hop profile of a German pilsener, and the body of a double IPA. I can't say it really works for me. Mouthfeel is dry, but syrupy and sticky on the palate. Big bubbles of carbonation feel gritty going down. Not my bag. It's a decent attempt, but has too many stylistic and flavor errors for my liking.

wagenvolks, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of homebrewhawk
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a clear dark copper with a finger of off white head. Malty aroma with a hint of fruit and hops. Medium bodied. Malt predominates, but there is a decent hop bite. Bit of a tang that was off putting to me. Fairly dry on the finish from the hops. This didn't do much for me.

homebrewhawk, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of ElGordo
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a pretty orange-amber color, with almost no head. In fact, the body is almost perfectly still. Aroma of sweet, bready malt and fruity hops. Notes of sweet fruit (apple? maybe a little citrus?) and a touch of roast character come through as the beer warms.
Palate is sweet, bready, and a touch fruity up front. A mild bitterness from the hops emerges on the swallow, helping to temper the sweetness. The yeast imparts a very distinctive, bready character that's endemic to all Bridgeport beers. The roast character really comes through on the finish.
Body is smooth and creamy, not nearly as still as the appearance would indicate. As full as a big red ale should be, without the stickiness of some imperial ales. On the whole, a very drinkable new offering from Bridgeport. While this is obviously an attempt to compete with Ninkasi's Believer, it fills a slightly different spot in the lineup by not being a complete hop bomb. Still, it's a very enjoyable brew.

ElGordo, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of BilbosNuts
2.73/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep red/amber color. Small head with little retention that fades in a few minutes.

S: Not much going on here. Some sweetness detected and toasty malts.

T: It's taste and smell don't really coincide. I was expecting a sweet taste but more a earthy taste was detected. It was definitely more hoppy than a regular red ale.

M: A light mouthfeel with minimal carbonation.

D: A drinkable beer for 7.5%. But overall, a forgettable brew.

BilbosNuts, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of Kiwano
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - light orange glow. A tiny lace that disappeared shortly into drinking the glass of eer.

S - some hops - nothing special

T - some citrus and sugar with a tiny bit of hops and bitterness but slight- the sweetness stays through.

M - nice carbonation. medium sized bubbles.

D - Great drinkability. Nice and light but depth of flavor - not heavy at all and the hops and bitterness balances well with the sweetness .

Kiwano, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of crossovert
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A triple hopped beer, where have I seen that before?

It pours a clear amber/red with a frothy white head that dissipates with a bit of lacing.

The smell is very sweet in the aroma. Very basic actually, not much hops at all. It has a little bit of candied orange and vanilla icing, not what i was expecting.

The flavor is sweet and tangy with a medium bitterness. It is mostly malt-driven and the malts just are super flat, they do nothing to compliment the hops. The hops are mainly citrusy but also a bit tangy. There is a hint of vegetal bitterness in the finish.

I had a NN last night and can't help but compare the two, this one pales.

crossovert, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.55/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yet again another Bridgeport beer that I know I am going to drink a lot of. This triple hopped double red ale is exteremely well balanced with the hops and malts. Definitely shows some good hops but it isn't so intense that it takes away from the sweetness of the malts. In my opinion the bitterness of the hops and the sweetness from the malts coincide very well, with neither ingredient dominating the other.

WhatsNewinBooze, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of BretSikkink
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Standard red-brown color with a pale tan head. Retention and lacing are minimal. Faint sweet aromas, slightly earthy but with little to speak of it. Rather underwhelming in general.

Flavor is generally the same, with earthy and faintly sweet malt notes balanced by herbal hops. Nothing stands out here exept the overly thin body. Barely bitter finish recalls the six packs promise of triple hopping, etc. Not worth it.

BretSikkink, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of bump8628
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish amber with a half inch of fizzled head that leaves a couple rings.

Grassy hops, caramel, grain, and warm breadiness sums it all up.

Triple hopped? The choice of hop (Liberty) is probably partially responsible for its underwhelming hoppiness. Load it up with one of the heavy hitter American hops (Columbus, Centennial, Simcoe, etc.). and it might seem more like the hoppy red they were going for. Bitterness is there, but in-your-face grassy hops just aren't the same as in-your-face citric, piney and resiny hops. It's not a bad beer, and if they had sold it to me as just a plain old Amber Ale I think I would have been more impressed. However, I was expecting something bold and untamed, and was really hoping for something significantly more abrasive in terms of the hops.

Oh, and marketing something as triple hopped these days is just plain weak. I'm just hoping this stuff starts coming in a vortex bottle. The 1989 Bridgeport folk would be ashamed.

Upon reevaluation a few months later, I found the dense, rich head significantly more pleasing and the malt profile admirable. The rye really added a different dimension and the beer came across as better overall. Still, though, save the Liberty for the American interpretations of German lagers.

bump8628, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of csiewert
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a red amber color with a slight amount of off white head that doesn't cling to the glass much. The aroma is missing... There's not much there, but if I imagine I can maybe come up with some fruity hops. The taste starts and ends malty, but very plain with a little hoppy bitterness thrown in there. For a beer that is so-called 'triple hopped' it is certainly lacking in the hops big time. The mouthfeel is about average. Overall I wouldn't really bother with this one unless you need to.

csiewert, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of garjc
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was given to me as an early birthday present. Here goes:

Appearance- Dark amber (almost ruby) with a light tan head that fades quickly and leaves little chunks of lacing.

Smell- Caramel and toasted malts all the way.

Taste- Not nearly as sweet as the smell! Dry, spicy hops take center stage but the clumsy bread malt fails to provide any semblance of balance. A hint of tea loiters in the background, also unsure of its place. Great components for this style but the chemistry just isn't there.

Mouthfeel- Much thinner than should be expected. Medium to light carbonation.

Drinkability- I could easily drink a few of these but would opt for something else in most settings.

Overall, this is a competent beer but some tweaking by BridgePort could easily make this spectacular. Close but no cigar, boys.

garjc, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of ocelot2500
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, darker amber color with a small, tight white head that leaves soapy chunks of lacing.

Smells of toasted malts with some herbal hops.

Tastes of a decent hop character with some malt backing. Hops have a mostly grassy and earthy character with some herbal, leafy qualities as well. Malts seem a little bland but add some toasted bread with a very small amount of caramel sweetness. A spicy finish, but there also seems to be some mineral notes as well.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a slightly smooth amount of carbonation.

ocelot2500, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of Thur123
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The look of this brew is a deep, very clear, brownish red with minimal bubbles, which concerns me as sometimes I admire the carbonation and look of Bridgeport more than MANY other breweries. The head was off white and faded quick. The smell is toast, sweet malt, and caramel with a bit of an earthy hop edge.

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The flavor is that of red ale with a slightly more pronounced hop character. (I realize that may seem a little "no Duh" but that's exactly what this beer is) The malt is traditional toasty caramel flavor with a bigger earthy, herbal hop presence than normally expected. Overall this is good but the hop flavor needs to be blended into the flavor better and the overall hop character to me is a bit one sided.

Thur123, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
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.


JohnGalt1, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of chicagoabbot
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a snifter...not too much in the nose...advertised as "triple-hopped"...ok, good for you guys, you put some quantity of some hops into the boil, primary ferm. and secondary ferm...nothing too crazy there, not enough to warrant that as your main selling point. The slogan on the bottle definitely doesn't mean triple the hops...or I would smell them.

Guys, your Bridgeport IPA is awesome and Hop Czar is quite respectable. What happened with this beer? It's not a train wreck or anything, but wow, it sure doesn't stand out too much except for the fairly high alcohol. The malt is flat and the hops don't zing.

I was expecting a winner when I opened this bottle, but I guess this brewery got so big that it doesn't care what it puts out now. Not terrible, but won't buy it again, even though it was fairly cheap.

chicagoabbot, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of Janderson91
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this the first day it was put on the shelf from Hop City in Atlanta.

A - The appearance is this beer's strength. Pours a nice clear amber color with a tan 2 finger head that lingers for a bit then settles to a thin layer for the duration of the tasting. Leaves some patchy lacing around the side as I drink it. Nice.

S - The nose is mostly some bready malts with some spiciness as well as some floral hops. The smell in general is rather subdued however, I have to really get in there to get any smell at all.

T - Being advertised as a "double" red ale, I expected a much more full bodied experience from this beer. Again some bready malt sweetness, some peppery spice and some hoppiness but this is pretty bland and not very complex.

M - Mouthfeel is again a little thin for the "double" red ale tag.

D - Drinkability is good for 7.5%. Well hidden and not too filling. A decent beer.

Janderson91, Jan 20, 2011
Kingpin Double Red Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
81 out of 100 based on 481 ratings.