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Kingpin Double Red Ale - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

Kingpin Double Red AleKingpin Double Red Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

412 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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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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jadpsu

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When purchased I saw the words, double red ale, but not the smaller font tripple hopped.
Pours a less than clear amber with slightly off white head and great side lace and good retention.
A: Wow, smells like muddled fruit of raisens, dark cherries, mandarin oranges hoppiness. A ting of bready malts evident, but hops are most prominent.
T: hops show up with their bitterness in raisin and dark cherry tones. Bready, roasty maltiness more balanced in taste. Medium body mouthfeel, with amost bitter finish.
Pretty good and price of $8.99 for a 6 pack is reasonable for the value.
Liked it better the second time I had it.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 04:38:21 | More by jadpsu
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

2.65/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of this in the pick-your-sixer section at Lukas. Bottle is not dated.

A - Poured from brown 12oz bottle to pint glass. Pours a very clear copper color with a 1 finger off-white head with virtually no retention or lacing.

S - Virtually no nose here. For a triple hopped double red ale very underwhelming. I literally cannot detect any hops. At all. If anything there is a mild toasted malt presence but I really feel as though I am reaching.

T - Unlike the nose the hop presence is huge on the tongue. Immediately overwhelmed by a huge bitterness. Through the bitter a toasted caramel sweetness is prevalent and perhaps a bit of earthy hop flavor but again not a lot of hop flavor. It's as though the hops were added for bitterness only and nothing else. Strange. The alcohol warmth is very noticeable. Finishes crisp and dry.

M - Perhaps the best feature of the beer, though not great. Finishes an unnatural crisp dryness. Medium bodied and carbonated.

O - Incredibly average. Really kind of a let down. Way too bitter and lacking in hop aroma and flavor. Disappointing.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-27-2011 02:02:17

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 17:47:15 | More by hopfacebrew
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dbossman

Nebraska

3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep mahogany hue with a solid one-inch head--decent retention and great lacing

S: Pretty sweet and fruity--almost like fruit loops at first finally followed by a bready malt base

T: Strange hop bitterness--a bit medicinal, herbal, and grassy--followed by an interesting fruity quality--pears, apples, lemons, oranges--that mingle well with a bready malt base; also strangely dry in the finish

F: Good mouth feel up front but the beer nearly evaporates on the back end

O: This is actually a very odd beer; I like it but I like odd things; this is really like nothing I've had...hmm

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 06:01:02 | More by dbossman
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lwillitz

Florida

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - two fingers of thick cream-colored head over a transparent copper/orange body; moderate carbonation bubbles; nice lace

S - toasted malts, dark fruit, grassy/flowery hops, touch of alcohol

T - malts up front with a light caramel sweetness; hops get the last word, leaving a bitter aftertaste

M - smooth, medium/full body; above-average cabonation; moderate alcohol burn and some astringency in the finish

O - For only $6.99/6-pack Kingpin is not a bad ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 01:25:59 | More by lwillitz
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dankster

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this a few times now but just now reviewing it.

A- Copper to almost pale red look with good two finger head.

S-very maltly up front in the nose. biscuit and bread also come though on the back. some dark fruit also noted. maybe current.

T- Hop slam in the face with the malt coming behide to clean the damage up. well done on that note.

M- thick and creamy with a good coating on roof of mouth. Triple hopped and you can tell.

O- Awesome double red for the price of 6.99 a sixer. 7.5% abv hides very well in this brew IMO. Bridgeport wins again with great beer at a great price.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 18:31:57 | More by dankster
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TempeBeerMan

Arizona

3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Pours reddish brown with the thinnest bit of white head which disappears almost instantly. However, leaves an impressive lacing when sipped. A bit hazy, and cloudier than I would expect for the style.

S – A whiff of sweet lightly toasted malts, but the overall aroma is barely noticeable.

T – Initial taste is very sweet almost nutty malt (chestnuts?), followed by an assertive blast of earthy hops that carries forever. Very bold and flavorful! Not overly complex, just a nice balance between the malts and hops, and I personally feel the aggressive hoping gives this beer a unique taste, more similar to a Marzen than a red.

M – Medium bodied and carbonated, which works well with the lingering hop aftertaste described above.

O – I always remember “reds” being the hot beer twenty years ago, with Killian’s Red serving as my “bridge beer” between adjunct beers and “better” beers, but I never truly enjoyed them as a style. Until now. If this is an example of what reds can be, sign me up!

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 22:30:25 | More by TempeBeerMan
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gmagness

Colorado

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

A: Slightly cloudly, amber hue with moderate head and good carbonation

S: Subdued hops and malt aroma with some hints of wine

T: A noticeable resemblance to dry, white wine with malt. There is a sharp hop finish balanced with some sweetness and alcohol.

M: Easily drinkable, carbonation releasing bountiful flavor.

O: This is an untraditional red ale and will not appeal to a beer purist. It does, however, fill an interesting niche that I can see myself occasionally craving. The dryness of a wine with the drinkability of an ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 21:24:33 | More by gmagness
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suncrust

Washington

2.25/5  rDev -36.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 04:32:54 | More by suncrust
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zdk9

Texas

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 08:09:36 | More by zdk9
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woemad

Washington

3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 21:59:10 | More by woemad
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timtwoface

British Columbia (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 03:21:50 | More by timtwoface
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corylew

Oregon

3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Missouri

3.55/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.48/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Colorado

3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Louisiana

3.23/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Oregon

3.48/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
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).

Serving type: bottle

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

Colorado

4.55/5  rDev +28.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 06:42:55 | More by MoustacheHero
Kingpin Double Red Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
81 out of 100 based on 412 ratings.