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Kingpin Double Red Ale - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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173 Reviews

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Reviews: 173
Hads: 532
Avg: 3.5
pDev: 26%
Wants: 14
Gots: 49 | 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:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 12-28-2010

OG: 17
IBU: 65
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Reviews: 173 | Hads: 532
Photo of BeerDocT
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance 3.25: Good looking beer. Deep amber color, but wouldn't necessarily describe it as "red." Nice size head (1/4") that quickly faded, but left a white film on top.

Smell 3.25: Subdued bouquet. Faint hops, slight smell of barley.

Taste 3.75: Big change from the smell. Front is semi-sweet and slightly spicy. Middle is all barley and caramel malt, which smooths everything out. Finish is hoppy and semi-sweet, with big alkaline hops floating in the back of the palate. Aftertaste is long and has an emphasis on the spiciness and the mid-palate hoppiness. Nice.

Mouthfeel 3.75: Really spot on carbonation for this style of beer.

Overall 3.75: Certainly, this is just a few steps away from an outstanding beer. The taste is very good as is the mouthfeel and I would order round after round of these if I could find them on tap. There are a few knocks on it, but very few. This is an easy-drinking 7.5% (!) ale and if you are a fan of red ales, you will be hard-pressed to find a better one. If you are accustomed to a certain red ale that starts with a "K," this baby will blow your mind.

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Photo of Hoptron_3000
3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. Best before Sept 2013.

A: Pours a hazy copper colour (red?). Finger of foam that fades to a small raft of foam.
S: Lots of spiciness, rye & cinnamon. Toast and bready malt. Toffee sweetness.
T: Lots of bready, toffee with a touch of rye & cinnamon. A small amount of bitterness but balance towards the malty side.
M: Smooth rich mouthfeel but not heavy.
O: Nice, interesting spicy character with supporting rich malt characters. I guess that a lot of the hop character has dropped out, as the bottle states 'triple hopped'.

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Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear copper with a three-fingered head that leaves a few dots of lacing

Smell: Spicy rye bread, caramel and earthy/piney hops; rather herbal

Taste: Fruity, with apple and strawberry tones, up front; caramel and earthy/piney flavors develop, in the middle; harsh, spicy and metallic, after the swallow, with an unbalanced finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A rather unusual beer with a range of surprising flavors - too bad it doesn't work better

Thanks, kemoarps, for the opportunity

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Photo of SmashPants
4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: standard brown 355mL bottle, pretty cool old-school label. I like it.

Appearance: clear bronze colouring, with a one-finger off-white head. Good retention, and a decent amount of lacing.

Aroma: some sweet caramel malts back a pepper-and-hop overtone. Pine and grapefruit with some citrus. Nice, but a touch weak.

Taste: the taste is similar, but somehow better defined and more full in body. The hops definitely come through stronger - a nice slow sipper.

Aftertaste: definitely a slow sipping beer - the hop bitterness picks up, offering a fantastic red ale bite. One of the best.

Mouth feel: medium in body with a lasting bitterness. Hangs around in the mouth for quite a while, which is nice.

Overall: without a doubt the best American Red Ale I have had to date. A good sipping ale - something worth while onece every now and then. The price is a bit restrictive at AU$100 a case (2013), but a 6-pack every now and then won't hurt too badly.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
2.87/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Source: 12oz bottle
S: Fresh and bright pine, some juicy red berry/cherry, herbaceous, light lemon/orange citrus and even a touch of grape. Alcohol comes through as it warms and is slightly fruity, clean, smooth and quite strong.
T: Somewhat fruity (cherry, berry) with a rustic, almost pit-like quality up front. Equally matched by well-structured pine bitterness to give a nice sweet-bitter play with a nice overall brightness. Middle is slightly dry but the grape-skin, almost pithy bitterness accentuates this (probably the high alcohol too) a bit too much leading to a dry harshness which really impacts my enjoyment. Definitely malty (red fruit and apple) with caramel, a touch of toast, and heavy mouthfeel for the style, though it does remain slightly bright and lively. Alcohol is hidden except for a bit of dryness and pepper in the finish which goes along with pine and a hint of mineral, apple, and grape. Finish is clean for the style, without much lingering.

Note: Average red IPA on the dry, bitter side. Would buy again if on sale.

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Photo of alexipa
4.07/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Murky red color with an off white head.

S: Toffee like malt scent with a slight roasted character. Feint hop scent.

T: The roasted toffee malt comes through on the taste as well. The hops are piney and balance the strong malts nicely.

M: Creamy smooth and low carbonation. Fairly hot, but still very drinkable.

O: This is pretty excellent. I'm struggling to find any flaws with this brew but it's not particularly wow-ing either. Just very good and enjoyable.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I bought a six-pack of Kingpin at a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a copper color, with just a bit of chill haze, topped with a thin white head.

Smell is a sweet fruity aroma, plums and pears with a hint of and acerbic smell.

Taste is a bitter sweet flavor, caramel up front and grapefruit on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a wet bitter aftertaste.

A drinkable red ale. Somewhat less than sessionable at 7.5% ABV. But I;m going to stash a couple bottles of this for a bright sunny spring day.

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Photo of dgilks
3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clearish mahogany colour with a small offwhite head. Fair head retention. Okay.

Very sweet malt aroma with district raisin and toffee notes. Okay but nothing special.

Moderately malty. Quite sweet. Metallic hop flavour. Sharp bitterness. It seems a little disjointed.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Okay.

Not a bad beer but not a great one. The hops and malt just are not working in harmony.

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.26/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into wetted standard pint.

A: rather agressive pour nets no head but a pretty substantial ring. The color of dark amber honey and clear enough to read a book through. The little foam is just off white. I have seen prettier reds but this isn't ugly.

S: smells of good aroma hops, like one of the hoppings in the "tripple hopped" it talks about is a dry hop. A bit of sweet caramel malt on the nose but a mostly pale background. Smells hoppier than expected but not bitter. We will see.

T: rich malt body followed by a bit of sweet that I got on the nose. Ends with a big hit of hop. That slowly gets bitter then fades away. Really well done hopping on this one. Doesn't sneak up on you or overwhelm. Pretty good.

M: kinda chewy, expexted from a double. Mouthfeel is the beers strongest point in my opinion.

O: surprisingly good. Tied with Ninkasi Believer Double Red Ale in my book and I really like Believer.

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Photo of ranger7
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a custom 6-pack. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Hazy amber, with a thin white head, nice.

S - Sweet; hops, honey, and floral. Good.

T - Follows the smell; sweet, with a slight malt start and a hoppy bite to finish

M - Some carbonation, easy to drink. The hops linger, but the aftertaste doesn't suffer.

Summary - Pretty good overall. I was afraid when the smell was strong with hops, but it is fairly light in that category - especially when paired with food.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date present.

A - Pours a reddish copper color with about 1 finger worth of head. Looks very yummy.

S - Slight hops, slight malts. Nothing too extraordinary. Some hint of spice smell in there. Booze smell seems to creep out as the beer warms.

T - Creamy, bitter, hoppy. Kind of a vanilla oak flavor going on in the finish. A very tasty imperial red ale.

M - Bitter, crisp, clean finish. A well balanced beer.

Overall, I have been impressed with the three beers I have tried from Bridgeport so far and am looking forward to trying more, since they have all been decent.

Bridgeport Kingpin Double Red Ale ---4/5.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper to reddish orange in color, hazy, good white head with good lace.

I found the aroma quite fruity, with fruity hops as a secondary, and a little malty goodness on top of that.

Flavor was somewhat similar to the nose but had a slightly astringent taste that I couldn't quite identify. Plenty of malt backbone, lots of mild fruity and floral hops, and some notable earthiness.

Body was pretty thick for a red, and fairly alcoholic, with a combined bitter/malty finish.

Overall it was enjoyable. Not the greatest red ever, but a welcome part of my sampler twelvesky.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne. Not quite sure exactly how it got there, but there you go. Shared with Rich after a large homebrew bottling session.

Pours a pleasant bright amber colour, perhaps red if you look at it in the right light. Head is a pocked, bubbly and rather inconsistent off-white, leaving some spotty, pathy lace. Body is pretty light (certainly lighter than expected for a 7.5% ABV red Ale), but holds some fine carbonation. Overall, it looks good without being exceptional.

Nose is sweet with mild malt, but lacking much else in character. Perhaps a bit of pepper comes through, but it really feels pretty flat and uninteresting. Not a lot to talk about: as it warms, there's maybe some chalky character of a mineral gravel note. But that's not much of a positive.

Taste is similar. Light malt makes a pleasantly dull basis, with a hint of very mild roast in the back. On top of this is certainly the suggestion of hops, but they feel skeletal or tired: a faint bitterness without much true bite or flavour. Pretty average stuff.

Overall, it's drinkable enough, and I don't get the sense of a particularly high ABV beer, which is good at least. But it's just dull: there's really not a lot to it. It feels as though all the flavours have given up, and they're putting in only the most perfunctory effort.

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Photo of harrymel
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle date: unk

Pours clouded rust color with a central dome and surrounding bullae of soapy lighter tan bubbles. Smells like sweet caramel malt, some dank hops, some pine hops and a bit of soap. Flavor is spicy with some nice malts, a bit of special B character, tea, caramel, body odor, some resin and a bit of pine. Medium on syrup body with a lighter carbonation character. Overall not a bad beer, I'd drink this quite a few times.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with a large lasting head.
Nose shows caramel, toffee, bready malt and nutty notes. Also some soft spicy hops.
Some caramel transfers through as a flavour along with some bready notes. A fairly sharp, metallic finish follows from the combined alcohol and bitterness.
Body feels overly syrupy.

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Photo of DavidST
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, not sure the freshness. This pours a reddish / amber color with a mid sizzed tan head which leaves a lacing. The scent is mild, a little caramel and some hops. The feel is medium. The taste decent, some hop bite followed by some caramel malts.

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Photo of chinchill
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BA Review #825

12 oz undated bottle served in a Sam Adams lager glass. While this bottle has no date, it is from a 6-pack purchased some time ago and I estimate the age to be about 1 year. If memory serves me, this aging improved the beer overall: Despite a drop in hoppiness, the beer seems less harsh and more balanced than when fresh. Along these lines, note that this is a "triple hopped double red ale" -- It is an imperial red or Red IPA more than an Amer. amber/red as classified by BA.

Pours a hazy red-amber with a semi-durable head. The aroma is a rather hop-forward - not your grandfather's red ale. The malt is still there as a base. In addition, "herbal", "earthy" and "spicy" can be applied to the nose ... and to the taste. The taste [3.75], however, is more balanced with a substantial medium malt component nearly keeping pace with the hops in this "triple hopped" ale. Both of these linger on and on in the aftertaste. Some nice complexity in both aroma and flavor.

M: medium+ body; well-chosen, medium carbonation.

O: better and much more drinkable than remembered; some aging recommended.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up as part of a M&M 6pk from Woodman’s in Sun Prairie late summer 2012.

Pours a reddish/orange color with a slight off-white head. Scent is mild with malts and slight hint of hops. Taste is bold with wheat, rye, and hops. After taste is slightly crisp and bitter. Drinks smooth but has a good grain taste that is hard to pass up. Made quite well!

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Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ordered on tap at Taco Mac, jazzed to find a beer made with rye malts on the menu. Bring me the rye!

Pour is on the yellow side of orange, not at all red & much lighter than I expected. Nose: not much there. Beer, slightly sweet. Huh.

Kingpin is the beer you take one sip of & think, "Did I get the wrong beer?" As it warms it improved, slightly. The only component that jumped out was a stiff dose of white bread. Whiff of rye, bit of sweeetness, fleeing glimpse of hoppy bitterness at the end. Not much here.

Overall, I just don't have much to say. This is as mediocre as beer gets & with all those taps begging for attention, I was bummed to get something this hum-drum.

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Photo of mactrail
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The usual orangey amber color in the big globe glass. Head is nothing sensational but plenty of carbonation in the mouth. Sweet and fruity, like a Tripel but without the Belgian yeasty flavor. More hops too, and just a little of the leafy, vegetal, and dank flavor.

Rich and seems stronger than 7.5%. Sweet and sharp on the tongue. A perfumey sort of flavor. Flowery with some odd fruit notes. Not one of my favorites from Bridgeport, but they get a lot of flavor into this beer. It's more malty and perhaps simple than you might like, and hop fiends will be left panting. However, it's quite full of hoppy flavors without the total bitter takeover. Aftertaste does have enough bitterness to make its mark.

Quite pleasant for sipping. From the 12 oz bottle. Cost was a reasonable $1.49 for a single.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.86/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a nice reddish amber with a 2 finger head, good retention and a thick, semi-sticky lacing.

Smell - Bready, with a hint of Caramel and a citrus hop note.

Taste - Follows the nose; bready, caramel malts. Finishes sweet, with red apple and a faint citrus note sparkling faintly in the back end.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Fairly decent carbonation.

Overall - A good red ale. Lots of interesting, mellow flavors. Definitely a must try, if not for you, at least me again.

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Photo of TheSeeker61
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured a two finger head with a off reddish tint into a pint glass.

S- Has a fresh cherry malty sweet smell.

T- The intial taste is a hoppy malty mix. Not as sweet as the smell which is good for me. The hops dominate moreso than the malts.

M- I like this mouthfeel. Medium bodied mouthfeel.

0- Really like this beer. Kinda surprised as most reviewers dedn't give this a positive review. It's not the best red ale I've had but I like it as I like hoppy beers and like the hops found in this one.

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Photo of intensify
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper colored body with 5% visibility, if that. Small, off white head dissapeared into a cloud floating atop.

S- figs, banana, caramel, bready/biscuity, bubble gum sweetness and a touch of alcohol.

T- Caramel, bready/biscuity backbone, dark fruits, malts and hops.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation and a semi dry finish. Could use a thicker body.

Impressed. Has a ton of goodies packed away in a nicely priced 12oz bottle. Makes for a nice desert, or a snack in that case.

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Photo of mastodonj
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a diconic

Great looking ale with a foamy, fluffy head and nice lacing. And of course, a reddish amber color.

Smell was eclectic: real good malt, some fruitiness but I couldn't say exactly what, plus a nutty aroma.

A nice smooth hoppiness offset with malt.

Very good mouthfeel owing to the excellent smooth carbonation.

Altogether, a very drinkable ale and with 7.5 ABV, that is something you may have to watch out for.

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Photo of BaileysBrews
3.12/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a Red Ale guy. I guess that should disqualify me from the review but here is a review anyway. Smooth, a little flat for my taste in terms of carbonation. Some flavor but I feel one flavor was more dominant than the others and I can't put my finger on it. I gave the bottle to my brother-in-law to finish because well, I don't want to waste it. He like it but it wasn't a favorite of his. Maybe I swayed his opinion. Bridgeport should focus on lighter beers in my opinion.

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Kingpin Double Red Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
80 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.