Summer Squeeze - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 14.84%
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Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: inthebeeraisle on 05-19-2011

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Reviews by yemenmocha:
Photo of yemenmocha
2.51/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Urinal cakes!

WOw, can't get over the urinal cakes/pucks aroma from this beer, right from the first pour. Looks good though with nice golden color, white head, etc. Palate has the clear lemongrass and citrusy flavors, but paired with the nose you just can't help but wonder if this is what it is like to lose a wager and have to suck on a urinal cake. Wooosh!

More User Reviews:
Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served fairly cold. Has a mild aroma of fruit and malt. Not particularly sweet despite the suggestion from the nose. Instead, nicely tart with a dry finish. Citrus (yuzu) more evident in the nose than the mouth.

O: a refreshing and unique(?) beer containing yuzu juice. {Yuzu is a Japanese citrus, typically used for its aromatic rind}.

Photo of GilGarp
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled into an imperial pint glass.

Slightly hazy golden yellow-orange color. Head is thick at first but settles quickly and leaves little lace behind.

Aroma is mildly citrusy but not in a hoppy way. It's more of a lemon candy than a real lemon zest.

Flavor is mild, crisp, and refreshing. Easy drinking and enjoyable on a warm summer night. Sweet, lemony, and clean.

Light in body and flavor but not bland. It has good balance and is definitely more of a crowd pleaser than I'm used to drinking but not a bad beer by any means.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.49/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Out of the bottle into a pint glass. Golden, light and thin head, transparent and lots of bubbles.
Smells great. Lots of lime, some lemon.
Clean tasting. Mild hop bitterness at first fading to a sweet malty flavor.
Surprisingly, the body was fuller than it looks. It works well, but it gets ahead of the taste.
Either bump up the taste or lighten the body to refine this summer sipper. The smell was the real star here.

Photo of inthebeeraisle
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just released in six packs as the new Summer seasonal. OG 10.5, IBU's 19 according to the Bridgeport Brewing Co. website. Listed on the package as "Bright Ale". "Ale brewed with lemongrass with yuzu fruit juice added." Poured in a Stella Artois glass.

A: Big creamy white head with some staying power. Clean filtered golden color with carbonation galore. Medium lacing as the drink goes down.

S: Whoa! A strong scent of lemongrass and big citrus fruit. Smells intriguing, but I'm proceeding with caution.

T: Certainly some citrus fruit coming through. A pretty clean tasting brew really though. Maybe I'm too used to the Bridgeport yeast or something, but despite the newness there is something familiar here.

M: A clean light mouthfeel with a slightly chewy aftertaste.

O: These guys change their seasonal stuff all the time lately it seems. Not my favorite summer fruit beer. I'll miss Haymaker.

Photo of Docer
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (3.5)
- Bright clear straw yellow brew. Quick fizzing finger of white head which leaves a bit of a ring and some floating island formations. Overall pretty standard looking for a golden ale.

Smell: (3.5)
- Certainly smells like a Bridgeport brew. Most if not all of their beers all share a common hoppy trait, and a roasted steel kettle aroma. Little bit of sweet citrus, lemon zest, heavy grainy profile. Very herbal and grassy hops. Overall it seems melded very well together though that signature burnt hop kettle steel aroma sits up front.

Taste: (3.5)
- Subtle smooth grain, almost a wheat touch. The fruit sits nicely in the background and is certainly present. There is quite a hop presence too. Perhaps almost too much of a hop for the style. Very pine-like resinous and herbal. Grassy and earthy. May be a touch of zest from the lemon grass to almost make this beer seem as though it was brewed with water that had lemon wedges in it. Would be more refreshing with less hops.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- Overall this is a pretty light bodied beer with plenty of sparkling carbonation. It's a touch dry from the hop additions, and perhaps a little chewy. But then again, maybe this beer would be too much like a Zima without the generous Northwest hops.

Overall: (3.5)
- I think this beer sits too close to their pale ale. It certainly is a signature Bridgeport brew, but is too close to the Blue Heron in terms of malt and hops. The fruit is very light as is the zest from any use of lemon grass. It's an ok beer, but perhaps isn't something I would buy again. I have been a bit let down with most of Bridgeports latest offerings.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date, but I'm guessing it is probably a 2012 summer beer.

A - pours a very light orange color with a nice head that disappears quickly.

S - Lemongrass and citrus peel are dominant in the nose, with maybe some malts that I smell there.

T - A lot of citrus and lemon flavors going on here. Extremely tangy, and moderately carbonated, but it goes over well with the feel of this beer. This probably would be great for a nice hot summer day, but sadly this beer has probably been chilling in the bottle for a good 6 months. The exotic Yuzu fruit juice is a pleasant little novelty that this beer holds, so that only adds to the fun of it all.

M - The mouth is crisp, like an alcoholic lemon lime soda. Or something. It leaves a little bit of a sticky feel in your mouth, but none of the flavors are ridiculously overwhelming.

Overall, a nice beer. I like the citrus characteristics, and I like the exotic addition of the Yuzu fruit even better. The beer is only 4.5% so it is easy sippin for those hot days. I'll definitely have this again.

Bridgeport Summer Squeeze ---4/5.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a mostly clear, light gold color with a creamy white head. Pretty good retention and lacing.

Nose is tropical fruit with a strong lemongrass presence. Lemongrass seems to have more of a softer and spice-oriented aroma than lemon peels to me and this brew showcases that well. I have no idea what a Yuzu fruit is, but this beer smells a little like a starfruit dusted with nutmeg or something. Grains are light and hops are non-detectable.

Pretty refreshing brew here, the ingredients seem to work well together. Lemony aspect comes through strong and the citrus component is somewhere between fruit and a Citra-esque hoppiness. Not too sweet, just about right with a fairly dry finish. I like this one actually, I bought a single, but would seriously contemplate a six-pack purchase at some point this summer. This would go down ridiculously easy after spending some time in the hot sun.

Photo of cbarrett4
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

What a pleasant surprise. I first sipped a bottle while golfing and figured I should try one later at home so I could properly evaluate.

Not a super serious beer, this is fun summer refreshment. The beer pours a good straw hue with a very good amount of head, nice retention, and good lace.

Aromas of fruit and citrus waft out. I noted lemon, herb, orange, spice, and a touch of tree fruit (maybe papaya or mango?). The palate is above average but is disappointing compared to the complex nose. Body is light, very little texture, but that's in keeping with the summer blonde (fruit infused) beer.

I never really got a true sense of the yuzu fruit (being more used to cooking with yuzu starch), but maybe that was what I was confusing with tree fruit.

Overall an imminently drinkable concoction at home on a patio on sunny days (all three of them here in Portland! j/k!).

Worthy!

Photo of blakelive784
3.02/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 fl oz bottle served in a pint glass:

A - Pours a fairly creamy 3 finger head, with nice retention and lacing. Color is straw golden. Mediocre.

S - Grassy lemon, citrus peel and honey. Fairly mild, but pleasant.

T - Strong lemon and some other citrus notes built on a weak malt foundation. Two notes come through, and not much else.

M - Thin, smooth and wet. Completely wrong for the style. Where's the carbonation?

D - Not a bad beer by any stretch, but it suffers from simplicity. Drinkable, yes. Would I have it again? Probably not.

Photo of Sky2625
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured in a straight-side pilsner glass.

A - Poured clear golden orange, with a stream or two of bubbles steadily rising. Head was one to two fingers of nearly foamy off-white head. Left medium thick lacing on the glass.

S - Strong citrusy nose, lemon and grapefruit, with something tropical I can't put a name to. A hint of straw as well.

T - Dominant grapefruit/orange flavor with an accent of lemon. Light grassy/wheaty flavor picks up at the finish. Overall it’s tart, moderately fruity, with a very mild wheat flavor.

M - Effervescent, almost sharp carbonation. Tends to hide the flavors a bit, but its got zip. Crisp, light body, though not thin. Finishes dry.

D - A very crisp, hot summer afternoon beer. You could drink multiple rounds and not get filled up, but you might still be thirsty.

Admittedly, this is outside my preferred style, but it is interesting nonetheless. I have a hard time giving a low rating to a decent, interesting beer that I can imagine someone really liking. So of course, my rating is going to skew high. Ultimately, though I think a little less carbonation and tart, and a little more sweetness and wheat would round this beer out and make me like it more.

Photo of Reidrover
3.69/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

6 pack from Roths Sunnyside Market in S.Salem. $7.99 Bright yellow beer with a largish frothy white head. Nice lemon grass and peach like aromas..very refreshing. Taste is very lemony..tart not sweet and also get nectarine like flavours ( yuzu ?)..light malts and no discernable hopping. Low carbonation actually works with the sweetness. Overall a very simplistic summer drinker. I did like it though..first 70 + degree day here.

Photo of mastodonj
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a diconic....

the finely bubbled head gives this light colored ale a great overall look. The lacing is generous and persistent.

Smell is heavily citrus as you might expect since the label says it is brewed with lemongrass and yuzu fruit juice added.

It comes across as a lager to me with much more ABV than the 4.5% quoted. But, of course, no trace of malt.

Mouthfeel is excellent; not overly carbonated and full bodied.

Overall, very sessionable summer ale. Being a hophead, it's not something I would seek out often but on a hot summer day, it may be just the ticket.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.87/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The body is a semi-clear golden color. A foamy white head leaves a decent film, with good foamy lacing. The aroma is faintly grassy, light, and sweet. Clean lemon notes abound. Tastes refreshing, lightly grassy, with a good malt backing. Finish had a citrus touch. Mouthfeel is clean and light-medium.

Overall, an excellent summer brew, easily can down a sixer on the deck.

Photo of NODAK
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is, not surprisingly, pretty full of citrus although I also get some wheat on the nose...even though I am not sure if this is a wheat beer. We shall see!!

Upon drinking, it certainly has a vibrant citrus quality, predominantly lemon although there is another, somewhat orange, taste as well. Maybe that's the yuzu?? I'm really not familiar with what that fruit is. Overall, the citrus is predominately lemony but with a nice sweetness to it as well. Hops are pretty much non-existent....they're just not here. However, the wheat that I found on the nose certainly does follow through with a healthy dose of cracker on the finish.

Overall, it's a pretty nice summer beer....if I knew what yuzu even was, perhaps I'd be more adept at picking out what those notes are, but what I can see here is an easy drinking, light, citrusy summer wheat beer.

Photo of riored4v
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. 1 finger, frothy white head. Crystal clear, straw colored body. Good amounts of carbonation apparent.

Aroma was a bit grainy with some lemony citrus notes. Mild maltiness.

Taste was very light. Some light grainy maltiness with a lemony citrus finish. Pretty clean tasting.

Mouthfeel was light with medium/high carbonation. Very dry.

Overall an extremely light beer. Not much flavor and aroma aside from lemon.

Photo of GreenCard
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: light honey-gold, great clarity, narrow band of whit froth that dissipates to a thin cap

Aroma: grainy dough, light citrus (fresh grapefruit juice), hint of lemongrass

Flavor: dry malt profile with the citrusy yuzu essence and background lemongrass predominating; finishes dry with a lingering fruitiness

Mouthfeel: light body, crisp, sparkly carbonation, refreshing

Other comments: This beer grew on me. Fifth one out of a six-pack (not all in one sitting!) I've tried. Good summer refresher.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.87/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Leave it to the beer world to teach me about the yuzu fruit. This stuff pours a clear sunshine brass-gold topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises lemongrass, light greens, slightly-funky lemon peel (I'm assuming this is the yuzu?), and a hint of cracked wheat. The taste brings in more of the same, with a bit more wheat, a breezing of biscuit, and an enhanced bit of what I'm taking for yuzu. What's more, I think I'm learning I don't enjoy the yuzu... The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, I can't say I was much of a fan of this. Maybe it was the yuzu, maybe it was just a mediocre beer, I'm not sure, but the result is the same regardless.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'd say that for a blonde ale, it looks pretty good. Yellow and clear, rising bubbles, the head was almost two fingers and did last for a bit, leaving a white sheen on top and some pretty good lacing.

Aroma is quite citric, very lemony, and has a little bit of grain and grass. Flavor follows the aroma quite closely. It's almost like a slice of lemon was added to a nice blonde ale from all the citrus. There's a light malt backbone, and not much hops (which is expected for a blonde ale).

Body is light, well carbed, and very easy to drink, with a dry lemon finish.

It's a fine summer beer. Definitely good for mowing the lawn or just chillin' under a tree.

Photo of Vashtar
2.34/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The appearance is straw yellow. It looks dull and isn't quite clear.
There's a definite lemon scent, but it's a bit crappy
Taste... yate. Reminds me of half lemonade half beer that you find in Germany.
Mouth feel... diaper foam

Overall, there's a reason nobody has taken a picture of this already.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
2.95/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap that the PDX brewpub.

A - Pours a clear light orange that is almost yellow. White average sized head.

S - Very floral and citrusy, oranges.

T - Totally different here. Wheat, Barley, rye.

D - Decent carbonation, very thin and light.

O - If the taste could match the smell, we would have a great beer here.

Photo of jbakajust1
3.79/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split bottle, had 4-5oz pour into a bevel top taster glass

A - Super clear straw, white head, decent lacing

S - Fruity Pebbles! and lots of them. Salt, fresh grains, some grass

T - Grainy, citrus, lemon wedge, more Fruity Pebbles, flowers, light rye bread (not the dark rye or marble variety)

M - Dry finish, but not too dry, grainy, light, crisp, smooth

O - Decent beer, great Fruity Pebbles aroma & taste. Refreshing for a hot day, but not something I am going to seek out or be upset if they don't make this again next year.

Photo of kojevergas
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"Ale brewed with lemongrass with yuzu fruit juice added." "Summer Squeeze Bright Ale." 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with typical label art and branded pry-off cap acquired as part of a variety box/12 pack and served into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger wide head of white-khaki colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Retention is above average - about 3-4 minutes. No real lacing as the head recedes.

Body colour is a fairly vibrant yellow-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Looks pretty typical of the style.

Sm: Lemongrass, clean barley, pilsner malts, and a near-lychee like fruity character I'm not real acquainted with. I guess that's yuzu? Complementary floral hop character. A clean pleasant approachable aroma of above average strength. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. Looking forward to trying it.

T: Pleasant fruit; fairly unique - sort of a lychee without the sweetness meets a lightly citrusy fruit somewhere between lemon and orange - but not quite as evocative - if that makes any sense. Clean barley. Munich and pilsner malts. Quite well balanced in a general sense; it doesn't come off gestalt. Some zest and citrusy zing. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. I do get a light touch of complementary floral hops. Maybe a bit of straw too. Decent complexity - especially for a style which is usually fairly simple - and decent subtlety. I do like it.

Average intensity and duration of flavour. Above average depth of flavour.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Lightly crisp. Good carbonation. Approachable and soft. Nice thickness and body; never overbearing. Complements the flavour profile nicely, but doesn't come off custom-tailored to it. Actually, this texture really suits the beer nicely; I fancy it'll go unappreciated but it's surprisingly well executed.

Dr: Quite drinkable and enjoyable. A good summer beer that'll scratch your itch; it delivers on the promise of its premise. I'd easily get it again, and it's a nice little beer from Bridgeport. Who knew their best offering in the variety pack wouldn't be one of the zealously hopped IPAs or Imperial Reds, but would rather be the simple easygoing blonde waiting for its turn to shine? A respectable downable brew from Bridgeport that I intend to revisit. Hides its ABV well. I'd recommend it to friends, but I'd taper my recommendation with a disclaimer: it's simple and meant to just be drinkable. A good party or barbecue brew.

B-

Drinks great from a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Not recommended for aging.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Trois Pistoles goblet. No stamped date.

Appearance - Slightly foggy yellow body. White one finger bubbly head with good retention.

Smell - Citrusy. Grassy. Light and refreshing.

Taste - Lemon peel. Very smooth, very mild hop. No off flavors. Slightly hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Smooth. Light-medium body and somewhat frothy.

Overall Drinkability - Refreshing. Flavorful if light.

Photo of mactrail
4.2/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An actually new twist on the light fruity beers. That Japanese yuzu taste is really aromatic and gives just the right tart edge. I've only had it in yuzu seasoning sauce but it's not a strong flavor, and seems well suited to beer. Closer to tangerine than other citrus fruits.

Nice bright golden color in the chalice. Watery in a refreshing way, light and crisp. Plenty sudsy and a great champagne mouthfeel. Great quaff and I would like to find this on tap. Bridgeport surprises me sometimes, but it's another big brewery that puts out well-made beers.

From the 12 oz bottle bought at my favorite Denver store, Grapevine Liquors on Monaco.

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Summer Squeeze from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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