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Summer Squeeze - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.09%
Wants: 0
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: inthebeeraisle on 05-19-2011)
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Photo of Dunkelhund
4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

Dunkelhund, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of CoryR
3/5  rDev -11.2%

CoryR, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of blakelive784
3/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

blakelive784, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of allengarvin
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up mainly because of the Yuzu claim on the box. Poured into a New Belgium chalice, it's a bright gold beer with a very small head. Aroma is sweet, with a lemony edge and a slight tartness. Flavor is mainly sweet malt with a light, fruity citrus taste. I certainly don't detect any yuzu here. The tartness is very restrained, and the fruity bitterness of yuzu is not present. There's nothing special about this beer at all. It's drinkable like a bland summer micro, but nothing else to recommend it.

allengarvin, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of Fatehunter
3.48/5  rDev +3%
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.

Fatehunter, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of harrymel
2.6/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle date: unknown, not seeing one.

Brewed with yuzu huh? Well, better be dominant, as I'm a fucking Yuzu connoisseur.

A: Pours a grain colored ale with no head formation and a cental cap of white foam. No lace over the excellent clarity.

S: Smells like grain, corn and a hint of lemon and grass, not lemongrass.

T: Sweet and lemony. Here the lemongrass comes through, but I taste no yuzu, okay maybe a bit, but not really. Mostly sweet, watered pils malts.

M: Thin with hi carb and a semi dry finish, pretty much what I would expect from a summer ale.

O: Well, I wouldn't put this above the general blonde ale, and in fact, the adjuncts listed on the label make me feel more like this beer is a gimmick, not a high quality brew.

harrymel, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I thought this one would be close to Lienenkugel's Summer Shandy--or whatever it's called. I'm glad it is not.

Pours bright. Light golden, some haze. Good white, foamy, semi-dense head. Retention is good. Little lacing.

Aroma is mostly lemon with an odd muskiness to it. Malt is sweet, husky a bit. Some spices and hops, not overly strong

Taste is a bit odd with the muskiness. Although I think that calms down the lemon and citrus a bit, otherwise it would be like lemonade...as the carbonation can use a pinch more bubbles. Kind of creamy on the end, but the hops do a subtle job of providing crispness.

Nice summer beer

Mebuzzard, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

ZenAgnostic, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of Chyren
3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summer Squeeze

A: transparent faintly cloudy dirty blonde color with average carbonation and a 1-finger white foamy head (like frogs eggs drifting together) that quickly dissipates into just about nothing.

S: scent is like POW!!! in your face citrus full of lemons, a little lime, a touch of green grass, very very bright, with a sprinkling of caramel.

T: Complex. Immediately I am hit by a sort of biscuit flavor which drags behind it the tang of lemons, then lemon rind, then lemon-lime, and following that a faint herbal styling that reminds me so much of gin.

M: Light and frothy. Balanced just so.

O: Wow! And I mean it. This ale is no joke. No subtleties here, we are talking full on 1000-watt summer time ale. It is something like a complicated lemonade for big kids. Yummy. (although it should be noted that drinkability on this beer may be a bit low due to the overwhelming nature of its flavor-- 1-2 bottles is generally enough for a single sitting)

Chyren, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This summer beer comes out of the tap a clear amber with a typical white head. Sharp, fruity, malty, powdery aroma invites a taste. Strong, malty flavor has a Kool-Aidish fruity underpinning and a hint of - is that raspberry? Smooth, fizzy, powdery texture is fairly pleasing.

Cyberkedi, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of GreenCard
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

GreenCard, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of cbarrett4
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

cbarrett4, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of jbakajust1
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

jbakajust1, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a yellow body with uncompromising clarity and an inch-high, white head.

Smell: Lightly malty, lightly citrusy, and rounded out by the typical Bridgeport house yeast.

Taste: Malted barley with a low graininess, gentle sweetness, and an unassuming hint of biscuit. Lemony herbal qualities (as well as a bit of nectarine), helped along by the lemongrass and yuzu but also the hops. Faint bitterness. Touch of Bridgeport yeast. Crisp, drying, lightly citrusy finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: SSBA hits the spot as a fine, thirst-quenching blonde ale.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of Nerudamann
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - clear golden color with good carbonation and about 1/4 of a finger of off-white colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - very zesty/citrusy and herbal.

Taste and Mouthfeel - bitter and citrusy from the start, with a bit of an odd edge to it, possibly the yuzu juice. It would probably be sweeter if it weren't for the added lemongrass. Texture is a little more on the watery side, mouthfeel is somewhat warming.

Overall - not a bad brew. Great on a hot summer day, and fairly interesting to taste.

Nerudamann, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of twiggamortis420
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

twiggamortis420, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of beer2day
3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pale gold pour. 1/2 finger head and, surprise, no retention. Not much lace.

Strong herbal, lemongrass nose. Very strong.

Very smooth start with a light creamy feel. Gets a bit of zest in the finish with a light sour flavor and nice biscuit malt. Lots of lemon zest coming in late.

Feel is just right for the style.

This hits the spot on a hot night in NC.

beer2day, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of yemenmocha
2.58/5  rDev -23.7%
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!

yemenmocha, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of Docer
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Docer, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of TheGordianKnot
2.6/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into pilsener glass...

A- Pours about an inch of foamy white head on top of a crystal clear yellowish, mead colored beer. Does leave lacing at original head level but nothing past that. Fairly average, not special not bad.

S- A lot of DMS... Crazy cooked cabbage in this. Tiny floral scent comes through, either from hops or lemongrass- herbally the more I think about it, like a tea.

T/M- First impression is: light body and fairly light flavor. Has a grainy, honey, and bready backbone with a bit of very weird bitterness- not from hops, maybe from weird fruit (yuzu?) added? Floral taste comes again, and very very slight citrus pops through which balances with honey sweetness. Hop bitterness is minimal but does linger a bit. Moderate carbonation. Very different, I will give them that, but i'm not sure it's different in the best way for a summer beer.

O- Would like this much more if it was refreshing, but it's not. It had potential but should have showcased the citrus, crisp, refreshing possibility... The body was a bit too warm and malty. Score is style specific, this was definitely below average in comparison

TheGordianKnot, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of RJLarse
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a six-pack of Summer Squeeze in a grocery store. $7.49. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a pale gold color and is crystal clear. There is a small fizzy white head, and few bubbles rising in the glass.

Smell is herbal. You definitely get the lemon grass scent and some fruit aromas.

Taste is a lot like the smell. A dry herbal grass flavor upfront, with some sweet citrus on the finish. Very mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is exceptionally light crisp and clean.

Overall a drinkable light refreshing beer. It;s great on a hot day. Good thirst quencher, but not filling. Good lawnmower beer.

RJLarse, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of Sky2625
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Sky2625, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of djbreezy
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance - pours a clear lemon/tangerine/deep straw color, well carbonated, white fizzy head

smell - notes of lemon and citrus

taste - citrus forward, some notes of wheat and grass

mouthfeel - strong carbonation, light body, slightly dry finish

overall - it's an okay sunny day, outdoor, summer brew, the lemon-like notes almost have a juice/tea quality

djbreezy, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of buzzboyd
2.63/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A clear light yellow with a white head that dissipates nicely. The smell caught me a bit by surprise. To be fair I'm not a huge fruit beer fan but I do like light beers with citrus. This beer smells more like fruit juice than beer. There is very little hops aroma I can detect. The taste delivers less than the smell would seem to promise. Overall this beer seems thin and a bit too juicy.

buzzboyd, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bright yellow color. Smells a little lemony. The flavor is heavy lemons and citrus but not at all in a hoppy way. Very light and refreshing, perfect lawnmower beer and a good candidate to drink from the bottle. If you are looking for something light for the summer you found it.

ArrogantB, Jun 24, 2011
Summer Squeeze from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
78 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.