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Summer Squeeze - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 134
Avg: 3.47
pDev: 23.92%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | 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: 50 | Hads: 134
Photo of harrymel
2.61/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
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

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.85/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of Chyren
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
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)

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.47/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of cbarrett4
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
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!).


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Photo of jbakajust1
3.79/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of beer2day
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Photo of yemenmocha
2.51/5  rDev -27.7%
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!

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Photo of Docer
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.89/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of Sky2625
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of djbreezy
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
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

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Photo of buzzboyd
2.63/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of Rayek
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Summer Squeeze fills my Perfect Pint glass with a bright gold hue, good clarity and plenty of carbonation. A dense white cap slowly falls to a blanket of foam and leaves decent lacing behind.

The bottle says this beer has Yuzu fruit in it. I imagine it accounts for the beers distinct tangerine aroma. The lemongrass can be sensed as well. Both aromas and flavors are light and backed by a bit of straw. As the beer warms, the fruit takes over and creates a light fruited soda effect. In the mouth, the hyperactive carbonation is blocking the flavors a bit. Less tingle would have been appreciated. The body is grainy and a bit heavier than I would expect from a beer with a low ABV.

Interesting. I bought a six-pack of this and found the first bottle I opened rather lacking. The one I'm drinking now has a much better character and is a nice summer pickup. Here's hoping the rest of the pack are as good.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
2.95/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright, clear gold color. Poured a 2 finger stark white head that dissipated to an even skim. Laced the glass in medium rings with occasional legs down the glass.

S: Lemongrass and citrus zest hit the nose up front. Sweet with some bread notes as the beer warmed a little.

T: Just like the nose with big lemongrass and citrus throughout. Crisp, refreshing and fairly balanced as there is a lemony sweetness that lingers through a very light bitter.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Crisp, clean and refreshing.

O: Very drinkable and refreshing. More than a couple, the lemon may wear me out. Very manageable ABV.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this one in Boulder yesterday, and am really enjoying it. Poured a light golden color with a significant white head. Nice aromas of citrus and lemongrass. On the palate, this one is light and refreshing, with light biscuit and a big lemony finish.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.69/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of inthebeeraisle
3.33/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Summer Squeeze from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
80 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.