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Witch Hunt Spiced Harvest Ale - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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76
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133 Ratings
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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 15.55%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Docer on 08-15-2012)
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Reviews by Megahertz:
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3.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 vintage dated 3-AUG-13 into a Hoffman House chalice. Fresh beer!

A - Very clear dark ruby to light brown with a moderate tan head. Carbonation appears mild. Very pretty, but would appreciate a creamier head. No lacing to speak of in my beer-clean glass.

S - Very mild allspice-like aroma. Could use more hop oomph. Spices are just right.

T - Now we're talking. Initially sweat and bready with a honey like mid, quickly transitions into very firm, piney green bitterness. Very dry finish with lingering resiny hops. Mild autumn spice throughout - subtle.

M - Heavy body with enough carbonation to cut through... barely. Very good.

O - Looking at prior reviews, it is clear to me that this vintage is vastly hoppier than prior years. This is an India Brown Ale with a hint of autumn spice. My favorite fall selection of 2013, so far. Quite a surprise!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of NOLTERN
2.03/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I made the mistake of buying a 6 pack of this wretched witch's brew instead of a single bottle. I don't know what led me to believe this would be good enough to drink six of them. This is almost a pumpkin beer, but is too lazy and thin to be a good pumpkin beer, so it is just a "spiced harvest ale".

This beer pours a clear, amber color with minimal head lacing.

The smell is a mixture of tecate and bad spice pairings.

The taste is similar to the smell, and the mouthfeel is very thin and is finished with an unsavory bitter aftertaste.

Overall, this is a watery offering of a foul mixture of spice and misfortune, perfect for the halloween season as a trick, but definately not as a treat.

Photo of DerekQXQX
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of seavercm
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of StephRai
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Fatehunter
2.71/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured half a finger of head on a clear, copper colored body.
The aroma is lemon with some light Autumn spice. Not bad.
The taste is initially okay; nutty and malty. Then it quickly turns to the "harvest spice" which sent the rest of the structure head over heels down the hill into the lake.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Not enjoyable. Disjointed and lost.

Photo of russpowell
3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours ornge with 2+ fingers of tan head. Great lacng & head retention

S: Cinnamon & all-spice, some apple skin

T: Follows the nose, some herbal bitterness as well. Some pear notes as this warms more spices, some golden delicious apple. Finishes with some orchard fruit, some cinnnamon & herbal hop bitterness, mostly an apple pie taste

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation

This really didn't impress me, not the worst I've ever had, but I will never buy this again

Photo of Chuck_25
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of TheMrFarnham
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of ThisMoonlife
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of GFish
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of JamLand
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Pete1991
3.8/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of stampfler07
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Docer
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (3.0)

- Dark molasses brown, very clear, and very low carbonation. A quick fizzling head of off-white leaves but a trace over the brew, and a tiny ring in the glass. Fitting though for the style.. to a point.

Smell: (4.0)

- Nice sweet caramel and molasses notes with a nice earthy and grassy hop character. The cinnamon and nutmeg shine through just perfectly. Seems like a drinker to me.

Taste: (3.5)

- Nice caramel and light toffee flavors and certainly a grassy and earthy hop flare with a nice zesty little bite. The cinnamon and nutmeg play very well with the rest of the ingredients, creating a very nicely balanced, and tasty brew. Certainly worth the try.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)

- Medium to light bodied, bubbly carbonation, and a little chewy and drying.. a touch cloying really. Not bad, and the hops certainly do dry this number up a little.

Overall: (3.5)

- This is a solid above average Fall seasonal. It doesn't really bang in any particular category, it just is what it is... a solid tasty drinkable seasonal brew.

Photo of RoarwithGilmore
2.71/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of QuamLaetus
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of LJWalker
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
5.8% ABV, no date.

A - Like a crisp autumn afternoon, the beer pours a clear burnt sienna color with a towering plume of light beige foam. Gnarled branches of lace wrap around the glass creating a picturesque scene to behold.

S - Witch Hunt, contrary to, say, witch capture, does not smell like smoke or burning flesh. Instead, this Halloween-themed beer suggests a familiar aroma from this time of year; pumpkin brew! With it's spiced aroma of nutmeg and cinnamon this brown ale is smooth and simply malted with sweet Munich and caramel with crisp Vienna toast finish. No hops can be found here but the beer does end on an oddly sterile note.

T - The cauldron of flavor melds together nicely as the sweet malt features layers of caramel, bread, toast, and tootsie rolls counteracted by nutmeg and cinnamon spice. Earthy hops which steer clear of the nose insert faint wood and dried leaf characteristics on the finish.

M - From start to finish Witch Hunt is smooth like a broom ride without turbulence. Sweet malt lingers on the tongue but not without some balance. While void of bitterness a dry, spiced finish cuts the sweetness down a notch.

O - I wonder if the brewers cast a spell on this beer as they boiled the wort; a spell of deliciousness! Suggestions of the season's pumpkin-brewed beers enter the mind, but the beer doesn't feel incomplete. Instead, the spice nicely plays off the sweet malt for a drinkable harvest ale that stands out from the crowd without being green. Or burned at the stake.

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of enelson
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.7/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery orange amber. Half finger fine off white head with good retention and lacing. Pleasant aroma of bready malt and seasonal spicing, mostly cinnamon and nutmeg. Flavor follows aroma, with bready malt with distinct nutmeg and cinnamon, somewhat earthy. Finishes with a light hops and some bitterness from the spices. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. A decent spiced ale, but the malt body does not quite support the spices in the finish. I would try this again as a seasonal.

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Witch Hunt Spiced Harvest Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
76 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.