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

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Witch Hunt Spiced Harvest AleWitch Hunt Spiced Harvest Ale

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116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 16.41%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Docer on 08-15-2012)
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alexrichman

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just wanted to post a quick review and a few impressions about this beer. I spotted this 6-pack and the Hawthorne St. Fred Meyers in PDX. I'm not a huge fan of Bridgeport but something about this one caught my eyes. I'm also not usually the biggest fan of spiced beers. A lot of times I feel like the spices can really dominate the flavor, which can be nice at times, but not something I'd want to drink most days. Witch Hunt says it's spiced, but I suspect they used very minimal amounts of spice. You can certainly taste the spices, but mostly in the finish. I really like this. I feel like Witch Hunt has struck a really nice balance, having the spices take the back seat to a pretty good ale. Here's a quick review.

A> Witch Hunt pours a burnt straw color with hints of gold and red. It's very clear, I guess this one doesn't do a second fermentation in the bottle like some Bridgeport brews. The beer had a small head but decent retention both on the top surface and the glass. It's a decent looking brew, but nothing really stands out.

S> What smell? The aroma of this beer is pretty subdued. I was able to smell the faintest whiffs of malts, spice, and hop but only after trying pretty hard. I can't rate this too low, because it doesn't smell offensive like some beers. Let's just say the aroma is a bit underwhelming.

T> Okay, this is the highlight of Witch Hunt for me. I just really dig the flavor of this beer. The malt has hints of sweet caramel but also seems a little sour like a stout. The hops are a little cheesy but somehow work perfectly with the slightly sour malt. The spices come through on the finish and instead of dominating the flavor profile they just meld with everything. I really like the slight hint of nutmeg that Witch Hunt finishes with. This beer is just flat out tasty but also complex. Just writing about makes me want to crack open another one.

M> Good mouth feel. Fairly carbonated, but it works and keeps all the flavors lively. Smooth but not thin in any way. Really enjoyable although it does finish a bit on the dry side.

O> Witch Hunt really impressed me. I usually don't like Bridgeport beers. I usually don't like spiced beers. Yet somehow I'm really enjoying Witch Hunt - it's a delicious beer with nice complexity and I'd say give it a shot. This is a wonderful beer to transition into the darker and more complex beers that the winter brings and I'm very happy I bought this 6'er on a whim.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 05:13:27 | More by alexrichman
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A-Somewhat murky copper color with a very small head.

S-Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and what seemed like orange peel. A bit too strong to be balanced. No discernible hops.

T-Bitter up front but I can't tell if it is from bittering hops or an overdose of spice. It quickly resolves to a medicinal twang leaving a strange aftertaste.

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A - Dark burnt orange, very cloudy, with a finger of creamy light brown head.

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