Blue Bridge Double Pale Ale
Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouse

Blue Bridge Double Pale AleBlue Bridge Double Pale Ale
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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,811
Ranked #37,162
3.63 | pDev: 10.74%
Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouse
British Columbia, Canada
Very Good
Blue Bridge Double Pale AleBlue Bridge Double Pale Ale
Notes: An emerging new world style, this double pale blends north-west and noble bittering hops and finishes with old world noble aromatic hops to create a complex and floral hop profile. This beer is superbly balanced, masking its strong body and making the beer very drinkable. Beware!

42 IBU
Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 35 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of chinchill
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473 ml can on Vancouver Island in Port Renfrow B.C.
Pours with a deep amber body topped by a weak head.
This unusual DPA hits the style target with a very generous malt load and enough fruity hops to render it mildly bitter. The flavor is a bit too boozy if not unexpected at 8.2%.
Smooth, medium-full body with light carbonation.

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Photo of dillybarrrrr
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Blue Bridge double pale ale from Spinnaker poured from a 650mL into a Tulip. 8.2% 36IBU 6.99+tax. Picked this up due to the fact it was a pale ale with high ABV which is quite rare around where I live it seems.
L: For a double pale ale its quite dark. Dark as in orange an opaque not like a porter. Poured a perfect head on it one nice finger that stays around for awhile to befriend you.
S: Nothing overpowered seems quite balanced, for some reason pick up honey the most though.
T: this beer doesn't hide the alcohol in it. Not saying its over powering but you can taste it even for being a low IBU. Pick up lemon
F: Nice finish as mentioned above had the perfect head and it stuck around to bubble in my mouth. first thought in my head was finished like an MGD.
OV: Quite nice nothing to write home about but very solid craft beer for a solid price. Would recommend people to try at least once.

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Photo of JonCorbett
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: wonderful semi-clear orange-amber. Head is a slice of victorian white linen that drops it’ drapes very quickly leaving behind nothing but a light crocheted doily with shadows of lace.

Aromatics: Delicate sweet florals and sugars like a fresh-off-the-shelf pack of Juicy Fruit bubblegum. Some harder notes of caramel malts and biscuit underneath.

Taste: A very nice blend of baked sweet bread and a mild lemon rind, the earthy spice hop bitter rounds it out. After it warms up a bit you get additional of toasted caramel and vegetable cracker biscuit flavours.

Feel: The carbonation does just enough to push up the head and barely holds in the liquid itself leaving the mouthfeel almost unctuous. There is a bit of fuzz here and there in its medium body, but not a lot, and nary a peep from that 8.2% woozle juice which does a dandy job of staying well behind the curtain until the very last of the bitter linger disappears in a clean getaway - which is when you get the slightest hint of it on the back of the tongue.

Overall: I think the balance in the malt and hops has definitely been tweaked since the last time I had this a few years back. Perhaps my palate is just more sensitive to these flavours these days, or perhaps it’s because I care about the flavour more these days. In either case, I believe it to be far better now than what I remember of it before. This “new” version is far more agreeable especially for a DIPA. I would say if you have had this one more say 2 years ago, then it would be a worth a second try. I liked it a lot this time around.

Pairing : This is a fairly straightforward match for me: mini chicken fajitas/tacos (6" torts) with plenty of spice, roasted jalapeños, grilled red onion, and a couple slices of avocado - of course some fresh homemade hot salsa and sour cream for dipping/topping.

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Photo of leaddog
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a golden amber with two fingers of foamy white head.

Smell - citrus and earthy hops, bready malts, hints of citrus,

Taste - The bready malts are the forefront of this brew followed by the hint of citrus. The hops are there but not really there to provide that punch considering the style.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes off dry with the malts lingering and a tad bitter from the hops.

Overall - A subpar Double Pale Ale. I was expecting the hops to be more predominate in the taste. However, it is more focused on the malts.

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Photo of LampertLand
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spinnaker's Brewpub 'BlueBridge Double Pale Ale' @ 8.2% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $4.80

A-pour is a pale gold from the bottle to clear golden amber in the glass with a big sized white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint

S-pale malts

T-crisp , clean , very dry swallow/finish

MF-tons of carbonation , doesn't feel full bodied at all

Ov-a somewhat smooth Dbl Pale Ale that's easy to drink , well done Spinnakers

prost LampertLand

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Photo of Cookeeman
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one deserves more credit than it gets. Truth be told, this is one my go-to's when I just want a good brew to get me a cheap buzz. It is probably the most drinkable 8.2% beer I've ever had, and here in Vic we can get a 650mL bottle for less than $6 (which is a steal). It's delicious without being expensive, and it's very versatile. It fits with a myriad of situations that everyone finds themselves in at some point in their life. Headed to the golf course and you're not the DD? Grab a couple Blue Bridge. Got off work late and headed to a party, need to catch up? Grab a couple Blue Bridge. Payday is tomorrow, there's nothing new out and you just need a good beer to make you happy? Grab a couple Blue Bridge. I think you get my drift.

As far as a review goes, the key word is still Drinkability. It's very smooth, not too much carbonation, nice clean finish. The malt body isn't too complex, certainly not a boring 1-dimensional beer, but it's also not a thinker. A mild hop finish, just enough to cover any alcohol burn that normally would exist in a beer of this percentage. While I may not think this beer is an award-winner, I recognize and respect it's place in the craft beer community. It's not a beer that everyone talks about, but most would miss if it disappeared! Maybe I'm crazy, but I just feel this beer is more than the sum of its parts...

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Photo of kjyost
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle received from my sister for my birthday. Thanks Jackei & Tony! Poured into a nonic at 4C.

Nice clear copper body with a one finger white head that drops rather quickly with light lacing. Caramel malts on the nose with a vinous hint underneath. Some earthy hops lie underneath it all. I was expecting a bigger hop hit, regardless of the noble hops being used. The body continues in a similar fashion, with minimal hop flavours. Earthy and a hint of spicy hops underneath a fairly thick body that is sweet with minimal bitterness. An odd style that I don't get. Too much malt in the body and not nearly enough hops... Meh, not worth having again.

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Photo of Rutager
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Murky gold with a ton of suspended, dark particles. Nice foamy 1 finger head that lasts a while leaving some heavy lacing.

Smell. Hoppy, citrus fruit and some light malt.

Taste. Nice. Light hops and lemon. Some bread with only a little lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Nice strong carbonation. Crisp and dry.

Drinkability. A great drinker. Alcohol well hidden and goes down real easy.

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Photo of ericj551
4.44/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Spinnakers Blue Bridge Double Pale Ale pours a bright yellowy gold with almost a non existent head. The aroma is light, caramel malt with mildly citrusy and herbal hop notes. The flavor is a delicious blend of slightly sweet, crisp caramel malt flavor and herbal, earthy hops, perfectly balanced in my opinion. Herbal and damp, earthy bitterness lingers just slightly in the finish. I find the beer a bit undercarbonated, although I think that is how it is intended. Overall it is a solid and balanced beer.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.04/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I brought this bottle back home with me from my Alaska/Canadian vacation. Purchased at a liquor store in Victoria, BC.

A: Pours a bright clear golden with a thick creamy white head. About 2 fingers of head upon pour, heavy lacing and good retention.

S: nose has huge aroma of pale malts, very biscuity and bready. Some faint hops are mixed in with notes of lemon and grapefruit. This one leans way more to the malts than I would expect. The bottle description states that it is a Double Pale Ale as opposed to a DIPA, so perhaps that is why it focuses more on malt character than a typical DIPA.

T: the front has some malty sweetness with notes of honey and a slight hop bitterness, this one finishes with the heavy malt character that I detected on the nose. There seems to be an issue with the balance of this beer as the hops don't seem to be providing enough bitterness.

MF: this beer has a very creamy and velvety texture, unlike any DIPA I've tried. It almost has the mouthfeel of a nitro-drawn beer. I must say that it works out nicely. The carbonation is very low.

D: This beer is an average DIPA. It lacks the punchy hops that I would expect. Reminds me more of a English style pale ale amped up a notch. Since it is listed as a DIPA, I will review it as such, and this misses the mark for the style.

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Photo of chickenm
3.22/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650mL bottle. This is now labeled as a Double Pale Ale, not a DIPA. Pours a copper color with an extremely thin head that quickly fades to nothing. Malty, grainy aroma. The taste is fairly mild with malt, honey, light hops, and just a tiny bit of alcohol noticeable. Medium bodied. Drinkability is 'just okay'. Overall I wasn't too impressed with this; it's not one of Spinnakers' better offerings.

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Photo of Graham5161986
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This "Double Pale Ale" pours bit of a dull looking orange copper colour with nothing much in the way of head even with a pretty aggressive pour. Not much in terms of lacing is left on my glass either.

Smell is of faint grain and bready malt with a touch of honey and caramel and just a hint of fruit.

Taste is bit subdued overall with light notes of caramel and has touches of caramel, herbaceous honey in there too. Finish faint but slightly bready and just a bit bitter from this beer's limited amount of hops. I really don't know why this beer is classified as a DIPA - it's nothing like one and, honestly, I don't think it's trying to be one. There is very limited hopping going on. Also, at 8.2%, I was expecting alot more in terms of flavour. It's not bad - it's just not that great - it definitely lacks complexity and depth of flavour.

Mouthfeel is light with a good amount of carbonation, finish is pretty clean with a bit of oil from all the malts.

As for drinkability, it's amazing that this beer hides the alcohol so well (In fact, it's probably this beer's strongest asset). So, I wouldn't considers having a couple of these as much of a problem. It does however, lack a bit in terms of flavour and is, thus, not very memorable. That being said, I can't say I'll be remembering to pick up another one of these again. A mediocre offering from an otherwise stellar brewpub.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seems that the Canadian DIPAs I have tasted all have a sense of orginality. This is a big DIPA with an English hop profile so not the true hop bomb as per usual for the style. The mouthfeel is smooth and almost silky which adds to the drinkability. The hops are there but not overwhemling which create a balanced beer. The only fault is a lack of complexity which shows up after a glass. Nice beer but not at the same level as Half Pints

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Photo of josiahschlender
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber in a nice big imperial pint glass. I like that these Canadian brewpubs use bigger than 16oz glasses! Unfortunately, you also pay for the extra amount. Beige head sticks around for a while, leaving some lace.

Not huge aromas I was hoping for, but this was my first try of a Victorian IPA. I detect some herbal, citric hops which are fainter than the caramel, biscuit malts.

Flavors are very balanced with mild hopping and sweet, bready, biscuity malts. Alcohol is present as well, adding to the bite of lemon-peel bittering on the finish The only IPA I can think of that has less hops that I've tried might be Samuel Smith's IPA, or Swan's Extra IPA, also in Victoria.

Not what I was expecting, but not bad. I'd come back to this beer again, but the alcohol seemed a bit strong for the aroma and flavors. I haven't had but a couple of traditional English IPAs, this must be what an English double IPA must taste like.

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Photo of grub
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

22oz bottle. sampled sept 5/09.

pours lightly hazy orangey amber with a small cap of dense off-white head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is good. alcohol. juicy grapefruit and orange. bit of tangerine. hint of lemon, but that might just be more of a grapefruit rind character. white bread and cracker. hint of lightly toasted multi-grain bread.

taste is nice. grapefruit and orange juice. hint of tangerine. grapefruit and orange rind. hint of puckering sourness, but mostly fruity. bit of biscuit. wheat bread. alcohol. just under medium bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. just below medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. hides its alcohol pretty well. not overly assertive in the hop department, but that seems to add to the drinkability. a nice dipa.

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Photo of Viggo
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber, thanks to ritzkiss for hooking me up.

Pours a cloudy orange/amber, quite dark and chunky, thick off white head forms, settles down to a solid layer and ring, not much lacing on the glass, looks a little murky. Smell is neat, very citrusy, grapefruit tartness, tangerine and orange peel, some floral, sweet maltiness, caramel, roses, pretty hoppy. Taste is similar, big grapefruit tartness, orange, floral, tangerine, biscuity malt middle, light caramel, balanced bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, dry in the finish. This was pretty neat, not your average DIPA. I liked it.

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Photo of Derek
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'd say this was more of an american strong ale. The hopping was good, but it just wasn't DIPA, or even pacific northwest IPA territory.

A: Amber-bronze with an off-white head, some retention & lacing.

S: Mild pacific northwest hop aroma with a slight fruityness and plenty of alcohol.

T: Alcohol is very warming & upfront, hints of biscuit grain are over-shadowed by the marmalade-like hopping. Bitterness is fairly balanced.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a drying alcohol finish.

D: It really needs some more flavour to cover the alcohol here.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly murky medium pale color, good carbonation. One finger of head that leaves light lacing down the glass as you drink.

Smell is hops and citrus, really clean.

Taste is the shocker. This is not your average DIPA, really light on the hops. It's blended in well with lemon, citrus, floral flavours. Dry finish.

This is actually a pretty decent pale ale but I have to downgrade the taste simply because there is no way this could fall into a real DIPA category. High ABV is hidden well, nice summer drinker, though.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up this bomber last month during a visit to Brewery Creek in central Vancouver. Best before date is January 2009, so pitter patter...

This beer pours (following the helpful label instructions) a hazy pale golden colour, with a few fingers of soapy white head, that leaves a nice ring of lacing. The aroma is sweet caramel malt, and floral hops. The flavour is cereal grain malt, with a minor grassy hoppiness. The carbonation is moderate, the mouthfeel a little thin and somewhat creamy, and the elevated alcohol is evident only as a slight warming. The finish is dry and aromatically floral. It's decently drinkable, until the purported booze kicks in.

This seems like a very nice Pale Ale. Too bad the label proclaims that it's a Double IPA. Maybe an English Double IPA, if such a category were to exist. The label also explains the mix of new world (PNW) and old world (English) ingredients. That may explain a lot here. This isn't the first IPA/DIPA I've had from the Canadian West Coast that seem to fall into this possible categorization. I am only rating this according to it's style - I actually quite like it, but not as an American DIPA.

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Photo of jwc215
3.07/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Voonder for this 22 oz. bottle!

Pours hazed golden with a thin white head that immediately drops away. Minimal dots of lacing slide down the glass.

The smell is yeasty, grainy - maybe a hint of orange, but more in a grainy/malty way. There's a slightly musty, floral, vaguely citric something in the background. Not the aroma I would expect in the style, and nothing particularly special or inviting (though not offensive) out-of-style.

The taste is grainy and caramelish with some citric and floral notes. Some bitter balance lends itself to the sweetness to make this well-balanced. It has a thinnish, but crisp (not something I necessarily associate with a Double IPA. The label says "crisp", and it pretty much is. (Not something that I would necessarily associate with the style, but if that's what they were going for, I suppose they did that part well enough). It is on the watery side. Thin, for style, but smooth.

It has a surprising "drinkability" to it. I have to give them credit for hiding the abv reasonably well. Not that much of a Double IPA, and a mediocre-ish brew overall, IMO. It's a bit grainy and light (despite abv).
Still, glad to have the chance to have had the chance to try it.

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Blue Bridge Double Pale Ale from Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouse
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 35 ratings