Ropewalk Amber Ale | BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Ropewalk Amber AleRopewalk Amber Ale

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BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Oregon, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jtfest on 03-12-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 57
Reviews by BillyB:
Photo of BillyB
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright, sparkling amber color, with a one finger, off-white head.

Aromas of sweet caramel malt are very strong. Also some biscuity, cookie-like maltiness. Red fruit aromas as well.

The taste is of sweet caramel malt and not much else. This beer is overwhelming in it's malty caramel sweetness. Not good balance here. I didn't even notice a hint of hop. For an amber ale it could use more bitterness.

The body is medium with a slight syrupy stickiness to it.

Not a bad beer but a bit to sweet for the style.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.01/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – This is a rich, orangish gold that I stared at for five minutes. It was just beautiful. I had to control the head at the pour, sensing quickly that this one will foam over if given the chance.

Smell – The citrus hops are well-balanced by a clean, sweetish malt base. I can also pick up some sugar and taffy.

Taste – Interesting. The hops take a back seat here to the sweetish malt. It’s not caramel or sugar, but more like a Bit-O-Honey flavor. I guess that means that it’s kind of nutty as well.

Mouthfeel – Very thin in the mouth but creamy and smooth.

Drinkability – If you are looking for a NW hoppy interpretation of the Amber/Red Ale from Oregon, go buy one of the many Rogue versions of this style. But, if you want a sweet, malty, very light session beer than consider this.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.81/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tawny reddish amber with small vanishing head. Very appealing aroma of crisp clean malts and light hoppiness. The flavor profile is pretty standard; there's not a heck of a lot going on. Sturdy malts with a light sprinkle of hops to keep it from being too sweet. An overall pleasant flavor, some light butter elements and a twinge of caramel. Mouthfeel a bit thin and flat but this aids drinkability. Should be very suitable for pizza, which a surprisingly large amount of beers aren't. Also went well with a burrito tonight. I wonder if BridgePort's pubs are putting this in casks; it would be worth investigating. Overall summation: perhaps the style itself is not very exciting, but to my tastes, this blows Full Sail out of the water.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of RobRoy613
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of appenzeller
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker amber with a thin head. Nutty caramel aroma, taste is of caramel with a background of citrus, a good complex maltiness up front that lasts through the taste followed up by a subtle but noticeable bite of bitterness. Mouthfeel is well balanced, substantive but not heavy, drinkability is average to good for the style, this is no session beer but neither is it overly heavy or filling. In summary, a nice and fairly standard amber ale.

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Photo of Magpie14
2.8/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: fairly light amber color, light red and orange hues. Weak soapy head with touches of lace

S: malts are surprisingly light and fresh smelling with citrus/fruit characters. Sweetness is light and reminiscent of burnt milk-like sugar.

T: Not enough malt characteristics for me and thin and watery at times. Reminds me of summery type of beer. Pick up on cherries and soft fruit connotations touched with caramel/honey. Weak hop presence. I will admit that a lot seems to be going on but not in the right way. Kind of strange for an amber

M: soft on the tongue and rather light body. Easy drinker, I'll give it that

D: tip a few and go about your business. During the process of reviewing this one went to check to make sure I had the right beer name! Sure enough it said "Ropewalk." I was hoping for a bit more more, not a fan!

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

well straight 4s for this brew from bridgeport.

Pours a clear deep orangey amber with good carbonation and a nice fizzy/foamy white head that leaves ok lacing behind as it drops. The nose is understated for what I like in an amber ale. It has some good fruity notes, but it also has a copper twinge that I have found in most average amber ales. The taste is pretty good, a lot of creamy fruit flavor and a not strong but noticable hop flavor on the finish. Not bitter at all, aside from the slight hop presence on the end. Smooth. Much malt remains on the tongue after the finish and the aftertaste lingers quite well. The mouthfeel is just about right for this one, but I find it slightly abrasive after it dries out the back of the throat. Leaves the mouth sort of dry. This also takes away from the drinkability a bit as it is less refreshing. Overall this is a good solid session amber, it just has some minor things that I don't like, It doesn't feel really solid. but don't get me wrong, I think this is defenitely a good session choice, just not one I will buy regularly.

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Photo of RickS95
2.66/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

This was a weird beer. Poured a thin white head that dissipated quickly. Slightly darker in color than icea tea.

Limited smell, mostly malt with a very neutral mouthfeel. Didn't pick up much with these two senses.

Sweet malty finish that eventually turned to slightly bitter in the finish.

Nothing special about this beer until the finish. It's actually not a particularly good beer until the sweet then bitter finish, which saves this beer making it drinkable.

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Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent amber with a 2 fingers deep off white head. A little bit of lacing & good head retention

S: Sweet caramel

T: Sweet caramel & fruittyness up front, kind of juicy?? Ripe grainyness & more fruittyness follows. Finishes dry, sweet & moreish

MF: Medium bodied & low carbonation with great balance

Drinks pretty easy, not a bad amber & certainally better than it is on draft IMO. This was a pleasant suprise

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Photo of Jredner
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweet fruit and caramel malt aromas. Good looking red amber with a big head that compresses down to quarter thickness in short order. Sweet fruits int he fore. grape dominates. Then some malt smoothness. Almost marzen like characteristics and every bit as tasty as some of the better marzens.

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Photo of Spikester
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A good session Amber Ale. A bit on the sweet side fairly low 4.5%abv. Nice color, aroma, minimal carbonation. Probably bought an old bottle. The malts surely dominate this brew. A bit watery probably enhanced by the low carbonation. Little head, no lacings. Would be a good transition beer for friends that drink Bud.
Drinkability rates very well due to the 4.5%abv.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz from the Boise coop for about $1.45... shared with my brother.. mine from a shaker pint... listening to Donald Glaude Live at Ruby Skye.

Slightly hazy medium amber... short lasting white head... little if no lacing.

Big milk caramel and toasty toffee malts with citrus hops .. could use a little more hop aroma.

Flavor is big creamy caramel malts.. above average yeasty fruitiness.. good backbone... but a little sweet... cascade hops and a touch of floral... bigger body than needed but still very sessionable... reminds me of a darker English pale.

Ropewalk is a beer that always seems available in Boise.. I don't buy it much, but I really can't say too many bad things about other than a little underwhelming.

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Photo of Gusler
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer after its parole from the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a limpid mahogany color with a portly light tan head that is semi-creamy in texture, the lace forms a nice sealing sheet upon the glass. Nose is malt dominated, sweet, crisp, and fresh to the senses, a bit of caramel with just a slight whiff of hops, start is nicely malted, lightly sweet with the top middling in feel. Finish is delightful in its acidity, the hops deliciously spicy, droughty aftertaste, a nice drinking beer, and I think it would be a nice session beer.

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Photo of toolbrew
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich copper color with a small white head. Little to no lacing. Some large carbonation bubbles.

Sweet malty smell with some buttery flavors.

Taste those malts at first. Some lemon taste and a nice hop finish.

Medium body and easy to put away. My tongue gets the most attention. Great flavor.

I really enjoy this beer and wish it were available in Michigan. I could put away many of these on this warm mountain afternoon.

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Photo of cbarrett4
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ap - Medium amber brown hue
Ar - Medium malts, candied apple, strawberry banana notes
T - Fruity and mellow
M - Medium weight without anything outstanding or offensive
D - Very smooth and easy

Verdict: A true session style ale. Low(ish) alcohol, low IBUs, and a balanced finish; this is a beer to sip among friends with good conversation but not a beer to sit and critique.

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Photo of Zorro
3.99/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber colored ale with a bit of a tan head.

Smell is very malty with a clean biscuit malt scent. Additionally this beer has a very pleasant sweet and fruity scent much like juicy fruit.

Taste is a little sweet and fruity with a lot of raisin and fig in the initial sip with a good bitter finish that is woody. After a while the flavor here shifts to much like an ESB with the fruity flavors from British style yeast and a strong herbal hop finish that is strong without becoming harsh. And this is how the glass of beer finishes, a tasty sweeter ESB that is enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is good.

A super pleasant session beer here. Very full flavored with a lower alcohol content than most beers. You simply can't go wrong with this beer for just enjoying with a meal or a football game; it is very tasty and mild mannered.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok excitment Bridgeport of my favourite brewers.
Ropewalk Amber named after the Rope factory which the brewery now resides in.
Comes in the usual Bridgeport brown bottle..label is not typical though..a tightrope in some spotlights.
Nice enough looking Amber in my pint glass..dark amber nice off white head..that leaves a wee lace.
again the smell is nice..fresh mostly malts..almost milky.
The taste is not good though..Im heartbroken..this is a n average tasteing afraid on par with Widmers DropTop..and way below Mactarnahans..just plain beer..not exciting..mostly thin malts then a thin watery taste..tiny hop bite at the end.
Very average on the mouth..too watery.
This is a big let down for me..not a terrible beer..but just below Bridgeports usual the previous poster I think they are going for the Abblebys crowd.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tasted at the BridgePort Brewing Co./Brewpub in Portland, OR on 06/15/06.

Light amber color with a low off-white head and decent carbonation. Fairly sweet Caramel malt aroma and flavor with nothing else really standing out including hops (unfortunately). Balanced a bit too far to the sweet side for my liking. Medium-light bodied and forgettable.

A fairly average American Amber/Red Ale considering the quality of BridgePort brews - not one I'd have again.

Per BB website:
Malts: Crystal malts.
ABV: 5.6%, OG: 13.4, IBUs: 18

Per BB on-line menu: ABV: 4.5% OG: 13.0 IBU's: 18

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Photo of hopdog
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium and lightly hazy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of toasted malts, lightly fruity and some caramel. Tastes of caramel, apples, and toasted malts. On the sweeter side. Thin body bordering on watery.

Notes from: 12/13/06

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Photo of jongillin
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this from the bottle to a pint glass.
Really just a good solid amber ale. There is not much that is really special about it, but it stands out to me simply because it is all around well done.
The appearance pours a nice reddish copper hue with a slight white foamy head that thins but still laces nicely throughout the beer.
The smell is mostly malt but has a nice balanced aroma of caramel and a finish of hops.
The taste is about the same but a little more complex. Some hints of chocolate reveal themselves upon consideration and it has a bit of sweet finish. The beer is really full bodied and fairly creamy. It coats the mouth and goes down smooth. An interesting take on the style but I believe it really works well.
I think this is a good session beer as it is light enough but still complex and interesting to the palate.

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Photo of Gavage
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear amber in color sporting a 1/2" head that lingers a bit. Some light lacing develops.

Smell: simple caramel sweetness is all I detected.

Taste: a bit of biscuit, caramel syrup, ripe red fruit, and faint appearance of bitterness. Overall this was a bit sweeter than expected.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp and a bit dry at the start, smooth and dry at the finish. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: I didn't really enjoy this at all - a bit too sweet and just all around dull. Try something else.

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Photo of sinistersteve
2.46/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bridgeport has a new flavor eh? Well, time to try it out and see how good it is (mind you that their IPA has set the bar very high). Poured with deep amber color and a very thing head that left a very minimum amount of lace, which I suppose is better than some beers. I had a very dificult time picking anything off of the aroma. Seems to me I would have got something but there was literally nothing for the nose to enjoy. Flavor wasn't anything to scream about either. A bit carmelly and a bit malty. This one I would probably stay away from purchasing again.

On side note, the label states that this beer was made in honor of the buildings roots as a rope factory.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet and malty scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and bisquit malts; very breadlike. The taste is good. It has a light, yet malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes smooth and breadlike. It's sweet, but dry. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good amber ale. It is full of sweet malt and bisquit flavor; a good drinker.

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Photo of Kemmerlin
4.29/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber gold color with a thin tan head, needs a hard pour for a significant amount of head.

S: Initial smell of dried blueberries and significant amount of caramel malts following a nutty aroma in the back.

T: Has a light taste of apricots and heavy taste of caramel and molasses. The aftertaste is really light and only leaves a minor taste of sugary caramel behind.

M/D: The feel is very light and slightly watery your mouth doesn't feel full of good beer flavors. The drinkability is good because of the lightness and good taste and smell.

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Ropewalk Amber Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 62 ratings