Ebenezer Ale | BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

Ebenezer AleEbenezer Ale

Average: 3.66 | pDev: 12.3%

Reviews: 251 | Ratings: 449

Winter Warmer | 6.40% ABV

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BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Oregon, United States

Notes: This beer is retired; no longer brewed. 
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Reviews: 251 | Ratings: 449
Reviews by Boud504:
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3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark ruby copper color. At first glance it looks murky, but its really just very opaque. There's a very small head that sticks around.

S: A pleasant roasted malt smell with a hint of hops that sneaks in towards the end.

T: The malt flavor is a lot weaker then I thought it would be. There's touch of bitter hopness that starts with the initial taste and continues to the end. I taste some dark fruit buried in the flavor.

M: The top of the beer in my mouth feels smooth but the bottom part feels a little tingly.

O: Not bad, but nothing special. I'm happy I got it in a gift basket instead of buying it.

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More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I miss Bill Murray's real comedy work... Anyway, this stuff pours a mostly clear ruby-influenced amber topped by a finger of glowing off-cream foam. The nose comprises perfume-y caramel, light greens, light raisin, a pinch of cinnamon, and the vague inference of dark fruits way in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, with the spices and fruits (now not quite as dark, but not quite un-dark to not be called dark anymore) increased a notch or two throughout. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally smooth feel. Overall, a nice spicy Winter warmer, something I wouldn't mind enjoying time to time during these cold months.

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Photo of chumba526
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This ale appears dark amber with a small white head.
Smells mildly of toffee, caramel and citrus. There is a nice orange smell to the beer.

The taste is much like the smell there is a nice subdued toffee flavor, a nice citrus flavor and slight caramel flavor. There is a nice mild hoppy bitterness in the end. This seems as if they made very light English old ale. It's not bad: it's quite refreshing for winter ale. I do wish there was a bit more body though.

The carbonation is moderate high.

The drinkability is pretty good I could drink a couple of these though I don't feel driven to. Over all not a bad winter ale about average for the style.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It has a thin head with no lacing and a hazy, copper colored body.
The aroma is only the faint smell of hay. A bit of a disappointment.
It tastes like yeast, a barnyard, grain and with a mild bitterness.
Low carbonation and medium body.
A fair enough beer but lacking in the appearance and smell areas.

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
1.41/5  rDev -61.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Eh. Way overrated.

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Photo of TheFlern
2.77/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a nice dark amber. Little head that leaves no lacing.

Smell: Very malty with a little alcohol and hoppy notes.

Taste: Malty with alcohol. This balance seems to be the reverse of what it should be. I want more malt!!!

Mouthfeel: weak for a winter warmer. however pretty balanced with the carbonation and alcohol where nothing takes control.

Drinkability: Lots of ABV but little taste to make up for it. Not very good overall.

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Photo of Elimination
2.61/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Look is a brown that seems to glow when light hits it

Smell is minimal slight hops a bit of malt and some spice

Taste is almost horrible I don't know what it is but it's a touch of fused alcohol, bad cider, and a hot bit of cheap vodka. I hope this isn't what it's supposed to taste this way because this might be a drain pour

Mouthfeel despite the taste is good strong carb and thick

Drink is not great as well because of the taste. I hope this isn't what it is supposed to be like

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Photo of attometer00
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of obrike
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Round Rock World Market.

Poured a dark hazy amber capped with a generous off-white head. Minimal lacing followed...not a bad looker.

The scent was pretty subdued, but with some warming, the aromas comprised of dark fruits and faint spices emerged. Doppelbock-esque.

Certainly a malt forward beer with some caramel and fruit but nothing too bold. Hops add possibly a some earthy spicyness but not much more. Was hoping for more pronounced overall flavor. This one felt a little thin for the style, but still was quite drinkable. Certainly hides the alcohol well. There were no real issues with this beer, but it's a bit bland for a winter warmer.

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Photo of rinhaak
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip glass. Purchased at the "Made in Oregon" store in PDX.

Pours a very muddy brown, vaguely similar to dense apple cider. A nice one finger of head graces the top, but the color is quite unappealing.

A pleasant nose with hops, brown sugar, caramel, and toffee, and as it sits, it opens up to reveal a lot of cinnamon.

Like the nose, this beer opened up nicely as it sat in the glass. Very complex, I tasted rich black cherries, hints of blackberry, mulled wine, orange zest, cloves, and the citron found in fruitcake. As it sat, flavors of coffee, chocolate, and banana became noticeable as well. A surprisingly hoppy finish rounded it out.

Overall a very pleasant and well made Christmas Ale, though I feel it would benefit a lot from aging. I appreciated the low ABV; it drinks like a much stronger beer. Certainly worth a taste.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.44/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer pours a really deep hazy dark cinnamon color. A mocha colored head keeps a nice layer of film while leaving spotty lacing.

The beer smells deliciously piny with notes of apples, cherry, and cinnamon.

The taste profile starts out toasty and malty. A good spicy body follows with hints of cinnamon, brown sugar, and a good spiced apple finish.

The mouthfeel is dry, medium bodied and somewhat crisp.

Overall, this is always one of my favorite December beers. Great flavor and feel.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last years vintage poured into a pint glass...curious to see how it held up...

A: Rich amber body with hues of orange and ruby. Two finger head falls slowly and evenly to a thin foam resting atop the beer. Pretty nice lacing as I drink it.

S: Caramel malt, bready yeast profile, grassy floral hops.

T: Wow! I think I will be aging this beer every year! I think this is much better than fresh! Big caramel and bread malt profile but much more balanced than the current vintage, the hops are slightly spicy and quite floral but again more balanced than current vintage. Faint fruit esters linger in the mid palate and through the finish, this is much more complex as well. Very nice!

M: Smooth and medium bodied with active carbonation but not too harsh or overpowering.

D: Very smooth and drinkable, well balanced with some nice complexities not found in current vintage. I think this beer has gotten much better with a year of age. Highly recommend!

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Photo of barley
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Grebdioz
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Kopfschuss
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of wmtxbb
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nothing to get excited about, a little lacing of head around a caramel colored beer. Low levels of carbonation coming to the top.

Smell: Pleasant clean malt smell with some yeast.

Taste: This is where the "magic" happens for this beer. A sort of soft malt hits your tastebuds first followed by a zing effect, possibly from the high level of alcohol. Light aftertaste of peppermint, cinnamon, possibly ginger and sort of dry. On a second taste this beer has an interesting malt presence that comes at you first followed by this crazy "second meeting" of flavors that makes this beer interesting and complex.

Drinkability: I could have a couple of these in a night and not be upset. Not a perfect, all the time beer, but interesting enough every once in a while for an occasional drink.

Overall this beer has character. It is aptly named and a great addition to winter beers.

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Photo of falconxman
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

The huge head that doesn't fall into the glass is obstructing my olfactory senses. The head is impressive, and retains in a fashion not often seen in American beer. Through it I can smell just a touch of sweet grains.

The flavors seem a bit dull. I get some basic sweeter malt, mostly lighter with a touch of darker. There is a bit of hop flavor, but it isn't really very distinct. In a winter warmer I want a thicker and rich array of malty flavors, and a stronger presence of hop flavor (though not bitterness) or at least the old remains of hops, as in slightly aged English versions.

The mouthfeel weighs in just to lighter side of medium in body with ample carbonation. Seems almost overly carbonated without enough sticky body to support it.

Conclusion: I was afraid of this. Bridgeport makes appealing looking beers, but it seems that they often fall short with the execution. So many craft brewers (big and small) these days are making really fine beer, so to produce mediocre beer just doesn't cut it. Bridgeport loves to tout their position as the oldest craft brewer in Oregon, but it seems that they haven't updated their beer to compete with the ever more and more refined and perfected craft industry. For example, this beer can't stand up to other winter beers like Jubel, Hibernation, or even the mild mannered Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome. This isn't bad beer by any means, but there are just too many better options to ever buy (or drink) it again in this price segment.

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Photo of nathanmiller
2.92/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of joedon
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty average for a "winter warmer". A nice dark brown with very fine carbonation and a sticky tan head.

No much aroma, a little malt and some spicy notes.

Taste is underwhelming. Just a bit of dark malt and a slight caramel edge.

Easy drinking and pleasant but could have been better.

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Photo of rrock44
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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Ebenezer Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 449 ratings