Ebenezer Ale | BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Ebenezer AleEbenezer Ale

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BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Oregon, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-20-2001

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Ratings: 447 |  Reviews: 250
Photo of southside5
1/5  rDev -72.5%

Photo of harrymel
1.84/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottled: unk

A: diaphanous rusty copper ale with a sheet of off-white centralized cap. Spot lace.
S: some spice, some metal, some pizza sauce smells. Weird.
T: Some acetone and acetyl notes with sweet and vegetal flavors.
M: Moderate body and hi carb. Slick finish.
O: No thanks.

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Photo of Westyn
2/5  rDev -45.1%

Photo of Smurf2055
2.25/5  rDev -38.2%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
2.25/5  rDev -38.2%

Photo of Travisnin
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of Goliath
2.55/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a murky brown/dark amber color with an inch and a half light tan head. Good retention on the head, and it receeds leaving some spotty lace behind.

No the nose I'm really enjoying. A bit of a piney hop presence, with a good dose of fruit (cherry and apple). Also, a nice dose of spice is in there.

The taste is not good. Some of that fruit presence translate, giving me a small dose of cherry, as well as a bit of spice. A bit of malt, kind of hay like. The problem is a huge booziness, and a horrible overwhelming phenolic character. They mesh to give it a real big rubbing alcohol effect, and it's absolutely obnoxious.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with loads of carbonation.

Drinkability is very low. This beer started out looking and smelling great and I thought I was going to have a nice warmer on my hands. At first sip it all went devestatingly wrong. There's no way I could drink more than one of these, I don't even think I'll be finishing this one, the phenolic/booze character is too much for me. Sad, I had high hopes for this one actually.

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Photo of Fabric8r
2.56/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Just before Christmas, I stopped and got three holiday brews. I had never heard of this one, so picked up a 6 pack. Not good. Not good at all. It looked fine in the glass, nice little head, and smelled OK, but tasted like somebody made a mistake. I couldn't pinpoint the flavor, and really didn't try, I just didn't like it. Some spice flavor of some kind.

Sorry folks, I just didn't care for this. Still have 5 more I don't know what to do with.

(Drank the 6 pack of Pyramid Snow Cap right away)


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Photo of SerialHiker
2.56/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a nice deep, dark auburn/brown…some head formed but only really a thin layer stuck around…definitely some sediment floating about…tons of bubbles bubbling about inside…(3/5)

Smell: Not much going on here initially…I smell some alcohol heat mixed with holiday spice way, way in the background, but I’m gonna have to wait a bit and see if more shows up as it warms…15 minutes later, there’s still no improvement, it basically has a bland malt smell…(2/5)

Taste: Classic amber malt flavor in front…transitioning with some holiday spice, very mild though, but still the basic amber ale taste…the finish has a sour, bitterness…(2.5/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body…lots of carbonation, more than I would expect from the look…smooth, wet and fluffy with a surprising dryness in the after taste…definitely the best part of this beer…(4/5)

Overall: This isn’t my favorite brew…maybe one of my least favorites I’ve had in a while…it’s really bland, the smell and taste leave a lot to be desired…the name suggests that it’s a holiday seasonal, but the lack of any real spice in the aroma or flavor is confusing…it sets me up for something that I’m not getting…even beyond that, the beer itself isn’t all that good…humbug…(2.5/5)

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Photo of Elimination
2.61/5  rDev -28.3%
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 Mitchster
2.66/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Per the website, this is bottle-conditioned, but there is absolutely no yeast in here. Crystal clear with no sediment. 6.4% ABV, OG=16.0, 40 IBU's. Brewed with "four kinds of roasted malts and local and imported hops". Wow, imagine that.

Pours out to a clear very dark ruby red, forming a soapy light khaki head with very good retention and clingy sheets of lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma isn't much to write home about...rather succint. Candy apple and "wax-lips" esters, mild and distant herbal hops. Swirling brings out the piney, citrusy hops that it sorely needs, but they are very subtle. Mouthfeel is a little overcarbonated with too much zing and a medium body and wet cardboard texture. Taste begins with spicy hops that don't mix well with the oxidized malts and mild fusels. Rubbery finish with a homebrew, sour metal twang in the aftertaste.

A very disappointing seasonal ale. Poorly brewed and poorly fermented. Blech. Down the sink it goes. Pee-Yoo-Sa!

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Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
2.71/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed December 29, 2012. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly less than a one fingered head. Dark red caramel appearance.

Smell: Slight dark malts with some alight yeasts smells as well.

Taste: Weird citrus malty taste. More floral than pine in this warmer. Varied spicy, I don't know.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation, nothing special. Can be used as a session drink for the holidays.

Overall: Not really a fan of this warmer at all. Maybe I'm just not of a fan of how they presented this style. I guess I'm just more of a fan of a maltier style warmer.

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Photo of BrownAleMale
2.74/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Horny Goat pint glass.

Appearance- A reddish brown hazy color with a half finger of off white head that stays with the beer and leaves a nice lacing.

Smell- Not a whole lot going on, get some citrus notes and maybe some red apple.

Taste- Yikes! You get that citrus up front with a long finish of a almost rubbing alcohol flavor. Very off putting!

Mouthfeel- On the heavy side of light body with an abundance of carbonation.

Overall- A great looking beer that has a very off flavor that ruins it for me.

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Photo of tubeyes
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of TheFlern
2.77/5  rDev -23.9%
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 kojevergas
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

6.4% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger head of off-white colour, nice thickness and cream, and good retention for the relatively high ABV. Body colour is a very dark copper with amber hues. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Spice, sweet malts, hints of toasted character, and some buried bright fruit esters. An above average strength aroma. Little yeast or alcohol comes through.

T: Malty sweetness, biscuit malt, some toasted malt, sweet sugary bright fruit hop esters, some floral hops, and residual malty sweetness on the finish. The third act flirts with a medicinal character. Too sweet all around. A bit imbalanced, but fairly enjoyable. It's certainly drinkable. Lacks yeast character. No alcohol comes through. Lacks subtlety and complexity.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit too thick. Slightly overcarbonated. Palate presence is understated.

Dr: Drinkable but underwhelming. A very forgettable winter warmer. I wouldn't bother with this again. A pedestrian effort from Bridgeport.

Low C

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Photo of TheLiterati
2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured reddish brown with a finger high tan head. Smells of malt and hops, but seems to be missing the spice element I usually associate with this type of beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth, with just enough carbonation so that it’s not watery. Taste is bit more complex and refreshing than the aroma suggests: nicely malted with just enough hops to keep it interesting.

A nice, drinkable seasonal offering from Bridgeport in Portland OR.

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Photo of beer2day
2.91/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep red to orange pour with 1/2 finger of darker cream head. No retention and very sparse lace.

Nose evokes cherry syrup. Not terribly inspiring. Light spices underneath, but all I'm really getting is an overpowering hit of cherry syrup.

Taste is better than the nose. Sweet and tart cherries, cinnamon, and a tart finish. Tastes a bit contrived though with too much cherry juice.

Feel is a bit heavy, with the cherry syrup. Very active carbonation, so a good bit of fizz here.

I'd pass.

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Photo of nathanmiller
2.92/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of HimerMan
2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into one of my generic tulips.

Dark amber/copper color with a light tan/off-white head that sticks well to the glass.

Not an overpowering aroma at all, but some nutmeg and hops are present.

Flavors of figs and nutmeg swirl in the palate, but the aftertaste is a bit like yeast.

Overall this went down ok, but with all the winter warmers out there - I'd seek something else over this.

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Photo of chumba526
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
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 seanthornton152
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of TheMrFarnham
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of bonbini26
3/5  rDev -17.6%

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