Ebenezer Ale | BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Ebenezer AleEbenezer Ale

Brewed by:
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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Photo of harrymel
1.84/5  rDev -49.3%
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 Goliath
2.55/5  rDev -29.8%
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 -29.5%
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 -29.5%
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 -28.1%
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 -26.7%
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 -25.3%
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 -24.5%
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 TheFlern
2.77/5  rDev -23.7%
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%
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 -20.7%
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 -19.8%
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 HimerMan
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
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 -17.9%
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 aracauna
3.02/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a medium-dark brown body with a small cream head. The aroma is lemon and the smell of tomato plants during picking or tobacco. As for taste, there isn't much. There's a hint of sweet malt and maybe a little bit of spice and slightly sour at the end.

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Photo of scottoale
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This 12oz brown bottle pours a darkish copper with a half-inch of off-white foamy head which quickly disappears. Pretty good lacing in the start.

Has a candy like sweetness first off, sweet malt and bubblegum, not much of a hop presence.

Tasting like it smells, sweet and sugary with bananas and bubblegum standing out with a fizzy, frothy bit of a dry finish. The hops are burried by the sweetness lending a dryness rather than bitterness. Nothing stands out malt wise, it's just floral and fruity kind of like a soda pop of some kind.

The mouthfeel is very fizzy and dry with a medium body. The alcohol is hardly noticed and has no warming effect. It's a bit too sweet for my liking and as a winter warmer...there are many others that I prefer.

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Photo of froghop
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a semi-clear dark copper with a ruby tint, small light beige head, some lacing.

smell is of spice, sour malts, roasted walnuts, some caramel, and pepper.

taste is thick, creamy, sour malts, roasted nuts, cinnamon, spice, caramel, a touch of bakers chocolate way in the back, and some hops, leaves the mouth on the sticky side and a little bitter.

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Photo of smurder187
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My older brother sent me some Christmas goodies from the NW this year. I was excited to see this in the mix. The label has a great old timey illustration of Scrooge and pours a somewhat foogy amber color. It smelled like dull nutmeg and cinnamon. The taste hinted at warm, holiday flavors like the scent but is surrounded by a more malty taste. It's smooth and good for drinkin', but lacked the holiday punch I was hoping for.

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Photo of russpowell
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

After a 2 year break form this, I decided to give it another go (only because Lukas had singles)

Pours reddish chestnut with 2 fingers of tan head. Average lacing & head retention

S: A bit of candy sugar & some caramel as this warmed up

T: Cherries & brown sugar dryness up front. Slight chocolate notes, Some more cherry, dates & maybe apricot as this warms. Finishes dry with a bit of cherry & leather & apple skins, weird??!

MF: Light/medium bodied & a bit over carbonated

Drinks okay, just not much going here as winter warmers go. All & all I'd say this is the most mediocre winter warmer I've ever had.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out, a sturdy brown color, with good clarity for how dark it is. Cream colored head. Aroma was mostly muted, nutty if you look for it. No alcohol heat, nothing warming sensed yet.

Nutty, decent hopping, substantial bitter sting, mild warmth, can't tell whether its exacerbated by the bitterness being high or not. Its a decent beer, but I don't know what makes this a winter warmer as opposed to say a PacNW brown ale (read: hoppier). Usually, when one mentions the word aftertaste, its usually a negative connotation, but here, there is no aftertaste, and its a disappointment, because there wasn't much taste frankly. Didn't pick up any spice notes either. Really, the only flavor left was the metallic bitterness that is too high for this style (or any pretty much) of beer.

I dunno, if malty beers without much flavor behind them are your thing, then I would recommend. At least there are no off flavors really.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a brownish amber with an off-white, finger width head with average retention. Virtually no lace.

Smell - Faint notes of raisin and caramel. Really subtle, even after warming.

Taste - Nearly as weak as the nose; faint roasted malts evoking a hint of mocha, a bit of raisin.. and that's basically it. Not a lot on the back end. A shame.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with fair carbonation. Smooth in the very least.

Overall - Pretty disappointing. No brew date, but Total Wine does a pretty good job of selling out their seasonals, so I gotta think this is fresh. I just don't see any appeal in this beer, absolutely no depth or complexity with this winter warmer.

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Photo of jsanford
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark mahogany with a fluffy ivory head that settles to a thick cap. Malt-forward aromas of caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits, and some Winter spices. Similar to the nose, sweet caramel and toffee malt, candied orange peel hops, brown sugar, and some mild spices. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, with a medium-full body and moderate carbonation. Decent Winter Warmer, but nothing new.

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Photo of CEversole
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark nutty brown color, with a off white 3/4 finger head lacing is exceptional.

S: Very pleasing nutty/malty/hoppy/herbal aroma.

T: I'm a bit let down here, the smell had a lot of potential. The flavors are all there but they seem to be very weak. I feel I have to look for them in order to find them. There is definately a bready malt flavor there. This is followed by a bittering hop flavor. I am picking up on some cirtrus or herbal character that I can't quite place toward the end. I like the taste, I just wish the flavors were a bit more bold.

M: Great for the style, clean feel, and not too much carbonation. Just enough.

O: Overall this wasn't a bad beer. There is definately room for improvement, but good still to say the least.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
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 Theitos
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
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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