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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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Ratings: 445 |  Reviews: 249
Photo of erikm25
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours burgundy. A darkened ripe cherry hue with some subtle purple streaks. Perfect color for a Christmas tree ornament. Head is a pillowing and snowy mountain of bubbles. Reasonable retention. Delicate lacing melts down the sides of the glass.

S: Sweetly spiced aromas. Sweetness, spiciness, and hops float out of the glass like the Three Ghosts of Christmas. Just a bit of malts in the nose to help round things out. Coupling of cranberry and cherry(ish) smells as well. Overall, a sharpening and pleasant nose.

T: First taste yields a nice balance. But not nearly as strong on the the spiced or sweet flavors as the nose leads on. More earthy, spruced, and toffee qualities come through. There is a bit more cinnamon after a few tastes. Smoked fruits with malt roundness. There is nothing wrong with these subtler tastes but it doesn't set itself apart. Enjoyed this a little more as it warmed up a bit.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation.

D: Overall this is a pretty drinkable winter warmer. Nothing new here but still a solid offering. For the price and the fact its from the PNW make it enough for me to be willing to throw some back with Bob Cratchit this Christmas Eve.

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Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a semi-opaque, burgandy color with a creamy, foamy, tan, one-finger head. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled very earthy. A nice caramel malt nose with some fruity aromas and some spice.

T - It tasted of spices, like nutmeg and cinamon, plus the fruity aroma turned into a cherry taste. It had a sweet caramel and toffee taste, too.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium-bodied beer,

D - This is pretty good. Very different from most winter warmers.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to emerge077 for the bottle.

Pours a beautiful dark ruby color with a short off white head that dissipates fast leaving a nice ring of lacing.

Scent of malts, cherries, some spices, and a hint of caramel. Sweetness is slightly overpowering the spices, but it is hardly enough to complain about.

Taste of cherries, spices, yeast and malts. Finishes with malts and some spices. There is a better balance here, nothing seems to be overpowering or out of whack, good stuff.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, it had a nice full body with a slight bite.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark bronze with some orange highlights. Seemingly wispy head is actually quite sticky, with great retention, although the lacing is pretty mild. Should be a malt over hops kind of affair.

ARomas are spicing and mostly malty. Hops are fruity, don't add much yet, but could be a nice player. Some spicing. I don't know, a little too "flavored-Christmas-tea" to me.

The flavor is not bad, but unusually light for style. Some sweetness that complements the spices alright, but the hops don't quite throw their weight around. I'm getting some herbal notes, more of the tea, and a floral quality that augments the sweetness of the malt.

Medium carbonation, overall quite light for the style. I'd like a little more heft and complexity, but I suppose others are looking for something lighter. What's good for the goose, as they say.

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Photo of jkdrummer
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice brownish red, the foamy head dies into a nice ring of lace. Aroma is nice too - full of roasted malt tones. The taste is sweet but with carmels and roasted malts. Spicy hops adds to this too. Reminds me of the Winterhooks from the early 1990's. Pick this one up for the holidays -- great beer at a great price. Recommended.


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Photo of Magpie14
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: ruby-brown in color, rather creamy head and strings of lacing

S: roasted malts, caramel, and spiced hops

T: nice malty sweetness, hops give polite spicy character. A tinge of orange peels, cherries and ever-so-soft cloves/cinnamon. Not sure where the hops went after a few sips...weak. Prominent malts and few holiday spices

M: nice mild to hefty body and medium carbonation. Kind of a wry finish. The taste vanishes kind of quickly and something thin and watery about the follow up

D: kind of regular winter warmer, nothing really stands out. Of the "garden variety" as they say

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Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served cool around 45º into a Boon tumbler glass. Brown with burnt orange edges. Hazy and reddish in direct light. Puffy cap of light tan foam that coats the glass with webby lace. Head retention is good, the skim never breaks and easily rejuvenates with a swirl.

Malty aroma with mild dried cherry buried into it, that manifests more in the flavor. It's light cherry flavor is hinted at under a smooth malty rush. Finishes a little dry with the barest hint of hops. Body is fairly light, no indication of alcohol. Definitely traditional, not overly sweet or spiced at all. A nice easy drinker for a cool fall night...

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.11/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is dark copper with good carbonation. The head is tall, brown and leave some lace.

The smell is good, the malt has a strong aroma of toast and brown sugar, with a bit of spice, but not much and for me that is great.

The taste is very good for the style Winter warmers are usually way over spiced for me. The malt is great, caramel and brown sugar, just a hint of spice and a very good balancing hopy finish.

The mouthfeel is good nice body and a good carbonation.

The drinkability is very good a must try brew. Prosit, MK

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this in bottle back in DECEMBER 06 fromthe Stadium Thrift Way in Tacoma and just now drank it. Poured a reddish brown in the glass. Almost no head. Rich malts and alcohol with subtle prune/raisin scents. The taste is similar but transitions to noticable citrus hops. Very nice Warmer a real delight to drink. Was good nad malty with some age on it.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, slightly hazy, with moderately thin light brown head.

Nose isn't too potent for a winter warmer, but contains holiday spice baked goods and some brown sugar.

On the palate the caramel & malt do modest battle with background hops, and there's a few miscellaneous spices in the mix. Sometimes cinnamon, maybe ginger, and yet still a baked cookie malt sweetness in between. Rather thin bodied too, and easy to drink for the style.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From my notebook, undated, sometime earlier this year.

Plum amber color, good clarity. Pretty nice head.

Fruity hops and malt density - almost tangerine/plum/strawberry flavor. How unusual.

It's got that thick Winter Warmer feel - heavy in the mouth, heavy on the malt. Still has the unusual fruit factor - exotic and tropical/fresh. Then we have a bit of alcohol on the back of the tongue. Dark roast to the malt - bitter espresso bean. Sticky caramel molasses sweet side. Bit of hop bitterness.

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Photo of stephens101
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well I thought I had finished with all the winter warmers I had in the fridge, but this one was hiding in the back. Good deal, I'm in the mood for something festive as it's been a blah week. Let's see here, it pours reddish-brown. A one-finger tan head fades quickly leaving no lacing behind. Smells of malts, light chocolate, some spice and a bit of tea. Tastes malty and spicy with a subtle earthiness in the background. Mouth-feel is smooth and light to medium bodied. Wouldn't mind having a few of these next year when the time comes.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a four finger off-white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Clear deep amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Spicy malty nose. Flavor is spicy with malts and hops balancing. Some bitterness at finish. $1.49 for a 12oz bottle from John's Marketplace Portland, OR.

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Photo of OKCNittany
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 1" thick tan head. Decent retention and lacing. Rich mahogany body.

S: Roasted malt. Dark fruit. A little alcohol as it warms.

T: Similar to the aroma. Roasted malt. Cherries. Raisins. A touch of hops brings great balance. A nice touch of spice as well.

M: Medium body. Above average carbonation. Dry finish - spicy with a decent bitterness.

D: For many, the lack of overwhelming spice is a negative, but not me. Any more than a touch & I have to wonder if I'm still drinking beer. This seems to get it just right.

That said, it's still just good - not great.

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Photo of beeragent
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer pours a medium copper, forming a creamy 1 inch tan head. Light spots of lace dot the glass. The aroma is a rich mix of malt and spices. The taste begins with a smooth malty caramel flavor, followed by a light mix of spices, and a hint of hops in the finish. Nothing too complex, but in this case, the simplicity works out well. Mouthfeel is very smooth, with a medium thickness. For a winter warmer, the medium abv. and full flavor make for a highly drinkable brew. Overall, this was one of my favorite holiday beers this season.

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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 rye726
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark ruby brown color with a nice tan head. Nose is very malty with some spices and earthy hops. Taste is again of dark sweet malts. Some nice fruits and candy as well. Good body and carbonation for the style. A little overly sweet, but a good example of the style.

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Photo of Rayek
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer was a mixed bag for me, but still better than many beers I've had.

A: Amazing thick tan head that stays with the beer the full way down the glass. Leaves a heavy lace. Dark walnut color. Quite cloudy, perhaps due to yeast in the bottle from the bottle conditioning.

S: Nice balance of sweetness and spice. I smelled a hint of tree sap and a touch of lemon zest.

T: I mostly tasted licorice and toffee. The licorice taste stuck with me throughout. Hops seem there mostly for balance, but add a touch of spice. The alcohol contents gives it some warmth going down.

M: My bottle was over carbonated. Medium body with a lot of fizz. I could feel the thickness of the malt, but the carbonation dominated too much for my tastes.

D: Certainly a nice winter beer. Not the best for me, but good. Hopefully the over carbonation of my batch was an anomaly.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

6-pack from Bevmo.

A - Dark chocolate in color, no visibility through pint glass, tan foam, which dissipates quickly.

S - Pepper, cinnamon, maple syrup, cranberries, yes cranberries.

T - Figs, figs, and more figs. Dark cherries, rum, and hickory.

M - Light pepper, very flavorful, carbonated, but carbonation offset by rich flavors. Slight notes of alcohol.

D - This beer will not taste very good to the average beer consumer, but if you look for the flavors and are picky, this is a great beer. Great for dessert and example of an English Strong or a Black Pale Ale.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a huge thick 3 finger head with awesome retention. Cloudy amber/brown color.

A variety of malts and spices come through the most noticeable of which is orange peel I also smell chocolate and caramel malting.

Taste is a nice caramel malt sweetness to start followed by a chocolate maltiness. Spiced overtones add a nice complexity.

Mouthfel is creamy and smooth. However, it is a little bit watery. Still good, though.

This beer is perfectly balanced and very easy to drink.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Into a sniffer glass, this pours slightly hazy mahogany with a very small topping of foam. The nose is full of nice toasty malt and lots of resinous hops. Flavor is not quite as interesting though: a bit of sweet grainy malt, and bitterness that's very low compared to what I was expecting from the nose. A little subtle spiciness and a fruity yeast character round it out nicely, though.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, but very dark ruby with a light tan head. Nose is light with a hoppy tone . Flavor is smooth. Slight bitter tone. Strong presence of hops, but nowhere near overpowering. Caramel. Very slight nut character. Overall, a decently complex flavor ride. Feel is good. Not overly syrupy like a lot of other winter warmers tend to be. Good bubble on it too. Very drinkable. Someone could drink a lot of these in a night if they wanted to. Would I? Probably not. It’s good, but it just doesn’t grab me as others have.

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Photo of ccrida
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic, Ebenezer is a dark murky cherry wood color with a medium sized khaki head that leaves heavy lace.

Smell is lots of earthy, spicy PNW hops, with an herbal mintiness and a hint of allspice, I really love it.

Taste is crisp, toasted biscuit malt with a dry, cedar like finish that I really dig. Lacking the fullness I look for in the style, but still nice. I really like it's dustiness in an IPA...

Mouthfeel is chewy and oily, medium-heavy body

Drinkability is pretty good, satisfying and quaffable . Not my favorite winter warmer, but a fine regional interpretation.

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Photo of Hollenbeck2
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my review

bottle from safeway

Pours dark brown

Minimal head, good lacing.

mildly smooth, a little bitter

Chocolate color in the glass, minimal head.

Well recommended if you like hoppy brews.

Will probably try next years version, not a session beer for me.

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Photo of walshclimb
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear medium to dark brown with thin head that dissipates quickly to just a film that barely covers the body. Really mild aroma is more malty than hoppy with a slightly leathery nose and a hint of vanilla and spice. Nice malty IF with a light hop bitterness and hint of other indistinguishable spice. Transitions quickly into a pleasantly lingering aftertaste that is bitter and eventually a little spicy. Medium to full bodied with a good creamy texture and a softish carbonation that makes this very drinkable. I consistenly buy at least a sixer of this every holiday season, partially because the local grocer always carries it. It is not as strongly flavored as some of the other holiday beers, but I am not always looking for that. Goes well with a holiday roast or any of the dessert pies.

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Ebenezer Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 445 ratings
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