Ebenezer Ale | BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

Ebenezer AleEbenezer Ale
444 Ratings
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: 444 |  Reviews: 249
Photo of deejaydan
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep red with a great amount of clarity and a decent head and retention. Aroma is slight, fruity, malty. Taste is refreshing, nothing special, but well blended and balanced. I think I pick a sweet cherry flavor in this, hops are none to speak of. The alcohol is well hidden. It is refreshing, and nice. Not offensive at all... but not outstanding...

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this bottle in the back of my mini beer fridge, all but forgotten. Brought back from Lake Havasu City, AZ over Spring Break. A random find at a wine shop, along with a bomber of Stone IPA. A little out of season I suppose.

Pours a dark garnet with a finger or two of cappucino froth on top. Nose is a striking apricot potpurri and peach schnapps. Taste continues with the schnapps, buttressed by christmas cookie spice and caramel malt. Mouthfeel is thin for a winter warmer, but welcome on a hot day like today. An interesting warmer here, smells delicious, tasted pretty good. Not overboard on the cinnamon and nutmeg like most in the style. Perhaps the age did this old man well.

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Photo of Rezzin
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark ruby red with a 1/2"f frothy and somewhat creamy beige head.

S - Not much in the aroma department. Cherries, malt, and maybe some alcohol notes.

T - Somewhat light on flavor but actually quite good. Malty and fruity... cherries, strawberries, cinnamon, a little spicy. Sweet and tart.

M - Moderate to highly carbonated. Almost soda like but not in a bad way.

D - This was one of the beers in a Winter Brews 10 pack from Cost Plus World Market for $9. This is the first one I tried. If this is any indication of the rest of the box, this is a great deal. Not a bad winter warmer.

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Photo of joedon
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
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 scottoale
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
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 Tupperwolf
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a cranberry-juice ruby in color with a fluffy, distinctive white head that lingers a lot longer than I expect, and leaves nice looking lacing.

Smells - tart spice, grapefruity hops, alcohol...

The taste gently warms with smooth alcohol, and has a nutty, fruity background. It's a hoppy winter ale, which I like - It tastes spiced, but is very pleasant, unlike many.

Smooth mouthfeel, with a fairly crisp, refreshing finish.

This is quite good; I've had some bad luck with winter beers this year, but this is one of the better ones. It's up there with Anchor's OSA.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours leaving no head, just a fine ring around the outside. Dark plum in color. The aroma is very faint. Just minor hints of raspberry fruit, nutty hops, and mild alcohol. Taste also has a low potency, although its a nice mix of cherry, raspberry, caramel and other sweet malt flavors. I would say it wasn't very spicy as you might expect from a winter warmer. Hops are low, taste is fairly dry, finish is kind of boring. Carbonation is nice, but its a bit thin/watery and could use more body. Drinkability is average, I would expect more overall flavor from this style of beer...

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Photo of ppoitras
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Secret Santa AKSmokedPorter. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a dense 1" tan head above the dark red brew. Head lasts and lasts, with heavy frothy lacing. Aroma is lightly hoppy and spicy. Taste is biscuity malts upfront, moving into spicy hops and dark fruits. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with nice drinkability as well. Very approachable for the sometimes overdone winter warmer style.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber garnet pour produces a thick, bubbly, 2 finger head of toasted beige foam that retains very nicely, leaving rather thick lace deposits as a reminder.

Aroma is sweet caramel malt and toasted grains, brown bread dusted with cocoa, and a festive pine, balsam, and spice hop note. Nice, but understated.

Flavor stands out a bit more with toffee/butterscotch, burnt brown sugar, light fruits, cherry preserves, figs, light chocolate, and a mild hop finish of floral pine and subtle spice.

Body is barely medium, but smooth and creamy, making it a pleasant drinker. If you're looking for a big, beefy, complex Winter Warmer, you may want to look elsewhere. This has a distinctly mild English nuance about it.

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

Pours a nice dark brown/ruby color, a little bit of carbonation, nice small head that dissaptes quickly, some nice lacing afterwards. Scents of chocolate, and fruits, slight malt as well. The taste is very nice of malt and sweet fruits (cherry), with a very little bitter aftertaste. Medium body. Very drinkable, would highly recommend. Not much of a warmer, but very tasty in deed.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Darkly ruddy dark bronze with a stationary cloud of fine yeast. The large, golden ecru cap is displaying remarkable persistence given its soft, airy nature. It's also stickier than it looks and is beginning to grace the glass with small sheets of bubble bath-like lace.

The aroma favors malt over hops, although neither one is tearin' up the joint. Sweet, lightly toasted barley and fruity hops comprise the nose, along with a subtle hint of Christmas-like spices. I believe that winter warmers should be a little more complex than this.

Considering the style, Ebenezer Ale has a lighter than usual touch. To me, it tastes like a winter warmer as conceived by an English brewer. That is, one who has added a wee bit of sweetness and sprinkling of spice to his standard pale ale. I'm getting that impression, I think, because of the English (herbal, fruity, tea-like) nature of the hops. A citric quality suggests an American influence as well.

The spices aren't prominent enough for me to attempt a guess, and the spiciness may be due solely to the hops anyway. Bitterness is minimal and is most noticed on the medium length finish. The mouthfeel is light-medium and the carbonation is middle of the road. When judged against what I feel a winter warmer should be, they're too light and too active respectively.

BridgePort's Ebenezer Ale is something of a Scrooge when it comes to ingredients, but is still a worthwhile beer. If you're looking for a boldly flavored, full-bodied, spice-intensive, complex sipper of a winter warmer, look elsewhere. If you're looking for a reasonably tasty, sessionable, 'snowblower' version of the style, then Ebenezer is your man.

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Photo of nvsblman
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown with some ruby highlights. Pillowy off-white head that quickly disappeared. The aroma is mostly spices and spruce. Sweet malty taste, some toffee, chocolate, cinnamon, but nicely balanced with a light hop finish. Creamy mouthfeel with lots of tiny bubbles. Try this one with some gingersnaps and you won't regret it!

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Photo of Chadbrew
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I poured it from the bottle there was yeast around the rim. Deep red like a really ripe Bing cherry, it has light even carbonation.
Smells a little fruity and sweet like a Christmas fruit cake but much more subdued. There is some spice and bread in there too.
Terrifically smooth initially with a light bitterness on the tip of my tongue. There is also a very pleasurable mix of spices that is so light as to just compliment what is a fairly heavy malt presence. I can detect a light cherry flavor in the finish.
Body is pretty good.
I like this beer but I really don't find spiced beer terribly drinkable. Thanks to Brewbacca for the brew.

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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark amber color with garnet highlights and a decent head that dissipates quickly and leaves strips of lacing

Smell: Malty, brown bread nose with a touch of dark fruit and some citrus

Taste: Starts out with a rather chocolate/cinnamon/cherry-like flavor that changes, mid-palate, as the citrusy bitterness kicks in; then, the sweetness returns and plays off the bitterness through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation; a bit lighter than expected

Drinkability: Interesting flavor combinations that I enjoyed even though it is a bit more bitter than the typical Winter Warmer

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Photo of thinkfull
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good beer overall. Odd that it is a seasonal beer rather than a year-round, as it seems more like most ales than most winter warmers. Reminded me of a Sam Adams, but I can't come up with which one.

The appearance was alright, I messed up one pour, but the second looked good. The head was full, although dissapated quickly and left little lacing.

Smell was malty and mild, with notes of cherry granola. The smell was good, but you have to search for it a bit, it doesn't seem like a particular smell was the point. However, this may improve with proper aging, or so I am told.

The flavor was sweet at first, but quickly settled into milk-chocolate maltyness. Some hops noticeable, but the malty characteristics stuck out more to me. The cherry did not appear in the flavor; the only fruit flavors was some citrus at the begining sweetness. Overall the taste was interesting and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel was great. The fizzyness was strong at first, subsiding as the flavors gained complexity. I am a very "flavor based" beer drinker, but the mouthfeel was the standout characteristics won this beer my vote.

Drinkability was actually too good. On the whole, winter warmers seem like sipping beers to me, and I had one Ebenezer in me before I even noticed!

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

Bottle has no freshness date. The beer appears a reddish mahogany with minimal head. The smell is rich. There are hints of coffee and plum and christmas pudding.

Carbonation tickles the tongue before a creamy celery flavour is joined at the party by some roasted malt. There is a slight hint of banana in the aftertaste. Hops are apparent but never dominant although they do seem to play more of a role as the beer warms. This seems like a less potent (in taste not alcohol terms), more subtle take on Deschutes Jubelale. It is well balanced and very pleasant.

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Photo of oberon
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a rich amber with an ample creamy looking head that left sheets of lace as it settled,aroams are pretty subtle I picked up some cherry and cinnamon mainly but not real strong.This warmer has some complexities that make me give it higher taste ratings although they dont blow your mind,holiday spice cinnamon nutmeg maybe a touch of clove and dark fruit over top a bready-like elemant I really liked the somewhat earthy dryer finish .A tad thin I think I was hoping for something robust but its quaffable for a winter seasonal.Like I said there is some complexities but the beer is pretty subtle,not bad.

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Photo of Zorro
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear ruby colored ale with an off white head.

Smell is strong with the scent of pine hops or possibly spruce was added. The pine/spruce scent gets in the way a little bit but scents of cinnamon lemon, and eucalyptus are in here too.

Taste is mild cream and chocolate at the start with a fairly strong citrus hop zip to it. Bit of fig flavor and fairly good bitter snap in the finish. Spice flavors are in here but get lost in the other big flavors. Cinnamon and ginger are the only ones strong enough to make it past the hops and dark malts.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An OK winter beer here but I know of many that are better. Nice strong spiced ESB is what this really is. Tasty but it isn't as drinkable as many others are.

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

I like this beer despite its somewhat over-cheesy red metallic label.

Strong pour elicits ample head and moderate lacing. Color is of very strong iced tea.

Smells of spice and alcohol with a hint of strawberries.

Good spice and malt flavors with nutty molasses and tangy aftertaste with some lingering apple - nice mouthfeel.

Good session beer up and down.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Incredible firm, frothy head over a ruby-amber clear body. Lots of carbonation. Not much lace.

S: Roasted malt and pine-scent hops. Not a heavy aroma.

T: Better than average richness. The 40 IBU is nearing my upper limits (I'm definitely no hop-head) without a heavy load of malt sweetness and that is what this is without: much maltiness. It's there, to be sure, but not what I expect in a winter warmer.

M: A bit thin. For all that head, there's not a very rich mouthfeel.

D: There's just not enough going on here to warrant drinking much of this at 6.4%.

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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 xoqx
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nearly garnet reddish brown with a tan two-finger head with good retention and wispy lacing. The smell is of dark, heavy citrus with a caramelly malted undertow. The flavor and mouthfeel explode together as rich caramel and chocolate flavors intermingle with herbal and fruity hop tastes. The finish is moderately long, but the feel is very carbonated (but not overly so) and creamy. This beer is crisper and spicier than a lot of other winter ales and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since I drank it.

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Photo of kgotcher
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark Ruby to brown color with light tan head and nice lacings.

Smell is malty with spice and a little piney hops. Medium body with a very dry finish. Some alchohol warming is noticable. Taste is very spicy which hides much of the malty sweetness. Not bad but could be smoother or more balanced.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown, with a red tint to it. The head is tan. It fades slowly leaving very few laces. It smells slightly fruity. It also has a slightly spicy aroma. There is not much to the aroma. I think the only thing I can put a name to is a slight grape like aroma. I can not detect any hop presence. It has a nice toasted malt taste. I can taste grapes slightly. As with the arome, I taste no hops at all. It has a very slight cinnimon taste, but not much. This beer is sort of lacking on flavor and aroma. Perhaps some more hops and some spices would help. This beer goes down smooth. It is carbonated well. It leaves a sweet taste on my palate. This beer would make a good session beer because it is low in alcohol, and the flavor is very non aggressive. I doubt I will try this one again.

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Photo of misterscooter
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The dark, coffee brown beer shows a little red on the edges when held up to the light. Because of sediment, the pour was extra careful and didn't elicit much of a head at all.

Not much smell to this one. When I finally figured out what I thought I was smelling, I took a taste and realized that it was a grape/red wine smell. Maybe a mulled wine. This one didn't taste bad and would be a good warmer but I did feel like someone had taken a standard beer with some nice maltiness and thrown in a splash of wine. I can't think of too often that I would want that. I usually want a wine or a beer. But not together.

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Ebenezer Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 444 ratings
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