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 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 bump8628
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decent English-style Winter Warmer. Balanced between a biscuit, fruit cake, and treacle malt body and a brief flash of earthy hop bitterness. More of either would be appreciated, but I can still find plenty to like from a balanced, easy-drinking, value-priced ale. The fullness and mouthfeel is the only major detriment - way too thin for anything meant to fortify one in cold weather.

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Photo of Redrover
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with a festive label. Poured into a SA perfect pint glass, the beer is a hazy brown with amber highlights. It has a thick and clingy tan head.

The beer has an aroma of grains and a bit of brown sugar.

The taste is a mix of dark malt, brown sugar, toffee and a bit of plum. There is more than a touch of alcohol heat which is surprising considering the ABV.

The mouth is pleasantly thick and may be my favorite part of the beer as the brewer nailed it.

If it had a bit more of a nose and bit less alcohol heat, this would be a serial repeater.

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Photo of rinhaak
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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 champ103
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bright and clear reddish/brown color. At first a two finger white head forms, but recedes to a ring that sticks throughout. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: Very subtle, but nice. Light toasted malt, sweet caramel. Spice, cinnamon, even a light minty aroma. I like it.
T: Toasted malts and a light sweetness again. A light spice and and minty flavor. Very subtle, but I like it.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Fairly smooth and clean. So easy to drink. A great beer for the holiday parties.

This is very simple, subtle, but all around enjoyable. I will be buying more. Something I would recommend.

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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 dexterk1
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has good color and nice smell. Smell is actually very good. Not too heavy or overbearing. You can taste the hops but they are subtle. Malt is present as well and is more pronounced than the hops are. Over all it is nice seasonal beer for winter. Not top of that category but definitely worth a try.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear copper brown with a medium head. Nose is pretty heavily spiced: cardamom, coriander seed, nutmeg. Some dark fruits. Flavor is nicely dry highlighted by those holiday spices, faintly Indian. A slight malty sweetness swells up, and the finish is long and spicy. Not my favorite style, but pretty nice.

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Photo of MadTown1000
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes.

Appearance: Dark brown-copper-gold, little foam around the edges

Taste: Sweet with malt on the back of the tongue, floral hops obvious. Not much alcohol evident, or carbonation. Alcohol appears in aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Not much body, floral aftertaste holds on a long while.

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Photo of mactrail
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely coppery amber in the chalice. Quite nice creamy carbonation and rich mouthfeel. Tasted at cellar temperature. Rather sharp but plenty of roasted malt. Just not very sweet or rich. Liquorice is the main spicy flavor. Touch of hops but not notable.

This has been in the basement for a few months, and seems to have lost a bit of the sweetness I remember. But quite clean and highly drinkable.

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Photo of BigE90
4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drink this one right out of the bottle as it is one of my favorite winter warmers, right next to Jubelale. I was able to score another 6 pack of this years batch before it is replaced by all the spring beers.

A great deep mahogany color (from previous pours into the glass) this should have some flavor to it when you look at it and it does.

Smell's of fruit and hops.

Taste is very appealing to me, you know you are drinking a winter beer, full of spice and flavor with a clean hops finish. A bit bold at first but fades quickly with no real aftertaste or lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good, again you know you are drinking a great medium body beer, not to light nor to dark. Great for pounding back a 6 pack in an evening if need be.

Overall I rate high as I go back and forth between this and Jubelale as my winter refreshment. This is just a little lighter than Jubel so depending on how I feel, it hits the spot!

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Photo of birdypowder
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Put Ebenezer into a room full of Ambers and he wouldn't stick out so much. However, amongst the winter warmers he's left out in the cold.

Appearance: This and drinkability were the beer's strong suits. A gorgeous deep hazy amber capped with a respectable off-white head of foam got things started off right. Lacing was decent.

Aroma: Everything was very subdued but with some effort the aroma was mildly complex and comprised of dark fruit and chocolate, slight fig and faint spice. Some mild leather and a hint of DMS were also present.

Taste: A malt forward brew with some caramel and fruit but nothing too interesting. Hops add possibly a bit of spice but are relegated to a supporting role and do not intrigue.

Mouthfeel: A bit light for the style.

Drinkability: Good for the style. There aren't really any problems with this beer, it's decent and enjoyable but bland for a winter warmer.

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Photo of Elendinn
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a half-pint pilsner glass.

Upon being poured, Ebenezer is a dark, moderately-translucent, gradient ensemble -- dark, cola-like brown in the middle, becoming a progressively-lighter copper as it tapers outwards; not much of a head, though it was poured slowly, just a thin cap of faintly off-white foam, and only a modicum of lacing. Not a whole lot going on here aesthetically, but it still manages to look rather appealing.

Not a whole lot going on in the nose, either: a bit of malty caramel or brown sugar, nicely balanced by some subtle, fruity hops, spices (nutmeg and cinnamon, perhaps), and bread. Simple, but pleasing.

On the tongue, it's not much different: malty up front, balanced by an undercurrent of passive hops, with a bit of pleasant spice and bread rounding out the backend. Despite the timidness of the flavors and the lack of anything remotely akin to complexity, I appreciate what it's trying to do. It's not as hoppy as many of the winter warmers I've tried recently, which I think better suits the style, though I wish the malt and spices were more prevalent.

It's a pretty thin-bodied beer with a fair amount of vibrant carbonation. Not what I want in a winter warmer, but what I've routinely come to expect.

I've yet to be impressed by a winter warmer and, sadly, Ebenezer is no exception. That being said, it _is_ one of the better examples of the style I've had, but there's still so much room for improvement. It's a great value, though, and so drinkable that I'd be happy to purchase it again to see me through next winter, whilst continuing my hunt for something better.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is a deep copper with a little ruby. The head is about one finger at best and tan in color. No residual foam after the pour and hardly any bubbling.

The aroma has a more malty and faintly earthy smell of Christmas. Rich bread and biscuit malts with lots of caramel aromas.

The taste has a nice, muted X-mas flavor. You get some Cinnamon and cardamon, but well mingled with breads, biscuits, fruit cake, and un-malted grains. The soft dash of alcohol helps the X-mas warmth of this Bah-Humbug beer.

Very flavorful and sessionable Winter Warmer that has just a little abv. warmth on the finish.

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Photo of bum732
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

S: X-mas spices, some spruce, clove/nutmeg/ginger, lots of cinnamon sweetness, almost like fresh baked snickerdoodles.

L: Slight amber-orange, light tan head.

T: Slightly fruity sweet, caramel malt with a herbal slightly spicy finish. Low bitterness leading to slight spicy dryness with just a touch of roast.

M: Fairly thin mouthfeel for the style, low carbonation.

Nose on this is fantastic, screams of Christmas. Unfortunately, the taste doesn't match the aroma. The mouthfeel was also surprisingly thin, this beer should be bigger. Not bad though.

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Photo of benclimbs
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours red brown with a slight head and a bit of lacing

smell is nice, bit of nutty malts, spice driven, decent but not overly exciting.

taste is just ok - reminds me of a lot of english/scottish winter warmers had on cask when living there, but the worse half...simple, lagery smoothness/unexciting profile finished by a dry, non-complex hop bitterness.

not overly exciting but somewhat drinkable, probably wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a slightly hazy rusty colour with a 1 finger head of foam and does very nicely with the lacing.

The smell has some nice sweet malt that also reminds me of sweeter fruits and a light touch of bitterness.

Sweet malt dominates the taste but again, I'm getting or at least perceiving some fruit to this WW and the fruit in the taste adds more of a semi tart, more of a bitter flavour and sort of tempers and later, takes over, from what the malt brings to the table. I like the taste but I wish the malt could have been left to do its thing and actually stand out.

Medium body, medium...check that..more of a light carbonation and is nice and smooth.

Drinkability is fine and the 6er will be enjoyed; I'd enjoy it more if it was more focused. If that makes any sense.

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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 Bizz88
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy dark amber, minimal tan head with next to nothing lacing, Ebenezer indeed. Malty roast carmel on the nose and not much else I'm sorry to say. On the palate a warm fruity spicey citrus affair with a medium body and good carbonation, fooled me. I would have to say all in all, sure!

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Photo of jdense
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle gifted from buddy for Xmas, consumed 12.27.10, poured into pint glass. Had this several times before different vintages, first review from current version.

Finger and a half off white head, dark reddish brown clear body hard to discern any visible carbonation until held up to bright light which revealed multiple trails of carbonation, significant lacing retained after pretty slow dissipation. Sweet malty nose, toffee more than caramel (or is that treacle?) a bit of roast and spicy brown bread, noble hops. Taste pretty sweet up front, mirrors the nose but hops are pretty faint at best. Mouthfeel on the full side of medium, average effervescence, some stickiness. Decent drinkability, could have several of these, though the sweetness ends up being a trifle cloying.

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Photo of notsoprobeer
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The tasting:  Poured a golden orange with an off-white head that lingered for most of the drink.  Nice lacing on the glass.  Aroma is not very strong, but I'm picking up some malts.  Flavor is mostly caramel malts.  Hops take a backseat this this beer as it has little hop flavor or bitterness.  Light to medium bodied, nice carbonation, and very drinkable.  Personally, I would like it to be a touch heavier.

I've been drinking Ebenezer throughout the years.  It's a great winter brew.  Try it out if you want something with a rich flavor, but without the heaviness.

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Photo of Hoopster4hire
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass from a bottle

Copper, amber hue when poured with an off white lace that trailed the entire time

Aroma of roasted nuts, nutmeg and a slight coffee aroma

Quite malty with a nice spice background. Fig, almond and slight hazelnut taste with the taste of nutmeg, faint cinnamon and toffee.

Slightly overcarbonated, but not too overwhelming.

Fairly drinkable but after a few you begin to feel a little heavy, both in the head and stomach.

Pretty good winter warmer, nothing too amazing. A great beer to have by the fire or on a cold, rainy day where you sit around and watch movies

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Photo of csiewert
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Classic nut brown ale with some spiciness to it. Pour a dark amber color with a little off white foamy head. Aroma is strong with malt and nutty notes. Tastes of the same qualities and finishes smooth. Mouthfeel is good with the right amount of carbonation. Overall a good beer for those who like brown ales.

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

Pours a hazy dark copper with a thin tan head. Smells of dried fruit and cut hay. Taste is spicy fruit up front, a wheat bread middle and a hint of cinnamon in the finish. Earthy hop bitterness as well. Mouthfeel is smooth, low carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good. A pretty good beer overall.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy dark orange brown. 1 finger of tan head.

S - Dark malts, candied oranges, faint cinnamon apple. Unkown fruits. I had to really try and find anything in the nose. Overall the aroma was pretty subdued.

T - Spicy wheat breadiness, a good amount of toasted toffee malt, spiced oranges, over-ripened red grapes. Good hop presence. Has a soft spice blend that I couldn't quite pick out.

M - Moderate carbonation, light to medium body.

Nice malt flavors but a very faint nose on this one. Drinks very easy and finishes dry. Seems a bit thin for a Winter Warmer but a tasty beer nonetheless. I would get this again.

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Ebenezer Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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