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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Reviews: 248 | Ratings: 443
Photo of chilidog
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A holiday beer exchange request on my part, sought out and found by mrpicklerelish, many thanks. It pours a deep mahogany color with a large soft fluffy off white head. Web like lace, very nice. The aroma was fruity, cranberry, yet a hint of sweet perhaps from the spiced malt. The spice carried over in the taste but not to strong while other flavors of caramel and raisin are balanced nice by an alcohol backed hop. The alcohol is soothing, not harsh making this a soft and mellow easy drinker.(if you like spiced beers) The mouth is left alittle dry while alittle hop lingers. Thisone makes a nice festive winter warmer.

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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 RoyalT
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Mostly brown in color with an orangish hue and very clear. The head was big and foamy and a little tan.

Smell – Thick, musty malt aroma with the promise of sugar and hops. There’s also a very heavy spice in there that I can’t identify.

Taste – The unidentifiable spice from the nose shows up big time at the taste. It’s maybe a cross between very dark chocolate and molasses. There’s a hop balance here for show, but the dark malt leads the way.

Mouthfeel – This felt a little clumsy in the mouth. It’s only medium-bodied, but there’s a small refreshing dryness that helps things along.

Drinkability – This went down well enough, but it simply can’t keep pace with the many other good examples found in this category.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark maroon with brown highlights. Virtually no head but nice carbonation and great lace. Aroma is sweet, depp heavy malt with molasses and caramel with a hint of chocolate. Taste is sweet malt with dry alocoholic biscuity middle with some pronounced spicy bitterness on the back end.

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Photo of filabrazilia
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dark copper ale with a creamy light brown head. The lace clings to the glass in sheets.

There is a carmel malty smell with a hint of alcohol.

There is a subtle roasted malt flavor with a nice balance of mild hops. This is an earthy brew that has a clean, dry finish.

The mouthfeel is nice and creamy on the tongue.

This is a mildly rich beer that is very easy to drink. A fine holiday beer that can be enjoyed anytime.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a clear mahogany color and a firm ½" light tan head that deposited rings of lace in the glass. Had a heavy malt aroma with accompanying raisin and caramel scents and a hint of spice. The taste was all-malt, all the time. Lots of roasted malt and a fruitcake-like blend of raisin, plum, and dates finished with a moderately spicy bite. The malt profile definitely shoulders the load, flavor-wise. The feel was medium-bodied, smooth and a bit slick.
I wasn't too impressed with this beer at first taste but it quickly grew on me and I was amazed at how easily drinkable it became. A nice after dinner relaxer.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Ebeneezer Ale poured a dark mahogany with a good light tan head made up of medium sized bubbles that quickly went down to a thin layer. It has a nice, complex aroma of malts, spices with some fruitiness and alcohol. The initial taste is malts with some sweet, yet tart, fruitiness. It has a nice hop finish with a kind of mediciney aftertaste. The tastes mellowed out and balanced better as I drank more and it warmed up.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep crimson color, clear and light at bottom, and adorned with a generous, cream-colored head of foam.
Aroma: interesting...a bit harsh at first, whiskey-ish, alcohol stands firm and foremost in the nose (though it's not terribly strong), with underlying fruit (plums, cherries, berries, grapes) and spices, and it becomes sweeter and rosier as it unfolds.
Taste: very agreeable on the palate, quite smooth and mellow, with with a rich, roasty, tasty flavor all the way through. Highly drinkable, medium bodied, decent, fruity finish. A very happy little X-Mas brew, certain to please even a Scrooge. Humbug, this ain't!
Big thanks to Gusler for providing!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very clear amber color when held up to the light, otherwise it is brown with a tan head. Aroma notes of raisin, rum, perhaps some cherry, definitely malty and an ale. Lightly sweet in the front, there are notes and hints of chocolate, raisins, and other dark fruits. A bit over carbonated for a beer that should be served at cellar temperatures, though a quick swirling of my glass takes care of this deficiency. A smooth cream soda type of feel & taste to this beer. Evokes memories of vanilla. Curiously this bottle conditioned ale has the least amount of sediment (barely a faint ring at the bottom) I have ever seen in a bottle conditioned "real" ale. Definitely a nice beer to be sipping on a cold fall night.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark ruby, amber-tinted beer. The aroma and first sip are very herbal, with some light spiciness, and a sprucey hop bitterness. Malts slowly assert themselves to be sweet, toffeeish and dominant. I'm not sure what, if any, spices were used here but there does seem to be an overwhelming herbalness. This may be solely from the hops. Over time, the malts stretch themselves out and really carry the beer. Mouthfeel is decidedly unsticky which is welcome for such a sweet, malty beer. I didn't particularly like it at first, but over the course of the pint it really sank its claws into me and at the end I wanted another. This may be due to its excellent aftertaste.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear deep red, with a thick white head. The Aroma is a blend of fruity esters and spicy hops.The taste is rich with a sweet carmel malt background and a bitter finish. A little higher gravity makes this a great beer to have during the winter.

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Photo of woemad
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $1.09. Poured a reddish brown with a modest head that didn't hang around for more than a couple of minutes. Fairly complex, perfumy aroma with sweet malts and elements of tropical fruits, cinnamon and pepper. Taste starts out with sweet fruity malt flavor along with a peppery zing, ending with a well balanced dry hoppy finish. Mouthfeel was average - neither thick nor thin. Not a bad thing to sip on a cold November day as I watch the Seahawks batter the Lions.

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Photo of arizcards
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Original Review 11-16-2003
A - This fine brownish red holiday ale poured a tremendous head leaving a generous lacing on my glass. 4.0
S - Definitely touched with something sweet smelling, perhaps a hint of banana. 4.0
T - The taste is the best I have had in this year's holiday ale crop. Well balanced but surprisingly nice dry hop finish. The first sipped reminded me of the well balanced IPA that I love. 4.5
M - There is the semi heavy holiday ale mouthfeel. 4.0
O - This is an extremely drinkable holiday ale that will be recommended!

Re-review 1-21-2012. Picked up a single at Total Wine a few weeks back for 99 cents.
A - The brew poured reddish-brown with a good size head upon initial pour that is floating. 4.0.
S - Hints of carmelized malts, somewhat nutty. 3.5.
T - Taste is carmelized malts, roasted nuts,and a decent amount of nortwest hops that lead to a dry finish. 4.0
M - Mouthfeel is mediumbodied and somewhat smooth. 3.5
O - Overall this is a pretty tasty brew, a multi tiered malt profile and enough hops make this a slightly different brew.

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Photo of Gusler
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Release 2003
On the pour a deep sanguineous color, the head mountainous, semi-creamy and a beauteous light tan and as it slowly erodes the lace forms a glutinous sheet to seal off the glass. What comes to my mind first is over ripe bananas, and even very ripe cantaloupe, but more than that perfume like and exotic spices, cinnamon and vanilla, sweet, fresh, clean, and a real treat to the olfactory and ocular senses, with the start ambrosial, top is moderate in its feel. Finish is temperate in its acidity, the hops vigorous in their spiciness, dry and lingering aftertaste, a fine drinking beer and I must say better this year than last I think the winter beers more to my liking than any other time of the year.

Release 2002 3.55
On the pour, the beer appears a deep amber color with the head purposeful in size and frothy in texture, the left over lace is a fine sheet to coat the glass. Big malt nose, caramel, crisp and clean with a sweet start. Top is moderate in feel, the finish pertinently carbonated, provocatively hopped with a dry aftertaste.

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Photo of rkhaze
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fall 2003 batch. Pours a clear red-amber color with tons of carbonation bubbles. A small but dense cream colored head that leaves good lacing and lasts all the way to the bottom. The aroma is sweet, fruity and malty. Tastes of sweet malt up front with a little fruit(plum?) and some spices(allspice, light on the cinnamon) that I can only identify as tasting like Christmas. Yea...I know that sounds dorky, but anyway it's followed by a tangy, spicy hop bitterness and a mild alcohol warmth.
Nice creamy, thick mouthfeel that I love in this style of beer. The carbonation helps to cut the rich mouthfeel and adds to the drinkability. A nice beer, certainly worth trying.

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Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok its winter 2004 Ebenezer!!!
Comes in the typical Bridgeport shaped brown 12 oz bottle.
A most attractive ale in the glass nice garnet colour with a large off white head that stays..
Very nice fruity aroma.. malty
mm nice sweet creamy malt taste at first then a almost IPA like bitterness as the hops spring out of no were..then a rather nice mellow alcoholc warmth in the throat.
Very smooth on the palate..nice
Quite drinkable tonight ..theres a wee bit of chill in the air and this goes down well.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber color, medium head. Aroma is cherry. Mild tasting ale, mild malts and slightly spicy, although its more fruity than malty. Kind of an average and mild tasting beer, as winter warmers go. There is a slightly metallic taste. Mouthfeel is a little harsh. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is little bitter and somewhat fruity.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.14/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Originally sampled on 12 March 2003. I am writing this review from my notes. This beer is hazy copper colored w/ virtually no head. it has a slightly sweet taste up front w/ a clean finish. In the nose, I can get a hint of molasses. Thanks for this one, beerguy101

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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 BeerManDan
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice dark brown with a off white foam with a nice lace. The smell was of malty grains and hops with a hint of mountain pine. The taste was also pleasant, with malty grains, hops and a hint of spices and a touch of citrus. The sweet bitterness is well balanced on the palate..

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Photo of 49degrees
4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another excellent addition to the Bridgeport lineup of distinct and very enjoyable ales. Recently snatched a sixer of these and numerous other goodies out for friends and familar during New Year's last night and everyone commented highly on Ebenezer, even those who generally don't drink craft styled brews.

This rich and extremely full bodied ale pours very well and delivers a very nice woft of sweet malty aroma. Gives off a decent sized, long lasting head with good lacing.

A rich and sweet tasting ale that delivers hints of toffee, caramel, and a hint of spiciness. I enjoyed this both as an afternoon warming drink as well as an after dinner teaser to go along with some left over Xmas cake. A double duty brew that's worth taking a closer look at when the opportunity arises.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many thinks to my roomy and the person that did the beer exchange. Otherwise I may never have tasted this beer. The smell is sweet with a hint of hops. Pours amber in color with a small head. The mouthfeel is so mellow and smooth and a bit dry. Well balanced and easy drinking for a higher alcohol beer. I do get that warming feeling in the end as well.

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Photo of StevieW
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark reddish color. Nice fuzzy light tan head. Malty, rich sweet smell. Sweetness, noticable cherries taste. Subtle hoppy finish. Thin warming feel, and finish. Lugged this one back from California vacation, wasn't skunked. Nice fruity, winter beer. Very appropriate for the style. Great name and label as well, nothing like old Scrooge staring back at you from a beer bottle...............

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