Bridgeport Sūpris
BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Pale Ale - Belgian
3.64 | pDev: 16.48%
BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Dubbercody from Washington

3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle Pour- poured to leave out bottom dwelling yeast. Straw/light honey color. Light head, little to no lacing. Slight Belgian taste to it, grassy summery taste. Should taste great on a hot afternoon pulled from an ice filled kiddie pool.

Gotta say Bridgeport makes a great beer and good on them to do something different with this one.

Feb 05, 2007
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arizcards from North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Sportsmans for $1.45 back in late September.

Beer poured a golden color with a white head that is leaving a bit of lacing behind. Nose is of grassy hops. Taste is interesting, of grassy hops, sweet malts, a hint of citrusy hops, and a hint of spice. Moutfeel is light to meduim bodied, crisp and clean going down. Drinkability is good. This is a nice refreshing beer that is going down well on a 70 degree winter day!

Feb 04, 2007
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Wasatch from Colorado

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

Pours a cloudy yellowish color, nice carbonation, head disappears quite quickly, some lacing is around though. Scents of malts, hops, yeast, grassy wheat, citrus, and slight spices. The taste is kinda fruity, hoppy, with a grassy wheat tone, nice clean finish. Light - Medium body, a complex brew, lots of stuff going on in there. Drinkable, would recommend.

Dec 15, 2006
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watermelonman from California

3.07/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This poured to a light yellow without much fanface. The head was small and quickly faded to a ring, and there's no real lace.

The smell is decent, with light hops and floral tones giving flavor. The taste is dominated by pale malts with a small amount of esters. Grain flavors come through in the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly thin.

Oct 08, 2006
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DogFood11 from California

2.09/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pounder glass it forms a loose white head that leaves sliding lace behind and eventually falls to a cover. Pale yellow with uniform medium sized carbonation and a very hazy body.

A light fruitiness is the nuts and bolts of this. Ever so slightly bananna undertones. Carbonation is sharp. The beer finishes mixed up and there really is nothing to clean about this. Aftertaste is lingering and gets overly sweet as it warms up a bit.

Notes: I won't be buying this anytime soon. It's far from a trainwreck its just uneventfull and not refreshing which is what I would want out of a good blonde ale.

Sep 16, 2006
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alexgash from Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very wittish, light cloudy golden with a lemony sheen. Light and breezy, white head that sticks around. Looks refreshing on this 105 degree day! Wheaty malt notes on the nose with a definite Belgian kick. Yeasty and even a bit Orvalish. Nice. Smooth, mellow wheat malt protein sweetness up front. Yeasty. Prickly, lively mouthfeel carries in a zesty citrus bitterness. Turns wheat bitter and more herbal in the finish. A hint of sour in there I swear, and if I'm wrong, then there should be.

Jul 29, 2006
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MLegendre from Oregon

2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Very brite yellow, almost appears to be glowing, and slightly cloudy, but not so cloudy that I can't see some of the bubbles rushing to the top of the glass. Very thin head that disapeared in seconds. Leaves no lacing.

S: Smelled very strongly of wheat, and a bit of citrus.

T: As the bottle suggests I am quite suprised. This packed quite a bit of flavor, more then I expected. Starts of with a strong taste of grain and wheat (similar to a witbier) , followed by very tangy citrus. At first I liked it, it had a very original taste to it, but the more I drank the more it started to lose some of that originality and taste like any other belgian. As I finished it I had become completly bored with it.

M: Slightly thick, with quite a bit of carbonation. Not bad, but nothing special.

D: I can't say I was too thrilled with it. I doubt I would ever get again. I can't call it a bad beer, just not something to get too excited for.

Jul 23, 2006
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RBorsato from Virginia

4.8/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasted at the BridgePort Brewing Co./Brewpub in Portland, OR on 06/15/06.

Lightly cloudy yellowish-straw color with a low but decent white head and nice carbonation. Nice Belgian yeasty farmhouse/barnyard aroma and flavor with grainy malt character. Moderately complex with great overall balance in all aspects. Medium bodied but very refreshing.

A very nice example of the style ! Make it year-round and ship it Eastwards PLEASE !

Per BB website:
Malts: European two-row malt
Hops: Styrian, Saaz and Hallertau Hersbrucker
ABV: 6.0%, OG: 14.5, IBUs: 17

Jul 20, 2006
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RJLarse from Washington

3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a six-pack of Bridgeport Supris at a grocery store to taste, review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a rich yellow/gold color and is cloudy. A small fizzy head forms and dissipates quickly to a thin champagne style head. The head produces virtually no lacing on the sides of the glass while drinking.

The smell is fairly strong, sweet floral and fruity.

The taste is also quite fruity. It tastes like melons, cantaloupe and honey dew perhaps. There is also a spice flavor that is hard to describe. All of this is followed up by a mild and complex hop flavor. It’s hoppy bit not at all bitter.

The mouth feel is clean and crisp and refreshing. The beer is significantly carbonated.

This is a very drinkable beer, and a bit of an unusual one for me. I’m not very well acquainted with the style. It’s a great thirst quencher, light and crisp, and still very full flavored. It is very good and I think I’ll have it again.

Jul 16, 2006
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woemad from Washington

3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle picked up at Huckleberry’s in Spokane. Is it just me, or is it a little weird to do a Belgian pale ale as a winter seasonal beer?

Pours a hazy gold color. Big, sudsy white head that drops relatively quickly. Modest lace that leaves vague spots behind.

The smell is lemony, peppery and earthy. Smells more like a wit than a pale, though a little more bitter and earthy than one would expect from the former style.

The taste is filled with funky Belgian yeast. The fruit flavors kick in with a slightly sour lemon-ish taste, balanced with mild spices. There’s an earthy grain flavor lingering in the background. Finishes a tad dry.

This would make an outstanding warm weather beer. I’m really curious why Bridgeport chose to go in this direction, and why they didn’t do it in the spring or summer, as it’d be a better fit.

Jul 04, 2006
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Burnished gold with lemon peel highlights and a haze of superfine yeast. The amount of carbonation isn't quite Belgian in character, but it is on the generous side. Lightly creamy and somewhat stiff, the eggshell white head looks good atop the beer. Unfortunately, it doesn't possess quite enough stickiness and results in nothing more than a barely acceptable amount of lace. It looks good while it lasts though.

Yep, the beer smells like a Belgain Pale Ale. Untoasted pale malt gets lost in the shuffle and isn't really missed. It's obvious that Supris is a hop-focused beer and is almost certainly a better beer for it. The hop bill consists of Styrian Goldings, Saaz and Hallertauer Hersbrucker, with the floral spiciness of the Saaz in the lead. Aromatic and appealing.

Supris is delicious and is one of the few Belgian-style beers brewed in the U.S. (except those brewed by the masters at Allagash, Russian River, et al) that actually tastes Belgian. Gotta be the authentic, kick-ass yeast strain. The beer is more blonde malty and is sweeter than most; characteristics that don't make it better or worse, they just make it a little different.

Actually, it's very well-balanced with sugar cookie-like pale malt, floral-herbal hops and clovespicy yeast holding down equal thirds of the flavor profile. This is a bold, flavorful version that follows the classic style guidelines while throwing in an American twist. Maybe it's simply a matter of my knowing who brewed it, but I do believe that I could identify Supris as an American-brewed BPA if blinded.

Warming results in even more flavor with the sweet malt lying more heavily on the tongue and the clovespice becoming even more pungeant. Both are welcome developments. The body is medium-full for the style. The initially busy amount of carbonation winds down in stages and could fairly be described as lazy by the final few swallows.

Supris is very good beer and can hold its head high when hobnobbing with BPAs from the continent. The brewers at BridgePort have a winner here and should be proud of their ability to pull off what very few U.S. breweries will even attempt.

Jun 26, 2006
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a frothy, initially two-finger thick, pale tan colored head that sits a top a hazy lightly orange tinged, bright gold colored beer. The aroma is bright as well with notes of key limes, sweet grassy-grain notes, and even a touch of sweeter citrus fruits like tangerines or even some orange notes.

The beer is definitely a tad too cold right now, it is nice a cooling on this hot summer afternoon though. Light notes of citrus come through as well as some grassy-herbal hop notes. This beer finishes with a solid hop bitterness that adds a bit of a bite to this beer. Also in the finish is a bit of a tart note, which couples quite well with the lemony citrus notes. This beer has quite a bit more flavor than I was expecting, it is still very easy drinking though, and is certainly nice refreshment on a hot day.

Jun 25, 2006
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loren01 from Washington

4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from bottle into standard pint glass. I would say color is halfway between a hefeweizen and a bud light.
S: Smell is yeasty, strong banana flavor.
T: Taste is sweet, fruity. Some vanilla and banana flavors. Great tasting beer.
M: Carbonation is right on. Light and refreshing.
D: Its pretty rare that a beer so light has so much flavor, this one is an exception. Huge amount of flavor. If you like banana flavors you will like this one. Had this on tap and it was just beyond awesome, not too bad from a bottle either.

Jun 23, 2006
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JohnY from Oregon

3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer at one of the first places in the Northwest to tap a keg of this beer. On tap it pours rather flat with almost no head and no lacing to be seen. Cloudy yellow in color. Low carbonation. Slight coriander and citrus spice. Overall dissapointing. Definately better in the bottle (seemed to have more flavor with the bottle conditioning). Pick it up in the bottle if you have a chance. No match to the orginal Blond Belgian style.

Jun 20, 2006
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jongillin from Colorado

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

The beer that I poured turned out a nice clear golden color. However, I did notice that some others in the six pack faired not as well. I can only rate on the beer I drank, so, I maintain my 4.0 on color for this beer. It did have a nice white lacy head that started large and dissipated quickly.
The smell was very hopy and some hints of fruit/citrus with some grassy notes as well.
Taste was typical of the Belgian style. Heavy on the spices and strong with the hops as well. Good but not as well balanced as some the imported Belgians.
Mouthfeel was crisp and clean. Had a great finish. I think this is a good beer for the summer and the hammock.

May 12, 2006
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libertygrails from Oregon

1.91/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

appearance: Suspended particle/pectin-like appearance out of the bottle. No head. No carbonation. No lacing seen.
smell: phenol and sweet corn
taste: cloying sweet like PBR.
mouthfeel: full-bodied mouthfeel saves this from being a real stinker
drinkability: i'm saving the rest of my 6 pack to bring to the next summer BBQ. I sincerely hope someone likes this more than i. Very disappointed. Pains me but....Oregon Craft Brewing is slipping.

May 07, 2006
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Gusler from Arizona

4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer emerges from the 12-ounce brown bottle a slightly hazy gold with a presidential sized head, the texture creamy and the color a brilliant white as it slowly waste away, the resultant lace is a sheer curtain to cover the glass. Nose has a tinge of old leather, musk, yeast, with a fruity backing, an interesting aroma at any rate, the start is lightly sweet with a surprising grain profile, the top middling in its feel. Finish has a purposeful acidity, the hops refined in their spiciness, desert bone dry aftertaste, and a quite nice beer, and well worth a sample.

Apr 22, 2006
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IntriqKen from California

2.77/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow with a nice single finger head that melts too quickly to light lacing.
Aroma is difficult to pin down...sweet malt, corn, and something akin to a cleaning fluid smell. Not bad so much as distracting.
The taste is too cloying for style for hops at all...sweet malt and sweet corn with almost a sugar cooking breadiness to it.
Aftertaste should dry more....the cloying sugar remains too long for me.

Apr 18, 2006
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Mebuzzard from Colorado

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

Poured into pint glass.
A very light yellow hue. White head with a bit of staying power. Had an aroma of lemon grass, yeast and ginger.
Taste was low in flavor, medium in "fizziness", and better from the second bottle that was much colder.
Definitely for summer.

Apr 14, 2006
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RoyalT from Ohio

4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This is a beautiful yellow in color with a tinge of orange and a mighty white head that showed good retention. The head pack was just right and that radiant golden coloring on the beer itself really made for a wonderful presentation.

Smell – The American corn actually isn’t that bad. I can’t find any hop balance here, maybe a touch of leafy floral hops, but the grainy corn is pleasant enough on its own.

Taste – Yes, the corn is quite nice at the taste. It’s grainier than I expected, which is usually a bad thing with American breweries, but here it’s got a good flavor.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation is right on target and the body is a bit shy of medium, which is fine. I don’t like my ABAs too big.

Drinkability – After a few “tasting sips” I slugged this one down pretty hard. It’s an incredibly smooth drinker and a nice surprise from a style that more often than not greatly disappoints.

Apr 01, 2006
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is not one of my favorite styles, but seemed pretty faithful in most aspects:

Poured clear and golden with sparkly bubbles. Effervescent from beggining to end. 1" white head drops off quck, with no lacing at all

Smell: Wheat malt & fruitiness

Taste: Sweet with some tartness thrown in, wheat malt, vanilla, dryness & overwhelming banana peel as the beer warms. Crisp finish

MF; Good carbonation & light, but refreshing texture

Drinkable if you can handle the banana peel attack. I won't buy this again unless I find it on tap

Mar 17, 2006
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blitheringidiot from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Narrow 12 oz'er with some settled yeast at the bottom of the bottle. First pour is hazy gold loaded up with rising army of bubbles to a thin ivory island.

Light prescence of peppery dough and a spicy clove. Herbal nose.

First swigs: Dry hay and pepper. Smooth with a light sugar cookie. Dry finish. A bit of Canada Dry meets a peppery clove.

Feel is soft, cushy and medium bodied. A rather proper Belg Ale.

Last swigs: Surprised to receive a Belgie from Bridgeport. Nice stuff! Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for this 1 of 24 sent! A touch harsh when it warms.

Mar 14, 2006
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Tupperwolf from Washington

3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an extremely unconventional and cheerful yellow that I can only describe as sunny! It's slightly cloudy due to some sediment, a positively glowing color that has no touches of amber whatever - it's purely yellow. Like a strong lemonade.

Lemon rind zest dominates the nose, but is backed up with whiffs of alcohol and distinctly Belgian yeast characacteristics, fluffy, bready and fruity.

I'm surprised upon trying it that it really is a Belgian pale ale - it's called a Big Beautiful Blonde, so I was interested in trying it - I've never really tried a Blonde ale - but it's most definitely Belgian-styled. Alcohol and a pungent citrus are dominant, with a bready, rye-like yeast finish.

Smooth and medium body, minimal carbonation, some alcohol warming, and a finish that isn't quite clean, but leaves little behind.

A reasonably sessionable beer, this is best sipped with appreciation in mind, as fusel alcohol begins to dominate if you let it slip over your palate too quickly - cheers!

Mar 10, 2006
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rowew from Colorado

3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle with a layer of sediment at the bottom, and "Oregon's Oldest Craft Brewery" embossed. Batch #, but no date info.

Appearance: Pours bright yellow and very cloudy, with quite a bit of bubbles and a thin head.

Smell: Strong belgian yeast aroma, and a bit of grain.

Taste: Spicy yeast flavor with a clean grain flavor.

Overall impression: Nice belgian pale - definitely a different beer than I was expecting.

Feb 22, 2006
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tozerm from Washington

3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is verrry different from the normal Bridgeport offerings. I believe the pronunciation in sue-preez. Belgian whites are not my favorite but this interpretation is pretty decent. The "spices" aren't overpowering and it has a good, viscous mouthfeel for a beer in this price range. Nice aromas, hint of orange and nutmeg. It does look very nice in the glass, I daresay it's attractive. A great addition to the Bridgeport lineup. BTW, it does replace Pintail Ale as the other seasonal besides Ebenezer.

Feb 19, 2006
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