Beertown Brown | BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Oregon, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 01-15-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 55
Reviews by kdoc8:
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2.59/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was the last week of Bridgeport brewing this beer and they were making a big deal of it. I am not sure why - it's not that spectacular compared to some of their other brews. It was served up with a nice foamy/creamy tan head and was amber-brown in color. Not too much of a smell at all no matter how hard I whiffed at it. It had a very bitter taste and not much malt - actually quite a bite of alcohol much like a Scotch Ale, but with a lower ABV.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine March 07

Word is, brown is the new black, or maybe it's just that Brown Ales are gaining some headway and popularity among brewers and consumers. This one is going for that malty Northern English Style Brown Ale feel to be exact. It's great to see a beer from the PNW that's not on hop overkill.

A good amount of foam provides a thick, off-white head, and a brilliantly clear henna color. The head retention is quite impressive. Aroma is thick of toasted malt, mild fruitiness and faint spicy hops. Creamy smooth mouthfeel; medium-bodied with a gentle carbonation. Copious amounts of malt flavor to start; toasted and slight caramel flavors seem to be the most predominant. Hint of spicy herbal hop lays down a modest but balancing bitterness. A tad fruity with a twang from the yeast in the middle. Finishes semi-sweet with some faded toasted grain.

A phenomenal beer. It's so refreshing to see another Brown Ale on the market. Cheers to Bridgeport for this one! Try a minimalist pairing approach, like sweet Italian sausage on a plain hoagie roll.

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Photo of marvin213
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It seems kinda light as I pour it into my Magic Hat pint glass. It's brown but, for "Beertown Brown" I'm a little disappointed. I can clearly see my whole hand through the glass. A nice 1mm+ head tops her off. I recognize it's not "Beertown Black," but I can't help but be disappointed that it's not a deeper, thicker brown.

It actually smells good. After uncertainty about the look, I'm glad to have a brown after I smell this one. It's malts and chocolate and barley and...everything a brown's supposed to be. Caramel, too.

The taste is mostly malts. Little chocolate. Maybe a hint of caramel. Maybe it's the barley that leaves my palate slightly disappointed. I really think the chocolate is lacking and the pale malts aren't much more than blah. Believe it or not, the taste doesn't do justice to the smell. The caramel is hardly present. It's a respectable attempt, but not one I'm going to tell the buddies about tomorrow.

The mouthfeel is forgettable. After smelling the beer, I want more chocolate and caramel and I get...pale malts with little else. I acknowledge I'm desensitized from hop-bombs like Hop Stoopid, but I detect basically no hops.

I can't get this beer around here, and it is definitely a beer worth trying. Like this one actually was, it's a nice "beer it forward" addition.

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Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of LXIXME
3.99/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big light brown long lasting head just sort of sits there above a clear reddish amber colored beer.

Full aroma of caramel malts with a hint of chocolate coming through.

Similar taste with the rich caramel malts and hints of chocolate coming through.

A quite pleasant aftertaste with a bit of the malts tastes remaining with this medium bodied brown.

Good stuff, buy a few extras and stop by.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: on the lighter side of brown, just a tinge of red and orange. A just off-white colored head with reasonable retention and lace. I always remembered brown ales being, well, browner.

S: definite roasted malts, caramel, and a waft of woody, earthy flavors. Which means a nice dose of hops for a brown ale

T: mild malty profile with a soft hop presence to make things right. Buttery taste with bread characteristics. In the long run not as husky as you would think for a brown ale, this guy has more of a hop bite than expected. Also to note, just a delicate taste of toasted nuts in the mix

M: seems pretty bubbly, rather mild in the body feel department. Borderline creamy at times, it really has that potential. Nice feel all around

D: for my part, I am not a brown ale fan. I must say that this guy has found a small spot into my beer halls. I find this very drinkable, mostly cause it has a good hop presence and seems to veer, from what I would consider, a traditional brown ale. Not all that bad!

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Photo of russpowell
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours amber/red with one finger offwhite colored head. A little lacing& head retention

S: Sweet malt & caramel

T: Dryness & toasred malt up front. A little chocolate, fruittyness & some cirtus hops follows. Some toast & grainyness & dryness in the finish

MF: Light/medium bodied with slightly prickly carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, but a pretty run of the mill brown IMO, certainally have had worse

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a mug, the appearance was a dark pale orange almost brown color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head that fell off fairly quick. Some stringy lace. The aroma had some walnut/chestnut sweet roastiness rolling around some caramel/toffee malts. Some wood, light hay, cereal and a little bit of earthiness round out the edges. The flavor was a nice blend of sweet to roasty nut to caramel/toffee maltiness. Aftertaste was the blend of it all. The finish was the same. The palate was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt appropriate. Overall, pretty good English styled brown ale that I could come back to.

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Photo of TYE
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a medium-dark brown with an amber glow. It's topped with a creamy off- white head. Easily got two fingers worth. Good retention that fades to a covering, with some lacing.
S - Nice aroma of brown sugar molasses with a hint of scent like aspirin.
T - Tastes of bread with a hint of citrus. Leaves a bitterness in the back of the throat that reminds me of aspirin. Coated tongue feeling at the finish.
M - Medium body, light-medium carbonation, slight bite at back on tongue and a little textured. Leaves mouth feeling dry.
D - Not sure about this one. It's ok, but the off taste of aspirin throws it for me. Also, I feel cotton mouthed after drinking it. Not one of my favorite browns, but ok.

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Photo of Spikester
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a tan head, good lacing.
Aroma is chocolate malt, herbal.
Taste is dark chocolate with a good amount of hops. Nice brown ale. Palate is slightly better than average.
Overall a very tasty brown ale.
Will try again when available. Well recommended.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beertown is back in '08... 12oz from the Coop for about $1.30.. poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Nice long lasting head that drops leaving sheets of lacing... color is a clear polished chesnut.

Smells "English". Light brown and caramel malts with a touch of diacetyl ... fruity esters are present and fairly out front.

Flavor is pretty much all toasted malts.. fairly heavy on the toasted malts.. the ale fruitiness is ever present... lighter than expected caramel.. earthy hop flavor.. finish is a nice mix of earthy hops with a lite chocolate hint... light/medium mouthfeel and good carbonation.

This is a great session beer... and a very good take on an English brown from a PNW brewery.. I pick up Beertown fairly frequently when it's around.

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Photo of Chefie
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My first experience with Brigeport. Nice example of a medium bodied Brown Ale.

Lots of caramel, malt and fruit aromas.

Some lacing. A short lived head. Has a clear light brown color.

Very Light body. Smooth and drinkable.

Taste is underwhelming. Not much hop bitterness, fairly sweet. Drinkable but forgettable.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a fresh bottle into a nonic pint, it pours a crystal clear light nutty brown color with glints of amber. A decent khaki head fades fairly quickly leaving just a bit of light lacing.

aroma is fairly neutral, with a bit of light malt, a hint of maple, and a bit of toasted creamy earthiness. Subtle on the whole.

Taste is in line for a true English brown ale. Rich malt, toasted without being overly sweet. just a hint of bitterness creeps in while avoiding being overly hoppy.

mouthfeel is a bit peppery, with some slightly rough carbonation. It's a bit too carbonated to be full and creamy, and there's a bit of slick astringency hiding in there. Not bad, but a bit of room for improvement.

Definitely drinkable, this one would be decent with food, and certainly isn't bad on its own. I'm not completely sold on brown ales, and this one doesn't really do a whole lot to sell me any further. Not bad, and true to the style, but nothing really outstanding or noteworthy.

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Photo of TiMX
2.92/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Very caramelly, grainy, somewhat roasty aroma with no hops noticable.

Very Clear coppery and almost red color with a tan crown. Not much for head retention.

A very nutty bread flavor with not much sweetness. I just do not taste much malt in this one.

Medium body with a bit of astringency. Very dry finnish.

I think this beer is a bit to nutty. But that is just my take on it. I know many people like a nutty brown ale. I think a bit too dry. This beer is just not my cup of tea.

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Photo of Gusler
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer leaves the 12 ounce bottle a brownish orange with a moderate off white head that evaporates quickly leaving a velum like covering on the glass. Nose has a black walnut like aroma, backed by sweet malt and caramel, start is malt sweet, slight tartness, with the top medium in feel. Finish has a determined acidity; the hops pleasantly spicy, dry aftertaste clings to the palate. Brown ales have been one of my favorite styles, since I sampled my first Newcastle Brown Ale, many years ago, a style I think over looked by many.

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Photo of Zorro
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear brown colored beer with a decent brown head that fades fairly quickly.

The smell is sweet and malty with a trace of peat and smoke to the aroma.

The taste begins sweet and a little malty with a bit of grassy flavor and a decent bitter finish. Bit of vanilla and coffee flavor this is on the mild end of the spectrum. Earthly flavor there is a lot of peat and mushroom flavor here with faint chocolate.

Mouthfeel is OK.

This scores quite highly on the drinkability scale. Nothing complex just a good brown ale.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is a bit too macro for me. It's lacking real depth or dimension.

Common brown color. dark mahogony umbar color.

A spicy metallic twang. Malty carmel and a roasty coffee. Smooth buttery mouthfeel. Like I said, this one is rather one-dimensional, and it's got way to much bitter coffee.

Mouthfeel is kind of weak, doesn't fit the color or aroma.

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Photo of jwc215
3.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours medium brown with a very thin head that becomes a slowly vanishing patch.

The smell is of caramel/toffee with hints of chocolate. It has an earthy/nutty background. Fairly robust.

The taste is of caramel/toffee with hints of chocolate. The brown sugar-like sweetness is balanced by earthy, slightly fruity hops in the background that lend some depth and complexity to the rich maltiness. There is some balanced sweetness in the rather abrupt finish.

Medium-bodied, it has an astringent note, but nothing to really complain about though I would have liked the flavor to linger on the tongue a bit longer.

This is a brown ale that is enjoyable. Nice maltiness with a fair amount of balance, but would like it to have a bit more .... well, something to hold on to a bit longer. Overall - I do recommend it.

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this one back from his trip to the Pacific NW!

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Photo of Reidrover
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, typical Bridgeport bottle bur label is different. Very handsome looking ale brown, clear with amber tones, large tan head, its tight and thick. Aroma is quite shallow, malty and with a touch of creamy oats. Nice semi-bitter malts at first then a touch of hops balances the account at the end, slight coffee accents, and a bit of treacle . Thin on the palate but quite OK for traditional brown ale. Overall an easy drinking beer, but nothing to get excited about.

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Photo of hopdog
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving size: 12oz bottle.

Apperance: Poured a medium and clear brown color with a small sized off white head.

Aromas: toasted nuttiness with some caramel.

Tastes: the same nuttiness, caramel, and lighter chocolate.

Notes from and tasted on: 11/25/07.

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Photo of Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a rich mahogany color with hints of ruby. A small, tan foamy head left behind small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of nut, coffee and malt.

T - It tasted quite nutty, maybe even some hazelnut flavors. It had a grassy bitterness and a strong roasted malt quality.

M - It was charp and crisp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very nice brown ale. Yet another solid offering from Bridgeport.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Decided to try something from Bridgeport beside their IPA.
A- A light brown, with red-orange on the edge and a small head that faded quicly.
S- The scent reminded me of walnut and brown bread. The scent was of moderate strength.
T- The taste matched the scent, sort of nutty and bready. It finished with a bit of floral hops, but the nut and bread tastes did not suffer as a result.
M- It had kind of a strange mouthfeel for me. I don't know how to describe it, but I think it was probably a result of the fairly strong carbonation.
D- A pretty solid beer, that would be good with a meal. It was a pretty solid choice with an appropriate abv. The carbonation was the only real negative. Worthy.

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Photo of Kemmerlin
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured a very thick head, about 3 finger widths but quickly fell down without much lacing on the glass. A reddish brown color.

S: Had aromas of molasses, caramel, a very faint smell of dried blueberries and barley grains.

T: Had a camouflaged taste of dark semi sweet chocolate, a nutty taste, with much of the taste residing in the malts. A very slight bittering taste hits the back from the hops deinitely could've used more hops.

M/D: Quite watered down, maybe slightly grainy but to notice if you do. This is quite disappointing considering the look of the beer. The drinkability is good though and doesn't hit you hard with a strong amount of alcohol so you can have several of these in a day. Not my favorite but still was good.

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Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 58 ratings