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
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 Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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 Jason
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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

I bought this in a mixed six pack

It pours a clear medium brown red with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell has a nice caramel malt profile with a bit of citrus hops peaking through that's a bit off putting.

The taste is of caramel, some bread, light roasted malt, and a very mild hop bitterness near the finish. Good taster...solid Brown Ale though on the light side when it comes to overall flavour.

It has a light mouthfeel and the carbonation is medium.

Drinkability? This is meant for sessioning but I figure one bottle is enough for me at a sitting. I would have liked a bit more oomph in the flavour. The abv was what it needed to be.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

So my brother brought this over a while back...long while back, so I hope this one is still good.

A- Creamy foamy head that has good lacing. The brew is a good clear medium dark brown.

S- Malty, brown sugar, nutty, with a touch of vanilla.

T- There is an earthy nutty malt presence. The taste of caramel and brown sugar is there. Not much else.

M- Thin and overly carbonated IMO. It is just very foamy in the mouth.

D- Not too bad, would be better with less carbonation.

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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 bilyboy65
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kinda skeptical about picking up this beer. Thought that it would be kinda like piss because of the name and label. I am shockingly pleasantly surprised.

A: Decent carbonation, brown in color (true to it's name). Light tan head that leaves good lacing with every pull. Head went the distance for the life of the poor (which really wouldn't set any records for longevity).

S: Sweet brown sugar, then i unfortunately farted and ruined this part of the review. Sorry..

T: Creamy, sweet. Kinda like those candies with the white frosting in the center of hard caramel. Umm good. I also think this would have been better if I let it warm up a bit.

M: Smooth, tingly from the carbonation and a medium body. All the things an English should bring to the table.

D: I wish I had more.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The problem with this beer is it lacks any real lasting resonance on the palate. The balance is right and the typical brown ale notes show up including a little sweetness but the beer is dialed down in the flavour department. I kinda got bored after a bottle and wished for more ummph in the finish. I like brown ales but want body in the beer

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Photo of skeetermoses
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, this is now my go to english ale brown. Loved it, sweeter than most but reasonably priced beer, very tasty indeed. Would go good with some goulauch or even rocklette. loved it definitly going to by this beer again, very tasty and reliable.

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Photo of illidurit
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at 515 in Santa Cruz. Clear medium brown with a fluffy off-white head. Not much lacing, decent retention. Aroma is bready malts with a sweet citric hop tinge. Flavor is bread crusts, cocoa, light roast, and a bit of earthy hoppiness. Mouthfeel is overcarbonated and a little too thin. Comes up a bit short in every category.

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Photo of Japerrault
4.33/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Brown with red showing through when held to the light. The beer was clear with a cream colored head which held at about 1/2 inch for quite a while.

S: Rich malts, toasted bread and caramel.

T: Beautifully made beer. There is a great use of malts in this one. Mostly toasted grain, caramel, and toffey flavors, but this is not really a sweet beer. Hops are not perceived much, but lend themselves well to the balance.

M: Nice carbonation with medium body.

D: Very drinkable beer. Nothing harsh. I will be buying more of this.

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Photo of webbcreative
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Feb 22, 2009
Dark brown pour, with little head. smelled of malt, kinda nutty. smooth creamy mouthfeel, little bit of sweetness, get a little of the hops near the end [very little though] this is okay, nothing too special, pretty ordinary, im a much bigger fan of the English brown ales.

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Photo of bkilpatr
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 02/10/09.

Pours a clear ruby-brown color with a finger of bubbly beige head. The head quickly dropped to a thin layer. Aroma is of sweet caramel malt, toffee, and somewhat nutty.

Taste is very malty with plenty of toasted caramel and toffee flavored malts. The nuttiness is also present, as is an odd rice-like flavor. Some astringency. Faint earthy hops finish out the taste. Overall the taste is very subdued and mild. Feel is thin and watery with high carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good. It's not heavy at all, so having a few of these would be pretty easy.

Overall, fairly average. There isn't a whole lot going on flavor wise, but it's very easy to drink.

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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 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 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 colts9016
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A medium brown, with reddish hues. There was a head but it vanished in thin air. There is some cloudiness, and carbonation bubbles.

Nose: Roasted malt, molasses, burnt sugar and alcohol. Hints of esters, butterscotch, citrus, and phenols.

Taste: Roasted malt, burnt sugar, molasses, and esters. There are notes of citrus, a spiciness, butterscotch, and phenols.

Overall: there is some carbonation on the tongue. The mouth feel is astringent. A finish does exist, but it seems phenol like. It is an okay beer, nothing special. I like it, except for the finish.

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

A pours a very foamy white with a light brown tint head, half finger. dark amber brown with no haziness but not crystal clear.

S Mostly sweet banana, but doesn't come out strong, and nothing else really sticks out here

T Starts off a little rough, lots of carbonation, and finishes with a nutty banana flavor. Not enough comes out here, some brown sugar, and not as smooth as the style typically calls for.

Good to try, but probably would pass up if I came across it again.

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

Poured a clear, dark brown with a decent white/brown head that collared nicely. Aroma was malt and sugar. Taste was malt, slight hint of hops and coffee in the aftertaste. Very smooth but a hint of bitterness. On the thin side, but good body. Good overall, good flavor, nothing offensive. I could easily handle a number of these in a sitting and enjoy them.

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Photo of stephens101
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Haven't had a brown ale in a while, so am looking forward to this one for a change of pace. Pours a reddish-brown with a good and thick but fairly quickly fading tan head. Smells of slight caramel, tea and chocolates. Tastes a bit spicy and sugary with some roasted malts and a hint of bitterness finishing things off. A tasty, light-to-medium bodied brown that fits the style perfectly and twists your arm to enjoy a good session together.

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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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Photo of rye726
2.8/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured a mahogany brown into my imperial pint glass. A nice tan head. The nose has sweet malts and nutty caramel. The taste has toasted grainy malts and a faint touch of hops. A nice light clean body with moderate carbonation. An average mild brown ale.

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Beertown Brown from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 58 ratings