Haymaker Extra Pale Ale
BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Blonde Ale - American
3.61 | pDev: 10.25%
BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Haymaker Extra Pale AleHaymaker Extra Pale Ale
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.32/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Typical yellow color, slightly brighter perhaps. 1/2" white head, decent retention and lace. Aroma lacking.

The hops here drop heavy for a blonde ale. Nice to see, blonde ales can be quite the vessel for delivering whatever it is you want to stress (hops or coffee for instance). Summer for sure. Nice dry finish, light bodied. Was one of the better beers in Bridgeport's portfolio, surprised they don't make it anymore, seemed like good transition level beer from BMC.

Oct 14, 2016
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jsprain1 from Minnesota

3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a bright golden blonde. The head was severely lacking, not quite being one finger thick. Lacing was more or less non existent.
S- Pale malts, lightly hoppy (in an earthy sort of way)
T- Taste is a bit more hoppy than aroma would indicate. Herbal would be the best descriptor. Strong pale malt flavor.
M- relatively full bodied for style. I found that the carbonation died out a little too much by the end.
D- All in all it's a refreshing and delicious beer that could use some tweeking to push it from "decent" to "great."

Nov 21, 2010
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine July 2007.

Summertime has become synonymous with Blonde Ales; pretty much every brewery out there whips one up dur- ing the warmer months. At least BridgePort is being truthful and not slapping "K├Âlsch" on the label.

A very healthy-looking white head is fed by steady streams of carbonation--a few rings of lace drape on the inside of the glass. Clarity is just fine, with shim- mering orange and straw hues. Refreshingly snappy aroma with hints of citrus and fresh-cracked grain. Lively crispness meets a long smoothness in a moderately sized body. Light biscuity grain is fresh with bready undertones. Quick kiss of hops shows just enough bitterness for balance and just enough flavor for character. A hint of yeast from middle to end; clean palate, for the most part. Tasty finish of fresh-milled grain that goes dry quickly.

Haymaker picks up where many other summer seasonals leave off: lots of character and flavor without taking away from balance and drinkability. Pair it with a three-egg omelet with goat cheese and fresh basil.

Nov 13, 2010
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jacobseyb from Alabama

3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter a orangish yellow color with a whitish-tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing. Smell is grainy with a floral nature and some pine. Taste is grainy and citrusy. Feel is slightly oily with a light carbonation. Overall an average pale ale.

Oct 10, 2010
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arizcards from North Carolina

3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer while up in Welches, OR in early August for $6.99.

Beer poured a clear golden orange with a nice two fingered white head that is leaving some lacing behind. Nose is cereal grains with very little hop flower behind it. Taste is cereal grains, light hopping, a bit of lemongrass in the back. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, light and refreshing. Drinkability is pretty good. This makes a nice lawnmower beer, nothing too fancy here. Glad to have tried.

Oct 09, 2010
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gkunkle from Oregon

3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold color with a tall white head that slowly dissipates to a thin head on the surface of the beer. It may have just been the beer that I got that day, as it was just past the expiration date, but the aroma smelled of vomit. A friend smelled it and it didn't smell bad to him. Unlike the scent, the taste was absolutely fine, it was very well balanced between the hops and malts. The hops are grassy and citrusey and the malts were complex. Mouthfeel was good, light body and very crisp feel. Overall, (ignoring the smell) it is a great beer, very refreshing and a great summer beer.

Sep 16, 2010
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ElGordo from Oregon

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden-orange color with a good-sized, creamy white head. Aroma of light, biscuity malt and a touch of citrusy hops. Palate is a well-balanced, refreshing blend of light, English-style pale malt and a nice hop profile that is assertive but not too bitter. Finish is a lingering bready malt character.
Body is substantial, almost creamy, but still very refreshing. Nice carbonation until the last sip. A good summer cooler, but still not quite up to the rest of the Bridgeport lineup.

Aug 17, 2010
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climax from Missouri

3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haymaker poured a very bright gold with a large eggshell white head that had commendable retention. The head left cottony lace along the glass as it receded.

The nose was refreshing and interesting. The hop presence, which I wasn't expecting a whole lot of, was good. Nobel hop variety and a good dash of lemon was met with some spice and honey.

The flavor was refreshing, yet not overly complex. Honey and herbal hops were evident through the long finish.

The body was medium to light with a very cottony wispy feel. The finish was very dry, egging for another sip.

Aug 17, 2010
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philbertk from Washington

3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bridgeport Brewing Company--Haymaker Extra Pale Ale--Sunshine in a Glass--2007 Release--12 oz. Bottle--5.30% ABV--15 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Pale Ale. 6-Pack--$6.99. BC sediment. Mild lacy white head. Slightly cloudy bright lemon gold color. Mild hop floral front. Crisp mild fruit delicate sweet almost wheat light caramel ester body. Refreshing clean mild hop citrus ester end. Zesty Golden Ale. Sampled 7/21/2008.

Bridgeport Brewing Company--Haymaker Extra Pale Ale-It's A New Day And We Say"Make Hay While The Sun Shines"--It's Always Summer When You're Enjoying Haymaker!--Sunshine in a Glass--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV. 15 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) No sediment. Slightly lacy thin white head. Clear bright gold color. Delicate citrus floral hop front. Crisp tangy dry zesty light caramel fruit hint refreshing body. Crisp light hop end. Delicate balanced smooth flavor. Well made Golden Ale. Sampled 7/15/2010. 6-Pack $6.99.

Jul 21, 2010
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bump8628 from Oklahoma

3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear gold with enough white head to make for a fine looking blond.

Clean and grainy with a little jab of spicy hops and touch of fruit to round it out.

Sure it's a blond ale, sure it's a boring style to most beer lovers, but this one has enough hop bite to put it a notch above the majority of insipid blond's out there.

Jul 13, 2010
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appenzeller from Washington

3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold with a thin white head. Smell is clean and fresh, somewhat like a weissbier. Tastes the same, clean and light with flavors of light bread, citrus, apples, and a modest hoppy twang that lingers.

This is all right, really like a light weissbier, I'd pack a few of these in the cooler for a hot summer day. Nothing remarkable though.

Jun 08, 2010
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djbreezy from Washington

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - golden yellow, transparent, foamy head, great lacing

smell - pale malts, floral hops, grassy

taste - grassy hops, pale malts, citrus/orange peel

mouthfeel - light, high carbonation, slightly dry

drinkability - the lingering bitter finish is the only downfall for me here, a good summer ale, great for a session

May 30, 2010
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

3.32/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A decent pale yellow appearance, average carbonation and minimal lace. Aroma is flat.

Taste, a little prickly, some hop quality, not much. A good summer beer. Quenching, not heavy.

Bigger hop profile than most blondes, or now that I think about it, maybe any (not saying much). Dry finish. Recommend to those transferring from BMC to something better, and those who won't like the malty intro level beers (SA/Fat Tire). Its plenty decent as a summer afternoon option.

May 26, 2010
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RedBrewer83 from Oregon

4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass...

A: Pours a bright golden yellow with one finger of creamy white head that is sticky and leaves great lacing. Steady stream of fine bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

S: Light aroma of hop and malt, crisp and clean for a summer ale, very nice.

T: Perfect summer crispness in both hop and malt profile, very well balanced and the hops are slightly complex and just nice.

M: Crisp, clean dry finish, nice carbonation.

D: Perfect summer ale for drinkability. Don't buy many sixers, but will definitely pick up some more of this over the summer months!

May 26, 2010
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Haybeerman from Colorado

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange/yellow color; slightly hazy. Poured a 1 finger wispy white head that dissipated to a broken skim. Patchy lacing.

S: Slightly sweet malt, wet grains and earthy hops. Touch of citrus.

T: Light crips pale malts up front that are slightly sweet. Orange rind floral hop character in the middle. Light bitter minimally balancing.

Mouthfeel: Light body. Medium carbonation. Lingering malt flavor in mildly bitter finish.

D: Flavorful yet refreshing.

May 15, 2010
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Zekezilla from Maryland

3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this when I visited Portland for the first time. Had it on tap at BridgePort Brewery. I liked its crisp, bright elements. Unremarkable mouthfeel, nothing special. Would probably at least try again, as this was only a sampler-sized portion. Would probably pair nicely with a strong cheese.

Apr 18, 2010
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Clamwacker from Oregon

4.11/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was a beer that I enjoyed for its unique flavor and aroma, but I don't know if it is something I would share with friends.

It had a fairly weak head even when poured vigorously, but there were many bubbles that attempted to make up for that deficit. In all, the appearance is nice and clear, but the color is just not aesthetically pleasing to me. To each their own!

The smell is what really grabbed me. The label says "extra pale ale", and also something about "a glass of sunshine" or something like that. I grabbed this beer hoping for a semi-sweet malty experience, and was surprised at the hoppiness. The hops almost have a smoky tone to them.

The taste itself is smoky in a way, and knowing how closely smell is associated with taste, it almost (ALMOST) has the character of a German Rauchbier, although I hesitate to characterize it as such. It just has a certain flavor to it that is ineffable. This is going to be the flavor which creates a "love or hate" situation for its drinkers.

The mouthfeel is just fine, but for those who read the label and expect a beer that is refreshing on a hot day, they may find it a little bitter. The hops do present themselves in this brew, although not as much as in Bridgeport's Hop Czar offering, which may be the result of a hop volcano exploding on their vats. It is by far less insulting to the palate than that creation, but the nose can be intimidating nonetheless.

The drinkability depends entirely on your perspective. If you like a hoppy beer, you will not hate this, but if you REALLY like a hoppy beer, you may be disappointed. It's not an IPA, it's an EPA. This seems to be a category which is not well-defined.

Overall, it is a beer with a quite unique character, and for the style it seems as though they have really diminished the malt in favor of the hops, which may seem to some as a fault, and perhaps to others as a boon. Reviewing this beer is like describing what a banana tastes like -- it's next to impossible to characterize it completely. You have to try it for yourself. It has a smoky flavor, but it is not a Rauchbier. It's not a pale ale, but it's not an IPA, either.

Apr 15, 2010
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cbarrett4 from Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ap - Clear not hazy. Very bright yellow, golden hue.
Ar - Lightly aromatic with straw, grass, light spice, citrus notes
T - Very good flavors that dance on the palate. Touch of hops.
M - Light and elegantly balanced
D - Very clean with low tannins. Balanced acidity, hops, and alcohol.

All in all a very good, clean, and high quality beer for those used to Pilsners, Lagers, and commercial Pale Ales who want to step up a notch

Nov 12, 2009
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katybee from Oregon

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

This was a very tasty beer for me; hard to pin down why.

An average light yellow colored, an immense thick head forms if quickly poured. The foam compensated for its average appearance. Very limited nose, which for me is a plus. Hops of a light floral character, perhaps slightly green applely. Not citrusy or overly pungent at all, like the Belgians; perhaps a bit on the bitter side. Dry and clear on the palate, with more flavor if held and swished; only light hoppy aftertaste. Very similar to Bud or Mich Lite, yet with slightly more flavor and less hop smell.

Sneakily easy to drink, but the higher alcohol content catches up quickly!

Nov 11, 2009
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Bookseeb from Washington

3.32/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a hazy yellow golden color with nill head and lace. Smell of sweet malts, citrus and light hops. Taste is grainy with a light citrus bitter with a mild malt backbone. Mouthfeel has good body and carbonation. For some reason the name does suggest what it tastes like, I don't know I can't explain it. Nothing I'd run back to soon, but not bad.

Aug 17, 2009
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a slightly hazy, orange-yellow body with a small, short-lived, white head. Saying it looks like "Sunshine in a Glass" may be overdoing it, but it does look reasonably cheerful. "Reasonable Cheeriness in a Glass." There you go.

Smell: Subdued aroma of barley malt with a small hint of grains along with some whiffs of spicy, faintly floral European hops. Also a small touch of citrus lurking in there.

Taste: Starts off with light, crisp pale malts carrying with them some modest grainy tones and a mild sweetness. Hint of orange citrus character. Noble hops along with a very, very minimal amount of bitterness. Drying, lightly effervescent finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's a refreshing brew for both Spring and Summer months and a fine candidate for a lawnmower beer, though, as I'm currently based in an apartment, it still makes for fine drinking whilst watching the landscape maintenance crew do their thing. This sip is for you, Guy with Leaf Blower!

Aug 10, 2009
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tronester from Oklahoma

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden, with a medium white head. Smells of earthy, floral hops. Taste is hop dominated, with citrus flavors up front, floral in the middle, and earthy in the finish. There is just a bit of biscuity malt flavor to balance. Mouthfeel is average, average carbonation levels. Drinkability is good, I would drink this again, it is quite refreshing. Mainly hop dominated due to the light malt character, this beer reminds me a little of Anchor Liberty ale, with less tangerine sweetness. It doesn't really seem to be a Blond Ale, more like an American Pale Ale to me. Worth a try for hopheads though.

Aug 01, 2009
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skeetermoses from Oklahoma

3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good beer, not bad at all. Overall a great tasting pale ale from Bridgeport brewing co. not too shabby. I think this beer would be a great summer bbq beer, nice pulled pork sandwiches and some potato dish or fries. I think this would go good on a nice hot day like the 109 days we've been having for the last 10 days. good choice.

Jul 16, 2009
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PDXHops from South Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Slightly hazy orangish golden body. Smallish off-white head with minimal retention and lacing.

Smells clean and fresh. It's bready and lightly floral tiny hints of hoppiness and baked apples.

Taste is also subdued with lightly sweet bready malt. Husky grain finish with a quick kiss of spicy hops. Medium-light body and lightish carbonation.

Overall impression: Not a terribly interesting beer, but it goes down just fine.

Jul 07, 2009
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Docer from Washington

4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just grabbed a 6-pack for lunch.. let's see what this brew is all about...

- Glowing orange and yellow straw colored ale... hmmm hay! Little bit of white bubbly... but left hardly any head or lace in my tumbler glass.

- A bitter citrusy lemon zesty grainy pale smell.. bittering hop, citrus hop and a bit of roasty grain... actuallt really smells good.

- Great bready and malty taste with a hint of smooth caramel, citrus and pine hop. Truly balanced. A nice roasted malt and fruit salad blend.

- Not dry or chewy... but refreshingly good for a hot day... I don't know about the "extra" in pale... but it is certainly good... and a good summer pale. Nothing will ever beat their Blue Heron pale though...

- Hugely drinkable, and very good carbonation... great flavor to match... I don't understand some of the lower reviews here.. perhaps not a fan of the style? I think it hits the style spot on.

Jul 06, 2009
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