Haymaker Extra Pale Ale | BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Haymaker Extra Pale AleHaymaker Extra Pale Ale

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BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Oregon, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Summer

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Added by Jason on 05-07-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 84 |  Reviews: 71
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WholeLottaTricks
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of OKCNittany
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of netshark
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of kobeer
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of crobinso
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Stoffel
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of twelveinches
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of jsprain1
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
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."

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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 "Kölsch" 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.

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Photo of jacobseyb
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of arizcards
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of gkunkle
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of climax
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of philbertk
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of bump8628
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of appenzeller
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of djbreezy
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
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

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Haymaker Extra Pale Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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