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
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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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 bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.52/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Amazingly perfect for a summer brew.
Pours a medium golden yellow with a nice full finger white head that melts to a very solid ring of white that is fed with constantly rising bubbles.

Aromas are biscuits and mild hops.

Taste is pale sweet malt, a drying grain or biscuit center, then a final crisp citrus hop finish.

Not too complicated and not too much...just wonderfully balanced with everything I could ask for in a summer quencher.

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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 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 Clamwacker
4.11/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent golden/honey with 2 fingers of fluffed up white head. Very good lacing & excellent head retention

S: Grainyness & a little grassyness

T: Grassy with some lemony hop notes up front. Some honey malt notes & grainyness follow as this warms. Finishes grainy with citric hop notes & fruittyness (apples & pears)

MF: Slick & bubbly at the same time, pretty good balance & medium bodied

drinks fairly easy, nothing super complex, here just a real easy BBQ/beach-type blonde. Liked this more than I figured I would

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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 Docer
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of Spikester
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden-amber with good white head and lacings.
Aroma is oily, funky hops.
Complex flavors for the style. Bottle says made with four malts and three hops. Crisp funky taste. I enjoyed the flavor but have never encountered anything quite like it before. May have to try another bottle as I'm not sure how long it has been in my inventory.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz picked up a couple days ago at the Coop for about $1.45.. poured into my standard shaped Sam Adams glass...

2 finger head atop a damn near clear light straw brew... no lacing head died back fairly quick.

Aroma is pale malts.. bready and little else... some background yeastiness.. but it is restrained.

Flavor mirrors the aroma .. but has a more pronounced bread flavor with a little more yeastiness to it.. a little sweet on the end. Very little hoppiness to speak of.. maybe a little bit of grass/hay.

Body is light and more than enough carbonation. Drinkablity is very high.. but I will get bored with only this in my fridge.

Edit: I would have guessed that this is the best American Blonde I've reviewed to this point and I am right.

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Photo of TiMX
4.16/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another Great Beer from Bridgport Brewing!

This is a very light fresh pale ale.

This pale ale would be a great beer to bring people into craft beer or a great lawnmower beer.

It is a very light straw colored clear beer.
White head that quickly goes away.
Fresh smell with a hint of fruit.
Great very light taste also with a hint of fruit.
Mouth feel is maybe a bit over carbed but then again it goes well with the very light taste.

This is a great summer beer.

Give it a try if you get the chance.

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Photo of Gusler
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Upon its departure from the 12 ounce bottle the beer presents a clear gold color with a bright white frothy head that slowly evanesces leaving a slight coating of lace upon the glass. Nose has a nice malt aroma, sweet with a nice citrus like crispness, start has a sweet malt profile, top is moderate in feel. Finish is dry, the acidity perfect, and the hops noticeable, clean to the palate. BridgePort ranks in my top ten all time favorite breweries.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
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!

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Photo of geographie
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Atop a pale yellow colored beer rests a white, quickly to leave head. Small bubbles. Aroma is almost sour with a hint of roasted cereal. Flavor has a citrus begining, a good dose of malt and roast barley, finishing with a small bitter whip, brining your tastebuds back to the starting point. The brew is a slightly watery, doesn't feel quite as full as expected. Super quaffable, awesome summer brew

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Photo of cbarrett4
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
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

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a steal at $3.99 a six pack.

Pours a little 1/2 finger head that dissipates quickly to leave a nice orange color.

Smell is of pale malts and a little bit of cooked corn, but mainly just pale malts with some grassy undertones.

Smell is of pale malts and grassy undertones. Fairly simple, yet refreshing.

This beer is simple and crisp and fairly decent.

This is sort of a no frills beer, but it's nice for 3.99 a six pack. I would definetly buy more at that price.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden-orange in color, with a half-inch snow-white white head, which retains superbly. Thick, brken lacing adorns the glass walls, and a few small bubbles drift lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Rather moderate aroma with abundant pale malt, a slight honey-like sweetness, and restrained herbal hops. The aroma is rather understated.

Taste: The taste opens with sold, slightly bready pale malt. As the taste progresses, mildly bitter grassy and herbal hops appear. These bring the taste to a close, and linger on well past its end.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A well-balanced, drinkable pale ale. Its understated hop profile makes it more accessible to those of us who are not hop heads. A refreshing and drinkable summer beer that is very well-crafted.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass bottle which is embossed "Oregon's oldest craft brewery" and topped with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of dankbeer
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a bottle purchased at a local grocery store. Nice label good bright yellow color with a picture of a cock drinking a pint.

Got it home poured it in a pint glass. Pretty nice head about a half inch thick, nice creamy white color. Pale straw color with a nice inch or so of lacing.

Smells of straw and light hints of honey and corriander. Easy on the nose.

Taste is good very refreshing. Light hints of straw and malts. Not much maltiness. Not much after taste.

Very easy to drink. Would be a great beer for the river on a hot summer day or pretty much anything that involves sun shine and good times. The no after taste is nice because you don't need anything to wash the hoppy taste out of your mouth. It goes down easy and at 5.3%abv it comes on nice after a few in the afternoon sun.

Not the best beer from Bridgeport, but a great summer time selection.


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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden, but not quite straw(hay) colored. Big ole fluffy white head sits aloft. Lots of carbonation runs up through this. It melts away to spindly lacing.

Aroma in mild in every respect. Pale light malt and slightly bitter hops. Certainly nothing to write home about. Kinda dissapointing.

Taste is pretty unremarkable as well. It's got good drinkablity and is quite approachable for the newbie craft beer drinker. It's just way to mild and generic. It's got a good twang in the hops, kinda spicy. The finish and aftertaste are a tad sweet, which makes me want to keep drinking it. A good drinker, thats about it.

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

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