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 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 RJLarse
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a six-pack of Haymaker Extra Pale at a grocery store to enjoy on an early summer afternoon. Poured in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a brassy gold color and is clear. AA one-finger fizzy white head forms, but dissipates quickly leaving a few bubbles on the surface

The smell is good, with fruity and floral aromas. Some citrus fragrances and marigolds perhaps.

The taste is quite good, and fairly complex. There are a lot of diferent flavors going on simultaneously. Citrus flavors like orange, a bit of a leafy spice accent, coriander or tarragon perhaps, and a bit of a bread flavor on the finish. Mildly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light crisp and dry. There is a bit of a chalky sensation to it.

A very drinkable brew. "Sunshine in a glass" they say, and I would not disagree. Very light, tasty and sessionable. I'll probably have this again before Summer is out.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass a clear yellow with a decent one inch white head. Smell was faint hops, a little earthy. The taste was mild with a little citrus and more earthiness. The drinkability was outstanding as the ABV was low and the beer went down so smooth. Great session beer.

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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 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 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 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 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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Photo of canucklehead
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The weather in Leavenworth at the end of September was 86 degrees so it seemed right to search out the last summer beers on the store shelves. Haymaker is a real nice summer beer that pours very pale with a white head. The nose is fresh and redolent of sutble hops. The finish is dry with an almost lager like midbody (almost like Anchor Steam). Nice beer , will search this out next summer.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a slightly hazy, cloudy dark yellow, with a medium white head, with fair retention and no lacing.

S: Light citrus notes, mostly orange and lemon.

T: Bottle says this beer is liquid sunshine, and that moniker is not far off. A very bright, crisp flavour of oranges, lemon, wheat, biscuit, and light herbs is very delightful.

M: Crisp, full carbonation, a little much at times, but real easy to drink.

D: Saw it on sale for $2.99 at my local BevMo, for a 6-pack, and boy was I surprised, a great summertime ale.

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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 DogFood11
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Haymaker Extra Pale Ale has a golden and yellow label with a rooster gobbling down a cold one. Like the label this beer is golden in color and full of fine carbonation. Head is Ivory white with very tight and stringy lace. Props on the appearance as it has me looking forward to the first gobble.

Very light in the nose so I'll skip the smell and get right to the meat of this offering. This is a subtle brew in every way and I believe its exactly what a Blonde Ale should be. Underlying sweetness is in balance with a light but pointed hop presence. Hops tend to dry this beer up a bit and it is very clean. ABV is a complete afterthought as it should be. This is Lawnmower beer heaven.

Normally I find most attempts at this style to be overly malted and sometimes too bready or caramelized. This one rides the line perfectly. My favorite offering from Bridgeport to date.

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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 rowew
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle, embossed like the other Bridgeport bottles. No date information, rooster drinking a beer on the label.

Appearance: Bright gold color with a medium head, good retention and lacing.

Smell: Bready malt, grassy hops. Mild aroma, but nicely balanced.

Taste: Very drinkable - good balance of bready malt flavor - a bit of floral and grassy hops in the finish.

Overall impression: Great summertime beer - easy to drink, but still very interesting.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright, sparkling, haystack gold. The brewery's claim ('sunshine in a glass') is an appropriate description as well. The foam is somewhere between ivory and pale ecru in color. It failed to reach two fingers after a spirited pour and doesn't have the most wonderful texture. I like the beer, but the head and lace could use some work.

Prior to assessing the aroma, I wondered why the above style is American Blonde Ale when it says 'Extra Pale Ale' right there on the label. I always thought BA went with the brewery's wishes. In any case, Haymaker EPA smells like a blonde. It's primarily pale malty and contains very little hoppiness. Maybe the brewery is simply using 'pale ale' in the descriptive sense.

I hate to focus too much on style, but a few mouthfuls tell me that Haymaker is a tweener. It's either a generously-hopped blonde ale or an underhopped APA. Given only 15 IBUs, I guess BridgePort didn't want scare off those who shy away from 'bitter' beer. Looking back at my reviews, it's obvious that these guys go against the Pacific NW grain in that they don't brew anything that's overly challenging to hopheads.

A sufficient amount of lightly sweet pale malt provides plenty of support for the surprisingly complex hop flavor. I used the word 'complex' because it's nearly impossible to figure out the hop bill. European characteristics (grassy, herbal, spicy) are most prominent, making me think of Tettnang or Hallertau at the very least.

It may not be obvious from what I've said so far, but this is delicious, drinkable beer. It tastes sophisticated in a way the few blonde ales can manage. If you're looking for a well-brewed, well-balanced, 'complex enough to keep your interest' session ale, look no further.

The mouthfeel has a well-malted solidity about it. At no point does it drop below medium for the style. It might even be on the full side, all things considered. Carbonation? Pretty close to perfect.

This is one instance in which the attributes that are less important to me (the first two) drag down the overall score. Haymaker Extra Blonde Ale is good stuff and would be one of my summer staples if I Iived in BridgePort's distribution area. It also strikes me as an excellent crossover beer that could convert a whole lot of people to our way of drinking.

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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 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 msubulldog25
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bridgeport's latest seasonal: "sunshine in a glass". Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Crystal clear blonde-golden. Ample rising carbonation to a floculating head of whitish foam. Excellent sticky lace, gobs of it coating all sides of the glass. Retention isn't long, but the bubbly film never goes away.

S: Malty & doughy. Crackers and dry hops, smelling of flowers and cut grass.

T: Well-balanced hop/malt profile. Citrus zest and some spice in the hops, crisp, malty breadiness. Label says that 4 blended malts and 3 hop varieties were used in making this, but does not specify which.

M: Crisp and clean, with bittering hops cutting off the sugars in the malt abruptly. Light-medium mouthfeel, medium body.

D: Easy to drink, pleasnat flavors and aroma. Nice look to this beer, too; definitely "sunshine"-like. Worth giving a try - an easy summer brew that I'd gladly have again. Compliments also to BP for a nice-looking, colorful label; it actually helped sell me on this beer. and

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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 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 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 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 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 zeff80
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, orange/yellow color with a small, white, bubbly head. No lace.

S - It smelled of grains and malt. There was also a fruity sweet aroma.

T - It tasted of some light, spicy hops. There was a good caramel flavor, too.

M - It was sharp, crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This seemed to bring more hops and spice than most Blonde ales. Pretty easy-drinking brew.

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Haymaker Extra Pale Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 84 ratings