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 Hollenbeck2
2.2/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I had this beer at the oregon brewers fest this past week, pretty good, and after the event I have started to see this brew everywhere, it seems pretty popular. Not the best beer I have had, similar to an amber which are not my favorite brews. although bridgeport is one of my favorite breweries here locally, they are high quality and this is a great escape from their normal line up.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.66/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A really nice looking amber/golden presentation supports a 1 1/2 finger, semi-dense white head. Looks great. Head settles to a nice, patch work of thin foam, grows again with a couple hard swirls.
Smell is weak. More malt and sweat than anything pale or blonde. I expected more citrus or some herbal spice.
Taste is malty. A bit crisp, but more sweet and grainy than anything else. A bit light, which helps out. Got a bit boring towards the end.
Still, could be a good brew for a porch sitting.

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Photo of JDV
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light gold colored pour, with a lasting bright white head. Smell is of light malty grassiness, and perhaps light hops. Not very pale ale smelling, but decent. Very light bodied, medium carbonation, and in no way resembling a pale. More like a kolsch, or a lager or something lighter and much less hopped. Taste is lightly flavored malt, but refreshing as a summer beer. Pass up if you're looking for a true pale ale, but decent as a lawnmower.

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Photo of HardTarget
2.96/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Inspection: Marketing blurb about four malts and three hop varieties, nothing of use like a date, abv., etc.

Aroma: Disappointing. Bland white bread yeast, mild light malt sweetness, little to no hop aroma. I was hoping for a Pale Ale, not an American Lager.

Appearance: Crystal clear yellow tinged water with big bubbles holding a modest white head that does give small tide mark lace.

Flavor: Mild orange peel citric finish gives the beer some life and character. Some wheat like flavors, bit earthy. The bland yeast comes through too strongly for me though.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly, light, clean.

Overall Impression: Hard to get excited about this. It’s Bud Light for craft brew. That’s probably a bit harsh as this does have some nice flavors going, but it’s too yellow, too fizzy, too light to hold my interest. I guess it would make a good lawnmower or summer session.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Iced Tea Glass (Seemed Appropriate)
TEMP: Chilled to approx 38 degrees

Pours a bright golden color with a thin bright white head.

Smell is not much. A bit of citrus, some grassy hops.

Taste is a little better than expected. Citrus notes hit first (lemon and orange, mostly). Follows with a little bit of sweet maltiness and a light touch of earthy hops.

Feels good in the mouth on a hot day, like today. Light, crisp and refreshing.

After working up some heat, I could see some session drinking done with a product like this. Easy to drink and quenches your thirst. Very good summertime beer.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.14/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed 5/5/2008 (bottle):

Pours a dark golden colored body, clearish looking. Has a fresh aroma, with some malt, and some wheat, and sweetness too. Also some hay present in the aroma. Watery palate. Fresh tasting, with some maltiness. Pretty refreshing.

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Photo of heavyblanket
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Light in color, very refreshing, but not very complex. A very good summer session beer.
Out of a bottle, it had very little aroma and only a slight malty taste. Out of a glass it was a better experience. Nice golden color, small tight bubbles. It's aroma was earthy and it's had a slightly sweet, malty flavor. Though it is not my favorite, I'd definitely have it again.

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Photo of Onslow
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

medium head ... low lacing for a pale ale .. simple yet quite enjoyable ... i like this beer, it is easy drinking, not too complex or overdone... a great session.. another great beer from the great brewery of Bridgeport, this beer seems to be very balanced with a great taste..

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Photo of PDXHops
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle into same size mug. Hmm, well, it is indeed extra pale, with a clear bright gold color. The head on top fades pretty quick. Nose is pretty faint, with some light fruitiness and a little sweet malt. Taste is a lightly grainy, fairly sweet malt with only a light dusting of bitterness. A touch of fruitiness rounds it out some, but I find it just on the edge of cloying.

I was hoping for something pale and bitter, but this is just pale and bland.

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Photo of ccrida
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into my large Petrus goblet (I've got an aged pale on deck), Haymaker is a clear gold with a small, tight white head that quickly settles. Served at fridge temp.

Smell is pretty subdued, sweet grains, clean, with soft and dry, minty citrus noble hops.

Taste is crisp, mineral laden cereals, perhaps a tad tinny, herbal hops, but pretty clean particularly in the dry, sweeter finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty slick, medium light body, burpy.

Drinkability is ok, this is obviously made for the BMC crowd, and it's not too bad a version. Grainy and crisp, with noble hops and corn sugar, complete with the aluminum can aftertaste!

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Photo of Reidrover
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden ale, with a large thick ,fothy ,white head. Aroma mostly malty, with some lemon zest. Taste: mainlly malts, with a zing of lemongrass near the end. Soft mouthfeel about this, but turns a wee bit watery as it goes on. Overall a boring golden ale ,OK for drinking in quantities.
But Im not impressed.

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Photo of sabinelr
3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this because Arrogant Bastard Ale was out, so I thought I would give it a try. Just last week I was visiting an old friend, a veteran of the pre-history of micro-brewing in 1970. Now he drinks Rainier (another old story), and he offered me one. I remembered the taste. Then I got this Haymaker, and had a bottle. It tasted like Rainier. Now I don't think Bridgeport will appreciate this, but it's what I noticed. So I went down and got a 12-pak of Steel Reserve 211. If you're going to spend your money on Bridgeport, I say get their stout. This beer is too average.

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Photo of crobinso
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of yemenmocha
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy golden color with thin white head that does not retain.

Nose is lemony.

Palate has a sweet honeyed corn flavor that isn't too bad, but again - honey & corn? Whether it is made with corn or not, the corn profile is there for sure. MOre body than expected also.

Hops offer some bitterness at the end of the honeycorn presentation, and the aftertaste is honey sweet.

Not recommended for hot weather refreshment as far as pale ales goes because of the syrupy sweet corn honey taste.

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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 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 Bookseeb
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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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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3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First one...ouch. Pours nice and light straw colored with pale white head. Small streaks of carbonation slowly find a way to the top. Smell is light and notes of fresh hay, slight floral, small bitterness of hops, and the sweetness of honeysuckle. In the mouth it is light and wet with a little slime feel as it slides down the throat. Taste is lackluster and for an EPA as stated it is lighter and less "hoppy" than it's IPA cousin Bridgeport is known for. A good beer for the summer, well rounded and light in body with a slight sweetness throughout and a small bitter end. Good job of a summer slammer with some taste.

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Photo of Rayek
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale golden color has active carbonation. Small and soapy white head doesn't retain well and leaves no lace.

S: Straw, grass and that's about it.

T: Mild, which is appropriate for the style. Dry malt is followed by a mild bitterness that isn't particularly flavorful. Finishes very clean.

M: Medium light body with a little too much carbonation.

D: Blonde Ales seem to be what craft brewers make to attract the macro crowd. Certainly better than most macros, but not my favorite style of beer.

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

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

Does the name of this beer call to mind the word "lawnmower?" It does to my way of thinking, though this light golden ale is brewed with that particular strain of yeast that I personally don't care for. It's just not clean and tends to obscure the hop and malt in favor of yeast esters.

That said, if you enjoy this particular yeast strain I follows that you'll like this beer. It is pure, clear copper - very pretty - though with minimal adornment of suds. I would nearly go so far as to say that the taste is clean, if you consider the dominant thrust of yeast esters to be clean. Noble hop presence is marginal and the malts merely whisper.

Haymaker doesn't suit my personal preferences. But if it suits yours, don't let me stop you.

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