Haymaker Extra Pale Ale | BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Haymaker Extra Pale AleHaymaker Extra Pale Ale

Brewed by:
BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Oregon, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 05-07-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 70 | Ratings: 83
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 hoplover82
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a realy good, smooth, lighter kinda beer.

Lightly hopped, but distinct hop presence.

Aroma is like a light beer but with some hops.

Flavor is the same as above. Real good and simple.

Light bodied.

Good for summer nights indeed. I would get this one again.

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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 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 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 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 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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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 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 stephens101
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A very light orange pour ends in a slight off-white and quickly fading head. Smells a bit grainy with a lemony zest and some orange peel. Tastes of oranges, lemons, grapefruits and malts. A slight hoppiness figures into the end equation. Highly drinkable, but could use a bit more substance, though being an "extra" pale ale, might let it off the hook a bit.

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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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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 Alanthebeerguy
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The apperance is a gold/ straw color that is very transparent. Cannot get much out of the nose of this beer, mabey just a little bit of hop. the taste is not bad at all, some hop and something sweet that I just quite decide what it is. the mouthfeel is very light and easy. This beer is very drinkable, but there are other beers I will drink before drink many of these. Not bad but I am glad I bought this in a mixed 6 pack and only got one.

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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 HoppyMcStout
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this brew to be highly drinkable. It's a very attractive golden color with a solid head after the pour. The taste is solid. Very crisp and clean and more flavor than I was expecting considering the color. The only thing that dissapponited was a somewhat lager-ish after taste that thankfully receeded fairly quickly. A very good summer brew in my opinion - bordering on a session brew.

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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 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 BretSikkink
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color, quite clear with some really bright highlighting. Just about white in the head, although there's not much to tell, as it was served with a thin cap of medium sized bubbles.

I'm sad. I got something more like "Double Pale Ale" into my head, and rather than amping up the pale ale, it's amped down. Smells must about like a blonde ale, mostly grain husk sweet pale malts, with very little hops. What's there is sort of earthy and grassy.

Weak on the malt for the APA style, I mostly get notes of flowers and pepper in the flavor. Definitely hops, but not quite what I thought I would get from a Portland brewery. Relatively well balanced, decent mouthfeel.

The overall effect is rather good once I adjusted. The hops range from herbal to grassy to floral, but don't really assert themselves the way I was hoping.

Very drinkable, easy session beer. Under the right circumstances (anywhere the temperature is over 90 degrees), absolutely go after this one.

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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 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 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 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 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 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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Haymaker Extra Pale Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
3.6 out of 5 based on 83 ratings.
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