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: 71 | Ratings: 84
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 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 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 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 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 jokelahoma
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light yellowish-gold color with a small skiff of head that fell fairly rapidly.

Nose is a slight graininess, with little else standing out. About what one would expect from a blonde ale, really.

Taste is quite mellow, with mild malt flavor up front, and just enough bitterness to give the beer a bite. No hop flavor that I could detect. A slight corn flavor sneaks in. Hard to tell if it's from DMS or if there is a bit of maize here to lighten the body. Either way it's no intrusive and fits well with the style. Just a hint of sourness in the aftertaste, but again, not at all enough to distract.

The moithfeel is light, as it should be for a blonde released as a summer brew. Nicely done.

This isn't going to knock the socks off anyone, but then, it isn't meant to. It's a light-bodied, easy drinking summer beer, meant to refresh, not overload. And it does that well. I'd recommend it.

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

I liked this beer though I thought it was pretty mellow compared to their IPA. The flavor was kind of grassy with a bit of bitterness to it. I'd say it was also a fairly clean beer and my girlfriend liked it too. Nice light gold color and a good head. We had this with pizza and it went well with our food.

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

Purchased as part of a mixed 6 Pack at Wilbur's in Ft Collins.

It pours from 12oz bottle a clear light gold with not much foam to speak of and there's no lacing.

The smell is as weak as the appearance. Nothing strikes my nose with any intensity.

The taste...this is where it starts to shine a bit. I'm getting some good citrus. mainly lemon, hops up front and it has a good malt balance. The malt isn't sweet; it's more of an earthiness but it does well in balancing the hop presence. Mind you, this isn't a beer with the flavour of the ages but it's quite quaffable. The body is on the light side and it's lightly carbonated but it's a good one to turn to for a hot summer day. It's worthy of a try or 2.

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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 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 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 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 Roguester
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not a bad beer, very light and unoffensive. Good party beer. Also good for enjoying on a picnic or something similar. Very easily drinkable, and enjoyable if you don't care to explore the complexities of beer. I'm starting to think that the IPA is the only thing really defining from Bridgeport. Could be worse, but I probably wont buy this ever again, especially as the same 7 dollars can get something much more interesting in the grocery store.

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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 loren01
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light golden color, smallish white head, very slight lacing down the glass
S: Smells very grainy, biscuty. Floral scent.
T: Taste almost reminds me of Rolling Rock actually. Rolling Rock is one beer that I will drink if I'm in a macro type hillbilly bar, I actually like the taste. Tastes like biscut malt with some floral/sweet flavor in there as well.
M: Slighlty prickly on the tongue, maybe a tad overcarbonated
D: Not bad really, would be very tasty after doing some yard work on a hot summers day or something.

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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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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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Haymaker Extra Pale Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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