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 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
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 84 ratings
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