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Pintail AlePintail Ale

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-28-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz slender brown bottle, “Bridgeport … Oregon’s Oldest Craft Brewery” in raised glass around the neck. Undecipherable freshness code on the back label.

Appearance: Thick off white lace leaves behind sporadic streaks of stickiness, bright tawny colour looks appetizing.

Smell: Fruity with hints of ripe pear and mango, slight citric peel from the hops and an underlying maltiness and musty buttery yeast makes up the aroma.

Taste: Moderately bodied with a crisp smoothness, big juicy fruit character with suggestions of pear and mango. Touch of buttery musty diacetyl. Light and refreshing citric zest flavour give the taste buds a quick snap, hop bitterness plays around the malt with both bitterness and flavour. Yeast flavours of earth and mineral come to mind. Maltiness is a tad thin but does not seem out of balance at all with a light caramel malt flavour. Clean and semi-dry finish makes you want to take another sip.

Notes: A quick and easy ale to put drink, flavourful with small complexities that are not a nuisance to the taste buds. Very well balanced and very drinkable in my eyes.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass.
A good color...dare I say copper? Brown/red/yellow. I wish it had a deeper head; thin, little lacing.
Aroma had malt and hops; weird though as they never balance...you smell one or the other.
Taste was not great, but not bad. Starts with smooth malt, some dark fruit then hits the hops and more of a sweeter tone. No aftertaste which makes what you just tasted seem light.
A nice micro...nothing eccentric, but more diverse than macro

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Photo of Zorro
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear red to copper colored ale with an off white head.

Smell is malty with a toasted cracker scent and a slight buttery scent. Fainter herbal hops and caramel aromas detected.

Taste is sweet with the strong malty flavor that you smell in the nose. The cracker malt flavor is in the taste in full force and is joined by a good herbal hop finish. After the first few sips the malt flavor tones down quite a bit and the fruity flavors and hops take over to make this still a malty ale but much better balanced with a nice nutty flavor.

Mouthfeel is average.

A very pleasant session ale here. This is tasty and mild and a good choice for bringing to a party to finesse a macro drinker in to a better world of beer.

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Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Gusler
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The color translucent amber color with the head pythonic in size, spumous in texture and the color a very light tan as it slowly disintegrates a thick and clinging sheet of lace is formed upon the glass. Sweet malt dominates the front of this nose, under lying is a slight lime like aroma, crisp, clean and refreshing to the senses, start is lightly sweet, adequately malted, top is light in feel. Finish is strict in its acidity, the hops present but unassuming in their spiciness, quite dry and lingering aftertaste, a drinkable beer from a favorite brewery, may need to sample a few of these to get a real feel for them, but a light as it is, a good lawnmower beer, nuttin’ wrong with that.

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Photo of arizcards
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six pack at Sprouts, the local organic grocer that has a decent little selection of brews for $5.99. This is a copper colored ale but is really more like a pale ale. Poured a nice head leaving a nice lacing down my pint. Detecting a citrusy smell to this beer. The taste is like a pale ale, sweet malty start and a slight citrus, light hop finish. Mouthfeel is adequate but not complex. Is a decent little beer, even my wife (Miss Bud Light) enjoyed this at the brewpub in Portland last summer.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lighter copper color, clear body, small thin off-white cap, little lacing. Aroma is a bit on the fruity side with some melon, a bit of citrus tones from hops and slight pine, buttery sweet and clean, but a bit too sweet, more hop tones needed I think. Taste is much better, but not a bad drinker, sweetly fruity with more then enough malts, melon-like, pears and dull apples mark the flavors mostly, some hoppy things approach the finish with a bit of grassy spice and pine but lacks depth with a very mild little bite. Feel is shy of medium with a lower carbonation and malty sweetening thats a bit sticky upfront but it drys out some for the finish. Not a bad drinker, just a slightly better then average pale with more of a malt rendered approach which may suit some, but not I said me.

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Photo of Boto
2.88/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle: This one pours an amber color, with a bit of white foam. Mild but pleasing aroma. It consists of a mild malt sweetness and a slight whiff of hops. The taste is slightly caramel sweet with a hint of tartness in the aftertaste. A touch of citrus also. OK, but definitely not exciting. This might be a good micro starter for your friends.

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Photo of Reidrover
2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought this in a brown 12ozer bottle with no "best before" date.
MM the appearance is pretty par for the course with other "copper" ales it is a coppery colour, with almost no head to mention..though it does retain a smallish lace around the glass..seems very "fizzy".
Smell is pretty good though not great..though less hoppy than most NW brews
Taste I am afraid is very average, maybe its just me I always seem to rate Bridgeport brews as not very tasty. just a strange bitterness to it after swallowing though its not Cascade Hops bitterness..not appetizing.
The mouth feel is exscessivlly carbonated..its too much
all in all an average beer..I will not buy again

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.27/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pintail Copper Ale is defined by a strong yeast flavor that instills either a firm appeal, or an upfront aversion. I won’t go so far as to say I didn’t care for it, only that it doesn’t suit my personal tastes. It’s very meaty and none too subtle.

Pintail is also true to form in its clear copper body with my pint showing no lace and only an eclipsed head. It had a difficult time standing alone and begged to be paired with food or some palatal contrast.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gold-copper color, medium head. Aroma is malty and fruity. A medium bodied pale ale. Malts are nutty and sweet. Hops are spicy and grapefruity. Rather aggressively hopped. Smooth lighter flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of woemad
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane. Billed as a "copper ale." Hopefully no copper mining tailings were used in the making of this beer. Poured a "copper" color with a small white head that vanished fairly quickly, although a ring of foam remained throughout the beer's tenure in my glass. Smell was of floral hops with a tinge of honey. Taste was tangy, but still rather mild.Mild maltiness seems pretty well balanced with the subdued hoppiness.The finish was crisp, but didn't loiter around afterwards. It kind of reminded me of a Fuller's ESB. Pleasing mouthfeel, slightly thicker than I expected. While not being something I would truly savor with every taste, I would expect this would be a nice session beer.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When poured, it was a golden amber with a medium amout of foam. The smell was of a sweet citrus and fruit. The taste was a sort of a watermelon flavor with the citrus to smooth out the sweetness. The lace on the glass never left even after the last sip. Sweetness and bitterness was well balanced. If you looking for a hoppy flavor, this is not the beer.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There are two fingers of creamy-white, fine, soft foam on top of the almost perfectly clear, dull copper beer. Small spots of lacing with a couple of swoops. It smells caramely, a little tangy and roasty. The front is fruity with apples leading to a tangy, caramel+fruit middle. The beer finishes very tangy with more apples. It's quite bitter. This is a decent, tangy, caramel, amber ale with strong apple highlights.

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Photo of Zraly
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a fair coppery-amber with a tannish head. Clear in appearance and has nice lacing. Notes of fruit and malt in the smell, slight undertone of fresh hops.

Initial flavors are sugary and toffee-ish. Also notes of fruit and the hops just add a small bite of bitter. Overall, it is light-medium bodied. The finish has a strange, citrusy tang to it. Interesting.

I find this to be a curious pale ale. Not great, but certainly enjoyable. I wouldn't complain if someone offered me another one :) I'm gonna drink it and watch the rain fall here in Washington.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This qualifies as BridgePort's lightest offering, for the Bud Light drinker, although its flavor is a bit more blatant than the extreme subtleties of BridgePort's Blue Heron. Not to say that the beer is brash; far from it. It pours a sunny copper with good seafoam head and spidery lace. The aroma is trademark BridgePort, with a hint of caramel, some rainy day yeast, and perhaps popcorn? Fruity esters are also apparent, and carry over into the flavor to buttress a light toffee malt quality. Hops are muted, herbal, with a slight peppery zing. The mouthfeel is fluid, quite soft, substantial for this kind of beer. The entire package is seamlessly composed; not a jarring note or flavor out of place, to these taste buds at least. I wasn't expecting much from BridgePort's seemingly least impressive offering, but I was surprised by how easily enjoyable the beer was. Another solid selection, not to be overlooked, from a great brewery.

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Photo of beertaster13
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very rustic looking orangish yellow with a very nice frothy white head that stays throughout, not much lacing left on glass as you drink. Smells of citrus oj and hints of banana and mango, slight molasses/caramel brings up the rear. Taste is of zesty lemon and lime with great citrus aftertones. The pinepapple/mango is a great sweetness to the balance of the bitter buttery hop. A medium bodied ale, very refreshing, would drink again.

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Photo of Padron4KM
2.68/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle: Clear amber pour, decent sized, but fleeting head. minimal lacing.

Carmel and bread dominate the aroma. one has to really agitate the beer to bring any hops out and even then they are faint.

Flavor is mildly bitter, mildly sweet.

Body is thin and watery.

finish is short and mildly citrus

Goes down easy so this could be a session beer with some freinds who don't drink much more than Bud.

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Photo of MJR
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a perfectly clear copper with a light tan head that shrinks quickly to a small cap, but leaves a fair amount of lacing.

Smell: The aroma is quite malty, with a considerable amount of Munich malt toasted breadiness. There's a hint of fruit, as well as a bit of herbal and spicy hop. Strong mineral presence.

Taste: Almost overwhelming in it's maltiness. There's a huge shot of Munich malt that gives a warm, toasted bread flavor and a hint of nuttiness. The hops show up mostly in the form of a herbal, spicy note that get's trampled by the malt. As in the smell, there's a strong mineral component to the flavor that adds to the dryness.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin in body, with a crisp, dry mouthfeel that is highlighted even more by the minerally flavor and aroma. Very clean.

Drinkability: This would make a good session brew. It's a bit one-sided, with the Munich malt taking most of the attention, but still manages to please.

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Photo of Hunter
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lives up to it's name in the appearance...the hue of a bright copper penny. White head that falls quick, leaving a thin film at the top.

Aroma of hops, some malt there, but faint.

Smooth going down, pretty stnadard in all respects. The aftertaste reminds me of a subdued SN Pale Ale - hops are there but nowhere near SN levels.

All in all a decent brew. Drinkable and light, I've no real complaints about it other than that neither the hops nor the malt really shines through. Might be a good intro brew to those making their way out of Bud Light purgatory and into more refined tastes.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on 3rd October 2005. 12 fl oz (355 ml) bottle, no "best by" date to be found.

Poured a copper coloured body topped by a thin off-white head. Head receded quite quickly, but small bubbles continued to form to leave a thin lacing effect.

Smell was subtle, a mild hops with some malt and fruit. Tasted quite nice, though not a complex of flavours (buttery); a bit light. Mouthfeel was somewhat syrupy.

Could easily be enticed to drink a few of these.

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Photo of HochFliegen
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a light copper color with a small white head and lacing that slowly disapates as you drink.
The smell is fruity with some melon tones. There is also a light carmel smell in the end.
The taste is fruity with a lemon zest in the end that is very refershing. It has a touch of melon flavor as well and a nice malt sweetness that balances quite nice with the hops.
A very refreshing and drinkable summer brew.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bridgport Pintail Ale was served from a 12 oz. bottle. In a pint glass, the beer was beaming copper hue, with a small white and nice lacing. The nose was pleasantly citric, zippy, and quite enticing. The taste presented a soft and mellow malt base that was decorated with a lively lemony lime citric transition into a lightly bitter finish that held lingering limon citrus and a touch of sweetness. The flavor was satisfying but quite mellow, making this a great hot weather quencher. The body was full and very smooth, and the extra carbonation worked well with the citrus effects. Well done and refreshing.

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Photo of jjkatter
3.5/5  rDev 0%

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Pintail Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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