BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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IPA - American
3.84 | pDev: 12.24%
BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Reviews: 544 | Ratings: 1,069 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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chimneyjim from Oregon

3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Last 12 oz can of six, October 2018 production date. Bright amber with a slight haze. Huge white head that slowly receded to 1/8-inch after five minutes. Mildly floral aroma. Balanced flavor with a nice hop bite at the end.
I considered it the standard of an IPA in its day, and it was always in the fridge. But this was the first one in five years. The beer market and I moved on, apparently — Bridgeport closed in March. Maybe this is not quite the same beer? I remember it being bottle conditioned with a little yeast sediment in the past.
This was a bit old for a fair review but the last of the breed.

May 15, 2019
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stevoj from Idaho

3.24/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Mild and dry, this isn’t as hoppy as a good portion of the NW IPAs. Pours a light amber with beautiful creamy head, lots of lacing. Subdued hoppy nose and taste is more hops, watery mouthfeel and short and dry finish.

Mar 28, 2018
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FedupwithStupid from Idaho

4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Loved this beer and drank it often when I lived in the Portland area. Great on tap as a casked IPA, too. Sadly, I rarely see it at my usual shopping venues these days. Next time I do I will pickup a six pack for old times sake.

Sep 28, 2017
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bondjedi from Washington

2.37/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Out of a bottle while listening to James Taylor and The Eagles.

The number one word that comes to mind with this brew is "toxic." The initial smell is reminiscent of paint, and like latex it coats your nostrils. Doesn't taste as bad as it smells, though.

Sep 23, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

She pours a hazy golden color and leaves about the same colored body with a two and a half finger white foamy head that rises a bit and falls, lacing is very clingy and has a thick foaminess. The aroma has big bold hops, floral yet piney, subtle sweet maltiness tries to linger forward as it warms, but mainly combines wonderfully. The taste has a nice super smooth bittersweetness all the way through into the aftertaste, as the caramel malts combine fantastically with the bitter hops, leaves a dry finish. On the palate, this one sits about a light to medium, fairly sessionable, carbonation seems a bit under for an AIPA, but actually just makes this one better for the summer. Overall, in my opinion, this is a spectacular AIPA for the summer that I would have again.

Jun 22, 2017
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hreb from Washington

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from a variety pack. Served in a pint glass, beer is medium coppery with big soda bubbles and a moderate white foam. Aroma is deliciously hoppy, nice and floral. Flavor has a distinct biscuity sweetness to it and a hop tartness from partial alpha extraction. This is a beer of extremely ordinary proportions for an American IPA, but a very distinctive flavor profile. Hard to believe they've been brewing this for over 20 years. Yet I think it's possible I've never had this before (of course I've had Hop Czar, their Double complement, loads of times). In a sea of alpha-heavy, citrus- and floral-forward dry hopped IPAs, this beer really holds up.

May 28, 2017
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mmmbeer89 from New Mexico

3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a little light on flavor and a little watery tasting/feeling. My beer still has the 30 years commemorative top label on it (1984-2014) so i hope i didn't get an old pack as it's now 2017 but it doesn't have the 30 years cap and still tastes good enough so i don't know what to think.

May 15, 2017
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ChancellorMcPennyFiddle from Oregon

4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Still to this day my steering wheel smells like dark alleyway bum trash. I had to use an old speaker magnet to get all the caps out of my seats. The cop was laughing so hard he couldn't even push the buttons on his fake ass ticket pad. Good thing we have comparable tastes, he gave me a speeding ticket for 86 in a 65 and told me as I pulled out... "yup, she is definitely worth $600, have fun!"

Mar 10, 2017
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gandres from Philippines

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured to wine glass
light amber orange hue, very hazy, medium tan foam that slowly goes away
fragrant, hoppy malty aroma
bitter, some sweetness
creamy, god carbonation, long follow through, bitter then tart aftertaste
very good beer, ok to repeat but not look for
drank: February 2, 2017 6:20 PM

Feb 03, 2017
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machiya from Oregon

4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is my go-to "commodity" IPA, which means it's in bottles in my fridge - I don't know if I've ever had it on tap. Yes, it's from the very early days of American IPAs, and no, the IBUs don't strip the enamel from teeth, but its grapefruit aroma and taste make it my default summer beer.

Look and feel? Basic IPA. Smell and taste are what make me come back to this one every year.

Aug 07, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

While the appearance of the beer is yellow, it tends to come off maltier than its appearance with a 1/2" white head on it, good clarity. Hops were a little noble like in addition to Cascades.

Malty, woodsy, wouldn't think that at first. Close to approaching balance, a lower abv ipa, not too many left in the 5% range these days. A lot of lemon in it I noticed, an earthy lemon, not an acidic kind.

This is one of those 20 year old + ipa recipes. I've had some inconsistency from it over the years. Ultimately, this beer can pretty much be a full half point above or below where I'm rating it now depending on variables with it.

May 18, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bridgeport's IPA is getting to be its style's classic. I wish that 1/5 of the IPAs I drink are this balanced. There may be less than a handful AIPAs that I rate this highly.

Looks inviting... cloudy, fluffy and slightly blondey. Smells like malt and balanced by citrusy and piney hops. Tastes the same way... like a good ale should. No bitterness and no lingering of hops... and soft.

Listed in the "1001 Beers To Taste Before You Die", this probably should still be on the list after two decades out. A fine recipe that too few still emulate.

May 10, 2016
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Hat_Fulla_Beer from Canada (AB)

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. 12 ounce bottle poured into Peroni glass.

Pours a medium straw yellow with one fat finger of eggshell head that leaves Dr. Seuss landscape lace as it recedes.

Smells of tropical fruit, mild sliced citrus fruit and sweet caramel malt.

Tastes of mild lemon rind, muddled tropical fruit juice, dinner biscuit caramel malt and bitter piney hops

Feels light and playful. Medium-light bodied with frothy carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Recommended. Solid and balanced.

Feb 17, 2016
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by tropical fruits. Taste is hops, tropical fruits, some malts, medium bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid IPA, but nothing special.

Jan 27, 2016
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OKbrew89 from Oklahoma

3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap. Poured into a pint glass. Dark amber color with a white, two finger head that dissipates slowly and leaves lacing down the glass. One note smell of pine hops. Taste follows the nose with a consistently bitter and hoppy body that leaves lingering bitterness. Medium body and medium carbonation with a hoppiness that lingers.
It's a hoppy west coast IPA. Pine hops took everything over and didn't leave room for anything else. I don't get the hubbub over this one, but maybe I'll revisit it one day.

Jan 14, 2016
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Jeffsta1 from Washington

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich gold-tan color, not too dark. Almost white head, mixed fine lace.

Smell is decent. Mostly characteristic of IPA, but does have some American-lager smell that I find a little off-putting.

Taste is hoppy, much more on the bitter side more than citrus/apricot. Not super complex.

Mouthfeel is moderate, on the light side for an IPA. Carbonation is fairly fine, possibly a little on the abundant side.

Finish is a little short.

I remember liking this more, years ago. Maybe this is an off bottle, or maybe my tastes have refined.

Jan 06, 2016
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Libeertarian from Montana

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Quite hazy amber orange, with fluffy but rocky tannish head of medium retention. Great lacing. Aromas are resin, pine, spice, caramel, orange, a little brothy vegetation but not as strong as in the Hop Czar Imperial IPA or the Kingpin Imperial Red. Taste favors resin and broth, and to a certain extent lemon or orange, maybe caramel. It's all a bit watered down though, which could be a good thing depending on how you like the flavors. Anything else that's there is balanced out fairly well, whether it be malty characteristics or overt bitterness. The next thing that stands out the most would be peppercorn depending on how you're drinking it. Medium bodied and carbonation, just thicker than water, crisp enough. Overall, better than I remember it having been from prior tastings.

Nov 19, 2015
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barczar from Kentucky

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Unsure of age on this one. Aroma is muddled fruit, light bready sweetness, and laced with floral hop notes. Hints of grass and resin are subtle.

Flavor reveals juicyfruit-like undertones, with a fairly crisp, bitter finish. Very refreshing, though the bitterness dominates.

Oct 02, 2015
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DoctorZombies from Florida

3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale Amber draft pour with thick white head; Good clarity and carbonation;decent lace. Slight hint of floral hop nose. Floral hop flavor and a little lemon grass too. Lite mouthfeel with a slightly bitter finish. Overall quite enjoyable.

May 29, 2015
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Foyle from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: pours a 3" cream colored head that drops slowly with lots of lacing. Color is a cloudy orange with some mild streaming carbonation.

Aroma: orange and pine are dominate, some bread dough in the background.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, sticky with a mostly dry finish and some alcohol warming in the throat.

Flavor: citrus rind, tangerine and pine dominate the flavor along with white bread malts and some raisin.

Overall: a well balanced and tasty IPA.

May 28, 2015
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazed golden amber color with a huge head of billowy white foam. The head has a fantastic staying power, only very slowly fading to leave tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a grapefruit citrus smell mixed with a moderate showing of some pine. Along with these aromas comes smells of a cracker malt like smell and a little bit of an herbal aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a with a semi-sweet malt flavor, being a mix of a bready and crackery taste combined with a little bit of a caramel flavor. Upfront there is also a bit of a grapefruit hop, which remains throughout the taste. As the taste advances some of the caramel sweetness fades, only to be replaced by some flavors of orange an light fruit and more hop flavors of a pine and earthy nature. In the end, the later hop flavors dominate the hop profile and with the mix of modest sweetness, malt, and hop, one is left with a somewhat drier, and more lightly hopped IPA flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side for a brew of 5.5% with a carbonation level that is on the average to higher side. The average side of the carbonation and body are a good blend for the hop and the lighter malt flavors of the bread and make for a nice easy drinking IPA overall.

Overall – An alright IPA, but a nothing too exceptional overall.

May 20, 2015
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brewtalthrone from Ohio

4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was my go-to beer when I lived in Portland. Readily available, & the bottle-conditioning gives it that "silty" taste that I love so much but, strangely, have a hard time finding. (Others would be Brooklyn East IPA & Cooper's Pale Ale from Australia).

May 16, 2015
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tucson_brewson from Arizona

3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into an IPA glass I got for Christmas. Still not sure how glass affects the overall taste. But poured a golden, hazy body. Nice, thick 1-2+ inch head that left nice lacing.
S: Faint citrus, pine, hops.
T: Bitter hops up front, but finishes smooth and has a nice malty aftertaste.
M: Smooth, clean, goes down easier than other IPAs.
O: Still working through the bitterness of most IPAs. But for the price ($6.99/6-pack), and prestige (claims to be Oregon's oldest craft brewery) a decent, very drinkable IPA.

May 11, 2015
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beergoot from Colorado

3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brilliant gold colored body; thick, rocky, sticky head; slight yeast hazinesss. Pungent hop aroma; old citrus fruit and pine sap; some caramel notes. Juicy sweet flavor; grapefruit; dull hop bitterness that builds to a strong, lingering finish. Medium-heavy body; mild raspiness on the palate; dry finish.

A very nice (and probably under-appreciated) west coast IPA. The flavor depth and complexity come across in a well-rounded manner. Yes, indeedy...a fine little IPA discovery...

Apr 24, 2015
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pianoguy from Washington

4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Recently this has become a go to IPA for me...

Pours a hazy golden body with a fluffy white 1 inch+ head. Great lacing

The familiar floral smell of hops and some yeast

The taste it what set this one apart. The complex hop taste is a little different then most IPA's . It has a hoppy bitterness right up front that smooths out... and then comes back as an aftertaste that inspires that ahhh sound that a beer drinker makes after a good sip of beer !

Nice crisp feel

Overall a very nice IPA .
There are IPA's that taste fruity, and there are IPA's that taste hoppy . If you like your IPA hoppy and a little bitter you will like this one.

Mar 29, 2015
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