Bridgeport IPA | BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

very good
536 Reviews
Bridgeport IPABridgeport IPA

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-17-2001

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Photo of harrymel
2.25/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottled: unk

A: ruddy orange with a phase of white foam which dissipates quickly to a central cap. spotty lace.
S: some spicy hops, some catty hops, some english malts. meh.
T: Bitter and catty for me. some grapefruit and tartness. Malts are simple and biscuity.
M: Medium bodied with hi carb. semi dry finish.
O: Meh. I remember drinking a substantial amount of this, ice cold, when I first got into IPA's. This does not serve memory accordingly.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.33/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Dark yellow body with a bubbly white-colored head.

Smell: Musty, pine-scented aroma.

Taste: Hmm. My main concern is the lack of malt to balance the hops. All that's left is an awful generic bitterness. Any decent taste is masked by it, as is any compulsion to have a second taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with a fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: In short, my evening at Taco Mac consisted of many, many fine, fun, delicious beers, and one really bad one.

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Photo of waldowin
2.36/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured a nice golden color, with an absolutely massive head. By the time I'd filled the pilsner glass half-way, the rest was a massive head of foam, that stuck around for at least 10 minutes before I could pour the rest.

The smell is *packed* with warm hops. Pine needles and citrus abound. Intoxicatingly spiced.

Taste is very dry, with bitterness everywhere. The hops are just buried under the bitterness. Alcohol is very astringent, especially for the ABV. Very disappointing, as the appearance from this brew had really raised my hopes for it.

Mouthfeel is puckering, and harsh. Almost vinegary, and not at all pleasant.

I would have assumed that this beer was just past its prime, but it was about as fresh as it gets, straight off the truck.

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Photo of peabody
2.58/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a cloudy yellow with a slight amber tint. 1/2 finger of white sudes that leave quickly. No lacing to speak of.
Smell is Budweiser with mabey a hint of more hop and some lemon peel. Really the malt is hidden as is the hop by the aroma of Budweiser. Yeeech!@
Taste is dirty water and Budweiser with a slight hint of bitterness toward the end of the taste. No pine, no Grapefruit, just a big dissapointment.
Mouthfeel is fairly clean but by this time of the tasting it also is a dissapointment.
Overall this is trash.

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.59/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes-- served in pint glass.

No bottled on date... I hope this one is fresh... but how would I know?

Orangey-golden color with 3 fingers of white head that settles to a soapy looking frothy cap. Good lacing comprised of GIANT bubbles.

Smells like light and sweet malts... then floral hops. Not a huge citrus, pine, spice, or grassy profile. Just floral.

Taste follows nose... with a bit of soapiness that really doesn't do anything for me.

Mouthfeel could use more carbonation-- this beer feels really heavy to me-- certainly more full than medium. I think the carbonation deficit adds to this effect.

The finish is very dry, and not a "Oh that is refreshing" kind of a dry. The "I think I need to dump this out and drink some water" kind of dry.

This is ok. I could finish this if I found myself stuck with a 6 pack. I won't buy this one again if I can avoid it.

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Photo of mschofield
2.59/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a nice cloudy orange-amber, topped with a one finger white head, leaves bits of lacing.
Alcohol, yeast and leaf aroma, aroma isn't very appetizing, it's ok but not very complex or inviting.
Leafy taste, bread, fruity, biscuit with a citrusy aftertaste.
Medium bodied, poor to average drinkability, I just didn't like it, mainly the aroma threw it off for me.

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Photo of deepchills
2.6/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

The 12oz bottle poured gold and cloudy, with an inch of rapidly dissipating head, in my tulip glass. There is little lacing.

Some light floral notes in the nose, maybe a little pine. Nose is very faint.

The beer is well carbonated and easy to drink, very crisp for an IPA.

The flavor is so light and crisp that it's hard note anything outside of the obvious floral taste. Some lemon and pine comes out as the tasting progresses. There are some bitter hops in the finish, but hardly enough for a highly rated IPA. The light bitterness lingers on the pallet and turns into a sourness eventually.

I've always liked floral flavors in my brews, but this is lacking fruit and hops, things I love from my favorite IPAs. My pallet is still in training, so maybe it's me, but I won't be buying this IPA again.

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Photo of KyleVick4
2.61/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

pint @ Taco Mac

A: Came with a nice head and left beautiful lacing all down the glass.

S: Was served to cold, but after it warmed a bit caught some simple smells of hops and maybe bread?

T: Grapefruit. In my opinion too much citrusy hops. Too much cascade or cascade family hops. Also caught some maltyness, but not too much. Personally think it needs much more complexity and a bigger grain bill.

M: Kinda light for an IPA, not bad carbonation, just right actually. A little swet for an IPA, but not to a bad extent.

D: Well the overpowering taste of grapefruit hurts it a lot. Other than the one-sidedness of this beverage I would have had another, but I didnt.

Not a bad IPA if you are a fan of citrusy hops. Unfortunately I am more of a fan of the piney hops and marked off accordingly...

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Photo of DenverLogan
2.62/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice lacy head that lingers and hangs onto the tulip glass. Copperish color. Not a big aroma to me, but slight malts and hops are there.
I've had this beer for many years and always find the flavor a bit bitter in the wrong way...bordering on a metallic. The carbonation is fine, color, minimal aroma, that's all fine...but the overall mouthfeel just doesn't do it for me because of my perception of metallic water, rancid nuts, infected lines, or just a lack of enough ingredients to give it a enjoyable body. It may also be this hop combination combined with yeast esters that give it that flavor profile. I buy a bottle once a year just to experience that flavor profile, and remind myself of the enjoyable inherent values of more flavorful IPAs.

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Photo of StaveHooks
2.62/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Hazy orange brown. 1 finger head that sinks quickly.

S - Mandarin oranges are the first thing I smell. Soft pine mixed in as well. Bready pale malt.

T - Honey and lemon flavors that remind me of a cough drop. A very faint amount of citrus hops. A watered down bitterness. Infected?

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

This must be extremely old because this is not a great beer. The flavors are weak and watered down. Has an artificial taste to it. I'll try it again and update the review.

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Photo of ssteakley
2.63/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

I am new to this sight but have drank my share of beer in my 62 years. I love IPA's and being new to Seattle plan on learning more about Beer than just drinking. After tasting several of the local region brews this one is a bit disappointing. Bland not at all interesting. Did ok with some spicy food though. Will not buy again.

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Photo of bboven
2.69/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy golden body with a finger of head that lasts and leaves good lacing behind.

A citrusy hop nose, but there is also a yeasty aroma that hurts it; keeps it from smelling crisp and clean.

80% hops here, not very well balanced. The malt flavor is very weak.

Mouthfeel has a nice, mellow carbonation but the overall body is watery.

As far as a sessionable IPA, this one is alright, but it's a little too weak for an IPA, and the yeasty ester notes definitely detract from the overall beer. Drinkable, but noth worth buying twice with so many other solid choices out there.

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Photo of velmalikevelvet
2.7/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is *not* my IPA, sad to say.

A: Golden & slightly cloudy yellow (looks more like a Hefe than an IPA), with a bouncy but quickly-dissipated head that left substantial lacing on the glass.
S: Pretty standard floral & fruity fare; nothing to write home about.
T: Starts with a soapy flavor and ends with a bitterness that doesn't speak well for the brew. Not much in the hops department for an IPA. Tangy, like biting a penny, but less interesting.
M: Slightly slippery, but maybe that's the soapiness I picked up on in the flavor department. Thin & insubstantial.
O: Just not a fit for me. Maybe the right IPA for people who don't really like IPA, or suited to an unsophisticated palate.

12 oz bottle poured into tasting glass.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.73/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

One of the old favorites for sure, had lots of this stuff. A darker than average ipa, bordering on brown at times, a little bit of head. Smell of pungent Euro hops.

Taste, a good dallop of wood and malt to balance this and keep it PacNW and traditionally British at the same time. Nice touch, not really too bitter for an ipa, but it does display the hop mouthfeel despite the relative presence of darker malts and under average bitterness. Very drinkable. Price can vary, but is usually within this beer's worth it for the quality 1range. $7-8.

EDIT: Damn, this beer has went downhill. Picked up a 6 pack. It was like drinking lemon pledge. Its like they substituted hops for lemon. Original rating: 3.5/4/4/4/4

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Photo of Bcant
2.8/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As far as IPAs go, this was not a stellar example of the style. The double fermentation process gave it a yeast flavor reminiscent of a Belgian double and the orange/yellow color indicated the possibility some wheat malt. The aroma was decent, of citrus hops, but the finish was a bit sour. Nonetheless, while I am not sure about the IPA label, it was interesting enough to try again.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.81/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Pours a mildly hazed golden hue, with a fizzing but reasonably substantial head that sits as a couple of millimetres of film above the top of the glass. Lacing stretches fine fingers up where the beer moves to. Carbonation is tight and tiny. Looks reasonably good.

Nose is disappointing. Mild sweet fruit characters, more like apple and pear than anything else. Slight tea-like characters, perhaps a hint of pepper and an almost candy sweetness. It's not very robust by any account, and even what characters it gives are disconcerting. Unimpressed.

The palate is similar or even perhaps worse. Very faint hop characters on the front lead to a mild, appley mid-palate, with a thinness to match overattenuated cider. The back has a weak carbonation bite and even a hint of Pride of Ringwood hops. It also just feels thin and bland, with very little going for it. There's an odd hint of sherbet on the finish that sneaks up on you and provides some interest, but it's a matter of "too little, too late".

Very unimpressed. This is really dull stuff, even if it doesn't actually court the "offensive" vote. But it's really not much good as an IPA. Perhaps it's better fresh, but given that it's officially imported here into Australia now (the importer's information is even printed on the label), I have no qualms about reviewing it as-is.

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Photo of magictrokini
2.82/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Unimpressed. Pours orange-tan cloudy due to the brewer's yeast in the bottle. Aroma is great; hoppy, citrus, and piney. The taste is soap. Minor hops, some citrus and pine, but primarily soap. It reminds me of the cleaning product Simple Green. Would not recommed this IPA if you like West Coast IPA's.

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Photo of HardTarget
2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Custom lettering on a brown 12 oz. bottle, Cap notes bottle conditioning, 5.5% abv but no date
Aroma: Mild floral and citric (orange) hop notes, some sweetness as well.
Appearance: Hazy dark blond glass with a nice finger of white creamy head that laced like a good IPA should.
Flavor: Starts fairly mild with the hops in control, dips to a light fruity middle then comes an over exuberant rush of bitter hops, a very U shaped taste profile. The bitter end is a bit much, being all bitter, no taste.
Mouthfeel: A bit numbing in the mouth, light-medium body with strong but acceptable carbonation.
Overall Impression: The finish is a bit bitter for my tastes. Too much bitter, not enough hop flavor or aroma. I would suggest (like the Master Brewer of Bridgeport hangs on my every word) moving the hop schedule forward a bit. Even with the haze, the beer looks great. I’m not craving another though, just too bitter for me.
Thanks to Pegasus for the bottle!

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Photo of kojevergas
2.96/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

5.5% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with straightforward label art acquired as part of Bridgeport's variety 12-pack box in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are somewhat high given its current ratings.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger wide head of white colour. Decent creaminess. Average thickness. No lacing. Retention is pretty good - about 4+ minutes.

Body colour is a murky orange-copper of below average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Pretty standard fare for the style.

Sm: Floral hops, dominant citrus (orange, grapefruit) esters, apricot, clementine, pale malts, and juicy fruit character. Clean barley. Fresh and inviting. Quite fruity. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Peach. A very appealing aroma of moderate strength.

T: Citrusy hop character dominates, with clementine and orange coming through most. Juicy apricot and peach. Pale malts. Pilsner malts. Clean barley. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. A nice balance of hops and malts. Floral hop character is subsidiary to the fruity esters here. A bit too sweet. Slightly grainy. Decent complexity and subtlety, but it's far from impressive. It does have an off-putting orange juice off-note that I'm none too keen on. Average flavour duration, intensity, and depth.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Juicy. A bit crisp. Slightly oily. Overcarbonated. Suits the flavour profile generally well. Okay body. Nice thickness.

Dr: Drinkable but ultimately somewhat forgettable for the style. I like the fruit emphasis and it's an interesting approach to an IPA, but the execution falls short of the potential of the premise. I'll happily kill the three bottles included in the variety box, but it's by no means a fantastic brew. Worth trying for fans of the style.


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Photo of FanofHefe
2.99/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No dating on the label. I found the numbers 04018 on the bottle, but after a search of the website, could not interpret. I like the bottle with the raised lettering. Body is a hazy, light yellow/golden color. White two-finger head that leaves nice lacing. Looks good, but light in color for most IPAs.

With no dating, I can't be sure this is fresh, but the aroma is surprisingly weak. Only the slightest hint of citrus hops, but they seem overpowered by a "lager-like" malty aroma. Does not set up well for an IPA.

I notice the abv is on the lower end for an IPA, 5.5%, so perhaps that contributes to the muted flavors as well. Some minor hoppiness in the flavor mix, featuring grapefruit. Not too complex in the hop flavor. Some sweet malt in the balance.

This tastes like a slightly hoppy pilsener to me. I hope the bottle is not old, but with no dating I cannot be sure.

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Photo of Enola
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured with a foamy white head. The color is similar to a light beer with a fair amount of floaters. The smell is hoppy. The taste is like a combination of a light beer and an IPA. There is a slightly herbal aftertaste. A drinkable IPA. Not too bad but not outstanding.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours to a murky golden color with an off-white head that diminishes to a ring. It leaves spotty lacing.

The aroma is fruity, sweet, a bit spicy and citrusy. It has a light caramel malt backbone.

The flavor is citrusy and spicy, with a biscuity and lightly caramel malty backbone.

It is light-medium in body and easy drinking. Not bitter at all, more along the lines of an English IPA imho.

I don't know if I got an off six pack or what, but I'm not buying into this one.

Just ok.

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Photo of ev4life
3.01/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Overall disappointing and I will not buy again given another IPA choice. Mouth feel is flat and dull and taste is weak and bitter with little flavor power. It is fairly smooth but lacks depth and character. I was bored after a few sips. Alcohol content of 5.5% may have something to do with the poor showing for flavor, but others have successfully navigated this issue (ie. Founders All Day IPA)

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Photo of Hoptron_3000
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy orange hue. Tiny soapy head. Bottle conditioned.
S: Faint orange. Some bready malt.
T: A little bitterness. Malt and bitterness are balanced but not much of either.
M: Crisp finish.
O: This is alright but I think this is an old bottle as the aroma and flavours are very muted.

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, no freshness date.

Hazy golden yellow, with thick creamy off white head.

Aroma is caramel and citrus, with some floral character in there as well.

Flavor is citrusy grapefruit, with a watery sweetness and a spicy finish

Body is a little to thin and watery for my liking.

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