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Bridgeport IPA | BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-17-2001

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Reviews: 534 | Ratings: 1,043
Photo of machiya
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of Foyle
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of brewtalthrone
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
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).

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Photo of tucson_brewson
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
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...

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Photo of pianoguy
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours copper in color, huge off white head and leaves monstrous lacing! The sediment is a nice touch!
Smell - Not bad, but not great. Floral, piney notes come through towards the end of the glass.
Taste - A good tasting IPA, but several out there are better.
Feel - Good hop bitterness and decent carbonation.
Overall - Fantastic for the price point ($6.99)/6 pack) and wonderful to look at! Plenty IPA's that I would prefer, however.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 FLUID OUNCE bottle
Served in a tulip glass

L - It is amber with golden highlights. There is suspended yeast in it. It is topped with three inches of off-white head.

S - I get a medicinal smell with some earthy and citrus aromas.

T - The taste is much the same. It is unique.

F - Medium

O - This is a weird IPA. I am glad I tried it for the flavor experience. It is unlike any IPA I have had before. It is medicinal and earthy with a little citrus and pine. It has left me kind of speechless.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, herbal hop, and slight nail polish remover aromas. Taste is much the same with pine, herbal hop, and slight floral flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop and floral bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an odd nail polish remover aroma, but the flavors are solid.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When fresh, this stuff kicks butt. If after three months, my recommendation, don't drink.
Okay, well here's the rest.
I poured this into a pint glass. The appearance was a nice looking hazy amber to orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light simple speckled lacing.
The smell had a nice sweet spicy citrus hops with a light burnt - ness to the hops.
The taste was mainly sweet with a crafted spicy to roasty / is that burnt hops?
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the palate. It does have a decent sessionability about it.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good sessionable AIPA that I could have again.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Julian code reads 09347 (i.e. bottled on April 3, '14)

Appearance - Pours a hazy amber orange with an off-white finger width head. Fair retention results in a broken layer of suds across the surface. Lacing is fair, mostly spotty, and holds with good stick.

Smell - Equal notes of orange hop character and bready malts, along with some peppery spice.

Taste - Follows the nose. Orange notes and a bitey, peppery spice backed by an enormous amount of bready maltiness. Hints of pine in the finish to ride along with a low level of orange pith bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with a fair to lively level of carbonation. Goes down easy with a nice, crisp, semi-dry finish.

Overall - This may have been an amazing IPA back in 1995, but times have changed. Most would consider this an APA by today's standards, and I couldn't disagree. It's a really nice, drinkable beer, but nothing close to what's expected of the style in this age of hop bomb madness; truly a victim of time.

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Photo of admiral
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A classic American IPA - solid!

aroma: Big pine with orange and grapefruit

taste: pine, orange, grapefruit, pepper, spice, orange peel with slight white wine and a malt and slight honey backbone. As it opens up, becomes smooth and tastes start to soften: becomes sweeter overall.

Very nice IPA, very American and enjoyable to drink.

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

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #68 (Spetember 2012):

LOOK: Mild haze, golden glow, three fingers of head

SMELL: Floral, pineapple, passion fruit, juicy, pungent, biscuity, yeast, mild caramel, spicy

TASTE: Very fresh, wildflowers, bitter, rustic, yeast, juicy, slightly pungent, orange pith, pineapple skin, melon, leafy, dried grass, slightly biscuity; long, lingering, hoppy finish

How could you not be drawn into the raw nature of this brew? It’s a bit “in your face” … a trait that has not changed over the years. Many layers for an IPA—we want to quaff this one back and dissect it at the same time. Our palates are happy to bask in this beer.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint.
5.5% ABV

A - Delicately hazed, the beer is clearly unfiltered but without chunky particles floating throughout. Raw honey colored, this IPA is completely with a plush white head that maintains it's composure nicely while leaving ring after ring of lacing on the pint.

S - Bright and ethereal, BridgePort's IPA has a tantalizing hop aroma that's anything but conservative. The fragrant floral notes waft in with a congregation of flowers like a springtime garden with juiced citrus showers gently raining down. Lemon oil, sweet orange peel, and grapefruit pulp wash over the still pale malt backbone. Given a swirl, the beer releases just a squeeze of earthy grass and resin on the finish.

T - Maintaining it's overall earthy presence through each aspect of the flavor, BridgePort's IPA starts with grass and resin notes but transitions quickly into a blanket of floral pedals with pronounced remarks of citrus on the finish, all balanced nicely by non-intrusive malt.

M - Lingering dry hoppy bitterness finishes off this IPA but not before it's smooth body and delicate carbonation provide a welcome drinking experience that, as a whole, begs for sip after sip.

O - This complex IPA from BridgePort flutters from citrus to grassy and resin-like hop notes but remains floral-forwards, blanketing the simple base of pale malt. The bright profile of this beer keeps it airy and drinkable, full of flavor for a nice sessionable IPA!

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Photo of bmwats
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

a: deep opaque golden. pours a 1+ finger foamy white head. settles slowly, unevenly, and incompletely leaving some dry residue as it does. dry sticky spider web lacing.
s: pine resin

t: bitter with a large dose of lemon pith.

m: crisp hop bite. feels a little shallow. with a dry biting finish that lingers on the palate.

d: bitter but nearly sessionable.

atmosphere is really nice. dark golden hue, solid foamy head, and persistent lacing. nose sweetly piney. shallow hop bite, plenty of citrus pith. overall this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of JohnnyJam
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a six-pack and I was thinking that I had this before and it was fairly good. After I tasted it I was sadly aware that I was mistaken. I have never had this beer before.

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle with a freshness date (15838 which means nothing) into a pint glass and got 1 1/2 fingers of head.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with 1 1/2 fingers of head that dissipates at a moderate rate to leave a covering on the top of my glass that lasts to the end. Lots of nice sticky lace from start to finish.

S: Some yeast and malt. That's it and where are the hops?

T: It's balanced and that being said: Where are the hops? Isn't this an IPA? Taste of malt and some mild bitterness of some piney hops. It finishes a little bitter.

M: A little more than medium bodied and medium carbonation. It is easy to drink and goes down good.

O: First of all I have to say that I was disappointed with this beer. It really doesn't have that IPA hop blast that I was expecting and hoping for. That being said, I like it. I would have it again but it has more malt taste than I prefer and less hop explosion that I thought I would get. It's not my favorite but I would have it again. I think that any brewery that does not put a readable date code on their product is stupid!

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Bridgeport IPA from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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