Bridgeport IPA | BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,049 Ratings
Bridgeport IPABridgeport IPA
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,049
Reviews:
537
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
12.18%
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
131
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,049 |  Reviews: 537
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: two finger frothy head with nice retention and lacing on a murky golden with crimson hues body.

S: sweet citrus hops a little wheat and malt.

T: this one is a little watered down with some citrus hops but overall the hop character is very simplistic and short lived with each taste.

M: lighter body than I would expect. moderate carbonation.

Overall: I feel I rated this one generously. Drinkable but not great or memorable.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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 kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a good ipa, but in the wake of their hop czar, this one feels a bit bland and unremarkable. pours a crystal clear deep honey color with an average white head. smells great, big grassy and citrusy hops permeate, good crystal and pale malt backing. flavor is identical to the nose, but less intense. flavors mesh well, and the bitter finish is welcomed here, very crisp. feel is average to slightly above average. medium body, fair carbonation, and a quick finish. overall a very drinkable ipa, but this is a saturated market, and this ipa just doesnt stand out. the bridgeport hop czar is the way to go.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -22.3%

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

GABF Weekend '08
It's good to revisit this beer after about five years. Along with Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale, this beer defines the style for Pale Ales. A very crisp malt backbone shows low-lying sweetness but strong malt character that hinges toward well attenuated barley flavors and an accentuated hop bitterness. Hop flavor in almost undoubtedly Cascade with a spicy grapefruit-orange zest flavor. Finishes with a snappy malt dryness and a lingering fresh hop flavor.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My introduction to this beer was in a hotel room in Sandpoint, Idaho last summer. I had popped across the road to the Safeway for some munchies, and was floored by the entire aisle of beer that I 'discovered' between the frozen food and salty snacks aisles. We Canucks should be so lucky! Anyhow, trying to grab a few singles of something new to me for a nightcap (I was on vacation), I nabbed one of these. I enjoyed it out of the hotel room's plastic cups, so I picked up another bottle before coming back across the border.

This bottle, poured into a more appropriate Laughing Dog pint glass, produced a couple inches of fluffy white head, which fell away after a few minutes, with minimal lacing, and appeared to be a cloudy light copper colour. The smell was floral hops with a significant bread malt component. The taste was more of the same, with maybe a bit of pine hop bitterness that livened things up a bit. The mouthfeel was quite smooth, with light carbonation. As far as Pacific NW IPAs go, this one is pretty mild, but that said, nicely balanced and highly drinkable, for when you don't want to numb your taste buds (anymore than usual) during a session.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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 brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very hazy honey color with a modest cap (despite a volcanic eruption when I opened the bottle) that leaves some lace

Smell: Orange/grapefruit and a hint of pine, but a bit understated compared to others of the genre

Taste: What I missed in the aroma is more than made up for in the taste as the beer is citrusy from the outset, with grapefruit and apricot jumping out and, after the swallow, becoming more pronounced; the malt is not really there to balance, but that is acceptable as that keeps the beer light and refreshing

Mouthfeel: Medium body but a bit over-carbonated

Drinkability: Because of the over-carbonation, the beer's drinkability suffers a tad, but this is still a nice, though mainstream IPA

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Photo of emerge077
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle lasered 05288, May 28th, 2008?

Poured a golden orange with creamy peaks of foam. It's head is very stationary and long lasting. Little bits of lacing form as it works it's way down. Champagne-like streams of carbonation.

Odd variety of hops in the nose, it could be the ale yeast though giving it a funky aroma. Some pale malty aromas come through later, with a touch of apple.

Light bodied and citrusy, also tangy apples. Hop bitterness is low, and very easygoing and approachable for the casual IPA drinker. Carbonation is very fine, and lends itself to the lighter body.

Good stuff, this was a good selection from a beer-of-the-month club.

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Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy, slightly turbid golden amber. Vigorous pouring yields a nice two finger head, which clings to the glass nicely as it slowly recedes.

Smell: Lightly floral, biscuity. A bit yeasty. The hop aroma doesn't exactly leap out of the glass, but it's nice enough.

Taste & mouthfeel: Citrusy and floral hop flavor hits the palate immediately, quite a bit bolder than the aroma implies, but in excellent balance with the bitterness. A dry, crackery malt foundation holds up to the bitterness nicely, without lending much sweetness or complexity. This beer has a pleasantly raw, unrefined character to it that I would expect from an unfiltered, bottle conditioned IPA. Good stuff.

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Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out an oragne/amber color. Highly carbonated and it still left some lacing.

S - Smelled of Cascade hops and yeast. Also, hints of pine.

T - Tasted very malty and fairly hoppy. There was also a pine-like kick.

M - It was crisp and smooth. Light to medium-bodied.

D - Nice IPA. I really liked the hint of pine flavor.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Decent medium sized off white head settles into a nice lacing above a clear well carbonated honey golden colored IPA.

Soapy citrus hops aroma.

Light oranges to citrus hops taste with some of the carbonation coming through, reminds me of a soda.

Light dryish aftertaste with a bit of the carbonated citrus tastes remaining behind with this medium bodied beer.

Citrus taste settles towards oranges a bit, seems a little over carbonated to be or at least to my liking.

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

First off thanks to my buddy hoppedup for the heads up on this beer,pours a slightly hazy peach color with a nice tight one finger gead leaving a sheet of lace behind.This beer is from Portland and its shown in the aroma big pine and citrus-grapefruit with just enough nutty malt to let you know its there,flavors as well citrusy hop dominated but there is a big malty backbone to hold up to the citrus and pine hoppiness to make this if not balanced at least highly drinkable.A nice new find here in Greensboro,a hoppy IPA to get the hop fix.

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

Acquired via trade from timbro81 so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of pale hops, caramelized malts and citrus.

T: The taste is hits with a bitter burst of pale hops and that same flavor remains dominant. There are mildly sweet flavors of citrus and caramel in the background and a decently hearty malt character provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, the finish is clean and very dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this might not be the first IPA I would choose, but it's still a good solid beer that is worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at First Street Draught House in Winston-Salem, NC

A: Pours a hazy medium burnt orange in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and some golden yellow + apricot highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a medium to large patch of thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/orange, pine, and herbal hops with a lighter aroma of caramel malt sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of caramel malt sweetness that is quickly followed by the flavors of the hops - citrus/orange, pine, and herbal (almost medicinal). Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness which is initially kind of sharp.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: A little too bitter and medicinal in the finish makes this beer a little tough to be drink easily. Rather average for an IPA in my opinion - I will not be seeking this one out again.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy golden orange with 2 fingers of foamy brite-white head. Solid 1/4 finger of retention that fires up well, leaving some decent moderate lace behind. The aroma is floral and spicy with an earthy hop profile, followed by a flush of citrus and malts.

The taste is mellow, earthy hops that spreads some lingering bitterness out well. Backing notes of spice, citrus, and caramel do a nice job of balancing things out. Finishes with a dry bitterness that lingers. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderately creamy carbonation and overall slick feel.

For some reason, I was expecting another West Coast hop bomb but was pleasantly surprised to discover a well done IPA done more in the English style here. Tasty and easy drinking, I enjoyed this.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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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Bridgeport IPA from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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