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:
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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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Photo of BMMillsy
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at an Inidan restaurant in Seattle. Gold pour with medium creamy white head. Slight floral aroma with a hint of citrus, not bad. Taste is stale hops--I assume this has been sitting a while--but not bad by any means. Not a lot of malt in the background, but I like the lightness of it with my food. Light mouthfeel and easy to drink. Run of the mill.

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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 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 soju6
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy bronze color with a fairly large head that fades to ample lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus and pine with some floral notes and bit of malt sweetness.

T: Taste of pine, bit of citrus with mild malt sweetness and bit of fresh grain. Nice bitterness with a fairly dry finish and just bit of lingering hops.

F: Medium body, crisp, smooth with a nice character and well balanced.

O: Enjoyable beer for the style without being over hopped.

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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 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 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 larryarms847
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an average golden yellow with a half finger of foam.

Caramel and toasted malt sweetness right away fading to a crisp citrus peel bitter aroma.

Lemon and orange zest lends balance to the malt forward and strong caramel malt backbone.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall, a well balanced APA, decent but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to reviewing this bottle conditioned bad boy. Dedicated to my old pal, Witt Mills, who lived in Portland for a time.

Appearance 3.75: Beautiful golden color and a hazy, opaque gold at that. There is just something about an opaque (i.e. non-translucent) beer. Smallish head, but this is probably because of the bottle conditioning.

Smell 3.50: Nice bouquet, but very subdued. This is a theme among the Bridgeport beers and is interesting to note. Usually, this subdued smell belies a big, bold taste.

Taste 4.0: The one word I can think of to describe this beer is "smooth." Front is dry, with a slight grapefruit taste. Middle is also somewhat dry, but there is a huge rush of light caramel and barley followed by very refreshing middle-palate hops that bring a delicious citrus and piney taste with them. Finish is short, dry and tasty. Lots of very subdued hop flavor palates on display. Aftertaste is medium length and, surprisingly, focuses more on the grains than the hop tastes!

Mouthfeel 4.0: Smooth, balanced and refreshing. The bottle conditioning really pushes this beer up to a different level than its peers.

Overall 4.0: Outstanding IPA. You could even call this "The IPA for people who hate IPAs." All the hop flavors are well-balanced and smooth (again!). The pervasive dryness allows this beer to hit flavor profiles which other IPAs miss. This beer is excellent with food, but one caveat: I really and honestly do not see it being sessionable. I just cannot see knocking back 4 or 5 of these expertly crafted brews in one night. You might speak with a British accent afterward if you did. If you find this beer, try it.

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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 ClassicallyTrained
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was the IPA flavor I was looking for when I tried Hop Czar (also from Bridgeport) out of their Beervarna mixed pack. Great nose and upfront citrus hop flavor. A very fresh flavor throughout the whole bottle which was very refreshing. This was a very West Coast IPA with more citrus than Floral/Earthy hops.

I would buy this one again and would like to try it on draft to since I was very impressed at how well it stood up in bottled form.

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Photo of RTitus
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased in a mixed six pack in Memphis 5.5% abv. No freshness date.

A: Hazy dull orange. One finger of off-white head, good lacing, still has good film halfway through glass.

S: Floral and Citrus with a bready undersmell. Hints of grass

T: Hop bite on the tongue. Dry but not overly so. Taste almost perfectly matches the smell. Citrus, Floral, and Pine resin. Good mouth, a little oily, good carbonation.

This is without a doubt the best balanced IPA I have ever had. Some others are hoppier or stronger, but this melds all the elements of the style in an almost perfect package. I am a fan of the southern craft brewers, but the PNW still seems to be the leader of the craft beer scene.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A finger and half of foamy head on a hazy, medium straw colored body.
The aroma is lemon, pine and a little peppercorn.
The taste is moderately bitter with a nice malt sweetness to round it out well. Great balance with no edges.
The texture is smooth with moderate carbonation.
A great IPA, nice hop profile with the perfect balance to make it a drinker.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a murky orange color. Tinted head is of moderate stature. It leaves good lacing too.

S-Citrusy hops and a biscuity malt. Balanced and status quo. Does what it needs to do. Leans more towards the hops but they seem to be rather level.

T-More of the same. Getting some nice tangerine, clementine and grapefruit. Lighter grass backing. Pleasantly citrusy but I have experienced it hundreds of times before. Biscuit and dough malt with caramel lining.

M-Light side of medium. Dry. Middle of the road in terms of bitterness. No booze.

O/D-A citrus stressed IPA. I have had this same cut of cake hundreds of times; or so it feels. $4 a bomber didn't hurt. It failed to express anything unique which shouldn't necessarily be a fault. A good personal example of how the grass isn't always greener: there are plenty of East Coast IPAs with much more to offer me.

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into standard pint.

A: hazy straw colored. Pretty standard color for an ipa but a tad hazier like it were a hefe. No measurable head but a substantial ring around the glass.

S: runs the gambit of ipa aromas. Pale malt and decent hop aromas. A bit of citrus, a little flowery, and an inviting malt backbone.

T: one of the lightest ipa I have had as far as hop bitterness. Good pale malt body that is well balanced. Hop flavor follows nose well and in the best way. Not overwhelmingly bitter.

M: solid medium body, nothing more nothing less.

O: nothing phenomenal about this ipa but what it lacks in standout characteristics it makes up for in excellent balance. Would call it an average ipa but it is so well balanfed thst it exceeds average.

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Photo of RockAZ
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I too, have been trying this beer at least once a year in a bottle for over a decade now. A reasonable IPA, nothing too fancy, certainly not my favorite but it does remind me of the Bass beer I loved in the '70's and 80's when there wasn't a whole lot of other interesting beers easily available. Not a bad beer at all, a good working recipe I have been grateful to get in a few otherwise dry bars around this country.

Another reviewer said "copper", and I am not sure I know what they meant by that, but I probably agree with it. The aftertaste has a metallic tang to it that keeps me from loving it. Other flavors in it are more appealing to me, but the aftertaste keeps this one down to one a year for me.

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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 AlCaponeJunior
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking, tannish orange with a good head and lacing.

Smell is fruity hops, biscuit malts.

Tastes of an array of nicely fruity and citrusy hops, a good blend of malts, earthy and perhaps a little nutty. Very balanced.

Body is medium, well carbonated, with a smooth bitter hops finish.

Very enjoyable. An easy to drink IPA that I rather liked. Not too over the top, but a good everyday beer.

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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 LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a hazy golden amber with a half finger fine white head with good retention and lacing; nice active carbonation. Aroma of sweet malt and citrus hops. Pleasant flavor of citrus and bready malt finishing with biscuit malt, mildly spicy hops. Medium bodied with some creaminess. A very nicely made IPA with a light, but good touch of hops.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a large head.
Nose shows restrained fruity hops with some clean malt and soft bready notes underneath.
Flavours seem a little lacking to, with some grapefruit and soft lychee, but little else. Quite a sharp bitterness in the finish.
Much too highly carbonated.

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Photo of rangerred
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy medium orange with a thin soapy head. Not much in the way of lacing either.

Aroma is citrusy with orange and lemon. Not really tropical but more of an earthy note. Some wet leaves along with a little bready malt. Really a unique aroma and different from most American IPA's on the market.

Lemon and orange on the taste along with wet leaves and earth. Really a unique combination. A little bit of toast and bready malt supporting the hops. Bitterness is surprisingly mild and never overwhelms the flavors in the brew. Mouthfeel is solid with a dry finish leaving a slight stickyness.

Overall, a really solid IPA that is different than many others out there. Doesn't go overboard on the hops and has a nice balance.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a 6pack of this from Woodman’s in Janesville, WI in October 2012.

It pours a cloudy copper orange color with a slight white head. Scent is rather mild with hints of hops and citrus. The taste is smooth and refreshing. The texture is perfect as is the amount of bitterness. The added hints of citrus and lemon zest add to the complexity of this reasonably priced brew. Overall, this is a fantastic tasting beer for under $8. Well done Bridgeport.

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