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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-17-2001

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Photo of GilGarp
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Bridgeport IPA is a loudly amber color. Part of that is down to a significant amount of sediment. Head is smooth and creamy with good retention and nie Laing.

Aroma is pleasantly hoppy with grapefruit and pine.

Flavor is nicely balanced with a light caramel malt base and bold but balanced hops. Similar hop character to the aroma.

Mouthfeel is light in body an nicely carbonated.

Overall a very nie traditional American IPA. Not the huge over the top versions you see coming out these days but instead one that was pretty radical back in the day.

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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 ScorpyX
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a translucent, light orange hue, reminiscent of the color of straw. A two finger width wide head initially that dissipates and leaves a nice amount of lacing behind.

S: Very strong pine scent along with a generous supply of hops. Like a number of IPAs I've had, but that's certainly not a bad thing. There's a clear sour note in there as well.

T: Very much follows the smell. A sharp bite of pine followed by a good amount of hops, though not overwhelmingly so. The sourness was really felt in the throat.

M: Medium bodied. Nothing much to say about it.

There are better IPAs out there, and this one is kind of simple, but still, a solid choice. I wouldn't say no to having one again.

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Photo of OregonDuckinTexas
4.92/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ok, sports fans (or anyone who actually reads these reviews), this is my favorite beer in the whole world. Light, crisp and with a definitely strong hop note. IMHO, Bridgeport nailed it with this IPA. For my taste, it's got a great aroma and the flavor is perfect. A lot of IPAs and many microbrews, suffer from a pretty blah after taste that I've never quite been able to figure out. In some cases, this is clearly intended to keep their beer as close to the mid-ground (think Bud) as possible while still having enough flavor to lable it IPA, Stout, or whatever. Bridgeport didn't do that. This is an honest IPA with a unique balance on the palate and great smell.

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Photo of khensley
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Straw yellow with a great pillowy head. Head made great rings on the glass that stuck around even after my second bottle.

Smell: Lots of pine and sweet caramel resonate to the nose. Makes my mouth water in anticipation.

Taste: Instant rush of cresent rolls hit the front of the tongue, followed by a banana ester. The beer finished with a grapefruit wash that lingers for a few seconds, begging you to taste again.

Mouthful was thin, but the small bubbles, only produced by way of bottle conditioning swirl the beer into a light creamy texture.

Overall, this beer is what I consider the standard by which all Pacific N.W. brewers are compared to. Hoppy, not overpowingly bitter, and extremely addictive = amazing IPA.

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

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - 3 1/2 fingers of foamy off-white head atop a cloudy body of golden orange; a few rising carbonation bubbles

S - citrus, biscuity bread, spice, touch of yeast, hint of alcohol

T - citrus, hop oil, spice, bready backbone, fruity character, dry hoppy finish; complex and delicious

M - sticky medium body, average carbonation, smooth

O - a good IPA

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Photo of intensify
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy mix of amber and honey colored body. The one finger head held its own for a decent amount of time before dropping to a cloud that floats atop the beer. Nice lacing, too.

S- Hoppy, earthy/grassy, orange, apricot and spices.

T- Its a bitter hop festival in this beer. Finishes with an orange kick and plenty of earthyness. Mostly, it follows closely behind the smell. Tastes more like an APA then an IPA.

M- medium bodied, and ends with a dry finish.

Solid brew from Bridgeport. Even though it was more on the APA side it was still enjoyable enough to to sip on.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a draft into a pint glass at ABQ Pub in Albuquerque, N.M., on April 21. Color was hazy yellow gold. About a finger of head. Puffy, cloudy lacing on the top that lasted throughout the pour. Lots of wet, thick, spongy film on the sides.

Smelled citrus hops, pine, soap and lime.

Tasted as a better version of the smell. Got lime, pine and citrus hops. Smooth and easy drinking. A small amount of bitterness.

Light body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Smooth, balanced finish. Refreshing.

Good change of pace for an IPA. Lime and piny. Crisp, clean and refreshing.

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

Poured From a 120oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Gold color with a white head. smell is of hops but not very stong. the taste is good, not a huge IPA but a good one none the less. Hoppy but a very easy drinking sessionable IPA. at $7.99 a 6 pack a very good deal.

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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 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 Beermazter310
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz poured in Zenyatta pint glass. hazy orange with Quarter inch white foam. floral hoppy aroma. tastes good, floral and orangey but not a lot of flavor for an ipa and not a lot of hop bitterness. mild carbonation, very light and watery for an ipa, probabaly the lightest one i ever had, only 5.5 abv. overall a good refrshing ipa

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Photo of ujsplace
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pub glass.

This is one of the dirtiest IPA's I had. I'm loving the looks of this. Roused the brew to get the yeast from the bottom - worth every bit. The color is a very dirty orange colored brew that is a few shades away from brown. The foamy off white head quickly fades, but leaves some nice lacing behind.

Smells of pine resin, citrus hops and a hint of biscuity malt and fruit sweetness.

Good earthy, nutty, ripe IPA. This is different. Strikes a great balance with the hop bitterness and malt that leaves a very crisp, clean finish. Incredibly smooth and creamy. Very complex flavors going on altogether - and very well. Bright fruit sweetness, earthy with plenty of piney, citrus hops to go around.

This is my first from BridgePort - I was just telling my wife (who gave me this as a gift) that I'd love to have a case of this stuff. Sadly, there is only this one single 12oz...of which there is about 3 fingers left.

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Photo of mndlssphlsphr
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Haziness....I am a bit dazed from the fuzzy yellow falling into my glass. Off-white and tasty head awaits my exploration. The bottle demands a smooth and satisfying experience, I cannot disagree entirely on this one. This is complex in a pleasant fashion and the taste speaks for itself. The flavor disperses quickly, I need to slow down a bit. The orange brown reddish colors flow through the glass and my mind. This is a relaxing brew, I would recommend one for you too.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle without any freshness or bottling date to a pint glass.

A - The beer pours a very cloudy golden color with a nice two finger white head. Not much retention but decent lacing.

S - A very fruity floral character to the nose. More fruity than other IPAs.

T/M - Not much hop character - not what I was expecting. The beer starts with a mild bitterness and evolves to a fruity malt sweetness. Kinda of watered down beer. Lighter end of medium bodied. Well carbonated.

D - Fairly drinkable.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-14-2011 01:36:59

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Portland Brewery.

A - Served a light yellowish-orange with a smallish white head. Good retention and lots of lacing left on the glass.

S - Pretty mild, but mostly grass, pine, and very herbal.

T - Similar to the smell. Mostly grassy and herbal.

D - Light body and good carbonation. Mild all-around.

O - Pretty weak. Mild for you that are afraid of west coast ipas.

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Photo of aval89
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a nice golden orange color.. a bit cloudy from the bottle conditioning. 1 finger of tight, off-white head.

S: a bit floral with some leafy hops. Malts create an almost butterscotch like aroma in the undertone.

T: upfront is a soft hop bite, spicy hops. Then you get hints of citrus with some nice fruity esters. The hops climax on the finish with a citrus peel like twang. Nothing over the top, just enough to let u know its an IPA.

Mf: smooth, almost creamy mouth from the bottle conditioning.

O: finally got to trying this one. A solid IPA that doesn't do too much, nor too little.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Cloudy golden yellow with a white one-finger head. Bubbles are small and tight, and not at all soapy. Solid amount of clumpy lacing.

S – Muted floral/hop resin smell. Also picking up a little sweet malt aroma that I wasn’t expecting, almost reminiscent of butterscotch.

T – Initial taste is grassy hops with a bit of earthiness and citrus, followed by a surprising bit of biscuity malt bringing a nice balance before the hops return again carry the finish. Overall flavor profile best described as “light”, with the hops being extremely mild for an IPA. Much closer to a standard pale ale.

M – Medium bodied, with an almost creamy feel. Carbonation is lively, which works well to help carry the flavor.

O – A very nicely balanced brew with some good depth, but ultimately I just found it too weak for the style to be satisfying. It’s like a really good beer that’s been neutered…just no balls. Had it billed itself as a standard pale instead of an IPA, I might have rated it a half point higher, because as a pale it’s not bad.

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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
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - bright and clear, golden straw in colour, persistent head that leaves incredible lacing.

Smell - The aromas are subtle and well-balanced. The hops hit you first, but are not overwhelming. Floral aromas, light citrus, and just atouch of pine blend perfectly with delicate, biscuity malts and a whiff of alcohol.

Taste and Mouthfeel - The texture is medium-bodied and almost creamy. Like the aroma, the flavours are perfeclty balanced. The malt flavour is just sweet enough to balance the hops, more biscuit and grai than caramel. The hops provide lots of floral, flavour and enough bitterness to make the beer crisp, and refreshing.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No stamped date.

Appearance - Hazy gold body with cloudy yeast sediment. One finger white head with good stick and decent retention.

Smell - Oaky, floral, and smooth hoppy character. Smells like it might be a little too sweet, but not by much.

Taste - Smooth, balanced, and very flavorful. No off characters.

Mouthfeel - Somewhat sticky and chewy. Full bodied. Smooth. Somewhat refreshing.

Overall Drinkability - One of the best, most balanced, flavorful, and drinkable single IPA's I've ever had.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Semi-transparent golden in complexion, with a luxurious frothy head of white bubbles. Huge, spider web lace. High marks here.

Nose is citrus and floral hops. Nice.

Taste? Crisp and bitter, with tones of citrus grapefruit, grass, some lemon, and a slight hint of peppery spice. Not an over-the-top overwhelming IPA, but certainly a well-done example that I wouldn't hesitate to pick up again.

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Photo of scootpolute
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 FL OZ. bottle into pint, cone glass.

A - Pours semi-cloudy golden, with a nice white head...- some good lacing.

S - Hops and lots of sweet citrus - some orange & grapefruit tones...

T - Smooth & Bright! A great hop kick at the top, followed by some citrus, then ending with a bit of pine-like spices...Pleasant & refreshing!!

M - Good carbonation There's a good fullness. Present, but not 'too' much fruity/sweet flavors...The final pine/spice balances the beer out, although the aftertaste dies out a bit?!

O - This one is a great 'stand-by' NW IPAs!! I think what make this beer so good is the fine line of not over-doing 'it' in any particular area (hops, fruity-flavor, pine/spice, carbonation, and last but not least, alcohol level). VERY refreshing...One of the 1st beers I think of on hot sunny days...Great at baseball games...will get again!

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Photo of avaldivia
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into a Belgian Tulip.

A: Very hazy golden orangey color. A lot of floaties. Nice thick head.

S: Good floral, grapefruit hop aroma. Decent malt.

T: Great grapefruit, hop flavor. Nice malt flavor on the backbone.

M: Medium bodied. Dry finish. Good carbonation.

O: A very solid IPA. It is rare to find BridgePort beers around here, so I will not hesitate to pick this up when I see it.

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Photo of hiku7
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good, but not great, very drinkable IPA in an IPA style of yesteryear when they were closer to a pale ale than today's super hopped IPAs.

Pours a cloudy yellow amber with a one-finger eggshell white head. The cloudiness works in this classic IPA.

Smell is very floral and grassy hops. Taste is less floral and very balanced by the malt. Fairly low bitterness for an IPA, so it goes down easily. Very drinkable, with a dry finish.

Overall, this is a solid and very mild IPA. Enjoyed it.

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