Bridgeport IPA | BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,052 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

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1,052
Reviews:
539
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
12.18%
 
 
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Photo of salvo
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

English style IPA with more bitter than herbal hops, this is a remarkable IPA both for its flavor and its session-ability: there is a lot of flavor and presence in a relatively lighter alcohol brew.

An inch of off-white head slowly dissipates over cloudy bright orange-brown with natural carbonation fizz. I'd like to compare this bottle-pour to a draft.

Smell is grassy/green with hints of apple cider vinegar. Not floral, but with big bitterness and just traces of malt. Citrus comes to the fore late in the inhale.

Taste is strongly bitter with a sour finish. Grapefruit and bitter lemon peel later in the flavor, some hoppy astringency at the lingering tail, with some pepper and spicy throughout. The sour/bitter is constant throughout, nicely so.

Medium bodied and highly drinkable at only 5.5%. Thanks, T, for the generous introduction.

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Photo of hoppyhampy
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Beer was bottled on April 28th. Pours a cloudy, yellow-orange. Lots of carbonation and a half inch of head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves some nice lacing. Bitter hops come out strong on the nose with a unique combination of lemon citrus and bananas. I wouldn't say the hops are fresh and floral per say but Bridgeport may just be using a different blend than I am used to. The malt is just barely there in the background to round the scent out. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. Light enough to be a session beer for someone who just can't steer far from an IPA. The taste is hoppy and bitter but in that English ale style not the west coast style. This reminds me a lot of Belhaven's Twisted Thistle IPA: not super bright, in-your-face hops but a welcome break from my steady diet of uber-hoppy IPAs. The bitterness is toned down enough and the malt comes through to give the finish a much cleaner, and mildly sweet quality than you would expect from the more en vogue IPAs. Overall very drinkable and an IPA lover's ideal session beer.

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

Bridgeport Brewing Company--India Pale Ale--1998 Release--12 oz. Bottle--5.50% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) IPA--Light straw golden color. Mild, Complete IPA. Good flavor, hop character, and malt body despite lightness. Very floral. Firkin processed with light sediment. Sampled 10/26/1998.

Bridgeport Brewing Company--India Pale Ale--2002 Release--12 oz. Bottle--5.50% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) IPA--Bottle conditioned. Slightly hazy golden yellow color. Light lacy head. Mild very floral delicate hop front. Crisp smooth mild light caramel fruit body balanced with mild hop citrus spice end. Mild classic IPA. Sampled 8/13/2002.

Bridgeport Brewing Company--India Pale Ale-Craft Brewery Back--1999 Release--12 oz. Bottle--5.50% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) IPA--Light straw golden color. Mild, Complete IPA. Good flavor, hop character, and malt body despite lightness. Very floral. Firkin processed with light sediment. Sampled 5/5/1999.

Bridgeport Brewing Company--Bridgeport India Pale Ale--2006 Release--12 oz. Bottle--5.50% ABV--55 IBU's? (4.5 / 5.0) IPA--Creamy lacy head. Bottled Conditioned hazy bright golden orange color. Huge floral Cascade hop front. Creamy mild sweet huge grapefruit pine hop body. Earthy puckery bitter clean crisp hop spice end. Creamy BC ester notes. Sampled 9/20/2006.

India Pale Ale--Authentic Bottle Conditioned Ale--2008 Release--12 oz. Bottle--5.50% ABV--50 IBU's (4.25 / 5.0) IPA--Dense lacy foamy white head. Hazy bright BC gold color. Rich aromatic Cascade hop front. Mild creamy sweet BC fruit ester mild banana grapefruit crystal caramel mild doughy body. Rich hop spice balanced citrus refreshing end. Still Classic! Sampled 2/26/2008. 6-Pack--$7.79.

Bridgeport India Pale Ale- Floral And Hoppy, Delightfully Complex, Smooth And Satisfying--New Graphic Style--2010-B 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. 50 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Bottle Conditioned sediment dusting. Thin lace foamy white head. Bottle Conditioned cold hazed clear bright enticing gold color. Aromatic floral Dry Hopped Cascade front. Zesty CO2 dry sweet grapefruit citrus thin crisp pine caramel body. Clean rich balanced hop spice refreshing citrus end. Sampled 5/26/2010. 6-Pack $6.99.

Bridgeport Brewing Company--Bridgeport India Pale Ale--Bottle Conditioned--Authentic Bottle Conditioned Ale--2010-A 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. 50 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Sediment dusting. Rich one finger thick lacy off white head lasts. Clear bright rich dark gold color. Enticing delicate aromatic floral NW Cascade hop front. Crisp balanced caramel sweet biscuit smooth refreshing tasty IPA body. Clean hop citrus mild bitter classic NW IPA end. Sampled 7/19/2010. 6-Pack $8.79.

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Photo of joepais
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Flexabull for sending me this good local brew. I always enjoy sampling other people local wares. I must say the bottle was great looking and I did save this one. I pored this bottle into a shaker pint glass and got a reasonable two finger white head that lasted and laced the sides of the glass. The brew was a slightly hazy gold/amber in color.

The aromas were floral and citric something I expect in a IPA . The flavors mimicked the nose being hop forward but with a good balance maintained by the malts. It had a medium feel with good carbonation. The brew was very easy to drink, and I will say easily sesionable to me.

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

Pours a hazy light amber with a thin head but good lacking. Smell is spices, cinnamon and coriander, very subtle. Tastes bready and hoppy, sharp with carbonation and fresh hoppiness, with a background of citrus. Alcohol is evident but in no way overwhelming. This is a darned nice IPA. A classic Pacific Northwest brew. Probably Bridgeport's best offering.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. No dating info to be found. Was a hazy golden amber color with lots of floaters. It had an average sized white head that settled into a collar with a tiny amount of central film. Decent lacing.

The aroma was OK. Usual floral and citric players with some pine. But sorta watered down. Missing a bite and missing the malt. The taste was similar. The elements were there but watered down and lacking malt balance. Odd last part of the drink that lingers into the after taste. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Overall, a disappointment in my search for some great IPA's to add to the summer rotation. No bottling info so can't tell if this one is just old or if this is just how it is. Based on other reviews, it seems to be a bit of both. May grab another single later but for now one is enough and move on. [N;N]

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Photo of velosuds
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased for $1.33.

A-Hazy golden, light amber color with a one finger, off-white head with modest retention and lacing.

S-Faint piney/citric hops and lemongrass. Too mild for style. More like a pale ale.

T-Some mild hop bitterness up front without much flavor. Disappointing, but improves as it warms with citric fruitiness and grainy malts.

M-Medium bodied, with adequate carbonation.

D-Another nondescript IPA that I won't buy again.

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Photo of trevorjn06
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my BridgePort pint glass.
This IPA pours.... well, the color of an IPA. A slightly reddish gold. There is a half inch of foam that lingers for a minute.

The aroma is nice, not overly strong (I have been drinking double and imperrial IPAs lately) but has pronounced hop aromas. Floral, citrus and a little grassy. I pick up grapefruit and mango. The Northwest hop profile is apparent, perhaps Cascade, Centennial and/or Simcoe? The malt is detectable in the background, mildly sweet and grainy.

The taste is a nice balance of hop flavor, sweet caramel malt and moderate bitterness. This beer is 50 IBUs, not a whole lot but a moderate amount. This beer begins with light malt and a bit of bitterness along with bright, citrusy flavors. This transitions into a mild nuttiness and a finish of hop bitterness, citrus flavors and a tartness that lingers on the sides of the tongue.
Overall this is a very well rounded American IPA with a nice balance of flavors.

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Photo of Spikester
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy amber with about one inch of white head. It is easy to create almost any size head you desire depending on the speed of the pour. I have occasionally had gushers with this beer so be ready to pour quickly. Head retention is average with a good amout of lacing. Aroma is floral fruity hops and is dependent on how fresh the beer is. It ranges from minimal to very aromatic. Taste is orange and grapefruit with a bit of leather. The malts are quite forward for an IPA and ease some of the bitterness. Body is good and the carbonation levels can vary a bit due to the bottle conditioning. Sessionabilty is simply one of the best of this style. One I always buy as a short case and often on sale in the Northwest. I have had some very cloudy (degraded?) examples that were still tasty in spite of the appearance. Most likely due to poor storage or age factors.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pored into pint glass

A: Fluffy white head, 2 fingers, foamy, creamy, beer is a hazy light amber in color, very handsome, but nothing world-class, a solid "good"

S: Sharp hops, definite sharp floral note, but has some background of citrus and grapefruit as well, slightly sweet malt backbone can be detected too

T: Has that nice floral (bright and bold), pretty pungent but never gets to strong for its flavor, hops are fairly one note, but still has that nice malt backbone

M: the bottle conditioning really makes the mouthfeel nice, it is nice and smooth for an IPA which helps ease those hops

D: Really nice drinking IPA, the flavors are powerful but still leave you wanting more and the good mouthfeel puts it over the top

Notes: I went to my local shop and told the guy I wanted something similar to Avery IPA. While these flavors didn't quite live up to that mark, they were very respectable, and unique in their own way. It was however just as drinkable. The bottle conditioning adds another unique aspect to this beer that helps set it apart as a very good IPA.

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

Sent my wife off to do some shopping and she returns with a full case of this stuff. She didn't say she was going to Costco...
So, this stuff better be good....and it is, it's really good.
Amber colored, citrus aroma, not much carbonation. but there's just enough.
What I care most about is flavor and this one has plenty without going anywhere near overkill.
The alky content is "right there".
Like Lil' Red Riding Hood said, not too much, not too little, this one's just right.
No need to say much more, this one's a "go to" selection from now on.

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Photo of BobJustBob
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a dimpled 16 oz. mug

I noticed the aroma before I got the cap completely pried off.
Very nice pine/citrus scent that practically filled my kitchen once I got it open. A good sign!
Immense rocky head on the pour. Tasted of Tangarine and Grapefruit with an agreeable but not overpowering sweetness.
The Hop flavors are to the fore, but biscuity malts aren't lacking in this brew. It's well balanced and complex enough to be interesting, but not completely inscrutable. I could probably bet half my liver on the predominant Hop being Cascade, due to the deep citrus notes.
The color is what I expect from American IPA. A hazy amber/orange.
I expected a bit of sediment left, since the label proudly proclaimed this to be a bottle conditioned brew. Nope. None to speak of, but oh well. It's definitely not a complaint, just a little unlike English bottle conditioned beers. (I'm thinking White Shield and Samuel Smiths here.)
The drinkability is un-freakin'-beatable. I've knocked back 3 of these in a row so far without my taste buds wearing out, or staggering across the room.
I agree with other reviewers that called Bridgeport a "session IPA".
Very good and one I will buy again.

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

I truly believe that the issue with the Bridgeport IPA is flavor vs. size. Bridgeport did not create a huge IPA here as is the growing trend with American IPAs. Thus, it's obvious that people are going to say this beer lacks flavor. I believe that is not the case at all. There is plenty of flavor here. However, this is not a hop monster and lacks the bitterness that many IPA lovers have come to expect. It doesn't make this beer bland. It just doesn't drop a hop bomb in your mouth.

The beer pours a murky gold with a vibrant white head that leaves a nice lace as it withdraws. The aroma is very pleasant, dominated by floral hops with a hint of fruit.

And then there's the taste. Again, if you're expecting a quadruple hopped beast then move along. However, this is a special beer, a bottle conditioned IPA. The emphasis here is on flavor and you won't find many beers that taste like this one. There is a nice hop bitterness that is balanced by a maltiness that cuts the bitter bite.

However, it's the bottle conditioned nature of this beer that makes it interesting. There is an obvious taste of yeast that might surprise many IPA lovers. Personally, I think it makes this beer a nice change of pace instead of just one in a long line of similar attempts at the style.

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Photo of vkv822
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into pint glass.

Has a golden-hued amber color with a nice slightly off white head. Good hoppy scent, but finished with a slightly odd smell that I can't quite place. The flavor is a decent mix of floral hoppy flavors and some malts but really nothing stands out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and pleasant and it is a drinkable beer and while usually something I wouldn't search out again, I am a bit disappointed, and I actually hope to re-visit this beer with better results.

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

Tried this when I visited Portland. I'm just starting to appreciate hoppy beers. I'm glad it happened BEFORE my trip to the West Coast because many of their beers are hoppier, in general. Tried a sampler at the Bridge Port brew pub. This was my favorite. Very tasty hoppy beer, incredibly balanced. Would definitely seek out again.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Beer is dark yellow / orange and hazy. Forms a thin broken head of white tiny bubbles that fail to cover the top of the beer. Carbonation is moderate to low.

Kind of a soft pine aroma to the whole thing. The malt definitely comes through.

Nice back bitterness, it gives way to an almost fruit like character in the midpalate. This is not a malt forward IPA. Second taste, some graininess that time. Bitterness is clean and the beer finishes nice with only a minimal aftertaste. Pretty good.

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Photo of Flashsp2
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bridgeport IPA into pint

I prefer this beer with the yeast in the glass, so the pour is murky
orange with a one finger light beige head that leaves attractive
lacing.

Nose is dominated by sweet citrus and tangerine. Also hints at herbs,
earth, and bitter pine resin. Some cracker and bready-yeasty notes. A
touch of hop spice. A bit of faint caramel.

Grassy and earthy is how this hop forward beer starts off, then wanes
into bright orange rind and tangerine notes, followed by herbs and a
bitter pine resiny fade. A really faint sweetness that is hard to
distinguish. Classic and rustic.

A slick medium body with a low level carbonation that is almost creamy.

I absolutely love this beer with a thick cheddar-bacon burger. Also
great drinking all by itself. This IPA is underated and because its
not way over the top. This is my session IPA.

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Photo of rednrag
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty dam good IPA. Looks good in my pint glass, leaves a good lookin' lace behind. Usually a good sign.
Smells OK, not quite sure what it is.
Tastes just fine. Semi-hoppy, not very malty, kinda dry. A little watery, but not much.
I like it. Not Torpedo, but still good.

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

My pint was a hazy gold colour and was topped with a thin beige cap. Lots of lacing though and the head stuck around for most of the pint. Aromas of fresh citrus, orange and tangerine. Solid bitterness and hoppy up front with just a bit of malt in the background. Hops faded towards the end, but bitterness lingered. Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation, a bit dry, nice texture. Good stuff.

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Photo of Briken
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This IPA is a cloudy orange brown with a thin off white foam. A light hoppy aroma wafts lazily and disappears almost as soon as it arrives. A bright hoppy taste aided by wonderful carbonation leads the way to a nice dry finish. It has a very balanced taste making it very drinkable there's just not much of it. A slight sweetness winds it's way in eventually near the bottom of the glass. The real winner in this beer is the mouthfeel. The higher carbonation doesn't burn the tongue. It is only slightly bitter so it tweaks the edges of the tongue and coats the rest with a silky feel. Even though the taste isn't where I would like it to be, it is still a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of zoso493
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with no discernible best-by/bottled-on date into a straight-sided pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, bright orange color with a thick, foamy head on top that dies down quickly and leaves some faint lacing on the glass.

Smell: There's a very light scent of some candied and fruity hops that greet your nose first. It's not an extremely pungent smell, but if you stick your nose in there long enough you'll find some decent fruity hop smells.

Taste: The taste is a bit of a letdown as there are no really powerful flavors present. There is a touch of the fruity hops, but it's only very faint. In addition, this is not a particularly bitter IPA, yet there is almost no trace of malts.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel on this beer is exceedingly thin. It's pretty highly carbonated but despite this it leaves a bit of a cloying sensation on your palate, which is puzzling given the lack of flavor.

Drinkability: Since there's not a whole lot of punch to this beer, I'm inclined not to drink many of these, especially given the oily mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a pretty average IPA in my opinion. I have no idea how fresh the bottle is, but my bet is that it might be pretty old due to the huge lack of flavor in the taste. Still, it's worth trying and I would have it again if I could find one that I knew was fresh.

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Photo of climax
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A very hazy tangerine/honey color formed with a pretty large bubbly head, which looked rocky as it faded. The beer had the big thick cloud in the middle due to "bottle conditioning" I assume.

The nose featured lots abundant spicy orange and yellow grapefruit tones, with some balancing sweetness and toasty caramel and warming pale malts.

The hop profile was not as big and bold as I would have liked from an IPA (figured so, judging by the aroma), however the flavor is still very good and smooth. Bitter grapefruit, and orange pith mingle with spices and sweet caramel.

The body was a bit lacking, and slightly watery. The carbonation kept enough crispness to keep it acceptable. The feel was very slick in the mouth, and it left a dry mouthwatering finish that made it very easy to keep drinking.

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Photo of jonziefle
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a cloudy orange amber, with some visible carbonation. 1.5 finger white bubbly/foamy head. Very good lacing.

Smell: Smells mostly of hops. Grapefruit and apple fragrances the strongest, with a hint of pine. Juice-like sweetness. Not much in the way of malts.

Taste: Grapefruit and apple hop flavors. Moderate sweetness. Very little in the way of malts. The hop bitterness numbs the tongue to some of the flavors. The balance isn’t that great.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium bodied. Good carbonation and hop bite.

Drinkability: A pretty good IPA, but the hope profile could be better. It looks beautiful and has a great mouthfeel, but the hops don’t shine as much as they could.

Buy Again? Maybe.

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Photo of sholland119
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this on from ScreamForMe in SS09. Thanks, Mark.

A-Hazy amber with a quickly dissipating off white head and no lacing.

S-A mild spicy hop with some orange rind and biscuit malt.

T-Pleasant. Orange rind bitterness in the front with little depth or staying power.

M-Medium bodied with a bit of bitterness.

D-Not bad but not memorable either.

HV

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

12 oz bottle into US Pint

A: fairly clear, nice carbonation and an orange, honey color. Small carbonation bubbles and a 2 finger head that didn't seem that sticky

S: Fairly bitter citrus zest aroma, a bit of biscuit smell,

T: Grapefruit and lemon zest, bitter but clean finish. i kind of wish it had a few more tricks, perhaps a bit more sweetness

M: carbonation is heavy in this beer. it pricks the tongue but may be a bit much given the body is actually fairly light, still very refreshing

D: very refreshing beer that i could see really enjoying on a hot day. i just wish it was a bit more diverse in the flavor experience.

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Bridgeport IPA from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
3.86 out of 5 based on 1,052 ratings.
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