Bridgeport IPA | BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

very good
1,053 Ratings
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 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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Photo of SamN
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy, orange-yellow, thin head

S- Pine, fruit, flowers, vinegar, strong hops smell dominate.

T-Tastes just like a pale ale- lots of hops, slight orange/coriander flavors. Very tasty.

M- Slightly more body than most beers of the style, slight creaminess, light medium body.

D- Drinkability suffers, but only because I don't particularly like this style of beer.

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Photo of Spineypanda
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden color. Has a nice large head that lasts a long time.
Smells citrusy and pretty hoppy, probably using a different hop than what I am used to.
Tastes bitter and hoppy but like I said, must have used a different hop because it is not what I thought it would be. A bit citrusy and very refreshing.


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Photo of jsprain1
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pale golden with a frothy white head that doesn't go away.
S- Hops, a bit of alcoholly smell in there, some pale malts.
T- A very balanced ipa. Hoppy, a bit of fruity, and a good bit of malt tossed in. finishes dry from the hops.
M- smooth and creamy. the bottle conditioning really does the beer wonders.
D- it may not be as intense as some other ipa's but it has the flavor to hold up. One of my favorite ipa's out there because it isn't overwhelming. very balanced, and very sessionable. this is one of the top couple most frequent ipa (and probably beer in general) purchases.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: cloudy pale golden color with a very large foamy white head. A nice lacing is left as the head dissipates.

Smell: a slightly caramel-ey malt backbone topped with big earthy and floral hop aromas. Quite enjoyable.

Taste: quite a bit more spice, pine and citrus than the aroma. The flavor is much more along the lines of a traditional northwest IPA: grapefruit and just a hint of conifer. A classic.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good consistency, although the carbonation is relatively low. Not perfect, but not bad.

Drinkability: quite refreshing and drinkable in my opinion. It's not too high ABV to make a good session beer; indeed, this has been my poker night companion on numerous occasions.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass sent by ghengis22 thanks james

a-rudy copper color..fluffy one finger head..stuck around for a while..good lacing and bubbles

s-very floral almost like walking into a flower shop...slight pine and grass...malts to hold it together...

t-a bit fruity?? floral like bitter flowers..grass....malts in the middle for balance...finishes bitter but smooth..

m-oily and slightly resiny...creamy texture...a tad thin for a ipa for me...does stick to the mouth well...

d-could have several of these and not feel bad about it

overall a solid ipa..james hit it on the head when describing it to me as a solid ipa..nothing over the top but a good session ipa and a solid beer..

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Photo of bump8628
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky gold-orange with a finger of head that fades away after a few moments.

The aroma is citric and piny with a strong grapefruit component.

The flavor is hop-forward with heavy citrus rind, pine, and some herbal background notes. The hops are balance fairly well by some lightly sweet and bready malt.

Really a nice IPA and one of the original hoppy west coast ales.

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Photo of Offa
4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent, well-integrated, balanced, lightly complex, IPA, with very fresh, clean character perhaps due to bottle conditioning.

Slightly hazy, bright deep gold/pale amber, it has a medium off-white head slowly shrinking to thin wispy top and foamy ring leaving some thin but very nice lace.

Aroma is citrussy, fresh oranges, a little grapefruit, hint of resin, hint of leafiness, faint caramelly bread crust.

Taste is noticeably citrusy in the way of bitter marmalade with Orangina, mostly orange, orange zest, with a hint of grapefruit. But, there is more there, even just from the hops,w ith light leafiness, hint of spicey earthiness, and a caramelly bread quality lurking underneath that comes on stronger from behind. Lightly spicey bitterness and light tartness just edge out the light sweetness in the finish befoee a lingering, balanced aftertaste of earthy-cistrusy hops and light caramelly bread. A light, zesty yeastiness is present throughout, as well, and the whole thing is well-balanced, lively, and engaging.

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Photo of cbarrett4
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ap - Perfect IPA color with slight haziness.
Ar - Richly aromatic with herbs, hops, straw, and citrus
T - Very high level of hops but not bitter
M - Medium to full bodied with a great texture and acidity
D - Hop balance and tannin, alcohol, and acidity in harmony


I am surprised that I rated this so highly. I am a huge IPA nut and perhaps I gave this high scores because of the incredible balance this beer has. I have yet to try from bottle, but I will try both next to each other and revise my reviews.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass on 10/15/09

A - Pale, cloudy & layer burnt orange - something of a sunburst with the color fading from darker on top to lighter on bottom. Billowy one finger head shrinks slowly & leaves an excellent cap of foam throughout. Most of the head remains tight but it does offer up thick swaths of lace by the end.

S - Tropical citrus aromas are in full swing with orange, grapefruit & pineapple notes that culminate in a pleasant, juicy-sweet nose. A light toasted maltiness manifests as the beer warms.

T - Splendid hop flavor & bitterness. A good bit of pine is present, working with citrus notes that seem more restrained than in the nose. Still there is a subtle blend of grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple & lemon zest. There are some dry bread & toasted malts that are relegated to the background.

M - Prickly carbonation spices up this medium-bodied, expertly weighted beer. The finish is mostly dry with lingering residual citrus undertones.

D - Superb drinkability; this beer is consistently solid from start to finish. In my opinion this is a choice IPA. I've been a fan for a couple years now & am thrilled to enjoy it whenever I am able. Much appreciation to PDXHops for the chance to have another go at one of my favorites.

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

Poured into the Sam Adams glass.

A - Pours a nice strong golden color with faint orange hues. There is a nice dense head that is about 1 inch tall and slowly recedes. Great retention very attractive dense head. the head clings nicely to the sides leaving some attractive thick lace.

S - Nice citrus notes of hops and some floral and piney notes as well. There are some faint wheat hints for some reason like bready grains. There is also nice alcohol notes that warm the nostrils.

T - Initial sweetness with some nice citrus notes up front that then slowly turn into nice hop bitterness on the back end. The hops are there but dont dry out as much on the back still very nice brew. Earthy grassy hops and very creamy smooth malt flavors. Well balanced.

M - light to medium bodied. Creamy and nice CO2.

D - Very very drinkable and refreshing, lower ABV.

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Photo of iD9
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in a cognac snifter

Appearance: Head pours well, even lacing on the glass, leaves a thin ring of foam when settled. Cloudy, light amber color. Looks a bit orange to eye, slight amount of carbonation.

Smell: Fruity, a little piny maybe? Good overall aroma, not too overwhelming. Maybe a bit of grapefruit?

Taste: Grapefruit taste, especially on the back end. A kick of bitter hops as well. Reminds me of home. The thing I love about this beer is that its subtle, but still has a kick on the back end.

Mouthfeel: A little bit of chewiness in this beer, again, not overwhelming. It has a solid mouth-feel. Perhaps a bit on the "light" side, this beer could do with a fuller body but the light weight of the brew helps accentuate the delicate piny, fruity and hoppy flavors within.

Drinkability: I could drink this all day. Of course, this beer does leave bitter note on your pallet. This is something I welcome, but I could see it being a disincentive for some.

This IPA combines a number of subtle flavors making it perfect for both the warm weather of California, which I now enjoy, to the cool winter air (and rain) of the greater Portland area, from which I hail. This is one of my personal favorites. This and Union Jack stand tall as my favorite two IPAs.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with rising white head. Leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smells of some light grassy and citrus hops. Also some fruity esters are present.

Tastes of the fruity esters with some hop bitterness coming through in the end. The malt makes a decent foundation, but the hops do not assert themselves enough for this to be a good IPA, merely above average. The hops again have the grassy and light citrus flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium and smooth with some dryness on the end.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

via ZymasefungiI207I

Translucent honey gold with a decent white head and sticky lace aplenty. Earthen lemon grass hops with banana phenols (from the yeast?).

Light and smooth grassy hop throughout with a mild bitter umph at the end. On the lighter side for an IPA but great in it's own right.

Subtle yet pleasant.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured 1/2 the bottle, it was clear and golden...then swirled the 2nd half in the bottle and poured... In the end the beer was honey colored and very hazy... Very little head and lacing.

S: Strange hint of Orange & citrus followed by a nice floral hops.... There is also a bready yeastyness.

T: Right up front I'm getting the citrus then a very nice floral hops and yeast. Not much malt to balance the hoppy bitterness but that is not bad, because the hops it pretty light.

M: Med bodied, nicely carbonated, crisp yet smooth.

D: Not a bad little IPA... the hops is not over the top, the yeast helps tame the hops. Overall not a bad little light IPA.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Bright orange with good clarity before the yeast is poured in. The head is long lasting and interesting to watch with many geysers of carbonation. Lacing slides slowly back into the glass.

S- Sweet citrus and a hint of alcohol. Classic, fruity, ale esters.

T- Bitter in a tart, sour way and gently sweet with a sugary taste. Flavors of peach, orange, and other fruits.

M- Carbonation is bubbly and body is pretty standard with a juicy feel.

D- Well balanced and smooth to drink with no odd flavors.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy, golden orange color with a small white head. Nose is light on the hops but did have traces of lemon, floral. Taste is not that big and pretty let down on this one. Simple taste with a small lemony hint, thin, off if you ask me. Mouthfeel is thin, the 5% ABV does not help. Average IPA.

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Photo of beertunes
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a pretty medium yellow, with a 1/2 inch of white head that had good retention and lacing.

The aromas were very hop forward, as expected for the style, with a little malt sweetness on the nose. This beer was more balanced than is typical for the style, a slightly sweet taste is present, while still having a nice mix of hop flavors, noticeably pine on the finish.

The body was average for the style, but very smooth. This is a very drinkable IPA, as it won't just kill your tastebuds after a couple. A beer worth trying, and worth keeping a few in the fridge as a go-to brew.

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Photo of NorCalYeti
3.29/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For some reason this beer hasn't been translating well in a bottle for me. There's actually a fair amount of sediment in this bottle too which I don't remember in previous tastings. The beer pours nicely with a bright white head and lingering lace. The nose hints of malt with a hop backbone and a little funk. Mouthfeel is decent with a hop bitterness mid-palate and a medium-length finish. For me, malt dominates what ordinarily should be a better balanced beer. At the end of the day, I've had better examples, especially direct from the source and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to someone that's never tried it...I'm just not feelin' this batch.

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Photo of firkinhophead
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a hazy yellow gold, with a nice soapy head that sticks in spotty lace to the glass. Poured out the yeast, which contributes to the haze.

Floral, fruity hops, in the nose, with notes of apple, mango, maybe even kiwi. A bit of evergreen or some other fresh plant aroma. Kind of sappy and summery. Nice!

Taste is of biscuity, almost chalky, pale malts followed quickly by a citrusy tang of hops and yeast. Solid bitterness. Grapefruit, tart apple, sea salt, and husky grain middle to end, with a piney, mineraly finish.

Medium-light body, dry, and cleansing. Lightish carbonation from the bottle-conditioning keeps it smooth. Might seem a bit thin to American beer palates on overdrive, but this is a delicately constructed and subtle IPA.

One of my all-time faves. Even better on draft. Haven't had it in a while and I am glad to see that it still retains the perfect balance and refreshing character that I remember.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a nice, fairly dark amber. The head is full and clings nicely to the glass.

The aroma is pleasantly hopped so some citrus shines through, while the bread-like malt feels a bit stronger in presence.

First impressions: very smooth, nicely balanced. The citrus impression the hops leave on the nose are present-complimented by other fruity flavors-in the taste as well, while the malt present a firm ground in taste. The taste does not linger too long, but dries nicely.

A standard, solid IPA. It's a consistently good beer, and a nice one to session.

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Photo of BeerskiBrewski61
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good IPA, the price was reasonable, it's worth buying again. If you don't like grapefruit, avoid this and all IPA's. It's not for very beer drinker, more of an acquired taste.
Color was nice and golden, a good head of foam formed on top, the smell was not overpowering, the taste was tangy.

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Photo of wmthorne
4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Drinking this on tap at my favorite local spot.

Pours a golden orange color with a finger of head and lots and lots of carbonation bubbles.

I pick up grapefruit hops on the first smell and taste.

I tried this on the recommendation of the bar manager and it was a great call. Can't beat quality beers @ $2

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Photo of dislogik
4.73/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is by far my favorite IPA and the benchmark by which I compare all others, and I came across it by accident while looking for a place to eat in Portland. While it is good from the bottle it seems to have a hight IBU from the tap. It has good color and aroma that has a touch of citrus. The bitterness is perfectly balanced with the flavors. Unfortunately I no longer live in Portland and have moved to a state, Nevada, that doesn't carry any of the beers from the Bridgeport Brewery, but this one is good enough to travel for. If you know of a better IPA please let me know so I can try it.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy golden brew with foam of tiny bubbles. fades to leave lacing on the edge of the glass

S: earthy piney, lemon grapefruit notes being mostly sweet

T: very delicate hops flavors that are less overpowering like some IPAs. sweet lemon meringue and banana bread flavors. leaves a lemony-bready aftertaste

M: very bubbly entry that goes down smooth and leaves a slight but plesant drying of the mouth.

Overall, a very nice IPA. Doesn't concentrate on the boldness of the hops as much as it does the sweetness and true flavor. One of the best IPAs I have had

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Bridgeport IPA from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
3.86 out of 5 based on 1,053 ratings.
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