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Bridgeport IPA | BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Bridgeport IPABridgeport IPA
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Bridgeport IPABridgeport IPA

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-17-2001

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Ratings: 1,056 |  Reviews: 541
Photo of wmthorne
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
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 +23.8%
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 +20.9%
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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Photo of Japerrault
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy golden ale with a creamy white head.

S: Fragrant Spruce, and grapefruit aromas with sweet caramel in the background.

T: Nice balance of malt and Hops. Light sweetness upfront, with grapefruit tartness in the middle, finshing with toasted grain and some hops bitterness.

M: Decent carbonation and medium light body.

D: Good summer beer. Balanced hops and malt make this a smooth easy-to-drink IPA

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Photo of PDXHops
4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting a chance to formally review the first cask beer I ever had! Imperial pint at the brewery in a nonic.

Screensaver-worthy brew. Slightly hazy golden orange body with an incredibly fluffy and puffy white head. Great retention, and the lacing is crazy, with alternating sticky spiderwebs and soap bubble clumps.

Incredibly complex citrusy aromas- grapefruit, pineapple, orange, tangerine, maybe melon. Bright and zesty without overpowering. Malt backbone is clean and lightly sweet.

Tastes much like it smells, only a bit bolder. It's one of those beers that's so juicy my mouth waters even as I drink it. The delicate carbonation and general grapefruit/pineapple juiciness are an addictive combo.

Overall impression: Wonderful beer, and especially addictive from the firkin.

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Photo of dhd1491
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bit cloudy and pale yellow-amber. Little head retention. Aroma is yeasty and hoppy.

Sour, bitter, flinty hops up front with little to balance it off. No maltiness, no caramel, quite grassy, some grapefruit. Some nice floral accents on finish. Puckeringly sour hops remain. Quite fizzy when it hits your tongue.

Some intense and interesting flavors going on here. I might upgrade taste when I give it a second try, but for now I'm not sure. I suspect that this is a brew that could grow on me though.

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Photo of olmatty
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a cloudy deep amber gold with a sudsy three finger head. Excellent head retention and good lacing.

Smell- Earthy hops and a background of biscuity malt.

Taste- Very crisp malts. Hops are piney and earth with a sharply bitter aftertaste that fades quickly.

Mouthfeel- Malt and carbonation combine to make a unique crispness.

Drinkability- Good drinkability.

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Photo of Shuffledaddy
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: I poured the beer into a pint glass. Rather thin, white head with minimal lacing. I noticed a rather cloudy appearance, possibly due to the yeast left over from bottle conditioning.

Smell: Aroma was slightly citrusy, but more earthy, kind of pine-ish.

Taste: I would put this example at the "session" end of the IPA continuum. Nice floral and spice notes were present along with the citrus flavors. The malt was a little more pronounced than is typical for the genre, but I didn't find it overbearing. Overall, a reasonably balanced IPA.

Mouthfeel: Nothing special here. Kind of watery and thin compared to a typical American IPA. In my opinion, the only weak point of the beer.

Drinkability: Where this beer really shines. As much as I love IPA's, I usually can't drink a lot of them. Bridgeport, however, is an exception. Very drinkable but not dull.

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Photo of DrMalt
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a golden yellow in color. Thin white head that some residual lacing.Bottle conditioning yeast left some residual yeast in glass.

S: Moderate aroma. Very floral but not so much citrus, grassy aroams.

T: Bitterness is surprisingly moderate. Was expecting more hop and the bready yeast flavour is upfront. Bottle conditioning takes to much away from the bitterness of what the IPA should be.

M: Unexpected light body. Was expecting bottle conditioning to add fuller body & mouthfeel.

D: The yeasty flavours take away from the hop & malt. Typically I like bottle conditioningas it adds an element of body & flavour but it didnt work for me on this beer.

Came in last of 7 IPA's. Bridgeprt makes solid beer but I wasnt particularily fond of this especially in direct comparison to other IPA's

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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 mafiasentinel21
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful golden, slightly hazy. An inviting finger and a haf head that simmers to remain covering the beer. Good lacing at the top but it doesn't stick around for the rest of the drink.

S: Pretty grainy. Smells like a drunk orange taking a nap on an english muffin.

T: Very smooth IPA. Balanced somewhat well, I feel like the hop oils should shine through maybe a wee wee bit more, but the fruity grain nature is pretty nice. Citrus fruit. Hop oil aftertaste.

M: Pretty darn smooth. I would say medium.

D: Well drinkable. It's certainly yummy and I could drink probably 4 before I phased out of it.

I'd recommend to this beer to an IPA fan, but not a die-hard hophead. Though the hop oils linger nicely, they don't punch the tongue outright. This is not to fault the beer, it is very smooth and tasty and is a distinct one too.

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Photo of mulder1010
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Not a big IPA fan but this beer turned me onto IPA's. Not as big as other IPA's in bitterness but has the hoppy taste and feel. Easy to drink 4-5 of these and want more. It is simplistic and that is what makes this beer very good. Enough citus to keep you interested, the right amount of floral hops also. Very good choice for a starter IPA and that since it is bottle conditioned it will keep well for a longer period of time.

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Photo of Beernoisseur
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a wonderful little spin on the standard American IPA. The bottle conditioning adds a wonderful element of complexity and interesting flavors.

A - The pour into my snifter is a luminous orangey amber with a solid head which leaves a small net of lacing on the glass. I am sure the lacing would be better in a pint, or pilsner.

S - Somewhat course graininess, with fruitiness and hoppy citrus. The hop characters are a little too introverted for my preference.

T - The flavor is really good. There's this overarching mellowness to it, and everything is in its place. There's a touch of fruitiness and bready malt. It definitely tastes...somehow older. Not in a bad way, but in a way that suggests the flavors have mellowed together. It's got a little bite on the finish, and the hoppy bitterness lingers. It's slight, but undeniably present.

M&D - Great mouthfeel. Creamy and soft. Medium bodied, this beer is one you could drink again and again.

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Photo of merryjoulton
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale gold, very clear for a bottle conditioned ale as well. Smells are mild, a bit of hoppy grassy notes with some pines for good measure. Taste is mild for an IPA, not really a whole lot of bitterness, but enough to be tasty. Mouthfeel is fairly watery, which makes it very drinkable.

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Photo of torsoul
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The rather light color of this IPA surprised me, and, truth be told, I wasn't expecting it to be very good after I saw it. However, I was again surprised that it turned out to be quite flavorful. The smell was very pleasant with a nice variety of citrus, with a little something else just behind it.

What I disliked most about this beer was the mouthfeel. The whole time I drank this beer, I kept running my tongue around my mouth because it felt like it was coated in vegetable oil. I've never had a beer leave my mouth feeling like that. Plus, it is a VERY carbonated ale, which detracts from it in my view.

Horrible mouthfeel, but very nice flavor. Would drink again, but would never go out of my way to get it.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear, bright yellow, medium pale head, good lacing. Slight but steady carbonation.

Smells fruity and sweetish, some pine and some floral.

Taste is mostly citrus-sweet, maybe honey-suckle sweet, with a downplayed hoppy bitterness -- very refreshing. It may seem more refreshing now than it normally would, since today it followed Great Divide's Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout.

Feels light and airy in the mouth, very drinkable. Sometime, I'll have to get a twelve pack.

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Photo of bilyboy65
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Authentic Bottle Conditioned Ale, I'm not really sure what that means.

A: Crisp golden yellow in color. Thin white head that totally covers the glass and leaves a thick ring with each pull. Lively carbonation can be clearly seen.

S: Very hoppy, almost all that can be detected. A slight bready yeast lies awaiting its turn at the nostrils. Other then that seems to be a standard IPA scent, just very crisp.

T: Hoppiness is very apparent, but I think the bready yeast takes to much away from the bitterness of what the IPA should be. Very bitter aftertaste and slightly sour kick to boot.

M: Light body, good movement with carbonation, low oil covering. Clean, very clean.

D: The more IPAes i drink the more I enjoy them. This is one of the better ones. Keeps the bitterness really to the aftertaste and allows the hops and yeast to really be the flavor.

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Photo of mcsquint
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass:
A - Golden amber in color. 2 finger white head that dissipated more quickly than expected. Spotty lacing on glass.
S - Grassy, lemon, and golden malt
T - Nice malty taste at first, quickly followed by subtle lemon and orange citrus, a bit of grapefruit.
M - Light to medium mouthfeel. Just the right amount of natural carbonation. Slight hop bite on the finish.
D - I'm kind of new to this style. Most are too hoppy for my current taste. However, I find this very palateable would make a good session brew as well as an introduction to IPA for other newbies like me.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice big 3 finger white head. Golden orange in color with lively carbonation. Head retention and lacing were amazing. Don't think i've ever given a 5 on appearance, but this beer deserves it.Retention was there til the end and lacing was thick til the very bottom of the glass.

Smell is big on piny, resin hops. Some citrus is also present, not much malt is detected

Taste is of fresh hops, some pine and citrus, not too bitter or overpowering. Pale straw malts are also tasted.

Good balance of carbonation, not too high. Light, refreshing, going down, doesnt leave the acidic bitterness that many IPA's do.

Highly drinkable session beer. Hops dont kill the palate like many hop heavy beers do. Great starter IPA , would definitely buy again when looking for a beer with a bit of hops

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Photo of webbcreative
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured kind of a hazy golden color. With a White 3 finger head.
Smell clean hops, maybe even a little bit of biscut also. Taste is mildly sweet up front, then finished a bit bitter in the end. Wonderful all around though, has a real nice bitterness to it, but it doesnt linger around the whole time which is nice. Also picking up some kind of spices in there too, not sure what it might be though. I think its just as hoppy as most IPAs that I have had, but the bitterness doesnt linger as long. Really great meshing of flavors in this one! will definatly be picking this one up again. This is something I could drink all day and not get tired of.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one comes from the good folks down at Total Wine in Cary. It brags of bottle conditioning and double fermentation on the label so I'm curious enough. The head isn't much but the cloudy, foamy body certainly shows the extra yeast. The nose does have some citrus and piney hops but also a bit of toasted malt for push back. Looking decent at the quarter pole.

Well, this one definitely has the bitterness down pat, although the carbonation holds the flavor back I think. There is some toasted bread and butter flavors to represent the malt bringing up the rear. Overall, this is tasty and drinkable but not anything groundbreaking for the style or otherwise.

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Photo of beerera4
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought 1 bottle from World Market along with some other IPA's. I poured it into a frosty pilsner style glass. This was by far the best out of the 6 I bought. The smell is citrus almost a lemon/grapefruit type smell. The taste was incredible and smooth. Not a very heavy IPA but very flavorful. I can drink this all night long and plan to tonight after I stop at Central Market and pick some up to stock my refridgerator with. Excellent beer. A new favorite. Thanks Bridgeport for creating this wonderful IPA!

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Photo of OzarkElmo
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft from shaker glass. Medium off-white head with good lacing through the finish. Deep golden color. Nice hoppy aroma. Actually better aroma than the Stone IPA I had earlier from a 22 oz. bottle into tulip. Dry, bitter, flavorful to the finish. I would definitely have again if given the opportunity. Above average IPA IMO - Cheers!

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Photo of xhcadamx
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - cloudy yellow orange with a creamy head that stays afloat for a long time. Nice lacing.

S - Fairly complex for an American IPA. Small amounts of C hops, biscuit, yeast.

T - Not a bold kick you in the face IPA but Bridgeport has nailed down this recipe. Bitterness up front followed by biscuity malt.

M - Bottle conditioned beers are the cat's meow. Very soft and subtle carbonation makes this go down so easily.

D - I could drink this beer all day long.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 10/9/2007 (bottle):

Pours a cloudy orange colored body, with a small white head. Has a very hoppy aroma, and some sweetness. Has a good taste, sweetness too, and some hops but with a clean aftertaste. A good clean Pale ale, but not as IPAish.

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Bridgeport IPA from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 1,056 ratings
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