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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,052
Reviews:
539
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
12.18%
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
131
For Trade:
0
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Photo of cbros
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type- 12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a dark straw yellow with a strong showing of remanents of the bottle conditioning. Small white lace present with a decent cling to the glass.

S- Hints of fruit come through followed by a biscuity finish.

T- Not a very strong IPA but a nice balance of the hops and malt. Has a bitter flavor because of the hops and a malty sweetness that is present througout the drink, good balance between the two ingredients. The beer finishes dry and tart.

After having so many IPA's and various beer styles from Oregon this is the first time that I have had this beer to review. I remember having this on tap at the Brewpub a few years ago but did not write up a review at the time. Overall a well balanced IPA that stands out because of the 'bottle conditioning'. A nice IPA and that I am sure that I will have again due to my effection towards Oregon brews but if I am in the mood for a stronger more pronounced IPA I probably will pass this one up.

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Photo of aletales
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A beautiful amber color flows from the bottle with a tight white head. A hoppy, fruity aroma greets the nose, and a tart crisp, fruit is quickly overcome by an astringent hop presence on the palate. The hop bitterness does not dominate, but rather complements the malt and fruit taste of the brew. This ale is crisp and satisfying.

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Photo of nms1987
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, light orange, yellow-gold color. Its bottle conditioned and boasts a solid head that laces well.

Sinus issues are limiting my feel for the nose but it feels like the hops are going to be citric.

The hops aren't actually all the citric. its got something citrusy about it, but not overly so. It isn't an especially strongly flavored IPA but its still manages to taste good. Its a restrained beer. I don't know what it is about this thing. There isn't any taste that hits me over the head and the flavor is far from overwhelming but honestly that works to its advantage. Its a really fun beer, to drink. I don't know what I like about it to be honest... but keep wanting to have another sip!

The mouthfeel is fine. Not too carbonated, not undercarbonated. A little bit of a pleasant citrus bite.

As for drinkabiltiy? Its delicious. I'm downing this thing way too fast. I love an IPA that can bring a nice flavor at a lowish ABV and this is it, this beer does that and because of that it reminds me of alot of NC-brewed IPAs because NC was slow to move its cap over 6 pct so lots of breweries had to find a way to make a flavorful IPA at 5.5-5.9 pct.
This an a great session IPA.
I'd consider getting it again, in a six pack this time

Another review...
Pours a clear amber gold. Solid head.

Big citrusy aroma. Definitely smells like a West Coast IPA.

It tastes good, but not in a West Coast IPA way. It is more understated than that. It is like an English style IPA except using west coast hop varieties. Nice beer, fun to drink.
It isn't especially bitter but still packs ample flavor out of the hops. Interesting stuff.
A wee lil bit of sweetish malt at the end.

Fairly medium-bodied, a little light bodied for an IPA but that actually benefits its understated character. It has ample carbonation and a tingling feel on the mouth.

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Photo of Bagman007
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Very pale, cloudy yellow orange coloring with just a little bit of head.

S- Has the typical sweet and hoppy scent that most IPA's tend to possess.

T- Not overly hoppy has a very good balance to it. Slightly sweet and spicy as well.

M- Definitely a hoppy beer, but it is still fairly smooth.

D- Very, very drinkable beer. Very smooth.

Overall a very solid IPA from Bridgeport. Honestly this is probably one of the best IPA's I have ever had. Great beer.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: nice hazy glowing golden orange, soft yellow shades as well. A small dollop of white foamy head and plastered blobs of sticky lace everywhere. Bubbles were busy and active...good look

S: hops, light waft of yeast, and nice sweet fruits...wheres the malts?

T: what I like is the refreshing hops characteristics that are a combination of grassy, pine-like, all with peppery edges (just a subtle bite). Fruity connotations are great and of oranges, sweet lemons, and maybe even some apricots. I must say that the fruit presence is very well balanced with the hops. I am left with a light oiled-hop finish and sweet on the round about. However, malts are almost none existent...no real sturdy malts

M: a bit on the fizzy side and the light body manage a nice casual drinker. Very light lingering hop finish on the palate that helps give space to the dry and crisp feel

D: in regards to the overall hop vibe, it pulls away from being heavy like many other American IPA's. Which makes it very agreeable and refreshing. Great beer! Any downfalls might consummate: withdrawn maltiness and laid back hop presence...I still give a thumbs up

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

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a DFH pint glass. No date. I've been wanting to try this beer for a very long time. The body was a cloudy (bottle conditioned), golden amber color. The solid off-white head left splotchy lacing and a film of foam remained.

Smell was metallic an earthy. The pungency of the hops increased as it warmed.

Taste was a sharp young grassiness. Green lingering bitterness, but never too harsh. Lightly piney and herbaceous.

Mouthfeel was medium in body with a zippy fine carbonation. A very solid IPA.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange with speckles of sediment. Yeasty nose with orange blossom hops notes. Creamy ale mouthfeel. Spicy, cedar hops hit up front, followed by tea and tangerine and cutting astringent to finish.

Lots of hops flavor without being too aggressive. Which is nice for a change.

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Photo of noknife83
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasn't sure what to expect from this beer. Out to lunch with family over the holiday, at a restaurant in Portland called Beaches. I ordered this because it was the only IPA on the menu. I'd never been to this place before, but to my surprise not only was the food awesome but this beer was really really good. Not as in your face with the hops that most good IPA's are known for, the hops were a little calmer, and there was this honey taste coming through. Very nice smell, nice appearance. Overall I was very pleased with this beer. I only hope I can find it in my hometown.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another of my stash from the great Northwest.

Poured with little to no head. That's odd! Really nice honey color with very nice clarity. Single bubbles of carbonation make their way to the top every now and again. Not much lacing to speak of either.

Aroma is decidedly sweet and reminded me of wheat thins. A bit of spice a the end. White pepper perhaps.

Flavor is really nice and makes up for the visual. Really nicely balances. Almost drinks like an APA now that I think about it. One of the more conservative IPA's I've had. I actually went to look to see if it was listed as an English IPA. I think it almost fits that profile a bit more. Initial punch of sweet and fruit, then nice cracker flavor.... More fruit then a mild sweet/hop mingle... Very nice over all.

Mouthfeel is bright due to nice carbonation. Very very drinkable. I am guessing that this is even better on draft. Just a hunch. Glad I tried it. Nice effort.

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

Serving from a 12oz bottle.

Poured a hazy orange color with an averaged sized wthie head. Aromas of pine, citrus (orange)with slight yeast. Sweet tasting with not to much of a hoppy character. Very lightly bitter. Dry finish.

Notes from: 07/12/04..

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Photo of hoplover82
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer and me go way back. This was the beer that made me into a hop lover. It's so balanced that for someone just getting into good craft beer, will lure them to the other side. The hoppy side.

It pours a beautiful foggy deep gold color with a creamy off white head that stay until the fat lady sings, and leaves in it's trails great strong thick lace.

Aroma is balanced and soft with citrus and floral hops and some good pale base malt and caramel malts for a little sweetness.

The flavor is the same with a little bitterness that is not in the least overpowering. Just to IPA standards. The caramel lends a full creamy balance to it all.

Medium to almost full bodied, very creamy.

Very drinkable. I could drink these all night.

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Photo of Colt4540
3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured froma bottle to a pint glass it had not quite a two finger head that takes awhile to dissapate. It leaves good lacing. It's a real cloudy unfiltered beer with an amberish glow.

S- Smells strongly of citrus and is real hoppy.
Kind of a skunky smell.

T- Not really that impressive seems kinda light on the bitterness for an IPA. Would be a great summer IPA.

M- Really light and smooth.

D- You could drink a bunch of these on a hot summer day. Real smooth.

Note- I drank a Yeti Imperial Stout just before this so my judgement may be a little off.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.37/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

served from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass

Poured a typical-IPA orange, but with the least amount of head of any bottled beer that I have ever poured. Minimal lacing. Unimpressive.

All of the usual IPA aromas were present, if subdued. Hoppy, piny, a touch of citrus. Not as floral as one would expect.

It tasted fine. Good hoppiness, but not altogether bright. The caramel maltiness was there in spades; this was a pretty balanced beer.

Despite its limitations in the flavor areas, it felt good in the mouth. Smooth; a just-right amount of carbonation. Pretty drinkable if the flavors suit you.

I think that I may have had an old bottle. All of the aromas and tastes were muted. I think that this beer has a lot more to give than it showed me. It was a good beer, passable at the very least. I have to say that my bottle, however, was a disappointment.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the First St. Draught House here in town. Came out a murky light gold, thought it would be a little bit darker. Large foamy white head on top. Excellent lacing with perfect rings around the glass.

Smell was average with some citrus and pine hoppiness. Floral tones and a little sweet smelling. Pretty good taste. Definitive grapefruity-hop presence that was balanced pretty well by some malty sweetness. Good and crisp. Easily drinkable due to the smoothness, and the flavor. Recommend.

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Photo of Docer
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A great American Standard. This IPA has always been my favorite from around town here. Always found everywhere I go too in any near by store.

Excellent color like a light copper glass tile. A great bitter aroma with many hoppy citrus-like and big pine notes. Leaves the mouth a bit dry like a good bitter Ale should... makes me want to keep drinking it. Great carbonation which makes belching easy.. thus making more room. Not too filling, and can never upset.

My #1 in an IPA.

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Photo of magictrokini
2.82/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Unimpressed. Pours orange-tan cloudy due to the brewer's yeast in the bottle. Aroma is great; hoppy, citrus, and piney. The taste is soap. Minor hops, some citrus and pine, but primarily soap. It reminds me of the cleaning product Simple Green. Would not recommed this IPA if you like West Coast IPA's.

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

GABF Weekend '08
It's good to revisit this beer after about five years. Along with Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale, this beer defines the style for Pale Ales. A very crisp malt backbone shows low-lying sweetness but strong malt character that hinges toward well attenuated barley flavors and an accentuated hop bitterness. Hop flavor in almost undoubtedly Cascade with a spicy grapefruit-orange zest flavor. Finishes with a snappy malt dryness and a lingering fresh hop flavor.

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

A- A deep orange honey color, hazy. Head is 1/4", oily and sticky, hanging on to the glass for dear life.

S- I definitely smell the aromas of floral hops and they are giving off a perfume-y scent, too. Deeper down, you find the malt securely holding the supporting role to back up the hops in the front. Very pleasant, light, sweet honey like aromas. I will say, for an American IPA, these guys didnt try to over do it with the hops, they just made a balanced IPA.

T- Tastes of light and sweet citrus up front, the same honey malt, maybe a tad of caramel. The bittering hop is somewhat in the shadows of the malt, but does a nice job trying to keep up.

M- The feel in the mouth is medium body and good carbonation.

D- The finish is dry which makes this beer good for sessioning and the ABV is low enough it wouldnt kill you too badly. I could easily thrown back 3-4 of these in a row.

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

Nice light amber color, off-white head with some good staying power. Lacing is minimal.

Fruity hop aroma, some caramel and sweet malt balancing this out, but primarily hop infused aroma. Taste is of mild grapefruit, not biting, sweetened. Some bitter hops in the finish but generally fades fast and really leaves you wanting more. I think I could chug this 20-oz'er.

Medium bodied, not at all filing but noticeably substantial. I like this IPA, and I did have another.

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

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy golden orange with 2 fingers of foamy brite-white head. Solid 1/4 finger of retention that fires up well, leaving some decent moderate lace behind. The aroma is floral and spicy with an earthy hop profile, followed by a flush of citrus and malts.

The taste is mellow, earthy hops that spreads some lingering bitterness out well. Backing notes of spice, citrus, and caramel do a nice job of balancing things out. Finishes with a dry bitterness that lingers. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderately creamy carbonation and overall slick feel.

For some reason, I was expecting another West Coast hop bomb but was pleasantly surprised to discover a well done IPA done more in the English style here. Tasty and easy drinking, I enjoyed this.

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Photo of usmittymc
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pub glass.

A: Light honey gold color. Eggshell colored mountainous head (result of stirring the yeast at the bottom of the bottle).

S: Peppery hops. Some light fruity notes (plum, for some reason).

T&M: Real smooth on the draw, with a nice hop profile that is not too bitter. More peppery and fruity. Good carbonation.

D: One of my new favorites. Hands down, nothing else needs to be said.

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

This used to be a staple of mine when I lived in Seattle, and since its in Atlanta now I've added it to my rotation. A fairly simple beer, but honest and pleasant IPA flavors keep it real. Pours dark golden with an okay head that fades to almost nothing but leaves some nice lacing. Very citric hop aromas of tangerine with some additional apricot. Juicy and clean. The flavor has that same tangerine fruit and apricot juiciness up front, and then some developing bitterness and tangerine peel as well as some medium firm rounded malt. The mouthfeel is firm enough and very well balanced if the very slightest bit on the soft side. A delicious beer and often overlooked for a great standard IPA.

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

A - Very light for an IPA, yellow with the slightest amber highlights. The white head really pops.

S - Great hop aroma, light grapefruit aroma. Wet and fruity.

T - Easy bitterness with a nice malty finish. Hops are not over the top, but they certainly are not hidden. Very good.

M - Medium body, but not heavy in anyway. Zesty, yet smooth, quaffable for sure.

D - The most drinkable IPA I have had in quite awhile, actually it does not get more drinkable than this I imagine. Plenty of flavor, not harsh, smooth, perfect.

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Photo of RickS95
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bitter smell, small head that sticks around a while. Appears golden orange and cloudy/unfiltered. Nice lacing.

Like all IPAs I've had, extreme bitter in the finish until my tastebuds had been destroyed, then somewhat milder.

Will put hair on your chest.

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Photo of apaltrineri
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy pale amber, reminiscent of a hefeweizen, two finger off-white head with moderate lacing. Purty.

S - Lots of sweet, fruity hops in the air, hints of orange peel and pineapple. Pleasant and intriguing considering the taste is a 180 from the aroma...

T - Pretty mellow IPA bite, nice bitterness balanced well with yeasty undertones. Finish is crisp and coppery, mmm.

M - This brew has a surprisingly light and buttery-smooth feel for a hefty IPA, with the low carbonation a good balance with the body.

D - Considering the wonderful aroma and good body balance, this is a highly drinkable beer for IPA fans. Bridgeport IPA won't knock you off your socks, but it's a nice tasty IPA from one of Portland's landmark craft breweries.

Pesonally, I can find no better beer to have with a big plate of spicy nachos. Enjoy liberally!

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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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