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 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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Photo of sobchack
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: light, copper/orange color with frothy head; minor cloudiness from bottle conditioned yeast
S: citrus hops dominate the aroma.
T: as many others have noted this is not as punch you in the face as many american ipa's. somewhat delicate for american ipa. grassy hops hit first on the tongue. wonderfully balanced with the malts. taste unfolds throughout.
M: very dry, bitter finish. a bit of a cottony mouthfeel to it
D: great drinkability. this is a great introduction to american ipa that could be a crossover/flag-bearer for the style. very good beer. great with spicy cuisine.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy copper color with a tight, fluffy beige head.

Nose is of bright grapefruits and minerals. Floral hops abound and hints of pears and fresh cut grass. Smells really good.

Hop flavors and bitterness are not as pronounced as the nose, but the aftertaste is quite dry and bitter. Hops taste a bit more grassy and I dont get as much of the fruityness that I got in the nose. Well carbonated and tastes fresh.

A pretty damn good beer. A good example of the style, I can see why some people say this is the quintessential American IPA. A bit tame and mild compared to other west coast IPAs, but this is a solid, easy to drink IPA. Well done.

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

Bright orange, hazy, thick pillowy head--extremely attractive IPA; ΒΌ head just sits around throughout; leaves a lot of thick lacing

Big, juicy aroma! I was surprised by how flavorful and full this was; I don't remember it being so big; extremely citrussy and fruity

Taste & Mouthfeel
Good, smooth body and consistency (from bottle-conditioning?), with a lower level of carbonation than I'm used to; tasty initial hop bite--citrus fruit and something slightly floral--that continues throughout; smooth and noticeable malts, though not as big as in some IPAs (Celebration); taste fades a little on the back end, but aftertaste is very good.

A really solid IPA. It looks great, smells fantastic, and has a spot-on flavor for the style and my preferences. My only complaint is the slightly weak back end. Otherwise, it's top-notch and very drinkable.

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

Still trying to find a good sessionable IPA that's in 6 packs. I guess I could just stick with Stone or Union Jack or something...but we'll see how this one is.

A: This beer is bottle conditioned, as it states numerous times on the bottle. Pretty typical IPA look, yellowish amber with a small white head that has little retention. This one is quite hazy with yeast floties, probably due to the fact that it's bottle conditioned.

S: Smell is mild, but predominantly citrus hops, with a bit of floral and piney hops mixed in there. I sense a bit of malty crispness, but not prominant.

T: Flavor is a bit of sweet malt, quickly covered up by bitter resiny hops. A bit of citrus and pine in the flavor as well. Hop character is pretty good, though I could do with a bit more flavor.

MF: Thin and fizzy, as you would expect. Finish is a tiny bit dry, but more due to carbonation than hops. Not much warming and the alcohol content is really not noticable.

D: A nice solid IPA. I would rate this higher than a lot of IPA's out there, but it doesn't touch any of the top beers in the category. Almost more of a super hopped pale ale. The 5.5% ABV makes this a very sessionable beer, which may make for better drinking in certain situations than other IPA's...but that's really the only reason I would drink it over those beers.

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Photo of Bobo77
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have been wanting for some time now to pair up an IPA with actual Indian food and see how it stands up to it. Grabbed a 6 pack of these cold at Dierbergs.

Bottle states, "Authentic Bottle Conditioned Ale" as well as, "Pour slowly to keep the yeast in the bottle or pour it in, it tastes great." I chose to pour it in.

A moderately hard pour down the center of my mug yielded 2 fingers of thick lumpy head. The body was a slightly hazed golden color.

The aroma was that of floral hops, no doubt since this beer is from the Pacific Northwest. Fruity and surprisingly non-medicinal smelling unlike most other IPAs that I have sampled. Smells of apricot...This is REALLY pleasant smelling beer.

Now the sip - Initially it almost doesn't even taste like an IPA. Bread and yeast come rushing in first. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamier than expected. Ahhh...there it is, the grapefruit bitterness. It really sneaks up on you but it is nowhere near as bitter as other IPAs, such as O'fallon's. It is very drinkable.

As I am sitting here eating samosas and paneer makhani (Sweating my a#@ off, this food is hot) I am wondering if the Bridgeport IPA is powerful enough to stand up to the food. I take a big gulp....yup, it is. This paneer makhani said it was mild on the package, if it were hotter the beer might not have been as formidable an opponent.

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Photo of grs8313
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 12oz bottle with no bottling or freshness date. Pours hazy golden yellow with a white head, the head goes to about one finger and then starts to die down. Very nice lacing as the beer gets lower.

Smell: Hops, malts, slight alcohol astringency, and a biscuit/ bready smell.

Taste: Malts, hops, dough, earthy notes, and a slight nutty flavor. Subtle bitter aftertaste from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth mouthfeel, that leaves the mouth feeling clean.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable, and the creaminess from the bottle conditioning is amazing. A beer I would recommend to anyone. I am about to open a second.

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Photo of pwsoldier
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy copper with a decent white head that dissipates fairly quickly. A little bit of lacing, but not much.

S - Citrus hop aromas, mainly grapefruit. Some sweet fruit aromas come through as well.

T - Starts off sweet with citrus coming through in the finish. Plenty of balance between the hops and the malts.

M - Dry finish, light-bodied, plenty of carbonation. The hops leave a slight aftertaste of grapefruit.

D - Overall, a very enjoyable IPA and a great session beer.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of those bottles you see on the shelf but pass over it almost every time, I dont know. I'm blind to it or maybe their graphic design sucks.

I've had this ontap, but this review is for a sixer we got the other day.

Rich amber gold with a chilly haze and a real nice light beige head that starts fluffy and redices to a webby lacing.

Starting with the aroma, the first thing I notice is this isnt the monster PacNW IPA that I have been trained on. It's more subdued, an older recipe from an older brewery, harking back to a pre-hophead era. Good balance of yeast, malt, alcohol esters, and hops.

Nice cream ale smoothness and a really good balance. Crisp hop oil and citric bitterness is prevailent, moreso in the taste than the aroma. It's a really well-crafted.

If I had any objections (which i guess i do), I would consider this a bit aqueous/watery compared to other IPAs. Its just a tad light on the body after I got halfway through a bottle.

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

Poures a light orange, cloudy with a thin white head that turned. While pouring caught a whiff of citrius and hops. It was a very pleasant aroma of pine and hops when put to the nose. Taste was well balanced between hops and pine, a lot of flavor but not bitter. Vergy good texture, almost chewy with a clean and crisp aftertaste. This is a good beer for a session, very smooth for an IPA.

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

A: Golden amber color has good clarity for a bottle conditioned beer. Fairly active carbonation. Head is small, but retains well. Leaves small amount of lace.

S: Heavy grapefruit with some lemon, toast and fresh flowers in the background.

T: Grapefruit from the aroma carries through and is accompanied by tastes of lemon, toasted malt and a little pepper. Bitterness builds rather than hitting all at once. Malt becomes more prevalent in the back end. Finishes with a nice balance of citrus and malt.

M: Medium light body is quite oily. Carbonation level feels a bit too high.

D: Very nice, complex session IPA. I'll be revisiting this one.

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Photo of flipshevanel
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First a foremost this is an excellent IPA. Poured with a small, white, fully diminishing head. The body was beautifully cloudy and hazy with medium sized particles that were average to thick sized with an overall orange hue. Light malt and moderate yeast, what was most distinct was an orange aroma to the hops with some banana; a very fruity IPA. The flavor started with a light sweetness and moderate bitterness and then the sweetness overpowered everything. To the palate the body was medium and creamy, the carbonation lively with a short to average light alcoholic/astringent finish.

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Photo of SeanRedd
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can I say it? Should I say it? This is what is running through my head right now. Can I tell you it is the best damn IPA I ever had, at least as far as I can remember. Pure balance, delicious harmony. A big frothy head sits at the door, guarding lemon merangue and peach tart. Bitter dessert. High and not too mighty. Just a tease of wood and its gone, back to the refreshing, not too sour splash. An even seesaw of perfection. (Clap, clap, clap!)

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Photo of elniko
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass

A: Slightly lighter that typical IPA, head dissipated quickly, little bit of lacing as well.

S: I get hints of citrus as well as possibly vanilla, very nice smelling brew.

T & M: Taste definitely has IPA tones but it has a very watery mouthfeel that I've never encountered in IPA before. The taste was a little more subdued than I'm used to in IPAs.

D: Quite drinkable for IPA but this was not an IPA that I'm particularly fond of. Won't seek out again but wouldn't turn one down either.

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Photo of glid02
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color with a thin head that sticks around - good lacing. It smells great - both fruity and bitter.

The first sip wasn't all that great, but it definitely comes into its own. The bitterness seems to slightly override everything, but that may just be because of the smell. All in all it's pretty well balanced. The mouthfeel is what you'd expect from an IPA.

It's a good tasting beverage, worth a shot for the price.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle:

A: Poured into a tulip glass, the beer appeared to be a hazy yellow/orange color with a fairly thick white head that was retained very well.

S: Really, just hops with a bit of a floral hint. Simple but very well done.

T: Again, the taste is simple, but very well done. Mainly hops with a hint of wheat/yeast.

M/D: The beer was smooth, creamy, and rich. Almost felt like a Belgian style beer, but overall, highly drinkable and will be keeping this one on stock in the beer fridge for awhile.

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

12oz bottle poured into my Nugget Nectar pint glass

A: Hazy yellow with an off-white head with good retention.

S: Classic cascade hop aroma with orange, citrus and fruit loops. Nice tangy aroma

T: Starts off pleasantly and mildly hoppy with orange and almost a jackfruity flavor. Mild malt presence in the back with a mildly dry finish. This one is a lot milder than most IPAs but not in a bad way - subtle and pleasant with floral, fruity and citrus characteristics.

M: Nicely carbonated and nice finish

D: Good stuff but I'm going to drink my last Union Jack next. If I see this on cask - I'm so all over it!

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

Appearance: Deep gold color. Two inch white head that held nicely. Thick lacing the glass.

Smell: Stong herbal hop aroma, caramelized malts and citrus.

Taste: Up front burst of herbal hops that stays dominates throughout. Faint sweet flavors of citrus and caramel malt in the background that provides a nice balance. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth medium body, medium carbonation, the finish is clean.

Drinkability: Tasted great, easy drinking and didn't fill me up. Decent hop kick. Decent IPA

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Photo of skeetermoses
3.22/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer has a very bitter after taste to it, not that impressed by any means. I cannot say if I have ever had any other bridge port beers in the past, but would definately like to try some of the others, to see if they are any good. All in all I will probably drink another BP IPA, but not in the near future.

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Photo of Rennpferd
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It poured golden hued and slightly flat from the bottle.

It had a slight fragrant hop smell. Nothing else was detected, not even the malt that I enjoyed tasting.

It tasted quite good. It had a robust hop and malt taste. The flavors were well balanced. It seemed to have a slightly heavier than light body. It was very smooth.

I found it very drinkable. I drank it while out West and unfortunately have not seen it since returning to Wisconsin.

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

Pours a clear golden color with a thin white head. Decent retention and lace.

The aroma is full of citrusy and piney hop character, also a touch of sweetness.

Taste has a nice citrus hop with some grassy tones. A nice light bittering bite.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with gentle carbonation.

Drinkability is relatively high with good flavor and low alcohol making it very easy to consume.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on-tap @ The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Cordova, TN.

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a thin, white head that quickly parts company. Active carbonation throughout session.

Moderately floral, hoppy nose.

Citrus and hops with a subtle malt undertone and hints of biscuit. Extremely well-balanced. Bitter finish reminiscent of grapefruit rinds. Crisp and refreshing. The hops make a definitive statement without overpowering the taste profile.

Nice mouthfeel with smooth carbonation. Medium-bodied.

Very sessionable. Drinkability: high.

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Photo of bboven
2.69/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy golden body with a finger of head that lasts and leaves good lacing behind.

A citrusy hop nose, but there is also a yeasty aroma that hurts it; keeps it from smelling crisp and clean.

80% hops here, not very well balanced. The malt flavor is very weak.

Mouthfeel has a nice, mellow carbonation but the overall body is watery.

As far as a sessionable IPA, this one is alright, but it's a little too weak for an IPA, and the yeasty ester notes definitely detract from the overall beer. Drinkable, but noth worth buying twice with so many other solid choices out there.

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Photo of rye726
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty good IPA from the guys over at Bridgeport. It pours a cloudy golden color with a nice tan head. The nose has some big fruity hops up front followed by a solid malt base. The taste also has a kick of bitter hops, but is well balanced by rich malts. A clean medium body goes down well.

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

Ruddy orange body. Thick whipped cream head.

Nose is sugar-crusted grapefruit. A beautiful hop presentation.

Flavor is a prime example of a well-balanced IPA that really delivers the hops. Plenty of sweet malt up front, it finishes like a glass of extra-tart grapefruit juice. A constant treat for the palate!

Mouthfeel is tangy and tooth-stripping. A blast of goodness.

Drinkability is excellent. Out here in the boonies, the only two IPAs I have been able to order in are this, and Deschutes Inversion. As much as I love Inversion, Bridgeport IPA is the go-to brew for me right now. Always a pleasure to drink. I am pleased to have this great brew for my 200th review.

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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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