Bridgeport IPA | BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-17-2001

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Ratings: 1,054 |  Reviews: 540
Photo of mmmbeer
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, conditioned, with no freshness date. The body pours a hazy/sedimented topaz, with low carbonation and a half-inch of khaki head that leaves nice lacing, but reduces to nothing by the end. Lots of hops in the nose, contributing citric, earthy, floral and perfumy notes on top of lightly vinous malts - good, but could be more aromatic. The beer is delicious, with complex hops that add to the bouquet notes of peppery spiciness, sea salt, and some citrus. Not only is the taste exquisite, but the mouthfeel is perfect - smooth and well-carbonated, medium to full, and so dry. The beer rolls over the tongue smoothly and the conditioning creates carbonation that persists throughout and allows you to almost chew the beer - very nice. Such a tasty IPA, with flavors of noble and American hops, and the conditioning adds a wonderful dimension to this exceptional beer.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I really liked this IPA. More subdued than some of the offerings out there now and I liked the balance to this one.

Hazy orange pour, nice little head, good looking beer.

Smells like the typical IPS, nice and citrusy.

Not as much of a hop presence up front to this beer as I was expecting, but the finish is where the hops were most prevalent and I loved it. Nice and bitter.

Very good session beer. I could drink several more of these.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz picked up at the 16th st Albertsons for about $1.45.. poured into a shaker pint. Just put in James Zabiela "Alive V.1"

Hazy lite honey amber topped by a pillowy white head... left great lacing.

Citrusy and floral hops ... definately quite a bit of columbus in this one. Good pale malts and yeast fruitiness.

I am always how drinkable this one is... it is not a hit you over the head with IBU's IPA. High to high-middle hop taste balanced nicely by low malty backbone. Low but still noticeable fruity esters ... lite sour apple adds to the mix, but could use more malts.

Low to mid range body with descent carbonation makes this one into a good all day drinking IPA if you're into hoppier beers... No doubt I could make this one into a session and do fairly frequently over the summer months. I've given this one to macro drinking friends many times and they've all said good things about it.

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Photo of SargeC
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy golden-orange with a golden-white head.

Smell: Citrus hops, yeast.

Taste: Biscuits begin the flavor, followed by medium strength citrus and finished by clean malt.

Mouthfeel: Solid medium-light body. Semi-dry.

Drinkability: Good IPA. Limited bitterness provides a nice balance and an accessible brew for folks that are new to the IPA world. Overall, a well-crafted presentation.

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Photo of champ103
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A one finger head that fads fast. An amber orange color that leave a little lace.
S: Lots of floral hops with a good citrus aroma. The smell is about average for an IPA, but the average IPA smell is great.
T: Dry hops again (obvious) with some spiciness and citrus. Not bad at all, but have had too many IPA's that taste just like this.
M/D: Good carbonation and smooth. A little bitter, but not bad.

IPA's are not my favorite, but when the mood hits me this is a good one. The best thing about this beer, like all IPA's, is the smell. The smell always lours me in, and the taste does not disappoint...just a little one dimensional.

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Photo of inanimal
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Bridgeport IPA out of the bottle produces a very thin head that quickly diminishes into the mug. The beer has a gorgeous amber with hint of orange color that is lightly cloudy, similar to but not as cloudy as a hefeweizen. I can only explain the smell as a pale ale, and I love it. The smell gives off more bitter intentions than the beer actually tastes. the taste is surprisingly delicious and is not very bitter. It also does not have a powerful aftertaste, that leaves you looking for the next sip. This beer is very drinkable with a good mix of bitter and sweet taste. Overall, a surprisingly delicious beer, and I'm gonna have another one right now.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12ounce bottle poured slowly into a chalice, yields a smallish white head over a hazy very orange-amber body. Lots of lacing. Pretty beer.

Smell is floral hops, grass, a little citrus, all over a mild cracker-malt base. I little bit of leather, and -- I promise you -- some raw beef, which is interesting, to say the least. Not at all unpleasant. Hard to describe.

Taste is almost all floral hops, with a small amount of bitterness. Sour and dry finish. Decent.

Mouthfeel is the best part of this beer: round, smooth and rich with soft carbonation, while retaining a hop-driven crispness. Very refreshing mouthfeel.

Drinkability is pretty good, since this is on the low end of the ABV scale for the style.

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Photo of jwc215
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange with a thin head that becomes a thin patch before vanishing from the scene.

The smell is of citrus, pine/resin, and lemon zest. Normally, this would be great, but had to really search for it - very soft/mild.

The taste is hoppy, though pretty restrained. What's there is good, though - orange/lemon and grapefruit citric fruitiness - plenty of hops. But, why they seem a bit restrained? Well...what's there is nice. A piney/resiny character comes through as it warms. Grainy malt gives this a nice balance while keeping hops at the front - appropriate for style. This one has potential for being great, but...almost as much as in the smell, one has to search. Nice, but not as forward as I would expect for a Pacific NW IPA.

With a beer this potentially "big", I would like a bit more body to it. But, it does reach, and hold on to, medium-bodied, and it does have a decent carbonation level and a smooth, if rather lackluster, texture.

Well - bottom line - it's fine - could be great, even. But, it's so mild/restrained compared to so many other IPA's, especially from the region that it comes from. It could use more heft/richness/assertiveness. Nice, but rather wimpy.

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this back for me from his trip!

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

First off, for a grocery-store IPA, this one might just take the cake. Unless your grocery store offers Red Seal or Magic Hat's HiPA...

The bridgeport IPA pours much like a blue moon -- cloudy orange gold body with a wisp of cream head. Lacing was present, nothing extravagent, although the head was retained fairly well. The aroma was the highlight of the beer: bold, foresty hops with a touch of resin. Lots of citrus too.

The taste was a bit disappointing. It was quite wheaty and semi-bland with a minor hop kick. It did get a little better as the beer warmed, but still failed to make an impression. Mouthfeel detected a somewhat light body, crisp and quite refreshing. A small, hoppy aftertaste, a little more envigorating than what the initial taste presented. Drinkability was quite good, I could easily put back a few in one setting, and, faced with limited grocery-store options, even consider buying this one again.

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Photo of atsprings
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served a decent pale amber with a moderate but diminishing head. The aroma was some citrus hops and sweet malts. The taste was more of the same. A decently enjoyable IPA but nothing that sets it anywhere close to its competitors. I'm beginning to wonder why so few of the best IPAs come from the region that produces the best hops. Anyway, the beer is light bodied with low carbonation. This one is drinkable, but like I've already said in so many words, it's far from the best.

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Photo of briman
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a hazy pale amber color. About a quarter inch white head, with average retention, leaving just some but not much lace.

Aroma is mild to moderately hoppy, some grapefruit & fresh orange citrus.

Flavor is pretty much what you'd expect. Basic pale malt base, dominated by the hops. Finishes with a grainy note along with a mild grapefruit bitterness, that isn't terribly punchy, and doesn't linger into the aftertaste much.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Balance is good. Not as hoppy as some other examples of this variety. Bitterness is pretty subdued. More on the refreshing side as opposed to being your standard IPA hop wallop. That said, if you're looking for a characteristic hop bomb, I think I would pass this one by. If you're looking for a mild IPA that's easy drinking & good for a few pints during the night this might be for you.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy sort of golden orange color, head leaps up rather large and leaves some pretty okay lacing.

Big ester alcohol presence in the nose, with some hop fruitiness as well as evident yeast. Grain is light and biscuity in the background.

Hops are doing nicely here, bitter, but more fruit. A nutty earthy flavor is there as well, while a spicy ester presence comes in late in the flavor.

Rather creamy mouthfeel - bottle conditioned IPA - nice and smooth overall. Not spectacular but it hits on a good balance of hops and body.

Superbly drinkable, nicely hopped and spicy ale, weighing in at 5.5 this is a sessionable one. I'll look forward to having one at the brewery.

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Photo of loren01
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an orangish color, big frothy white head, excellent head retention.
S: Smell is citrusy, lots of grapefuit. Very slight amount of maltiness/just baked bread smell as well.
T: Pretty well balanced, maltiness up front with a good bit of grapefuit. Their seems to be a little bit of a hop flavor that you don't normally get in the US. Wonder if they use some English hop or something?
M: Medium bodied beer. Crisp but easy drinking. Finishes dry.
D: Overall a very good IPA, different than the norm, but I like different.

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Photo of IgnatiusReilly
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap to pint glass. Flying Saucer, Memphis, TN.

A: Deep golden clear color. Good head, lots of retention down the glass.
S: Lots of hops in the aroma. Subtle malt.
T: Citrus, and pine of hops dominate. Malt is much more subdued than most sweeter American IPAs. Finishes dry and very grainy, heavy on the earthy tones.
M: Full, clean and crisp.
D: The relative lack of sweetness makes this much more drinkable (session-considering) than most bigger IPAs.

Nice, clean IPA.

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Photo of franksnbeans
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange with thick head and tons of lacing. Smells of lots of hops, some malt and citrus. Nice and full in the mouth, with a lot of refreshing carbonation. This has all the attributes of a great IPA. Nothing over the top and very well balanced. Drikability is great. This is a great session beer.

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

First off, I consider the Bridgeport IPA to be the benchmark for the NW style.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an old John Smith's flared flute, (a glass style I don't often use but am really liking lately) the IPA is a hazy orange with large white head that leaving thick, foamy lace.

The smell is moderately strong, grapefruit and piney cascade and chinook goodness. I also think there are some english varieties as well, but I can't really smell them behind the NW powerhouses, which I really love.

The taste is very well balanced between the strong grapefruit hops and the soft, semi-sweet malt. The NW hops are dominant enough to define the style, but there is still an appreciable smoothness that's more akin to english style IPAs, which you don't often find in the NW, and I think is what sets the Bridgeport apart. In spite of the bitter finish, there's still a sweetness to the aftertaste, which is otherwise dry, that I really enjoy.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a medium body.

I think this is one of the most sessionable NW IPAs out there, my BBQ/party choice for sure. Reasonable ABV, price, well crafted and flavorful, without being to heavy, what more can you ask for?

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Photo of inbeertruth
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my favorite pub glass.

Appearance: Light amber, hazy. Thick foam which fades slowly (I actually get a little froth on my nose and mustache).

Smell: Hoppy aroma, with toast, pine, vegetal, and fruit notes.

Taste: This is a hop explosion blanketed in fruit tones of peach, pine, and citrus. Complex. This beer, in my opinion, defines IPAs by their taste. It really kicks you in the mouth with the hops.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and carbonated; refreshing.

Drinkability: This is a darn good India Pale Ale. I always keep it on hand, and it is a staple in my household.

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Photo of SwillBilly
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a classy and embossed 12 oz bottle. Very nice packaging for sure.

Appearance: Pours a light orange to peachy hue, slightly hazing due to an aggressive and it being bottled conditioned. A good 1" thickly foamed head tops the beer. Good head rentention as it is slow to fade.

Smell: Very light in the aroma department with a fruity maltiness layered with an herbal like hop aroma. Somewhat yeasty as well.

Taste: Starts with a fruity sweetness with hints of peach, apricot, a little lemony. The middle transitions the beer from the malty sweetness to a finish that is more of the peachy/apricot fruity goodness but is followed by a nice hoppy bitterness that lingers fairly long after the swallow. Very clean finish and nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with a bit of slickness. Carbonation is spot on.

Drinkability/Notes. Bridgeport IPA is very drinkable. A tasty IPA with a unique peachy fruitiness. Very easy on the palate and well balanced as the hops find their way in the finish with a very nice and subtle bitterness. Not over the top like some IPA's and definitely not like your typical West Coast IPA. Has a distinctly clean finish. Picked this up in NC of all places and glad I did. Worth seeking out and enjoying

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Photo of shadow1961
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bridgeport IPA pours a lofty creamy head over a cloudy dark yellow
brew. Carbonation is extremely active and there are considerable
suspended particles (it is bottle conditioned). The nose is piney hops
and funky yeast. The flavor is a bit of malt dominated by pine, grass,
and herbal hops. Not a bad IPA but just a bit unbalanced- it needs a
bit more malt IMO. Mouthfeel is crisp and a bit dry. Not a first choice
for an American style IPA but it makes the list. It's just towards the

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

A: Poured into a room-temp pint glass, the beer boasts a foamy, inch-thick head atop a peach-colored body, cloudy with a fine sprinkling of yeast from the bottle conditioning. The head settles nicely and retains well but doesn't leave much lacing that sticks.
S: The aroma is spicy but not overwhelmingly so, evocative of cloves and pine at the top of the nose with a mineral cleanliness in the back.
T: Sharp, bitter, citrusy front, with a bracing finish, quick and dry. The contrast between the onslaught of hops and the quickness of the finish is striking. Notes of clove and allspice linger on the palate.
M: The carbonation tingles on the tongue just to the point of burning. The finish leaves the palate feeling fresh and clean, ready for another swallow.
D: With an ABV of 5.5, this beer isn't going to knock you on your tail. It is, however, probably too heavy and densely flavored to lend itself to easy pounding. This beer is crafted to be savored. I can see knocking back a couple of these to start the evening, but if I'm in it for the long haul, I'm going to have to move to something lighter.

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Photo of IceEyes
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a pint of this at the brewpub last night. I've always enjoyed Bridgeport's IPA in bottles but I think the beer on tap was even better. The hop flavor was strong and the smell was pure joy. Even without drinking it, I could just sit there and smell those hops all night long. The flavor of this beer is everything I would want from an IPA. Good hoppy flavor and very clean. I could have drunk this beer all night long but I wanted to try their other beers as well. Glad I had this one though.

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Photo of oakbluff
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle graciously gifted by fisherman34. Colour is light cloudy tangerine with decent head and lacing. Nose is fresh woody hops- kind of smells like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Taste- yum!! Great refreshing citrus hops that give a real zing to the mouth. Carbonation also is quite high adding to that tangy zing. Great mouthfeel and is just plain tasty. Hops and malts are really well balanced and are in great harmony. This exceeded my expectations and would gladly have again. A great session IPA.

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Photo of Vancer
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I’d have to say I was disappointed in this one – guess I was expecting more of the juicy orange west coast style IPA, and got this English version instead. Oh well.

The pour was fantastic, a massive pile of egg white on top of a clear yellow / amber pour, almost looked like a nitro pour.

Dull notes of a piney citrus, but alas, none of the citrus came through with a taste – only the woody and resinous taste of a EPA. I mean, still, this is good, but not what I would make for a regular IPA drinker. Even with the decent price or $7.50 a sixer.

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Photo of dickroop
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this brew on a recent trip to Seattle. It poured a light straw color with a modest kakki-colored head, also slightly hazy. The nose was *definitely* citrus, grapefruit, also slightly grassy, little malt or alcohol were evident.

Taste was great citrus hops, but there was a grayish medicinal or metallic bitterness mid-palate that persisted into the finish. (As this beer warmed, this apparent off-flavor diminished, maybe it was an artifact of serving it too cold or maybe this flavor just grew on me.) Malt flavors were understated, there was a slight bready taste and graininess in the finish.

Mouthfeel was medium-bodied, a little chewey and sticky, carbonation is pleasantly supportive, alcohol not evident. Overall, a pretty pleasant brew. I am very partial to the citrusy IPAs and recommend this one. I'd love to have it on tap or try it again to see if the initial off-flavor is a consistent feature.

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Photo of flexabull
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Old favorite I thought I would give another try...

Pours a nice clear orange color with a big fluffy white head.

Aromas are of pine and citrus hops. Not strong, but still quite pleasant.

Taste has a dry character, but it's still full and supple. On first sip an overall sweet creamy maltiness hits the mouth, and the finish is bitter and mineral like, with a citrus bite.

Mouthfeel is nice, as mentioned before... full and supple. Maybe a touch too carbonated for my tastes, but it's still good.

Very drinkable brew. Session worthy, and what I remember this beer to be. I think the last bottle I reviewed was past it's prime.

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Beer rating: 64.5% out of 100 with 1,054 ratings
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