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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Ratings: 1,052 |  Reviews: 539
Photo of Riggo
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

attractive golden orange color with substantial thick head and nice lacing.

familiar west coast ipa smells of grapefruit and cedar, with some rain and melon notes picked up on.

taste follows suit with citric lemon sharpness and some fruity sweetness. some notes of bubblegum and perhaps banana or pineapple in the medium finish.

bottle-conditioning perhaps contributes to what is a smooth, soft mouthfeel, though still somewhat spritzy.

drinkability would be pretty high for me if i weren't just a little turned off by the bright, citric quality in this beer. not enough balance here for me with some earthier undertones. just too bright and citrusy. still a good beer.

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

Found this note on the label to be unusual, for an IPA: "Pour slowly to leave the yeast in the bottle, or pour it in, it tastes great!" So, it's bottle-conditioned, that's cool, and no big surprise. But the pour/swirl/pour is familiar with regard to hefe-weizens and witbiers; never considered it for an American IPA. Tried one without swirling, and it paled to the next bottle I tried, with the yeast poured into the glass. For this review I did the pour/swirl/pour.

The peach color looks great when the sediment is swirling and marbling inside. Head is not insane, but creamy and retains well. Lace already building up on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is very fruity. All the juicy pear, peach, apple and lemon you can imagine...its light, sweet, flowery fruit smell reminds of a number of Magic Hat beers. Nirvana or anathema, depending on who you are...I like it, but had to dock it a point value since it smells more like a fruit beer than an IPA.

The flavor is succulent fruit sweetness, no surprise, but fortunately there's a strong hop presence too. Add pineapple and grapefruit to the list of fruits listed in the aroma. Mouthfeel is soft and gentle, while having enough carbonation to pull everything through. An almost acrid bitter finish helps balance all that sweet fruitiness.

It's not exactly what I think of when I think IPA, and I'm now anxious to read other reviews and see what everybody thought. It's good, but certainly not IPA hall-of-fame material. Magic Hat could sue over this one!

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Photo of boblog
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a hazy bronze color, medium white/slight brown head with a good amount of lacing. It really has great smell. Hops are very evident and a slight acidic cirtrous scent is also there. The taste is also very good. One of my favorite beers for its great hop flavors. Fairly light bodied brew, nothing amazing as far as mouthfeel goes. This is an extremely drinkable brew, and since its price is reasonable you can afford to drink this beer often. Overall this is a very good beer, and one of my favorite IPA's and its pretty easy to screw up an IPA.

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Photo of trevorwideman
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to fisherman34 for giving this to me.

Pours an unfiltered luminescent orange with a bit of gold. 1/2 inch head develops from a vigorous pour, and stays around at 1/8 inch, leaves lots of sticky lace. Smell is very lovely, citrussy and floral hop aroma with some tropical fruits (pineapple, mango) thrown in too, a bit of light malt sweetness in the background. My only real complaint is that though delicious, the aroma is very subdued.

Taste is very subdued as well, the tropical fruit notes in the aroma come through, bitterness is very light, and there a smidgen of pine in the background. Even the malt comes through as being very light, the sweetness is more of an apple/floral sweetness, very juicy. The body is extremely light, too much so for my liking in this style, super wet and juicy with a BIT of dryness in the finish, but the carbonation is nice and low-key. Actually, that's probably the best description of this beer: low-key. It's not pretentious, and it's definitely a starter IPA. Definitely a drinkable brew though, extremely so, this is almost a lawnmower IPA, the first one I've ever had!

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic glass. The head was huge, white, and had very small bubbles. The color is a very bright yellow-orange. The aroma was citrus and hops. The taste is some citrus, a little bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth and this beer is very easy to drink. This is a great beer for a very hot day.

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

A 12 oz bottle purchased at Liquid Solutions.

A: The IPA is a vibrant orange amber color, clearly more orange. The head was near one finger on pour and has laced sporadically in the glass.

S: The nose is a citrusy hop bomb with some resiny pine thickness mixed in.

T: The ale has a strong hop body that jumps out immediately on first sip. That hop body is citrusy with some orange and apricot sweetness. Supporting the hops is a grainy caramel malt body that is more sweet than dry.

M: The hops are pleasant but not strong enough to stand out. The hops mix well with the malts though, providing a decent drink.

D: The is a solid IPA, strong on hops without overdoing it. The malts are nicely roasted, providing a strong base to hold those hops together.

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Photo of bosco7
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice frothy head that leaves very nice sticky lacing. Hazy orange color.

Orange and floral aromas prominent. Some caramel malt.

Big Cascade hop flavors upfront and throughout; orange juice, herbal, and perfumey flavors. Some caramel. Pretty high in BU's.

Slightly slick mouthfeel with some carbonation bite.

This is a very sessionable beer. Bottle conditioned adds a certain complexity that lacks in some IPAs. A gateway brew.

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

Poured a clear yellow straw color.

Smell was of Northwest hops. Very approachable.

Taste was very good, dry hops still kicking, but the malt was nice and lightly sweet.

Finish is a wine term.

Overall impression was "I have officially had my 100th american IPA, but this one I really liked. Good job bridgeport brewers!

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Photo of 1fastz28
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden haze color witha nice carbonation as well as a nice lacing. Almost has a slight green hue to it. Smells very piney, with some citrus aspects and hops of course. Taste is first a slight warmness of alcohol with more pine and hops than before, but has more of a yeast taste to it aswell. Pretty good well rounded IPA, i'm kinda spoiled from all the DFH i've been buying, but this is a good example of an IPA, too bad they dont sell it in illinois, its a good beer that i'd buy often if available.

cheers.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a very nice looking hazy-peach color. 1 1/2 finger of off-white head that retain for ages and leaves the inside of the glass absolutely coated with lace.

S: Pungeant hop aroma. Undercurrent of citrus and a tiny smack of biscuit malt.

T: Bitter, pungeant hops that exude citrus qualities. Malt flavors are very subdued. There is a tart fruit flavor towards the finish as well.

M: Bitter and drying. Very still appearance, yet prickly to the tongue.

D: Quite refreshing but unfortunately it's balanced a little too much towards the bitter side. Could use a touch more of caramel malt to liven up the flavor.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light orange in colour with a bit of haze and moderate carbonation. Fragrant aromas of tangerine, white grapes, pink grapefruit, and a bit of pine. Loads of citrus fruit in the mouth, with more tangerine and orange, with some very mild secondary notes of flowers, and a bit of roasted nuts. There’s a bit of cut grass on the finish. Not a whole lot of malty flavors here. The bitterness is so smooth that I find it hard to consider it an IPA. I think SNPA, which it vaguely reminds me of, might even be a bit more bitter than this. Very drinkable stuff though. Probably a real crowd pleaser.

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Photo of kdoc8
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served up with a thick, foamy white head - over 1 inch thick. Reddish-golden in color. The smell is mainly of hops - I don't get much complexity in the smell. But then I was pleasantly surprised with the taste which was much more complex of floral hops and not bitter at all. Very refreshing and drinkable. Plus it's a bit lower in ABV at 5.5% than typical IPAs, so you can keep on drinking it for a while.

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Photo of mhaws000
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at a local restaurant in a Bridgeport IPA pint glass

a-nice dark orangey yellow. Others have compared it to the color of iced tea, that is a pretty good comparison. Not much head but the foam maintained throughout the beer.

S-Hoppy herbal and spicy notes and a definite citrus kick.

T-As a big fan of hoppy double IPAs this has a minimal hop presence for an IPA but it works wonderfully witht the citrus (especially grapefruit) sweetness in the beer.

M-Really nice carbonation level to cut through the slightly syrupy body. Once again the two work really well together to create a nicely balanced beer.

D-Very high. I really enjoy this beer. As I mentioned before it is not a hop monster like some IPAs but rather a well thought out skillfully made example of a delicious style of beer. I will absolutely drink this beer again and again.

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Photo of Bamabrew22
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a pint of this not too long ago at the Barking Kudu on Lakeview. Really nice, tasty IPA.

Appearance - Beautifull liquid gold look to it with a well-crafted and lacey head. Nicely presented beer. The kind you'd take home to mom on a first date.

Smell - Deep hops smell throughout with a spicy-floral aroma that makes you want to swan-dive into.

Taste - Heavy hops bite grabs you from the start and never lets go. Spicy and fruity flavors, hinting of citrus fruits and cloves.

Mouthfeel - a well developed feel to it, like you've really got something in your mouth. Soft, yet dense, resist the temptation to chew.

Drinkability - Goes down smooth with enough of a mesmerizing hoppiness the keep you coming back for more. Excellent IPA.

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Photo of CJStout
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Nice tangerine/tea color, generous frothy head that disapates very slowly. Carbonation is noticable. Lacing persists.

Smell - Hops are very prominent but surely not over powering compared to many other IPAs. Not one hop stands out to me, but aroma is fresh suggesting a late boil hop addition or dry hopping. Aroma says, "Have no fear - Drink me."

Taste - Good. Bitterness replaces hop aroma. Aftertaste is notably bitter but not outrageous. True to style.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation supplements the IBU bite. Medium body.

Drinkability - Middle of the road beer as far as drinkability - bitterness is significant but not extreme, medium body, moderate carbonation, does not strike me as having a high alcohol level. Probably would not drink more than two at a time.

Overall - Very attractive, pleasant tasting beer, would definately order/buy again but it is not an IPA that distinguishes itself.

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

Pale amber with prominent yeast particles present. Mild head, decent retention.

American hops. Strongly citric, piney in the middle, finishes floral. Sweet fruity malt peaks through. Smells like wonderful hop nectar, exactly how an IPA should.

Medium bodied viscous balance of hops to malt. Fairly light, overall. Tastes like a fruity flower. Finishes dry.

Great IPA. I’ve always liked this one, one of the first to turn me on to goodbrew.

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Photo of OkieBrewer
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a great beer.

I don't care much about appearance, but this one has a nice copper look.

Mouthfeel is nice, very satisfying..


It tastes great. It hits you in the face with hops, but it's well balanced. It really is a beer you can drink all night.

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Photo of ByTor2112
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice pale almost orange color. One finger head that hangs for a while but I kept swirling to get that killer aroma going. Lacing was there but I kept swirling as I drank this one.
Aroma- Bold citrus and piney hop aromas.
Mouthfeel- very pleasing, some sweet malt but the aromas are transformed into a wondeful hoppy flavor profile. A nice forth heightens the citus flavors and the finish gives a nice bitterness to balance some of the sweetness. Great IPA and I've had it before, it was time to give a review. Cheers on this one!

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a chalice at 40 degrees. Thanks to Csims for this one!!

A - Pours a cloudy pale-straw color with a frothy white head that dissipates to a small ring...leaves no lacing on the glass.

S - Reserved aroma..didn't really want to leave the glass. Picked up some notes of grassy hops.

T - Grassy and citrusy notes lead to a hoppy backbone; bitterness is slight and contained. Finishes dry with an overripe grapefruit aftertaste. Enjoyable flavors..all pretty straightforward.

M - Medium body with a crisp, creamy finish...but...as it warmed, body really thinned out. Dry bitterness afterwards.

D - Enjoyable, but not quite into the big leagues of IPAs. If I ever see one, I might pick it up again.

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

No beer finds its way into my bar fridge more often than this one. I don't think this one is the "truest" example of the IPA style, with the big hops and alchohol that enabled kegs of it to survive their arduous sea journey from Great Britain to the colonies. I'm sure a lot of serious hopheads probably think it's a lightweight IPA, preferring the over-the-top bitterness or higher ABV of some of the more aggressive offerings out there, but for me, I think this one's close to perfect.

Pours a crystal clear pale amber in the glass, topped by a creamy two-finger head that fades pretty quickly. Hop presence makes itself felt through aroma and flavor, nicely balanced by a little malt, but with a restrained bitterness for the style. Could have a little stronger nose, I guess. Good mouthfeel, not too thin, not too chewy, effervescent, without being irritatingly fizzy.

Not really remarkable in any single characteristic, but extremely well-balanced. The ultimate session beer...I could kill off a sixer at the drop of a hat.

Still kicking myself a year later for picking up just the one case the only time I ever saw it at Costco.

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Photo of wedge
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed orange-gold. Huge, fluffy, chunky, white head of thick foam - good retention. Perfumey hop aroma. Flowery, sweet citrus hop flavor with some earthy grass and grain. Juicy with a resinous touch, yet pretty relaxed overall. Smooth, medium body.

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

Golden tangerine orange color, clear, with a welcoming soapy, creamy white head. The retention is appealing. Aromas of juicy citrus, pine resins, grapefruit, pineapple and some other tropical fruit fill the old nostrils with delight. Not to mention brisk grassy and spicy hops are evident over the soft bready malt and add further excitement. Smell is yummily dank. Taste is enjoyable too. Good even bitter hops don't take over and let the flavor do its thing. This beer feels light and softly coating with an extra slight graininess and nice carbonation tingle. Body is medium-light, and just big enough to hold this all together and still be very drinkable.

Highly enjoyable IPA. I'm always happy to add more good ones to my list.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a beautiful butterscotch- orange color with an even cloudiness. Smelled hoppy with a tangerine citrus present. The taste was a definite hoppiness with a citrus-peachiness 'til the end. This one sits near the top of my IPA list and must be tried.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Golden color, very slightly cloudy. Head is small, but dense, and leaves good sheets of lace.

Very pleasant aroma. Biscuit and honeylike malt. Floral, citrus, and blackberry hop aroma, suggestive of Pacific Gem hops among others. A touch of fruity and solventy esters. Appetizing.

Tastes mainly of citrus and berry hops, biscuit, honey, some fruity esters. A bit of sweetness up front, but dries out as bitterness comes in. More hop flavor than bitterness, but enough bitterness to make the beer balanced and refreshing. Fairly long finish of hop flavor and bitterness.

Fine creamy carbonation up front, with the mouthfeel finishing just slightly watery. Very drinkable, refreshing.

Light and restrained for an IPA, seems more like a pale ale or even an aggressive pilsner, but still has plenty of personality without being big. This would be a great session beer.

Well balanced, unusual and elegant hop profile, and extra character from the yeast. Very good beer.

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

Poured a 12 ounce bottle. A very good looking beer in a glass. Taste is citrusy hops balanced wonderfully with just a touch of sweet malt. Mouthfeel is nearly perfect. A damn fine IPA, full of flavor, but doesn't overwhelm the palate. No complaints here!

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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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