Kingpin Double Red Ale | BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Kingpin Double Red AleKingpin Double Red Ale

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
OG: 17
IBU: 65

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Photo of gandres
3.71/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured to wine glass
dark amber orange hue, very hazy, small tan foam that slowly goes away
not a lot of aroma for an imperial IPA
bitter, some sweetness
creamy, good carbonation, long follow through, bitter then tart aftertaste
very good beer, ok to repeat but not look for
drank:February 2, 2017 9:03 PM

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Photo of puck1225
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(From notes) Had it at a social occasion during a Portland visit. It has a nice smooth thick head with a malty smell. The taste was spicy with cinnamon and vanilla, also dark fruit and lemon. Nice creamy feel.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A crimson kind of color, deep, ruby, red. About 1/4" of off white head forms. Mildly hoppy, c hops and red malts here.

All the usual irish moss, red malt, hops, earthy vibe going on. A little bit of grapefruit creeps into it. I wouldn't agree on the triple hopping bill living up to it, but it did hide the alcohol well and remain pretty drinkable throughout. Plenty of bitterness. I'd say above average for style.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with amber hues and a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, caramel malts. Taste is identical to the smell, hops up front, malts at the finish, well balanced. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a very nice cloudy dark amber color, nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, and leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, little spice note, hoppy. The taste is very nice malty, slightly hoppy, little spice note. Medium body. Overall, this one is very tasty.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
4.52/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like red beers and this one ranks near the top of them. it has a high ABV% and it's not too pricey for a six pack of bottles so that makes it even better.

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Photo of stevoj
2.92/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This one’s a conundrum. Looks great, smells funky (somebody mentioned ethanol), taste is both strong malt and hops. The smell is a little off-putting, and the taste is a little getting used to, but I can sense what the brewer was trying to do. Might be better on tap...decent

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Photo of josephandbrown
3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Kingpin is a coppery red color with a rich head. It has a pretty strong malt aroma with just a little hint of the hops. The malt comes through in the flavor too, though there are enough hops to balance it. In fact, there is a fairly strong bitter aftertaste. The beer feels lightly carbonated at first but leaves a bit of a stinging sensation on the tongue.

It is a solid red - nothing to write home about, but good enough for a drink every now and then, especially as it is pretty cheap for a craft beer.

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Photo of Nichol
4.41/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an appetizing, beautiful red/brown brick-like color. Clear. Head laces the pint glass. Smell is oddly mild given the full-bodied, hoppy, spicy flavor. Pretty well-balanced between hop and malt, and on the stronger side with each. Just the right amount of bitterness. Leaves a semi-dry mouthfeel. Overall, I really do enjoy this beer in every way. I haven't tried red ales much, but this one has given me the impetus to actively seek out some more.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.24/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly low on the carbonation scale as there was a 1 finger head with a bit of a rough pour (12oz bottle). Beautiful deep copper color and quite clear. Head deflates but has decent lacing thereafter.

Caramelly scent with slight tartness. There’s almost a metallic smell mixed in.

At first you are greeted with a hoppy bite that’s a bit surprising but not over powering. The bitterness subsides and rich caramel and nutty flavors step in. There is a slight fruity tartness as well. The rye in this brew adds a nice spicy earthiness. The higher ABV is apparent in this beer as there is a slight dry sherry undertone. The beer finishes dry and floral hop notes come in at the end.

Great full bodied feel and very tingly on the tongue. Starts smooth and ends up with a dry finish.

This is really close to some barley wines that I have had recently (oddly enough). It was quite rich, fruity, and hoppy! I would drink again.

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Photo of muldersha
3.32/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very appetizing brown ruddy body with an impressive creamy white head that sticks around for the duration.

Caramel malts, steely hops, oats, and honey on the aroma.

A very clean barley and citrus combination, some great citrus, and spice quality.

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Photo of Foyle
2.13/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: pours a 1"+ sudsy off white head that that drops very slowly with moderate lacing. Color hazy reddish-brown with moderate amount of streaming carbonation.

Aroma: nice blend of aromatic hops with caramel and yeasty bread dough.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and fluffy with a somewhat damp finish and lingering alcohol burn in the throat.

Flavor: not what I expected from the aroma. Lack of sweet malt presence leaves with beer with a quite bitter grapefruit and citrus rind flavor along with a strange soapy flavor. There is a some slight caramel and malt sweetness in the middle of the taste, but the initial and following hop bitterness quickly overwhelms any balance.

Overall: really disappointed in this one. Reds and Strong Reds are usually quite enjoyable to me, but this beer seems to be a muddled mess.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.04/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a reddish amber color with a one finger head of billowy white foam. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a great sum of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is one the sweeter and beadier side with a good showing of some fruity notes of apple and pear. Other sweeter smells of a caramel nature are strong as well, with some hints of a citrus and herbal hop smell mixed with these to produce a rather inviting aroma to the brew overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a quite bready and moderately sweet taste of a caramel and light fruit nature. These flavors create a strong backbone flavor for the brew, lasting throughout the entire taste. As the taste advances from the start, other flavors of a light grassy nature and some tastes of a herbal and a bit of nut taste hit the tongue. The sweetness gets a little more potent in nature at the very end, with a roasty caramel flavor ramping up in nature. With all the transitions that occur, one is left with a rather malty and fairly sweet red flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thick and creamy with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the more rich sweet flavors mixed with the decent sweetness and moderate hop, the feel is spot on, as it nicely accentuates all the flavors.

Overall – This was a quite enjoyable red overall. While a bit more on the malty side with a lesser showing of hop, it still was quite balanced and very flavorful with a good easy drinking feel. This one I rather enjoyed.

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Photo of Oregonbrewdude91
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I love kingpin, it has my desired hop level and that wonderful red ale flavor. Has decent head retention for a 7.5% beer and is probably one of the better year round offerings from Bridgeport. 3.75/5

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Photo of jdwilliamson79
2.02/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Terrible. Nothing at all going on here as far as taste or smell. No hops, no malt, no alcohol, nothing. Was even a little skunky. Bridgeport is very unimpressive brewery.

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Photo of takusan1000
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Look is ok--very little carbonation and almost no head after the initial pour. And my initial pour was vigorous--a mistake since now there is a lot of particulates of yeast in suspension, which I would have done my best to avoid with a slow pour had I known this brew was unfiltered.

Smell is yeasty and fruity, but not too strong. It's pleasant. The mouthfeel is moderate to light, without much carbonation at all to add to texture. The taste is distinct--tangy, spicy bitterness that comes from the hops and yeast, with some fruitiness and light malt that adds a bit of balance, but not much. Alcohol is noticeable. It has a citrus bite but not a citrus flavor, if that makes sense. I like it.

My lasting impression is, "I could make that." This looks and tastes like my attempts at creating an IPA from scratch without really knowing what's what. I suppose what I actually made was an American amber--good to know.

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.02/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Using a nonic pint (that's what's suggested by the label), a beautiful shade of red with a tannish head that was with me all the way to the bottom. Nose is fairly dank and spicy. Hop character is very vegetably, like a broth made with carrots, celery, and the like. I'd suggest this was related to the rye, but I've noticed this with Bridgeport's Conviction Pale Ale, Signature IPA, and Hop Czar Imperial IPA as well. In the red and the pale, it's tolerable, good even, but in the others it's overwhelming. Decently carbonated with a relatively high viscosity and a bitter, pepper-like aftertaste, this ale is still surprisingly sips, not gulps...with a snack, which works well with the moderately high ABV.

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Photo of cbutova
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a deep amber from the 12oz bottle into a tumbler with a murkiness and visible chunks suspended in the brew. A thick, fluffy off-white crown flies up to over two fingers with good retention. Massive pillows of lace at the top of the glass followed by big webs and drizzle.

S- A balance is struck here between malts and hops probably just a bit shaded toward the grains. Toasty and caramel malts lead off with citrus and herbal hops rounding it out. Bready yeast.

T- Bitterness opens up here and provides some depth to the hops which provide orange peel, herbal tea and floral notes. Caramel, toasted, slightly nutty and spicy malts with just a hint of fruit and some bread coming from the yeast.

MF- Medium bodied overall with a foamy overall texture. Carbonation comes in at a medium-high level and it all finishes with a bitter bite.

A balanced Amber that masks its ABV well and presents a balanced flavor between bitter orange zesty hops and toasted Amber grains. The rye adds just enough spiciness without drowning out the other flavors in the beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, rye, candied citrus zest, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with rye, caramel, and candied citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop and earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice balance of rye and hop characterisitcs.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of arizcards
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from Total Wine in late April for $1.29.

Beer poured a murky red with a little off white head that is leaving no lacing.

Nose is malty with a hint of citrus.

Taste is caramel malts, apples and citrus. Pretty well balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and kind of flat.

Overall not a bad beer, Unfortunately with no bottling date that i could find i suspect i have an old bottle. Could be better fresher.

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Photo of pjbfromkc
3.96/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Amber red with not much head or carbonation. Very drinkable hoppy red ale. The hops and bitterness last on you tongue for quite a while. Not an everday beer at 7.5 abv, but one or two every once in a while for a nice change of pace. Very affordable at 6.99 for 6 pack in KC. Will buy again at this price point.

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Photo of DaneBramage
3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: amber-red/orange in a goblet glass

S: malty and floral

T: caramel and malt with slight hops and nuts, even a little citrus

M: slightly bitter finish but a nice finish overall

O: Bought a 6er on sale for $5.99, a more than fair price for a unique beer. Interesting how 'triple hops' and 'double red' mix. I'm normally not a big fan of red ale but would definitely buy again for that price.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a semi-dark red color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within a mild lacing.
The smell had a stringy lemon to caramel smell, weird blend, did I like it? Uh....not exactly.
Just plain weird.
The taste was mildly sweet with a cherished bland caramel sweetness. Not as bad as expected.
The mouthfeel was fairly smooth with a delicate harshness here and there.
Overall, not a bad American Red/Amber ale, though I might not seek this out, I might have this again if offered.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to New Belgium Globe.

A: Amber red, mostly clear, lots of tannish head and pretty good lacing.

S: Big malt backbone; a touch surprised by this considering the triple-hopped marketing, but maybe I shouldn't be. Smells like a prototypical American Amber...bready crystal, caramel, lightly toasted, flash of toffee, some spice, and a big resinous and piney from the hops.

T: Moderately bitter...caramel and spice, pine and toffee...piney & herbal hops, with some dankness in the background. Bready malt undertones are prominent.

MF: Creamy medium body; decent bitterness for an amber.

O: Could have been much better. Could have been worse. I expected more because of the packaging, and didn't restrain my expectations even though it was Bridgeport. Still, a decent brew, definitely not bad.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Manzanita pint glass
From: BevMo in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $14.99 for a BevMo variety 8-pack (w/ BevMo card)
Purchased: Dec. 31, 2013
Consumed: Jan. 9, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a light brown semi-hazy color with 1-to-2 fingers of khaki head. Looked a bit like a cool glass of iced tea. Above average and sporadic, but layered foamy lacing. Above average retention on the way down.

Smelled that 7.50 percent ABV right away. Got caramel, toffee, rye hops, Irish cream, faint bourbon and some earthy, dirty hops.

Tasted pretty much what I thought was going to taste like. Got a healthy dose of bitter rye hops, iced tea, Irish cream and grassy, earthy hops. Also some roasted nutty malts.

Medium-to-full body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Average carbonation. Bitter finish.

Not a big fan of this beer. The smell was the best part, but it went down from there.

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Kingpin Double Red Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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