Kingpin | BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Oregon, United States

Style: American Imperial Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Kingpin is a full-flavored Double Red Ale that doesn’t take any lip. It showcases the spicy tone of the Liberty hop, grown in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. We start with Malted Rye and Caramel Malts to create its dark red color and distinctive dry character, then triple hop at three stages during brewing…all for an offer you can’t refuse.

OG: 17
IBU: 65

Added by msubulldog25 on 12-28-2010

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Ratings: 568 |  Reviews: 186
Reviews by Janderson91:
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3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this the first day it was put on the shelf from Hop City in Atlanta.

A - The appearance is this beer's strength. Pours a nice clear amber color with a tan 2 finger head that lingers for a bit then settles to a thin layer for the duration of the tasting. Leaves some patchy lacing around the side as I drink it. Nice.

S - The nose is mostly some bready malts with some spiciness as well as some floral hops. The smell in general is rather subdued however, I have to really get in there to get any smell at all.

T - Being advertised as a "double" red ale, I expected a much more full bodied experience from this beer. Again some bready malt sweetness, some peppery spice and some hoppiness but this is pretty bland and not very complex.

M - Mouthfeel is again a little thin for the "double" red ale tag.

D - Drinkability is good for 7.5%. Well hidden and not too filling. A decent beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of cbutova
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
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 mojohawk21
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #49 (Feb 2011):

Big waft of fruitcake and wild herbs in the nose. Mildly hazed deep amber color shows some tiny bubbles; those same bubbles have produced an epic creamy lacing. The ale is not shy, and shows off its lush smoothness right away, while the malty medium body holds together very well. Biscuit, bread crust and a hint of grainy caramel throughout the malt--this beer does show its bold Red Ale side. Hops throw down a pretty hefty bitterness, brash but flavorful. Fruitiness suggests ripe apple orchard flavors with a hint of golden raisin in the back end; alcohol is warming. Finishes bittersweet and biscuity. A worthy encounter--a bit more caramel edge would do it great, but a good drink nonetheless.

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Photo of FadetoBock
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Dangerrangerjas
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Beaver13
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours a reddish amber with a medium creamy off-white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is a bit subdued - sweet bready caramel and crystal malts with some pine and resin hops and a touch of fruit.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts and rye with some green resiny hops in that have decent bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low sharp carbonation.

Overall, an OK hoppy red. Nothing too special though.

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Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of HoptimusPrimal00
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of BCborn
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TCJosh
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of takusan1000
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
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 HoppySeb
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked some of these up in Arizona. Dark red and amber color, below average head, creamy texture and appearance to it. Aroma was slightly hoppy, had that mildly sweet and dry irish malt thing going.

Decently hopped taste, toffee, irish moss and/or malt seemed evident, mild grapefruit tinge from the hops. Hides 7.5% alcohol well. For the triple hopping claims, falls short of hoppy expectations, but still remains a solid choice at the price. ($8/6). More bitter than almost any red ale short of nugget nectar.

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Photo of chinchill
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BA Review #825

12 oz undated bottle served in a Sam Adams lager glass. While this bottle has no date, it is from a 6-pack purchased some time ago and I estimate the age to be about 1 year. If memory serves me, this aging improved the beer overall: Despite a drop in hoppiness, the beer seems less harsh and more balanced than when fresh. Along these lines, note that this is a "triple hopped double red ale" -- It is an imperial red or Red IPA more than an Amer. amber/red as classified by BA.

Pours a hazy red-amber with a semi-durable head. The aroma is a rather hop-forward - not your grandfather's red ale. The malt is still there as a base. In addition, "herbal", "earthy" and "spicy" can be applied to the nose ... and to the taste. The taste [3.75], however, is more balanced with a substantial medium malt component nearly keeping pace with the hops in this "triple hopped" ale. Both of these linger on and on in the aftertaste. Some nice complexity in both aroma and flavor.

M: medium+ body; well-chosen, medium carbonation.

O: better and much more drinkable than remembered; some aging recommended.

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Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- The slightly hazy deep brown body has a sea of microbubbles supporting a thick lumpy beige head for the full beer.

S- The soft green notes mix with caramel malt and some brassy hint in the finish that grows a bit as the beer warms.

T- The dry slightly pungent hops give way to some biscuit malt flavor with cream and slightly toasted malt notes. There is a dandelion bitterness in the finish that lingers. There is a soft grassy dry hop note in the finish.

M- The light mouthfeel is slightly astringent with no alcohol heat noticed.

O- The full bitterness of the hops and really dry finish make this abrasive and a bit harsh to drink.

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Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of LXIXME
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good sized off white to light tan head so slowly recedes above a clear orange-ish copper colored red.

A very light malty, maybe some bread like quality, might be a hint of orange in the aroma.

A nice light cutting edge to the taste of this beer, it has a toasted almost roasted caramel malt taste that seems to finish with a very light sour lemon bitterness to it.

There is a dryness to the aftertaste, yet it does not seems to be as dry a aftertaste like I'm accustomed to.

A solid medium bodied beer that seems to get better as the glass gets emptier.

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Photo of Fuzzycuffs
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of ste5venla
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Jach
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DerekQXQX
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Groucho75
3.27/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a chalice. (I know, it was the only clean glass I had lying around) No markings to date it.

Average appearance with a color like a strong brewed tea. Single finger of chalky foam that evaporated pretty quickly. Some lacing, but not as much as the Port City Shark Attack I tried last night. Not a bubble in sight after settling.

Malt and hops on the nose. I'm hoping that aromas will develop the more it warms up.

Plenty of malt as far as taste goes. Not detecting much hopsy citrus for a beer marked "triple hopped" on the label. Hmmm. According to their website, these are Liberty hops.

While pleasant enough, there is that tangy finish that isn't sitting well with me. Granted, the 7.5% ABV hides well, so maybe after two more I could ignore the sharpness.

Not bad, and certainly good to see more red ales out there, and at $8 for a sixer, this would be interesting to bring to a beer swap without feeling like you're being cheap. I've tried a couple of the Bridgeport brews and think Hop Czar is a much better offering.

Would I buy it again? Not necessarily. Would I drink it again? Yeah, I think so. Draw your own conclusions based on that.

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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Kingpin from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 568 ratings