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 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 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 vkv822
2.19/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours and amber-orange with a foamy, light toffee colored head.

Some pale, bready and caramel malt. Not really any hop notes despite being "triple hopped.

Taste follows the nose.

Average mouthfeel, medium body with prickly carbonation.

Not bad, but not good either. Not worth the money.

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Photo of suncrust
2.28/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Very filtered and clear, rose honey amber hue. Looks pretty artificial. Low lacing and virtually no head.

S- Where are the hops? Light juniper berries, VERY mild piney hops, a little bark, some artificial watermelon and bubblegum.

T- Stale caramel malts and a backbone that reminds me of a red lager. Boring, plain, and a little plasticy with the bready malt characteristics. Watermelon bubblegum sweetness, a touch of floral hops, and some sour citrus in the back end.

MF- Drinks at first a bit like a fruity soda, while the hops that are there tickle the back of the throat a bit. Sour and astringent in the finish.

O- Disappointing for sure. Really artificial and chemical tasting overall for me, like a sour patch kid candy mixed with a cleaning agent. Not digging this. Gave this brew a few chances thinking I may have had a bad bottle or two… but still it let me down on multiple occasions.

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Photo of DrKnoskelson
2.42/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased cold 12oz individual bottle at Superior Liquor's in Superior Colorado. Deep red color when poured into pint glass, very enticing. Not much of a bouquet, although maybe there is a hint of hops. First taste is a bit disappointing, the label states that the beer is “triple hopped” and I can’t really perceive any flavor hops. The beer has a good malty body and there is some lingering bitterness which definitely masks the 7.5% alcohol. I’d have to say that this beer is average if you’re going to call it a red ale. If you want to call it a triple hopped red ale, I would say try something else.

Maybe this beer was poorly stored by the retailer.

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Photo of Tilley4
2.49/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A murky reddish pour into my DFH glass reveals a slightly floral hop perfumed brew with a large dose of super sweet maltiness that actually reminds me of a cherry soda of some sort.... This smells intensely sweet and the floral hops don't really mingle well..

A husky graininess up front melds into a sickly sweet cherry caramel maltiness that has me wincing... A touch of floral hoppness as well but this is all abut the malts and its not good... There's a healthy kick of booze present as well..

I drainpoured this one... Couldn't get past the sweet malts...

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Photo of kojevergas
2.6/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Trappist Westvleteren goblet in Denver, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: 3.5 finger head of nice cream lacing, good thickness, and great retention. Colour is a dark ruby red.

Sm: Amber hops and slight caramel. That's all that comes through to me broken nose; all apologies lads.

T: Raspberry esters, light cream, very light bittering hops, and caramel. Not horribly complex, but decently built. Fairly balanced - just simple.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Too much on the latter. Coarsens on the climax and carries unfavourably through the finish. Doesn't really match the flavours of the body.

Dr: Decently priced, relatively high ABV, and of bad quality. I won't have it again.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
2.64/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of this in the pick-your-sixer section at Lukas. Bottle is not dated.

A - Poured from brown 12oz bottle to pint glass. Pours a very clear copper color with a 1 finger off-white head with virtually no retention or lacing.

S - Virtually no nose here. For a triple hopped double red ale very underwhelming. I literally cannot detect any hops. At all. If anything there is a mild toasted malt presence but I really feel as though I am reaching.

T - Unlike the nose the hop presence is huge on the tongue. Immediately overwhelmed by a huge bitterness. Through the bitter a toasted caramel sweetness is prevalent and perhaps a bit of earthy hop flavor but again not a lot of hop flavor. It's as though the hops were added for bitterness only and nothing else. Strange. The alcohol warmth is very noticeable. Finishes crisp and dry.

M - Perhaps the best feature of the beer, though not great. Finishes an unnatural crisp dryness. Medium bodied and carbonated.

O - Incredibly average. Really kind of a let down. Way too bitter and lacking in hop aroma and flavor. Disappointing.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-27-2011 02:02:17

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Photo of codsmith
2.69/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Very nice and clear dark amber with a slight amount of head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell - A sweet malty aroma mixed with hop bitterness dominates the entire smell

Taste - It starts off sweet and ends with very bitter hop notes. The hop bitterness overrides the sweet aftertaste and leaves a less than desirable taste in your mouth

Mouthfeel - it has a heavy feel and the carbonation dances on the tongue. Maybe a little too much cardonation

Drinkability - If you like very bitter finishing ales than this beer is for you, if not steer clear.

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Photo of BilbosNuts
2.74/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep red/amber color. Small head with little retention that fades in a few minutes.

S: Not much going on here. Some sweetness detected and toasty malts.

T: It's taste and smell don't really coincide. I was expecting a sweet taste but more a earthy taste was detected. It was definitely more hoppy than a regular red ale.

M: A light mouthfeel with minimal carbonation.

D: A drinkable beer for 7.5%. But overall, a forgettable brew.

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Photo of csiewert
2.76/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a red amber color with a slight amount of off white head that doesn't cling to the glass much. The aroma is missing... There's not much there, but if I imagine I can maybe come up with some fruity hops. The taste starts and ends malty, but very plain with a little hoppy bitterness thrown in there. For a beer that is so-called 'triple hopped' it is certainly lacking in the hops big time. The mouthfeel is about average. Overall I wouldn't really bother with this one unless you need to.

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Photo of superdavex
2.78/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I really didn't enjoy the taste of this one. It just had some weird flavors going on that I'm not used to. I won't say it tasted bad because to each their own, you know. It just had this bittery sour taste that left a bad aftertaste. It was really not enjoyable at all to finish (and I did) the sixer bought for a very reasonable $6.99. I don't have too much experience with reds but I am anxious to try another one of the same style to compare. I definitely won't be buying this one again but I couldn't resist a 7.5% abv beer at such a low price. I should also revisit the Bridgeport IPA as I do remember that one as very solid.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.81/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured in a pint glass from a 12oz bottle. Reviewed from notes.

A- Clear red-orange color, half a finger off-white watery head. Minute and a half retention.

S- Darker malts and some bittering hops. Subtler smell. Some spiciness to it.

T- Spices and spicy hops. The malts cool it down at the end and are more subdued.

M- Medium bodied. Well carbonated and a bitter linger.

O- Ok beer. The appearance is mediocre, but the taste and mouthfeel are nice.

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Photo of blakelive784
2.83/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Inviting semi-transparent ruby red color. Creamy, off white head with good retention leaves good lacing.

S - Hoppy citrus aroma with hint of biscuit malts.

T - Initial maltiness is overpowered immediately by bitterness that increases into the finish.

M - Dry, as it should be, but a bit too dry for the style.

D - Entirely to bitter for a red. Not bad, but there are better in the style.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
2.87/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Source: 12oz bottle
S: Fresh and bright pine, some juicy red berry/cherry, herbaceous, light lemon/orange citrus and even a touch of grape. Alcohol comes through as it warms and is slightly fruity, clean, smooth and quite strong.
T: Somewhat fruity (cherry, berry) with a rustic, almost pit-like quality up front. Equally matched by well-structured pine bitterness to give a nice sweet-bitter play with a nice overall brightness. Middle is slightly dry but the grape-skin, almost pithy bitterness accentuates this (probably the high alcohol too) a bit too much leading to a dry harshness which really impacts my enjoyment. Definitely malty (red fruit and apple) with caramel, a touch of toast, and heavy mouthfeel for the style, though it does remain slightly bright and lively. Alcohol is hidden except for a bit of dryness and pepper in the finish which goes along with pine and a hint of mineral, apple, and grape. Finish is clean for the style, without much lingering.

Note: Average red IPA on the dry, bitter side. Would buy again if on sale.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
2.88/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: hazy deep reddish amber with a minimal quickly receding light tan head.
S: very muted for "triple hopped." Some toffee and caramel malts and earthy, spicy hops detected.
T: medium sweet toffeish malts are well-balanced by spicy hop bitterness. But, kinda 'meh.' Some astringency and maybe a metallic quality.
M: medium bodied. Astringency lingers in the finish. A touch sourish.
O: was expecting more from an ostensibly hoppy double red ale...perhaps different hops would have improved this?

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Photo of crossovert
2.91/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A triple hopped beer, where have I seen that before?

It pours a clear amber/red with a frothy white head that dissipates with a bit of lacing.

The smell is very sweet in the aroma. Very basic actually, not much hops at all. It has a little bit of candied orange and vanilla icing, not what i was expecting.

The flavor is sweet and tangy with a medium bitterness. It is mostly malt-driven and the malts just are super flat, they do nothing to compliment the hops. The hops are mainly citrusy but also a bit tangy. There is a hint of vegetal bitterness in the finish.

I had a NN last night and can't help but compare the two, this one pales.

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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 JEdmund
2.94/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Looks the part with a garnet color; smallish head forms and settles fast. Leaves some decent lacing along the way.

Smell is surprising. For a "triple hopped" beer, the aroma is completely malt-dominated. It smells good, but it's not a hoppy aroma by any means. So, I really should count that against them since it appears that's what they were going for. The smell does remind me of Deschutes' hoppy red ale, Red Chair IPA. Maybe it's the Liberty hops and I'm just not familiar with them. But I perceive malts in the aroma. After a few minutes, I'm getting more floral/perfumy notes, which must be those Liberty hops.

Taste starts off all malt just like the nose, but midway on comes a barrage of hop bitterness that rides out through the finish. Malts are fairly sweet and the hops have a twang to them that I'm not appreciating. Tastes pretty coppery in mouth after the beer has gone down. Mid-way through the glass and I'm feeling like this beer is a bit of a letdown. After reading they used rye in the recipe, I'm starting to detect its unique spice quality, which is certainly part of the hard, bitter finish. Not interested in drinking this whole bottle when other good beers await. Body/texture seem fine.

Overall, I'm just not liking this one. I really don't like the aroma (it got more perfumey after it warmed), and the flavor is just not balanced right. I think the Liberty hops are running too high, resulting in a mouth-puckering bitterness coupled with that perfumey flavor. I wouldn't drink this again. I would, however, drink their Café Negro Porter though! That was a good new addition!

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.97/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

We talkin' Michael Clarke Duncan or that fat white guy? Regardless, this stuff pours a sunset russet-amber topped by a finger of lightly off-cream-white foam. The nose comprises toffee, caramel, orange zest, ruby red grapefruit peel, and a hint of greens. The taste holds notes of dried maple syrup, light grapefruit peel, light caramel, and an overarching surge of some blandly bitter citrus rind. Let's be blunt, indeed. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a pretty sad beer, one that has no idea of balance, let alone quality flavor expression.

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Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ordered on tap at Taco Mac, jazzed to find a beer made with rye malts on the menu. Bring me the rye!

Pour is on the yellow side of orange, not at all red & much lighter than I expected. Nose: not much there. Beer, slightly sweet. Huh.

Kingpin is the beer you take one sip of & think, "Did I get the wrong beer?" As it warms it improved, slightly. The only component that jumped out was a stiff dose of white bread. Whiff of rye, bit of sweeetness, fleeing glimpse of hoppy bitterness at the end. Not much here.

Overall, I just don't have much to say. This is as mediocre as beer gets & with all those taps begging for attention, I was bummed to get something this hum-drum.

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Photo of avaldivia
3.01/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy red color. Decent off white head, with little lacing.

S: Biscuity. Malty. A little roasted malts as well.

T: Citrus hops at first and then a very strong roasted, caramel malt flavor. Not crazy about the transition. Flavors don't blend as well as I would have liked.

M: Medium bodied. Good carbonation.

O: Decent, but the flavors don't meld as well as I would have liked. Don't feel the need to try this again.

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Photo of MrBoz21
3.02/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle at 40 degrees

Poured with ½ inch foamy tan head, settled quickly and left thick lacing on glass with satisfying foam ring clinging to edge of glass. Color is copper red and dense. Light effervescence.

Aroma is balanced; Rye malt with light grassy hops that intensifies as beer warms. Also, as it warms a bit of booziness appears.

Mouthfeel is dry and has a soda water quality.

Taste is bitter and woodsy with peppery finish that sticks in back of throat. Could use more malt balance.

Overall: Lack of balance and hop bitterness that is not matched by aroma makes it a beer that might satisfy hop-heads but is heavy handed otherwise.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Picked this up tonight at the COOP... boxing beer... listening to tunes and hoping this is gonna be better than expected.

Poured into my Delerium goblet.. 1/2" white head dies quickly leaving no cap and no lacing... the brew is very clear amber.

Nose shows toasty malts and hints of caramel with some hoppiness.. but the hops honestly make me think "metallic".

A little bitterness up front.. blah toasty malt essence in the middle with no sweetness at all to balance out the lite citrus hops.. not alot going on at all... and there is a distinct yet minor copper element that is lingering on the finish.

Needs to be dialed in.. a more discernible hoppiness would help.. and a nice punch of malt midpalate would go along way.

The body is lite/medium with an okay carbonation.

Cool to try this one, but I doubt I will buy another from this batch.


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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I expected there to be some more hop oomph from this beer. Not really there. More of a mild earthy hoppiness swimming in some grainy maltiness. Not sweet, exactly, but a bit boring. Some light citrus notes, and fairly thick, almost soupy in the mouth. Disappointing.

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