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 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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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.2/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial Pint.
7.5% ABV, 65 IBUs

A - With it's deep copper color, Kingpin looks warm and inviting though faintly hazy. Atop the beer lies a crown of tan whipped foam that sits on it's throne infinitely, casting heaping chunks of lace to the glass.

S - Kingpin sure smells like a hopped-up red ale but at first whiff it doesn't quite strike me as "tripple hopped" - can Miller sue them for that, or vice versa?. The balance is nice though, rounding out to a smooth double red with luscious caramel sweetness, Munich malt-like breadiness and toasted finish overlapping the earthy hop varietals.

T - The flavor profile of Kingpin sticks with the same balanced approach that the aroma does; hefty malts for it's "double" stature that have an overarching sweet, bready character with a finish of earthy hops that display a bit more citrus and pine character than the nose lets on.

M - I keep mentioning balance and once again, despite the higher IBUs (65 to be exact), it's the focal point, and probably best attribute of the beer. A smooth malty entry leads to a quietly rising dryness and finish of well-placed bitterness that doesn't overwhelm but works to cut the medium bodied malty sweetness off at the perfect point.

O - I'm not quite sure what BridgePort means by "triple hopped" with their double red ale, Kingpin but I assure you, there's a hell of a lot more hops in here than Miller's "triple hopped" Lite. Either way, while exponentially hoppier than that bladder-filling swill, Kingpin seems more balanced than anything which seems to work out great. Sweet, bready malt provides a nice body and smooth feel with predominantly earthy hops filling in the gaps and finishing out with dry bitterness for an easy drinking (and higher alcohol) red that won't destroy your taste buds in the process.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here's to the new beer: 2014! First beer of the year is BridgePort Kingpin, of which I thought the Hop Czar was a decent drop despite a few very minor niggles. Well let's see how the Kingpin stacks up with it.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: A nice deep but clear rust-coloured body with a meaty off-white head that sticks around at a solid 1.5cm, impressive to see an ale with a head like this that isn't tap poured.

S: The nose is a prominent mix of fruity hops, honeyed figs, caramel malt and a hit of bread characters from the yeast. Possibly one of the most balanced aromas between hops, malt and yeast that I've encountered in all my years, well played BridgePort.

T: Favour is where the balance skews decidedly towards sweet, which is a shame because it had much promise. The palate begins caramel/honey sugar sweet, followed by a muted bread middle and finishing with slightly sharp medicinal bitter herb hop flavour. Overall the sweetness is needed to balance that bitter hop note, but one thinks the balance would be better without such a bitter hop note to begin with.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation and hop resin oils throughout, not unlike its Hop Czar cousin.

D: Not as enjoyable as the Hop Czar. Whereas Hop Czar was expected to be brutal in its bitterness, and by style-default warranted, this is one brew I was hoping would have a bit more balance in the flavour. That being said the hops do seem to die down a little as it gets warmer (or my taste-buds have been clobbered into submission), either way it becomes a little bit nicer with some warming. Price-wise on an even keel with Hop Czar so out of the two Hop Czar is the better.

Food match: As the flavour became more fruitcake I began thinking about Christmas ham, turkey, stuffing and roasted vegetables - I would start there.

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Photo of PolarBear3
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A - Pours a mahogany colour with off white foamy head that retains and laces well.

S - Sweet caramel, toffee , a hint of spice but slightly metallic on the nose

T - Similiar to the nose. Slightly sweet with some light faint floral hops with a rather dry bland boozy finish.

M - Medium bodied and medium carbonation

O - Definitely not as I expected, with the triple hopped now where to be seen. Drinkable but average overall.

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Photo of beergoot
3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper body with lively, small bubbles of carbonation and a thick, rocky, lasting head. Light, very malty aroma, primarily caramel. Lightly toasted grains with a more dominating hop bitterness with the flavor. Medium-heavy body; dry finish.

A pretty respectable red ale with excellent looks and a good if unremarkable taste. You may detect some rye crispness and pungency in the flavor, but otherwise it's the hop bitterness that is the strong point with this beverage.

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Photo of admiral
3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

good beer but lacking something - strong but not a big amount of flavours or complexity present

aroma: malt and chocolate predominate with some slight citrus - aroma not that strong though

taste: strong hop presence with citrus, pine and resin and a big amount of alcohol on palate coming through (not entirely surprising considering the alcohol content). As it warms/opens up it improves to include a lot more malt/chocolate to balance the hops

solid beer but better beers out there

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Photo of anarchia
3.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours red (!) with a thin head that quickly dissipates. Lemon, grapefruit, minty earthy aromas from hops, a little bit of sweetness too. Surprised there isn't more going on in the smell department being triple-hopped and all. Thin body, dry finish, more about the hops than the malt. Earthy, spicy, tangy and acidic with a bitter hop finish. Drinks easier than most beers given its ABV.

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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 BeerDocT
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance 3.25: Good looking beer. Deep amber color, but wouldn't necessarily describe it as "red." Nice size head (1/4") that quickly faded, but left a white film on top.

Smell 3.25: Subdued bouquet. Faint hops, slight smell of barley.

Taste 3.75: Big change from the smell. Front is semi-sweet and slightly spicy. Middle is all barley and caramel malt, which smooths everything out. Finish is hoppy and semi-sweet, with big alkaline hops floating in the back of the palate. Aftertaste is long and has an emphasis on the spiciness and the mid-palate hoppiness. Nice.

Mouthfeel 3.75: Really spot on carbonation for this style of beer.

Overall 3.75: Certainly, this is just a few steps away from an outstanding beer. The taste is very good as is the mouthfeel and I would order round after round of these if I could find them on tap. There are a few knocks on it, but very few. This is an easy-drinking 7.5% (!) ale and if you are a fan of red ales, you will be hard-pressed to find a better one. If you are accustomed to a certain red ale that starts with a "K," this baby will blow your mind.

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Photo of Hoptron_3000
3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. Best before Sept 2013.

A: Pours a hazy copper colour (red?). Finger of foam that fades to a small raft of foam.
S: Lots of spiciness, rye & cinnamon. Toast and bready malt. Toffee sweetness.
T: Lots of bready, toffee with a touch of rye & cinnamon. A small amount of bitterness but balance towards the malty side.
M: Smooth rich mouthfeel but not heavy.
O: Nice, interesting spicy character with supporting rich malt characters. I guess that a lot of the hop character has dropped out, as the bottle states 'triple hopped'.

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Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear copper with a three-fingered head that leaves a few dots of lacing

Smell: Spicy rye bread, caramel and earthy/piney hops; rather herbal

Taste: Fruity, with apple and strawberry tones, up front; caramel and earthy/piney flavors develop, in the middle; harsh, spicy and metallic, after the swallow, with an unbalanced finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A rather unusual beer with a range of surprising flavors - too bad it doesn't work better

Thanks, kemoarps, for the opportunity

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Kingpin Double Red Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
3.5 out of 5 based on 558 ratings.
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