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 humbleevenstone
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The lacing is okay and the bubbles are nice. The color is the only thing really enticing. The transparency of the ale is pretty standard but it is a pretty red. Seems reviewers compare color to either a gem stone or hair color; so I'll say its a nice light auburn. Irish it is not but it seems reminiscent.

The nose seems very fruity but that might be psychological since the drink bears a resemblance to sparkling fruit beverages.

The taste starts with a fruit-like acidity grape juice only cleaner. In the middle the hops start their approach and build to a well blended finish. There is some warmth in the aftermath and the taste lingers in the mouth for a while; makes you want to wait before the next sip.

The lightness of an ale but there is more texture. The effervescence is good. This is not a smooth feel but I don't go for ales that often and the texture appealed to me.

Trying to broaden my palate and drink local. Checked the website for the brewer and this beer is one of a couple that has no accolades. Not average, but not quite excellent.

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

First off , good job on the new labels and also seeing some new additions to the lineup. This is a red ale that drinks like a 6% beer. The hops are there but not as apparent as say Rocket Red from Bear Republic. The malt really anchors this brew but the finish is a little rough and could be a little smoother. Decent beer and true to the style though I expected more hops from the triple hopped part on the label

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, clear red/amber color. Poured a 2 finger rocky tan head with good retention. Slowly decanted. Laced in wide rings.

S: Sweet Crystal malts. Mild floral hop aroma.

T: Big caramel malts; wet grain and bread crust. Floral hops find there way onto the palette ahead of an evenly building bitter in the finish. Some warming alcohol dries the finish.

M: Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Starts malty and sweet, finishes dry and little warm.

O: Big malt is the hallmark of this beer.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev 0%
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 zeff80
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -Poured out a clear, ruby/amber color with a one-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It little to no lacing.

S - It smelled very malty and grassy.

T - It tasted of rye, malt, sweet breads and had a bitter hop bite. A slightly boozy taste, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a warm alcohol heat.

O - This was pretty tasty. I guess I like a double red ale with rye.

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

Kingpin enters my tulip with a slightly hazy mahogany hue. A dense cream cap has good saying power and leaves good lace.

The distinctive caraway bite from the rye carries this beer's aroma and flavor. There's a light toffee sweetness at work too. Bitterness is moderate and slightly peppery. The "triple hopped" moniker on the label had me anticipating a bigger kick, but I honestly appreciated the hop and malt balance. The beer gets just a bit astringent in the finish. In the mouth it's both dry and sticky. The carbonation is about right.

Overall I found this beer to be pretty decent. It's not necessarily something I'll be rushing back to, but I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of bfields4
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear filtered amber body. Thin head off-white head with decent lacing.

Caramel and toasted notes but the sour rye dominates. A mellow touch of herbal hops as well.

Rye hits the tongue first again, but the toasted malt plays a bigger factor. There's a mild hop bite before the alcohol dominates the finish.

Very crisp and dry. Not always a bad thing.

I'm a big fan of rye, but this beer just didn't quite do it for me. The rye is nice, and I wouldn't hesitate to have another. Not something I'd rush out to pick up another sixer of.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
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 climax
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a deep copper red with good clarity. The head was pretty modest, but the retention of the final cap of film was good.

The aroma doesn't reflect 65 IBUs, just a bit of earthy overgrown garden smell. But it does have a plethora of subtle flavors to keep it somewhat interesting. Clove, banana, cinnamon, rye, caramel, red apple, and some phenols make up a not so hoppy aroma.

The flavor is a different story. The hop bitterness comes out pretty much right from the beginning. It has a slight citrus bite, on top of a solid grassy earth tone. The finish is especially floral. The hops are definitely in there, but not in that bold robust west coast sort of way. The malt is sweet and a bit spicy, balanced pretty well. The alcohol is hidden well.

The body is around medium with a real slick feel that makes it seem thinner than it is. It's mildly carbonated and the finish is just a tiny bit dry, pretty clean. Not a bad beer, but not earth shattering, typical Bridgeport.

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

Nice amber coloring with a 1 finger if not a bit weak head but still very clean and strong look. Smell is very sweet biscuity caramel. Has a slight floral tangy cereal smell. Gives off a certain pilsner smell for sure. Taste is kind of all over the place. Initially very weak at first but really open up in the middle. Strangely an aspirin like bitterness hits you hard in the aftertaste and really sticks around. The middle of the taste is a bit of a fruity, cereal like quality. Actually if not for the crazy bitterness in the end it would be quite nice. FYI, I love hop bitterness but this goes into medicinal territory. A bit undercarbonated on mouthfeel and also a bit hot for 7.5%. This beer had potential but they really lost me with crushed aspirin for the aftertaste.

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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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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.14/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours a stunningly clear, reddish-copper color with a very creamy tan head. Nice retention and lacing. A good looking brew.

Nose is sweet caramel candy and some toffee nuttiness and light fruit. Surprised by the total lack of hop character, not sure I like where this is going.

Bitterness has plenty of bite on the palate, but still lacks in hop flavor. Candy-like maltiness is a bit wearing and the alcohol is a bit rough, shows every bit of the 7.5%. Toasty but almost more of the burnt variety. Mouthfeel is ok, but the finish is just too rough to qualify as a delicious craft beer. Pretty lame attempt at joining the 'double' or 'imperial' party by Bridgeport, I just cant imagine the testing of this and whoever thought this would be a good beer to release to the masses. Very mediocre offering.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks darn good. Pours chestnut brown with tons of ruby highlights. Crimson, maybe? Just barely off-white color head. Foamed up nicely, convex bulge in the middle, great lacing.

Aroma is weak. I think I get sweetbread with some spice. Rye comes through a bit here, somewhat spicy. Hops gives it that noble floral nose a bit.

The combination of rye and Liberty hops is interesting. I get kind of a spicy / floral / metallic taste in the middle. Sweetbread is apparent, provides some 'cling'. Somewhat roasty. I can't really tell if this is dry, spicy, metallic, or herbal. Intriguing and pretty good. It makes me think...which sometimes isn't good. Ha!

Easy drinking. Probably a beer best paired with food.

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Photo of birdypowder
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A beautiful copper color is capped by a generous off-white two fingered foam that insists on staying until you finish your beer. Unfortunately, some large floaters were swirling around like little piranhas.

Surprisingly, there is not a pronounced hop aroma, but rather a sweeter malt smell looms large. Some fruit and mild earth tones beg to be noticed.

The rye malt lends its signature flavor giving a bit of uniqueness to this otherwise bland flavor profile. A bitter, semi-dry finish doesn't excite.

One and done for me. The overly bitter finish makes it hard to enjoy more than one.

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Photo of titosupertramp
3.26/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear amber in color. About a finger of white head that fades quickly to a thin film. Decent lacing.

S: Not much happening here. Some sweet malt and floral hops. Pretty faint.

T: Taste isn't too bad. Sweet and biscuit malts with bitter hops on the backend. Floral/herbal hops are nice. Weird for a beer with no smell to taste good.

M: Medium bodied, almost full. Good carbonation.

D: The alcohol is present, but not overpowering or distracting at all. Pretty tasty. I could drink a couple of these and be just fine.

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Photo of Glibber
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear reddish amber with a 1/4 off white head that dwindled down to a small halo in a few minutes. Not much of a smell. Tasted good going in, malts, smoke, biscuit. Some mellow hops on the back end, and the warming of the belly with alcohol. Though the hops are not too bitter, they linger quite a while.

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

12oz. bottle served cold into pint glass.

I picked this one up because I liked the idea of a highly hopped imperial red ale. Lets see if it stands up to the description.

Appearance is redish amber with good clarity. The head is short and settles fast but there is a little lace left behind.

Aroma is hoppy but more apple and orchard fruits than fresh citrus and pine.

Flavor is big on malts for sure but hops are mostly providing bitterness than actual hop flavor or aroma. Caramel and apples, pine and earth.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Alcohol is not very well hidden with it being especially evident on the after taste/burn.

Overall just not what I was hoping for or expecting. Bitter yes but hoppy goodness, no.

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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 godlessape
4.88/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a 6-pack because the price was right and I also loved that Hop Czar Imperial IPA that BridgePort puts out. Not to mention the great artwork on the label that turned my head.

Appearance: Absolutely gorgeous amber with subtle ruby highlights with a creamy frothy head that looks like vanilla frosting on a red velvet cake.

Smell: Floral hop's, with just a bit of caramel malt note's.

Taste: The balance of caramel malt and hoppy bitterness is just about perfect. All the red ales I've tried in the past never tasted as good as they looked. This beer is shooting me straight to the moon.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation that fits, and a medium feel all around.

Drinkability: This beer has just made it into my top 5. It's that good.

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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 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 ruckus232
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Nice amber color with about 2 fingers of tan head that leaves really nice lacing.

Smell: There is a slight hoppiness to the smell but then right next to it is a sweet smell, almost caramel like.

Taste: There is definitely an initial burst of bitterness that is followed by a little sweetness but not a large amount of either. The taste quickly fades but leaves vary little aftertaste.

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Photo of Groucho75
3.27/5  rDev -6.6%
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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Photo of stephens101
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale red in color with a dense and rolling tan head that holds its own for a bit before retreating into a thick frothy covering. Subtle sweet malts and grassy notes to the nose initially. Fleeting light fruits and florals meander. Good mix of bitter up front and background sweetness to the palate. Nothing bold, but it all fits. Has a medium body with a near creamy core which is followed by a definite crispness. Enjoyable, albeit a bit misleading in the labeling department, as there's nothing "double" about this brew.

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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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