Kingpin Double Red Ale | BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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3.55/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Amber / 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,675
Reviews:
186
Ratings:
566
pDev:
14.65%
Bros Score:
3.5
 
 
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Ratings: 566 |  Reviews: 186
Photo of Foyle
2.13/5  rDev -40%
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 B-Land
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.04/5  rDev +13.8%
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 ackbar556
3.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CO-Bloom
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RHVC59
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Oregonbrewdude91
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
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
O.B.D91

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Photo of pandatron
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BB1980
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of grnmtnman
4.06/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TrueMetalJake
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of jdwilliamson79
2.02/5  rDev -43.1%
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 -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 Libeertarian
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
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 drinkable...in sips, not gulps...with a snack, which works well with the moderately high ABV.

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Photo of deadliest
3.11/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Winston3737
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of halo3one
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZachT
4.09/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kraty1
3.04/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of Alpha309
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of Davidgoodridge
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%

Kingpin Double Red Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 566 ratings