Kingpin Double Red Ale | BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Kingpin Double Red AleKingpin Double Red Ale
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Kingpin Double Red AleKingpin Double Red Ale

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BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Oregon, United States

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

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Photo of Kiwano
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - light orange glow. A tiny lace that disappeared shortly into drinking the glass of eer.

S - some hops - nothing special

T - some citrus and sugar with a tiny bit of hops and bitterness but slight- the sweetness stays through.

M - nice carbonation. medium sized bubbles.

D - Great drinkability. Nice and light but depth of flavor - not heavy at all and the hops and bitterness balances well with the sweetness .

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Photo of crossovert
2.91/5  rDev -18%
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 WhatsNewinBooze
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yet again another Bridgeport beer that I know I am going to drink a lot of. This triple hopped double red ale is exteremely well balanced with the hops and malts. Definitely shows some good hops but it isn't so intense that it takes away from the sweetness of the malts. In my opinion the bitterness of the hops and the sweetness from the malts coincide very well, with neither ingredient dominating the other.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Standard red-brown color with a pale tan head. Retention and lacing are minimal. Faint sweet aromas, slightly earthy but with little to speak of it. Rather underwhelming in general.

Flavor is generally the same, with earthy and faintly sweet malt notes balanced by herbal hops. Nothing stands out here exept the overly thin body. Barely bitter finish recalls the six packs promise of triple hopping, etc. Not worth it.

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Photo of bump8628
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish amber with a half inch of fizzled head that leaves a couple rings.

Grassy hops, caramel, grain, and warm breadiness sums it all up.

Triple hopped? The choice of hop (Liberty) is probably partially responsible for its underwhelming hoppiness. Load it up with one of the heavy hitter American hops (Columbus, Centennial, Simcoe, etc.). and it might seem more like the hoppy red they were going for. Bitterness is there, but in-your-face grassy hops just aren't the same as in-your-face citric, piney and resiny hops. It's not a bad beer, and if they had sold it to me as just a plain old Amber Ale I think I would have been more impressed. However, I was expecting something bold and untamed, and was really hoping for something significantly more abrasive in terms of the hops.

Oh, and marketing something as triple hopped these days is just plain weak. I'm just hoping this stuff starts coming in a vortex bottle. The 1989 Bridgeport folk would be ashamed.

Upon reevaluation a few months later, I found the dense, rich head significantly more pleasing and the malt profile admirable. The rye really added a different dimension and the beer came across as better overall. Still, though, save the Liberty for the American interpretations of German lagers.

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Photo of csiewert
2.76/5  rDev -22.3%
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 garjc
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was given to me as an early birthday present. Here goes:

Appearance- Dark amber (almost ruby) with a light tan head that fades quickly and leaves little chunks of lacing.

Smell- Caramel and toasted malts all the way.

Taste- Not nearly as sweet as the smell! Dry, spicy hops take center stage but the clumsy bread malt fails to provide any semblance of balance. A hint of tea loiters in the background, also unsure of its place. Great components for this style but the chemistry just isn't there.

Mouthfeel- Much thinner than should be expected. Medium to light carbonation.

Drinkability- I could easily drink a few of these but would opt for something else in most settings.

Overall, this is a competent beer but some tweaking by BridgePort could easily make this spectacular. Close but no cigar, boys.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, darker amber color with a small, tight white head that leaves soapy chunks of lacing.

Smells of toasted malts with some herbal hops.

Tastes of a decent hop character with some malt backing. Hops have a mostly grassy and earthy character with some herbal, leafy qualities as well. Malts seem a little bland but add some toasted bread with a very small amount of caramel sweetness. A spicy finish, but there also seems to be some mineral notes as well.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a slightly smooth amount of carbonation.

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Photo of Thur123
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The look of this brew is a deep, very clear, brownish red with minimal bubbles, which concerns me as sometimes I admire the carbonation and look of Bridgeport more than MANY other breweries. The head was off white and faded quick. The smell is toast, sweet malt, and caramel with a bit of an earthy hop edge.

Glug glug glug

The flavor is that of red ale with a slightly more pronounced hop character. (I realize that may seem a little "no Duh" but that's exactly what this beer is) The malt is traditional toasty caramel flavor with a bigger earthy, herbal hop presence than normally expected. Overall this is good but the hop flavor needs to be blended into the flavor better and the overall hop character to me is a bit one sided.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
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 chicagoabbot
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a snifter...not too much in the nose...advertised as "triple-hopped"...ok, good for you guys, you put some quantity of some hops into the boil, primary ferm. and secondary ferm...nothing too crazy there, not enough to warrant that as your main selling point. The slogan on the bottle definitely doesn't mean triple the hops...or I would smell them.

Guys, your Bridgeport IPA is awesome and Hop Czar is quite respectable. What happened with this beer? It's not a train wreck or anything, but wow, it sure doesn't stand out too much except for the fairly high alcohol. The malt is flat and the hops don't zing.

I was expecting a winner when I opened this bottle, but I guess this brewery got so big that it doesn't care what it puts out now. Not terrible, but won't buy it again, even though it was fairly cheap.

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Photo of Janderson91
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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Photo of Reidrover
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6 pack bought from Haggens store in Tualatin. $6.79 Kinda like the straight good looks of the beer., dark clear copper tones with a big thick creme coloured head. Aroma again very simplistic, earthy hop,nutty ,toasty malts Again a simple plain slightly resinous hop and a nice nutty maltiness, struggling to find any rye though that may be at the very end and lends a rather spicy finish. Ok on my palate, smooth long ending peppery spice. Overall a rather simple beer..far more simple than the dessription led me to believe. Slightly let down but it really is not a bad beer.

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Photo of chumba526
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It appears light brown/red with a small off white head.

It smells slightly of citrus, mild caramel malt, I get a strong grapefruit smell. There is also a nice grassy hop smell as well.

It tastes initially of citrus fruit: I get a lemon and orange zest flavor. I get a bit of a dry bread like malt taste. I also get a bit of a grassy hop flavor. A smooth hoppy bitterness finishes the flavor of the beer.

It has medium carbonation.

The drinkability of this beer is half decent. I could drink a few of these. Though due to the heaviness of the beer I could only drink two.

Not a bad beer but not great either. It is a forgettable beer.

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Photo of Briken
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear red amber with thin tan foamy head, poor retention and okay lacing. Pale malt and lager aroma with hints of tea. Spicy hop and tea with a nice touch of rye malt character. A fairly clean finish with just a light bitter linger but long. Smooth with a nice sharp bite.

Not much on the aroma but a full flavor sweet malt character with the spice and tea bite indicative of a good red. It's certainly nothing out of the ordinary but it's done just right. It definitely needs to be warmer to allow all the flavor to come out.

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Photo of beertunes
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a very clean clear reddish-amber with just a thin cap of light tan head that had low retention and moderate lacing.

The aroma was more subdued than I expected from a "Triple hopped" beer made with Rye. Just a trace of hops in the scent and only a hint of Rye's typical sharpness. On the tongue the beer had a much better presence. The crisp rye gave some depth to the other malts and some tangy hops lingered at the back end.

The body was good, not quite full, yet crisp and engaging. Not sticky at all. Drinkability was pretty good, I killed me 12oz bottle in a pretty short period of time and could see putting a sixer in the fridge. I look forward to trying it draft if it shows up around here.

Overall, a pretty good brew. I expected a bit more after reading the label, but that's marketing for ya. Worth trying when you see it.

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Photo of philbertk
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bridgeport Brewing Company--Kingpin Triple Hopped Double Red Ale--Feared By Some, Cheered By Many--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 7.50% ABV. 65 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Red Ale--Imperial. Thick pour. Dense rocky lacy lasting light tan head. Clear bright fizzy rich enticing amber red color. Toasted caramel malty floral earthy Liberty hop front. Creamy mild sweet toasted caramel biscuit rich red fruit smooth malty doughy body. Clean dry hop mild citrus end. Satisfying and Nourishing rich tasty smooth malty roasted Red Ale. Sampled 12/31/2010. 6-Pack purchased for $7.75 @ PCC-Fremont, Seattle on 12/31/2010.

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Photo of Docer
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a 6-pack today to try,.

- Pours a very clear rich copper color... fizzy white head quickly down to a bubbly thin cream blanket.. little bits of lace..

- Some light caramel malt, vegetative aroma or odor.. grassy.. slight brown sugars.. some citrus.. smooth sweet smells..

- Nice caramel character, slight funky grains.. nice bitter hop hit.. citrus, sweet sugars.. herbal grassy hops... and a slight funk that I can't seem to get over. Good finishing flavor.. balanced for sure.

- Lightly creamy and medium bodied.. slightly dry and chewy.

- Overall not bad... there is a slight funk in the grain bill that is throwing me off.. perhaps it will not stick around in the brew once it is brewed more often and dialed in. Overall rather balanced and quite drinkable.

** edit - every bottle after the first didn't have the funk.. was it just me? Turns out a much more smooth and bitter red.. as it should be.. little filling but otherwise good. Their yeast just seems crazy and bubbly.

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