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 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 mactrail
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The usual orangey amber color in the big globe glass. Head is nothing sensational but plenty of carbonation in the mouth. Sweet and fruity, like a Tripel but without the Belgian yeasty flavor. More hops too, and just a little of the leafy, vegetal, and dank flavor.

Rich and seems stronger than 7.5%. Sweet and sharp on the tongue. A perfumey sort of flavor. Flowery with some odd fruit notes. Not one of my favorites from Bridgeport, but they get a lot of flavor into this beer. It's more malty and perhaps simple than you might like, and hop fiends will be left panting. However, it's quite full of hoppy flavors without the total bitter takeover. Aftertaste does have enough bitterness to make its mark.

Quite pleasant for sipping. From the 12 oz bottle. Cost was a reasonable $1.49 for a single.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.86/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a nice reddish amber with a 2 finger head, good retention and a thick, semi-sticky lacing.

Smell - Bready, with a hint of Caramel and a citrus hop note.

Taste - Follows the nose; bready, caramel malts. Finishes sweet, with red apple and a faint citrus note sparkling faintly in the back end.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Fairly decent carbonation.

Overall - A good red ale. Lots of interesting, mellow flavors. Definitely a must try, if not for you, at least me again.

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Photo of TheSeeker61
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured a two finger head with a off reddish tint into a pint glass.

S- Has a fresh cherry malty sweet smell.

T- The intial taste is a hoppy malty mix. Not as sweet as the smell which is good for me. The hops dominate moreso than the malts.

M- I like this mouthfeel. Medium bodied mouthfeel.

0- Really like this beer. Kinda surprised as most reviewers dedn't give this a positive review. It's not the best red ale I've had but I like it as I like hoppy beers and like the hops found in this one.

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Photo of intensify
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper colored body with 5% visibility, if that. Small, off white head dissapeared into a cloud floating atop.

S- figs, banana, caramel, bready/biscuity, bubble gum sweetness and a touch of alcohol.

T- Caramel, bready/biscuity backbone, dark fruits, malts and hops.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation and a semi dry finish. Could use a thicker body.

Impressed. Has a ton of goodies packed away in a nicely priced 12oz bottle. Makes for a nice desert, or a snack in that case.

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Photo of mastodonj
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a diconic

Great looking ale with a foamy, fluffy head and nice lacing. And of course, a reddish amber color.

Smell was eclectic: real good malt, some fruitiness but I couldn't say exactly what, plus a nutty aroma.

A nice smooth hoppiness offset with malt.

Very good mouthfeel owing to the excellent smooth carbonation.

Altogether, a very drinkable ale and with 7.5 ABV, that is something you may have to watch out for.

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Photo of BaileysBrews
3.12/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a Red Ale guy. I guess that should disqualify me from the review but here is a review anyway. Smooth, a little flat for my taste in terms of carbonation. Some flavor but I feel one flavor was more dominant than the others and I can't put my finger on it. I gave the bottle to my brother-in-law to finish because well, I don't want to waste it. He like it but it wasn't a favorite of his. Maybe I swayed his opinion. Bridgeport should focus on lighter beers in my opinion.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Liked this on-tap, had to try it in a bottle. Sharp aroma is malty with an overtone of caramel and spice. It pours a dark, clear coppery with a pale golden tan head that leaves some good lacing. Mouth-filling flavor has malty and hoppy qualities plus hints of caramel and cloves. Texture has good body and a fair amount of fizz, not quite as much as when on-tap but still appreciable. I'm glad I gave this one another review.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a chestnut brown-amber, w/a light off-white head, leaving moderate lacing.

S - Smell is subtle notes of toasted caramel, nuts, and orange.

T - Taste is of bready, caramel malts, nuts. w/plenty of orange peel, and a slight piney-ness to it. All the flavors here are actually pretty subtle for a double red. I was expecting a more vicious hop bite, but this is kind of a nice change of pace here.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, light carbonation. Really drinkable for 7.5%

O - Overall, I dunno that this is one I'd go out of my way to find, but I'd happily drink it again.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good sized off white to light tan head so slowly recedes above a clear orange-ish copper colored red.

A very light malty, maybe some bread like quality, might be a hint of orange in the aroma.

A nice light cutting edge to the taste of this beer, it has a toasted almost roasted caramel malt taste that seems to finish with a very light sour lemon bitterness to it.

There is a dryness to the aftertaste, yet it does not seems to be as dry a aftertaste like I'm accustomed to.

A solid medium bodied beer that seems to get better as the glass gets emptier.

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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 StonedTrippin
4.07/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i find this to be grossly underscored here on BA. it pours a clear light amber color with a lacey beige head as tall as you want it to be. smells like big red malts, but not dry like the irish reds. some resiny hops in the nose as well. flavor is a bit tart, but not like a sour at all, just bursting with that malt flavor, very unique. hops balance it all out at the end, and the alcohol is never noticed. feel is nice here too, not a heavy beer for a double red at all. good carbonation keeps it feeling lighter than it is. overall an excellent brew from bridgeport, and one id like to see get a little more love from the beer advocate community. this is really good stuff

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Photo of raszputini
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like this one. Pours a dark copper with a thin white head. Smell is deceiving, as the nose leads you to a dopplebock or heavy dunkel. The taste is rye, caramel, maybe brown sugar or molasses, and a fairly intense mutliple hop finish - there are tones of floral as well as citrus.

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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 Star80
3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours out a reddish color with a tan head with some lacing. Looks a bit opaque. Pretty. No date code to be seen.

S: Smell is faintly of malts, some stale tea smells.

T: Taste is roughly of alcohol and some grainy flavors, faintly sour from the rye grains. Some dead hop flavors since I couldn't determine this beer had been sitting on the shelf. A bit of sweet malt and a dry aftertaste.

M: Mouthfeel is fine, not too prickly.

O: Overall another average and disappointing beer from Bridgeport. Reminds me of Redhook or some other grocery store crap. I forgot how boring and overly strong their beers were. No nice smells or tastes from this beer, possibly due to age. I won't be buying another one of their beers for a long, long time. Maybe I can use this beer for cooking something.

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Photo of AlCzerik
3.26/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer on draft at my local Taco Mac. I like most of what Bridgeport does especially the Hop Czar but this didn't really cut the mustard.

Appearance- Pours light Brown or Amber with more foam on top than you usually expect with an Amber Ale.

Taste- This is a solid amber or red ale. Just didnt have anything that really set it apart for me.

Overall this beer was worth the try as far as bang for your buck goes it absolutely is. Bridgeport puts out a quality product in my price range and I appreciate that.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium orange-red amber. Thin head but some lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, bready malts and a hint of hops. Starts with a bitter malt and apple flavor with some straw undertones. Finish is dry, bitter and dry grass. Hops provide bite without any aromatic presence. A bit too sour, acidic and dry, bitter finish to be a good red.

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

The nose here initially had a floral quality to it but eventually ceded to a sweeter, fruity type of crystal-ish malt.

Initially, the taste had a hoppy, floral taste to it right out of the gate...but then came the spicy rye, which I'm glad I read the label ahead of time or else I may have been a bit confused by that taste. Along with this rye, the sweet, fruity malt is also present as was found on the nose but isn't nearly as pervasive as I thought it would have been. At the finish, a decent bitter snap is present...a hint of grain....some lingering of the bitterness.

All in all, pretty interesting in that they included rye in this beer...other than that, pretty average stuff. That said, it was enjoyable and I'd have another.

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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 duderus123
4.33/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -Amber in color and a tad bit murky but still mostly clear, not very fizzy (YEAH) The head is frothy, lacing the glass as it settels d...own. It looks like a good Amber Ale should...

Smell -Malts smell kind of caramelly. The hops have a piney and citrus like scent to them. You can smell that these hops will taste sharp. The yeast is kind of hanging out, not ruining what the malty hops are doing...

Taste - Ahhh.... This is what an Amber should taste like!! A sharp dry hops profile with necessary bitterness common to this style. You should taste strong hops, but this one doesnt venture into the stronger ale categories. Malt flavor complements the hops... A joy to drink.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied like an Amber Ale should be.

I love this one... BUY IT! Bridgeport nails Amber Ale with this one.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- The slightly hazy deep brown body has a sea of microbubbles supporting a thick lumpy beige head for the full beer.

S- The soft green notes mix with caramel malt and some brassy hint in the finish that grows a bit as the beer warms.

T- The dry slightly pungent hops give way to some biscuit malt flavor with cream and slightly toasted malt notes. There is a dandelion bitterness in the finish that lingers. There is a soft grassy dry hop note in the finish.

M- The light mouthfeel is slightly astringent with no alcohol heat noticed.

O- The full bitterness of the hops and really dry finish make this abrasive and a bit harsh to drink.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.26/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark orange, light red color with a minimal head. Smells spicy, must be rye, hints of malt too. The flavor is a good spicy flavor but nothing really special and the rye seems to dominate the hops. Overall, not bad but not something I'm going to be buying more of any time soon.

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Photo of jadpsu
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When purchased I saw the words, double red ale, but not the smaller font tripple hopped.
Pours a less than clear amber with slightly off white head and great side lace and good retention.
A: Wow, smells like muddled fruit of raisens, dark cherries, mandarin oranges hoppiness. A ting of bready malts evident, but hops are most prominent.
T: hops show up with their bitterness in raisin and dark cherry tones. Bready, roasty maltiness more balanced in taste. Medium body mouthfeel, with amost bitter finish.
Pretty good and price of $8.99 for a 6 pack is reasonable for the value.
Liked it better the second time I had it.

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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 dbossman
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep mahogany hue with a solid one-inch head--decent retention and great lacing

S: Pretty sweet and fruity--almost like fruit loops at first finally followed by a bready malt base

T: Strange hop bitterness--a bit medicinal, herbal, and grassy--followed by an interesting fruity quality--pears, apples, lemons, oranges--that mingle well with a bready malt base; also strangely dry in the finish

F: Good mouth feel up front but the beer nearly evaporates on the back end

O: This is actually a very odd beer; I like it but I like odd things; this is really like nothing I've had...hmm

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