Summer Squeeze
BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Oregon, United States
Blonde Ale - American
3.38 | pDev: 14.79%
May 09, 2022
May 19, 2011
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Photo of maddogruss
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by maddogruss from New Jersey

Had this on draft at the brewpub back in 2012.
A: pours golden body with small white head with nice retention and lacing.
S: not much of a smell; subtle sweetness
T: subtle earthy lemongrass and sweet citrus notes; dry aftertaste
M: crisp, light and refreshing;
D: nice feel and taste combo; solid summer beer

May 09, 2022
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Old review, been knocking out the PacNW section.

Pours yellow, mild 1/3" white head that goes away within a short amount of time (seconds). Commercial tug job about lemongrass and citrus checks out. Not huge on the smell similar to how I wasn't when I think New Belgium had that Yuzu beer I wasn't big on?

Taste is like, that weird stuff from the spice rack, non Belgian. I'll say this much, there is plenty of flavor for a blonde ale, this isn't the standard plain one, it has a lot of stuff going for a blonde ale, just not necessarily aspects I'm huge on. Seems like there might be a portion of the malt bill that is wheat. hints of straw. Carbonation was good. Had like the opposite of a dry back end, this was "wet" if you will.

If you want a light bodied beer with lots of lemongrass and spice rack herb to it, I would recommend for you. For me it was a "I didn't hate it, but its not for me, but I can recognize they hit what they were going for based on the label description."

Jan 30, 2020
3.24 by DOCRW from Washington on Apr 19, 2019
Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

The appearance had a light orange/yellow body with a half finger white foamy head that rises a bit and then falls leaving some nice slightly foamy yet clingy lacing gracing the sides of the glass, carbonation is seen rising at a moderate pace. The smell had lemongrass and citrus are up front, lightly malted coming forth in the background but stays mainly subdued for the most part, and there’s a nice spicey/pepperiness coming through to tie everything together. The taste had lemongrass/citrus leading to a tangy yet peppery almost spiciness, spicy aftertaste, dry finish. On the palate, it sat at/about a light to medium, fairly sessionable. Carbonation seems good for an American Blonde Ale and good for me, becomes slightly crisp. Overall, actually this is one of Bridgeport’s best beers.

Jun 22, 2017
3.27 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee on Sep 25, 2015
3 by nathanmiller from New York on Feb 18, 2015
3.5 by afsdan from Colorado on Feb 05, 2015
3.25 by StephRai from New York on Sep 27, 2014
3 by thufflife from Missouri on Aug 18, 2014
3 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Aug 03, 2014
2.75 by SJbigtuna from Washington on Jul 13, 2014
3 by RedJem from California on Jun 26, 2014
2.75 by dwtyler from California on Jun 21, 2014
3.5 by Metaltildeath from Washington on Jun 16, 2014
Photo of SitkaSteve
4/5  rDev +18.3%
by SitkaSteve from Idaho

I had this in a pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy golden yellow color with a decent transparency about it allowing some light carbonation to be seen rising.
The smell had a dry citrus cleaning grassiness about it. I guess that's the You juice but I've never had You juice, I'm only going with what I read on the beer.
The taste was the same with a nice spice added in.
The mouthfeel was light, somewhat drying but not too much. Semi - crisp and forgiving on my tongue.
Overall, other than Deschutes Summer Ale, this is one of my favorite Summer brews and is quite possibly BridgePort's best.

Jun 06, 2014
2.5 by ricecracker420 from California on Jan 31, 2014
3.5 by TimoP from Pennsylvania on Oct 25, 2013
3 by jakecattleco from California on Oct 07, 2013
3.75 by UnoMasBelgian from California on Oct 07, 2013
3.5 by Kylemif from Oregon on Oct 04, 2013
3.5 by ste5venla from California on Sep 27, 2013
3.5 by QuakeAttack from California on Sep 24, 2013
3.5 by Kopfschuss from Oregon on Sep 22, 2013
3.75 by mkf629 from Kansas on Sep 13, 2013
1.75 by JMBSH from Colorado on Sep 07, 2013
3 by Carl_R from Oklahoma on Sep 07, 2013
3 by Mole_Playing_Rough from Washington on Sep 01, 2013
3.25 by GraduatedCashew from California on Aug 29, 2013
3.25 by Eighty from Washington on Aug 27, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
2.87/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75
by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Leave it to the beer world to teach me about the yuzu fruit. This stuff pours a clear sunshine brass-gold topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises lemongrass, light greens, slightly-funky lemon peel (I'm assuming this is the yuzu?), and a hint of cracked wheat. The taste brings in more of the same, with a bit more wheat, a breezing of biscuit, and an enhanced bit of what I'm taking for yuzu. What's more, I think I'm learning I don't enjoy the yuzu... The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, I can't say I was much of a fan of this. Maybe it was the yuzu, maybe it was just a mediocre beer, I'm not sure, but the result is the same regardless.

Aug 27, 2013
3.25 by jaydoc from Kansas on Aug 20, 2013
Photo of lighthabit
3.34/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by lighthabit from Oregon

pale gold, foamy head dies down to rim. very clear, consistent flow of tiny bubbles from bottom of glass. smell is clean, grassy, bit of hops, bit of malt, sweetish. taste is fresh, thin, refreshing, thirst quenching, hit of fresh lemon, missing all the crap that bmc would normal add to stretch something like this out. not my normal fair, but really, it's a pretty decent summer beer. nice job, bridgeport.

Aug 20, 2013
Photo of Jugs_McGhee
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

"Ale brewed with lemongrass with yuzu fruit juice added." "Summer Squeeze Bright Ale." 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with typical label art and branded pry-off cap acquired as part of a variety box/12 pack and served into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger wide head of white-khaki colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Retention is above average - about 3-4 minutes. No real lacing as the head recedes.

Body colour is a fairly vibrant yellow-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Looks pretty typical of the style.

Sm: Lemongrass, clean barley, pilsner malts, and a near-lychee like fruity character I'm not real acquainted with. I guess that's yuzu? Complementary floral hop character. A clean pleasant approachable aroma of above average strength. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. Looking forward to trying it.

T: Pleasant fruit; fairly unique - sort of a lychee without the sweetness meets a lightly citrusy fruit somewhere between lemon and orange - but not quite as evocative - if that makes any sense. Clean barley. Munich and pilsner malts. Quite well balanced in a general sense; it doesn't come off gestalt. Some zest and citrusy zing. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. I do get a light touch of complementary floral hops. Maybe a bit of straw too. Decent complexity - especially for a style which is usually fairly simple - and decent subtlety. I do like it.

Average intensity and duration of flavour. Above average depth of flavour.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Lightly crisp. Good carbonation. Approachable and soft. Nice thickness and body; never overbearing. Complements the flavour profile nicely, but doesn't come off custom-tailored to it. Actually, this texture really suits the beer nicely; I fancy it'll go unappreciated but it's surprisingly well executed.

Dr: Quite drinkable and enjoyable. A good summer beer that'll scratch your itch; it delivers on the promise of its premise. I'd easily get it again, and it's a nice little beer from Bridgeport. Who knew their best offering in the variety pack wouldn't be one of the zealously hopped IPAs or Imperial Reds, but would rather be the simple easygoing blonde waiting for its turn to shine? A respectable downable brew from Bridgeport that I intend to revisit. Hides its ABV well. I'd recommend it to friends, but I'd taper my recommendation with a disclaimer: it's simple and meant to just be drinkable. A good party or barbecue brew.


Drinks great from a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Not recommended for aging.

Aug 19, 2013
3 by lisahope27 from Pennsylvania on Aug 19, 2013
3 by instinct2 from Indiana on Aug 13, 2013
3 by andrewkgray91 from Colorado on Aug 07, 2013
4.5 by grahamboudreaux from Tennessee on Aug 02, 2013
2.75 by forestkcary from Oregon on Jul 31, 2013
3.5 by sgttibbs from Minnesota on Jul 28, 2013
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by AlCaponeJunior from Texas

I'd say that for a blonde ale, it looks pretty good. Yellow and clear, rising bubbles, the head was almost two fingers and did last for a bit, leaving a white sheen on top and some pretty good lacing.

Aroma is quite citric, very lemony, and has a little bit of grain and grass. Flavor follows the aroma quite closely. It's almost like a slice of lemon was added to a nice blonde ale from all the citrus. There's a light malt backbone, and not much hops (which is expected for a blonde ale).

Body is light, well carbed, and very easy to drink, with a dry lemon finish.

It's a fine summer beer. Definitely good for mowing the lawn or just chillin' under a tree.

Jul 26, 2013
Summer Squeeze from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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