Witch Hunt Spiced Harvest Ale | BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Witch Hunt Spiced Harvest AleWitch Hunt Spiced Harvest Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Docer on 08-15-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
139
Reviews:
28
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
15.41%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 139 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like this one, more of an amber I would say than a brown, as the color and malt bill indicate to me. I like the spice profile here, and I think it fits in well with the season when you need a break from the pumpkin beers. the pours a dark copper color with an inch of slowly dying off white head. I smell cinnamon for sure, and maybe a touch of toasted bread. the flavor has quite a bit of sweetness on the back end, but is also hopped rather aggressively compared to other spice beers ive encountered. the pungent bitterness offsets some of the vanilla sweetness and red malt caramel notes from the grain and spice. very brightly carbonated and oddly dry in the finish, I like the feel of this quite a bit. definitely an underrated brew on here, I think is fills a nice niche in the fall beer spectrum.

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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.55/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a amber-hued body with top-notch clarity topped with an inch of lightly bubbly, slightly beige suds.

Smell: A little hint of caramel, but with no implied sweetness. Tossed spices, a little bit of hops. Even at this early stage, you're left wondering if this is really what they were going for.

Taste: Middling, unappealing malts with a faint, low level of sweetness. Piney quality adhered to the heady spices and bitterness. Spicy finish with no more than a vague touch of malts ever showing.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Very one note, and a bad note at that. I struggled to even get halfway through the twelve ounces. Is this what they were going for?!

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Photo of russpowell
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours ornge with 2+ fingers of tan head. Great lacng & head retention

S: Cinnamon & all-spice, some apple skin

T: Follows the nose, some herbal bitterness as well. Some pear notes as this warms more spices, some golden delicious apple. Finishes with some orchard fruit, some cinnnamon & herbal hop bitterness, mostly an apple pie taste

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation

This really didn't impress me, not the worst I've ever had, but I will never buy this again

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.51/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Some day, I'm gonna pair this beer with a viewing of The Crucible... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear orange-amber topped by a solid finger of light cream froth. The nose comprises iceberg lettuce, very light orange rind, light cinnamon, and a touch of what I believe to be jasmine (if I remember my scented candles and potpourri well enough). The taste holds notes of jasmine-y (or whatever that is) soap, light orange rind, a pinch of clove, a half-pinch of cinnamon, and straight potato root (just let the eyes grow out in a fit of grotesque horticultural artistry). Wow, this stuff really doesn't taste very good at all... The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a pretty damn sad beer, one that proclaims its spiciness yet delivers nothing close. This must be a politician's recipe...

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery orange amber. Half finger fine off white head with good retention and lacing. Pleasant aroma of bready malt and seasonal spicing, mostly cinnamon and nutmeg. Flavor follows aroma, with bready malt with distinct nutmeg and cinnamon, somewhat earthy. Finishes with a light hops and some bitterness from the spices. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. A decent spiced ale, but the malt body does not quite support the spices in the finish. I would try this again as a seasonal.

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Photo of enelson
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Haybeerman
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of TX-Badger
2/5  rDev -41.9%

Photo of Donkster46
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of beertunes
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Listed here as a Brown instead of a Harvest/Fest beer, but whatevs. Pored into 10oz goblet. Poured a very attractive light mahogany color with 3/4 of an inch of light tan head that had OK retention and very light lacing.

The aroma had a nice grainy base, with a healthy dose of sharp hops and some light spices in the background. The flavors were basically the same, the malts supporting tangy hops nicely, but the spices used were stronger than the aroma led me to expect. In fact, by the last 1/4 of the glass, I found the spices tiring on the palate.

The body was good, smooth, crisp and with a dry finish. However the spices lingered too long at the back of the tongue. Drinkability was OK, I wouldn't have more than one at a time due to the spices, but YMMV. Overall, one's opinion of this brew will depend on their taste for the spices used, you may like more than I did. Not a bad brew though, and probably worth a shot if you see it.

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of barnzy78
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours a light brown, with a thin beige head that leaves no lacing on the glass. Aromas are malty and sweet, bready, spicy with cinnamon & nutmeg. Lots of cinnamon loads the flavor if this beer and it actually provides a nice bit of heat on the finish, some nutmeg is present, the ale comes across gingerbready, and sweet. Maybe some herbal hops in there on the spicy finish. Body is thinner and lower on the carbonation, but not overly. Overall, the spiced fall ales are not my favorite, but this one was a pleasant surprise. Nice balance of flavors and I liked the heat that the cinnamon provides to add another element to the profile.

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Photo of twelveinches
3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.94/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
5.8% ABV, no date.

A - Like a crisp autumn afternoon, the beer pours a clear burnt sienna color with a towering plume of light beige foam. Gnarled branches of lace wrap around the glass creating a picturesque scene to behold.

S - Witch Hunt, contrary to, say, witch capture, does not smell like smoke or burning flesh. Instead, this Halloween-themed beer suggests a familiar aroma from this time of year; pumpkin brew! With it's spiced aroma of nutmeg and cinnamon this brown ale is smooth and simply malted with sweet Munich and caramel with crisp Vienna toast finish. No hops can be found here but the beer does end on an oddly sterile note.

T - The cauldron of flavor melds together nicely as the sweet malt features layers of caramel, bread, toast, and tootsie rolls counteracted by nutmeg and cinnamon spice. Earthy hops which steer clear of the nose insert faint wood and dried leaf characteristics on the finish.

M - From start to finish Witch Hunt is smooth like a broom ride without turbulence. Sweet malt lingers on the tongue but not without some balance. While void of bitterness a dry, spiced finish cuts the sweetness down a notch.

O - I wonder if the brewers cast a spell on this beer as they boiled the wort; a spell of deliciousness! Suggestions of the season's pumpkin-brewed beers enter the mind, but the beer doesn't feel incomplete. Instead, the spice nicely plays off the sweet malt for a drinkable harvest ale that stands out from the crowd without being green. Or burned at the stake.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Malty, woody aroma has a hint of nutmeg, no surprise. Pours a clear, dark coppery with a thick and fluffy wheaten head. Flavor has a woody core and malty, earthy and cinnamon hints. Not strong, but OK, rather fall-like. Mouth feel has decent body and fizz. If not the best fall beer, worthy of at least a try.

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Fatehunter
2.77/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured half a finger of head on a clear, copper colored body.
The aroma is lemon with some light Autumn spice. Not bad.
The taste is initially okay; nutty and malty. Then it quickly turns to the "harvest spice" which sent the rest of the structure head over heels down the hill into the lake.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Not enjoyable. Disjointed and lost.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, no apparent bottled on date present. I did enjoy a number of these last autumn when the Halloween fever was on me, and the beer was probably fresh, but I found more of this on the mix a six pack shelf at the local beer store, so I grabbed one to review.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - An overly aggressive pour on my behalf yields about three fingers of doughy fluffy tan head on top of a beautiful bright blood orange colored body; almost verging on chestnut. Scattered, fluffy lacing.

S - Smell is of sweet green apple skins, and some caramelized malt presence. Some cola-like carbonation & aroma drifting out of this one also. Perhaps some faded spice cabinet smell, but it is unclear what kind of smell it is. No cinnamon or nutmeg detectable.

T - Again, more sweet caramel malts, green apple skin sweetness, and faded hops. No real cinnamon or nutmeg flavor that I am able to detect. Faint metallic / coppery aftertaste. A light, balanced, easy-drinking bodied beer. Not so much a spiced ale, as it is a tame, lightly hopped red ale, or a brown ale as it is listed on BeerAdvocate. Highly enjoyable and palatable, nonetheless.

M - Feel is fruity, sugary, sticky, sweet, with a dry finish.

Overall, this is a beer I really enjoy. Although, it is definitely more malt-forward and hoppy than it is a cinnamon & nutmeg spiced beer. Still, of the four beers I have had from Bridgeport so far, they have all impressed me, and I am looking forward to many more. And the Bridgeport Witch Hunt will definitely be a Halloween mainstay in my fridge.

Bridgeport Witch Hunt Spiced Harvest Ale ---4/5.

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Witch Hunt Spiced Harvest Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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