216. BridgePort India Pale Ale

Posted: July 10, 2014 in ale
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Bridgeport IPA - BOTTLEBridgePort India Pale Ale
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Company info:
BridgePort Brewery
Oregon, USA


Bottle size sampled: 355ml

Alcohol: 5.5%
Standard drinks: 1.6

Cap type: Non-twist

Cost: I picked this up for $3.99 AU

Label info: ‘Floral and hoppy, delightfully complex, smooth and satisfying’

What the label really means: Nuff said

The Hell-Cat review starts here

Label: I’m not too convinced of the effectiveness of this label. It looks as though it may have been designed in the 1980s and hasn’t moved from there. And I’m not talking cool Goonies-style 1980s, I’m talking Bobby McFerrin ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy’ 1980s. It’s like the back cover of a computer programming text book. There’s way too much green, and a horrible navy blue banner with gold print above it. The whole thing is like a horrible coffee shop menu. Time for a revamp Bridgeport.

I give it a label rating of 2 out of 10.

AROMA:  A gentle wave of floral and straw tones.Bridge Port IPA - GLASS

Taste: GLASS – This is a very mild take on an IPA. Sure, it’s incredibly smooth and refreshing with great after tastes. But it’s missing a real front of mouth smack to the kisser of bitterness and spiced hops that we’ve all come to expect from an IPA. It’s very drinkable and shouldn’t be dismissed too readily – allow it to serve as an introduction to the IPA kingdom. 

I give it a beer from glass rating of 6 out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE – The small upfront flavours detected in the glass tasting have now all but disappeared and the beer becomes a little more flavourless and watery. Stick to the glass. 

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 4 out of 10.

Accompanying food: Beef. A good hearty beefy dish. Or a cake. A beef cake. Like Emilio Estevez in ‘Young Guns’.

Best season to appreciate: A good winter session brew.

All-nighter beer? While many IPAs may feel too heavy to drink all night, this is so light on its feet that I think it would be an awesome all-nighter.

Other: Happy Oregon Craft Beer Month 2014


  1. Franco Wanko says:

    Oodles of fruity taste and aroma, but it’s about ten jots too sweet, which pocket-tickles the bitterness. Worth a place bet..


  2. Booroy Tazzle says:

    Three cheers for ‘Kazoo’s 216ᵗʰ review. Hip-hoorah! Hip-hoorah! Hip-hoorah! That’s the equiv of 9 slabs, or, more impressively, a whopping 70+ litres.


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