Bridgeport Brewing India Pale Ale

I know nothing about Bridgeport Brewing other than that it is in Oregon. I know a bit about IPAs, though, and I know that they are the most forgiving of beers to brew, and they are also the best shot any brewer has to make a beer I'm going to like. I like a lot of other beers, but you have to be really good to make me give them a good rating. This is the easy button. Let's see if they pressed it.

It's a hazy gold. This is the color a beer should be. I like it. The aroma drips with floral hops and a light bready malt; there's something else under there like a lemon that has been left out a little too long or something. . The head is thin, but sticky. It leaves a good amount of lacing on the sides of the glass.

First sip is a pleasing beverage. It reminds me of Anchor Steam with the foamy taste and kind of a watery finish. The hops are not particularly overpowering, but they bring enough flavor to make life interesting. It's not the most flavorful beer ever, but it's not bad at all. I wonder what a swig would taste like....

Tip-in is slight (very slight) carbonation and a tiny little flower. The middle is more caustic than I expected. It has more of a carbonation burn than the the sip and the floral hops are a bit intrusive with a kind of pollen taste about them. The finish comes along with a bitter pill to swallow, but it evens out as it goes with a bit of orange and a goodbye wave from the hops. I can't say this is my favorite beer, but it's not all that bad.

Bottom Line: It's not a bad beer. There are lots of better ones on the market.



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