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BridgePort Hop Harvest Ale (2008)

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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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This triple hopped ale is a bottle conditioned Imperial Style Ale. The fresh green Centennial Hops add floral overtones reminiscent of citrus fruits. Pleasingly strong fresh hop aroma, with good malt tones. Made with pale, chocolate and caramel malt.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2010
Bridgeport Brewing Company--Hop Harvest Ale--Fresh From The Vine--Grown Locally--Triple Hopped Imperial Style--Brewed With Fresh Green Hops--From Field To Tank In One Hour--2008 Release--22 oz. Bottle--7.00% ABV50 IBUís? (4.75 / 5.0) Harvest Ale--Mild lace off white head. Cloudy bright CO2 fizzy rich amber gold color. Resinous floral fruit pine front. Grassy herbal hop infused caramel ester mild fruit citrus cloying wonderful body. Dry sweet crisp mild bitter hop clean malt ester spice rich end. WOW!! Sampled 10/6/2008. $4.99 Each.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5150) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Picked up a single 22-oz bomber from Liquid Solutions in Oregon. Pours a semi-clear cooper amber brew with a thick off-white head that has some nice retention and spotty lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, citrus zest, a touch of apple, and dry herbs. Taste is medium bodied, very light carbonation with flavors of citrus hops, a hint of caramel malt and grapefruit. Finish has a mild bitterness and a some caramel aftertaste. Some similarities to the 2007 vintage but does not have the hot punch as previous vintages.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - OCT 22, 2009
22 oz bottle (entering late as i drank this last year). i donít know what they did this year, but is nowhere near the outstanding batch from 2007. A fairly boring average IPA, a bit of citrus hoppiness. Boring.

3.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Taverner (1081) - San Ramon, California, USA - OCT 19, 2009
Aroma is fruity. Malt profile is on the fence between stale and perfect. Lots of florals in this one. Reminds me slightly of Uberhoppy. Finishes on a bitter note. Lots of apricot notes, as well as bittersweet apple. Pours copper with tan head.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
acblue (91) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2009
Not at all impressed with this one. Not much in the way of flavor or aroma. Tasted like a fairly pedestrian IPA with little of the implied fresh hop character. Might have been a bad batch?

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7086) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 1, 2009
Bomber, and Iím thinking it must be 2008. Poured hazy, fiery orange with a nice cap of off-white head. The aroma picked up semi-sweet mango and pineapple notes on a bed of soft caramel and sourdough.. the green, fresh hops kicked up some spicy black pepper and floral as it warmed up. The flavor opened with resiny pine and quasi-sour citrus (orange and grapefruit), rolling into juicy sweeter caramel at the core.. again peppery and floral notes come on the back, and provide a refreshing finish. Medium-bodied with low-to-moderate carbonation on the palate.. dry overall and well-balanced.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (10689) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 5, 2009
Bomber from Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA. Theyíd kept it in the frig case. Pours a ruddy amber color with a decent beige head. Lots of fresh citrus fruit for aroma. Rather full bodied with lots of foamy carbonation. Itís pretty astringent and bitter. For me itís a tossup whether Iím getting grapefruit rind or pine. Seems very fresh and lush. Finish is dry.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hopeye (39) - Oregon, USA - APR 24, 2009
This stuff was great when it was fresh. I tried it on draft in the off-season (April) and it had passed its prime. The fresh hop flavor and aroma had mellowed tremendously, taking away the beerís originally well-balanced flavor. A drinking buddy couldnít even finish hers, and I actually struggled to. Looking forward to the 2009 batch though, of course. Get it while itís fresh!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (4268) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2009
220z bottle picked up at a Bridgeport brewhouse in Portland. Thick and murky orange-brown color with a thin soapy head. Aroma is quite hoppy and sweet. Solid earthy hop characteristics, sort of an amped up APA. Lots of orange citrus notes. Big malt bill gives it a solid backbone, standing up the the hops. I let this one age for 6 months, Iíd assume the freshness has mellowed out. Piny and sweet with that great fresh hop earthiness, this is a beer worth seeking out.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (6760) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 7, 2009
Pours clear copper with tan head and spotty lacing. The modest aroma emits layers of hops from spiciness to floral and to citrus with a sweet mesa of maltiness underneath. The taste begins fresh and lively with hops bringing in notes of citrus, green-ness, grapefruit, grass, a bit of pine and a dash of orange hard candy. The hops go from late boil addition flavor to bitter and then back to flavor again. I get consistent modest malt sweetness creating a decent base for the experience.


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