Sampled: 12 oz. bottle (Full disclosure: sample provided by BridgePort.)
Description:"KINGPIN is a is triple hopped, double red ale that doesn't take any lip. It's crafted using the unique flavor of rye, malt and a generous amount of hops. Kingpin's signature dry character is derived from Willamette Valley Liberty hops, making it a welcomed addition to our award-winning family." — BridgePort Brewing Co.
Random thoughts: Kingpin was released by BridgePort in late December along with Café Negro coffee infused porter. I really like the artwork on both of BridgePort's new labels!
The tasting: Reddish orange in color with a white head. I love the look of beers with this color! I first noticed a yeast-like aroma, followed by malts and alcohol. Given that this is triple-hopped, I expected a stronger hop aroma. In flavor, the caramel malts come through and a grassy hop bitterness is more pronounced. Mid-taste, the alcohol is noticeable (but along the lines of what I'd expect for a 7.5% ABV brew). Body is light to medium, nicely carbonated, and has a crisp mouth feel. Finish leaves a hoppy bitterness and a taste of of alcohol that lingers.
Rating: 3 star.Good. I'd drink this if someone gave it to me. I'm not that familiar with the taste of rye and I expect that I didn't notice it amongst the bitterness. Since BridgePort has two excellent hoppy beers in its lineup (BridgePort IPA and Hop Czar), I would have preferred less hops in this brew.