Review: Kingpin, BridgePort Brewing Co.

BridgePort Brewing Co. — Portland, OR

  • Style: Red / Amber Ale
  • Bitterness: 65 IBU
  • O.G.: 17
  • ABV: 7.5%
  • Malts:  Rye and Carmel Malt
  • Hops:  Liberty
  • 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. 
Have you tried Kingpin?  What did you think of it?

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1 comment:

  1. I liked Kingpin. I didn't get a stong hoppy taste. I found it rather smooth. I am a fan of the red beer and this one did not disappoint.


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