Review: Summer Squeeze, BridgePort

Summer Squeeze
BridgePort Brewing Co. — Portland, OR

  • Style:  Pale Ale w/ Fruit
  • Bitterness:  19 IBU
  • ABV:  4.5%
  • Malts:   Not provided
  • Hops:  Austrian Aurora (bittering) and NW Sterling (aroma)
  • Specialty Ingredients:  Yuzu juice and lemongrass
  • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle
  • Price: $6.99 six-pack at grocery store

Description:  "Meet your new Summer Squeeze.  The refreshing brew infused with lemongrass and yuzu, the exotic asian citrus fruit. The result is bright and crisp with a complex citrus finish. Perfect for hot summer days." — BridgePort Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:   Summer Squeeze is BridgePort's new summer seasonal release.  This is the first of seven summer beers I'm profiling.

The tasting:  Golden orange in color, clear, with a white head that dissipated slowly, leaving some lacing on the glass.  Aroma of citrus—I assume it's Yuzu.  But since I've never tasted Yuzu, I can't identify it.  It's clearly citrus, but very different from the typical orange, lemon, and grapefruit aromas.  I can best describe it by saying it reminds me of Orange Crush.  The malts and hops don't come through in aroma, allowing the citrus notes to shine through.  Overall, it's a very nice aroma.

In flavor, I noticed mandarin orange, light lemongrass, and biscuit malts.  The hop flavors were again not noticeable.  Summer Squeeze is light bodied, carbonated on the low side, and has a crisp mouth feel.  It finishes with citrus and a touch of bitterness.  It's very drinkable—the kind of brew you'd want on a hot summer day.

Rating:  3 star.  Good.  I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.  Citrus works well in summer beers.  It adds flavor, but not sweetness.  BridgePort's use of Yuzu and lemongrass provides an additional twist that makes Summer Squeeze a must try.

Have you tried Summer Squeeze?  What do you think of it?

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1 comment:

  1. Nice review. I think I may try it if I ever find it, but it seems as though distribution is light. Perhaps they are testing the field. I wasn't at all impressed with their Kingpin Red, or Coffee Porter. Thanks for the review. Sounds like it might be a nice introduction to the craft for some.


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