Review: Witch Hunt, BridgePort

Witch Hunt
BridgePort Brewing Co. — Portland, OR

  • Style:  Spiced Harvest Ale
  • Bitterness:  40 IBUs
  • ABV:  5.8%  
  • Malts:  Caramel, Melanoidin, Pale
  • Hops:  Meridian and unspecified experimental varieties
  • Special Ingredients:  Nutmeg and Cinnamon
  • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle

Description:  "Something Wicked This Way Comes. From slightly sweet caramel malts, Witch Hunt offers intense dry hop character finished with a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg spices." — BridgePort Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  Witch Hunt is a new release from BridgePort. In my recent interview with Brewmaster Jeff Edgerton, I learned about his inspiration for this pumpkin-less beer. This is part of my series on fall seasonal brews.

The tasting:  Deep copper in color, clear, with an off white head that dissipates slowly. It's beautiful in the glass. Aroma is full of spice! Nutmeg and cinnamon are front and center. It reminds me of a pumpkin pie, even though I know there's no pumpkin in this beer. Flavor of caramel, along with spice. While the nutmeg was stronger in aroma, the cinnamon plays the lead role in flavor. Overall, the spices mask the hop flavors. Malt sweetness is minimal and alcohol is noticeable in middle. Witch Hunt is light bodied and finishes dry with with a mild lingering spice bitterness.

Rating:  3 star.  Good.  I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.  In our interview, Jeff mentioned that pumpkin doesn't add much flavor. I totally agree. I've profiled a slew a slew of pumpkin beers over the past two years, and pumpkin flavor is surprisingly absent in most. These beers are all about spice! For me, a true "seasonal" beer should evoke the feeling of one of the four seasons. Witch Hunt does that. Take a sip, and you'll be ready for a cool fall evening!

Have you tasted Witch Hunt? What's your favorite fall seasonal?

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  1. Solid beer. It was not a "must have again" beer, but it was well made. I am starting to come back to Bridgeport.

  2. I'm not sure why, but I was disappointed to learn that Bridgeport was owned by a Texas companuy. I know the beer is brewed in Portland but........

  3. Hi Mark. Yes, BridgePort is owned by Gambrinus Co., who also owns the Shiner brand. I guess that's part of the business these days. As soon as company gets "big enough" it's an attractive acquisition target.


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