Review: Stumptown Tart '14, BridgePort Brewing

Stumptown Tart '14
BridgePort Brewing Co. — Portland, OR

  • Style:  Belgian style w/ fruit
  • Bitterness:  21 IBU
  • ABV:  7.8%
  • Malts:  Pilsner malt, white wheat malt
  • Hops:  Not specified
  • Special Ingredients:  Blueberries and cranberry puree
    • Sampled:  22 oz. bottle (provided by brewery)

    Description:  Brewed with two row pale malt and malted white wheat, the 2014 edition of this big Belgian-style ale features the crisp sweet and tart balance of Oregon blueberries and cranberries. The hazy brew is double fermented and only lightly filtered to retain the fresh fruit flavor. — BridgePort Brewing Co.

    Random thoughts:  I originally tasted 2014 Stumptown Tart at a Bridgeport media event in June.  A lot of TLC went into the creation of this beer. In this short video, Jeff Edgerton, Bridgeport Brewmaster, explains how it was made.

    The tasting:  Golden orange with reddish highlights. Hazy, with a white head that dissipates slowly. Aroma is full of spice—coriander and white pepper. Flavor starts with tart cranberry. It's fairly light and is a nice start to the drink. In the middle, biscuit malt emerges through the spice along with some light grassy notes. Alcohol is not noticeable in aroma or flavor, and hop bitterness is low throughout. Tart cranberry returns in the finish. The fruit provides a light touch of sweetness and melds well with the spice. Stumptown Tart is light bodied, has a crisp mouth feel, and finishes with notes of tart cranberry and white pepper.

    4 star.  Really Good.  I want this again!  This is my favorite Stumptown Tart release to date. In general, I think cranberry works exceptionally well in beer. They provide a solid tartness without adding much sweetness. Blueberry is also used in this year’s edition, but I didn’t taste it. Summer is winding down and so is the season for Stumptown Tart. It’s still available, but probably won’t be for long. 

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