Tasting Notes: BridgePort Cream Ale

BridgePort Brewing Co. recently announced the launch of Cream Ale, which is replacing Conviction Pale Ale in the brewery's year-round lineup. As much as I love hoppy beers, I'm starting to tire of them and appreciate it when breweries introduce beers that aren't variants of the IPA style.

When I think of cream ales, only Pelican's Kiwanda Cream Ale comes to mind. I'm not very familiar with the style, so I was looking forward to tasting the sample bottle that BridgePort sent to me. Here are my tasting notes:

Golden in color, slightly hazy, with a white head that dissipates fairly quickly.  Aroma of wheat, lemon, and some light grassy notes. The taste starts with bready malt. Wheat and grass flavors re-emerge in the middle. Cream Ale is light bodied with prickly carbonation. Grassy hops are present throughout, but overall bitterness is very low. Alcohol isn't noticeable in aroma or flavor. 

Since I don't know much about the style, I can't comment on how it compares to other cream ales. In general, it reminded me a Pilsner lager. 

For the past few years BridgePort's year-round lineup has been skewed towards the hoppy side, so I believe Cream Ale is a nice change of pace and a good way for the brewery to round out its offerings. At just 4.8% ABV, this easy drinker is one to consider for your summer quaffing pleasure.

For more details, check out BridgePort's press release below.

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A Bright and Refreshing Take On A Classic Light Ale, BridgePort’s First Cream Ale

PORTLAND, Ore. – BridgePort Brewing Company, Oregon’s oldest craft brewery, announced today the release of the newest brew to join their year-round line up of beers, BridgePort Cream Ale. Currently hitting shelves in the Pacific Northwest, Cream Ale will begin rolling out to additional BridgePort markets starting June 1.

“We’ve been looking to introduce another lighter beer to the BridgePort roster for awhile now. After some testing, our unique take on a traditional Cream Ale was the perfect style to introduce,” states brewmaster Jeff Edgerton. “In the recipe, we used three hop varietals including Nugget and Meridian. We then used Yakima Valley Mosaic hops, added in the hopjack to create notes of tropical fruit and sweet grape. Locally, this beer has been a big hit with our fans and we’re excited to see what everyone else thinks as well.”

Our brewers started off with Great Western 2-row Pale Ale malt and then added generous amounts of malted wheat and flaked oats, yielding a pale gold brew. Cream Ale comes in at a sessionable 4.8% alcohol by volume, low bitterness, and finishes with slightly sweet fruit notes and a creamy mouthfeel from the added specialty malt, Carafoam.

BridgePort Brewing released Cream Ale in February as a test brew, available exclusively at the Portland-based BrewPub and select locations in Oregon. The local response was extremely positive and now, BridgePort’s Cream Ale will be available in 6-packs, 22 oz. bottles and on draft where BridgePort Brewing is sold.

About BridgePort Brewing Company
Oregon's oldest craft brewery continues to evolve from a microbrewery to a regional leader committed to producing high quality craft ales. Lead by Brewmaster Jeff Edgerton, the team of BridgePort brewers prides itself on using local hops and clear glacial water from Mount Hood. The BridgePort family of ales includes the STUMPTOWN Series, BridgePort IPA, Hop Czar Imperial IPA, Kingpin, and seasonal offerings. BridgePort Brewery is located at 1313 N.W. Marshall. For more information, call 503-241-7179 or visit www.bridgeportbrew.com.

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