- Country: United States
- Style: American Red Ale
- ABV: 7.5%
- Serving Type: 355ml Bottle
- Price: Slightly Pricey
Kingpin is a double red ale which is triple hopped, this sounds right up my alley as I'm a massive hop head (as some of you may have guessed...). For the most part I find red or amber ales to be a little boring however with the quality of the beers I've had so far from BridgePort and the fact that this one has a bit of a difference, I'm really hoping for a good one.
One of the first things I noticed when I poured BridgePort's Kingpin was a real lack of head. What little head that was there presented as an orange coloured foam which faded very quickly to almost nothing. The beer itself is a deep amber colour with a fair bit of sediment floating through it, however it is remarkably clear. It's not a bad looking ale, however the colour (red or amber) could be argued...
The nose is mostly made up of some sweet caramel malts, which is really the only thing that catches the senses attention unless you strain to find anything else. When you do strain you almost wish you hadn't! There's a slight hint that some citrus and spicy hops have come in contact with this beer but nowhere near enough for a beer that is supposedly triple hopped! It's quite a disappointing nose.
In positive news for Kingpin, the taste is considerably better than the nose indicated it would be. The base of the beer is still predominantly caramel malts however there much more complexity to the taste with the hops that were barely noticeable on the nose providing quite a good hit of bitterness at the backend. There's not a lot of carbonation and it actually makes the beer feel quite weird in the mouth.
After having the other two BridgePort beers that came out here (the IPA and the Hop Czar) I was left feeling a little let down by this beer. For me this was just a little bland and boring. Yes there was some impressive bite at the back end, however I would expect nothing less from a triple hopped beer. It definitely was my least favourite of the three but I do know quite a few people (mostly red/amber ale fans) who really like it. If you are a red or amber ale fan it would certainly be worth a try.
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