I'm up in Portland, one of the beer capitals of the Pacific Northwest, picking up some more exotic brews to fill the pantry for future tastings, and am starting off the experience with a new brew from Bridgeport Brewing, the self-proclaimed and to my knowledge uncontested "oldest micro-brewery in Oregon"... Bridgeport Kingpin Double Red Ale.
Bridgeport Kingpin Double Red Ale was a orange-red color, heavy with carbonation and topped by a small but fluffy white head. The nose had light orange notes to it, backed by some caramel malts.
Bridgeport Kingpin Double red Ale had a highly carbonated front with no real distinct hop flavor. There was an almost Belgium yeast quality to the middle before it settled into a malty, bready body that stuck around. The ending notes were sugary and candy-like.
I wanted to like this one better than I did. It's a good beer and very drinkable, but it's a malt bomb and doesn't really hit the hop standards set by other big reds. It succeeds in masking a high ABV, but came off a bit too dimensional.