Bridgeport Summer Squeeze Bright Ale, a seasonal offering from Bridgeport, poured a clear, green tea hue into the glass, topped with a white head supported by strong carbonation. Lemon and pepper lead the nose with a dry, funky yeast undertone.
Bridgeport Summer Squeeze Bright Ale opened bright and carbonated, with yuzu fruit hitting the palette sweet and light before giving way to lemon, a peppery spiciness, and hop bitterness. The core body of the ale was nondescript and it faded on slightly bitter, lemon rind note.
Despite my aversion to many mass-produced, fruit-infused ales, Bridgeport Summer Squeeze Bright Ale was surprisingly enjoyable and drinkable. I would have preferred they walked away from the yuzu fruit and focused on highlighting the spicy citrus of the lemongrass, but that’s why I just brewed a batch of lemongrass rye ale.