Brew Review: Bridgeport Hop Harvest

by Kelli H. on October 8, 2013

Beer: Bridgeport Hop Harvest
Date: 10-4-13
Type: Double Fresh Hopped Pilsner
Location: Portland, OR
Alcohol: 8%
Availability: Seasonal and limited to 1500 cases

Appearance: Straw colored, pretty clear, lots of carbonation, very white head

Aroma: Yeast, light hops, and a mild sweetness

Body & Texture: Inititally light, very crisp, good carbonic bite

Aftertaste: Semi dry, a little bit of hops but not much, citrusy zest

Overall Impression:

This beer is a fresh hop beer. Bridgeport used 900 pounds of hops in this beer from Annen Farms in Mt. Angel, OR where they made two trips from the farm to their brewery and brewed the beer within an hour. Talk about fresh! The two hop varietals used are Tettnang and Oregon Fuggle. I’d never heard of either of these, so it was pretty cool trying something new. 

I don’t usually ever drink Pilsners, and I wouldn’t normally ever buy myself one. If I had seen Hop Harvest at Whole Foods, I would have skipped right past it. I guess you could say that I’m somewhat closed minded in what I normally like to drink. I usually keep my eyes open for Pale Ales, IPA’s, or Double IPA’s. Luckily, Bridgeport sent me this fresh hop Pilsner to try, and I am VERY lucky they did. I was so surprised by how much I liked it!

I feel that it would be such a great introduction to IPA’s for people who usually stick to pilsner or typically lighter beers but are interested in trying something different. This pilsner is quite different than an IPA (duh), but it would be a great bridge between the two. I’m happy that there is a pilsner out there I actually enjoy! I really like the lightness and crispness to the beer. I would say my only complaint is that the alcohol is a little on the higher end at 8%. Some people see that as a good thing and others see it as a bad. I thought it was fine since David and I shared it, but had I drank the whole 22 to myself, I would have definitely felt pretty drunk.

I’ll be keeping my eyes open for this beer when I’m out beer shopping. I highly recommend trying this fresh hopped pilsner, and that says something coming from a girl who would usually pass on a pilsner. If you try it or find it let me know what you think!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Sarah Cook October 8, 2013 at 5:30 pm

You are one serious beer connoisseur. I love the “very white head” description. That made me laugh. šŸ™‚

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Made in Sonoma October 8, 2013 at 6:11 pm

haha, yup, so serious over here. šŸ˜‰

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Janelle October 9, 2013 at 1:23 am

I love a craft beer with a lot of carbonation and this sounds like a good one to pair with my next pizza night!

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Tara October 9, 2013 at 6:00 pm

I usually get what looks the best on the list but I’m thankful to learn a little every review you do!

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Janine Ryan October 10, 2013 at 5:34 pm

That sounds like the Fresh Cut that I had a couple of weeks ago – not the type of pilsner I would have ever gone for on my own! I’ll keep an eye out for this one!

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