Hop Czar - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Ratings: 1,002
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 25
Gots: 88 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ccrida on 07-22-2008

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Ratings: 1,002 | Reviews: 378
Reviews by Bricelyn:
Photo of Bricelyn
4.41/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Cheers to 25 years glass!(Cuz damnit I'm classy like that) with afingers worth of creamy head topping this wonderfully colored beer.

A buttery hoppy smell is emeinating from this beast of a brew almost like fresh baked bread ending with a strong alcohol scent.

The hops hit your tongue take it for a ride man it starts of leafy and wonderfull then it smacks the back of your with some strong bitter and mellows out into a sticky slime that gives you little aftershocks of bitter mmm bitter.

Good amount of carbonation and not to much just right doesnt leave your mouth to sticky either.

Great beer to drink whilst watching portlandia!

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice to see another Bridgeport offering here in GSO,something I almost ordered a few times from the now defunct Liquid Solutions.Poured into a stadard pint glass a clear medium golden with a tight formed one finger white head that left one big ring of lace as it settled.Hmm all I really pick up in the nose is a light mix of alcohol sweetness and fruity malt,no hops to speak of.Flavors are pretty light for the style really,there is a big sweeter alcohol and caramel malt feel up front, the hops come in the finish with more of a big spicy,herbalness.Not really big on the hops,its a big sweet DIPA,not a hop forward one.Not bad but its to sweet and alcoholic for its size.

Photo of NWer
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Nice clear copper appearance with firm two finger head. The perfect pour. Spotty lacing

S - Hops - as advertised. Full hop scent.

T - Hops and more hops. Some citrus and tart flavors that blend extremely well.

M - The citrus and tartness lingers and does not dissipate for quite a while.

D - Very drinkable for an over-hopped beer. Not very overpowering and the alcohol taste and feel is nicely in the background.

All in all, a very good beer as I expected from one of my favorite breweries.

Photo of marvin213
1.86/5  rDev -48%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

It's a cool name and regal-looking bottle, but the beer's appearance isn't overly impressive. Even with a gentle pour, I've got like a quarter-foot of frothy head. Thick lacing is evident as it works it's way down. Its color is a yellowish orange, oddly reminiscent of soda. I feel like I'm looking at a crazy Avery beer that's trying to do too much. In general, I'm skeptical of this one.

Further doubt lingers when I smell this one. Shouldn't I be overwhelmed with yummy hop aroma by a beer called "Hop Czar?" Maybe I should brush up on my Russian history, but isn't a czar like a king? Why do I smell malts? It's like I'm actually mad at the smell.

The taste, unfortunately, is similarly disappointing. I feel duped because it's like a blah beer in a big, cool-looking bottle. I'm proud we call our head honcho a president. I'm learning about the freshness factor with hops and all, but I don't think that's what's going on here. It's just a maybe okay beer marketed as something it's not. I've yet to be impressed with anything from Bridgeport. This beer is like a hop monster's skeleton--it's all malty backbone. I'd consider trying another one for confirmation, but I really don't think it's a freshness factor--the malty flavor is good, but where's the czar?

I'm mad at the mouthfeel like I was at the smell, and for the same reason: here's a west coast, self-proclaimed hop monster with hardly any citrusy sweetness and NO ability to pull enamel. I don't expect that from every beer--not even every beer that proclaims to be hoppy--but a big boy bottle with a dude on a throne holding hops. I was set up, and this beer experience has proven a disappointing one.

I'd only drink another to confirm my disappointment. I guess that's a step up from awful. Really, the beer is a common "okay," but you should know that before you unwrap the aluminum from the cap and pop open the bomber. Maybe I should know better coming from Bridgeport? It will take some soothing medicine to heal these wounds and improve my opinion of this beermaker.

Photo of Beaver13
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange with a small white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet fruity hops with some resin and pine and a little tobacco.

The flavor is sweet bready malts initially with some fruits. It is followed by a big charred bitter finish that lingers. There's a little mint in there too. The mouthfeel is light to medium and fairly watery.

Overall, it has good bitterness, but I really didn't care for the hop flavors or the mouthfeel.

Photo of Jason
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Hazed dirty straw color, good showing of lacing

SMELL: Dank herb, fresh cut weeds, tobacco, grapefruit rind, pineapple skin, yeast, estery, mild caramel, peppery

TASTE: Smooth, almost silky, very bitter, oily hop resin, lightly boozy, heavy citrus rind, biscuity, ripe tropical fruit, more bitterness, dired grass, astringent, bitter finish

They, without a doubt were trying to go all the way with this beer ... hops seem to be overkill though. Not horribly overdone but certainly a chore to drink even for a veteran hophead. Glad I tried it though.

Photo of Mora2000
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up during a recent trip to Austin.

Pours an orange color with a white head. The beer is very clear. The aroma is herbal and earthy hops. The flavor is bitter hops with some earthyness, hay, grass, pine and resin. Grassy aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of ironlung
4.59/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can I get a fuck yeah???

My first Bridgeport beer, and its a doozy! This bad boy had me at hello...

A: Hazy amber. No head =[

S: Can smell the hops right on the pour. No need to stick my face in the glass.

T: Perfect. An ipa's ipa. Has a strong fresh hop flavor to it, but the malts are there doing their job and giving some balance. I said SOME...

M: Doesn't linger. Very crisp. Can breathe out through my nose and get hints of the hops.

D: Too good for the ABV. I'm impressed, and soon to be wasted!

Photo of takusan1000
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It's an ok IIPA, but there are better ones around. The hops taste too dry, and there is a dry aftertaste lingering. Not terribly complex, more one-note than most beers of this type. Still, a decent brew. I still prefer Pyramid's Outburst.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hop Czar used to bring it in every category. And maybe it still does, but the lack of bottle dating/fresh bottles seems to hurt its position. Amazing presentation, bright orange, bursting hop bouquet, massive floral arrangement in the nose.

Taste, more of the same, almost gave it a 5, would have if Pliny didn't exist. Not super hoppy just for the sake of inflating some IBU's, genuinely appreciable taste, but don't get me wrong, this is a hop blast.

Mouthfeel, hops hops and more hops, there's nothing particularly complex, but for its strength and style, very drinkable, but hey, its pricey.

Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in pint glass.

Very hoppy and true to style.

A - orange amber with a light haze; modest light tan head of moderate durability. Very limited lacing.

S - strong hop aromas; everything else is hidden or deep in the background.

T - complex hop flavor with piney. floral and citrus notes. Quite hoppy ("copious amounts of Nugget, Chinook, Cascade and Centennial hops") and bitter ((IBU = 87), with some sweet, caramel malt balance. Some pleasant sweet malt notes reappear and contribute to a fine moderately bitter aftertaste.

M - adequate but light carbonation; medium-light bodied.

Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a surprisingly dark copper color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of grassy and pine hop aromas with small amounts of caramel malt and hints of soapiness. As it warms hints of butter enter into things as well, although it's far from overpowering.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Mildly sweet malt flavors up front are quickly overtaken by hop flavors that are more bitter than anything else, though pine flavors do manage to make an appearance. The bitterness intensifies through to the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I didn't go into this beer with high expectations and I was neither surprised nor disappointed. By no means a bad beer, there are a lot of better DIPA's out there.

Photo of LXIXME
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber rusty on a golden color below a pretty good sized off white head. The head and lacing are both decent and last a fair deal, or maybe I drank this to fast, lol.

The smell coming off this is all hops, piney and with a light sour to bitter lemon hints, I was expecting a alcohol tinted at least aroma since this is a imperial but I didn't get any of that.

The taste was also void of a noticeable alcohol hints of an imperial but was totally hops; with piney, slightly bitter, and some soury lemony hints. The aftertaste left by this beer is a very nice dryness with a slight bitterness.

The only draw back is it seems a bit light or watery, if they could add some fullness of body to this without changing it essence they would have a gold mine on their hands, not that they don't already.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A slight hazed tangerine color with warm yellow and orange edges. The head is white and thin made up of fat and skinny bubbles. Not very lasting.

Nose is good but not notable. Warm and malty with light hints of bold hops. They are citrus and piney but muted compared to other imperial IPA's.

Taste is also on the muted side of things. It's got the characteristics of a IIPA but falls short. Sweet malts with crisp citrus however it's all around weak. Not watered down but more in line with a strong pale ale or a weak ipa rather then a double. That being said the taste isn't bad, just not in the league of IIPA's

Medium bodied with a solid bitterness and soft carbonation. The mouthfeel isn't too shabby either. This one is a solid drinking beer that is well worth checking out even if it doesn't stack up next to the other in the style.

Photo of Kringler
2.74/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This beer seemed so alluring when i bought a case of it at Costco. I'm a "hop head", so what could be better than a beer called hop czar?? Quite a few things...
A: looks fine. Bubbles a bit larger than i like accompanying an orangey amber color
S: smells good! Piney and citrusy as expected. Maybe apples? A bit too cold to be more specific than that.
T: not nearly enough malt and a overwhelming metallic flavor at the finish. The flavor is very imbalanced and i couldn't get into it even though i really wanted to like it based on the smell.
M: medium-light. Lightly carbonated
D: i couldn't get over the metal flavor. I can only have this beer after Ive had a few of something better.
The high alcohol content didn't bother me as much as other reviewers but the finish of this beer is way too harsh for me to enjoy this beer. I wouldn't get this beer again, except perhaps on draft to see if it's different.

Photo of Treesaremelting
4.39/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tastes like one giant hop. Unfortunately I'm not a one plant kind of guy. The result is fairly magnificent, but in a kind of limited way. Enjoy alcoholics and other thrill seekers. This a beer honed to a diamond point. Related writers: William S. Burroughs, Rudyard Kipling, J. K. Rowling, Yukio Mishima.

Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear medium golden amber hue, with one finger of thick foamy off-white head, which leaves some nice layered lace around the glass as it falls away. It smells of grapefruit rind, pine needles, and biscuity caramel malt. The taste is biscuit/bready grain, pine, grapefruit, and orange, and a soft sweet boozy edge. The carbonation is average, the body medium weight, a bit creamy, and fairly smooth, with just a slight alcohol twinge. It finishes quite dry, and crisp.

I find the dry biscuity, crackery malt versions of DIPA to be mildly offputting at the worst, uninteresting at the best. This falls somewhere in between. It definitely needs a bit more sweetness to offset the decent hop assault.

Photo of mudbug
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange with brown tints with a small head that leaves a good lacing.
Aroma is astringent hops, bitter with a small malt character.
Taste is hop bitterness up front with a weak malt backing, the hop presents is more spicy than anything else, not overly complicated.
Quite frankly it tastes a whole lot like Sierra Nevada's Torpedo but without the floral aromas.
Rating this to other DIPA like Pliny of Stone causes it to score lower than if they had just called it an IPA (extra)
A good IPA, but a mediocre DIPA.

Photo of Dogfishipas
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz poured into a pint glass. I had higher hopes for this beer. Initial taste is great, nice strong hop flavor that quickly diminishes. The aftertaste isn't that great for me. Over crarbonated.

For an Imperial IPA I would say it's drinkability is average at best.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a semi-clear orange amber with a white head that's a touch over a finger width thick. Good retention, resulting in an impressively thick lace with nice stick.

Smell - Lots of fruity esters on the nose. Slightly sour with hints of orange, pineapple and peach. A subtle, underlying malt sweetness is also present.

Taste - Follows the nose; fruity character that's semi-tropical with a a bit of orange pith bitterness. Malts play a minor role flavor-wise (faint notes of caramel here and there), but do well to give the beer balance.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body. Somewhat sticky. Decently carbonated. Fairly drinkable, but nothing that stands out from sip to swallow.

Overall - Pretty good brew here - nice balance overall, though it doesn't do much to distinguish itself from the vast array of IPA's on the market. I'd buy it again if it were on sale.

Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle, served cool, no date.

Poured into the Buckeye pint glass, Hop Czar has a beautiful redish amber color with good clarity. The thick head is pretty long lasting and leaves a little lace behind.

Aroma is hoppy but not exceptionally so. It has some nice citrus but it's also a little medicinal.

Flavor is much the same with some nice citrus up front but eventually goes herbal remedy on me. Bitter and definately PNW in character (as you'd expect from it's origins) but not a stand-out offering.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, very bitter, nice finish, appropriate carbonation.

Overall a good beer just not exceptional. Given the price, though, I could see coming back to this one. Not many DIPAs come in 12 packs.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy ambery peach brown color with a nice fluffy white head that retains well and leaves good lacing.

Nose has typical PNW IPA stench, smells like maybe some centennials or cascades in here. Nose indicates a decent malt backbone.

Taste is pretty damn solid. PNW hop profile is there, very floral with solid bitterness. A decent hop resin flavor, but nothing too impressive.

Mouthfeel is solid, maybe a tiny bit on the viscous side. Great bitterness.

Drinkability is pretty good, but nothing too impressive here either. feels like about what it is at 8%

Overall a good example of a typical PNW DIPA. Good floral hop profile, but just doesn't have the sick resiny juiciness that we often find in our brethren a touch further south on the left coast. A good beer, though, not to be scoffed at.

Photo of allthatAles
4.43/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Thick eggshell white head, thick not translucent, like an unfiltered IPA, Reddish-golden in hue.

Nose: almost grassy hops on the nose, a slight (bitter) cream.There is a sour yeasty characteristic to the the nose and the bottles carcass.

Mouth: Good & hoppy, a citrusy grapefruit type astringency. A good challenging Ale. Just a hint of malt at the begging. A light soapy coating spreads across the tongue about the middle of the flavor.

Really delightful. Especially for those lovers of strong ales. I believe this supports the idea of moderation, an Ale that fights and delgiths, the proverbial slap and tickle...yum!

Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Radek's bottle from a recent Virginia trip. A big DIPA. Yellow bodied and lacey. Big hops, malt, orange citrus, somewhat boozy. Serviceable for a big hop fix, but not something worth seeking out. Carbonation is suitable.Piney, some hop aromas (would like more please).

Photo of aval89
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a darker shade of orange.. cloudy body with about an 1/8 inch of head..

S: not so heavy floral/tropical fruits.. also melon hints with a good balancing act from the malts..

T: there's definitely some hop bitterness but nothing to brag about.. again floral hop bitterness upfront with some mild citrus with a caramel/toffee backbone.. some floral hops with a bit of pine linger on finish.

Mf: light medium body..crisp easy finish..

D: pretty drinkable but lacks flavors of a DIPA..

Not a bad beer, just doesn't quite compare to all the other DIPAs out there..

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Hop Czar from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
81 out of 100 based on 1,002 ratings.