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Hop Czar - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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BA SCORE
81
good

894 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 894
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 18
Gots: 43 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ccrida on 07-22-2008)
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ccrida

Oregon

4.53/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber picked up at the brewery and poured into an imperial pint glass, Hop Czar is copper with a medium sized off-white head that is pretty slow to subside and leaves heavy lace.

Smell is heavy on the spicy, resinous hops, like smelling a freshly opened vacuumed sealed bag of them, which is different then how they often smell after they've been brewed, but very nice. I thought this had been out for a while, but the smell is so fresh, and seeing I got the first review, perhaps it's newer then I realized. I really couldn't get enough, and finally had to bump it all the way up, just very nice, and a bit unusual.

Taste is also heavy on the spicy hops, earthy, a touch of pine and more citrus then the nose, and with a hearty malt backbone, biscuit and caramel, with a bitter, lingering finish. I was expecting a bigger version of their classic IPA but Hop Czar is really quite different, maltier for sure, and without the overt grapefruit hop profile, but much spicier, and really quite nice. I normally don't like them so bitter, but there's enough hop flavor to balance it out and keep it satisfying. After their stumble with Stumptown Tart, I was pensive going in, but am happy to see they pulled off a really nice DIPA.

Mouthfeel is oily and slick but nicely carbonated, with a medium body.

Drinkability is pretty good, great aroma and nice taste. Strong enough to count, but not overwhelming, although the spiciness of the hops maybe to much for some, and making the palate call for a pause on the way down...but quickly beckons for another sip. The value price ($4.50) only adds to the drinkability. Cheers to Bridgeport!

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 02:07:21 | More by ccrida
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Hop Czar from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
81 out of 100 based on 894 ratings.