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Hop Czar - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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BA SCORE
81
good

927 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 927
Reviews: 360
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 22
Gots: 57 | 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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5/5  rDev +39.7%

richkrull, Oct 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +39.7%

Sargully, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of kdawg105
5/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW!! Great IPA! It pours a nice dark amber color with bout 1/4 in head. The lace hangs around nicely as well. The smell is very noticeable citrus hops with but the malts are also noticeable. Taste is out of this world don't even know where to begin just saying if you Like IPA's You will love this Brew!! Mouthfeel has nice tingle at first which goes down smoothly making it a very easy drinking balanced beer. Get the chance to try it DO!

kdawg105, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of CentralPA
5/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter.

A - Orange and copper colored with thin head retention. After it is swirled, it kind of has some characteristics of a good CA sparkling wine in that the bubbles are very small and dense. Due to its heaviness, these are mostly found in the dense, but thin head.

S - The first thing you get is a blast of aroma from the dry hopping. Excellent balance b/t the spiciness and citrusy hops with a strong floral character, which I prefer. A little bit of the alcohol comes through, but it is not overpowering. The malts take a backseat here and are very unnoticeable.

T - The taste reinforces the smell. Hops are mostly evident with faint hints of caramelly, sweet, and bready malts detected in the finish. Just enough bittering hops to be noticeable, but not too bitter to take over the overall flavor.

M - Mouthfeel is bubbly with just enough heaviness. The alcohol is barely perceptible while drinking the beer. Finishes exceptionally dry for a beer of this style and for a beer that is 7.5 %, it is highly, if not downright dangerously, drinkable.

If you like dry hopped IPAs like Green Flash IPA, Sweetwater IPA, etc., you will like this beer. If you like malty or more balanced IPAs, this might not be your cup of tea. But for about 7 to 8 bucks for a sixer, you gotta at least try it as it may be the best deal on the market given that the ingredients, especially the hops, are quite evident.

Highly recommended.

CentralPA, Jul 05, 2010
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5/5  rDev +39.7%

SirPlunkett, Jan 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +39.7%

Rocketman8911, Mar 05, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +32.7%

Pablo23, May 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +32.7%

Chitlons, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of NoHipTee
4.72/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a frosty cold glass. light amber appearance with the perfect amount of frothy head that is enough to stick to your mustache but not so much that it interferes with drinking.

Smell is wow, bang, punch in the nose hoppy.

Taste is also super hoppy as expected. The pine hoppy flavor lingers for a long long while after the beer has passed thru my beer processing system.

Mouthfeel is bitter but refreshing and could do with just a bit more carbonation.

Overall I have developed a strong liking for this beer. May be a bit toooo bitter for the average beer drinker but is very sessionable for me.

Cheers.

NoHipTee, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of ironlung
4.63/5  rDev +29.3%
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!

ironlung, Apr 12, 2010
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4.63/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Byron's liquor.
One of my all time favorite Bridgeport beers.
First time reviewing.

12oz bottle -> Fuller's pint

A ~ Pours a golden caramel with a half inch size head that dissipates after 30 seconds. Translucent with tiny bubbles

S ~ Hops hops hops! Flowers and Fruit.

T ~ Fruity American hops (grapefruit/strawberries/limes) and what tastes like English bittering hops. Thick malt that doesn't battle with the hops like so many Imperials do. Dry finish with a good bite. That citrus stays with you like a hop breath mint, which is pretty awesome if you are a hophead.

M ~ Perfect carbonation. Such a velvety smooth mouthfeel with present, yet not
overbearing linger of the 7.5 ABV. Good beer to swish in your mouth.

D ~ Incredible. Tasty and complex, I find more things about this beer that i like every time I drink it. The only IIPA I would ever session with...Seriously.

chocosushi, May 17, 2011
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4.55/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep, murky copper color with a 2-finger beige head that coats the entire glass with lacing. Aroma is of citrus and pinewood hops.

Taste is immediately of big, bitter hops. Other reviews found this beer to be "not over the top" and otherwise not hoppy enough. I like to think of myself as a bit of a hophead - and this one delivers. The citrus borders on tart, while the piney/herbalness of the hops has all the bitterness of a pineneedle tea. The malt is unidentifiable. A properly bitter IIPA in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is peppery and bodied, with a nice complex finish. The ale becomes more complex as it warms, and I take back what I said about the malt. At 8%, unbelievably drinkable for the style.

kosmoraios, Sep 18, 2008
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4.53/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a tulip pint glass. Purchased at the Bridgeport Brewpub in downtown Portland.

A - A rich golden color with a slight haze, a thick white head and very nice lacing. It doesn't get any better.

S - Nice fruity and floral hops leap out of the glass. Slight alcohol as well.

T - Nice fruity hop flavor with a firm kick of alcohol. A lingering bitterness and citrusy flavor. I had one on tap at the Oregon Brewer's Festival and it was even better but this comes pretty close for a bottled beer.

M - Perfect carbonation (low to moderate) which lets the flavors come through. Good body.

D - Strong (in alcohol and flavor) but still quite drinkable. I carried two home and I think I'll let the second wait for a special occasion.

I really like this beer.

GJ40, Aug 02, 2008
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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!

ccrida, Jul 22, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

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poopsmitherson, Feb 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

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Hop Czar from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
81 out of 100 based on 927 ratings.