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Hop Czar | BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ccrida on 07-22-2008

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Photo of fishermanbc
2.17/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Look - Clear without being bright. Good head although diminished quickly....understandable due to alcohol content.
Smell - Completely lacks any American Hop aroma which is weird. Completely dominated my alcohol / malt on the nose. Aroma actually a bit unpleasant.
Taste - Hugely malty, with some hot alcohol and a lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue. Really not doing it for me.
Feel - see hot alcohol / lingering bitterness.
Overall - I don't think this is a good representation of the stile
Purchased from Purvis Cellars - 25/05/16
Best Before - April 2016..........there you go. An out of date bottle. Worth trying another fresher bottle at some stage.

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Photo of vladdswrath
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a cloudy orange with a big two-finger head, lots of bubbles and and quite dense. Smell is fruity and quite sweet, not to mention very floral. It's definitely unique, although I don't know that I find it very appetizing. Taste is strange. Not bad per se, just different. Sweet, but strangely heavy on the swampiness. It also ends very bitter and it is a lingering bitterness, not the good kind that can wrap up a sweet taste like a cymbal crash. Other comments seem to hint that this weird mildewy sock taste is a trademark of BridgePort brews. I suppose you have to be known for something, but I am definitely not going to go out of my way to try more of this swamp juice.

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Photo of beercam
4.16/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hop czar is a very solid beer. a major driver for the bridgeport line. this is not a low-alcohol beer, but is somewhat modest in abv relative to other double (IIPA) india pale ales. bridgeport is interesting.

Deceptive. pours a resinous, translucent amber, and then fades to a shining, burnished copper. i... i guess it's got a shimmery, slippery, tart mouthfeel, which comes with a deep, practiced, classic hop-bricolage of a taste. Generous and sharp. For smell, naughty, sappy, actually quite unique, though not pleasant, notes fumigate off a funky, tufty, off-white head. Grapefruit predominates. Do note: maybe it's been my glasses, but on occasion this beer can fall off into a coors-y, frankenstein-esque territory halfway through, -if- you let it sit too long. at these points, i found myself motivated towards binge-y, hard hitting gulp-fests to get this one down, despite its density, and, quite frankly, quality.

Sorry for the lack of capitalization. Overall, a successful, interesting beer from an interesting brewery..

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Photo of Mlkluther
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The malt backbone in this one takes over. The is also a strange astringent tea like flavour coming through that pretty much ruined this beer for me. There are many other beers that are better.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mostly clear but semi-hazy copper with pink or yellow hues in different lighting. Head is tan, fluffy, foamy, chunky, and retains well. Lacing is pretty good. Very dank, brothy, spicy, and vegetal aroma. Hard but not impossible for me to distinguish from Bridgeport's Kingpin Imperial Red. If anything, more resin, and more orange or grapefruit character. On the palate, more spice and pepper than the Imperial Red, but overall still very stew-like. Also, somewhat piney and rindy, with a date-like sweetness. Over-steeped tea aftertaste, dry finish. Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, kind of slick, with expected amount of peppery alcoholic warmth.

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Photo of weaselface89
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- orange color with a lot of little floaties. nice creamy head
S- smells alittle weird... kinda dank smelling with citrus and maybe pine. Has a stinky feet smell about it.
T- bitter, in a good way I think. herbal. hard to elaborate. Has
F- medium body
O- very different. not sure if its within date because I don't see one. would be interested to know if this beer was still within its appropriate life span.

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Photo of ElJacobian
2.4/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Maybe something was wrong with my beer, but this was honestly one of the worst ones I've ever had. Worse than the Chupacabra, somehow. I do not plan on ever drinking this again.

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Photo of pianoguy
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 ox bottle. no bottling info

Pours an orange body with a white head. Little retention, little lacing

Smell is malt, some pine and ... that bridgeport smell.

Taste follows the smell leading to a nice hoppy bitterness... Bridgeport IPA's just have a certain unique signature. I have heard it described as a medicine smell/taste. I think this is an accurate description... It reminds me of the taste you get when you lick an envelope.This may sound crazy but it aint necessarily bad.. It's just that Bridgeport thing....

Nice medium feel

Overall Good, not great

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Photo of Nichol
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer looks very nice and full. Cloudy red-orange brown with an enduring head that leaves plenty of lace once it finally subsides. At 87 IBUs, it's very strong on the hop, almost as strong on the malt, for an overall robust flavor. As it hits different parts of the tongue, its varying elements distinguish themselves very clearly. There's an element of sweet at the front, but bitter toward the back, and spice that I can't quite identify. Overall, this beer looks and smells very good; objectively, I think it presents well and is nicely crafted. This is what makes it strange for me to say that I do want to like it, but personally speaking I don't think this is one I'd repeat once my supply is gone.

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Photo of muldersha
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had from a 12oz brown bottle purchased in Portland, OR.

Pours a nice, pretty clear orange color with a nice looking off-white head. Impeccable head lasted for more then 30 minutes of drinking. Serious head retention.

Aromas of orange, citrus, bitter herb, fresh herb, and pine.

Very soft and smooth on the palate with fantastic herbal notes and a dry, bitter finish. Perhaps lacks clarity, but ultimately a fine brew.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
2.89/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a hazy orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated fairly nicely. Lacing moderately arranged itself around the glass.
The smell started off with a cooked hoppiness (somewhat grassy to citrus, maybe chalky).
The taste was mildly sweet with a light burnt hop trying to show some bitterness, but not so much.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with an okay bittering feel over my tongue (harshness feels a bit under).
Overall, I'm not impressed with this DIPA. Not one of the better offerings from this brewery.

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Photo of Zach136
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Medium clarity orange body, white cap, good lacing.

Aroma: Citrus/tropical fruit hop aroma, but theres also this chalky Flintstone's vitamin character.

Flavor/Mouthfeel: Medium bitterness up front with a stronger burnt hop oil lingering bitterness on the finish. Full bodied, with a big toasty malt bill. Hop flavor that's able to shine through is fruit forward. Touch of alcohol heat.

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Photo of Foyle
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: pours a 2" off white fluffy head that drops very slowly with abundant lacing. Color is cloudy golden-orange with some sediment in suspension and mild streaming carbonation.

Aroma: pine, citrus, and pineapple dominate the white bread dough backbone.

Mouthfeel: medium a bit chewy & sticky with a somewhat dry and astringent finish.

Flavor: bitter citrus rind dominates from start to finish with some pine and tangerine notes. Malt is less pronounced than I expected with just enough sweetness to be noticeable.

Overall: very good.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a one finger head of billowy white foam. The head fades relatively quickly leaving just a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a fruity smell with lots of tropical fruits and citrus aromas. Along with these aromas comes some smells of a melon as well as some aromas of a more modest grassy and grapefruit hop smell. Overall quite sweet and delicious.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready flavor mixed with some nice grapefruit hop and a little bit of pine as well. As the taste advances, more and more bitter pine hop come to the tongue, bringing a bit of a resinous taste to the beer. All the while, sweeter flavors accompany the hop tastes, with some tropical and citrus sweet tastes, as well as a bit of a candied sugar comes to the tongue. Some hay and grass and an increase in the pine and some earth come at the very end, leaving one with a rather pleasant and smooth, but nicely hopped and decently sweeter flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. The thicker and creamier feel are fantastic for the brew and make for one easy drinking and flavorful double IPA.

Overall – This was another rather enjoyable brew by Bridgeport. I think many of their stronger (abv.) they do are rather underrated. They are flavorful and balanced, all while hiding much of the abv. and keeping a great drinkability.

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Photo of IronLion409
2.92/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Color: light copper, very clear
Smell: nice malt scent with just a bit of hop aroma, pine maybe, over all just ok
Taste:dry finish with enough maltyness to remind you its there. Bitterness being the dominant hops influence. Tasted better after warming up in the glass a bit.
Feel: on the light side, nice carbonation level

I enjoyed it but would choose others before this one next time.

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Photo of takusan1000
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of Oregonbrewdude91
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love this IPA! When I first moved to Oregon I went to Bridgeport and ordered this and its stuck with me ever sense. It reminds me of a long time favourite which is Ranger IPA from New Belgium Brewery, but this one packs a bigger wallup. After trying this on tap and in bottle, the ones off the tap just taste better and they come in 20oz glasses with some of the best happy hour prices in all of Portland. It hits with straight up hop action and has a good malty sweetness. Try it out! 3.5/5

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Photo of greshdoghophead
4.14/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Draft. Basically a blind tasting since the server was clueless. Pleasantly surpprised. Sort of a melon/ tropical fruit aroma. Solid. Had no idea it was low ABV.

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Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Too damn sweet. Malt profile completely dominated and the hop profile lacks tremendously. Obviously the recipe hasn't changed with the times and it certainly tastes like an IPA from the 90's.

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Photo of Jrhockney
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've known about this one for a while and it is far from my favorite double IPA...but I buy it frequently because it is one of the best budget IPAs around. I've seen stores that have had a 12 pack of this on sale for $10!!! $10 for a 12 pack of Double IPA?!..Killer. Even a 6 pack is typically alot cheaper than any other IPA on the shelf except maybe full sail...and this blows Full Sail away. Its lower alcohol content than most Double IPAs, but its arguably just as bitter. This is not a beginners IPA either. Its very much on the Piney, non-sweet citrus side of IPAs. It has a very non-filtered look and sometimes...too nonfiltered.. Bridgeport has never really impressed me much because most of their beers taste too similar (mostly because of the hops I think), but this beer is the best of what they do. Their new Dark Hop Czar is also very good.

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Photo of mrzero63
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, “30 years proud”, 6.5% ABV, poured into a glass

LOOK: Hazy light copper with a thin, creamy head (1/8 inch) followed by good lacing.

SMELL: Slight hops and strong barley malt, very bready, not much else.

TASTE/FEEL: Smooth and silky/slightly thick with very little hops but oh, the wonderful malt comes through loud and clear. Carbonation is just right for the style. I really love the malty taste. Oily hops come through on the second taste, lingering on the middle of the tongue, followed by a lingering bitterness. Not sure where the malt went! Third mouthful and the malt is back, but the hops come in on the tail and linger to a slightly bitter finish.

I will buy this one again!

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Photo of MikeMilanoDesign
3.09/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

first time i got it i thought it might just have been sitting on the self to long. but it was super skunked. i think they are either fermenting at a super high temp or just not storing properly

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Photo of GregJ
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy golden orange with thin white head. Earthy and malty aroma. Heavy on the malt with moderate grassy floral hops. Moderate/heavy body. Decent imperial ipa.

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Photo of Act25
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On Oregon coast trip after mountain bike in storm at Cape Meares / Tillamook inlet.
A: 4 Great dark with amber highlights, lasting tan head, lots of lace.
S: 3.75 Roasted malt, coffee, coffee house, oily dark roast, with grassy hops on top.
T: 4 Follows smell and it all comes together. Very great see saw of sweet malt and grassy, bitter hops.
F: 4 - Lovely roast over notes smooth offer a coffee creamy finish to this Black IPA>
O: 4 - Keep coming back to this one, wish I could buy in NJ.

Tried again in Portland 2x and loved it. Up there with Deschutes.

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Photo of cbutova
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- 12oz bottle split to ways with a fairly hazy, chalky apricot amber body. A small head rises to slightly below one finger with foamy, frothy textures and decent retention. A bubbly ring deposits a thin but large sheet of lace with spots surrounding that.

S- Hoppy up front but a fair amount of caramel and malt right there with it. Hops have a citrus feel with oranges and stone fruits in there too. Not much distinctive going on here for me.

T- Things open up more here with notes of stone fruit yet not juicy, bitter orange peel, grapefruit, pine and earthy hops. Somewhat dank. Lightly malty and just a bit of yeast fruits.

MF- Medium bodied with a silky, slightly creamy consistency. Carbonation is at a moderate level and fairly smooth. Finishes with a medium bitterness lingering. Comes off just a bit thin when it is all combined.

The aroma left me a bit disappointed but thing improved in the flavor with more distinct notes of hops coming out. A decent Double IPA but nothing truly shines and that takes it down a notch from the best of the bunch.

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Hop Czar from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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