Hop Czar - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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3.55/5 rDev -1.1%
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).
09-30-2012 04:01:07 | More by Sammy
3.58/5 rDev -0.3%
Shiny tangerine with golden sunshine colored accents when backlit with... golden sunshine. The firmly creamy crown is the color of lemon sorbet and is oozing with character. It also does a good job of plastering the pint glass with thick sheets of attractive lace that will undoubtedly last to the very last ounce.
Here's hoping the nose opens up a little with warming (note: it does... a little). It's hard to go wrong with a hop bill made up of Nugget, Chinook, Cascade and Centennial, especially when you're as good at brewing beer as BridgePort. Unfortunately, in the end, the aroma is less than impressive.
Sorry, but this Czar doesn't deserve the hopheaded peasants' allegiance. Bitterness we got. Abundant, bright, resinous hop flavor we don't got. In addition, I would have guessed at least 10.0% on the ABV. There's too much unmasked alcohol, something that more hop flavor would have helped to bury.
It sounds as if I don't like Hop Czar, but that isn't the case at all. It just doesn't deliver the goods as well as it should for a beer of this style. Maybe adding the hops later in the boil would have helped. Maybe... who knows. I'm not a brewer, I just drink the stuff.
The pale malt backbone is big enough and does what it can to counteract 100 IBUs worth of bitterness. The top notes are dominated by white grapefruit pith and peel, along with bitter orange, a spritz of pine sap and a bracing shot of Absolut. This DIPA could have been so much more.
Along with the appearance, the mouthfeel is a highlight. It's no more than medium for the style and has an interesting firm-creamy contrast. Other than a minor raspiness from the alpha acids and the alcohol, the beer is pretty damn smooth going down.
I have never had an average BridgePort beer. Come to think of it, with the exception of 2007 Hop Harvest Ale, I have never had a spectacular one either. Hop Czar is closer to average than spectacular, but it's still an interesting ride for the lupulin lovers among us. One and done, though, without question.
01-28-2009 21:57:12 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.1/5 rDev +14.2%
Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color verging on golden; quite a few shards of lace appear as the beer descends
Smell: Floral, with undertones of pith
Taste: Floral, juicy fruit, up front, with a growing limeade citrus character developing by mid-palate; rather sugary, after the swallow, with plenty of sweetness lingering in the aftertaste
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation
Overall: A little underattenuated, for my taste, though the floral, juicy fruit flavors are a real attraction and set this beer apart from others in the style
03-10-2012 02:02:34 | More by brentk56
3.53/5 rDev -1.7%
Raw and earthy! If the gripping bitterness of resiny hops command your attention, then this beer hits home. But the finness of bright citrusy and tropical aromas and flavors are shoved to the side in favor of deeply high alpha acids in hop profile.
Caught somewhere between orange, light amber, and copper, the beer carries a bright glow that emits from a mild hazy cast. Short on head character, but the thin white sheet of foam retains well and laces nicely given the short-statured head.
Very herbal and grassy to the nose with an embedded scent of white grapefruit pulp and pith. Fresh cut grasses, pine, lemongrass, sassafras, and freshly mulled tea leaves all give an earthy and nearly stemmy scent. A moderate backdrop of caramel malts proves the balance to the hoppy scent but without overpowerment.
Flavors fare similarly, but with a firm caramel malt taste that nearly rivals the taste of hops. White grapefruit, fresh grasses, herbs, and pine all taste the way the nose suggests, but with the earthy taste that detracts slightly from the clean citrusy nature of American IPAs. The biting resiny bitterness would declare complete dominance if not for the robust malty sweetness and breadiness.
Medium-full in texture, the beer's full malty body for an Imperial IPA along with the creamy carbonation gives a greater impression of fullness than the beer actually exhibits. The mid palate releases the carbonation and much of the malty sweet feel to allow for a semi-dry finish of bitter resins, alcoholic warmth, and slightly harsh bite.
With the full use of highly bitter hops, there's not the more finness-type hops that would have delivered the pleasant and clean citrus components that we love in IPAs of all strength and weight.
12-26-2011 04:46:51 | More by BEERchitect
3.9/5 rDev +8.6%
A: 1.5 finger thick head on a cloudy crimson with golden hues body. Nice lacing and retention
S: Excellent, rich hop aroma with nice malt backbone and citrus/pines notes.
T: Pine and hops are there from start to finish. The pine isn’t overwhelming. Herbal note in the finish.
M: medium to full body and moderate carbonation.
Overall: The flavor is very full likely to the nice malt presence. On the piney side but doesn’t overwhelm. The aroma and appearance are the highlights of this one however.
03-01-2012 06:37:25 | More by kylehay2004
3.58/5 rDev -0.3%
12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a amber-orange body displaying nice clarity and topped with a sudsy, off-white head.
Smell: Well, it certainly smells hoppy, a bit like taking a whiff from a just-opened bag of hop pellets. Punchy notes of citrus, pine, and fresh flowers greet the nose. It's almost hard to even sniff out any of the modest malts lurking underneath the excessive hoppiness of it.
Taste: Pale malts with further malt tastes of bread and biscuits and with a very fleeting toffee-like sweetness (though the accumulating bitterness eventually cancels this out almost entirely). Staunch, coarse bitterness carries with it hop flavors of distilled flower nectar, citric Florida-grown oranges, and pine needles with a slight overall earthiness to it. Eventually, the malts give way, as do the hop flavors, leaving just a bold bitterness to ride out the dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Well, it goes down about easily as a 7.5% ABV, 87 IBU (according to my bottle) brew possibly, which is to say not so easily. I'm happy to have had it, though happier to have had it in this smaller, more sensibly sized twelve ounce version and not that foil-capped bomber.
02-18-2010 21:16:40 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.38/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
03-12-2010 22:32:45 | More by oberon
3.98/5 rDev +10.9%
A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a small, khaki-colored head. It left thin traces of lace on the glass.
S - It smelled of pine and grapefruit with a toasty malt nose.
T - It had a nice sharp, piney hop flavor with a mild grapefruit kick. There was a burnt toast maltiness to balance things out.
M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied beer with a warm alcohol presence.
D - This is a pretty nice Double IPA. It is not as strong as some but it has a nice balance and is quite tasty.
03-12-2010 01:36:45 | More by zeff80
3.63/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
09-24-2010 23:53:09 | More by biboergosum
3.55/5 rDev -1.1%
A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, golden brown body. The foam settles fairly quickly and leaves nice lace.
S - Musty, spicy hops with notes of pine and onion as well as some caramel malt.
T - Sweet, malty notes of caramel and bread up front with a bit of orange hoppy character. Some pine and more caramel in the middle with a transition to darker bread and moderate bitterness in the finish.
M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a relatively balanced finish.
D - Not bad, the hop character seems like it is a little bit faded from what it once was and this definitely isn't one of those rare DIPAs that ages well. The remaining hop character works well but the bitterness is somewhat harsh and medicinal, though it does a good job of balancing the substantial malt load.
06-16-2012 03:57:45 | More by nickfl
3.48/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
10-18-2012 00:54:56 | More by Jason
4.4/5 rDev +22.6%
Pours a semi-turbid amber/orange with 1+ finger of sand colored head. This clears nicely: superior head retention & good lacing
S: Resiny pine & orange slices
T: Citric hops, a bit of toffee sweetness sneaks in before grapefruit & piney hops slam the roof of my mouth! Nice biscuitty malt & tangerine surface as this warms, plus some leafy & piney hops & then the grapefruit express rolls on! Finishes with some woody dryness, then pine resin, plus much grapefruit
MF: Medium bodied, sticky, there's a bit of carbonation here & some nice juicyness from the hops. Balance isn't perfect, damn near
Drinks okay, the heavy hopping slows me down a bit, hopheads will surely disagree. Easily the best beer from Bridgeport IMHO
12-30-2008 06:52:33 | More by russpowell
3.18/5 rDev -11.4%
22 oz bottle into a tuplip.
Pours a fantastic looking slightly hazy orange amber with a couple fingers of creamy off-white head. This settles into a solid layer of foam that flares up beautifully, leaving a huge latticework of sticky lacing behind. Nice text book IPA look here. The aroma is dense with a herbal leafy hoppiness and a thickish smelling mix of grapefruit, grains, and alcohol that gives things a bit of a medicinal smell.
The taste is quite the bitter bite up front that just puckers the mouth and lasts well in the finish. Underneath is a backbone of citrus and bready caramel but it only offers a modicum of balance, as it just gets trampled by the bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied with a creamy carbonation that borders on the fizzier side and an oily feel that runs through it. Alcohol warmth is present and while it's not overly hot, the combination of heat and bitterness is just not doing it for me.
Overly bitter and warm with not enough balance and a body that felt too fizzy at times, it's sad when I have to rate the appearance of an IPA as it's best attribute. I can usually do warm and bitter in my DIPAs but this one just didn't click.
12-05-2008 18:02:19 | More by Kegatron
3.83/5 rDev +6.7%
i liked this one a lot. very very hoppy, bitter bite. smells like fresh hops, very bold oily hop aroma. flavor is very bitter, with a backing of pale english style malts, but this is a hop bomb through and through. it is a little alcoholy in the flavor, but its not a bad distraction. aftertaste is the essence of bitter hops, really dry. mouthfeel is fine, plenty of body and bubbles. overall a nice big ipa with all kinds of IBUs. enjoyable on a cold night in the utah desert.
03-24-2012 16:27:25 | More by StonedTrippin
3.48/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
02-15-2010 21:36:59 | More by Mora2000
4/5 rDev +11.4%
Thanks to Mora2000!
12 oz. bottle (7.5% abv):
Pours slightly chill hazed golden amber with a thin lasting white head. Lacing sticks.
The smell is piney, resiny and spicy.
The taste is piney, resiny, herbal - somewhat sappy. It becomes spicy with a bready and sweet malt coming in, then fading to leave a bitter finish. Bitterness does not hang on long into aftertaste.
It has a chewy, though slightly astringent, medium body.
Plenty hoppy - leaning more towards piney/herbal than citric, and bitter enough to fit a big IPA. Alcohol warmth shows slightly, but is reasonably well-covered. A beer for a "hoppy mood"!
03-03-2010 23:09:22 | More by jwc215
3.83/5 rDev +6.7%
"I have conquered an empire, but I have not been able to conquer myself" - Peter the Great
12 oz. bottle,
A: Pours orange with a firm finger of white head, lots of lace.
S: Massive bombardment of white grapefruit, cedar bark, lemon rind, cantaloupe rind, with some booze. I enjoy the nose but it portends a DIPA flavour profile I'm not the biggest fan of.
T: Strangely I get the taste of asparagus on the first sip, and throughout the beer there is always an undercurrent of that. Lots of orange rind and grapefruit, slightly boozy, I like it.
M: Medium/full-body, very resiny, hop thick, long aftertaste.
D: There are a lot of hops in here for 87 IBUs. For coming in where the new school regular IPAs start, Bridgeport can hold it's own. Hop Czar's a beer that has it's moments, not the best flavour profile, but well made.
08-11-2010 01:59:24 | More by Halcyondays
Hop Czar from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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