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Hop Czar - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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375 Reviews
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Reviews: 375
Hads: 1,010
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 26
Gots: 90 | FT: 0
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BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ccrida on 07-22-2008

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Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
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). (268 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (507 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (478 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 (567 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,746 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (715 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (2,031 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (523 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (675 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (1,269 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (811 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (1,187 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (809 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (601 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 (725 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.6/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

"Hop Czar" "Imperial India Pale Ale." 7.5% ABV confirmed. 87 IBUs. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle acquired as part of a Bridgeport variety box/12 pack and served into a nonical pint glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger wide head of white colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Above average to decent (~3-5 minute) retention for the ABV. No real lacing as the head recedes.

Body colour is a predictable clear dark copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Floral hop character, murky pine. Pale malts. Pilsner malts. Caramalts. Spritzy light soapiness. Grassy. Quite resinous. Noticeable bitterness. Not particularly appealing; the choice of hops doesn't seem ideal by any means, and the overbearing caramel sabotages any sense of balance.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A decent aroma of mild strength.

T: A caramalt body supports a surprisingly piney hop build with some floral character and heavy grassy notes thrown in as well. Pale malts. Naked hop bitterness reveals this beer's lack of balance. Not much complexity or subtlety here. I do get some juicy somewhat tropical fruit on the climax. I do get some alcohol, unfortunately. Not a very good imperial IPA, but they're trying some interesting things - unsuccessfully.

No yeast character comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Okay body. Bad presence on the palate. Too thick. Overcarbonated. Doesn't suit the flavour profile all that well.

Dr: Downable but forgettable. Not much quality here. I wouldn't want it again, and I'm not looking forward to the other two bottles. A middling offering from Bridgeport. Doesn't hide its ABV well. I wouldn't recommend it to friends.

C- (1,871 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (603 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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"! (619 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (285 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bright orange with a big, soft, white head that has decent retention. The nose has notes of bread, citrus, mango, grapefruit, and it's very floral. The flavor is lightly bready, citrusy, and sweet with notes of grapefruit and pineapple. It finishes with an earthy bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and lightly carbonated.

This offers nice balance with light malt and a good hop character. It's drinkable, smooth, and enjoyable. I would probably have this again. (486 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

"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. (830 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.04/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First thing's first; gotta love the label's artwork! Clean with a hop theme with the czar's wardrobe. The beer comes from a 12 ounce bottle, which is to be poured...now:

It's not the prettiest beer around, as it sits with a washed out orange color with haze. Little head is formed on the pour, and what remains is a thin lace. The aroma is a little hoppy, and even a little strange. It has solid mango and cantaloupe notes, but also a weird fruity smell, like some laundry detergents have. Not so promising.

The taste is somewhat pleasant, even if it isn't up to the class of the style. The beer starts with a slightly sweet taste, then is followed with resin, vague passionfruit, cantaloupe, and bitter grass. Aspirin and woodsy bitterness linger in the aftertaste. It's a medium/full bodied beer with a strong bitterness on the palate.

Middling beer. For an Imperial IPA, middling may not be good enough. (910 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok, so all 3.5's. This is a bitter IPA, no question there. The pale malt is evident in the finish. No balance other than that.
Poured a slightly hazed, pale copper with minimal head. Still, it looks clean aside from the haze, which was not due to chilling (served at 43 degrees).
Grassy aroma. Astringent. Some faint lemon in there as well as pine. Mostly brown grass or hay.

Sharp bite. Not resiny or thick. Fairly thin with a bite. This one is very dry, alcohol kinda blends in with the bite to dig into the palate.

Overall, above average. (547 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle from the Hotel Monaco. In a city of amazing IPAs this one is a little off. Instead of starting with a burst of citrus, there's an odd soapy vegetable taste before floral grapefruit kicks in. Yeah, this beer has a classic and full finish. Maybe I just don't like their variety of dry hops, but I wouldn't have this again. (333 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Chill hazed amber colored beer with a small white head. In the lower range of IPA Orange.

Smell is strongly hopped with citrus smelling hops. Mostly grapefruit and orange with some lemon sourness. No real malt scent this is a citrus hop bomb.

Starts out citrus and savory with a strong hop bite. A little sweetness shines through after you adapt to the bitterness. Grapefruit with bitter orange, not any pine, but it is a little woody. Still not that much complexity here.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is OK. Maybe a little above average but this just isn't a must try beer. (581 characters)

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Hop Czar from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
82 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.