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Hop Czar - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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835 Ratings

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Ratings: 835
Reviews: 356
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.32%

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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Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
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).

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 04:01:07 | More by Sammy
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 21:57:12 | More by BuckeyeNation
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North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 02:02:34 | More by brentk56
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3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 04:46:51 | More by BEERchitect
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3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 21:16:40 | More by ChainGangGuy
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North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 22:32:45 | More by oberon
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Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 23:53:09 | More by biboergosum
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4.4/5  rDev +22.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 06:52:33 | More by russpowell
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3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 21:36:59 | More by Mora2000
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3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 01:36:45 | More by zeff80
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4/5  rDev +11.4%
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"!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 23:09:22 | More by jwc215
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3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 01:59:24 | More by Halcyondays
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3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 16:27:25 | More by StonedTrippin
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3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep orange color with a dirty white head and good carbonation. Nose is bitter, pineaple, pine and grass. Taste is big bitterness, caramel malt, thinner and more bitter than any other tasting note. I got a little bit of citrus and pine the booze tinge and hop bitterness just masked any true flavor. Body is rather thin for me. Wont drink again.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 02:54:22 | More by barleywinefiend
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3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 01:11:49 | More by tempest
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2.58/5  rDev -28.1%
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.


Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 05:58:30 | More by kojevergas
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3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Purchased from Jackson Wines & Spirits in Lafayette, CA.

Pours very thickly, looking languid and heavy. Colour is a dull orange hue, with a slight hint of translucent haze. Head formed on impact with the glass, but settled down pretty quickly to a fine film. Lots of static carbonation when tilted; it's as though the bubbles can't be bothered working their way through the thickness to the surface. Looks pretty good.

Nose is certainly hoppy, but only mildly so, and surprisingly unfragrant for all the bombastic posturing about "a king's ransom of hops" and "robust ruler of IPA" on the bottle. What's there are some mild West Coast tropical and citrus notes, but mellow and soft without any pungency. Not bad, but not terribly exciting.

Taste is sharp with bitterness, but very green and piney, with little additional flavour released by the hops. At the end, a light soft caramel malt character comes out and provides some accompaniment, but it's otherwise very one-dimensional.

Feel is full and smooth, although the booze is very noticeable—even though it's not at the high end for an IPA.

It's a bit too much after a while, and because I don't feel like I'm gaining any additional nuances with each sip, it feels like something of a chore to finish. Not a bad beer, but I've had far better IPAs. If this is their ruler, it's time for an uprising.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 00:51:20 | More by lacqueredmouse
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3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 00:54:56 | More by Jason
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3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 04:06:32 | More by Zorro
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4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber
Silver Foil

Pours a nice cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with a nice malt note added in, some nice citrus, slight pine. The taste is sweet, pretty hoppy, nice maltiness added, nice citrus/pine notes. Medium body, pretty nice bitter dry finish. Drinkable, really enjoying this brew, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 20:25:45 | More by Wasatch
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3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 05:06:58 | More by DoubleJ
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3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 18:02:19 | More by Kegatron
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Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hop Czar has enough deep amber colour to suggest that it's actually the malts that rule things. Despite being clear (allowing for a little haze, of course) and some considerably bright highlights, this beer appears substantially heavy. Its head regresses in some parts and has an array of different sized bubbles - it looks like a map of the Pacific Islands.

This aroma clearly hasn't showered in weeks - it reeks. Even exercising in sweltering heat without deodorant most people couldn't get this stinky. Bitter, pungent, earthy herbals waft like something (cheese?) that got lost at the back of the fridge and rotted. Indeed, you might think the (still perceptible) lightly roasted maltiness had gone moldy.

If you can get around the fact that this isn't as aggressive as most examples of the style, then chances are you'll be able to appreciate it. It has a lot more malt than one might expect, producing lots of toffee notes (but not compromising the generic grapefruit-and-citrus notes that define the style). The hops are strongly leafy, tasting like steamed greens.

There's not a ton of bitterness, and any lingering hoppiness is not harsh but pleasantly minty, owing to a considerable zest (which falls just short of spicy) and definitive leafiness. Even at a more ambient temperature the alcohol fails to make much of an impression - although the beer's naturally strong persona speaks for itself. Still, it's not very intimidating.

The West-Coast bloodline does indeed have a rich heritage of hoppy beers, but Bridgeport's Hop Czar is far from the king of it. The only title of royalty it earns is 'Duke of Bigger Beers that the Masses will find Approachable' - which is still a noble one to possess. This isn't Pliny or Ruination or Dreadnaught - it's a moderate, evened example of the style that might not win-over many current BAs, but it will convert a lot of people into becoming BAs.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 00:54:58 | More by biegaman
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3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hop Czar used to bring it in every category. And maybe it still does, but the lack of bottle dating/fresh bottles seems to hurt its position. Amazing presentation, bright orange, bursting hop bouquet, massive floral arrangement in the nose.

Taste, more of the same, almost gave it a 5, would have if Pliny didn't exist. Not super hoppy just for the sake of inflating some IBU's, genuinely appreciable taste, but don't get me wrong, this is a hop blast.

Mouthfeel, hops hops and more hops, there's nothing particularly complex, but for its strength and style, very drinkable, but hey, its pricey.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 07:36:02 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a surprisingly dark copper color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of grassy and pine hop aromas with small amounts of caramel malt and hints of soapiness. As it warms hints of butter enter into things as well, although it's far from overpowering.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Mildly sweet malt flavors up front are quickly overtaken by hop flavors that are more bitter than anything else, though pine flavors do manage to make an appearance. The bitterness intensifies through to the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I didn't go into this beer with high expectations and I was neither surprised nor disappointed. By no means a bad beer, there are a lot of better DIPA's out there.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2010 02:09:11 | More by glid02
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Hop Czar from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
81 out of 100 based on 835 ratings.