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Hop Czar - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Reviews: 375
Hads: 1,011
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 26
Gots: 90 | 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

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Beer added by: ccrida on 07-22-2008

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Photo of Jrhockney
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (854 characters)

Photo of mrzero63
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
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! (714 characters)

Photo of MikeMilanoDesign
3.09/5  rDev -14.6%
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 (193 characters)

Photo of GregJ
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (164 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (499 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (1,063 characters)

Photo of martyl1000
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%

Surprising coal-brown color. Intensely bitter and multifaceted, but the flavors come rather muddled. Or, not muddled, but with distinctions drowned out by the blaring intensity of the overall, in-your-face flavor profile. The two most prominent being a lemon-peel bitterness and the roasty bitter of a schwarzbier. Malt sweetness? Not that I can detect. (356 characters)

Photo of Rob23
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nothing special but the color is awesome.Smells like an IPA bitter and piny.Taste is a basic blend of hops and possible malt and licorice but Im not sure.Could be better if it was a bit sweeter.Again nothing special and most likely will not purchase again. (256 characters)

Photo of RobbDogg
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty dark amber appearance in the glass. Starts with a Thin, dissipating head, and with unremarkable lacing. Hops on the nose. Piney, peppery, and spicy with a bitter finish. A touch of sweet malt. A solid but forgettable brew. Worth a try but will probably not revisit. (274 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: golden to orange color. pretty good clarity. two fingers of a white head that fades slowly and leaves a fairly strong lacing behind

Smell: grassy, resiny, and slightly earthy hops. fairly strong and sweet crystal malts.

Taste: some bready to sweet crystal malts upfront. opens up with hops. lots of resin. some pine and even less earthiness.

Mouthfeel: lots of bitterness. low sweetness compared to the hops.

Overall: a fairly dull flavored IIPA. the hops don't focus on the flavor but rather the bitterness. malts are overly crystally and don't quite balance the hops. (587 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 BeerFMAndy
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
7.5% ABV, 87 IBUs

A - Slightly hazy, this deep golden, almost amber-colored beer has a lovely crown of lasting off-white foam that unravels into sheets of iconic lacing on the snifter.

S - Dank earthy hops overcome the subtle glowing citrus for a hoppy aroma that's resiny character is akin to action figures and pinecone while pineapple and dirty mango bask in the caramel-drizzled biscuty malt base.

T - Honey and caramel drizzled warm biscuit make for a sweet, tasty malt base for the hops to rule over. Bitter resin lends faint plastic to the otherwise fruity profile of the hops which mimic the aroma's juicy pineapple and dirty mango profile.

M - Despite the lingering sweetness the flavor offers, Hop Czar carries with it no sweetness or malt body into the feel. Lighter and smooth, "two pounds [per] barrel" of hops give this beer a crisp and dry bitterness that lasts briefly on the tongue but doesn't pummel it into submission. And the alcohol? Forget about it; not even there.

O - BridgePort labels Hop Czar as brewed with an "irresponsible amount of hops" though I might argue and say the hopping in Hop Czar is just the opposite. That's not to say it's not bad, but the hop additions, while the focal point of the beer, are pretty balanced resulting in a hop-forward brew that showcases American varieties while maintaining a drinkable alcohol and IBU level. Hop Czar is on the cusp of today's standard IPAs but has just enough oomph to give it that little extra boost. Easy drinking and pleasing! (1,551 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: a standard 355mL brown bottle with a stylish craft label.

Appearance: pours out a clear amber in colour with darker highlights and light, fine carbonation. A small, thick white head stays for a time.

Aroma: plenty of hops, but not as well-rounded as one would expect. Resin, pine, grapefruit and plenty of heavy earth.

Taste: a bitter earth-and-resinous hop flavour without much subtlety or anything to balance the bitterness out. I don't mind a hop whack in the face, but this one lacks complexity.

Aftertaste: the flavours become even more astringent on the finish - not the most brilliant AIPA I have ever had.

Mouth feel: quite smooth with a bit of sizzle from a somehow fine yet lumpy carbonation. Decent.

Overall: this comes across to me as a beer that was meant to be an over-the-top hop monster, but ended up being an awkward and overly bitter hop so-so. I know it is reasonably well-priced for an American Double / Imperial IPA at just over AU$80 a case (2014), but I'd rather spend a bit extra for a Green Flash or Holgate. (1,047 characters)

Photo of BryanCarey
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orange in color, Hop Czar serves up a frothy head of foam that holds its own for a long time. The beer has a fragrant nose that emits scents of floral, citrus, and pine.

With the taste, this beer is a hoppy brew, as expected. The hops contribute grapefruit, mango, and some mixed fruits but there are other flavors present as well, like pine and caramel. The spicy, fruity, resiny hops lead to a finish that is bitter all the way.

Hop Czar is triple hopped and bottle conditioned and it delivers on most counts. I expected a little more alcoholic strength, given that it does claim to be an imperial IPA. It isn’t as full and strong as other imperial IPA, but there is more than enough going on here to recommend. The hops will satisfy your most extreme cravings and leave you feeling satisfied. (801 characters)

Photo of BastardKing24
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I've seen this beer on the shelves around here in Oregon for a while now, and I have been reluctant to buy it because I didn't like their single IPA. The price is also low , keeping my skepticism high. Low and behold I think I found a winner by Bridgeport.

Pours a nice orange/gold color with plenty fluffy white head that sticks to the glass.

Smell is fruit like with peach, orange, pineapple, and bitter hops.

Taste is wet hay, pine, citrus, barley, mango, and peach, with hops tones that leave a bitter after taste just like a double IPA should.

Feel is nice, decent carb, and a slick feel to it. refreshing.

This surprised me since its so cheap. It's kind of like Union Jack in a way, but just not that danky. (718 characters)

Photo of Hergestridge
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ok.. I want to drive to Oregon and give everyone @ Bridgeport a Hug!! This IPA is excellent and for the price.. Awesomely Excellent...
The Smell, taste, mouth feel & appearance is top rate.. Another of the included biers in a "seasonal" variety pack.. Just might get hooked on the collection packs that are so popular these days... And variety packs are a stroke of Genus. Why?? Because one great entry entices you to check out all of the biermeister's entries.. And Hop Czar is .. well Excellent.. Idaho has potatoes.. Washington Apples.. Oregon.. Damn Fine Beer!!!

~Carry on Citizens!!!~

p.s. Did I mention the colour is a gorgeous Caramel and the head a fluffy lacing maelstrom of happy hoppy goodness??? YUM!!! (722 characters)

Photo of Cam5sf49
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a pretty awesome beer, split a six pack with a buddy who also seemed to enjoy it. I've yet to get him on beer advocate yet but, in time. Still, there's better Imperial IPAs out there but im not going to say anything negative about this beer... (251 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Opaque yellow with a white head.

S: Tons of grapefruit and pine, a touch of orange as well as citrus peel.

T: Mango, orange, tangerine, pine, grapefruit, citrus peel and just a touch of alcohol.

M: Medium bodied and smooth for a DIPA, but it's very much an IPA, in my opinion.

O: Fruit flavor is there, and nice (I particularly like the tangerine and mango), but a bit subtle for my taste. (396 characters)

Photo of minterro
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought at Morgans liquor store for around 8.5

A&S: A little over a finger of creamy fluffy off-white head. Great retention and lacing left behind. Almost opaque, semi lively orange colored beer. I know it doesn't matter a whole lot, but the appearance is excellent on this beer. Smell isn't super pungent but good and mostly consisting of grassy and floral with some pine aromas. Not much of a malty or sweet presence that you get from most imperials, however this beer doesn't possess the alcohol most (almost all) imperials have.

T&M: The taste is mostly consistent with the aroma although a bit more intense. The biggest difference I get is a citrus tone in the finish, which you don't seem at all in the aroma. Body is medium and carbonation is on the lower side of medium.

Overall: I would like this beer to be labeled as an IPA and not an imperial. Good beer for the price, but on the large scale nothing special. Not a bad beer to check off your list, and something I might buy again if its on sale. (1,010 characters)

Photo of MrBoz21
2.89/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours hazy orange/amber. 80% opaque with light only coming through on the edges. Thick white head that settles to cap with good lacing.

Aroma: Malty sweet, with notes of honey and caramel. Fruity esters - melon - and resony citrus hops with a very garlicy quality.

Taste: Piney and resonous hop quality that leaves harsh bitterness throughout swallow. Alcohol with lingering garlic and metallic taste. Caramel and bread are hiding in the background behind a bunch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Moderately thick and astringent.

Overall: Strong harsh bitterness and garlic steals the show. Not one that I would order again. (622 characters)

Photo of Isrealite
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I wanted some over the top hop beer, this was on sale, and the name seemed to indicate that it was what I was looking for, so I got a six pack. Pretty disappointed by this selection as the flavor was offensive, and not in a good way. The hops are there, and certainly have a strong presence, but are crowded out by the flavors of garlic and old man balls(or at least what I would imagine old man balls would taste like in liquid form). The abv is pretty weak for the genre, and the price, even on sale, was not that great. There are so many other Imperial I.P.A.'s out there for the price that render this one undesirable. It looks nice, has an enticing name, and smells promising, but much like a stripper with the same characteristics, you should probably avoid! (764 characters)

Photo of kwc017
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just a great version of a west coast Imperial IPA. So hoppy. So delicious. A bit more malty than I originally thought. Wonderful bitter lingering taste. This was reviewed very early in my IPA days so I think my taste has changed a bit. A solid NW IPA that you won't be disappointed trying. (289 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hop Czar from Oregon's oldest craft brewery, which is where craft brewing really took off in the states so you know that you're in for a good time, plus I like the label depicting the Hop Czar himself, what an odd fellow.

Poured from a 12oz (355ml or thereabouts) bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Clear amber body with a tinge of rust and a boisterous 1cm fluffy white head that wont quit being a head, good for you Hop Czar.

S: Really digging the aroma, which is of course very hop driven; hints of grapefruit, pine resin and an unmistakeable gummy starburst orange fragrance. Notes of caramel linger somewhere in the background, no doubt wanting to quell those unruly hops, to little avail.

T: The flavour is also a big oily slap in the face with a hop flower. It's bold to the point of overdoing it, then it goes ahead and over does it. But what was to be expected from a brew with the name Hop Czar? Flavour is as expected from the nose; grapefruit, pine resin, and instead of starburst orange we get bitter orange (so very bitter). The malt base is also lurking around with its notes of caramel, however aside from a sweetness upfront this brew is one bitter ride.

M: Medium bodied with a light carbonation and a decent oil hop resin slickness.

D: It is fairly bitter hop driven drop, borderline one dimensional, however I enjoyed the boldness of the hopping and revelled in its madness. And for a price that is in the same ballpark as an Aussie craft beer 6-pack this is nothing to be scoffed at. A thumb, two fingers and a toe up for this one.

Food match: For some reason the bitterness of this brew made me think of roasted lamb with rosemary and vegetables like onion, potato, garlic and fennel. (1,707 characters)

Photo of PolarBear3
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy honey colour with dense foamy head that retains and laces well

S - Caramel sweet malts, with citrus and a some toffee

T - Sweet caramel toffee apple candy apple like initially but with a rather bitter lemon, grapefruit finish

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation

O - Was impressed initially but was let down with the rather average and very bitter finish. (383 characters)

Photo of admiral
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a really good beer that hides the alcohol fairly well.

aroma: fruity, with lots of citrus and spice with some light caramel coming through

taste: citrus (predominately grapefruit) with spice, pine, orange peel and some caramel syrup

very good value for the style and alcohol content. (286 characters)

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