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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 martyl1000
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

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Photo of Rob23
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of RobbDogg
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.04/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
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!

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Photo of SmashPants
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of BastardKing24
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of Hergestridge
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
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!!!

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Photo of Cam5sf49
4.32/5  rDev +20%
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...

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Photo of BierJager89
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of minterro
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of MrBoz21
2.89/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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Photo of Isrealite
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
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!

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Photo of kwc017
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of PolarBear3
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of admiral
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It's got a little age on it, so...

Pours a hazy copper with apricot hues and a dense, frothy cream head that lingers.

Banana emerged when the bottle opened, and further investigation reveals resin and pine atop a rich bed of sweet caramel malt. There's a bit of dankness and earthy hop present. Canned corn surfaces as it warms.

Flavor reveals candy-like notes of fruit, finishing decidedly bitter and resiny. Caramel malt is initially sweet, and accented by the soft fruit underlying it. There's a hint of vegetal character present. Floral hops surface in the aftertaste, and muted grapefruit becomes more evident the more I sip.

Body is moderate to a touch full, with moderate carbonation, some harsh astringency, and moderate alcohol warmth.

Wish I had this fresh, but I think dms is present, as it is. Bittering hops were very present, but flavoring and aroma lacked a bit, as is to be expected, so they won't factor into my rating.

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Photo of MTfish
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- golden caramel in color and slightly opaque with a small creamy head when pored.

Smell- not overwhelming with hops and a light fruity aroma with hints of lime

Taste- clean and malty to start with floral tones and a bitter citrus finish that lingers for a while

Mouthfeel- bright and fairly carbonated with a dry finish

Overall- a good example of an imperial IPA as apposed to a double. reminds me of tradition english strong ales due to its dry lingering finish.

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Photo of soju6
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear dark golden color with a small head and some lacing.

S: Aroma of malt, dark fruit bit of spice and only a bit of citrus in the background.

T: Taste is malty with dark fruit and bit of spice. Bitterness is fairly mild but does linger.

F: Moderate body, seems a bit thin, just a bit of hops and boozy.

O: Not a bad beer for the style but could have been so much more.

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Photo of Sconnie
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bridgeport is new to Wisconsin, or at least I just noticed them on the shelves. From Portland, I feel like I've heard about them before. I figured I would see what this Hop Czar is all about.

Appearance: Gold to amber, small head, reasonably clear.
Smell: Shockingly mild aroma, not much hop presence to speak on in the nose. Bready, biscuity malt with just a hint of pine.
Taste: Very different from the nose, much more hops. Hops are more pine and floral than citrus, which is a nice change of pace from a lot of west-coast hop bombs. Bitterness is right on, assertive without being astringent, and balanced by a good malt presence. Also doesn't finish too sweet for a beer with this much malt character.
Mouthfeel: Full without being too heavy.

Overall pretty good, with a lot to be desired in the aroma and a bit more hop flavor needed to be a great example of the style. There is no date to be seen on the bottle, so it is possible the time and distance from Portland to Madison, WI hurt the hop presence. The label brags about two pounds of hops per barrel; this is fine for an IPA, but for a truly great Imperial you could use quite a bit more (for example, Firestone Walker Double Jack uses 4 lbs per barrel). Throw another lb or so in the whirlpool or dry hop and this could be a real winner. As is, it's enjoyable but not a stand out.

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Photo of lighthabit
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

have had this several times over the years, and it's been a nice change for the most part when i'm tired of the sweet styles. however, it seems to be a bit dated, but i think it's my palate, and not the beer.

pear/peach kinda yellow/amber, spotty lacing, thin layer after a decent head dies down. smell and taste are very hop forward, but i'm finding the hops are coming across as a bit harsh, with malt trying hard to balance it, but not quite. mind you, the bottle does a good job letting you know up front this will be a hop bomb, but it seems a bit less refined than i used to think. mouthfeel has a good resinous quality, and an oiliness says solid ipa. detracting from the experience is a mild hint of something soapy in the nose and taste. abv is decently hidden.

would recommend as a good sample for a baseline of bitter ipas, but my guess is most will wander off to other brews that are more palate-friendly.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.6/5  rDev -27.8%
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.


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Hop Czar from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
82 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.