Hop Czar - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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373 Reviews
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Reviews: 373
Hads: 1,005
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 26
Gots: 88 | 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 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 barleywinefiend
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
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. (354 characters)

Photo of drumrboy22
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a Nonic pint glass. Beer was a dark orange color, with a two-finger, light brown head. Moderate carbonation and thick, chunky lacing around the glass.

Aroma was citrus hops, toffee, apples and grass.

Taste was big, bitter hops, with some citrus and pine.

Not the most balanced DIPA out there, but I enjoyed it. It packs a nice smack of hops and is pretty enjoyable. (399 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 Tone
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of hop, sweet malt, lilac, citrus, and candy. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, citrus, sweet malt, candy, and slight alcohol. Overall, intriguing aroma and flavor with the candy element, but otherwise an average IIPA. (424 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange with a small white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet fruity hops with some resin and pine and a little tobacco.

The flavor is sweet bready malts initially with some fruits. It is followed by a big charred bitter finish that lingers. There's a little mint in there too. The mouthfeel is light to medium and fairly watery.

Overall, it has good bitterness, but I really didn't care for the hop flavors or the mouthfeel. (518 characters)

Photo of unHipHopHead
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: pours a clear deep copper color with a good two finger off white head that hangs on for a while.

S: a pretty balanced aroma of hops and malt

T: something is off with the taste of this, its kind of tinny or metalic and the bitter from the hops is almost sour instead of crisp and refreshing. it mellows out a little after a few sips and starts to come together.

M: a good consistency and carbonation.

D: one is probably enough. (433 characters)

Photo of allthatAles
4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Thick eggshell white head, thick not translucent, like an unfiltered IPA, Reddish-golden in hue.

Nose: almost grassy hops on the nose, a slight (bitter) cream.There is a sour yeasty characteristic to the the nose and the bottles carcass.

Mouth: Good & hoppy, a citrusy grapefruit type astringency. A good challenging Ale. Just a hint of malt at the begging. A light soapy coating spreads across the tongue about the middle of the flavor.

Really delightful. Especially for those lovers of strong ales. I believe this supports the idea of moderation, an Ale that fights and delgiths, the proverbial slap and tickle...yum! (630 characters)

Photo of stephens101
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden-orange in color with a slight off-white head that wisps away quickly and leaves a few tiny fingers or lace behind. Nose is chalk and citrus hope with with some subtle spice and malt mixed in. Smooth and hot going down with a vein of sharp hops enveloped in some slight caramel and fruit sweetness. Medium to full-bodied and good for a hop fix. (350 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 glid02
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (960 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 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 webbcreative
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured golden amber color with white, 3 finger head. Aroma is
piney hops, reminds me of the majhera actually. Taste has the beginning of the majhera, it just doesn't deliver as such. Seems like it backs off just as it starts to get good, it has a nice bitterness but the nice piney citrusy flavor is lacking, as well as a big malt mody. Mouthfeel is thin for the style.

Overall this is a decent beer, but is greatly lacking in body and hop flavor. IPA? Sure. DIPA, I don't think so. I'm dissapoonted in his beer, especially considering how much I have loves everything else I have tried of theirs. (598 characters)

Photo of tr4nc3d
2.24/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12fl oz bottle poured into my tulip

Pours a medium copper color with a one finger head. Head is slightly off-white with average head retention. As it subsides it leaves tiny whit bubbles on top and on the edges of the beer.

Smells kind of tart like. I do not know if its suppose to smell like it(think of black licorice?). Huge bubblegum smell when you take a deep whiff. That is all I get from the smell.

Slight sweet lemon like citrus taste with some medium hop bitterness in there. Sweet bubblegum like taste takes hold after this and then leads to a malt backbone. Overall mostly a bitterness taste is what this is.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied(although lacking flavor and unbalanced) with very high carbonation. Bitter dry aftertaste last for some time, way after you have taken your sip.

I have never smelled a beer that smelled so much like pink bubblegum. I now know why this beer is pretty darn cheap seeing its a DIPA. This lacks a huge amount of flavor to even be considered a DIPA let alone even a Pale Ale.I would pass on getting this and pick up a TRUE DIPA instead. (1,083 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.04/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. The color was orange, clear, looked decent and surprisingly was not cloudy like Bridgeport IPA. The smell was stinky like an ashtray with hops in it, I did not care for it. The flavor was astringent and bitter but not hoppy in a good way. Overall, this was kind of disappointing and difficult to drink. (315 characters)

Photo of ugaterrapin
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. It has a medium golden colored body with about two fingers of off white head sitting on top. The aroma has some piney herbal notes. There is an off smell as well that I can't put my finger on. The taste is almost all hops. The pine is definitely present on the front of the sip. There is almost a spoiled citrus taste to it which might be what I picked up in the aroma. The lack of malt gives it a very thin mouthfeel. The finish is lackluster as it leaves a unpleasant aftertaste. I am glad I was able to buy this as a single and didn't have to buy the entire 6-pack. (594 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a small white head, smell of dried grass, some very distant barn, grapefruit, pine and caramel.
Taste of extreme bitterness, a dry astringent bite, good carbonation, medium mouthfeel, grapefruit, grass, and caramel are prominent.

This is a nice American Double IPA, just not my favorite. I lean more towards the sweet double IPA's , but I think this one lends itself more to drinability the way it is without the sweetness. (458 characters)

Photo of genek
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Buddy just found this beer at the local liquor shop, looked impressive.

A - Very attractive dark Amber malty color. Head came on rather thick, off white with rather large bubbles. No lacing to speak of. Slow and steady carbonation that held up the head for a bit.

S - Didn't catch much off of this one. Hops, maybe a bit of dry hay in the back.

T - Very impressive. Lots of caramely malts for a sticky sweetness that breaks into the hoppy bitterness that is most apparent. Can catch a slight bit of spice, just enough to round everything out and still keep the hops front and foremost.

M - Sticky sweetness but it still goes down smooth and silky.

D - As you'd expect of a 7.5% not too much. A few of these babies with make you happy.

Another impressive IPA, Sweeter than I like personally but well rounded. (816 characters)

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok, so the first thing you need to consider with this beer is the price.

$7.99/6pk or $13.99/12pk

Yeah, its damn cheap.

Clear bronze body, smallish white head.

All hops on the nose, but quite the strange hop aroma. Flowers, hay, and manure. The flavor is just a stronger version of the aroma. Caramel malt, but just a dash. Huge on the hops. Grapefruit, orange zest, pine. Thankfully, the manure is gone, but there is an astringency in the finish I that leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

Hop Czar is spot on sometimes and miles from the mark at others. It has its good sides and its disappointing ones. It may not live up to its full potential, but then, if it did, it wouldn't be so damn affordable, now would it? Try it, see what you think. Its no Ruination, but it is half the price...

Post Script - I just read this aroma description from wagenvolks review and I had to repeat it:

"Like a bag of weed that your cat peed on after eating an entire grapefruit." (971 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The body was pale bronze in color, and crowned with a three finger thick beige head. The aroma was earthy and herbal for the most part, with a bit of hay thrown in. The taste was quite dry and bitter, with some spicy notes as well. Not a lot of malt backbone, and relatively thin mouthfeel. Pretty easy to drink, but nondescript. (329 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into an Andechs weizen glass.

Hop Czar displays a color on the thin side for a IIPA: brassy gold and lager-ish. Lots of carbonation percolating through the nearly clear body (slight hint of yeasty haze going on) to fuel a fleeting patch of eggshell-white head. Nice lacing, which one might expect given the high levels of hops present in the aroma. Very musty, funky, earthy, citrusy, skunky hops. Like a bag of weed that your cat peed on after eating an entire grapefruit.

Body is thin, but juicy with a lingering bitter hoppiness that constricts the tastebuds on the back of the tongue. Initially sweet up front with some pale malts and cotton candy. Minerals in the middle get a little sour thanks to a frothy carbonation level. Hop Czar is too bitter for too long, and something seems a little 'off' in the aftertaste. Still, it's a good beer when you need a hop fix. Worth a try, but not something I'd buy again given the plethora of tastier IIPA's on the market. (982 characters)

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

A monstrous beer. Not my favorite style but I'll take a stab at reviewing it.

Slighty hazy light amber colored with a short quickly disappearing head.

Fantastic hop-heavy aroma. Flavor is a mouthful. Lots of alcoholic warmth. Hops out the yazoo. Pine and spruce dominate.

Like most double IPA's I've had, it feels like too much. The hops are so dominant it is hard to pick up any subtlety.

Mouthfeel is rich and syrupy with bracing carbonation on the tongue.

Interesting. Definitely worth trying. (502 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (599 characters)

Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

bridgeport is one of the first breweries that led me to great flavor when i moved to the pac nw. i remember trying the blue heron, the ipa, the stout and really beginning to appreciate them. i moved on to bigger and brighter things. as i did so, i forgot the ones that got me here. but a visit to the brewhouse in portland a few weekends ago and a tour of their beautiful facilities and their lab space was revealing. they were running ibu tests on their latest batch of hop czar and finding an honest 91-95 ibus. this isn't some guess based on calculations and cracking one of these guys open reveals the truth within. a sharp bitterness slicing down the tongue, cutting directly through the malt. a wonderful bitterness, this is the ideal hop bitterness. dry like i wish my butt was. this could take more malt but doesn't have the sweetness most dipas bring. there's little hop flavor beyond the bitterness and general hoppiness. just a lingering bite that longs for companionship. nonetheless, a lovely beer that i will be drinking more of in the future.

never again will i underappreciate such fine crafted bottle conditioned beverages. (1,141 characters)

Hop Czar from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
82 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.