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Hop Czar - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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BA SCORE
82
good

383 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 383
Hads: 1,032
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 24.44%
Wants: 26
Gots: 109 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Oregon, United States | website

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ccrida on 07-22-2008

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Reviews: 383 | Hads: 1,032
Photo of JEdmund
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance
Golden tangerine, small head, clear; a really nice color

Smell
A very pleasing aroma; all fruit and honey sweetness; there's something unique too, almost like mango or maybe apricots. Not especially pungent for the style though.

Taste & Body
Took my first sip expecting to be disappointed based on reviews but I was pleasantly surprised. It's not the biggest, baddest DIPA, but it's got lots of good flavor still. Taste kicks off with full lightly sweetened biscuity malts then comes a big fruity/bitter wave that rides long with the bitterness carrying on the farthest. Body is medium, but a tad small for style; carbonation is fine.

Overall
A deliciously hoppy ale. I'll definitely keep buying this annually. I'd rather buy this for $8 than Hopslam for $18. Seems to be in the realm Torpedo lies--between an IPA and a DIPA.

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Photo of sabinelr
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks good on the bottle, starts good with the hops, but trails off with a skunky aftertaste that fades pretty fast. Hate to say, but you have to drink this for the alcohol. Maybe after a few Arrogant Bastards to get you in a good mood. I am sorry to say this. The success of microbrews is very important to me. I'll keep trying this. I have 4 more bottles.

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Photo of meeekyh
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, Belgian style beer glass

very orange deep gold, mostly clear
head small and off white, lacing low

Nose: barnyard, wet hay

taste resembles citrus and bitterness... gotta be more.

Not a great beer but cheap.
Alfred E. Neuman would approve.

Cheers

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Photo of rrski198
2.86/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Nice amber/orange color. Big off white head. Nice lacing.

S: Dirty hop smell. Almost like the hop sludge that is left over in a fermenter. Not overwhelming and actually a little lite for an DIPA.

T: Bitterness upfront and not much behind that. Taste doesn't linger. It fades quite quickly to nothing. Not a very complex beer.

M: Clean with good carbonation. This is not a complex or rich beer so it acts like a lager on the palate.

D: Overall, quite average. This is not a West Coast Style IPA but leans more toward its historical predecesor. I wouldn't purchase again solely due to the high volume of really outstanding and unique DIPA's out there.

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Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle, served cool, no date.

Poured into the Buckeye pint glass, Hop Czar has a beautiful redish amber color with good clarity. The thick head is pretty long lasting and leaves a little lace behind.

Aroma is hoppy but not exceptionally so. It has some nice citrus but it's also a little medicinal.

Flavor is much the same with some nice citrus up front but eventually goes herbal remedy on me. Bitter and definately PNW in character (as you'd expect from it's origins) but not a stand-out offering.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, very bitter, nice finish, appropriate carbonation.

Overall a good beer just not exceptional. Given the price, though, I could see coming back to this one. Not many DIPAs come in 12 packs.

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Photo of BeanBone
2.47/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: A hazy copper-orange body capped by a finer and a half of creamy off-white head. The head recedes slowly and leaves great sheets of lacing.

Aroma: Resinous, pungent, and citrusy hops over a sugary caramel malt body.

Flavor: Up front, a wave of piney, grapefruit-like, and medicinal hops that are decently bitter. While the hops are suitably bold, they're just not very pleasant. Underneath, a somewhat overwhelmed biscuity malt backbone. Only a little spice coming through from the alcohol. Cough syrup-like hops and lingering bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A medium bodied and slightly creamy body with medium carbonation. Dries in the finish.

Drinkability: If it weren't for the harsh flavors, this would drink quicker than average for the style.

Verdict: Hop Czar is totally outgunned by the competition in the Double IPA category. Unbalanced and medicinal, this is just thoroughly underwhelming.

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Photo of mudbug
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange with brown tints with a small head that leaves a good lacing.
Aroma is astringent hops, bitter with a small malt character.
Taste is hop bitterness up front with a weak malt backing, the hop presents is more spicy than anything else, not overly complicated.
Quite frankly it tastes a whole lot like Sierra Nevada's Torpedo but without the floral aromas.
Rating this to other DIPA like Pliny of Stone causes it to score lower than if they had just called it an IPA (extra)
A good IPA, but a mediocre DIPA.

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Photo of beertunes
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a copper-amber color with just a thin cap of white head that had low retention, but decent lacing.

For a supposed hop bomb, the aroma was very subdued. I found the malt characteristics stronger than the mellow hops. While a caramel scent was most notable, on the tongue the bittering hops came through. Other than bitter, I didn't pick up any other notable flavors.

The body was fairly typical for the style. Drinkability suffered due to the boring personality of the beer. Worth a shot if you see it, but don't go out of your way to get it.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a slightly hazy gold with less than a finger of white head. Piney hop aroma with some sugary malt. Lighter sided of medium bodied. Fair amount of hop bitterness to start. Decent malt base. Slightly spicy/herbal quality to the hops. Lingering hop bitterness. Decent DIPA, but I wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of oberon
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of drumrboy22
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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"!

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Photo of Tone
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of unHipHopHead
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of allthatAles
4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
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!

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Photo of stephens101
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.6/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of webbcreative
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
2.24/5  rDev -37.8%
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.

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Hop Czar from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
82 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.