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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 ilikebeer03
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

About a month hold. Poured 12 oz bottle into a wine glass. (Have to improvise when snifters are dirty)

A: Golden bright orange/yellow. excellent head, retention and lacing.
S: citrus, grapefruit, lemon, malt.
T: Some lemon, grapefruit. Malty backbone. Not too much malt, though. Lingering for quite awhile is a bitter, hoppy after taste.
M: good level of carbonation. Medium to Medium +. coats the mouth and leaves a linger aftertastes.
O: A pretty good beer for a very reasonable price. Not the best imperial IPA out there, but certainly not the worst. (557 characters)

Photo of Braz
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Piney and resinous. Touch of citrus rind.

Appearance: Clear, bronzey topaz in color. Pure white head that leaves a bubbly froth on top.

Taste: Quite bitter and definately hoppy. Not alot of sweetness to speak of. Very bitter lingering aftertaste with a touch of booze.

Mouthfeel: Smooth easy drinking feel. Dry finish.

Overall: I prefer IPA's to have just a little more sweetness to them. This is still enjoyable but would not recommend to someone who is still trying to get into IPA's as it is very bitter. (520 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy, Golden orange colour with a very small white head. Poor head retention and no lacing.

Light alcohol aroma. Notes of tropical fruit and citrus. Grainy malt. Meh.

Sweet, sticky malt. Uninteresting hop flavour. Sharp alcohol and harsh bitterness. Why?

Medium-light body with moderately high carbonation.

A disaster of a beer really. Lacking in crispness and clarity. I just don't get it. Too much alcohol that doesn't work. (433 characters)

Photo of Mdog
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Gold, lots of particles (which is a plus for me), ok head.

Smell: Citrus, pine, mildly oxidized (cardboard).

Taste: Balanced, caramel in the background with citrus hops up front. A lemony flavor is kind of interesting.

Overall: Picked up a 6er over the holidays in Illinois as I like double IPAs. This might be a little old but is not too bad. A little more balanced than I prefer but still a fair amount of hop flavor and an interesting lemon hint in the taste. (477 characters)

Photo of RattleheadKV2
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from 12oz bottle into Unibroue tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden/copperish color, with about a finger and a half of a fluffy, pillowy white head, that disipates rather quickly, and leaves very minimal lacing.

Smell: Some very nice tropical, and citrus flavors at the front of the nose, followed by a slight grassiness, as well as a very understated malty breadiness.

Taste: Nice piney and citrus notes at the front of the mouth, in the middle you get a nice malty backbone while at the end you get a great crisp hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice crisp, dry finish.

Overall: Fairly well made DIPA/IIPA, though comes in a little on the light side compared to todays hop bombs. Still a repeat buy for myself. (741 characters)

Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into standard pint.

A: hazy mango flesh colored beer with a tiny little film of white foam and a pencil thin ring around the glass.

S: pretty standard northwest ipa smell. Grassy and slighy citric notes. The sweet rich malt body expected of a double anything stands out pretty well too.

T: the hops go from beginning to end and cary on into aftertaste. Grassy up front, the bitterness starts right away. The sweet on the nose doesn't carry to the taste. The beer is balanced pretty well for an IPA.

M: a tad thick but I have had chewier DIPA before. Smooth but not amazing. Fairly average for the style.

O: not a bad DIPA. Wouldn't buy a sixer but wouldn't turn down a bottle if offered. (704 characters)

Photo of nUgZ
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter. Enjoyed thanks to SanFranJake.

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a one finger head and nice lacing.

S: Citrus and pine hops, sweet malts, and a little alcohol.

T: Quite bitter. Much like the smell with the addition of grass.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

O: It's extremely bitter and hoppy, but not quite done the way I prefer. I'm glad I tried it and I'd drink it if offered , but I wouldn't seek it out. (460 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep amber with a small head.
Nose shows hefty amounts of sweet rich malt along with some resinous piny hops.
Very bold flavours. Big piny and resinous hops along with an aggressive piny bitterness. Some malt underneath but not all that interesting.
A bit too much carbonation. (283 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date present, uncapped and poured into a Boulevard tulip.

A - Non-aggressive pour yields about one finger of creamy root beer float looking head. Very cloudy orange look, significant amount of sediment floating around, and lots of bubbles rushing up the sides of the glass to the top, which keeps the head hanging out. Very nice lacing.

S - Can smell it from a distance. Bubblegum hops, and some more bitter smelling hops & some booze smell coming through. A lot more booze smell coming in because of the glassware.

T - Extreme bitterness kicks things off. Lemon zest. Grapefruit. Very good, but nothing groundbreaking. Still a very well-made imperial IPA, but no real solid distinctions to set it apart from the rest of the pack.

M - Bitter sticky mouth feel with a lingering taste that reminds me of a faintly sublime fruity green apple tartness. Very yummy, indeed.

Overall, the Bridgeport Hop Czar is a winner. When I'm in the mood for a Bridgeport, I have a tough time deciding on Hop Czar or the Kingpin, but Hop Czar usually comes out the winner. "Irresponsibly hoppy" with a nice 7.5% abv, and moderately priced at only $8.99 a six pack around here. In all, this is probably my favorite brew from Bridgeport that I've had so far and I'm looking forward to more!

Bridgeport Hop Czar ---4/5. (1,332 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Two finger thick white head with middling retention. Cloudy orange-brown color. Nice looking.

S- Bold floral hops, pineapple, brown sugar. Bold flavor, hop oil is well balanced for the style.

T- Bitter, floral hops. Tasty, not overdone, but not incredibly well balanced either.

M- Light but biting carbonation, light feel, clean finish.

O- Nothing special. Not bad, but not the top of the style. (466 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: poured from 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, deep amber colored with a short dense white head that lingers leaving some lacing, cloudy

S: hops up front, malt follows, grapefruit, grass

T: bitter hops up front but with a metallic taste that is unpleasant, unbalanced, strong bitter aftertaste of grapefruit peel

M: fuller body, definite alcohol presence, lower carbonation

O: the taste kills this one (405 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Cloudy, dark amber hue. Pours about a half finger, foamy, white head. Settles quickly leaving a thick rim of foam around the edges of the glass. Some beer ring lacing.

S: Hops, honey, grapefruit, and bubble gum.

T: Really hoppy with a little grapefruit bitter-sweetness.

M: Light, crisp, and mouth-puckering. Steely finish lingers on the palette.

D: The bitterness will dictate a sipping experience.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Nice hue, with a foamy head, and some solid lacing. Nose is hoppy and tangy with a tinge of sweetness. Hoppy and bittersweet flavor, with a steely finish. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff. (670 characters)

Photo of BierStein711
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint

Two finger quick reducing head

Smells: Piney and hoppy: the way I like my IPAS!!

Taste: herbal, piney, grapefruit, apricot, and grassy!

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with a bite at the end

Overall, this is a solid IPA,! I don't know the price on a six pack, but quite frankly that would be the determining factor of a commitment to a six pack. If I can get something more quality for less, I will. (415 characters)

Photo of beergoot
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-reviewed and updated from my 05-12-2012 posting; these notes are from 11-08-2012

Very clear, golden yellow body, very good, whitish head with great lacing.

Decent aroma: sweetly floral, bread-like malt. Hint of pine and caramel.

A very good malt flavor. A satisfying medium bitterness brings you to the finish.

Medium-bodied and soft in mouthfeel. Clean.

Perhaps my first go-around with this beer involved a bad bottle, thus the relatively low rating. This time all the components come together and provide a very respectable DIPA, rich with flavor and scents. (568 characters)

Photo of Mojo
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours up a hazy apricot color. The head was thin with poor retention and only a little delicate lacing. The nose is fruit, maybe apples, and I know this sounds strange, but I also smelled something not unlike rubber. Taste is not the most complex. I taste apples and oranges up front followed by a powerful (overpowering) delivery of grapefruit and hops. Mouthfeel is unremarkable. Overall it's pretty drinkable, but there are better DIPAs out there. But I wouldn't turn one of these down. (499 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
2.96/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From Jim's. BB Mar 13.

Pours a slightly hazy amber/gold. One finger head dies quickly to film. Little lace.

Moderate aromas of pine resin mainly, hint of grapefruit.

Taste is squarely hop-driven and one-dimensional, with a whack of dull hop on the back palate. Let's have some malt backbone if we are calling ourselves an Imperial IPA??? Yes there is grapefruit in the mix, but this is not a complex beer.

Mouthfeel medium weight, veering toward oily.

Overall, Average AIPA really. (487 characters)

Photo of jeffreydurbin
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a perfect example of why Beer Advocate needs an Android app. Rate Beer thought this was a very good beer. Not!

I just completed my sample of Hop Czar and I have started in on a bottle of Hop Notch. There is no comparison.

Hop Czar is best described as an English style IPA and not an American style (or more specifically a Pacific Northwest or California IPA.) There is virtually no aroma and the taste is straight-up bitter. For someone looking for a more English IPA then this is certainly a serviceable example especially for the reasonable price I paid. I just was expecting a different product coming from an Oregon brewery.

As for Imperial, I don't think 7.5% qualifies as Imperial especially when the Hop Notch is 7.2% and it is just claiming to be an IPA.

Certainly not the worst by any stretch of the imagination but it is possible to do much better. (871 characters)

Photo of DavidST
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass, unknown bottled date. This pours a hazy tea color with a large off white head which has a good retention. and leaves a lacing. The smells are of a slight fruit, some grapefruit, some caramel malts. The feel is medium. The taste is good, a nice amount of bitter hop presence followed by the caramel malts. (351 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (601 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a semi-clear orange amber with a white head that's a touch over a finger width thick. Good retention, resulting in an impressively thick lace with nice stick.

Smell - Lots of fruity esters on the nose. Slightly sour with hints of orange, pineapple and peach. A subtle, underlying malt sweetness is also present.

Taste - Follows the nose; fruity character that's semi-tropical with a a bit of orange pith bitterness. Malts play a minor role flavor-wise (faint notes of caramel here and there), but do well to give the beer balance.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body. Somewhat sticky. Decently carbonated. Fairly drinkable, but nothing that stands out from sip to swallow.

Overall - Pretty good brew here - nice balance overall, though it doesn't do much to distinguish itself from the vast array of IPA's on the market. I'd buy it again if it were on sale. (877 characters)

Photo of peabody
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a cloudy amber with very little suds. Some lacing around the glass here.
Smell is malt first then the hop. It's not very strong in the hop dept. either.No fruityness here and it seems way too one-sided.
Taste isn't too bad but it lacks the lemon peel and grapefruit rind that I am used to having with my IPA's.
Mouthfeel is just a little sticky but the bitterness is boring and doesn't make me want to take another drink.
Overall this is just average. Not a lot going on with the hops and the alcohol seems too overwhelming despite such a low ABV. (557 characters)

Photo of willmc
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my everyday IPA's, I can drink this all day. A wonderful copper color followed by an aroma of super awesome hops, slight fruity and spiciness. Hops hit your taste buds like a jack hammer, sending them into an overloaded orgasm of flavor. Fruity, very slighty sweet upfront but for a very brief moment, before you are returned to a hop treat. Cheers! (364 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
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). (268 characters)

Photo of ScorpyX
2.73/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark, cloudy orange with a thin white head.

S: Good presence from the hops and there's definitely a whiff of alcohol in the scent. I'm not surprised to see 7.5% ABV

T: Mild hops, not too strong. Alcohol is definitely in there. The hops come out more in the swallow and you get a good bitterness after it warms a little bit.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth finish.

Imperial IPAs may be to the liking of many, but I don't think it's really for me. Lacking in complexity and an alcohol flavor that I think proved too distracting from the rest of the beer. (561 characters)

Photo of OneWheelJoe
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a traditional pint glass. Particularly a fan of the classy label, as well as the bottle itself. "Oregon's Oldest Craft Brewery" is embossed above the label in the glass. Cool.

Appearance: The color is a gorgeous hue of golden orange, with a thin off-white head. Aside from the color, the first thing I notice is the huge presence of sediment throughout the beer. Unfiltered beer is always promising.

Aroma: This is a very aromatic brew. A deep draw into the nose reveals citric and grapefruit tones, as well as a healthy amount of hops. The label's description does promise an aggressive use of hops, which is making my mouth water.

Taste: Grapefruit, grapefruit, hops, grapefruit. Although very heavy on the grapefruit flavor, the taste is not overpowering. After leaving the mouth, there is a pleasant hoppy aftertaste. I would have preferred more of a balance between the two flavors.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, slightly sticky. Any IPA that can pull that off is A-OK with me. From an Imperial, I would still expect it to be even stickier, so in that respect, this brew is a little lacking. However, I quite enjoy it the way it is.

Overall: An easy-drinking IPA with a good hop taste. Especially for the price and the ABV, this is one hell of a buy. Although this is the first time I have reviewed Hop Czar as I drank one, I have enjoyed this brew numerous times, and continue to regularly purchase it. (1,435 characters)

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