Hop Czar - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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3.25/5 rDev -9.5%
12 fl oz bottle served in a pint glass:
A - An amazingly creamy head sits on top of a hazy orange/golden body. Retention is very good and the head leaves a substantial amount of lacing as it recedes.
S - Grapefruit, pine, honey, and some spicy notes. Relatively strong in strength. Standard fare, I'd say.
T - Floral piney notes open along with citrus fruit, bleeding into the body, composed of sweet caramel malt. There's an obvious bitterness that lingers throughout, but it's not unwelcomed or unbalanced. Finishes balanced, with orange and bitterness.
M - Light and fairly crisp, but finishes too smooth.
D - One of the most fairly balanced IPA's I've had. It's not outstanding by any stretch, but for the style, I'm having it.
12-05-2011 01:46:44 | More by blakelive784
3.78/5 rDev +5.3%
Chill hazed amber colored beer with a small white head. In the lower range of IPA Orange.
Smell is strongly hopped with citrus smelling hops. Mostly grapefruit and orange with some lemon sourness. No real malt scent this is a citrus hop bomb.
Starts out citrus and savory with a strong hop bite. A little sweetness shines through after you adapt to the bitterness. Grapefruit with bitter orange, not any pine, but it is a little woody. Still not that much complexity here.
Mouthfeel is good.
Overall this is OK. Maybe a little above average but this just isn't a must try beer.
12-01-2011 04:06:32 | More by Zorro
British Columbia (Canada)
3.38/5 rDev -5.8%
I bought this beer a while back while it was on special for about $8 for a 6-pack. I am a fan of delicious IPAs and while this hardly blows me away as a favourite, it was a very enjoyable and drinkable beer...and let's not forget that this was my first foray into BridgePort brewing, and I have purchased many of their other products.
For the price, this beer is definitely worth checking out!
11-25-2011 03:18:06 | More by timtwoface
3.38/5 rDev -5.8%
Pour: Deep dark orange with a small white head.
Nose: Citrus hops, pineapple, mango, and papaya. Bitter dank hops in the middle with a caramel malt backbone.
Taste: Similar to the smell but more of a dank hop taste with citrus hops at the end and then a caramel malt finish.
Mouthfeel: Light bodies for a IIPA. Decent.
Overall: Not bad for the price but not nearly my favorite.
11-20-2011 05:43:15 | More by waltersrj
3.53/5 rDev -1.7%
Bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.
Appearance is solid. Orange hue, slight haziness with decent head retention. Lacing is above average as well.
Smell is mostly grapefruit, tropical fruit. Maybe a bit of pine. Good but not mind blowing.
Taste is above average. Bitter up front with a good amount of sweetness on the back end. Sweetness gets stronger as you go. Pretty balanced.
Mouthfeel is slightly above average. Not watery but could be a bit heavier for a DIPA as labeled. Very drinkable though.
Overall an above average IPA. Not a DIPA though. At 7.5% it is a little light for a DIPA but great bang for your buck. $7.99 a sixer. Will buy again.
11-14-2011 01:24:22 | More by Terp96
3.95/5 rDev +10%
The next DIPA in the way between me and ticking every IPA I have available locally. Poured into a stone nonic.
A: A dark orange with a fluffy white head that leaves chains of lacing.
S: Smoothed out hops with no sharp tinge to them dominate the nose with some resin.
T: A smooth initial massive hop hit with again a little resin. Definitely dominated by a generic (but not bad) hop taste with a mild bitter bite in the end. Not very complex but easy to enjoy.
M: Medium body, medium carbonation, leaves very little impression.
O: What can I say? Not bad, would grab it on tap if I had nothing else to go on, probably won't buy another bottle with what else I have available. If you're looking for a generic hop-heavy DIPA with few to no "bad spots" this is your friend.
10-22-2011 23:42:00 | More by Klym
3.85/5 rDev +7.2%
A - Poured a 12 oz bottle into my beloved Deschuttes tulip snifter. The bottle has a lot of boasty print about how hoppy and robust this beer is supposed to be. The graphic is whimsical, as is the print (I think). The beer poured with about 1 inch of white head that dissipated rather quickly. Although there isn't much head retention, there is some sporadic lacing with more bubbles than the beer itself. The color of the beer is a nice cloudy copper color. It's not murky, but you definitely can't see through it.
S - Hop resins are detectable from a distance. You can tell this is a potent hop experience. It says that they use fresh hops for this beer - sometimes that can result in a vegetal character. I have to say that I felt this was the case, but not to a fault. At least, not for me. There's a bit of a malt backbone that I detect in the aroma, but not much. I am drinking this out of a tulip snifter - recommended for an Imperial IPA but maybe not ideal for this beer. The aroma is ok, but not the strong point. Perhaps this would be better in a pint glass.
T - Taste is similar to the smell, but less vegetal. Also some fruity characteristics come through.
M - A very smooth drinking DIPA. Not very astringent, leaves a nice coating on the tongue and insides of your cheeks. One of the nicer aspects of this beer.
O - This is a decent Imperial IPA. The price point ($7.99 for a six pack) is hard to beat. It tastes more like an American IPA than a DIPA to me, though. Are there better DIPAs? Definitely. But you can't buy them for that price. So, this beer - for me - is about getting your hop fix for a bargain. It's become somewhat of a staple in my fridge. If you aren't "into hops" then this is probably not your beer. But if you are, you might find this to be an economical addition to your arsenal. Recommended on those conditions. :-)
10-13-2011 03:58:57 | More by olfolxholme
4.08/5 rDev +13.6%
This is a beer that I have been wanting to try for a while, but some of the low reviews on the site made me second guess this beer.
I poured it into a normal pint glass and let it sit for a while. The beer is a golden color with a hint of red. The head is not very big, but bubbles continue to develope at the top. There is some stuff floating around in the beer, but other than that nothing too special about this beer.
The smell is amazing to me. I love the hops that punch you in the nose and some sweet malt too.
The taste is pretty good. I was expecting more coming from an Imperial IPA, but it is still very solid. I enjoy the hop taste, the maltiness and a little bitterness on the finish.
The mouthfeel is nice for an IPA. It doesnt have tons of cripsness, it leaves a slight dry feeling in your mouth.
Overall I really enjoyed this beer. I dont pick up anything that is mind blowing, but I also dont have anything that is bad either. I would for sure buy this again.
10-11-2011 06:42:27 | More by gtermi
Hop Czar from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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