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Hop Czar - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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BA SCORE
81
good

928 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 928
Reviews: 360
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 22
Gots: 58 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ccrida on 07-22-2008)
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Photo of ohtheguilt
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

ohtheguilt, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of joeyrvv
1.5/5  rDev -58.1%

joeyrvv, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Huffaroma
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Huffaroma, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of FalconA
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

FalconA, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of ZinFanDave
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

ZinFanDave, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Bricelyn
4.43/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Cheers to 25 years glass!(Cuz damnit I'm classy like that) with afingers worth of creamy head topping this wonderfully colored beer.

A buttery hoppy smell is emeinating from this beast of a brew almost like fresh baked bread ending with a strong alcohol scent.

The hops hit your tongue take it for a ride man it starts of leafy and wonderfull then it smacks the back of your with some strong bitter and mellows out into a sticky slime that gives you little aftershocks of bitter mmm bitter.

Good amount of carbonation and not to much just right doesnt leave your mouth to sticky either.

Great beer to drink whilst watching portlandia!

Bricelyn, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of TXhomebrewer
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

TXhomebrewer, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Raw and earthy! If the gripping bitterness of resiny hops command your attention, then this beer hits home. But the finness of bright citrusy and tropical aromas and flavors are shoved to the side in favor of deeply high alpha acids in hop profile.

Caught somewhere between orange, light amber, and copper, the beer carries a bright glow that emits from a mild hazy cast. Short on head character, but the thin white sheet of foam retains well and laces nicely given the short-statured head.

Very herbal and grassy to the nose with an embedded scent of white grapefruit pulp and pith. Fresh cut grasses, pine, lemongrass, sassafras, and freshly mulled tea leaves all give an earthy and nearly stemmy scent. A moderate backdrop of caramel malts proves the balance to the hoppy scent but without overpowerment.

Flavors fare similarly, but with a firm caramel malt taste that nearly rivals the taste of hops. White grapefruit, fresh grasses, herbs, and pine all taste the way the nose suggests, but with the earthy taste that detracts slightly from the clean citrusy nature of American IPAs. The biting resiny bitterness would declare complete dominance if not for the robust malty sweetness and breadiness.

Medium-full in texture, the beer's full malty body for an Imperial IPA along with the creamy carbonation gives a greater impression of fullness than the beer actually exhibits. The mid palate releases the carbonation and much of the malty sweet feel to allow for a semi-dry finish of bitter resins, alcoholic warmth, and slightly harsh bite.

With the full use of highly bitter hops, there's not the more finness-type hops that would have delivered the pleasant and clean citrus components that we love in IPAs of all strength and weight.

BEERchitect, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

cdwil, Dec 25, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

kchannel9, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of Amp
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Amp, Dec 22, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

ajfrantz, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of Mordax
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Mordax, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of Dunkelhund
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Dunkelhund, Dec 19, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Duff27, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of 2neardead
3/5  rDev -16.2%

2neardead, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of cantfindme
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

cantfindme, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of harrymel
1.68/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Bottled: unk

A: hazy orange with a finger of whipped cream atop. this falls to a centralized cap and ring sheet. spotty lace.
S: cereal, lemon, grapefruit, sweet crystal malts. Not impressive.
T: Quite bitter with some biscuity and cake like sweetness. Not getting much more than grapefruit out of the hops. Plain.
M: medium bodied with hi carb. Dry finish.
O: Meh. I can live without it. Even when I was at the height of my brutally bitter phase, I didn't reach for this twice. Now I know why.

harrymel, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Agold
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Agold, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

fergster75, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev +11.7%

mhaugo, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of blakelive784
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

blakelive784, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Kevlee722
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Kevlee722, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Zorro
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Zorro, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of danyalc
4/5  rDev +11.7%

danyalc, Dec 01, 2011
Hop Czar from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
81 out of 100 based on 928 ratings.