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Hop Czar - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Ratings: 915
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 21
Gots: 57 | 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.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear ruby-amber into a tulip with three fingers of sticky off-white head. Mild aroma of light caramel malt and grapefruit.

Somewhat low carbonation and a slightly thin, resinous mouthfeel. Like the aroma, gentle caramel malt up front with a kick of pine, grass, and some nice lingering lemon and grapefruit bitterness on the finish.

This one grew on me and was easy-drinking given the abv, but the overall impact was still a little lacking,

grittybrews, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of smulkowski
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer pours a nice copper color with a bit of a fluffy white head. Minimal lacing and legs.

S: Spicy hops, caramels. The hops are not coming through very citrusy for me, I think I smell more Nugget hops than anything.

T: Nice balance, a bit astringent. I like the hops but it feels like there is something missing to make this great...perhaps a different balance of hops. After a bit, I think I am getting a bit of a medicinal taste in the back of my throat.

M: Relatively light for the style.

O: I think this is a fine beer, but in my mind there is some room for improvement in the hop flavor. I enjoy that it is available at six-pack pricing.

smulkowski, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"279 A-1 1218" is printed on the bottom of this bottle, but I can't figure out how that corresponds to bottling date.

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Huge, frothy, off-white head forms off pour, and takes a long time to descend. As it falls, the head drags loads of goopy, bubblebath-like lace. Absolutely no complaints about this beer's head! The body, on the other hand, shows a significant amount of suspended particulate. Body is orange-amber in color.

Smell: Pine resin, pepper, earth, grass, and sweet vegetal notes. Not so big on the tropical fruit; I get tangerine, but that's it. Caramel also plays a substantial role.

Taste: Pine resin, grass, earth, and bread. Very little crystal malt sweetness in this double IPA. Finishes with a moderate amount of herbal and earthy hop bitterness. Nothing special here.

Mouthfeel: Relatively light in body, balanced, and moderately carbonated. Finishes dry, bitter, and pungent, but this is no palate wrecker. Pretty smooth and easy, in fact.

Overall: Very drinkable for an imperial IPA, although this one lacks the tropical bouquet I've become fond of. I'm guessing BridgePort switched up the typical west coast IPA hop bill in search of more unique flavor and aroma profiles, but this just doesn't do really do it for me.

ThreeWiseMen, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Portland Brewpub.

A - Pours a clear dark orange/amber with a almost non-existent near white head.

S - Grass, pine, and plant-like.

T - Some sweet malts, citrus, pine, grass.

D - Low carbonation, a bit sticky.

O - Not bad at all, but a touch sweet for my liking.

HuskyinPDX, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of Florida9
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy peachy amber in color. Forms about a 1/2 inch of off-white head. Not much retention. Leaves some spotty lacing.

S: Aroma is a blend of round caramel malts and a mix of piney and earthy hops. There is an accompanying aroma that is out of place, yet I am unable to pinpoint what it is.

T: Sweet caramel malt on the front end followed by a strong dose of pine flavored bitterness. Finishes with a slick sweetness and a peppery bite that hangs on the tongue.

M: Medium in weight with stronger carbonation. Sweet, almost cloying, but not quite. Peppery bitterness.

O: While the flavor is nice, quite strong and pronounced, as DIPA should be, the sweetness is too much for me. I found it distracting, though it did seem to slow my consumption.

Florida9, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of waldoiverson
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into US Pint

A: nice tight lacing on a offwhite head, creamy honey looking body with a bit of turbidity. looks sweet.

S: strong sugar and tangerine nose, slightly green smelling, no real hint of alcohol. smooth and sweet.

T: Hits you with bitterness right up front, mellows out and then alcohol rushes into the nose. tangerine and flower notes are there but play second fiddle. sweetness and biscuit tones come out in the finish.

M: Fairly smooth, a bit of carbonation bite, dry finish but not mouth puckeringly so

O: The look and smell are really enticing but the drink is a bit rough. Some refinement and we're right in there with a solid drink.

waldoiverson, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber/orange, half inch head, tiny bit of lace.

Heavy caramel and floral scent, some tropical fruit (mango maybe). Inviting enough for me.

Pale malts, some caramel make up the malt character. Hops are citrus, mango and grass. Pretty nice. Slightly weak in mouthfeel.

Overall, good DIPA, but I've had much better. Great for an introduction to the style. I'll probably grab another at some point in time. Maybe on a warm day when thin is good.

OBeerMeGreatOne, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of Takahiro
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into tulip, from 330ml bottle

A: clear amber, with off-white head.

S: caramel, pineapple, soft bready aroma

T: rounded and smooth malty flavor upfront, little bit chewy. then hop bitterness creeps in. hop flavor is like grapefruit and it clings on my tongue a bit long. i feel very pleasant alcohol warmth down in my throat after several sips into drinking. In overall, the balance is leaning towards hop bitterness/flavor

M: chewy, slightly sticky

D: low because of its flavor intensity. it's a sipper for me

overall, i like this beer a lot. very flavorful, in your face IPA.

Takahiro, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of Heischman
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hop Czar - Bridgeport Brewing Company

Portland, Oregon
STYLE – American Double / Imperial IPA
ABV – 7.5%
IBU - 85
DATE – 31 MAY 2011
SERVING TYPE – 12 oz Bottle
GLASSWARE – Tall Pilsner
APPEARANCE – Honey orange in color with a hint of red. A 1/4 inch head that stay on top and lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Wonderful lacing.
AROMA- Sweet Hoppyness with floral notes.
TASTE – A nice subtle hoppy flavor, not over powering but enough to let you know it is there.
MOUTHFEEL – good carbonation and kind of thick for an IPA
CONCLUSION – Good beer needs to be ICE cold and maybe in a frosted glass.

Heischman, May 31, 2011
Photo of lstokes
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very bright looking beer with a pine nose. The taste is also quite bitter, with less hop flavor than I would want from an imperial IPA. There is orange zest and pine, but not necessarily the full bouquet you might expect. Mouthfeel is smooth with some good creaminess. The price is right--9 dollars for a six pack where I am--which makes it a good beer to bring to parties when you want something tasty. For home IIPAs I'll stick with Dogfish and Hopslam.

lstokes, May 30, 2011
Photo of alleykatking
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks to betsona for the bottle.

A- Pours a clear copper color. One finger white head shows medium retention. Light streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

S- Piney hops in the front of the aroma. This really overtakes everything although it just seems a little one sided. Some light caramel hops in the ending with hints of alcohol. It doesn't have a interesting aroma to it at all.

T- Piney hops in the front of the beer give way to really nothing much. There is some light caramel malts in the middle of the beer. Piney hops come back in the ending but even this is a little bland and boring for my taste. Light bitter alcohol ending on the final backend to this beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Piney hops are all that is left on the palate. Aftertaste is light caramel, alcohol, and bitter pine. This beer is a little one sided to me and not balanced. No off flavors were present in this beer. Medium alcohol drying left on the palate.

O- This beer is bland and not inviting really at all. The abv isn't really showing at all in this beer. I wish this showed a little more sweetness in the malts to counterbalance the bitterness from the piney hops. Oh well can't have it all. Not a bad DIPA but average at best.

alleykatking, May 29, 2011
Photo of katybee
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first "Imperial IPA" and pleasantly impressed.

Looks are average, clear brownish gold ale with nice thick foam head which quickly dissipates leaving marginal lacing around the rim. Minimal smell, for a hoppy beer. Likewise, a light-medium body slightly soft on the tongue.

But the taste is remarkable--crisp, bitter, pungent. Bites the tongue with peppery pine notes, with slightly sweet residual. Wouldn't call it bready or citrusy at all, not wheaty, yeasty, or exactly malty. Simply intensely bitter and refreshing.

I prefer Bridgeport's Hop Czar to Lagunitas' Hop Stoopid and Boulder's Hazed & Infused. Hop Czar is bitter, but not medicinal, and the least citrusy. Nice for a change.

katybee, May 27, 2011
Photo of thebeerisgood
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma: Big floral hops, citrus and pine. Not getting much from the malt side, but that's typical for a west coast brew of this style.

Appearance: Golden, fairly translucent with an off-white creamy head. Huge sheets of lace trail the beer down to the bottom of the glass.

Taste: Lots of citrus such as orange and grapefruit with pine coming through. Just a bit of bready, lightly toasted malt provides a touch of balance and finishes bitter with a slight alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation.

Overall: Not bad at all, pretty easy to drink but really doesn't stand out much. I did enjoy it, and would have more given the opportunity.

Notes: Uses Nugget, Chinook, Cascade and Centennial hops. This is my first from Bridgeport and always appreciate trying beer that I can't get in my area. Definitely looking forward to trying more from this brewery.

thebeerisgood, May 22, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly hazed orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, orange citrus hops and some nicer pine like notes. In the taste, starts orange citrus and ends with some dryer pine hops, and mellow maltiness under all of it. A mellow hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine hop, and hints of citrus refreshment in the aftertaste. Quite mellow for a imperial, but nice and simple.

OWSLEY069, May 21, 2011
Photo of spree92
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes on 5/18/11.
A- A dusty tangarine orange. There was a head but it was gone by the time I sat down.

S- A smell of pine and euro hops. Has a cauliflower tinge that I also found in North Coast Scrimshaw.

T- Malts overpower the hops. A clove spice also here. Taste isn't horrible, but not what it should be for this category.

M- A sticky, chewy ale. Bitterness is very subtle and appears late.

O- Has a very misleading name. Would be better suited as a regular IPA. Bridgeport usually puts out good products, so I feel like I may have gotten an older bottle. No bottle dating that I could find.

spree92, May 21, 2011
Photo of chocosushi
4.63/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Byron's liquor.
One of my all time favorite Bridgeport beers.
First time reviewing.

12oz bottle -> Fuller's pint

A ~ Pours a golden caramel with a half inch size head that dissipates after 30 seconds. Translucent with tiny bubbles

S ~ Hops hops hops! Flowers and Fruit.

T ~ Fruity American hops (grapefruit/strawberries/limes) and what tastes like English bittering hops. Thick malt that doesn't battle with the hops like so many Imperials do. Dry finish with a good bite. That citrus stays with you like a hop breath mint, which is pretty awesome if you are a hophead.

M ~ Perfect carbonation. Such a velvety smooth mouthfeel with present, yet not
overbearing linger of the 7.5 ABV. Good beer to swish in your mouth.

D ~ Incredible. Tasty and complex, I find more things about this beer that i like every time I drink it. The only IIPA I would ever session with...Seriously.

chocosushi, May 17, 2011
Photo of jar2574
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent sized white frothy head. Lots of carbonation. Smells nice. Fruity, citrus, candy, honey. Goes down quite easily. Taste is hoppy. I taste a little more of the piney variety and the taste is less sweet than the smell. Mouthfeel lacks dominant hop punch and is perhaps a touch too watery. This is an enjoyable drink though. Not a standout, but not a stinker.

jar2574, May 14, 2011
Photo of CaptainIPA
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presented in a 12 oz. brown bottle @ Flying Elephants @ PDX. Breakfast of champions, my friends. All hail the King!

Billed as "A robust golden monarch brewed with a King's ransom of hops." I'm ready.

Pours a copper orange amber with a fluffy white head that quickly dissipates. Good lacing throughout. Aroma? Whole leaf hop cones. And lots of them.

Opens irresponsibly bitter with a triple-hop-infused jolt that's balanced by a robust malt backbone. Citrus, floral and pine notes surface, followed by suggestions of grapefruit and brown sugar. Finishes bitter and powder dry.

CaptainIPA, May 11, 2011
Photo of welldigger888
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a nice orangish ruby hue with a white head and good lacing.

piney hops & a mellow malty backbone.

Again the taste follows the nose, piney hops that follow with some maltiness but restrained.

Seems a medium bodied beer with a nice hop oiliness to me. The carbonation is good for the style, not over bearing.

Overall I think as a double IPA this is lacking a bit, If a regular IPA this would garner better score. But hey, for $6.99 a sixer it is damn good.

welldigger888, May 08, 2011
Photo of obrike
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice buy at Round Rock HEB for 7.99 a sixer.

Good looking beer...bright copper, clear pour...fluffy head that disappates slowly...above average lacing.

Pine scent...not much else...but enough to let you know it's an IPA...certainly doesn't have the normal scent of sweet malt and hops that normally accompanies a DIPA.

Is this really a DIPA? Taste follows nose...piney, but not very complicated. Maybe a very slight malt edge on the back end, otherwise, pretty bland for a DIPA. A bit more of a bitter finish than most DIPAs

Very easy to drink...a good summer brew if the price is right...just don't slam as the close to 8abv will sneak up.

A below average DIPA, but if it were classified as an IPA, which it actually feels like, it's not too bad...nothing beyond ordinary except for the low pricetag I got it for.

obrike, May 06, 2011
Photo of bgreg3
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this 6-pack from morris IL. It made me realize how much more beer IL gets than IN, might have to go there every now and then. Anyway, the beer looked hoppy so I bought it.

The color is deep orange in the middle of my glass and lightens around the sides. The head lacing sticks around the glass for a while and has a foam island in the middle. It smells of apricot/floral flavors with a malty biscuit undertone. Centennial, cascade, and chinook hops dominate on the taste, and are balanced by the sweet malty backbone (but not entirely). Hops linger throughout. Medium to heavy body with a wet finish.

Overall enjoyable. Good for one or two, but not much more. Cleanse your palate with this one and if you're a hop fanatic you'll be happy you picked it up.

bgreg3, May 02, 2011
Photo of superdavex
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better IPA's I've had recently. A great hop profile with enough balance to round it out nicely. This one smelled of pungent hops with a beautiful dark golden hue and just the right amount of lacing. It tasted much better stored at room temp rather than cold. I'm not sure about classifying this one as an Imperial IPA though. It was a bit weak for that IMO. I would call this just a strong IPA. I will have this again in the future for sure.

superdavex, May 02, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Purchased from Jackson Wines & Spirits in Lafayette, CA.

Pours very thickly, looking languid and heavy. Colour is a dull orange hue, with a slight hint of translucent haze. Head formed on impact with the glass, but settled down pretty quickly to a fine film. Lots of static carbonation when tilted; it's as though the bubbles can't be bothered working their way through the thickness to the surface. Looks pretty good.

Nose is certainly hoppy, but only mildly so, and surprisingly unfragrant for all the bombastic posturing about "a king's ransom of hops" and "robust ruler of IPA" on the bottle. What's there are some mild West Coast tropical and citrus notes, but mellow and soft without any pungency. Not bad, but not terribly exciting.

Taste is sharp with bitterness, but very green and piney, with little additional flavour released by the hops. At the end, a light soft caramel malt character comes out and provides some accompaniment, but it's otherwise very one-dimensional.

Feel is full and smooth, although the booze is very noticeable—even though it's not at the high end for an IPA.

It's a bit too much after a while, and because I don't feel like I'm gaining any additional nuances with each sip, it feels like something of a chore to finish. Not a bad beer, but I've had far better IPAs. If this is their ruler, it's time for an uprising.

lacqueredmouse, May 02, 2011
Photo of midwestbrewers
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours wit a 1 finger head atop of a deep copper colored brew.

S: Straight up hops!!! Amazing citric grapefruit smell, but the smell is balanced. Not too overpowering in any category.

T: Amazing robust hop flavor but, as the smell, not overpowering. The massive amount of hops plays well with the big malts for this beer.

A world class beer. Somewhat sweet then intense bitterness! Great flavor and compared to some beers a great cost too. AMAZING BEER Bridgeport Brewing Co.!!!

midwestbrewers, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of 4000qtrap
2.68/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Source/Serving: 22oz bottle, no expiry date

S: Deep, juicy, orange marmalade; citrus zest; leaf from an orange tree; just enough pine to add complexity, semisweet. Nice, but only moderately intense.

T: Pretty standard DIPA fare with a less than stellar finish. Semisweet upfront with citrus marmalade riding a nice wave of citrus oil and a faint jab at bread coming through. Center is more of the same with tons of oiliness and a nice hop snap with bitterness at least meeting the match of sweetness, if not leaning slightly to the bitter side. All very standard up to this point... not unpleasant though of only moderate intensity and not overwhelmingly excellent. Body is just right as it carbonation. However, finish is dry with balanced bitterness, but has an unpleasant grassy, astringency that you occasionally get from dry-hopping that gets worse as it lingers. The definite low point of this brew, unfortunately.

4000qtrap, Apr 19, 2011
Hop Czar from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
81 out of 100 based on 915 ratings.