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Hop Czar - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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BA SCORE
82
good

940 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 940
Reviews: 361
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 22
Gots: 64 | 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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Sargully, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Terp96
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Terp96, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Klym
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Klym, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of olfolxholme
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6

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. :-)

olfolxholme, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of gtermi
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

gtermi, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of Fatehunter
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Transparent, amber with a short head.
A deep citrus smell and nothing else.
The taste is sharp and to the point. It is an Imperial IPA and drinks like one. Though it is not all "punch-you-in-the-face" hops. It is balanced nicely.
Bubbly bubbles. Medium body.
A good IPA. Not amazing but a very solid drink. Lovely.

Fatehunter, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of NoHipTee
4.72/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a frosty cold glass. light amber appearance with the perfect amount of frothy head that is enough to stick to your mustache but not so much that it interferes with drinking.

Smell is wow, bang, punch in the nose hoppy.

Taste is also super hoppy as expected. The pine hoppy flavor lingers for a long long while after the beer has passed thru my beer processing system.

Mouthfeel is bitter but refreshing and could do with just a bit more carbonation.

Overall I have developed a strong liking for this beer. May be a bit toooo bitter for the average beer drinker but is very sessionable for me.

Cheers.

NoHipTee, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of robbrandes
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle.

deep orange, slightly hazy. good initial head, recedes to a thin film with nice lacing. nose is fairly quiet for an IPA, what's there is a bit light on the hops.

taste - a brief fly-by of slightly toasted malt (and i mean brief) is followed by a strong blast of piney, resinous hops. good mouthfeel, if not a tad undercarbed. clean finish.

solid, if unsurprising IPA. it'd be a welcome relief at a lesser-stocked restaurant or bar, but i'd be hard-pressed to buy off the shelf with so much other pac-NW hoppy goodness out there.

robbrandes, Sep 20, 2011
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3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

American IPA brewed with nugget, Chinook, cascade, and centennial hops 7.5% abv

Golden honey amber color, clear, good head

Small nose for imperial ipa, malty, carmely, citrus and hops

Overall a balanced beer, not too heavy, very
sessionable, nice bitter hoppiness but not too bitter

Not quite as strong as the name would suggest but still not bad.

dlbrockmiller, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of avaldivia
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured 12 oz bottle into a Belgian Tulip.

A: Appealing hazy copper color. Nice off-white head. Good lacing.

S: Grapefruit. Pine. Not particularly well balanced.

T: Not bad. Good hop character. The malt is there but the balance is not what I would have hoped or expected. Flavors are kind of light and muddled.

M: Thick. A little syrupy. Good carbonation.

O: Not my favorite DIPA. I don't feel the need to drink this again. It was not as flavorful as I would have hoped.

avaldivia, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of FanofHefe
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass; no freshness dating. Clear, light amber body, with just a bit of orange hue. Solid two-finger light tan head that has excellent retention and leaves long lasting foam cap and good lacing.

Smells fresh. Nice hop aroma featuring grapefruit and other light citrus plus tropical fruit notes. A little sweet malt in the background.

The taste follows the aroma overall with a very nice bitter hop bite. More pine resin and grapefruit in the taste than I would have expected from the aroma. A little tropical fruit flavor and sweet malt complete a very good flavor balance overall.

Medium mouthfeel with the expected hop oil texture. Very pleased with this beer and glad it came in a sixer as I am looking forward to several more.

FanofHefe, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of BeerDocT
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a fan of exceptionally hoppy IPAs and a beer that dares to call itself "Hop Czar" has to live up to a lot. How did it fare? Results follow.

Poured into a chilled, wide-mouthed glass.

-Appearance 3.75: Beautiful, deep golden in color. Poured a slight quarter inch or so head which quickly faded into filmy suds. Small bubbles appeared on the sides of the beer.

-Smell 3.75: Very appealing smell of grapefruit, grains and sweet straw. The aroma is not, however, overpowering; just slight.

-Taste 4.0: Front is smooth with hints of semi-sweet caramel. Middle is where the first of the hops start to hit from the sides of the mouth and accentuates a deeply dry character that is unexpected, but refreshing. Finish is relatively short and somewhat dry, but this allows the hops to really be alone on the stage. Lots of citrus, pine, chlorophyll...all the good things you want from American hops. Aftertaste is long and features more of the grapefruit, sweet orange peel and peppery hop wallowing. Nice.

-Mouthfeel 4.0: The right amount of carbonation. Light and refreshing. Very good fit for the style.

-Overall 4.0: Outstanding IPA. This baby is smooth, well-balanced and just an excellent all-around refresher. Great session beer, but it will really hammer you with its 7%+ ABV, so be aware. Its dryness makes it a great accompaniment to food, particularly seafood. Recommended; try it if you can find it.

BeerDocT, Sep 05, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber with no freshness date poured into a large nonic.

A: Pours that prototypical deep golden honey/orange, fairly clear with very little carbonation visible. Rocky off-white mounds of head descend slowly and stick to the glass throughout.

S: Hops jump up and announce themselves at first sniff; sharp citrus, bitter pine, some sweetness (caramel malt I'm assuming), and a perfumey character. A touch warmer and hints of pungent hop oil seep out with more tropical fruits.

T: West Coast, piney and pungent with a decent caramel malt backbone. It's decent but not quite as diverse as the nose.

MF: The mouthfeel on this is about where you'd want an IPA/DIPA. It's somewhere between light and medium, and starts slick and refreshing and finishes with decent dryness.

O: A pretty good, well rounded and balanced West Coast IPA. Recommended, and I'm a little surprised it doesn't rate higher on BA. Maybe a touch lighter than some other West Coast offerings but still a a good, hoppy offering.

Scotchboy, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful hazy copper orange with hefty white foam that fades slowly leaving rings of lace.

The aroma is of citrus, pine and sweaty skunk. Biscuits underneath with a touch of caramel.

The taste follows and is undwhelming. Loads of hops, but bitter aspirin and medicinal notes. Not horrible, but overly bitter with citrus and pine and some skunky funk.

Thin for its style. A little viscious on the hop cut.

Overall, not balanced well and a bit skunky.

JayS2629, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of generalnotsew
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Good 1 finger frothy head. Body is a light orange/amber. Much lighter than your typical IPA. Light but still not bad and stays enough within the style. Smell is very citric tangerine. Some caramel malts. Tropical fruits are the most dominant. Has a bit of an ethanol kick to it though. The caramel sweetness is the frontrunner with a dose of earthiness and trailed by light tropical notes. There is a noticeable bitterness in the end but it is more medicinal than bitter hops. I still very much like the taste. Think of a light IPA. Then again after a few more drinks it seems a bit watered down. It is still very drinkable to me. A decent amount of heat on the throat and possibly a bit undercarbonated. Not bad but not great. Should be worth the $10 a sixer for most people.

generalnotsew, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of Bockrules
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a gorgeous, cloudy sunset orange-copper with a one finger, off-white head. Moderate to weakly carbonated. Head falls apart around 2/3rds down the glass. Bimodal distrubution of lace in walls about a quarter down the glass and at the bottom.

S - A fair amount of cascade hop notes on a biscuity malt background. Really not more than what you'd get from a "normal" IPA

T - Just a little bit of malt upfront. The body comes off flat for the style - Maybe more like an English IPA. There are hints or orange and grapefruit against a biscuity malt background. Hop bitterness becomes slightly more pronounced as the beer passes over the back of the tongue, but nothing really more drastic than your ordinary IPA. Nice bitter-citrus finish with a hint of malt sweetness.

M - On the thicker side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation. More creamy than chewy- interesting.

Hop Czar is not a bad beer, it just simply is not an "Imperial IPA" nor a "Robust Ruler of IPA." The advertising on this beer comes off pretty smug to me, and the beer doesn't back it up. That being said, hop czar is tasty, fairly well balanced and a steal if you consider it to be a 7.5% "normal" IPA for $7.00 a six.

Bockrules, Aug 06, 2011
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3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hop Czar has enough deep amber colour to suggest that it's actually the malts that rule things. Despite being clear (allowing for a little haze, of course) and some considerably bright highlights, this beer appears substantially heavy. Its head regresses in some parts and has an array of different sized bubbles - it looks like a map of the Pacific Islands.

This aroma clearly hasn't showered in weeks - it reeks. Even exercising in sweltering heat without deodorant most people couldn't get this stinky. Bitter, pungent, earthy herbals waft like something (cheese?) that got lost at the back of the fridge and rotted. Indeed, you might think the (still perceptible) lightly roasted maltiness had gone moldy.

If you can get around the fact that this isn't as aggressive as most examples of the style, then chances are you'll be able to appreciate it. It has a lot more malt than one might expect, producing lots of toffee notes (but not compromising the generic grapefruit-and-citrus notes that define the style). The hops are strongly leafy, tasting like steamed greens.

There's not a ton of bitterness, and any lingering hoppiness is not harsh but pleasantly minty, owing to a considerable zest (which falls just short of spicy) and definitive leafiness. Even at a more ambient temperature the alcohol fails to make much of an impression - although the beer's naturally strong persona speaks for itself. Still, it's not very intimidating.

The West-Coast bloodline does indeed have a rich heritage of hoppy beers, but Bridgeport's Hop Czar is far from the king of it. The only title of royalty it earns is 'Duke of Bigger Beers that the Masses will find Approachable' - which is still a noble one to possess. This isn't Pliny or Ruination or Dreadnaught - it's a moderate, evened example of the style that might not win-over many current BAs, but it will convert a lot of people into becoming BAs.

biegaman, Aug 03, 2011
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3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bomber on special at my local liquor store that was having their big annual tasting today, this was highly recpmmended by another BA I met there today, The king on the label claims his DIPA is the best, let's see/taste...

Appearance - Poured 2 quick fingers of thick sudsy eggshell head, drops to an inch of rocky tight cumulus clouds in a couple of minutes. Color of the ale is a lite copper orange, perfectly clear, nice color. First few sips are leaving nice lacing.

Smell - I could smell this the moment I opened the bottle, great smell of candied grapefruit, some fresh biscuits, citrus notes. From the glass is more of the same.

Taste - Floral and citrusy hops, and lots of them. Lots of juicy grapefruit at the front, some lemongrass and faint minerals with slight pineapple honey sweetness at the middle, bitters and dries towards the back, with dry breadcrust and a little pine on the finish. Malts provide a nice semi-sweet backbone, but not overly so at all, this is a hop-forward beer. I get a little sticky lip-smacking sticky grapefruit peel tartness between sips.

Mouthfeel - Medium and cramy during the sip, carbonation crispiness near the end of the sip, palate dries quickly after the swallow, great prep for the next sip.

Overall - This is a pretty solid DIPA, and is above average in all categories. Nothing especially bad at all, but nothing especially good either. I do like this, and would recommend this, and would evern purchase again, but would not go out of my way to do so. This was more of a Hop Governor for me ;) Try this, you won't be disappointed, but perhaps not wowed either. Like another reviewer said, this just doesn't quite seem like a double ipa, much more like a single.

blackcompg, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a generic tulip. No freshness date. Clear gold in color. Moderate head, low retention. Oily lacing gives the imptression that this ones loaded with hops but the aroma a let down. Alcohol noted in the aroma and some piney hops but not enough for a double. Taste is nicely bitter but again, not bitter enough for a double. Easy , smooth aftertaste. Not a bad beer at all, just a bit of a let down considering the style.

KickbacksSteve, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of CSQ1111
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's hard to knock a beer that is just average, but that's just what this beer is...average.

I guess the thing that disappoints me most is that the bottle store that I picked this up at touted it as a year-round Hopslam. MASSIVE FAIL...

This is a very malt forward Double IPA and really nothing like the Big, Lush, Tropical Hop Bombs that you find in other West Coast offerings.

Again, this is not a bad beer, but merely average and when there are so many other outstanding options, I would prefer to pass.

CSQ1111, Jul 23, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours an amber, reddish color with a medium size head.

S- Was eating fish while drinking this so thought the smell was a little fishy. It was slightly sweet but a lot of earthy smells came through like grassy or salt water. I know, weird but that's what I thought.

T- After the initial bitter sweet initial taste the finish is full of hop bitterness. I really enjoyed it. Leaves you tasting the beer for 30 seconds or more after taking a sip.

M- It went down smoothly but was a little thin. Perfect with my meal and cleanses the palate for the next bite.

O- Thought this was a good and well rounded beer that I would buy again in the future if I wanted a hop fix.

ColSanders123, Jul 17, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Exchequer Pub in Chicago.

Appearance - pale orange with a slight white head.

Smell - Lots of West Coast hops upfront. Lighter on malt than IPAs usually are, hops just dominate the aroma - tons of grapefruit and pine.

Taste - Echoes the aroma - piles of grapefruity hops flavours, with a touch of honey-like malt and a nice bitter bite on the finish.

This beer is very easy drinking given the alcohol content.

, Jul 08, 2011
Hop Czar from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
82 out of 100 based on 940 ratings.