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Hop Czar - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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913 Ratings

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Ratings: 913
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.32%
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.

(Beer added by: ccrida on 07-22-2008)
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Photo of kinupanda
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%

Very appealing bottle pour, a somewhat heavy amber that is moderately opaque. A decent, one-finger head that essentially kept its form through drinking. Quite a kick on the nose, with a subtle orange-lemon aroma and some woodiness that allows the hops to be the star. Good sweet flavor on the initial sip that grows into a pleasant heavy bitterness. The hoppiness lingers well after.

FourthBeer potential: HIGH. While not as smooth as comparable IPAs, the beer is distinctive and multiple are quite enjoyable.

kinupanda, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of PhillyStyle
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%

The beer pours a nice hazy amber color with a nice thick and dense white head that was well retained. A nice cap was maintained throughout. Some lacing as well.

The beer's aroma is dominated by citrus and pine hops with some malted barley that balances it out a little. A little light perhaps, good but no better than that.

The taste is really good. Nice and hoppy with a nice malted barley backbone. Nice dry bitter aftertaste, but as the beer warms the alcohol taste becomes more apparent.

The beer has a medium mouthfeel to it, but feels a bit like syrup. Good carbonation, smooth and creamy and it has good drinkability, especially for a beer higher in ABV. Overall, a solid beer and one that I will definitely get again.

PhillyStyle, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of salvo
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%

Rich buttery complex double IPA is only 7.5% but is rich and complex, golden with a quickly dissipating bone white head. Ends bitter and astringent but only after a long complex unfolding flavor that starts with pine then hay and straw. My enjoyment of flavor is interrupted by the assertion of the buttery creamy mouthfeel that works so well with the bitter hops, and builds to a rich unfolding sweet honey biscuit malt. The malt balances the assertive hops and is more pronounced in warmer beer. Finishes brutally, fabulously bitter.

I am surprised to see this as a B/B+ as it is an exceptionally well balanced English style bitter hopped IPA. I wish I had this available to me locally & regularly.

salvo, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of csiewert
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%

This beer pours a hazy orange color with a slight amount of white foamy head. The aroma is surprisingly lacking, I had to really swirl the beer around and get my nose deep in there to get anything substantial. Anyways, hints of flowery hops (as expected) and some malty sweetness come through. The taste starts with some malty sweetness and then kicks you in the face with hoppy bitterness. Not as much complexity to the hop flavor as I would like, it's more like a "BAM have some hops!" The mouthfeel is a little overcarbonated and the extreme bitterness leaves a rough taste in your mouth for a while. It is definitely worth a try, you may really like it, but prepare to be burping up hops as I am right now.

csiewert, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of chicagoabbot
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%

12 oz narrow Bridgeport bottle into a snifter. I do like their bottling, it is distinctive. This is one of my staple larger IPAs and can be found in my fridge or basement most weeks of the year. Orange and fairly bright body supports a decent head for the big IPA style that laces well. Aroma is excellent on this beer, very hoppy, they really nailed the West Coast IPA hop-zest aroma. The flavor is not quite as good as some of the best big IPAs that I've had, but it is quite clean, quite bitter at 85 iBUs and definitely enjoyable. Considering I can get a whole 6 pack of this in Chicago for the price of one chug of 3F's DIPA, I'd say it's a pretty impressive value too. Solid beer, and a hard one to beat for the money.

chicagoabbot, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%

A: orangeish light copper with a decent off white head and spotty lacing.
S: pine hits first along with some grapefruit. Floral notes and some honeyed bready almost caramelly malts underneath.
T: light to medium sweet malt and a bit sharp, bit astringent bitterness cleaning it out. Bitterness lingers.
m: a bit slick despite decent carbonation. Medium body. Some frothiness helps.
D: a good value especially for a dipa.

MrMcGibblets, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of Nerudamann
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

Look - light amber color, slightly murky, with about 2 fingers of off-white foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - not surprisingly very very hoppy. Light floral smell. Maltiness is there, sure, but it is extremely subtle.

Taste and Mouthfeel - strong bitterness throughout the start, middle, and finish. Maltiness does bring some balance into the beer. Texture is fairly well-balanced.

Drinkability - the bitterness is a little oppressive for me, but otherwise a good and interesting brew.

Nerudamann, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of katan
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%

12 oz, weird shaped bottle, into a perfect pint

A - Pours a deep dark orange with a few brown highlights. Opaque but very clear. Strong head formation, bright white in color. Well retained. Showing lots of carbonation.

S - Orange/citrus hops - very potent, earthy but sweet. Light sweet background from 2-row malts.

T - Starts off lightly malty, but is immediately taken over by the same citrus hops. Very orange-like flavor throughout. Mid-stream gets closer to balanced. Finishes with the first real bitterness of the beer. A malt forward IPA. Some piney flavors appear. Aftertaste is a bitter cling around the outside of the tongue.

M - Solid beer body, stronger than normal carbonation profile. As expected, the tongue is coated with a oily texture - bitterness sticking to the palette.

D - Moderate drinkability. Low on the ABV for the style, closer to a standard IPA these days. Flavors are strong, certainly can taint a palette, but not overwhelming. Slightly filling.

katan, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%

Tan in color and slightly hazy in appearance. Pretty good head that lasted and great lacing that sticks to the sides of the glass.

Has a slightly funky type hops/grapefruit/pine smell not quite like most IPAs. Definitely detectable citrus and malts as well.

Well the name isn't too far off, it's certainly hoppy. Other notable flavor are pine cone, earth, grapefruit and malts, much like the smell but without the notable funk. Medium sweetness in the taste that doesn't carry over to the finish.

A fairly dry finishing beer despite the initial sweetness in the mouth. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Slightly warming. Lingering bitterness.

It's decent but doesn't do enough for me to reach towards an A rating. Just a touch malty and not sweet enough on the finish for my IPA tastes.

Very solid B tho, I would recommend for those who like it hoppy to be sure. I would like to try more from this brewer.

AlCaponeJunior, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of DCon
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%

Bought Beer from Lukas Liquor in a Mix-A-Six. (6th Beer of Night)

Appearance: A dark amber color, very cloudy as well. Leaves good lacing behind.

Smell: smell of crazy amount of hops but it blocked everything else out. MAYBE a hint of corn? Very different smell.

Taste: Great blend of hops with a strong tangerine finish. Great Flavor!

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a biting feel after keeping under my tongue for a minute. Too high of a carbonation level for an Imperial IPA...

Drinkability: Great tasting for my buds but may not be everyones favorite beer. Definitely what I expected and will be going back to this beer in the near future.

DCon, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev +10%

12oz bottle served in pint glass.

Very hoppy and true to style.

A - orange amber with a light haze; modest light tan head of moderate durability. Very limited lacing.

S - strong hop aromas; everything else is hidden or deep in the background.

T - complex hop flavor with piney. floral and citrus notes. Quite hoppy ("copious amounts of Nugget, Chinook, Cascade and Centennial hops") and bitter ((IBU = 87), with some sweet, caramel malt balance. Some pleasant sweet malt notes reappear and contribute to a fine moderately bitter aftertaste.

M - adequate but light carbonation; medium-light bodied.

chinchill, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of CapitalGains
3.23/5  rDev -10%

12 oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint glass

Visual: goldenrod periphery, apricot/tangerine colored core, about 1/3 of an inch of white lacing that fades in about 30s, bubbles forming at bottom of glass, leaves a small amount of lacing

Smell: citrus hops but not overpowering, tangerine, malt

Taste/Mouthfeel: strong bite on initial taste, grapefruit, clementines/tangerines, citrus hops, maybe some peach (very little if any); mouthfeel is a comfortable medium body with light carbonation

Drinkability: pretty good overall but i've never brought myself to drink more than a couple in a single sitting.

I'd say it's an average DIPA but it's not supposed to be an elite beer. Have picked up several six packs for around $7-8 which is a decent deal.

CapitalGains, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of NeutroMan
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%

12 oz bottle into a snifter

Hazy amber/copper color with a small white head that receded to a thin film but nonetheless left some film around the glass. Prominent citrusy floral hop aroma with some spiciness and just a faint hint of alcohol. Seriously hoppy flavor, one that is again citrusy and floral. Hop bitterness is on the high side and lingers into the aftertaste, though it is certainly not overpowering. What little malt flavor there is is clean and sweet. Mouthfeel is a little rough and there is some moderate carbonation that gives it a somewhat dry finish. Overall, a decent stab at a DIPA.

NeutroMan, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of pilotgod
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured into Tulip.

A: Pours a nice coppery amber with a good off white head. The head does dissipate fairly quickly and there is practically no lacing.

S: Great hops and floral smell with hints of spice (Coriander?). The alcohol hits the nose as well and tends to drown out more subtle notes if apparent.

T: For something called the Czar I was expecting to be assaulted by hops and was looking forward to it. Instead I got the typical hop presence of the Double IPA type. Not a bad thing, just not anything that sets it apart from the rest. There is the citrus and spice notes presence which gives it a good aftertaste, again not anything special. Leaves the typical hops bitter aftertaste, if you don't like that, then best to pass this one on.

M: Good mouthfeel, even with a pronounced alcohol smell, it isn't overpowering and the carbonation is well balanced.

D: Good drinkability. I don't regret the purchase of the 6 pack, but it will take a while to work through. It isn't a "Go To" beer when you just want a brew. You have to be in the mood for this one.

pilotgod, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of cpolking
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Dark copper with hints of amber in color. Aroma is hop forward, with citrus, floral and tropical fruits balanced by a spicy maltiness. The taste follows the aroma, there is citrus, cantalopue, mango and a bit of pine in the flavor. The malt flavor is not particularly noticeable but is detectable in the balance it provides, the foundation it gives for the hops to do their work. The finish is bracingly dry and bitter. The malt becomes more pronounced in the aftertaste as the glass goes down.

cpolking, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of Dohdaman
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%

12oz Btl poured into a New Glarus Pint Glass.

A. Deep Amber Color, 1st beer was clear, 2nd was a tad cloudy. Off white head reduces quickly, though maintains a cap. Nice lacing.

S. Hops and Citrus fragrance, not bad.

T. Hoppy, but not to bitter to where one would only drink one.

M. Typical hoppy aftertaste, but not bad overall.

D. Decent drinkability, can drink more than one in a row.

Dohdaman, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of velosuds
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

On tap a tavern to say farewell to a departing employee. This was the best choice available of a beer I've not tried.

A-Pours a hazy golden-amber hue with a two finger, bone-white head with good retention and ample lacing.

S-The hops are not fragrant enough for style and not even closing to suitable for a Czar. What is there is to be expected: piney, and citrus, especially grapefruit.

T-Taste is fairly one dimensional, which is somewhat to be expected for the style and from the name. Hops present contribute more to overall bitterness than flavor, but not overtly astringent. There is also a sufficient caramel malt backbone that provides good balance.

M-Smooth and well carbonated. The 7.5 ABV is a little light for the style as is the body.

D-This is a decent but not an exciting beer. Glad to have tried this once without a larger outlay. Not likely to buy again.

velosuds, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of ectomorph
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%

12oz bottle with much hullabaloo about the amount of hops, but no freshness dating... Poured in a DFH glass.

A - Hazy dark burnt orange body, dense light tan head with good retention and sheeting.

S - Pungent floral and citrus hops. A sweetness from the big malt body. No alcohol astringency noted. Fresh cut pineapple, with a caramel sweetness. Very pleasant.

T - Grapefruit rind and grassy bitterness hit you immediately. There is an apricot fruitiness that I can't tell if it comes from hops or yeast. Some alcohol solvency and bite are really the only malt indicators here.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation, hearty for an IIPA. Not overly dry and the hops linger.

D - Moderate to low. The big ABV and insane bitterness are a 1 and done for me and I love IPA.

ectomorph, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of MNJR
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%

I don't think this is too different from the regular Bridgeport IPA; which is quite good. But, I wonder, why bother making the same thing but with a bit of a drier taste and more booze? Don't get me wrong, this is good beer. The color is standard golden/copper, the head is great and so is the lacing. Smells are pine, citrus, touch of herbal/mint. Again, standard stuff. But, the flavors meld nicely and the beer has good character and is solidly built. I get a lot of licorice flavor as this beer settles in. The downside is an aftertaste that slowly makes you think of Listerine. Yeah, Listerine. The standard Bridgeport IPA does taste better, and no Listerine. Goes down very nicely, so scores fine on mouthfeel. The dry aftertaste is pronounced and has a bit of chalk. But, not a deal breaker. The ABV is high, but I don't notice it too much. It falls short of the printed claim "an irresponsible amount of hops," because that is not what I'm getting here. Tastes like a normal, high quality IPA with an extra ethanol and the aforementioned Listerine kick.

MNJR, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of birdypowder
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%

Alcohol Czar! While 7.5% ABV is appropriate for the style, it is unfortunate that alcohol notes steal the show from the usual stars of an Imperial IPA production, hops and malt!

A fleeting appearance by a small off-white head leaving minimal lacing disappoints. The hazy copper/orange color invites.

Alcohol! Fruit, as in juicyfruit (like the gum). If juicy fruit made a spirit with the same aromatics and taste as their gum you would swear this beer was spiked with it. Look further and you can get past the alcohol and find some intriguing pine and citrus notes. Overall, the hop aroma is underwhelming for this style.

Again, the alcohol plays too significant of a roll, not allowing the malt and hops to do their thing. I would like more of a hop presence and a sturdier malt back bone. Aftertaste leaves a lingering bitterness but it is not overkill and is to be expected in an imperial IPA.

Creamy, smooth, well done.

I would never turn one of these beers down, despite my average ratings. However, I would never seek out and pay money for this beer. The alcohol plays too dominate of a role. However, the finish is better than a lot of imperial IPA's in that it doesn't leave you scraping you tongue of bitterness.

birdypowder, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of GimmeAles
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%

Clear, ruddy orange forms a good 2-finger head that falls to a thin cap which stays down the glass, good lacing.

Aromas are pugent and resiny, with hints of citrus poking through with some neutral malt sweetness woven in. No secret what you'll be drinking here.

Burly and slightly harsh bitterness up front followed by hits of both sweet and bitter orange peel. Pithy, herbal, and spicy, in good measure with a light
caramel sweetness offered up by the malts, really letting the hops shine. More balancing sweetness appears as the beer warms, but not enough to pull things
back to a semblance of 'IPA-Balance'

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and prickly from carbonation - a touch more slickness in the mouthfeel would cool the bracing bitterness a touch.

Overall tilted towards hop-bitterness and less on hop-flavor, make it a good one-pint IPA for me. A solid offering, but other strong IPA's offer a
bit more balance and depth of flavor.

GimmeAles, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of Star80
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%

Hmm, Hop Czar, kind of a weird looking bottle. Kind of cheesy actually. Pours out a pale gold color like an IPA. Smell is sort of unimpressive. Not detecting much floral hop character. Taste is hops hops hops and some alcohol. Hop seem like a standard cascade, with lots of pungency. Lots of hops in a one-note sort of way, nothing too extraordinary this is just a strong IPA. One thing that was great was the price, not sure how they do it. Or maybe I do, cheaper ingredients. Must be using a lot of hop pellets, I dunno. I think the beer was pretty fresh and so maybe it is Monday and just me feeling blah. Don't feel too inspired by this one. Was in the mood for a bitter but I got a bugger. I can see some hop heads liking this one-two punch.

Star80, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of dragonWhale
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%

Hail the czar indeed..

Lovely orange with a fair white head, delightfully clear for a bottle conditioned bottle.
Smell is simple but nice, bit of sweet malt, lots of grapefruit, maybe some lemon, all other hop aromas obscured. The taste is very similar, brief burst of sweetness then a blast of fresh grapefruit. not very complex but damn delicious nonetheless.
an enjoyable beverage from these fine liquid purveyors..

dragonWhale, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of Zundo
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%

Appearance: Medium body hazy yellow-orange body with one-finger off white head

Smell: Sweet and fruity hops apple, possibly even blueberry and grapefruit. Bit piny.

Taste: Bitter lemon, grapefruit flavor. Lots of hops. Bit of grass.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated and a bit frothy.

Drinkability: There is a pretty decent amount of alcohol present and this is a pretty intense beer.

Zundo, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of Kringler
2.65/5  rDev -26.2%

This beer seemed so alluring when i bought a case of it at Costco. I'm a "hop head", so what could be better than a beer called hop czar?? Quite a few things...
A: looks fine. Bubbles a bit larger than i like accompanying an orangey amber color
S: smells good! Piney and citrusy as expected. Maybe apples? A bit too cold to be more specific than that.
T: not nearly enough malt and a overwhelming metallic flavor at the finish. The flavor is very imbalanced and i couldn't get into it even though i really wanted to like it based on the smell.
M: medium-light. Lightly carbonated
D: i couldn't get over the metal flavor. I can only have this beer after Ive had a few of something better.
The high alcohol content didn't bother me as much as other reviewers but the finish of this beer is way too harsh for me to enjoy this beer. I wouldn't get this beer again, except perhaps on draft to see if it's different.

Kringler, Oct 07, 2010
Hop Czar from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
81 out of 100 based on 913 ratings.