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Hop Czar - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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BA SCORE
81
good

913 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 913
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.32%
Wants: 21
Gots: 56 | 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 argock
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%

Served on-tap in a clear tulip glass at Clark Street Ale House (Chicago, IL).

A: Light amber with thin cap of off-white head and light streaks of lace.

S: Nose is pretty light for the style with resiny hops, mild citrus, floral notes, and pale malts.

T: Floral and resin hops qualities are most prominent with pale and lightly roasted caramel malts hitting next. Raw bitterness comes through next and finishes this brew. Enjoyable but mid-pack at best.

M: Good medium-body with low carbonation and smooth feel finished with strong bitter bite.

D: Decent but seems old-fashioned for the style. Needs a retool to strengthen the nose and pack more punch in the falvor department.

argock, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

On tap at Paramount Room, into a pint glass...Light copper that is very clear, white head with poor retention, ok lacing...Hopp centric aroma with a very malty backbone. Your average dipa, nothing more or less...The taste is hop forward again, pine resin, a little alcohol. Decently easy to drink.

An average ipa.

jrallen34, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of jacobseyb
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured from the bottle into a snifter a caramel golden color with a slightly off white head that dissipated quickly. Pretty good aromatic nature with more florals and pine than citrus. Taste is much the same with the bitter pine notes leading the way. Feel in the mouth is crisp with some oiliness. Overall an enjoyable drinkable Double IPA.

jacobseyb, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of josiahschlender
2.78/5  rDev -22.6%

I was excited to see this affordable double IPA in the grocery aisle. Not too often you see DIPAS outside of a specialty beer shop or store that has a pretty big selection.

Poured from a bottle, it looks pretty good. Nice sized, creamy head with a hint of orange. Lasts pretty long, leaving good lace. Color is a pretty amber-red. It's a little weird to see so much sediment in suspension.

The nose is very hoppy. I would have guessed less hops in this kind of DIPA, but no holding back on this one. Lots of bitter lemon rind and pin-sol. Letting it warm, a little bit of biscuit malts come through, but it took a while. While I love hops, the Hop Czar type of hops seem kind of punishing, less like the fruity, delicious hops that are best showcased (in my mind) by Russian River and Alesmith beers.

Wow, lots of those punishing hops in the flavor. That's all I can taste at first. Bitter lemon rind and pine sap... not even too much of a good thing, just not that good. This is one of the few times I've been turned off by hops; I truly consider myself a hop head. In just about any case I like there to be some sweet balancing malts, but those are nowhere to be found.

Edit: I've let the beer warm for an hour or so, and it's improving. The hops have mellowed a bit, and allowed some toasty malts to peek through. Not a total redemption, but definitely more palatable than refrigerator cold.

Nothing wrong with mouthfeel. Good body, pretty long finish. The only problem is that it leaves the unpleasant hops finishing long.

This is a beer that'll be hard for me to come back to, sadly. It looked great on the shelf, but I'm having a hard time drinking the whole sixer of this.

josiahschlender, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of jwinship83
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%

a new to my area double IPA sold in six packs. i paid $8 for this one. also comes in 12 packs for $15. no freshness information to be found. drank from my sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- this one pours out a slightly hazy golden orange colored body with a half finger of bright white head on top. the head has decent retention and leaves behind small rings of lacing.

S- the first thing i notice is the extreme hoppiness wafting out of my glass. lots of resiny pine and grapefruit. theres also some well masked sweet caramel malts.

T- the sweet caramel malts i could smell are swiftly overpowered by a swarm of hops. lots of pine and some orange zest. theres even more grapefruit. very juicy tasting.

M- medium bodied with a nice lowish level of carbonation. nicely bitter.

D- easy to finish this one off. not really a thinking mans beer, but thats ok sometimes. plenty of hops for your dollar here.

jwinship83, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%

This beer pours a clear medium golden amber hue, with one finger of thick foamy off-white head, which leaves some nice layered lace around the glass as it falls away. It smells of grapefruit rind, pine needles, and biscuity caramel malt. The taste is biscuit/bready grain, pine, grapefruit, and orange, and a soft sweet boozy edge. The carbonation is average, the body medium weight, a bit creamy, and fairly smooth, with just a slight alcohol twinge. It finishes quite dry, and crisp.

I find the dry biscuity, crackery malt versions of DIPA to be mildly offputting at the worst, uninteresting at the best. This falls somewhere in between. It definitely needs a bit more sweetness to offset the decent hop assault.

biboergosum, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of harperman69
2.58/5  rDev -28.1%

Brother got this to me and said it was nice and hoppy; I thought this was his way of saying it was "good".

12 oz bottle poured into normal pint glass.

Poured an amber orangish color with about an inch head with good retention. Lots of lacing was another nice touch. Took a whiff and noticed a very piney hop smell with no florals or citrus. Seemed disappoing until I took a sip and then you can drop the word "Seemed". All this hop bitterness without much to balance it was a let down. Same taste as the nose, lacking in character and depth, just about didn't finish this beer. Had a medium to semi thick mouthfeel reminiscent of a quality DIPA, just without the taste. A little high on the alcohol factor and could feel it, not exactly a sessionable beer.

harperman69, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of Baraka
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Pours a dark golden with a solid, substantial head. Nose is a burst of citrusy hops. This is an aggressively hoppy beer- lots of bitterness and citrus flavor with very little malt backbone. Very west-coasty, which is IMO a good thing when it comes to IIPAs. Very drinkable with a lasting bitterness.

Baraka, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of jbphoto88
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

A slight hazed tangerine color with warm yellow and orange edges. The head is white and thin made up of fat and skinny bubbles. Not very lasting.

Nose is good but not notable. Warm and malty with light hints of bold hops. They are citrus and piney but muted compared to other imperial IPA's.

Taste is also on the muted side of things. It's got the characteristics of a IIPA but falls short. Sweet malts with crisp citrus however it's all around weak. Not watered down but more in line with a strong pale ale or a weak ipa rather then a double. That being said the taste isn't bad, just not in the league of IIPA's

Medium bodied with a solid bitterness and soft carbonation. The mouthfeel isn't too shabby either. This one is a solid drinking beer that is well worth checking out even if it doesn't stack up next to the other in the style.

jbphoto88, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of bagpiper2005
2.48/5  rDev -30.9%

Pour: Hazy yellow-orange color. Big three fingers of frothy white head that retained well and left all sorts of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Citrus, pine, and ethanol. No real malts or anything.

Taste: Follows the smell pretty much exactly. Pine up front, then alcohol, then grapefruit in the back. Malts not really detectible. Unbalanced and almost gag-worthy.

Mouthfeel: For 7.5% this was an extremely watery beer. It's got a bit more body than a light lager but not much. High carbonation.

Drinkability: This stuff was hard to drink. The alcohol presence sort of killed it.

Final Notes: If you enjoy a shot of everclear against eating raw hops, this might be the beer for you. That said, this is probably the worst Double IPA I've ever had, and the more I drank it the less I liked it. No substance, no malt in the body. Look elsewhere.

bagpiper2005, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of ericj551
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%

Hop Czar pours a slightly hazy copper with a thin head. The aroma is citrusy and earthy, with some damp, malty herbal notes. Herbal bitterness strikes upfront in the flavor, with almost more earthy, British type hop flavor than citrusy American hops. The malt is there, but hidden, and an earthy resiny character lingers in the finish. I feel like this beer kind of skirts the line between IPA and IIPA line.

ericj551, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of n00tz
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

A - Orange-amber body, thin khaki head, active carbonation.

S - Sweet and citrusy, maybe some light cream?

T - Biscuity malts, and grapefruity hops. still finding the cream character on the tongue.

M - Nicely carbed, medium body with full character.

D - pretty good overall, misses the mark for a Double IPA in my opinion, but hits it pretty well on the Strong Ale.

n00tz, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of Snamnoum
2.6/5  rDev -27.6%

Appearance - hazy, tan color which produced one finger of off white head. Average head retention and fairly good lace.

Smell - resiny hops, very acidic lemon/citrus

Taste - very, very, very unbalanced and over hopped not in a good way. No where near enough malt to help curb hops. Unpleasant acidic/ tart finish. Water taste heavy and metallic, almost lead pencily. Overall very off tasting.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, with medium carbonation. Thin feeling for a Imperial IPA.

Drinkability - not difficult to drink but wow this is just not pleasant drink either. Looks and sounds promising but trust me its not. Save your money on this one and get something else.

Snamnoum, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of trannebula
3.95/5  rDev +10%

I should start off by saying that I'm a fan of IPA's.

Have to admit that I bought this 12-pack based on price ($12.99) and appeal of the packaging; looked like it would be good enough. I was surprised to find out that the abv was 7.5%; a rare find in 12-packs that are sitting next to all the other brand[bland]-name beers. It's too bad they don't list that on the box. I often judge buying a beer on its $/abv ratio.

This beer lives up to the name - very hoppy - but I was surprised on the lack of bite. However, that did not deter from my enjoyment of the flavor. In fact, it makes it real easy to suck down quick (be careful, 7.5% remember).

Poured out of the bottle, it didn't produce much head and has a nice light amber color. The aroma is slightly mild with a little bit of the expected floral.

Plus, the Burger King's distinguishing-looking cousin being on the label is a little humorous.

trannebula, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of spaceycasey
2.68/5  rDev -25.3%

On-tap in Austin.

A - Hazy orange with fluffy white head that holds fairly strong.

S - Biscuit and caramel dominate, perhaps slightly oxidized. Little to no hop aroma. Surprising for a Double IPA.

T - Piney, resiney hop bitterness that doesn't match up with the indications the nose provided. Were hops only used for bittering? Caramel flavor comes through a little bit to balance the hops, but not much.

M - A bit on the sticky side, which I find okay for a DIPA.

D - The out of balance bitterness make this below average drinkability for the style.

spaceycasey, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of arizcards
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%

Picked up a single from Magnums on the 4th of July for $1.49.

Beer poured an amber-orange with a nice white head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose is a nice boquet of citrusy northwest hops. Taste is a nice pale and caramel malt backbone and is hopped with citrus and melon flavors, leaving a dry hop resinous flavor in the end. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, decently carbonated, pretty smooth when going across the palate, Drinkability is good. This is a good representation of the style, albeit a much lighter than usual version. There is enough malt there to chew on but given the relatively generous amount of hops in the recipe I find it to be a pretty good hop bomb. Glad I sampled and will look to try again.

arizcards, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of GDBEERMAN
4/5  rDev +11.4%

From Tasting Notes:
12oz into snifter.
A: A deep amber body, slight haze, with good head retention. Nice Lacing.
S: Citrus hops are dominate, a earthy hop aromas in the background.
T/M: A crisp mouthfeel and a dry lingering taste of floral hops.
D: A IIPA that could be sessioned, but not the tastes that I like in a IIPA, but good dry mouthfeel.

GDBEERMAN, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of CBlack85
2.7/5  rDev -24.8%

poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Smuttynose big beer balloon glass.

It is a deep orange-ish color with some amber hues. A small off white head recedes fairly quickly leaving behind quite a bit of sticky lacing.

The nose is small and unimpressive. The malts are at the forefront here; bisuity and bready malt aromas intermingle with a fairly strong alcohol presence. There is a small bit of piney and citrusy hops, but not nearly enough to convince me that this beer is in fact a DOUBLE IPA... from the west coast, no less. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing offensive about the aroma, just disappointing.

The flavor is a bit more hop forward than the nose, but still falls short of what I would expect. The hops provide a bitter, slightly piney flavor that seems to lack any real character or depth. The bisuity, bready malts are not nearly as prominant in the flavor as they are in the aroma, but they are there and provide a nice malt backbone for a decent IPA, unfortunately the hops don't seem to deliver the flavor and punch that is needed. Medium/light bodied and moderately carbonated.

Overall impression is that this is not a bad beer, it just seems to under perform. I think they really need to rework the hop bill on this one, although I think the malt bill is right on...

CBlack85, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of beagle75
2.98/5  rDev -17%

12 oz. bottle pour into a shaker pint.

A: Clear orange-amber with one-finger of white foam head that quickly diminishes to a near-continuous residue. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Intense pine, mango, and grapefruit. The smell is clearly hops-dominated but there is also a promise of sweetness to come.

T: Starts surprisingly dry, offering none of the sweetness detected in the smell. The dominant bitter finish emerges early and lasts, with a definite grapefruit character. Mellow, earthy malt is detectable at the beginning but fades as the finish approaches. Alcohol warms the palate slightly in the finish.

M: Medium, sticky, viscosity coats the mouth well but leaves an astringent pucker. Moderate carbonation is too present on the palate.

D: Although not a strong DIPA in alcohol content, the bitterness is haunting and powerful. Combined with astringency issues, this beer has a roughness that needs to be addressed. While Bridgeport's IPA is a charming--if outdated--classic, this beer is best smelled and left alone. It attains authenticity as if a checklist was followed, but unfortunately it is not delicious enough to seek out.

beagle75, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of snaotheus
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%

12oz bottle into a pint glass

Pours very clear, very light yellow color slight orange-ish tinge to it. Head was initially fairly large, faded fast, left some pretty decent looking lacing up the side of the glass. Smell is not super-strong, even when slightly warm. A little hay, a lot of hops.

Taste is definitely overpowered by the grapefruit peel bitterness from the hops, which normally is good, but there doesn't seem to be much of anything to balance it out here. So, it's a hop bomb, and not the best kind of hop bomb.

Mouthfeel is light and a little sticky. Drinkable, not bad beer, but not that great. Worth $7 for a sixer.

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6 July 2013
Found it for like $2.40 for a bomber. Thought I'd give it another shot. My opinion hasn't changed that much.

snaotheus, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of flexabull
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours a bright amber color with a nice white head.

Aromas are of light fresh hops, mostly grapefruits, and some hard candies.

Flavors start with bready malts, some caramel, and a general light creaminess. Finish is crisp, with citrus hop notes, and an alcohol bite. Beer kind of strikes me as more of a strong pale ale, rather than a double IPA.

Mouthfeel is nice and full with good carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. While I kind of liked this beer, it didn't seem to fit into the DIPA camp. When compared to others in that style, it's a few notches below. Still a pretty good beer overall.

flexabull, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of ocelot2500
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

Pours a hazy golden peach color with a tight white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smells of piny and grassy hops.

Tastes of the hops with a solid malt backbone. Hops are mainly piny with some grassy, herbal notes as well. Malt is toasted in character with some breadiness to it.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a creamy amount of carbonation.

ocelot2500, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of Bfarr
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%

Hazy orange with thin off white head with ok retention and lacing. Peppery and citrus hop aroma with a little sweetness. Spicy grapefruit flavors with a light caramel backbone. Grapefruit tends to take over after a bit. Moderate carbonation with smooth mouthfeel with pleasant lingering despite the grapefruit.

Grapefruit is not my favorite but at least it has a peppery taste to offset it a bit. A good beer especially for the price if you are inclined to like the grapefruit flavor.

Bfarr, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of beer2day
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Orange gold pour with light cream 2-finger head. Decent retention and nice wisps of lace.

Lots of bread and yeast in the nose. Way more malt than hops. Get some slight floral to citrus notes, maybe a slice of orange.

Slight alcohol feel right up front. Light but still syrupy. Orange peel, slight spices, and a sour apple finish. Good hop/malt balance.

Feel comes from decent malt backbone. Creamy, but still light with a touch of syrup.

Good drinker. Hides the abv very well.

beer2day, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of benclimbs
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%

golden brown with a slight head and no lacing.

smell is really nice - lots of grapefruity cascade hops and tons of piney character, very fruity/west coasty.

taste is pretty un-exciting, very hop driven, bitter, fruity - but no complexity, boring finish, way too perfumy and a little plasticy and strange...not very exciting.

drinkability is pretty low, but it is a 7.5 hoppy beer...effort to get through though.

benclimbs, Aug 16, 2010
Hop Czar from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
81 out of 100 based on 913 ratings.