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Hop Czar - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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BA SCORE
81
good

921 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 921
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 22
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 ectomorph
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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 -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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!

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

Smell:
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.

Taste:
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.

Mouthfeel:
Creamy, smooth, well done.

Drinkability:
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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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 -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 19, 2010
Photo of dragonWhale
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 15, 2010
Photo of Zundo
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 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
Photo of argock
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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 +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 25, 2010
Photo of harperman69
2.58/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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 +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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 -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 19, 2010
Photo of bagpiper2005
2.48/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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 +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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 -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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 +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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 -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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 +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 30, 2010
Photo of GDBEERMAN
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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
Hop Czar from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
81 out of 100 based on 921 ratings.