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Hop Czar - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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BA SCORE
81
good

890 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 890
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.32%
Wants: 18
Gots: 41 | 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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beer2day

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 03:23:29 | More by beer2day
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benclimbs

California

3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 05:41:55 | More by benclimbs
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doubleipa

Georgia

3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm not a huge fan of Bridgeport, but I thought I'd at least buy a sixer of Hop Czar (pretty good price). Nice appearance with a frothy head that lasted longer than most. Real clear. Aroma, on the other hand, left much to be desired, especially for a DIPA. Very weak hoppiness and flowers. Almost no citrus of resin. Taste was just average. Kinda of weak in the alcohol area for a DIPA, but this would lend itself to a better than average drinkability. Could drink several of these - almost a session.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 17:14:45 | More by doubleipa
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Halcyondays

California

3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

"I have conquered an empire, but I have not been able to conquer myself" - Peter the Great

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours orange with a firm finger of white head, lots of lace.

S: Massive bombardment of white grapefruit, cedar bark, lemon rind, cantaloupe rind, with some booze. I enjoy the nose but it portends a DIPA flavour profile I'm not the biggest fan of.

T: Strangely I get the taste of asparagus on the first sip, and throughout the beer there is always an undercurrent of that. Lots of orange rind and grapefruit, slightly boozy, I like it.

M: Medium/full-body, very resiny, hop thick, long aftertaste.

D: There are a lot of hops in here for 87 IBUs. For coming in where the new school regular IPAs start, Bridgeport can hold it's own. Hop Czar's a beer that has it's moments, not the best flavour profile, but well made.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 01:59:24 | More by Halcyondays
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champ103

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful hazy orange color. A pillowing, two finger, white head forms. The rocky foam has very good retention, with some stick spiderweb looking lace is left all the way down the glass.
S: A very nice aroma. Plenty of piny hops up front. Fresh citrus hops come next, and a light grapefruit aroma. A wonderful mango, and pineapple aromas as well. An incredible hop aroma. Lots of malt for balance as well. Lightly toasted, bread, biscuit and lightly sweet.
T: At first big resiny pine hops flavor with a strong bitterness (never overwhelming). Though as this warms up lots of other flavors come out. Juicy citrus, pineapple, and grapefruit hops. A huge hop flavor that has excellent malt balance. Bread, biscuit, and caramel sweetness lingers.
M/D: A medium body that has a very firm, crisp and dry texture. Very easy to drink. The alcohol is on the low side for a DIPA. Combine that and a well balanced beer makes for a very enjoyable drink.

I really like this. This has grown on me even more during the course of the six pack. Almost a perfect DIPA for me. Tons of hop flavor. Something that many breweries forget about. Not just over barring bitterness. With all that going on, it still is really well balanced. Something I love, and highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 22:13:02 | More by champ103
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StJamesGate

New York

3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the GBBF.

Pours deep orange with no head. Hop flower and maple syrup nose with a whiff of gasoline. Malts give deep sweetness of orange and caramel, a bitter cut in the middle, then orange herb cough syrup hops. Clingy burn at the end. Medium to full and sticky.

Lots of malts and lots of hops, but there are more graceful DIPAs.

Serving type: cask

08-09-2010 12:54:51 | More by StJamesGate
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LesStewart

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

While there were a lot of things i like about this beer i ultimately fell to the conclusion that I couldn't drink this beer all the time. The color was good but not great with a bit of haze. The nose was nice but more piny than citrus which led to unsurprising dominance of piny hops and a bitterness that while respectable just didn't leave me wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 18:14:20 | More by LesStewart
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought locally for $7.89 a six pack.

It pours a slightly hazy orange gold with about an inch of foam. Sheets of lacing are impressive.

Lots of citrus and pine in the nose; grapefruit and tangerines mostly, with a solid smell of malt, both caramel and biscuit. I'm thinking this DIPA has a nice balance.

Plenty of grapefruit and pine in the first sip followed by caramel sweetness and notes of biscuit. Again, seems pretty balanced for the style but...I'm drinking this pretty cold so I'm gonna give it some time to warm up and see what happens/changes, if anything.

/Time has passed

More fruit flavour now, the tangerine I mentioned in the smell, and things are slightly sweeter mid palate but man, that is one dry finish! Wow! And...that's where the major bitterness lies with this beer. I have to say though, I reckon it's right up my alley when in the mood and I'm in the mood right now. ;^)

On the high end of medium bodied with medium carbonation. I see people describe it being sticky. I couldn't agree more. A good plus.

Drinkability? I'm getting a fair bit of warming, more than I expected given the abv but no serious complaints. The bottle is going fast enough. I like this DIPA. A lot!

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 21:26:25 | More by Bitterbill
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jhtipton

Spain

4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hope I didn't score too high. It was a pleasant find at a gourmet shop in Seattle and at $1.39 a bottle, who is to complain. Nice lacing and a orangish hue. Smells a bit piney. Taste is bitter at 87 IBU and I like it. Nice flavor and sticks to the palate. At 7.5% abv CAN'T SESSION IT BUT WOULD DEFINITELY PICK ONE UP AGAIN! Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 02:10:58 | More by jhtipton
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

2.75/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear amber/copper color.

S - Bready malt. Sour dough. Almost smells like aged cheese., or feet. Slight citrus and alcohol fumes.

T/M - Slightly burnt caramel malt that cornerstones this beer. Resin hops start to take over. Mouthfeel is slightly oily. Moderate citrus hops opens up on the finish. Aftertaste is citrus hops and actually the best part of the beer.

If you do decide to pick this beer up..buy a single. Also I would drink it ice cold. This beer is not bad..except for the smell. I drank the first one at a 10 minute rest. The second one I poured and drank right out of the fridge. It was cold enough to completely fog the glass. The 2nd one still had the awful smell but the flavors were muted and tasted better than the previous.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 01:53:55 | More by StaveHooks
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industrialswill

Washington

4.4/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$7 / sixer at Fred Meyers

Dark amber, floral smell.
Tastes great! Everything I expect in an imperial IPA. ABV is well hidden, the brewmeister is a sly devil.
This is a very good value, my kind of beer. I feel very fortunate to have this as an affordable choice close to home. I hope to see more of this stuff in the beer departments around here.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 21:23:22 | More by industrialswill
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gkunkle

Oregon

3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I enjoyed the fact that this was brewed in Portland Oregon, but this beer didn't seem to be the match for me. I know that this is a great beer but the taste was a bit strong for me. It pours a deep golden color with a nice white head that remains for a while and leaves some nice lacing. Smells very hoppy with a little bit of that piney smell too. Upon first sip i found it to be crisp, not too thick and overpoweringly hoppy (i guess i'm a sissy). Some really enjoy this level of hops but i am not there yet. I will give this another try in a few years and i think i'll enjoy it a lot more.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 20:28:21 | More by gkunkle
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sitarist

Ohio

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice extra from GarrettMD...Thanks.

Pours yellow with orange tints...it is cloudy with an inch of white head...the head sticks around awhile...leaving webs of lacing.

I smell lemon and biscuits...it has a floral quality as well...lemonheads...this is nice!

It is sweet and tart...I taste lemonheads, watermelon, lemon-aid, candied cannabaceae, black pepper, and grapefruit.

Creamy at first...as it drys it bites and gets sticky...it is pretty heavy.

This is one unique IIPA...the heavy body and mix of flavors limit its drinkability, but this is one IIPA every hop-head should try.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 02:21:26 | More by sitarist
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MrHungryMonkey

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is softly vinegary, sweet, malty, and artificially fruity. Smells good.

Pours clear copper with mild head. Looks good.

Moderatly bitter, dry, and thrashy/hoppy, yet decidedly sweet, syrupy, and unusually aged. Soft vinegar and oxidation. More hop with warmth, but hops do not come across very fresh. What a peculiar DIPA; I'm digging Hop Czar. There's a lot of hoppiness but it's restrained, muffled, almost muted. That by no means makes it bad, don't get me wrong. This is a stongly flavored beer with many interesting and unexpected elements. Good bit of hoppy bitterness. Tastes great. Feels good. Nice drinkability.

Absolutely wonderful, a good solid sipper. Intricate, interesting, and tastey. Way to go Bridgeport.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2010 02:16:32 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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Flightoficarus

Washington

3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serving type - 12 oz bottle into goblet.

A - Pours a nice, burnt orange-ish hue with an off-white head.

S - Smell is of candied/caramel malts, grapefruit, orange, and hops.

T - Very bitter hops up front, with a very slight malt/fruit note presence. Lingering bitter aftertaste. This is definitely a hop-heads dream come true. Lacks the balance that most DIPA/IIPA's have.

M - Medium/light bodied, w/moderate carbonation. Pretty straightforward.

D - Bitterness is pretty harsh on this one to make it sessionable.

Overall - If you're looking for a very bitter, hoppy beer with a strong emphasis on hops, you've found it. But personally, I'm not a fan. Lacks the balancing characteristics that make other IPA's and IIPA's so great IMO.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 08:19:03 | More by Flightoficarus
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NWer

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Nice clear copper appearance with firm two finger head. The perfect pour. Spotty lacing

S - Hops - as advertised. Full hop scent.

T - Hops and more hops. Some citrus and tart flavors that blend extremely well.

M - The citrus and tartness lingers and does not dissipate for quite a while.

D - Very drinkable for an over-hopped beer. Not very overpowering and the alcohol taste and feel is nicely in the background.

All in all, a very good beer as I expected from one of my favorite breweries.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 22:43:53 | More by NWer
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OlRasputin989

Arkansas

3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into snifter...

A: a rich orange-amber color with a creamy tan head. lacing in arches

S: rich aromas of carmalized orange peel, earthy pine needles, pepper, and tropical fruits

T: suprisingly smooth hop flavors of piney citrus, and peppery grassiness with a brown sugar sweet background. fades to a finish of bitter pine cone and a dusty, hop resin flavor with a hint of ruby red grapefruit.

M: medium body with slicky entry that becomes very tingly and dry with the intense hop finish

Overall, this is much better than most IIPAs i have tried, reason being it is hoppy without having the overly sticky, gooey malt background that plagues this category. Great for hop heads, just be ready for the extremely long bitter hop finish that goes for days.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 01:51:30 | More by OlRasputin989
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climax

Missouri

4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Czar poured a murky copper with a modest head, considering how hard I had to pour to create one. However the cap remained quite a while and left spotty bubbles on top.

The nose was wonderful right off the bat. The hop bill was very complex and blended soft citrus, and stronger pine, juniper berries, and a slight bit of soapiness. The malt presence is known, yet subtle. More powerful as it warmed, it blended toasty dryness and caramel.

The flavor is definitely not lacking for hops either, and still wonderfully interesting. Juicy orange and lime flavors start it off while sharp soap and pine resin linger in the long finish.

The body is medium with a good sticky thickness that coats the mouth. The finish is dry and has a phantom tingle from the sharp carbonation.

This one won't leave a hop head (or hop czar) disappointed, yet won't make a noobie run for mommy.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 00:51:55 | More by climax
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle without a freshness date that I can find. Pours a mildly hazed, light copper color with 2-fingers worth of off-white foam. Retention is pretty good and leaves a nice coating of lace.

Nose is fruity and citrusy hops...not in your face, just mellow and pleasant. Lightly floral with a hint of caramely sweetness in the background. Pear, green apple and mango aromas showcase the fruit.

Decent amount of hop flavor with tamer hop bitterness. Alcohol is restrained, which helps the caramel and toasty malt maintain some balance. Not bad, I like the restrained approach, but the beer lacks a certain brightness and the malt sweetness feels overdone at times. I would prefer a lighter, more grainy malt profile. But overall, a pretty easy drinking hoppy brew from Bridgeport.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 17:21:47 | More by twiggamortis420
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theboozecruise

Louisiana

3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial pint glass... it's a filtered appearing amber color. There is a small white head but nothing impressive about the way it looks.

The nose is dominated by hops, as to be expected. There's a little malt in there but overall it's an evergreen-esque hop aroma that takes over.

The taste is dominated by that same evergreen hop flavor... pretty harsh on the tongue and not there's a decidedly bitter flavor on the back end of each sip.

This isn't my favorite IIPA, that's for sure, but it's still worth drinking.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 21:55:07 | More by theboozecruise
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GarrettMD

New York

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice dark golden hue with half a finger off-white head. Lots of bubbles in this one. Head retention is good. Lacing is great.

S - Some malts coming through, not an overly hoppy aroma for a DIPA. Nice notes of citrus and some pine, overall a simple smell.

T - Good balance between the hops and the malts. The start is definitely all malt and the hops follow it very quickly. Still not very hoppy though for the style. Citrus hop flavor is the main one coming through, as the nose hinted at, the flavor is definitely dominated by the bitterness even though it still isn't as bitter as I expected.

M - Medium body, good for the style, carbonation was very good. Finish is very bitter with a hint of piney hops.

D - Good drinkability, as I said, it's not very hoppy for the style, so as far as Imperial/Double IPAs go, this one is extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 20:12:31 | More by GarrettMD
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jokelahoma

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker at Old Chicago at Olathe, KS.
Pours a beautiful reddish gold, little head.

Smells like orange juice. No way to say it any other way. Whatever hops they use a full of orange. Wonderful.

Taste is full of orange, as well. Just amazing citrus. Some malt to balance, but otherwise all orange. malt exists, I guess, but it's just all orange. And this is not a bad thing.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin. Yet, that's good. Adds to the whole effect.

Overall this is not an amazing beer, but it is damn good. Alcohol is well hidden. Nice, balanced example of a DIPA style. Worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2010 21:41:45 | More by jokelahoma
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StoneBrewFanatic

Virginia

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light copper in color with a decent head

S - Smells like it is going to taste super hoppy with a touch of pine

T - Not nearly as much hops as I expected from the smell or from an imperial IPA in general... really left me wanting more. Once it washes away there is a bit of a pine taste left behind

M - Pretty light for an Imperial once again. Want something a bit more bold that really lingers

D - Easy to drink, not too high in ABV, really not a bad beer, just not what one would expect from the title IMPERIAL IPA...

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 20:35:42 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
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Jebus

Oregon

3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into the Duvel tulip, it is a dark amber with a half inch of head that dissipates quickly. Not much lacing left once the head recedes.

Smells like bitter hops! Grassy, floral, classic NW IPA hop profile, but stronger. Hints of alcohol or dark fruit, but hard to say with the heavy floral scent.

Bitter. Very very bitter to the taste, but not in a bad way! Not enough balance to the hops in my opinion, could be softer with a more citrus hop taste or maybe a little more malt. Fairly strong, but doesn't taste like it, the alcohol is well hidden. Not as smooth as I'd like either. Almost too watery.

Great NW IIPA if you like bitter, but I think I will stick with San Diego styles.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 23:51:24 | More by Jebus
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CentralPA

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter.

A - Orange and copper colored with thin head retention. After it is swirled, it kind of has some characteristics of a good CA sparkling wine in that the bubbles are very small and dense. Due to its heaviness, these are mostly found in the dense, but thin head.

S - The first thing you get is a blast of aroma from the dry hopping. Excellent balance b/t the spiciness and citrusy hops with a strong floral character, which I prefer. A little bit of the alcohol comes through, but it is not overpowering. The malts take a backseat here and are very unnoticeable.

T - The taste reinforces the smell. Hops are mostly evident with faint hints of caramelly, sweet, and bready malts detected in the finish. Just enough bittering hops to be noticeable, but not too bitter to take over the overall flavor.

M - Mouthfeel is bubbly with just enough heaviness. The alcohol is barely perceptible while drinking the beer. Finishes exceptionally dry for a beer of this style and for a beer that is 7.5 %, it is highly, if not downright dangerously, drinkable.

If you like dry hopped IPAs like Green Flash IPA, Sweetwater IPA, etc., you will like this beer. If you like malty or more balanced IPAs, this might not be your cup of tea. But for about 7 to 8 bucks for a sixer, you gotta at least try it as it may be the best deal on the market given that the ingredients, especially the hops, are quite evident.

Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 21:50:10 | More by CentralPA
Hop Czar from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
81 out of 100 based on 890 ratings.