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Hop Czar - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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949 Ratings

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Ratings: 949
Reviews: 361
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 22
Gots: 67 | 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 nsabo
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I like my DIPAs to begin hoppy, like a regular IPA, and then let the malts take over and round off the taste so that each sip finishes with a rich, syrupy malt taste. Instead this beer drinks the opposite - it begins malty, but hops soon take over and finish. The hops are not offensively bitter, which I appreciate this style for: strong bitter nose, warm grapefruit mouthfeel, and a vaporous finish rather than a dry, hoppy one. I enjoyed the beer, but this feels somewhere between an IPA and a DIPA.

Photo of Chyren
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent brown-gold hue and thick hoppy head with lots of lacing. The aroma is primarily of pine and lighter-side malts. The aroma makes you think you're in for a hell of an IPA but upon drinking it shoes itself to be lacking back bone, so to speak. All the flavors are there, but they're weak, they run away from you, and the brew ends up being less imperial IPA and more imperial golden. The mouthfeel is also a bit thinner than expected, but it is even and therefore highly drinkable. While I would drink this beer again if offered, it is not high on my list as far as purchases go.

Photo of EricCioe
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a rich amber with a big, fluffy, dry-looking two finger white head that leaves all kind of lacing. On the nose there is a big pine presence backed up by biscuity malts, which is strange for the style to say the least. In the mouth it sort of falls apart, the hops kind of taking second fiddle to the big biscuit malt note, not necessarily bad but again strange for the style. It's sort of a medium body beer and the bitterness doesn't hang on for all that long at the finish. It's a pretty nice beer, good price, it drinks easy enough. It's good but kind of strange for the style.

Photo of aval89
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a darker shade of orange.. cloudy body with about an 1/8 inch of head..

S: not so heavy floral/tropical fruits.. also melon hints with a good balancing act from the malts..

T: there's definitely some hop bitterness but nothing to brag about.. again floral hop bitterness upfront with some mild citrus with a caramel/toffee backbone.. some floral hops with a bit of pine linger on finish.

Mf: light medium body..crisp easy finish..

D: pretty drinkable but lacks flavors of a DIPA..

Not a bad beer, just doesn't quite compare to all the other DIPAs out there..

Photo of FattyJLE
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured a semi-transparent caramel-orange with a quarter inch off-white head with minimal lacing.

S - Fantastic. Citrus hops with hints of sweet fruit (mango, peach, etc.) and sugary malts.

T - After the smell, I was expecting more from this beer. What I got was an intense bitterness right off the bat, almost like chewing on a fresh hop pellet. Not a very well balanced beer; however, I don't think that was the intent of the brewer. As the beer warmed, the malt character did emerge, but only slightly and was still overpowered by the intense bitterness. Again, after smelling the beer I was expecting a much more complex hop profile that did not come through in the taste.

M - Medium-bodied and oily slick. Good carbonation.

D - The bitterness in itself is enough to slow me down on this beer, although the alcohol is masked quite well. Probably wouldn't sit down and drink more than 2 of these at a time.

I was expecting more from this one; however, I do enjoy it for what it is - an average IIPA. I would have again, but for a beer that claims to be as well-hopped as it is, the hop character could have been better.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a barely translucent dark honey-golden with a fine-bubbled, off-white, slightly orangy head that sticks around for a bit. Hoppy aroma has an orange undertone and a hint of malt. Flavor is strongly hoppy and fairly bitter with an undertone of sour orange. Smooth, strongly fizzy texture leaves hoppy, bitter, tingly finish.

Photo of JMad
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

It was murky, light copper, with a thin white head that stuck to the glass.

I could smell some citrus, peach, mango and sweet caramel malt.

The tastes is layered, I detected lemon, grapefruit, sugar, sourdough, and a nice piney bitterness.

This beer is smooth all over, leaves you wanting more after each sip.

I would drink this any day, great IPA.

Photo of beerdown77
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hop Czar pours murky orange with a nice, foamy brown head that lasts; the smell is very sweet. I also smell dark fruits, maybe raisin and brown sugar. The taste is a little sweet and bitter. I like to taste more citrus or floral in an IPA, whereas this is a little "imperial" and boozy in flavor. Overall, this is a solid beer. Within this brand, however, I prefer the pale ale.

Photo of HoppyToad
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured bottle No. 1 straight from the fridge into a Goose Island pub glass. Should have let this brew warm up a little first (I'll get to that in a bit).

Slightly cloudy in appearance with a decent head. Not much hop or malt aroma, or at least not what I'd expect from a DIPA. First few sips = loads of hop bitterness, adequate malt presence. No real "off" flavors, just somewhat generic.

Set the glass down after drinking about 4 oz. Returned in 15 minutes. Allowing the brew to rest a while definitely brought out the malt character in both aroma and flavor. The alcohol is there for sure, but it's not a bad thing at all. Hop flavor remains intense but is surprisingly more pleasant. There's some balance here!

I ended up pouring another bottle (after letting it warm on the kitchen counter), and my opinion of this beer practically doubled. Thoroughly enjoyed the second pour over the course of an hour. Beautiful lacing on the empty glass. I might just return to Total Wine & More for another taste of Hop Czar. Hey, it's only $5.99 a sixer!

Photo of LairdChisholm
2.78/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours s clear golden color with a nice one and a half finger, cream colored head that has pretty good retention. There is very minimal lacing for the size and retention of the head. There are some large carbon

S - It kind of smells like faint hops and a wet dog. Not very impressive or good.

T - This IIPA lacks complexity. That's what strikes me the most. There are just a taste of sweet malts up front that gives way to a bitter hoppy aftertaste that lingers on for a wee while. The flavors could be a a lot more pronounced on top of everything else.

M - Really watery. Not helping here at all.

D - Could use a lot of work, but it's not awful, just very forgettable.

Photo of omnipotentuser
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The picture pulled me into trying it out.

I thought that a 7% avg alc would do it for me for the next few days and I was right. At first I did not really enjoy the drinks the first couple nights but that was because I drank them out of the bottle. After I finally tried pouring it into a glass on the third day I loved this beer so much I finished last 3 in a row before going to bed.

a: I rolled out the liquid into the glass untilted and let the beer explode inside filling up to top and the head hit the mark.

s: I couldn't really smell it for a 7% beer. It was lacking.

t: Coming very bitter from the bottle, drinking from a pint glass solved the problem. Try it coming from a pint and you will love this beer. Do not judge it from the bottle.

m: leaves a little residue but otherwise stays in the palette for a long while and asking for more to try to wash it away. A good thing despire how it sounds.

d: Very drinkable once from a glass. I would definitely live off this beer for a while. Czar, czar!

Photo of kinupanda
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of salvo
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of csiewert
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of chicagoabbot
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of katan
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DCon
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of CapitalGains
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of NeutroMan
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of pilotgod
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Hop Czar from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
82 out of 100 based on 949 ratings.