Hop Czar - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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2.28/5 rDev -36.5%
Poured into a snifter on 6/4/10
Nice hue of scorched amber & copper. Pour one & a half fingers of head that holds 50% retention after a few minutes. Swirling maintains a thin layer throughout. Lacing is less than spectacular; quite splotchy, actually.
Dense hops dominate the much of the aroma; prominent dry, toasted bread notes comprise the rest. Pine & sharp citrus - grapefruit, lemon pith & tangerine. That's the good part. Also prevalent is that solvent-like aroma that sometimes manifests in densely hoppy beers. It's kind of medicinal, too.
Eh, as I feared, the taste is closely in line with the nose. It's piney & solvent-citrusy but perceived bitterness doesn't nearly seem like 87 IBUs. It just has a moderate amount of incredibly dry bitterness that creeps in on the finish; pushing aspirin territory. Toasted bread acts as a weird offset to the medicinal qualities.
Medium-full bodied with carbonation easily seated at the low end of the spectrum. Possibly the low carbonation is why the bitterness seems to be less than advertised? Reasonably gritty some dry bitterness & toasted malts lingering on the finish.
I didn't enjoy Hop Czar all that much. It's a pretty weak offering especially considering how highly I regard Bridgeport's IPA. The bottle suggests it was "brewed with irresponsible amount of hops." I'm inclined to think it was merely brewed "irresponsibly." Between the two, my money's on the standard IPA from here on out.
06-05-2010 01:17:35 | More by Ryan011235
3.75/5 rDev +4.5%
A: copper color off white head with tiny bubbles coming up from the bottom nice head here that sticks around.
S: a bunch of pine from the hops small amount of citrus
T: taste is good but nothing that I really am in love with just a lot of pine
M: mouth is a bit thin for an imperial IPA but it is only 7.5% ABV
D: very drinkable
overall: a decent offering I wish they used some hops with more character
06-05-2010 01:14:03 | More by JamisonM
3.8/5 rDev +5.8%
Had on cask at the Bridgeport Brewery. Poured into an imperial pint glass.
appearance - pours a rich amber, soapy looking head, good retention, fairly shallow
smell - earthy and resinous hops, malts
taste - smooth earthy and citrus hops, caramel malts
mouthfeel - full bodied, incredibly smooth, silky, natural carbonation
drinkability - smooth and easy drinking, DIPA on cask, what's not to like?
05-30-2010 05:56:50 | More by djbreezy
4.33/5 rDev +20.6%
Picked this up at a really great beer store, Tops Liquor, while at a conference in Phoenix. Clear copper pour with a decent head and nice lacing. Really unique and complex nose. Tons of pine with a nice malty backbone. Hints of candy and resin. The taste is totally Bridgeport. It's basically their IPA on steroids. I love their IPA because it's so unique and this Imperial follows suit. Tons of piney bitterness with a nice malty balance. Resiny, biting hops with a bit of a soapy aftertaste that I'm not sure is all bad. Highly drinkable for an Imperial, but it's really not as strong as most. Nice dry, crisp finish. For all the same reasons I love Bridgeport's IPA, I love their Imperial!
05-27-2010 02:00:09 | More by beerdrifter
4.03/5 rDev +12.3%
12 oz. bottle tried 13 Mar 2010.
Served in (drumroll please...) a Liquor Mart shaker pint. Smallish off white head. Effervescent. Clear ruby amber color. Aroma of toffee, pine resin, caramel and pineapple. Hoppy from beginning to end, resin and pineapple. Nice underlying sweetness throughout. Touch of salty toffee. Long bitter finish and aftertaste. Medium body. Moderate ethanol.
Could drink this regularly.
05-26-2010 03:46:33 | More by htomsirveaux
4.43/5 rDev +23.4%
A - Standard color of any good IPA... slightly orange and amber... drank straight from bottle, so cannot comment on head...
S - smells of hops... duh... citrus hints... I was drawn to the intensity of the hop smell, though... I love hops and this one had me sold at first sniff...
T - really, really good... high hop quantity... high alcohol content, but really doesn't taste overly potent, which is a good thing... very drinkable and highly sessionable
M - clean and easy...again, it doesn't coat the mouth like a highly alcoholic beverage... 7.5 isn't a massive amount, but good enough to warrant some exceptions...
D - VERY drinkable... I would recommend this to any hop hound... any IPA fan would love to drink many of these
All in all, this is a decent IPA... it's not as strong as the Doubles or Imperials I am used to, but it is entirely delicious in its own way... try it out if you ever manage to find one
05-24-2010 01:49:38 | More by oldirtdog
2.53/5 rDev -29.5%
Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into my Terrapin pint glass.
Appearance: Amber with a two-finger white head. Pretty good lacing. Good retention. Far and away the best part of this whole beer.
Smell: Uh... kind of skunky. I checked the bottle for an expiration date, but found none, so I'm going to have to assume that this is just how the beer smells. It's kind of metallic with not nearly the amount of hop aroma you'd expect, if we're going by the rather boastful label.
Taste: Not even average. Hops are definitely here, but unfortunately they provide more bitterness than flavor, and that is just not a good thing. Hops have a wonderful taste, so where is it? There's a light, biscuity aftertaste of malts, but it's too little and too late.
Mouthfeel: Rather dry and, again, metallic. It's not really offensive though, just average.
Drinkability: Bah. No, I wouldn't want another one of these. In fact, this beer is pissing me off a little. I had hope for this one, and it let me down. They'd better be a bit more careful throwing around the magical 'h' word, because some of us out here genuinely enjoy them, and savor beers that put them to good use.
Better luck next time. Maybe BridgePort makes better bread than beer?
05-17-2010 21:39:48 | More by Thiestru
3.63/5 rDev +1.1%
A: Slightly hazy amber color. Poured a 1 finger tan head that dissipated to a thick skim. Lazily decanted. Lasced in patches.
S: Pine and citrus hops with bitter rinds. Sweet bready malts. A little grassy note.
T: A flash of biscuity malts transitions quickly to big piney hops. Very resiny in the middle that linger well through the bitter finish.
M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Resiny and coating.
D: Flavorful and big hop and malt character. Just a little out of balance.
05-14-2010 16:43:02 | More by Haybeerman
3.8/5 rDev +5.8%
Big thanks once again to sirdrinknp for another Oregon gem.
It pours a cloudy amber with a full bodied look, nice four finger beige head. It subsides gradually to leave shaving cream on the glass. Sweet.
Smell is a medium aroma, but full of deep citrus bitter, sweet neutral grain, nice light notes of bread, and hints of pine.
Taste is a medium flavor but what a flavor. Not trying to be complex here, the emphasis is on balance. The sip starts neutral sweet, picks up some floral, and some really light estery fruit notes, and crests with bitter citrus kicking in, joined by some drying pine, and herbal, for a nice finish. Very clean and balanced.
Mouthfeel perhaps is the least of the features of this workman's IIPA. Nice low carb., but not thick enough, not a long, complex or dry enough flavor profile and finish, and too light bodied to be one of the best in this style of many American superstars.
Due to its light mouth, and simple yet delicious taste, this is very highly drinkable for a IIPA. The fact that I can get no more of this reassures the parts of me wishing to retain occasional sobriety.
05-12-2010 23:33:42 | More by cavedave
3.88/5 rDev +8.1%
Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a very thin off-white head. Smells of fresh pine needles. Taste is rich malt flavors up front, with a strong piney and citrusy middle, and a earthy bitter finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, low carbonation. Drinkability is very good though, not as potent as some DIPA's, this is easier drinking, yet still very flavorful.
05-12-2010 19:50:18 | More by tronester
3.58/5 rDev -0.3%
Shiny orange color with some reddish highlighting. Head is alabaster white with some medium bubbles dispersed throughout the foam. Looks like good stick; lacing probable.
Nose is hoppy in a citric way and backed by a load of diacetyl. I'd like to get more in the way of aroma for the next score up. The flavor is extremely herbal, with lots of bitterness recalling an East Coast style of IPA. Boozy and a little harsh.
Malts do their best, but they come in too pale and light to really offset the hop bitterness. A get some light bread notes and diacetyl butteriness. The hops bring grapefruit, orange, and lemon zest, with pine resin and the herb character of Rolling Rock.
Solidly creamy and pleasant mouthfeel, finish is long and bitter. I like this one, but as with their IPA, I feel that they leave something on the table with their bitter brews.
05-12-2010 04:47:48 | More by BretSikkink
3.18/5 rDev -11.4%
On tap at Pi Bar in San Francisco.
Pours clear golden with a one-finger white head.
Aroma is nice and hoppy, very citrusy with grapefruit and lemon. Malt presence is minimal.
The flavor is rather uninspiring. Pale malt as well as rough Oregon-style citrusy hops, lemon and grapefruit, almost even a little tart in a way.
Rough hops attack your palate, but not as cleanly as other DIPAs often do. Medium body for the style.
Overall, this is not a bad beer, but it falls short of the west coast DIPA mark for sure. Don't think I'd get this again.
05-10-2010 18:37:02 | More by nickd717
3.98/5 rDev +10.9%
Pours a clear amber rusty on a golden color below a pretty good sized off white head. The head and lacing are both decent and last a fair deal, or maybe I drank this to fast, lol.
The smell coming off this is all hops, piney and with a light sour to bitter lemon hints, I was expecting a alcohol tinted at least aroma since this is a imperial but I didn't get any of that.
The taste was also void of a noticeable alcohol hints of an imperial but was totally hops; with piney, slightly bitter, and some soury lemony hints. The aftertaste left by this beer is a very nice dryness with a slight bitterness.
The only draw back is it seems a bit light or watery, if they could add some fullness of body to this without changing it essence they would have a gold mine on their hands, not that they don't already.
05-05-2010 22:38:28 | More by LXIXME
3.5/5 rDev -2.5%
Picked this new arrival up despite some of the negative reviews...
Pours an absolutely gorgeous glowing golden with a thick creamy head... Very nice looking brew... Very hazy and hoppy looking...
Very piney aromas mingled with quite a prevalent malt presence... There's an element of grassiness or something here that I'm not a huge fan of... Sort of a stale mustiness that just seems out of place...
Biscuity malts quickly overtaken by a piney hoppiness that turns soapy and stays that way... Man, this is like drinking dish soap mixed with beer... There's a long lingering resiny bitterness on the finish which redeems it somewhat as I love that resiny finish on piney IPAs but there's still something just a touch off about this one...
Overall, glad I got to try this but doubtful that I'll buy again...
05-04-2010 22:20:44 | More by Tilley4
2.88/5 rDev -19.8%
A- Orange color. A thin film of head. A couple pocodots of lacing.
S- SLightly sulferous/ nitrogeny (as urine perhaps?). Does have a good amount of pine, but I'm not sure I'm really digging the overall smell.
T- Piney and lighter than expected- could use some more malt, although maybe this is supposed to come off more as hop water.
M- Unexpectedly dry, minerally.
D- Eh I could leave this one, just doesn't match my hop profile desire.
05-02-2010 03:10:23 | More by zdk9
3.23/5 rDev -10%
A: Pours a nice looking orage color, good sized head and nice head retention.
S: Smell is pretty nice, fruity sweet smell mixed with piney hoppinesss.
T: Herbal/piney hoppiness with an astringent finish.
M: Medium bodied, carbonation is pretty well on.
D: Smelled good but this beer needs more malt backbone in my opinion. Finished too astringent. Reminded me of a regular brigeport IPA just hoppier really but not necessarily more malt.
05-01-2010 23:58:39 | More by loren01
4.18/5 rDev +16.4%
pours a clear honey-orange color with a large fluffy offwhite head.
I get freshly sliced sour green apples up front in the smell, followed by grassy notes. Pretty nice.
Taste is liberal on hops, it lives up to the name. Not citrusy, but I get more sweet grass, pine, and a hint of herbal spice. maybe slight lemon zest in the end just finishing up with the hops. Very tasty and complex. However, there is a very strong, pungent resinous aftertaste that seems to linger and reveal itself after burping. pretty strange.
Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good. This is a great beer that I was happy to find on the shelves. Really satisfied my taste for a big DIPA.
05-01-2010 05:40:53 | More by wolfinthemirror
3.63/5 rDev +1.1%
A: Pours with about a half-inch, clean white head. Beer is copper penny color/amber.
S: Sweet and fruity with a bitterness and hoppiness.
T: Flavor matches the aroma for the most part. Do not necessarily get the suggested 'soapiness' I've read in other reviews, but can see how the flavor might be classified as such.
M: Crisp, carbonated, rather dry finish.
D: Not the most drinkable IPA; good to split one bottle between two people unless this is something you want to sip on for quite a while.
04-29-2010 04:41:30 | More by TrippnFiasco
3/5 rDev -16.4%
Bronzed orange. Chunky tanned offwhite head. Sporadic organic laces.
Grassy, musty, herbal, oniony, and woody. A touch of citrus. Toasty bread and caramel.
Earthy and musty, herbal and peppery, onion and grass. small toasty caramel/nutty malt flavors taken over by overpowered bittering hops. Big sharp bitterness, spicy, peppery, herbal. Small alc taste beneath the hops. A touch soapy.
Sticky, dry, and biting. moderate carbonation. med body, light for style.
Not the best tasting/drinking IIPA. Good earthy/spicy big bitterness. Lacking in resinous hop flavors. Better with food than alone. Very average IIPA with lots of bitterness and not much else.
04-26-2010 23:50:27 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
3.3/5 rDev -8.1%
Had a bottle from the Hotel Monaco. In a city of amazing IPAs this one is a little off. Instead of starting with a burst of citrus, there's an odd soapy vegetable taste before floral grapefruit kicks in. Yeah, this beer has a classic and full finish. Maybe I just don't like their variety of dry hops, but I wouldn't have this again.
04-24-2010 01:11:49 | More by tempest
2.78/5 rDev -22.6%
A: Deep orange/amber color,nice clarity, and good rising carbonation. Head is an inch and a half thick but holds for a bit too long
S: Very soapy and flowery backed by a strong caramel presence
T Very Very flowery tasting and soapy tasting. It feels a bit like I am eating a bar of soap
M: Some heat and a bit of harshness, body is decent
D: To much soapiness to full enjoy this one
04-20-2010 23:12:53 | More by mikey711
4/5 rDev +11.4%
This is a great everyday Imperial IPA. The beer pours a golden amber color, a little darker than most IPAs with a small white head with good lacing. You get a great hop filled nose with the usual aromas of grapefruit, citrus and pine. The palate is well balanced with citrus flavors and pine in the beginning and bitter hops in the finish.
04-16-2010 13:48:58 | More by WhatsNewinBooze
4.63/5 rDev +29%
Can I get a fuck yeah???
My first Bridgeport beer, and its a doozy! This bad boy had me at hello...
A: Hazy amber. No head =[
S: Can smell the hops right on the pour. No need to stick my face in the glass.
T: Perfect. An ipa's ipa. Has a strong fresh hop flavor to it, but the malts are there doing their job and giving some balance. I said SOME...
M: Doesn't linger. Very crisp. Can breathe out through my nose and get hints of the hops.
D: Too good for the ABV. I'm impressed, and soon to be wasted!
04-11-2010 23:36:15 | More by ironlung
3.28/5 rDev -8.6%
Poured into into glass pint glass to get a beautiful clear amber color with a tad off white creamy head.
Smell is of earthy tones with a orange citrus smell.
Taste is citrusy & bitter with a hints of orange and grapefruits with a nice malt balance. Nice finish not leaving a dry bitter taste which is common with this style. I do believe their is way too much carbonation. The mouthfeel is just right with a slight oily feel to it.
The alcohol is really not detected in the taste and this could be a nice session beer. I could drink a 6 pack with no problem. I belive this is just a bit too hoppy for my taste. I would have preferred a less hops and less carbonation for this beer.
04-10-2010 06:05:01 | More by shohog
3.68/5 rDev +2.5%
Pours a light amber with a finger of white head.
The hops aren't nearly as vibrant as they are in the bottled version, especially in the aroma. They show up more on the palate with a mostly raw herbal character with highlights of citrus and pine. Caramel malt forms a solid backbone, which becomes too heavy at times. Finishes with a coarse bitterness on the back of the tongue.
I found the bottled version to be sheer bliss with lots of juicy hoppiness, but the draught version is a bit dull and much more coarse.
04-09-2010 22:10:07 | More by bump8628
Hop Czar from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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