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Hop Czar - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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BA SCORE
81
good

894 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 894
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 18
Gots: 43 | 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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loren01

Oregon

3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 23:58:39 | More by loren01
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wolfinthemirror

Oklahoma

4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear honey-orange color with a large fluffy offwhite head.
looks excellent.

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 05:40:53 | More by wolfinthemirror
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TrippnFiasco

Kansas

3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 04:41:30 | More by TrippnFiasco
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CHILLINDYLAN

Washington

3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 23:50:27 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 01:11:49 | More by tempest
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mikey711

New Jersey

2.78/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 23:12:53 | More by mikey711
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WhatsNewinBooze

Colorado

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 13:48:58 | More by WhatsNewinBooze
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ironlung

California

4.63/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 23:36:15 | More by ironlung
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shohog

Oklahoma

3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 06:05:01 | More by shohog
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bump8628

Oklahoma

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

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2010 22:10:07 | More by bump8628
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beersheppard

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: copper, nice white head, adaquately carbonated, nice lacing.

Smell: pleasant, not pungent, honey, mango, call me crazy but I also smell candy in particular smarties.

Taste: heavy on mango, also pine, resiny, grapefruit, not amazing for a DIPA but the flavor lingers. The hops are there but, they are not overly pleasant, especially with the sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: nice tingle throughout, decent.

Drinkability: Yes, this isn't the best DIPA, but it is a good budget beer. I would buy it again, yes, but I'm not in a rush to, but I would.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 04:56:51 | More by beersheppard
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JEdmund

Kansas

4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance
Golden tangerine, small head, clear; a really nice color

Smell
A very pleasing aroma; all fruit and honey sweetness; there's something unique too, almost like mango or maybe apricots. Not especially pungent for the style though.

Taste & Body
Took my first sip expecting to be disappointed based on reviews but I was pleasantly surprised. It's not the biggest, baddest DIPA, but it's got lots of good flavor still. Taste kicks off with full lightly sweetened biscuity malts then comes a big fruity/bitter wave that rides long with the bitterness carrying on the farthest. Body is medium, but a tad small for style; carbonation is fine.

Overall
A deliciously hoppy ale. I'll definitely keep buying this annually. I'd rather buy this for $8 than Hopslam for $18. Seems to be in the realm Torpedo lies--between an IPA and a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 14:34:21 | More by JEdmund
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sabinelr

Washington

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

Looks good on the bottle, starts good with the hops, but trails off with a skunky aftertaste that fades pretty fast. Hate to say, but you have to drink this for the alcohol. Maybe after a few Arrogant Bastards to get you in a good mood. I am sorry to say this. The success of microbrews is very important to me. I'll keep trying this. I have 4 more bottles.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 00:59:33 | More by sabinelr
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meeekyh

Colorado

3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, Belgian style beer glass

very orange deep gold, mostly clear
head small and off white, lacing low

Nose: barnyard, wet hay

taste resembles citrus and bitterness... gotta be more.

Not a great beer but cheap.
Alfred E. Neuman would approve.

Cheers

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 07:20:48 | More by meeekyh
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rrski198

Georgia

2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Nice amber/orange color. Big off white head. Nice lacing.

S: Dirty hop smell. Almost like the hop sludge that is left over in a fermenter. Not overwhelming and actually a little lite for an DIPA.

T: Bitterness upfront and not much behind that. Taste doesn't linger. It fades quite quickly to nothing. Not a very complex beer.

M: Clean with good carbonation. This is not a complex or rich beer so it acts like a lager on the palate.

D: Overall, quite average. This is not a West Coast Style IPA but leans more toward its historical predecesor. I wouldn't purchase again solely due to the high volume of really outstanding and unique DIPA's out there.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 01:26:25 | More by rrski198
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GilGarp

Colorado

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle, served cool, no date.

Poured into the Buckeye pint glass, Hop Czar has a beautiful redish amber color with good clarity. The thick head is pretty long lasting and leaves a little lace behind.

Aroma is hoppy but not exceptionally so. It has some nice citrus but it's also a little medicinal.

Flavor is much the same with some nice citrus up front but eventually goes herbal remedy on me. Bitter and definately PNW in character (as you'd expect from it's origins) but not a stand-out offering.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, very bitter, nice finish, appropriate carbonation.

Overall a good beer just not exceptional. Given the price, though, I could see coming back to this one. Not many DIPAs come in 12 packs.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 23:15:13 | More by GilGarp
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BeanBone

Texas

2.4/5  rDev -33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: A hazy copper-orange body capped by a finer and a half of creamy off-white head. The head recedes slowly and leaves great sheets of lacing.

Aroma: Resinous, pungent, and citrusy hops over a sugary caramel malt body.

Flavor: Up front, a wave of piney, grapefruit-like, and medicinal hops that are decently bitter. While the hops are suitably bold, they're just not very pleasant. Underneath, a somewhat overwhelmed biscuity malt backbone. Only a little spice coming through from the alcohol. Cough syrup-like hops and lingering bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A medium bodied and slightly creamy body with medium carbonation. Dries in the finish.

Drinkability: If it weren't for the harsh flavors, this would drink quicker than average for the style.

Verdict: Hop Czar is totally outgunned by the competition in the Double IPA category. Unbalanced and medicinal, this is just thoroughly underwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 21:51:39 | More by BeanBone
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mudbug

Oregon

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

Pours a clear orange with brown tints with a small head that leaves a good lacing.
Aroma is astringent hops, bitter with a small malt character.
Taste is hop bitterness up front with a weak malt backing, the hop presents is more spicy than anything else, not overly complicated.
Quite frankly it tastes a whole lot like Sierra Nevada's Torpedo but without the floral aromas.
Rating this to other DIPA like Pliny of Stone causes it to score lower than if they had just called it an IPA (extra)
A good IPA, but a mediocre DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 23:53:13 | More by mudbug
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beertunes

Washington

2.78/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a copper-amber color with just a thin cap of white head that had low retention, but decent lacing.

For a supposed hop bomb, the aroma was very subdued. I found the malt characteristics stronger than the mellow hops. While a caramel scent was most notable, on the tongue the bittering hops came through. Other than bitter, I didn't pick up any other notable flavors.

The body was fairly typical for the style. Drinkability suffered due to the boring personality of the beer. Worth a shot if you see it, but don't go out of your way to get it.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 01:21:25 | More by beertunes
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homebrewhawk

Kansas

3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a slightly hazy gold with less than a finger of white head. Piney hop aroma with some sugary malt. Lighter sided of medium bodied. Fair amount of hop bitterness to start. Decent malt base. Slightly spicy/herbal quality to the hops. Lingering hop bitterness. Decent DIPA, but I wouldn't seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 15:23:12 | More by homebrewhawk
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oberon

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice to see another Bridgeport offering here in GSO,something I almost ordered a few times from the now defunct Liquid Solutions.Poured into a stadard pint glass a clear medium golden with a tight formed one finger white head that left one big ring of lace as it settled.Hmm all I really pick up in the nose is a light mix of alcohol sweetness and fruity malt,no hops to speak of.Flavors are pretty light for the style really,there is a big sweeter alcohol and caramel malt feel up front, the hops come in the finish with more of a big spicy,herbalness.Not really big on the hops,its a big sweet DIPA,not a hop forward one.Not bad but its to sweet and alcoholic for its size.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 22:32:45 | More by oberon
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zeff80

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a small, khaki-colored head. It left thin traces of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine and grapefruit with a toasty malt nose.

T - It had a nice sharp, piney hop flavor with a mild grapefruit kick. There was a burnt toast maltiness to balance things out.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied beer with a warm alcohol presence.

D - This is a pretty nice Double IPA. It is not as strong as some but it has a nice balance and is quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 01:36:45 | More by zeff80
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep orange color with a dirty white head and good carbonation. Nose is bitter, pineaple, pine and grass. Taste is big bitterness, caramel malt, thinner and more bitter than any other tasting note. I got a little bit of citrus and pine the booze tinge and hop bitterness just masked any true flavor. Body is rather thin for me. Wont drink again.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 02:54:22 | More by barleywinefiend
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drumrboy22

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a Nonic pint glass. Beer was a dark orange color, with a two-finger, light brown head. Moderate carbonation and thick, chunky lacing around the glass.

Aroma was citrus hops, toffee, apples and grass.

Taste was big, bitter hops, with some citrus and pine.

Not the most balanced DIPA out there, but I enjoyed it. It packs a nice smack of hops and is pretty enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 03:17:27 | More by drumrboy22
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mora2000!

12 oz. bottle (7.5% abv):

Pours slightly chill hazed golden amber with a thin lasting white head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is piney, resiny and spicy.

The taste is piney, resiny, herbal - somewhat sappy. It becomes spicy with a bready and sweet malt coming in, then fading to leave a bitter finish. Bitterness does not hang on long into aftertaste.

It has a chewy, though slightly astringent, medium body.

Plenty hoppy - leaning more towards piney/herbal than citric, and bitter enough to fit a big IPA. Alcohol warmth shows slightly, but is reasonably well-covered. A beer for a "hoppy mood"!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 23:09:22 | More by jwc215
Hop Czar from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
81 out of 100 based on 894 ratings.