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Hop Czar - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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BA SCORE
81
good

926 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 926
Reviews: 360
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 Flightoficarus
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Flightoficarus, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of NWer
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

NWer, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of OlRasputin989
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

OlRasputin989, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of climax
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

climax, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

twiggamortis420, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of theboozecruise
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

theboozecruise, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of GarrettMD
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

GarrettMD, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of jokelahoma
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

jokelahoma, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
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...

StoneBrewFanatic, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of Jebus
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Jebus, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of CentralPA
5/5  rDev +39.7%
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.

CentralPA, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of haddon
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark amber with nice off-whie head. lots of carbonation released throughout

wow... aroma hits the nose as soon as I poured into tulip. hops are present. citrus and pine but the malty backbone more evient than in other DIPA's. caramel, brown sugar & figs

bitter hops hit early and hard but again, malt notes are evident. banana & bread comes through from the yeast

medium to full body with lots of carbonation

interestingly enough, I began to enjoy this beer less as I got further down the glass. as it warmed, more and more malty flavors came through but not in a good way. IMO, just a little out of balance for a DIPA.

haddon, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of Bizz88
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear golden amber with a finger and a half off-white creamy head, leaving nice sticky lacing the entire glass. Found a sweet grassy hops fragrance with hints of carmel. Not as pungent a hoppy bite as one would expect from an I.P.A. was quite surprised there-in. Light, refreshing, and clean finish on the palette with a good amount of carbonation. Can I hear a "Hell Yeah" on the drinkability.

Bizz88, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of yemenmocha
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dull/hazy amber with generous sized head. Nose is light but still has a good amount of recognizable citrus. Big whollop of bitterness on the palate without much malt in balance. Not a lot of pleasant hop elements like pine or floral notes... just mostly bitter elements. Finish is warm from alcohol and makes it a bit rough for drinking.

yemenmocha, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of canucklehead
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I love the regular IPA from Bridgeport and expected a lot from this DIPA but I felt let down as the hops were not really there for this beer. Where are the lovely grapefruity notes I expect from this brewer. Instead I got a very conservative beer with a uninspiring hop note. It's not that beer is bad it's just that it should be way better

canucklehead, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of Elimination
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

look: yellow copper

s: hop presence, pine, sweet yet musty

taste: strong piney, strong hop, a little alcohol like a fine vodka
mouth: bubbly, good

overall: i like it, and wouldnt mind if it was more of a regular in the Bridgeport line. Ive bought a few 6 packs because for 7 dollar mark it cant be beat

Elimination, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of hdog09
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark amber in color and has a good citrus smell from the hops. Hops are there but however not in the abundance you would expect from a double IPA. Accurate amount of carbination but a little too malty. Not a bad beer but not one of the better IPA's I've had.

hdog09, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of Ryan011235
2.28/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Ryan011235, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of JamisonM
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

JamisonM, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of djbreezy
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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?

djbreezy, May 30, 2010
Photo of beerdrifter
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

beerdrifter, May 27, 2010
Photo of htomsirveaux
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

htomsirveaux, May 26, 2010
Photo of oldirtdog
4.43/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

oldirtdog, May 24, 2010
Photo of Thiestru
2.53/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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?

Thiestru, May 17, 2010
Photo of Haybeerman
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Haybeerman, May 14, 2010
Hop Czar from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
81 out of 100 based on 926 ratings.