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Hop Czar - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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959 Ratings
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Ratings: 959
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 23
Gots: 74 | 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:
Beer added by: ccrida on 07-22-2008

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Photo of jwinship83
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a new to my area double IPA sold in six packs. i paid $8 for this one. also comes in 12 packs for $15. no freshness information to be found. drank from my sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- this one pours out a slightly hazy golden orange colored body with a half finger of bright white head on top. the head has decent retention and leaves behind small rings of lacing.

S- the first thing i notice is the extreme hoppiness wafting out of my glass. lots of resiny pine and grapefruit. theres also some well masked sweet caramel malts.

T- the sweet caramel malts i could smell are swiftly overpowered by a swarm of hops. lots of pine and some orange zest. theres even more grapefruit. very juicy tasting.

M- medium bodied with a nice lowish level of carbonation. nicely bitter.

D- easy to finish this one off. not really a thinking mans beer, but thats ok sometimes. plenty of hops for your dollar here.

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

This beer pours a clear medium golden amber hue, with one finger of thick foamy off-white head, which leaves some nice layered lace around the glass as it falls away. It smells of grapefruit rind, pine needles, and biscuity caramel malt. The taste is biscuit/bready grain, pine, grapefruit, and orange, and a soft sweet boozy edge. The carbonation is average, the body medium weight, a bit creamy, and fairly smooth, with just a slight alcohol twinge. It finishes quite dry, and crisp.

I find the dry biscuity, crackery malt versions of DIPA to be mildly offputting at the worst, uninteresting at the best. This falls somewhere in between. It definitely needs a bit more sweetness to offset the decent hop assault.

Photo of harperman69
2.57/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Brother got this to me and said it was nice and hoppy; I thought this was his way of saying it was "good".

12 oz bottle poured into normal pint glass.

Poured an amber orangish color with about an inch head with good retention. Lots of lacing was another nice touch. Took a whiff and noticed a very piney hop smell with no florals or citrus. Seemed disappoing until I took a sip and then you can drop the word "Seemed". All this hop bitterness without much to balance it was a let down. Same taste as the nose, lacking in character and depth, just about didn't finish this beer. Had a medium to semi thick mouthfeel reminiscent of a quality DIPA, just without the taste. A little high on the alcohol factor and could feel it, not exactly a sessionable beer.

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

Pours a dark golden with a solid, substantial head. Nose is a burst of citrusy hops. This is an aggressively hoppy beer- lots of bitterness and citrus flavor with very little malt backbone. Very west-coasty, which is IMO a good thing when it comes to IIPAs. Very drinkable with a lasting bitterness.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A slight hazed tangerine color with warm yellow and orange edges. The head is white and thin made up of fat and skinny bubbles. Not very lasting.

Nose is good but not notable. Warm and malty with light hints of bold hops. They are citrus and piney but muted compared to other imperial IPA's.

Taste is also on the muted side of things. It's got the characteristics of a IIPA but falls short. Sweet malts with crisp citrus however it's all around weak. Not watered down but more in line with a strong pale ale or a weak ipa rather then a double. That being said the taste isn't bad, just not in the league of IIPA's

Medium bodied with a solid bitterness and soft carbonation. The mouthfeel isn't too shabby either. This one is a solid drinking beer that is well worth checking out even if it doesn't stack up next to the other in the style.

Photo of bagpiper2005
2.49/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pour: Hazy yellow-orange color. Big three fingers of frothy white head that retained well and left all sorts of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Citrus, pine, and ethanol. No real malts or anything.

Taste: Follows the smell pretty much exactly. Pine up front, then alcohol, then grapefruit in the back. Malts not really detectible. Unbalanced and almost gag-worthy.

Mouthfeel: For 7.5% this was an extremely watery beer. It's got a bit more body than a light lager but not much. High carbonation.

Drinkability: This stuff was hard to drink. The alcohol presence sort of killed it.

Final Notes: If you enjoy a shot of everclear against eating raw hops, this might be the beer for you. That said, this is probably the worst Double IPA I've ever had, and the more I drank it the less I liked it. No substance, no malt in the body. Look elsewhere.

Photo of ericj551
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Czar pours a slightly hazy copper with a thin head. The aroma is citrusy and earthy, with some damp, malty herbal notes. Herbal bitterness strikes upfront in the flavor, with almost more earthy, British type hop flavor than citrusy American hops. The malt is there, but hidden, and an earthy resiny character lingers in the finish. I feel like this beer kind of skirts the line between IPA and IIPA line.

Photo of n00tz
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Orange-amber body, thin khaki head, active carbonation.

S - Sweet and citrusy, maybe some light cream?

T - Biscuity malts, and grapefruity hops. still finding the cream character on the tongue.

M - Nicely carbed, medium body with full character.

D - pretty good overall, misses the mark for a Double IPA in my opinion, but hits it pretty well on the Strong Ale.

Photo of Snamnoum
2.68/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - hazy, tan color which produced one finger of off white head. Average head retention and fairly good lace.

Smell - resiny hops, very acidic lemon/citrus

Taste - very, very, very unbalanced and over hopped not in a good way. No where near enough malt to help curb hops. Unpleasant acidic/ tart finish. Water taste heavy and metallic, almost lead pencily. Overall very off tasting.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, with medium carbonation. Thin feeling for a Imperial IPA.

Drinkability - not difficult to drink but wow this is just not pleasant drink either. Looks and sounds promising but trust me its not. Save your money on this one and get something else.

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

I should start off by saying that I'm a fan of IPA's.

Have to admit that I bought this 12-pack based on price ($12.99) and appeal of the packaging; looked like it would be good enough. I was surprised to find out that the abv was 7.5%; a rare find in 12-packs that are sitting next to all the other brand[bland]-name beers. It's too bad they don't list that on the box. I often judge buying a beer on its $/abv ratio.

This beer lives up to the name - very hoppy - but I was surprised on the lack of bite. However, that did not deter from my enjoyment of the flavor. In fact, it makes it real easy to suck down quick (be careful, 7.5% remember).

Poured out of the bottle, it didn't produce much head and has a nice light amber color. The aroma is slightly mild with a little bit of the expected floral.

Plus, the Burger King's distinguishing-looking cousin being on the label is a little humorous.

Photo of spaceycasey
2.7/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On-tap in Austin.

A - Hazy orange with fluffy white head that holds fairly strong.

S - Biscuit and caramel dominate, perhaps slightly oxidized. Little to no hop aroma. Surprising for a Double IPA.

T - Piney, resiney hop bitterness that doesn't match up with the indications the nose provided. Were hops only used for bittering? Caramel flavor comes through a little bit to balance the hops, but not much.

M - A bit on the sticky side, which I find okay for a DIPA.

D - The out of balance bitterness make this below average drinkability for the style.

Photo of arizcards
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Magnums on the 4th of July for $1.49.

Beer poured an amber-orange with a nice white head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose is a nice boquet of citrusy northwest hops. Taste is a nice pale and caramel malt backbone and is hopped with citrus and melon flavors, leaving a dry hop resinous flavor in the end. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, decently carbonated, pretty smooth when going across the palate, Drinkability is good. This is a good representation of the style, albeit a much lighter than usual version. There is enough malt there to chew on but given the relatively generous amount of hops in the recipe I find it to be a pretty good hop bomb. Glad I sampled and will look to try again.

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

From Tasting Notes:
12oz into snifter.
A: A deep amber body, slight haze, with good head retention. Nice Lacing.
S: Citrus hops are dominate, a earthy hop aromas in the background.
T/M: A crisp mouthfeel and a dry lingering taste of floral hops.
D: A IIPA that could be sessioned, but not the tastes that I like in a IIPA, but good dry mouthfeel.

Photo of CBlack85
2.71/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Smuttynose big beer balloon glass.

It is a deep orange-ish color with some amber hues. A small off white head recedes fairly quickly leaving behind quite a bit of sticky lacing.

The nose is small and unimpressive. The malts are at the forefront here; bisuity and bready malt aromas intermingle with a fairly strong alcohol presence. There is a small bit of piney and citrusy hops, but not nearly enough to convince me that this beer is in fact a DOUBLE IPA... from the west coast, no less. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing offensive about the aroma, just disappointing.

The flavor is a bit more hop forward than the nose, but still falls short of what I would expect. The hops provide a bitter, slightly piney flavor that seems to lack any real character or depth. The bisuity, bready malts are not nearly as prominant in the flavor as they are in the aroma, but they are there and provide a nice malt backbone for a decent IPA, unfortunately the hops don't seem to deliver the flavor and punch that is needed. Medium/light bodied and moderately carbonated.

Overall impression is that this is not a bad beer, it just seems to under perform. I think they really need to rework the hop bill on this one, although I think the malt bill is right on...

Photo of beagle75
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle pour into a shaker pint.

A: Clear orange-amber with one-finger of white foam head that quickly diminishes to a near-continuous residue. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Intense pine, mango, and grapefruit. The smell is clearly hops-dominated but there is also a promise of sweetness to come.

T: Starts surprisingly dry, offering none of the sweetness detected in the smell. The dominant bitter finish emerges early and lasts, with a definite grapefruit character. Mellow, earthy malt is detectable at the beginning but fades as the finish approaches. Alcohol warms the palate slightly in the finish.

M: Medium, sticky, viscosity coats the mouth well but leaves an astringent pucker. Moderate carbonation is too present on the palate.

D: Although not a strong DIPA in alcohol content, the bitterness is haunting and powerful. Combined with astringency issues, this beer has a roughness that needs to be addressed. While Bridgeport's IPA is a charming--if outdated--classic, this beer is best smelled and left alone. It attains authenticity as if a checklist was followed, but unfortunately it is not delicious enough to seek out.

Photo of snaotheus
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass

Pours very clear, very light yellow color slight orange-ish tinge to it. Head was initially fairly large, faded fast, left some pretty decent looking lacing up the side of the glass. Smell is not super-strong, even when slightly warm. A little hay, a lot of hops.

Taste is definitely overpowered by the grapefruit peel bitterness from the hops, which normally is good, but there doesn't seem to be much of anything to balance it out here. So, it's a hop bomb, and not the best kind of hop bomb.

Mouthfeel is light and a little sticky. Drinkable, not bad beer, but not that great. Worth $7 for a sixer.

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6 July 2013
Found it for like $2.40 for a bomber. Thought I'd give it another shot. My opinion hasn't changed that much.

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

Pours a bright amber color with a nice white head.

Aromas are of light fresh hops, mostly grapefruits, and some hard candies.

Flavors start with bready malts, some caramel, and a general light creaminess. Finish is crisp, with citrus hop notes, and an alcohol bite. Beer kind of strikes me as more of a strong pale ale, rather than a double IPA.

Mouthfeel is nice and full with good carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. While I kind of liked this beer, it didn't seem to fit into the DIPA camp. When compared to others in that style, it's a few notches below. Still a pretty good beer overall.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden peach color with a tight white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smells of piny and grassy hops.

Tastes of the hops with a solid malt backbone. Hops are mainly piny with some grassy, herbal notes as well. Malt is toasted in character with some breadiness to it.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a creamy amount of carbonation.

Photo of Bfarr
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Hazy orange with thin off white head with ok retention and lacing. Peppery and citrus hop aroma with a little sweetness. Spicy grapefruit flavors with a light caramel backbone. Grapefruit tends to take over after a bit. Moderate carbonation with smooth mouthfeel with pleasant lingering despite the grapefruit.

Grapefruit is not my favorite but at least it has a peppery taste to offset it a bit. A good beer especially for the price if you are inclined to like the grapefruit flavor.

Photo of beer2day
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of benclimbs
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of doubleipa
3.02/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of champ103
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Hop Czar from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
81 out of 100 based on 959 ratings.