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Hop Czar - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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BA SCORE
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971 Ratings
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Ratings: 971
Reviews: 368
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 23
Gots: 81 | 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

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Beer added by: ccrida on 07-22-2008

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Ratings: 971 | Reviews: 368
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.

Photo of LesStewart
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

While there were a lot of things i like about this beer i ultimately fell to the conclusion that I couldn't drink this beer all the time. The color was good but not great with a bit of haze. The nose was nice but more piny than citrus which led to unsurprising dominance of piny hops and a bitterness that while respectable just didn't leave me wanting more.

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

Bought locally for $7.89 a six pack.

It pours a slightly hazy orange gold with about an inch of foam. Sheets of lacing are impressive.

Lots of citrus and pine in the nose; grapefruit and tangerines mostly, with a solid smell of malt, both caramel and biscuit. I'm thinking this DIPA has a nice balance.

Plenty of grapefruit and pine in the first sip followed by caramel sweetness and notes of biscuit. Again, seems pretty balanced for the style but...I'm drinking this pretty cold so I'm gonna give it some time to warm up and see what happens/changes, if anything.

/Time has passed

More fruit flavour now, the tangerine I mentioned in the smell, and things are slightly sweeter mid palate but man, that is one dry finish! Wow! And...that's where the major bitterness lies with this beer. I have to say though, I reckon it's right up my alley when in the mood and I'm in the mood right now. ;^)

On the high end of medium bodied with medium carbonation. I see people describe it being sticky. I couldn't agree more. A good plus.

Drinkability? I'm getting a fair bit of warming, more than I expected given the abv but no serious complaints. The bottle is going fast enough. I like this DIPA. A lot!

Photo of jhtipton
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hope I didn't score too high. It was a pleasant find at a gourmet shop in Seattle and at $1.39 a bottle, who is to complain. Nice lacing and a orangish hue. Smells a bit piney. Taste is bitter at 87 IBU and I like it. Nice flavor and sticks to the palate. At 7.5% abv CAN'T SESSION IT BUT WOULD DEFINITELY PICK ONE UP AGAIN! Cheers.

Photo of StaveHooks
2.74/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear amber/copper color.

S - Bready malt. Sour dough. Almost smells like aged cheese., or feet. Slight citrus and alcohol fumes.

T/M - Slightly burnt caramel malt that cornerstones this beer. Resin hops start to take over. Mouthfeel is slightly oily. Moderate citrus hops opens up on the finish. Aftertaste is citrus hops and actually the best part of the beer.

If you do decide to pick this beer up..buy a single. Also I would drink it ice cold. This beer is not bad..except for the smell. I drank the first one at a 10 minute rest. The second one I poured and drank right out of the fridge. It was cold enough to completely fog the glass. The 2nd one still had the awful smell but the flavors were muted and tasted better than the previous.

Photo of industrialswill
4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$7 / sixer at Fred Meyers

Dark amber, floral smell.
Tastes great! Everything I expect in an imperial IPA. ABV is well hidden, the brewmeister is a sly devil.
This is a very good value, my kind of beer. I feel very fortunate to have this as an affordable choice close to home. I hope to see more of this stuff in the beer departments around here.

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

I enjoyed the fact that this was brewed in Portland Oregon, but this beer didn't seem to be the match for me. I know that this is a great beer but the taste was a bit strong for me. It pours a deep golden color with a nice white head that remains for a while and leaves some nice lacing. Smells very hoppy with a little bit of that piney smell too. Upon first sip i found it to be crisp, not too thick and overpoweringly hoppy (i guess i'm a sissy). Some really enjoy this level of hops but i am not there yet. I will give this another try in a few years and i think i'll enjoy it a lot more.

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

A nice extra from GarrettMD...Thanks.

Pours yellow with orange tints...it is cloudy with an inch of white head...the head sticks around awhile...leaving webs of lacing.

I smell lemon and biscuits...it has a floral quality as well...lemonheads...this is nice!

It is sweet and tart...I taste lemonheads, watermelon, lemon-aid, candied cannabaceae, black pepper, and grapefruit.

Creamy at first...as it drys it bites and gets sticky...it is pretty heavy.

This is one unique IIPA...the heavy body and mix of flavors limit its drinkability, but this is one IIPA every hop-head should try.

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

Nose is softly vinegary, sweet, malty, and artificially fruity. Smells good.

Pours clear copper with mild head. Looks good.

Moderatly bitter, dry, and thrashy/hoppy, yet decidedly sweet, syrupy, and unusually aged. Soft vinegar and oxidation. More hop with warmth, but hops do not come across very fresh. What a peculiar DIPA; I'm digging Hop Czar. There's a lot of hoppiness but it's restrained, muffled, almost muted. That by no means makes it bad, don't get me wrong. This is a stongly flavored beer with many interesting and unexpected elements. Good bit of hoppy bitterness. Tastes great. Feels good. Nice drinkability.

Absolutely wonderful, a good solid sipper. Intricate, interesting, and tastey. Way to go Bridgeport.

Photo of Flightoficarus
3.17/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of NWer
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Photo of OlRasputin989
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of climax
4.29/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Hop Czar from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
81 out of 100 based on 971 ratings.