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Hop Czar - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Ratings: 957
Reviews: 365
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 22
Gots: 71 | 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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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.

Photo of theboozecruise
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of GarrettMD
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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.

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
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...

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.

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.

Photo of haddon
3.65/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of Bizz88
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Photo of yemenmocha
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of canucklehead
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
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

Photo of Elimination
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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

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.

Photo of Ryan011235
2.31/5  rDev -35.5%
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.

Photo of JamisonM
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
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

Hop Czar from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
81 out of 100 based on 957 ratings.