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Hop Czar - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ccrida on 07-22-2008

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Ratings: 971 | Reviews: 368
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

Photo of djbreezy
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
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?

Photo of beerdrifter
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
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!

Photo of htomsirveaux
4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of oldirtdog
4.42/5  rDev +23.5%
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

Photo of Thiestru
2.52/5  rDev -29.6%
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?

Photo of Haybeerman
3.65/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of cavedave
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks once again to sirdrinknp for another Oregon gem.

It pours a cloudy amber with a full bodied look, nice four finger beige head. It subsides gradually to leave shaving cream on the glass. Sweet.

Smell is a medium aroma, but full of deep citrus bitter, sweet neutral grain, nice light notes of bread, and hints of pine.

Taste is a medium flavor but what a flavor. Not trying to be complex here, the emphasis is on balance. The sip starts neutral sweet, picks up some floral, and some really light estery fruit notes, and crests with bitter citrus kicking in, joined by some drying pine, and herbal, for a nice finish. Very clean and balanced.

Mouthfeel perhaps is the least of the features of this workman's IIPA. Nice low carb., but not thick enough, not a long, complex or dry enough flavor profile and finish, and too light bodied to be one of the best in this style of many American superstars.

Due to its light mouth, and simple yet delicious taste, this is very highly drinkable for a IIPA. The fact that I can get no more of this reassures the parts of me wishing to retain occasional sobriety.

Photo of tronester
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a very thin off-white head. Smells of fresh pine needles. Taste is rich malt flavors up front, with a strong piney and citrusy middle, and a earthy bitter finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, low carbonation. Drinkability is very good though, not as potent as some DIPA's, this is easier drinking, yet still very flavorful.

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

Shiny orange color with some reddish highlighting. Head is alabaster white with some medium bubbles dispersed throughout the foam. Looks like good stick; lacing probable.

Nose is hoppy in a citric way and backed by a load of diacetyl. I'd like to get more in the way of aroma for the next score up. The flavor is extremely herbal, with lots of bitterness recalling an East Coast style of IPA. Boozy and a little harsh.

Malts do their best, but they come in too pale and light to really offset the hop bitterness. A get some light bread notes and diacetyl butteriness. The hops bring grapefruit, orange, and lemon zest, with pine resin and the herb character of Rolling Rock.

Solidly creamy and pleasant mouthfeel, finish is long and bitter. I like this one, but as with their IPA, I feel that they leave something on the table with their bitter brews.

Photo of nickd717
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Pi Bar in San Francisco.

Pours clear golden with a one-finger white head.

Aroma is nice and hoppy, very citrusy with grapefruit and lemon. Malt presence is minimal.

The flavor is rather uninspiring. Pale malt as well as rough Oregon-style citrusy hops, lemon and grapefruit, almost even a little tart in a way.

Rough hops attack your palate, but not as cleanly as other DIPAs often do. Medium body for the style.

Overall, this is not a bad beer, but it falls short of the west coast DIPA mark for sure. Don't think I'd get this again.

Photo of LXIXME
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber rusty on a golden color below a pretty good sized off white head. The head and lacing are both decent and last a fair deal, or maybe I drank this to fast, lol.

The smell coming off this is all hops, piney and with a light sour to bitter lemon hints, I was expecting a alcohol tinted at least aroma since this is a imperial but I didn't get any of that.

The taste was also void of a noticeable alcohol hints of an imperial but was totally hops; with piney, slightly bitter, and some soury lemony hints. The aftertaste left by this beer is a very nice dryness with a slight bitterness.

The only draw back is it seems a bit light or watery, if they could add some fullness of body to this without changing it essence they would have a gold mine on their hands, not that they don't already.

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