Hop Czar - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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2.2/5 rDev -38.7%
12fl oz bottle poured into my tulip
Pours a medium copper color with a one finger head. Head is slightly off-white with average head retention. As it subsides it leaves tiny whit bubbles on top and on the edges of the beer.
Smells kind of tart like. I do not know if its suppose to smell like it(think of black licorice?). Huge bubblegum smell when you take a deep whiff. That is all I get from the smell.
Slight sweet lemon like citrus taste with some medium hop bitterness in there. Sweet bubblegum like taste takes hold after this and then leads to a malt backbone. Overall mostly a bitterness taste is what this is.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied(although lacking flavor and unbalanced) with very high carbonation. Bitter dry aftertaste last for some time, way after you have taken your sip.
I have never smelled a beer that smelled so much like pink bubblegum. I now know why this beer is pretty darn cheap seeing its a DIPA. This lacks a huge amount of flavor to even be considered a DIPA let alone even a Pale Ale.I would pass on getting this and pick up a TRUE DIPA instead.
02-13-2010 04:53:04 | More by tr4nc3d
3.05/5 rDev -15%
12oz bottle. The color was orange, clear, looked decent and surprisingly was not cloudy like Bridgeport IPA. The smell was stinky like an ashtray with hops in it, I did not care for it. The flavor was astringent and bitter but not hoppy in a good way. Overall, this was kind of disappointing and difficult to drink.
02-12-2010 02:05:45 | More by ArrogantB
3.3/5 rDev -8.1%
Poured into a pint glass. It has a medium golden colored body with about two fingers of off white head sitting on top. The aroma has some piney herbal notes. There is an off smell as well that I can't put my finger on. The taste is almost all hops. The pine is definitely present on the front of the sip. There is almost a spoiled citrus taste to it which might be what I picked up in the aroma. The lack of malt gives it a very thin mouthfeel. The finish is lackluster as it leaves a unpleasant aftertaste. I am glad I was able to buy this as a single and didn't have to buy the entire 6-pack.
02-12-2010 02:03:58 | More by ugaterrapin
3.3/5 rDev -8.1%
Pours a clear copper color with a small white head, smell of dried grass, some very distant barn, grapefruit, pine and caramel.
Taste of extreme bitterness, a dry astringent bite, good carbonation, medium mouthfeel, grapefruit, grass, and caramel are prominent.
This is a nice American Double IPA, just not my favorite. I lean more towards the sweet double IPA's , but I think this one lends itself more to drinability the way it is without the sweetness.
02-12-2010 00:02:58 | More by alpinebryant
3.3/5 rDev -8.1%
Buddy just found this beer at the local liquor shop, looked impressive.
A - Very attractive dark Amber malty color. Head came on rather thick, off white with rather large bubbles. No lacing to speak of. Slow and steady carbonation that held up the head for a bit.
S - Didn't catch much off of this one. Hops, maybe a bit of dry hay in the back.
T - Very impressive. Lots of caramely malts for a sticky sweetness that breaks into the hoppy bitterness that is most apparent. Can catch a slight bit of spice, just enough to round everything out and still keep the hops front and foremost.
M - Sticky sweetness but it still goes down smooth and silky.
D - As you'd expect of a 7.5% not too much. A few of these babies with make you happy.
Another impressive IPA, Sweeter than I like personally but well rounded.
02-12-2010 00:00:01 | More by genek
3.3/5 rDev -8.1%
Ok, so the first thing you need to consider with this beer is the price.
$7.99/6pk or $13.99/12pk
Yeah, its damn cheap.
Clear bronze body, smallish white head.
All hops on the nose, but quite the strange hop aroma. Flowers, hay, and manure. The flavor is just a stronger version of the aroma. Caramel malt, but just a dash. Huge on the hops. Grapefruit, orange zest, pine. Thankfully, the manure is gone, but there is an astringency in the finish I that leaves a bad taste in your mouth.
Hop Czar is spot on sometimes and miles from the mark at others. It has its good sides and its disappointing ones. It may not live up to its full potential, but then, if it did, it wouldn't be so damn affordable, now would it? Try it, see what you think. Its no Ruination, but it is half the price...
Post Script - I just read this aroma description from wagenvolks review and I had to repeat it:
"Like a bag of weed that your cat peed on after eating an entire grapefruit."
02-09-2010 03:32:50 | More by BradLikesBrew
3.95/5 rDev +10%
The body was pale bronze in color, and crowned with a three finger thick beige head. The aroma was earthy and herbal for the most part, with a bit of hay thrown in. The taste was quite dry and bitter, with some spicy notes as well. Not a lot of malt backbone, and relatively thin mouthfeel. Pretty easy to drink, but nondescript.
02-08-2010 05:44:19 | More by rajendra82
3.83/5 rDev +6.7%
12oz bottle into an Andechs weizen glass.
Hop Czar displays a color on the thin side for a IIPA: brassy gold and lager-ish. Lots of carbonation percolating through the nearly clear body (slight hint of yeasty haze going on) to fuel a fleeting patch of eggshell-white head. Nice lacing, which one might expect given the high levels of hops present in the aroma. Very musty, funky, earthy, citrusy, skunky hops. Like a bag of weed that your cat peed on after eating an entire grapefruit.
Body is thin, but juicy with a lingering bitter hoppiness that constricts the tastebuds on the back of the tongue. Initially sweet up front with some pale malts and cotton candy. Minerals in the middle get a little sour thanks to a frothy carbonation level. Hop Czar is too bitter for too long, and something seems a little 'off' in the aftertaste. Still, it's a good beer when you need a hop fix. Worth a try, but not something I'd buy again given the plethora of tastier IIPA's on the market.
02-07-2010 06:14:43 | More by wagenvolks
3.83/5 rDev +6.7%
A monstrous beer. Not my favorite style but I'll take a stab at reviewing it.
Slighty hazy light amber colored with a short quickly disappearing head.
Fantastic hop-heavy aroma. Flavor is a mouthful. Lots of alcoholic warmth. Hops out the yazoo. Pine and spruce dominate.
Like most double IPA's I've had, it feels like too much. The hops are so dominant it is hard to pick up any subtlety.
Mouthfeel is rich and syrupy with bracing carbonation on the tongue.
Interesting. Definitely worth trying.
02-06-2010 08:24:51 | More by jmbranum
3.71/5 rDev +3.3%
Hop Czar used to bring it in every category. And maybe it still does, but the lack of bottle dating/fresh bottles seems to hurt its position. Amazing presentation, bright orange, bursting hop bouquet, massive floral arrangement in the nose.
Taste, more of the same, almost gave it a 5, would have if Pliny didn't exist. Not super hoppy just for the sake of inflating some IBU's, genuinely appreciable taste, but don't get me wrong, this is a hop blast.
Mouthfeel, hops hops and more hops, there's nothing particularly complex, but for its strength and style, very drinkable, but hey, its pricey.
02-06-2010 07:36:02 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.05/5 rDev +12.8%
bridgeport is one of the first breweries that led me to great flavor when i moved to the pac nw. i remember trying the blue heron, the ipa, the stout and really beginning to appreciate them. i moved on to bigger and brighter things. as i did so, i forgot the ones that got me here. but a visit to the brewhouse in portland a few weekends ago and a tour of their beautiful facilities and their lab space was revealing. they were running ibu tests on their latest batch of hop czar and finding an honest 91-95 ibus. this isn't some guess based on calculations and cracking one of these guys open reveals the truth within. a sharp bitterness slicing down the tongue, cutting directly through the malt. a wonderful bitterness, this is the ideal hop bitterness. dry like i wish my butt was. this could take more malt but doesn't have the sweetness most dipas bring. there's little hop flavor beyond the bitterness and general hoppiness. just a lingering bite that longs for companionship. nonetheless, a lovely beer that i will be drinking more of in the future.
never again will i underappreciate such fine crafted bottle conditioned beverages.
02-06-2010 06:54:50 | More by olympuszymurgus
3.68/5 rDev +2.5%
Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass
A- Thin head even with a pretty aggressive pour. Dissipates quickly. Light golden color. Don't see the haze others have mentioned.
S- Definitely hoppy upfront with a slight malt hint. Not much of the citrus hops I was expecting from an Oregon brewed beer. Slight astringent smell.
T- The initial flavor is actually very balanced quickly fading to the strong lingering hop bitterness you would expect from this style. Hops are dry and piney. Again, lacking the citrus I would expect. Somewhat of a strange aftertaste I can't place right now.
M- Smooth and lightly carbonated
D- High marks on this one. Hides the ABV very well. Only problem is the aftertaste on the breath (this coming from someone who carries a stick of gum to get rid of 'IPA breath')
Overall, a pretty good beer and relatively sessionable in spite of the ABV, but probably won't seek this one out again
02-04-2010 02:31:21 | More by feverscan
3.93/5 rDev +9.5%
poured into a pint glass. pours a darker golden amber with about a finger of white, even, fairly quickly disappearing head.
smell is great. big upfront citrusy hops are the star. followed by a quick whiff of well balanced and less intense earthy hops. classic.
taste is very similiar to modus hoperandi and hop devil and some lagunitas. alot of simcoe type hops overpowering a standard crystal malt bill. not bad but certainly nothing extraordinary and has caused me to lose a bit more faith in the phrase "imperial". still good and a must try for ipa lovers.
mouthfeel: standard hop oilyness. nothing new.
drinkability: very sessionable with a fairly high abv and at a very affordable price. i give this one a five.
01-25-2010 03:58:06 | More by northaustin
3.98/5 rDev +10.9%
Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. My bottle indicates 7.5% ABV rather than the 8% listed above.
Appearance: clear, rich metallic gold color with just a tiny skin of white head. It looks like it means business.
Smell: big hop aroma with floral, earthy and funky notes. Malt aroma is all but undetectable, but it's a heady mix nonetheless. I quite like it.
Taste: you get what you expect based on the aroma, though the malt is a little more detectable. Hops range more toward the earthy side up front but with a very nice floral finish; the whole works is really quite bitter. It's a bit unsubtle, but it does hit the spot pretty well.
Mouthfeel: medium body with more carbonation than the head would lead you to believe. Actually, pretty good.
Drinkability: quite drinkable, and I can't decide if it is because of or in spite of its huge bitterness. One sure thing is, you can't detect the high alcohol under all those hops. This one could be dangerous.
01-06-2010 05:36:49 | More by flagmantho
3.63/5 rDev +1.1%
Had this on-tap at Bridgestone in the Pearl yesterday with an excellent smoky IPA pulled-pork sandwich, paired excellently. Served as a full pint in a pint glass.
Appearance: Apricot-amber orange with white head and relatively normal lacing. Head disappeared relatively quickly, leaving the slightest swirls on the crown.
Smell: Slightly citrus and pine, with a spicy hop undertone. This DIPA is not a Pliny-type, with more Chinook and Centennial backbone hops than a Simcoe or Amarillo. Smell is actually pretty mild all things considered, but an IPA it certainly is.
Taste: Straight-forward hop presence, but the flavors don't quite pop in the hop department. More mellow hoppy character for a DIPA, without much resinous and piny and more slightly grassy and a hint of citrus and a bit of spiciness. Malt backbone is very solid at 8% too, and the alcohol is present as an accompanying player. Bitterness is great, but the board claimed it was 85 IBUs, which seems in contrast to other claims of near 100.
Mouthfeel: Actually very pleasant. Bitterness plays a great role, and the alcohol presence doesn't really burn badly or anything. The spicy hop, the bite of the bitterness, the pale malt ever-slightly-sweetness, and carbonation are all spot-on.
Drinkability: Was easy to quaff at 8%, but there are DIPAs out there I'd prefer to this just due to a more robust flavor profile. If I'm drinking an IPA, I want the nose and taste to reflect that hoppiness, and the Czar, while tasty, is not quite enough to knockout a hop thirst.
12-15-2009 17:12:41 | More by nomomentwasted
3.63/5 rDev +1.1%
On the aimless stroll back to work, post-lunch on the first Friday of autumn (re: PERFECT weather) the BridgePort dock spoke to me. An imperial pint was all it asked, and so I obliged with a Hop Czar (on cask, no less). Hope you're happy, BP...
A: Caramel-orange, resplendent clarity, resting beneath a dense but shallow off-white meringue. Lacking visible carbonation, but that's 'cask' for ya... Creamy lace hangs in broken shards.
S: Hmmm...wanted this to be appealing and 'fresh', instead it's sorta 'wet cardboard' or 'compost binful of 3-day-old grass clippings'. Musty and worn-out is what I'm getting...too bad.
T: Grassy and spicy hops abound with a perky fruit tang that seems like 'dried apricots' on my palate (odd?). Pine resin that once may make been drippy is now subdued, sweeter.
M: Appropriately creamy, almost to a fault. So smooth and easy, body seems airy until a coating hop bitterness reveals itself a half-minute or so after each sip.
D: I've had Hop Czar a few times from bottle, draught and (now) cask; can't say cask is my favorite version but it could be the most 'drinkable'. Higher ABV tends to fade, aroma and flavor are transformed. One probably won't find this anywhere besides the brewery at this point; it's worth a try.
09-25-2009 20:12:08 | More by msubulldog25
3.9/5 rDev +8.6%
Pours a hazy ambery peach brown color with a nice fluffy white head that retains well and leaves good lacing.
Nose has typical PNW IPA stench, smells like maybe some centennials or cascades in here. Nose indicates a decent malt backbone.
Taste is pretty damn solid. PNW hop profile is there, very floral with solid bitterness. A decent hop resin flavor, but nothing too impressive.
Mouthfeel is solid, maybe a tiny bit on the viscous side. Great bitterness.
Drinkability is pretty good, but nothing too impressive here either. feels like about what it is at 8%
Overall a good example of a typical PNW DIPA. Good floral hop profile, but just doesn't have the sick resiny juiciness that we often find in our brethren a touch further south on the left coast. A good beer, though, not to be scoffed at.
08-02-2009 23:49:54 | More by AKBelgianBeast
2.4/5 rDev -33.1%
Pour 22 oz. into a standard pint glass. Rich foamy head over a hazy orange/amber color. Surprised at the haziness. Thought it might have been a wheat beer.
Where is the strong grapefruit, citrus and pine I've come to expect from West Coast 2IPAs? All I can smell is the biscuity malt.
The citrus is definitely there in the front of the taste but quickly fades into malt behind. It has a bitter aftertaste that is unpleasant. There is also a definite alcohol taste.
The feel is relatively smooth. The beer I had was quite cold and quaffable. However, I imagine this not being so drinkable as it warms.
I could barely finish the bomber. Not what I expected in an IPA. Usually, I can down these effortlessly. I will not buy this again. However, I'm not going to let this spoil my enjoyment of their standard IPA, which is for me a good session beer.
07-22-2009 22:47:47 | More by BuckeyeOne
3.55/5 rDev -1.1%
Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.
A massive puffy cloudlike cream-colored head forms on top of a hazy orange/copper body. Tons of crackly lace.
Smells like an amped up version of the mega-citrusy (pineapple, grapefruit, orange) regular Bridgeport IPA, but with the addition of a strong yeasty aroma I don't entirely love.
More of the same in the mouth. The wonderful citrus medley I love so much in their regular IPA is somewhat blunted by substantial yeasty/bready flavors
Medium-thick body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is juicy, smooth and coating.
Overall impression: Pretty good brew, but I vastly prefer their excellent regular IPA.
07-07-2009 21:51:36 | More by PDXHops
3.48/5 rDev -3.1%
22 ounce bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions for five dollars and some change, drank last night with my dad and buddy, poured into my Dogfish Head snifter, color is an orangish brown color, huge foamy white head that lasts a long time, decent lacing, aroma has a big lemon scent, hops, strawberries, grassy accents, earthiness, and vanilla, starts off with a huge pine flavor, citrus in the middle with mostly lemon but a little orange too, more bitter and dry piney hops in the finish, extremely hoppy all the way through, bitter, piney, and dry mouthfeel, medium bodied, low to medium level of carbonation, taste lingers too long at times, could not drink too much of this because it is just in your face hoppy, heavy because of it too, you can definitely tell four different hop varieties were used and maybe it was a little much, probably would drink again, worth trying
07-03-2009 19:28:39 | More by Floydster
4/5 rDev +11.4%
I had this one on tap at the Swiss in Tacoma. Served in a standard pint, the beer is a hazy bronze with a tan head.
Nice citrus (grapefruit) and caramel/malt nose.
The taste leads with some nice citrus bitterness followed quickly by a smack of grains that add an earthy quality, which was unexpected but not unwelcome. The beer sweetens mid glass but the hops never disappear.
The mouth is a nice combo of slick and carbonation bite. This is a session for sure.
Note that I did not realize that it was an Imperial while drinking or reviewing. The fact that it is 8% may help explain my mellow & happy mood the rest of the evening!
06-05-2009 18:59:39 | More by Redrover
3.78/5 rDev +5.3%
[Not sure about the last two reviewers of this beer... seem pretty off base. For example, the "gunk" in the bottle is yeast and proteins from the huge amount of hops.] Anyway...
Appearance: orangey copper, quite hazy, huge pillow of yellowy foam with near-miraculous staying power
Aroma: fresh-cut pineapple, hop cheese (the good kind), grapefruit, caramelly malt (way underneath the hop blanket)
Flavor: chewy malt profile with hops all over the place: pineapple, passion fruit, pine, unripe apples, grapefruit; throaty bitterness carrying through the semi-dry finish
Mouthfeel: medium-full body, pert carbonation, slight astringency, some alcohol warmth
Other comments: This is one of those big, brash NW testament-to-hops beers. Pretty potent and scrunchy. Good stuff!
05-18-2009 01:31:37 | More by GreenCard
1.88/5 rDev -47.6%
It's a cool name and regal-looking bottle, but the beer's appearance isn't overly impressive. Even with a gentle pour, I've got like a quarter-foot of frothy head. Thick lacing is evident as it works it's way down. Its color is a yellowish orange, oddly reminiscent of soda. I feel like I'm looking at a crazy Avery beer that's trying to do too much. In general, I'm skeptical of this one.
Further doubt lingers when I smell this one. Shouldn't I be overwhelmed with yummy hop aroma by a beer called "Hop Czar?" Maybe I should brush up on my Russian history, but isn't a czar like a king? Why do I smell malts? It's like I'm actually mad at the smell.
The taste, unfortunately, is similarly disappointing. I feel duped because it's like a blah beer in a big, cool-looking bottle. I'm proud we call our head honcho a president. I'm learning about the freshness factor with hops and all, but I don't think that's what's going on here. It's just a maybe okay beer marketed as something it's not. I've yet to be impressed with anything from Bridgeport. This beer is like a hop monster's skeleton--it's all malty backbone. I'd consider trying another one for confirmation, but I really don't think it's a freshness factor--the malty flavor is good, but where's the czar?
I'm mad at the mouthfeel like I was at the smell, and for the same reason: here's a west coast, self-proclaimed hop monster with hardly any citrusy sweetness and NO ability to pull enamel. I don't expect that from every beer--not even every beer that proclaims to be hoppy--but a big boy bottle with a dude on a throne holding hops. I was set up, and this beer experience has proven a disappointing one.
I'd only drink another to confirm my disappointment. I guess that's a step up from awful. Really, the beer is a common "okay," but you should know that before you unwrap the aluminum from the cap and pop open the bomber. Maybe I should know better coming from Bridgeport? It will take some soothing medicine to heal these wounds and improve my opinion of this beermaker.
05-10-2009 22:11:15 | More by marvin213
2.45/5 rDev -31.8%
Warning, i saw some huge pieces of "goo" in ths bottle. Appearance..hazy orange with lots of sediment floating around, large frothy loff white head. Aroma..garlic and onions..really some soap lemon. Taste is not as bad as the aroma but pretty weak for a DIPA..some lemony hop. Watery palate. Drain pour I believe this (hope) it is bad. Im pissed..my worst from Bridgeport ever.
05-08-2009 20:11:22 | More by Reidrover
4.18/5 rDev +16.4%
Finally found one at the Gateway Freddies over here.... shared w/ a friend..
- Orange glow, amber... thin eggshell head.. bubbled like a champagne.. big bubbles.
- Smelled the hops all over when I opened this bad boy... very floral, and a pine spice... sweet malt, but not balanced... w/ isn't a bad thing for me..
- Hugely shocked at the aftertaste... wow oh wow. Such a smooth downer and drink.. slightly dry, bitter... but BAM!! The bitterness and Hop Punch hits you w/ and aftershock that I have never experienced w/ any other ale in my life. After belching... I experienced a flavor I never have before either... almost like it was fermented w/ some sort of wood... aged... like a whisky barrel.. like taking a hoppy ale chaser after a shot of Bushmills....
- Very nice and drinkable... a true stand out DIPA for sure... get one if you can! A B+ only? WTF!?
05-06-2009 02:49:36 | More by Docer
Hop Czar from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
81 out of 100 based on 909 ratings.