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Hop Czar - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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BA SCORE
81
good

890 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 890
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.32%
Wants: 18
Gots: 41 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ccrida on 07-22-2008)
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Floydster

California

3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 19:28:39 | More by Floydster
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Redrover

Illinois

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2009 18:59:39 | More by Redrover
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GreenCard

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[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!

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 01:31:37 | More by GreenCard
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marvin213

North Carolina

1.88/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 22:11:15 | More by marvin213
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Reidrover

Oregon

2.45/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 20:11:22 | More by Reidrover
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Docer

Washington

4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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!?

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 02:49:36 | More by Docer
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SurlyDuff

Oregon

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big ole 22oz bomber with a cheap'o looking foil topper on it.

Pours a copper orange with some floating particulates/haze to it. Decent head on a normal pour.

Aroma isn't to strong, but getting a good bit of resinous hops, floral and herbal citrus, not getting any pine really.

Hops and a bit splattering of caramel sweet malt that was used to ramp up the abv.

Perhaps i'm burned out on IIPA's, but this is pretty run-of-the-mill for the style. It's got big flavor and big hops, plus the big malt to bring the abv up to imperial standards. It's got nothing memorable about it though, but so far one of the better bridgeports i've had.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 03:51:19 | More by SurlyDuff
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olmatty

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a frothy white head with excellent retention and lacing, beer is a hazy orange amber.

Smell- Piney hops and a medium amber malt in balance

Taste-Hops are prevalent with a mix of pine and citrus. Malts stand firm, but are clearly outweighed by hops.

Mouthfeel-Moderately carbonated and palate filling. Sticky with hops.

Drinkability-Feels big and tastes big. Alcohol is noticible and reduces drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 06:32:50 | More by olmatty
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jdense

Oregon

3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2009 version no bottling date poured in Piraat tulip.

Deep orange body with substantial rocky head, quickly dissapating with fair lacing. Very citrusy taste, more of a clementine taste than grapefruit, taste of multiple C hops and carmelized malts in nose and on tastebuds. Not quite as hoppy as last year's version. Fairly effervescent mouthfeel, but packs a pretty astringent finish with a noticeable alcohol presence. Not one of my favorite DIPAs, but heh, anything from Bridgeport is worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 17:17:35 | More by jdense
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shiny tangerine with golden sunshine colored accents when backlit with... golden sunshine. The firmly creamy crown is the color of lemon sorbet and is oozing with character. It also does a good job of plastering the pint glass with thick sheets of attractive lace that will undoubtedly last to the very last ounce.

Here's hoping the nose opens up a little with warming (note: it does... a little). It's hard to go wrong with a hop bill made up of Nugget, Chinook, Cascade and Centennial, especially when you're as good at brewing beer as BridgePort. Unfortunately, in the end, the aroma is less than impressive.

Sorry, but this Czar doesn't deserve the hopheaded peasants' allegiance. Bitterness we got. Abundant, bright, resinous hop flavor we don't got. In addition, I would have guessed at least 10.0% on the ABV. There's too much unmasked alcohol, something that more hop flavor would have helped to bury.

It sounds as if I don't like Hop Czar, but that isn't the case at all. It just doesn't deliver the goods as well as it should for a beer of this style. Maybe adding the hops later in the boil would have helped. Maybe... who knows. I'm not a brewer, I just drink the stuff.

The pale malt backbone is big enough and does what it can to counteract 100 IBUs worth of bitterness. The top notes are dominated by white grapefruit pith and peel, along with bitter orange, a spritz of pine sap and a bracing shot of Absolut. This DIPA could have been so much more.

Along with the appearance, the mouthfeel is a highlight. It's no more than medium for the style and has an interesting firm-creamy contrast. Other than a minor raspiness from the alpha acids and the alcohol, the beer is pretty damn smooth going down.

I have never had an average BridgePort beer. Come to think of it, with the exception of 2007 Hop Harvest Ale, I have never had a spectacular one either. Hop Czar is closer to average than spectacular, but it's still an interesting ride for the lupulin lovers among us. One and done, though, without question.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 21:57:12 | More by BuckeyeNation
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.4/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-turbid amber/orange with 1+ finger of sand colored head. This clears nicely: superior head retention & good lacing

S: Resiny pine & orange slices

T: Citric hops, a bit of toffee sweetness sneaks in before grapefruit & piney hops slam the roof of my mouth! Nice biscuitty malt & tangerine surface as this warms, plus some leafy & piney hops & then the grapefruit express rolls on! Finishes with some woody dryness, then pine resin, plus much grapefruit

MF: Medium bodied, sticky, there's a bit of carbonation here & some nice juicyness from the hops. Balance isn't perfect, damn near

Drinks okay, the heavy hopping slows me down a bit, hopheads will surely disagree. Easily the best beer from Bridgeport IMHO

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 06:52:33 | More by russpowell
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle acquired in trade with riversideAK (thanks!).

Poured a medium and slightly hazy amber color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of floral hops, a little earthy, and citrus. The floral earthiness dominates. Tastes of fruitiness, floral, caramel, and some toastiness. Fruity sweet and a lighter bitter hoppiness. Alcohol content well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 00:32:29 | More by hopdog
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a murky copper color with 1/4 inch of foam that left plenty of lacing on the glass

S - i detected citrus and floral notes and a bit of pine too

T - citrus hops up front, a maltiness that ends with a bitter hop finish

M/D - A little too thick to drink regularly, but a very nice hoppy brew. Not too overboard on the bitter but enough to keep me happy.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 18:58:55 | More by mikereaser
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Wasatch

Utah

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber
Silver Foil

Pours a nice cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with a nice malt note added in, some nice citrus, slight pine. The taste is sweet, pretty hoppy, nice maltiness added, nice citrus/pine notes. Medium body, pretty nice bitter dry finish. Drinkable, really enjoying this brew, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 20:25:45 | More by Wasatch
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troutmask96

Washington

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very pretty beer, with a deep mahogany tone and thick, foamy head. That's where the unique merits of this brew stop, though. For a Double IPA, it really doesn't pop my tastebuds like other giants of this genre. For a beer that trumpets it hoppiness, they are deep in the taste bouquet. Pretty to look at, but not a memorable drinking experience...

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 03:49:46 | More by troutmask96
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davidchollar

Washington

4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After some swirling and the final pour, this ends up looking totally gorgeous. Thick and dark, amber, with a great dense, off-white head of foam. Really nice retention, leaving rings at every sip. Near perfection.

First thought after sniffing? Candy. This ale smells like the inside of a freshly opened bag of movie candy, skittles or gummy worms. Next comes the citrus. I get mandarin orange, pineapple fruitiness, with a healthy dose of bitter sourness, grapefruit, a touch of lemon. And deeply buried is, of course, the malt. A distant trace of vanilla caramel malt. A huge pleasure to the old nose.

Taste does not disappoint, although I admit it doesn't blow me away. Solid and tasty, pulls through with a showing of each flavor detected in the nose. Decent, medium-full body. Lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Somewhat unique flavor!

Definitely good. But ... it just doesn't rock my taste buds like, for example, 90 minute. I think this is quite good for an IPA, I really like it, but it's not much of an extreme beer. Not that that diminishes it. I probably just expected more. But overall recommended. Bridgeport has never let me down.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 14:55:50 | More by davidchollar
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle into a tuplip.

Pours a fantastic looking slightly hazy orange amber with a couple fingers of creamy off-white head. This settles into a solid layer of foam that flares up beautifully, leaving a huge latticework of sticky lacing behind. Nice text book IPA look here. The aroma is dense with a herbal leafy hoppiness and a thickish smelling mix of grapefruit, grains, and alcohol that gives things a bit of a medicinal smell.

The taste is quite the bitter bite up front that just puckers the mouth and lasts well in the finish. Underneath is a backbone of citrus and bready caramel but it only offers a modicum of balance, as it just gets trampled by the bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied with a creamy carbonation that borders on the fizzier side and an oily feel that runs through it. Alcohol warmth is present and while it's not overly hot, the combination of heat and bitterness is just not doing it for me.

Overly bitter and warm with not enough balance and a body that felt too fizzy at times, it's sad when I have to rate the appearance of an IPA as it's best attribute. I can usually do warm and bitter in my DIPAs but this one just didn't click.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 18:02:19 | More by Kegatron
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a murky orange/brown with a thick, foamy off-white head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma of sweet fruits (apricot, apple, pear). Flavor of slight fruitiness with a bitter fruity hoppy finish. Nice double IPA, not too heavy.
Aroma: 8/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 7/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 14/20
3.7/5

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 00:00:10 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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atsprings

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into 2 Brooklyn tulips. Pours a crisp orange with a thin diminishing head that leaves little lacing. Aroma was a load of pine hops with some citrus and sweet malts thrown in as well. The taste is somewhat off, I can't quite put my finger on, the malts had a strange taste that did not complement the hops very well. The beer was medium bodied with fairly well hidden alcohol. This one seems to be just another thrown together Double IPA that I won't bother trying again.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2008 02:34:41 | More by atsprings
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Spikester

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber with a one inch cream color head. Good amount of lacings.
Aroma is piney floral hops.
Taste is bitter piney orange grapefruit hops. Malts are firmly in the background. The last third of the bomber was pretty cloudy. Overall not a bad DIPA. Hides the 8% abv pretty well too.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 07:16:14 | More by Spikester
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tpd975

Florida

3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Dave, ibrew2or3 for this one.

A: Pours a nice golden hue with a nice 1/2 finger head. Good retention.

S: Very strange aroma that I can not put my finger on. Piney hops are there but there is a strange chemical aroma with a hint of jasmine mixed in.

T: Nice bold hop aroma. Nice pine with hints of citrus and biscuit malt. Unfortunately the aroma carries over to the taste. Strange floral medicinal qualties come out in the finish. It is not necessarily bad, just strange. I know the flavor/aroma I just can't figure out what it is.

M: Nice medium body, smooth.

D: Fairly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2008 21:05:33 | More by tpd975
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djeucalyptus

Oregon

3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've tried Hop Czar a few times, from bombers and on tap at both Bridgeport and at The Beer Stein in Eugene.

a. Pours a nice looking golden-amber on par for an imperial IPA. Nothing amazing, but pretty solid. The yellowish head was full, and the hop oils in the head created some impressive looking lacing.

s. As anticipated, hops dominated the nose. Fruity hop aroma took a back seat to the bitter piney hops and floral hops. There's also a difficult to pin down scent that strikes me somewhere between herbal and chemical. It's slightly unsettling.

t. Strong hops. I mean, look at the label. If it doesn't taste like hops, I'd be livid. But it's okay, because the hops are there. Bitter pine, juniper, and some floral notes are there. What catches me off guard though is that same herbal note that i can't quite pinpoint... almost metallic and medicinal in taste, I'm not sure what hop it's from (i'm giving the benefit of the doubt and assuming there's some hop flavor that I'm not quite tasting right). It doesn't completely detract from the flavor, but it's not as enjoyable as I'd hope.

m. pretty much what I'd expect from a NW big IPA. Carbonation is spot-on and while being high abv, it's not overly viscous and chewy. Pleasant to drink.

d. Aside from the taste and smell objections I had, it's a solid beer. I'd like to think that there's just one note that strikes me the wrong way. when i've had it on tap, that same note isn't as strong and overbearing as in the bottled version. Not a bad brew, and I know many who extol the virtues of the Hop Czar. It's just not for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 06:12:05 | More by djeucalyptus
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bkilpatr

Oregon

3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 09/27/08.

Pours an orange-amber color with about three fingers of sot beige head. The head faded slowly leaving some nice lacing. Aroma is strong with piny hops and sweet malt. There's also another smell that I can't quite identify, though not unpleasant.

Taste is odd. Plenty of sweet malt followed by lots of piny hops. There's also a lot of bubblegum flavor, in addition to a flavor that I can only compare to a cough syrup I had when I was younger. Overall, between the hops and the malt, the beer has a bit of a medicinal flavor.

Feel is full and well-carbonated, though not too heavy. Fairly slick with a slight hop aftertaste. Drinkability is alright, though not great due to the taste.

This beer would be really good if they get rid of the bubblegum/cough syrup taste. I think there are better IPAs out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 00:42:34 | More by bkilpatr
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erikm25

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dense orange with copper and ruby hues. The head is creamy and tinted. Lacing is abundant and sticks all over the glass.

Burnt pine. Earthy, herbal, and fresh. Notes of sweetened citrus as well.

From the outset the hops are apparent. Piney and floral. Earthy essence even in the taste to help round it out. The finish is cloved and spiced. Sticky medium body.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 02:07:38 | More by erikm25
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kosmoraios

Washington

4.55/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep, murky copper color with a 2-finger beige head that coats the entire glass with lacing. Aroma is of citrus and pinewood hops.

Taste is immediately of big, bitter hops. Other reviews found this beer to be "not over the top" and otherwise not hoppy enough. I like to think of myself as a bit of a hophead - and this one delivers. The citrus borders on tart, while the piney/herbalness of the hops has all the bitterness of a pineneedle tea. The malt is unidentifiable. A properly bitter IIPA in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is peppery and bodied, with a nice complex finish. The ale becomes more complex as it warms, and I take back what I said about the malt. At 8%, unbelievably drinkable for the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2008 01:19:20 | More by kosmoraios
Hop Czar from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
81 out of 100 based on 890 ratings.