Hop Czar - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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BA SCORE
81
good

951 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 951
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 22
Gots: 68 | 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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Photo of cavedave
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of Tilley4
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this new arrival up despite some of the negative reviews...

Pours an absolutely gorgeous glowing golden with a thick creamy head... Very nice looking brew... Very hazy and hoppy looking...

Very piney aromas mingled with quite a prevalent malt presence... There's an element of grassiness or something here that I'm not a huge fan of... Sort of a stale mustiness that just seems out of place...

Biscuity malts quickly overtaken by a piney hoppiness that turns soapy and stays that way... Man, this is like drinking dish soap mixed with beer... There's a long lingering resiny bitterness on the finish which redeems it somewhat as I love that resiny finish on piney IPAs but there's still something just a touch off about this one...

Overall, glad I got to try this but doubtful that I'll buy again...

Photo of zdk9
2.88/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Orange color. A thin film of head. A couple pocodots of lacing.

S- SLightly sulferous/ nitrogeny (as urine perhaps?). Does have a good amount of pine, but I'm not sure I'm really digging the overall smell.

T- Piney and lighter than expected- could use some more malt, although maybe this is supposed to come off more as hop water.

M- Unexpectedly dry, minerally.

D- Eh I could leave this one, just doesn't match my hop profile desire.

Photo of loren01
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice looking orage color, good sized head and nice head retention.
S: Smell is pretty nice, fruity sweet smell mixed with piney hoppinesss.
T: Herbal/piney hoppiness with an astringent finish.
M: Medium bodied, carbonation is pretty well on.
D: Smelled good but this beer needs more malt backbone in my opinion. Finished too astringent. Reminded me of a regular brigeport IPA just hoppier really but not necessarily more malt.

Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear honey-orange color with a large fluffy offwhite head.
looks excellent.

I get freshly sliced sour green apples up front in the smell, followed by grassy notes. Pretty nice.

Taste is liberal on hops, it lives up to the name. Not citrusy, but I get more sweet grass, pine, and a hint of herbal spice. maybe slight lemon zest in the end just finishing up with the hops. Very tasty and complex. However, there is a very strong, pungent resinous aftertaste that seems to linger and reveal itself after burping. pretty strange.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good. This is a great beer that I was happy to find on the shelves. Really satisfied my taste for a big DIPA.

Photo of TrippnFiasco
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours with about a half-inch, clean white head. Beer is copper penny color/amber.

S: Sweet and fruity with a bitterness and hoppiness.

T: Flavor matches the aroma for the most part. Do not necessarily get the suggested 'soapiness' I've read in other reviews, but can see how the flavor might be classified as such.

M: Crisp, carbonated, rather dry finish.

D: Not the most drinkable IPA; good to split one bottle between two people unless this is something you want to sip on for quite a while.

Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bronzed orange. Chunky tanned offwhite head. Sporadic organic laces.

Grassy, musty, herbal, oniony, and woody. A touch of citrus. Toasty bread and caramel.

Earthy and musty, herbal and peppery, onion and grass. small toasty caramel/nutty malt flavors taken over by overpowered bittering hops. Big sharp bitterness, spicy, peppery, herbal. Small alc taste beneath the hops. A touch soapy.

Sticky, dry, and biting. moderate carbonation. med body, light for style.

Not the best tasting/drinking IIPA. Good earthy/spicy big bitterness. Lacking in resinous hop flavors. Better with food than alone. Very average IIPA with lots of bitterness and not much else.

Photo of tempest
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle from the Hotel Monaco. In a city of amazing IPAs this one is a little off. Instead of starting with a burst of citrus, there's an odd soapy vegetable taste before floral grapefruit kicks in. Yeah, this beer has a classic and full finish. Maybe I just don't like their variety of dry hops, but I wouldn't have this again.

Photo of mikey711
2.78/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Deep orange/amber color,nice clarity, and good rising carbonation. Head is an inch and a half thick but holds for a bit too long

S: Very soapy and flowery backed by a strong caramel presence

T Very Very flowery tasting and soapy tasting. It feels a bit like I am eating a bar of soap

M: Some heat and a bit of harshness, body is decent

D: To much soapiness to full enjoy this one

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

This is a great everyday Imperial IPA. The beer pours a golden amber color, a little darker than most IPAs with a small white head with good lacing. You get a great hop filled nose with the usual aromas of grapefruit, citrus and pine. The palate is well balanced with citrus flavors and pine in the beginning and bitter hops in the finish.

Photo of ironlung
4.63/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can I get a fuck yeah???

My first Bridgeport beer, and its a doozy! This bad boy had me at hello...

A: Hazy amber. No head =[

S: Can smell the hops right on the pour. No need to stick my face in the glass.

T: Perfect. An ipa's ipa. Has a strong fresh hop flavor to it, but the malts are there doing their job and giving some balance. I said SOME...

M: Doesn't linger. Very crisp. Can breathe out through my nose and get hints of the hops.

D: Too good for the ABV. I'm impressed, and soon to be wasted!

Photo of shohog
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into into glass pint glass to get a beautiful clear amber color with a tad off white creamy head.

Smell is of earthy tones with a orange citrus smell.

Taste is citrusy & bitter with a hints of orange and grapefruits with a nice malt balance. Nice finish not leaving a dry bitter taste which is common with this style. I do believe their is way too much carbonation. The mouthfeel is just right with a slight oily feel to it.

The alcohol is really not detected in the taste and this could be a nice session beer. I could drink a 6 pack with no problem. I belive this is just a bit too hoppy for my taste. I would have preferred a less hops and less carbonation for this beer.

Photo of bump8628
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber with a finger of white head.

The hops aren't nearly as vibrant as they are in the bottled version, especially in the aroma. They show up more on the palate with a mostly raw herbal character with highlights of citrus and pine. Caramel malt forms a solid backbone, which becomes too heavy at times. Finishes with a coarse bitterness on the back of the tongue.

I found the bottled version to be sheer bliss with lots of juicy hoppiness, but the draught version is a bit dull and much more coarse.

Photo of beersheppard
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: copper, nice white head, adaquately carbonated, nice lacing.

Smell: pleasant, not pungent, honey, mango, call me crazy but I also smell candy in particular smarties.

Taste: heavy on mango, also pine, resiny, grapefruit, not amazing for a DIPA but the flavor lingers. The hops are there but, they are not overly pleasant, especially with the sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: nice tingle throughout, decent.

Drinkability: Yes, this isn't the best DIPA, but it is a good budget beer. I would buy it again, yes, but I'm not in a rush to, but I would.

Photo of JEdmund
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance
Golden tangerine, small head, clear; a really nice color

Smell
A very pleasing aroma; all fruit and honey sweetness; there's something unique too, almost like mango or maybe apricots. Not especially pungent for the style though.

Taste & Body
Took my first sip expecting to be disappointed based on reviews but I was pleasantly surprised. It's not the biggest, baddest DIPA, but it's got lots of good flavor still. Taste kicks off with full lightly sweetened biscuity malts then comes a big fruity/bitter wave that rides long with the bitterness carrying on the farthest. Body is medium, but a tad small for style; carbonation is fine.

Overall
A deliciously hoppy ale. I'll definitely keep buying this annually. I'd rather buy this for $8 than Hopslam for $18. Seems to be in the realm Torpedo lies--between an IPA and a DIPA.

Photo of sabinelr
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks good on the bottle, starts good with the hops, but trails off with a skunky aftertaste that fades pretty fast. Hate to say, but you have to drink this for the alcohol. Maybe after a few Arrogant Bastards to get you in a good mood. I am sorry to say this. The success of microbrews is very important to me. I'll keep trying this. I have 4 more bottles.

Photo of meeekyh
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, Belgian style beer glass

very orange deep gold, mostly clear
head small and off white, lacing low

Nose: barnyard, wet hay

taste resembles citrus and bitterness... gotta be more.

Not a great beer but cheap.
Alfred E. Neuman would approve.

Cheers

Photo of rrski198
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Nice amber/orange color. Big off white head. Nice lacing.

S: Dirty hop smell. Almost like the hop sludge that is left over in a fermenter. Not overwhelming and actually a little lite for an DIPA.

T: Bitterness upfront and not much behind that. Taste doesn't linger. It fades quite quickly to nothing. Not a very complex beer.

M: Clean with good carbonation. This is not a complex or rich beer so it acts like a lager on the palate.

D: Overall, quite average. This is not a West Coast Style IPA but leans more toward its historical predecesor. I wouldn't purchase again solely due to the high volume of really outstanding and unique DIPA's out there.

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

12 oz. brown bottle, served cool, no date.

Poured into the Buckeye pint glass, Hop Czar has a beautiful redish amber color with good clarity. The thick head is pretty long lasting and leaves a little lace behind.

Aroma is hoppy but not exceptionally so. It has some nice citrus but it's also a little medicinal.

Flavor is much the same with some nice citrus up front but eventually goes herbal remedy on me. Bitter and definately PNW in character (as you'd expect from it's origins) but not a stand-out offering.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, very bitter, nice finish, appropriate carbonation.

Overall a good beer just not exceptional. Given the price, though, I could see coming back to this one. Not many DIPAs come in 12 packs.

Photo of BeanBone
2.4/5  rDev -33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: A hazy copper-orange body capped by a finer and a half of creamy off-white head. The head recedes slowly and leaves great sheets of lacing.

Aroma: Resinous, pungent, and citrusy hops over a sugary caramel malt body.

Flavor: Up front, a wave of piney, grapefruit-like, and medicinal hops that are decently bitter. While the hops are suitably bold, they're just not very pleasant. Underneath, a somewhat overwhelmed biscuity malt backbone. Only a little spice coming through from the alcohol. Cough syrup-like hops and lingering bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A medium bodied and slightly creamy body with medium carbonation. Dries in the finish.

Drinkability: If it weren't for the harsh flavors, this would drink quicker than average for the style.

Verdict: Hop Czar is totally outgunned by the competition in the Double IPA category. Unbalanced and medicinal, this is just thoroughly underwhelming.

Photo of mudbug
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange with brown tints with a small head that leaves a good lacing.
Aroma is astringent hops, bitter with a small malt character.
Taste is hop bitterness up front with a weak malt backing, the hop presents is more spicy than anything else, not overly complicated.
Quite frankly it tastes a whole lot like Sierra Nevada's Torpedo but without the floral aromas.
Rating this to other DIPA like Pliny of Stone causes it to score lower than if they had just called it an IPA (extra)
A good IPA, but a mediocre DIPA.

Hop Czar from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
81 out of 100 based on 951 ratings.