Hop Czar
BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Style:
IPA - Imperial
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
82
Avg:
3.6 | pDev: 15%
Reviews:
390
Ratings:
1,058
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BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
 
Oregon, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
82
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stevoj from Idaho

3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Great looking, thick, fluffy head on hazy golden body. Head lasts for a while too. Faint hoppy aroma, taste comes on a bit stronger with some grapefruit acidity, lemon dryness. Finish is abrupt, some tartness lingers. Initial sour face gives way to smile as you savor the hoppiness,

Mar 28, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.02/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The appearance had a hazy orange colored body with a one finger white foamy head that dies and leaves some sticky lacing The smell had some bitter hops up front, but slowly combines with the malts to balance as it warms. The taste had a more bitter than sweet flavoring, but still good for the most part, slightly dry bitter aftertaste, definitely a very dry finish (this definitely has one of the driest finishes I’ve ever had in any DIPA). On the palate, it sat at about a medium, semi-sessionable. Carbonation seems a bit under for the style, not bad to me. Overall, definitely not the best DIPA on the market.

Jun 22, 2017
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gandres from Philippines

4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured to wine glass
dark amber, very hazy, medium tan foam that slowly goes away
not a lot of aroma for an imperial IPA
bitter, some sweetness
creamy, good carbonation, long bitter follow through
very good beer, ok to repeat but not look for
drank: February 2, 2017 7:03 PM

Feb 03, 2017
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mactrail from Washington

3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a dark orangey amber with a very stingy foam in the Het Kapittel chalice. Before you can sip the aroma is dank and fruity. The first sip is spruce buds followed by a long resiny bite. Sharp and spritzy on the tongue. More acidic than most big IPAs, at least it seems more old-school as IPAs have drifted into a new tropical mellowness.

Quite surprisingly dry. A mouthful of cider with lime peel and a bitter aftertaste. More of a twiggy and mineral finish. Hard core. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Haggen Market in Bellingham, Wash.

Nov 27, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the first beers to bring the super orange appearance into the double ipa category. I really like it, looks hearty, dangerous yet inviting, 1/2" off white head. Aroma has lots of C hops, maybe Simcoe.

Taste, is a super hoppy affair. There's not much else to speak of, it crushes old school hops into a crystal malt presentation. Its not excessively bitter, but its no slouch either. It leans forward with grapefruit like bitterness throughout. Its not a dry finish, there's lots of malt in here and not in that vibe, like a viscous amber and dipa blend. I don't like the bomber format, too expensive.

Sep 21, 2016
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fishermanbc from Australia

2.17/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Look - Clear without being bright. Good head although diminished quickly....understandable due to alcohol content.
Smell - Completely lacks any American Hop aroma which is weird. Completely dominated my alcohol / malt on the nose. Aroma actually a bit unpleasant.
Taste - Hugely malty, with some hot alcohol and a lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue. Really not doing it for me.
Feel - see hot alcohol / lingering bitterness.
Overall - I don't think this is a good representation of the stile
Purchased from Purvis Cellars - 25/05/16
Best Before - April 2016..........there you go. An out of date bottle. Worth trying another fresher bottle at some stage.

May 26, 2016
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vladdswrath from Washington

2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a cloudy orange with a big two-finger head, lots of bubbles and and quite dense. Smell is fruity and quite sweet, not to mention very floral. It's definitely unique, although I don't know that I find it very appetizing. Taste is strange. Not bad per se, just different. Sweet, but strangely heavy on the swampiness. It also ends very bitter and it is a lingering bitterness, not the good kind that can wrap up a sweet taste like a cymbal crash. Other comments seem to hint that this weird mildewy sock taste is a trademark of BridgePort brews. I suppose you have to be known for something, but I am definitely not going to go out of my way to try more of this swamp juice.

Jan 30, 2016
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beercam from Washington

4.16/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hop czar is a very solid beer. a major driver for the bridgeport line. this is not a low-alcohol beer, but is somewhat modest in abv relative to other double (IIPA) india pale ales. bridgeport is interesting.

Deceptive. pours a resinous, translucent amber, and then fades to a shining, burnished copper. i... i guess it's got a shimmery, slippery, tart mouthfeel, which comes with a deep, practiced, classic hop-bricolage of a taste. Generous and sharp. For smell, naughty, sappy, actually quite unique, though not pleasant, notes fumigate off a funky, tufty, off-white head. Grapefruit predominates. Do note: maybe it's been my glasses, but on occasion this beer can fall off into a coors-y, frankenstein-esque territory halfway through, -if- you let it sit too long. at these points, i found myself motivated towards binge-y, hard hitting gulp-fests to get this one down, despite its density, and, quite frankly, quality.

Sorry for the lack of capitalization. Overall, a successful, interesting beer from an interesting brewery..

Dec 24, 2015
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Mlkluther from Canada

3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The malt backbone in this one takes over. The is also a strange astringent tea like flavour coming through that pretty much ruined this beer for me. There are many other beers that are better.

Dec 16, 2015
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Libeertarian from Montana

3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mostly clear but semi-hazy copper with pink or yellow hues in different lighting. Head is tan, fluffy, foamy, chunky, and retains well. Lacing is pretty good. Very dank, brothy, spicy, and vegetal aroma. Hard but not impossible for me to distinguish from Bridgeport's Kingpin Imperial Red. If anything, more resin, and more orange or grapefruit character. On the palate, more spice and pepper than the Imperial Red, but overall still very stew-like. Also, somewhat piney and rindy, with a date-like sweetness. Over-steeped tea aftertaste, dry finish. Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, kind of slick, with expected amount of peppery alcoholic warmth.

Nov 17, 2015
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weaselface89 from Georgia

3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- orange color with a lot of little floaties. nice creamy head
S- smells alittle weird... kinda dank smelling with citrus and maybe pine. Has a stinky feet smell about it.
T- bitter, in a good way I think. herbal. hard to elaborate. Has
F- medium body
O- very different. not sure if its within date because I don't see one. would be interested to know if this beer was still within its appropriate life span.

Oct 30, 2015
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ElJacobian from Texas

2.4/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Maybe something was wrong with my beer, but this was honestly one of the worst ones I've ever had. Worse than the Chupacabra, somehow. I do not plan on ever drinking this again.

Oct 04, 2015
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pianoguy from Washington

3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 ox bottle. no bottling info

Pours an orange body with a white head. Little retention, little lacing

Smell is malt, some pine and ... that bridgeport smell.

Taste follows the smell leading to a nice hoppy bitterness... Bridgeport IPA's just have a certain unique signature. I have heard it described as a medicine smell/taste. I think this is an accurate description... It reminds me of the taste you get when you lick an envelope.This may sound crazy but it aint necessarily bad.. It's just that Bridgeport thing....

Nice medium feel

Overall Good, not great

Sep 25, 2015
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Nichol from Utah

3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer looks very nice and full. Cloudy red-orange brown with an enduring head that leaves plenty of lace once it finally subsides. At 87 IBUs, it's very strong on the hop, almost as strong on the malt, for an overall robust flavor. As it hits different parts of the tongue, its varying elements distinguish themselves very clearly. There's an element of sweet at the front, but bitter toward the back, and spice that I can't quite identify. Overall, this beer looks and smells very good; objectively, I think it presents well and is nicely crafted. This is what makes it strange for me to say that I do want to like it, but personally speaking I don't think this is one I'd repeat once my supply is gone.

Sep 12, 2015
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muldersha from New York

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had from a 12oz brown bottle purchased in Portland, OR.

Pours a nice, pretty clear orange color with a nice looking off-white head. Impeccable head lasted for more then 30 minutes of drinking. Serious head retention.

Aromas of orange, citrus, bitter herb, fresh herb, and pine.

Very soft and smooth on the palate with fantastic herbal notes and a dry, bitter finish. Perhaps lacks clarity, but ultimately a fine brew.

Aug 17, 2015
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SitkaSteve from Idaho

2.89/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a hazy orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated fairly nicely. Lacing moderately arranged itself around the glass.
The smell started off with a cooked hoppiness (somewhat grassy to citrus, maybe chalky).
Different.
The taste was mildly sweet with a light burnt hop trying to show some bitterness, but not so much.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with an okay bittering feel over my tongue (harshness feels a bit under).
Overall, I'm not impressed with this DIPA. Not one of the better offerings from this brewery.

Aug 10, 2015
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Zach136 from Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Medium clarity orange body, white cap, good lacing.

Aroma: Citrus/tropical fruit hop aroma, but theres also this chalky Flintstone's vitamin character.

Flavor/Mouthfeel: Medium bitterness up front with a stronger burnt hop oil lingering bitterness on the finish. Full bodied, with a big toasty malt bill. Hop flavor that's able to shine through is fruit forward. Touch of alcohol heat.

Jun 04, 2015
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Foyle from North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: pours a 2" off white fluffy head that drops very slowly with abundant lacing. Color is cloudy golden-orange with some sediment in suspension and mild streaming carbonation.

Aroma: pine, citrus, and pineapple dominate the white bread dough backbone.

Mouthfeel: medium a bit chewy & sticky with a somewhat dry and astringent finish.

Flavor: bitter citrus rind dominates from start to finish with some pine and tangerine notes. Malt is less pronounced than I expected with just enough sweetness to be noticeable.

Overall: very good.

May 29, 2015
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a one finger head of billowy white foam. The head fades relatively quickly leaving just a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a fruity smell with lots of tropical fruits and citrus aromas. Along with these aromas comes some smells of a melon as well as some aromas of a more modest grassy and grapefruit hop smell. Overall quite sweet and delicious.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready flavor mixed with some nice grapefruit hop and a little bit of pine as well. As the taste advances, more and more bitter pine hop come to the tongue, bringing a bit of a resinous taste to the beer. All the while, sweeter flavors accompany the hop tastes, with some tropical and citrus sweet tastes, as well as a bit of a candied sugar comes to the tongue. Some hay and grass and an increase in the pine and some earth come at the very end, leaving one with a rather pleasant and smooth, but nicely hopped and decently sweeter flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. The thicker and creamier feel are fantastic for the brew and make for one easy drinking and flavorful double IPA.

Overall – This was another rather enjoyable brew by Bridgeport. I think many of their stronger (abv.) they do are rather underrated. They are flavorful and balanced, all while hiding much of the abv. and keeping a great drinkability.

May 19, 2015
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IronLion409 from Georgia

2.92/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Color: light copper, very clear
Smell: nice malt scent with just a bit of hop aroma, pine maybe, over all just ok
Taste:dry finish with enough maltyness to remind you its there. Bitterness being the dominant hops influence. Tasted better after warming up in the glass a bit.
Feel: on the light side, nice carbonation level

I enjoyed it but would choose others before this one next time.

Apr 19, 2015
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takusan1000 from Washington

3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It's an ok IIPA, but there are better ones around. The hops taste too dry, and there is a dry aftertaste lingering. Not terribly complex, more one-note than most beers of this type. Still, a decent brew. I still prefer Pyramid's Outburst.

Apr 17, 2015
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Oregonbrewdude91 from Oregon

3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love this IPA! When I first moved to Oregon I went to Bridgeport and ordered this and its stuck with me ever sense. It reminds me of a long time favourite which is Ranger IPA from New Belgium Brewery, but this one packs a bigger wallup. After trying this on tap and in bottle, the ones off the tap just taste better and they come in 20oz glasses with some of the best happy hour prices in all of Portland. It hits with straight up hop action and has a good malty sweetness. Try it out! 3.5/5
O.B.D91

Apr 05, 2015
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greshdoghophead from Ohio

4.14/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Draft. Basically a blind tasting since the server was clueless. Pleasantly surpprised. Sort of a melon/ tropical fruit aroma. Solid. Had no idea it was low ABV.

Apr 02, 2015
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ironchefmiyagi13 from Tennessee

2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Too damn sweet. Malt profile completely dominated and the hop profile lacks tremendously. Obviously the recipe hasn't changed with the times and it certainly tastes like an IPA from the 90's.

Mar 26, 2015
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Jrhockney from Colorado

4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've known about this one for a while and it is far from my favorite double IPA...but I buy it frequently because it is one of the best budget IPAs around. I've seen stores that have had a 12 pack of this on sale for $10!!! $10 for a 12 pack of Double IPA?!..Killer. Even a 6 pack is typically alot cheaper than any other IPA on the shelf except maybe full sail...and this blows Full Sail away. Its lower alcohol content than most Double IPAs, but its arguably just as bitter. This is not a beginners IPA either. Its very much on the Piney, non-sweet citrus side of IPAs. It has a very non-filtered look and sometimes...too nonfiltered.. Bridgeport has never really impressed me much because most of their beers taste too similar (mostly because of the hops I think), but this beer is the best of what they do. Their new Dark Hop Czar is also very good.

Feb 23, 2015
Hop Czar from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 1058 ratings