Hop Czar | BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Hop CzarHop Czar

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BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Oregon, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of pianoguy
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

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Photo of Nichol
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.

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Photo of muldersha
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.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
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).
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.

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Photo of Zach136
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.

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Photo of Foyle
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
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.

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Photo of IronLion409
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.

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Photo of takusan1000
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.

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Photo of Oregonbrewdude91
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

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Photo of greshdoghophead
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.

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Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
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.

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Photo of Jrhockney
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.

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Photo of mrzero63
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, “30 years proud”, 6.5% ABV, poured into a glass

LOOK: Hazy light copper with a thin, creamy head (1/8 inch) followed by good lacing.

SMELL: Slight hops and strong barley malt, very bready, not much else.

TASTE/FEEL: Smooth and silky/slightly thick with very little hops but oh, the wonderful malt comes through loud and clear. Carbonation is just right for the style. I really love the malty taste. Oily hops come through on the second taste, lingering on the middle of the tongue, followed by a lingering bitterness. Not sure where the malt went! Third mouthful and the malt is back, but the hops come in on the tail and linger to a slightly bitter finish.

I will buy this one again!

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Photo of MikeMilanoDesign
3.09/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

first time i got it i thought it might just have been sitting on the self to long. but it was super skunked. i think they are either fermenting at a super high temp or just not storing properly

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Photo of GregJ
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy golden orange with thin white head. Earthy and malty aroma. Heavy on the malt with moderate grassy floral hops. Moderate/heavy body. Decent imperial ipa.

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Photo of Act25
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On Oregon coast trip after mountain bike in storm at Cape Meares / Tillamook inlet.
A: 4 Great dark with amber highlights, lasting tan head, lots of lace.
S: 3.75 Roasted malt, coffee, coffee house, oily dark roast, with grassy hops on top.
T: 4 Follows smell and it all comes together. Very great see saw of sweet malt and grassy, bitter hops.
F: 4 - Lovely roast over notes smooth offer a coffee creamy finish to this Black IPA>
O: 4 - Keep coming back to this one, wish I could buy in NJ.

Tried again in Portland 2x and loved it. Up there with Deschutes.

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Photo of cbutova
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- 12oz bottle split to ways with a fairly hazy, chalky apricot amber body. A small head rises to slightly below one finger with foamy, frothy textures and decent retention. A bubbly ring deposits a thin but large sheet of lace with spots surrounding that.

S- Hoppy up front but a fair amount of caramel and malt right there with it. Hops have a citrus feel with oranges and stone fruits in there too. Not much distinctive going on here for me.

T- Things open up more here with notes of stone fruit yet not juicy, bitter orange peel, grapefruit, pine and earthy hops. Somewhat dank. Lightly malty and just a bit of yeast fruits.

MF- Medium bodied with a silky, slightly creamy consistency. Carbonation is at a moderate level and fairly smooth. Finishes with a medium bitterness lingering. Comes off just a bit thin when it is all combined.

The aroma left me a bit disappointed but thing improved in the flavor with more distinct notes of hops coming out. A decent Double IPA but nothing truly shines and that takes it down a notch from the best of the bunch.

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Photo of martyl1000
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%

Surprising coal-brown color. Intensely bitter and multifaceted, but the flavors come rather muddled. Or, not muddled, but with distinctions drowned out by the blaring intensity of the overall, in-your-face flavor profile. The two most prominent being a lemon-peel bitterness and the roasty bitter of a schwarzbier. Malt sweetness? Not that I can detect.

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Photo of Rob23
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nothing special but the color is awesome.Smells like an IPA bitter and piny.Taste is a basic blend of hops and possible malt and licorice but Im not sure.Could be better if it was a bit sweeter.Again nothing special and most likely will not purchase again.

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Photo of RobbDogg
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty dark amber appearance in the glass. Starts with a Thin, dissipating head, and with unremarkable lacing. Hops on the nose. Piney, peppery, and spicy with a bitter finish. A touch of sweet malt. A solid but forgettable brew. Worth a try but will probably not revisit.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: golden to orange color. pretty good clarity. two fingers of a white head that fades slowly and leaves a fairly strong lacing behind

Smell: grassy, resiny, and slightly earthy hops. fairly strong and sweet crystal malts.

Taste: some bready to sweet crystal malts upfront. opens up with hops. lots of resin. some pine and even less earthiness.

Mouthfeel: lots of bitterness. low sweetness compared to the hops.

Overall: a fairly dull flavored IIPA. the hops don't focus on the flavor but rather the bitterness. malts are overly crystally and don't quite balance the hops.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.04/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First thing's first; gotta love the label's artwork! Clean with a hop theme with the czar's wardrobe. The beer comes from a 12 ounce bottle, which is to be poured...now:

It's not the prettiest beer around, as it sits with a washed out orange color with haze. Little head is formed on the pour, and what remains is a thin lace. The aroma is a little hoppy, and even a little strange. It has solid mango and cantaloupe notes, but also a weird fruity smell, like some laundry detergents have. Not so promising.

The taste is somewhat pleasant, even if it isn't up to the class of the style. The beer starts with a slightly sweet taste, then is followed with resin, vague passionfruit, cantaloupe, and bitter grass. Aspirin and woodsy bitterness linger in the aftertaste. It's a medium/full bodied beer with a strong bitterness on the palate.

Middling beer. For an Imperial IPA, middling may not be good enough.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
7.5% ABV, 87 IBUs

A - Slightly hazy, this deep golden, almost amber-colored beer has a lovely crown of lasting off-white foam that unravels into sheets of iconic lacing on the snifter.

S - Dank earthy hops overcome the subtle glowing citrus for a hoppy aroma that's resiny character is akin to action figures and pinecone while pineapple and dirty mango bask in the caramel-drizzled biscuty malt base.

T - Honey and caramel drizzled warm biscuit make for a sweet, tasty malt base for the hops to rule over. Bitter resin lends faint plastic to the otherwise fruity profile of the hops which mimic the aroma's juicy pineapple and dirty mango profile.

M - Despite the lingering sweetness the flavor offers, Hop Czar carries with it no sweetness or malt body into the feel. Lighter and smooth, "two pounds [per] barrel" of hops give this beer a crisp and dry bitterness that lasts briefly on the tongue but doesn't pummel it into submission. And the alcohol? Forget about it; not even there.

O - BridgePort labels Hop Czar as brewed with an "irresponsible amount of hops" though I might argue and say the hopping in Hop Czar is just the opposite. That's not to say it's not bad, but the hop additions, while the focal point of the beer, are pretty balanced resulting in a hop-forward brew that showcases American varieties while maintaining a drinkable alcohol and IBU level. Hop Czar is on the cusp of today's standard IPAs but has just enough oomph to give it that little extra boost. Easy drinking and pleasing!

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Photo of SmashPants
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: a standard 355mL brown bottle with a stylish craft label.

Appearance: pours out a clear amber in colour with darker highlights and light, fine carbonation. A small, thick white head stays for a time.

Aroma: plenty of hops, but not as well-rounded as one would expect. Resin, pine, grapefruit and plenty of heavy earth.

Taste: a bitter earth-and-resinous hop flavour without much subtlety or anything to balance the bitterness out. I don't mind a hop whack in the face, but this one lacks complexity.

Aftertaste: the flavours become even more astringent on the finish - not the most brilliant AIPA I have ever had.

Mouth feel: quite smooth with a bit of sizzle from a somehow fine yet lumpy carbonation. Decent.

Overall: this comes across to me as a beer that was meant to be an over-the-top hop monster, but ended up being an awkward and overly bitter hop so-so. I know it is reasonably well-priced for an American Double / Imperial IPA at just over AU$80 a case (2014), but I'd rather spend a bit extra for a Green Flash or Holgate.

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Hop Czar from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
3.6 out of 5 based on 1,050 ratings.
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