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

Bridgeport is new to Wisconsin, or at least I just noticed them on the shelves. From Portland, I feel like I've heard about them before. I figured I would see what this Hop Czar is all about.

Appearance: Gold to amber, small head, reasonably clear.
Smell: Shockingly mild aroma, not much hop presence to speak on in the nose. Bready, biscuity malt with just a hint of pine.
Taste: Very different from the nose, much more hops. Hops are more pine and floral than citrus, which is a nice change of pace from a lot of west-coast hop bombs. Bitterness is right on, assertive without being astringent, and balanced by a good malt presence. Also doesn't finish too sweet for a beer with this much malt character.
Mouthfeel: Full without being too heavy.

Overall pretty good, with a lot to be desired in the aroma and a bit more hop flavor needed to be a great example of the style. There is no date to be seen on the bottle, so it is possible the time and distance from Portland to Madison, WI hurt the hop presence. The label brags about two pounds of hops per barrel; this is fine for an IPA, but for a truly great Imperial you could use quite a bit more (for example, Firestone Walker Double Jack uses 4 lbs per barrel). Throw another lb or so in the whirlpool or dry hop and this could be a real winner. As is, it's enjoyable but not a stand out.

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Photo of lighthabit
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

have had this several times over the years, and it's been a nice change for the most part when i'm tired of the sweet styles. however, it seems to be a bit dated, but i think it's my palate, and not the beer.

pear/peach kinda yellow/amber, spotty lacing, thin layer after a decent head dies down. smell and taste are very hop forward, but i'm finding the hops are coming across as a bit harsh, with malt trying hard to balance it, but not quite. mind you, the bottle does a good job letting you know up front this will be a hop bomb, but it seems a bit less refined than i used to think. mouthfeel has a good resinous quality, and an oiliness says solid ipa. detracting from the experience is a mild hint of something soapy in the nose and taste. abv is decently hidden.

would recommend as a good sample for a baseline of bitter ipas, but my guess is most will wander off to other brews that are more palate-friendly.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.6/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

"Hop Czar" "Imperial India Pale Ale." 7.5% ABV confirmed. 87 IBUs. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle acquired as part of a Bridgeport variety box/12 pack and served into a nonical pint glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger wide head of white colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Above average to decent (~3-5 minute) retention for the ABV. No real lacing as the head recedes.

Body colour is a predictable clear dark copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Floral hop character, murky pine. Pale malts. Pilsner malts. Caramalts. Spritzy light soapiness. Grassy. Quite resinous. Noticeable bitterness. Not particularly appealing; the choice of hops doesn't seem ideal by any means, and the overbearing caramel sabotages any sense of balance.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A decent aroma of mild strength.

T: A caramalt body supports a surprisingly piney hop build with some floral character and heavy grassy notes thrown in as well. Pale malts. Naked hop bitterness reveals this beer's lack of balance. Not much complexity or subtlety here. I do get some juicy somewhat tropical fruit on the climax. I do get some alcohol, unfortunately. Not a very good imperial IPA, but they're trying some interesting things - unsuccessfully.

No yeast character comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Okay body. Bad presence on the palate. Too thick. Overcarbonated. Doesn't suit the flavour profile all that well.

Dr: Downable but forgettable. Not much quality here. I wouldn't want it again, and I'm not looking forward to the other two bottles. A middling offering from Bridgeport. Doesn't hide its ABV well. I wouldn't recommend it to friends.


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Photo of larryarms847
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a semi-hazy dark orange with a tight head of off-white foam.

Grassy, oniony, dank hop aromas with a slight citrusy fruit note.

Pungent oniony dank hop bitterness. Rather astringent and not pleasing.

Medium-bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall, not terrible, but it's a bizarre flavor reminiscent of West coast IPA's with the dank oniony aroma and flavor, but it's not done well.

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Photo of ISmith87
2.67/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

This beer was out of a make-your-own sixer in an attempt to find a more affordable day-to-day IPA to have as my go-to beer. We'll see how this goes...

A - Not as clear as most IPAs I've seen, but has a nice orange color to it when looked at in the right light. Lacing is good.

S - Not so great, the first time I smelled this I got mostly skanky garlic. On the second try I get more sickeningly sweet malt with some off-color hops in there. It smells ripe, almost a little like garbage.

T - Wow, this is one of the worst IPA's I've had. I was really hoping the taste wouldn't be like the smell but this is very garlic and onion forward. There a little bit of bitterness from the hops but almost no citrusy/piney flavor that I usually look for. Not sure if I just got a bad bottle or if this is normal for this one...

M - Not that bad, medium body, a little too much carbonation. I'm honestly getting a lot of foamy burps coming up off of this one.

O - This is probably the worst IPA I've ever tasted. At least if it was devoid of flavor it wouldn't smell/taste like garlicky/oniony/garbage. I was sure I would find a beer that would be a great value by doing this make-your-own sixer of cheap IPAs but I'll probably just have to stick with Hop Stoopid bombers for now.

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Photo of daledeee
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark rusty brown. Head is excellent with really good lacing.

Nose: Hops with some rather off notes

Taste: Harsh and slightly metallic. It might get better as it airs out. Plenty of malt backing this one up. Hints of sweetness and pretty creamy mouth feel.

I have had better....

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Photo of Bookseeb
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance has an orange amber hazy color supporting a fair head and lace. Smell has a nice balance of citric hops and sweet malt. Taste has a good punch of hops, but balanced well for an Imperial with a big malt backbone. Mouthfeel is a chewy medium with good carbonation.

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Photo of ClassicallyTrained
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Overall a decent example of an American IPA, but I felt it was somewhat lacking in terms of the nose not being backup up by the strong hops flavor I was expecting so I am not sure I would classify it as a double. Other than that it did have a nice crisp up front that didn't linger too long with more of a floral hops flavor. Medium gold color appropriate for the style.

Edit: Tasted this with the Bridgeport IPA as part of a mixed pack and that was much better. If trying to choose between the two I would definitely go with the standard IPA.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Hotel glass (~1/3 pint)
From: A Chevron in Tempe, Ariz.
Price: $8.99 for mixed 6-pack
Purchased: May 15, 2013
Consumed: May 17, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a dark orange, caramel, amber, clear color with khaki white head. Pretty bubbly underneath. Healthy amount of consistent layered lacing on the sides. Good retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled grassy hops up front. Also got a tad bit of resin, floral and spruce. Honey and caramel malts as well. Maybe some fruit notes. Some dirty socks. Abrupt on nose though.

Tasted a bit better than the nose. First thing I noticed was the heavy maltness that stuck to the tongue with a big bitter backbone. Floral notes come through better here. Also some orange rind and tangerine.

Light-to-medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, bitter finish.

An OK IPA overall. I’d probably try it again though.

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Photo of --Dom--
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear golden with a 1 finger white head. Piney resiny aroma with malty biscuit.

Pine and grapefruit dominate up front. Sweet malty biscuit on the back end. It's predominately bitter throughout.

Mouthfeel is slightly sticky. Overall this beer is OK. I'm glad I tried it but I probably won't seek it out again.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Red IPA with good lacing. Bit of a Belgian look to it.

Smell: Mostly caramel.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Caramel and pine. Excellent balance of flavors, but not complex enough. Mouthfeel is full-bodied at first and becomes very thin as it warms.

Overall: I love the bottle design. I like the beer, but there are easily better DIPAs out there.

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Photo of WalterHeisenberg
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aggressive pour into stein
A: hazy reddish amber. Fat foamy head good lacing. Head dies to a foam cap. Nice.
S: not much. Mostly hoppy. Trace of malt. Still what little there is good
T: bitter slightly cirtusy hops upfront slightly malty middle finishes bitter bready. Bitter top to bottom. Could use more bready-ness. That would be excellent. Hint of the 7.5 ABV
M: medium what you expect for an IPA but not a DIPA.
O: pretty nice . Hoppy all around. Fairly balanced. Could use that touch of bready yeast that would be the hop bomb baby! A bit tame for a DIPA.

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Photo of Offa
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I find this to be a very enjoyable, characterful, and nicely balanced double IPA.

Dark gold, it has a smallish off-white head that steadily thins to a ring.

Aroma is pine and citrus with some toasty raisin.

The taste is similar, but better and fully, with nice balance but clear presence of both sweetness and bitterness. It's an enjoyable and very drinkable double IPA.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

About a month hold. Poured 12 oz bottle into a wine glass. (Have to improvise when snifters are dirty)

A: Golden bright orange/yellow. excellent head, retention and lacing.
S: citrus, grapefruit, lemon, malt.
T: Some lemon, grapefruit. Malty backbone. Not too much malt, though. Lingering for quite awhile is a bitter, hoppy after taste.
M: good level of carbonation. Medium to Medium +. coats the mouth and leaves a linger aftertastes.
O: A pretty good beer for a very reasonable price. Not the best imperial IPA out there, but certainly not the worst.

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Photo of Braz
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Piney and resinous. Touch of citrus rind.

Appearance: Clear, bronzey topaz in color. Pure white head that leaves a bubbly froth on top.

Taste: Quite bitter and definately hoppy. Not alot of sweetness to speak of. Very bitter lingering aftertaste with a touch of booze.

Mouthfeel: Smooth easy drinking feel. Dry finish.

Overall: I prefer IPA's to have just a little more sweetness to them. This is still enjoyable but would not recommend to someone who is still trying to get into IPA's as it is very bitter.

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Photo of dgilks
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy, Golden orange colour with a very small white head. Poor head retention and no lacing.

Light alcohol aroma. Notes of tropical fruit and citrus. Grainy malt. Meh.

Sweet, sticky malt. Uninteresting hop flavour. Sharp alcohol and harsh bitterness. Why?

Medium-light body with moderately high carbonation.

A disaster of a beer really. Lacking in crispness and clarity. I just don't get it. Too much alcohol that doesn't work.

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Photo of Mdog
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Gold, lots of particles (which is a plus for me), ok head.

Smell: Citrus, pine, mildly oxidized (cardboard).

Taste: Balanced, caramel in the background with citrus hops up front. A lemony flavor is kind of interesting.

Overall: Picked up a 6er over the holidays in Illinois as I like double IPAs. This might be a little old but is not too bad. A little more balanced than I prefer but still a fair amount of hop flavor and an interesting lemon hint in the taste.

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Photo of RattleheadKV2
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from 12oz bottle into Unibroue tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden/copperish color, with about a finger and a half of a fluffy, pillowy white head, that disipates rather quickly, and leaves very minimal lacing.

Smell: Some very nice tropical, and citrus flavors at the front of the nose, followed by a slight grassiness, as well as a very understated malty breadiness.

Taste: Nice piney and citrus notes at the front of the mouth, in the middle you get a nice malty backbone while at the end you get a great crisp hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice crisp, dry finish.

Overall: Fairly well made DIPA/IIPA, though comes in a little on the light side compared to todays hop bombs. Still a repeat buy for myself.

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into standard pint.

A: hazy mango flesh colored beer with a tiny little film of white foam and a pencil thin ring around the glass.

S: pretty standard northwest ipa smell. Grassy and slighy citric notes. The sweet rich malt body expected of a double anything stands out pretty well too.

T: the hops go from beginning to end and cary on into aftertaste. Grassy up front, the bitterness starts right away. The sweet on the nose doesn't carry to the taste. The beer is balanced pretty well for an IPA.

M: a tad thick but I have had chewier DIPA before. Smooth but not amazing. Fairly average for the style.

O: not a bad DIPA. Wouldn't buy a sixer but wouldn't turn down a bottle if offered.

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Photo of nUgZ
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter. Enjoyed thanks to SanFranJake.

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a one finger head and nice lacing.

S: Citrus and pine hops, sweet malts, and a little alcohol.

T: Quite bitter. Much like the smell with the addition of grass.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

O: It's extremely bitter and hoppy, but not quite done the way I prefer. I'm glad I tried it and I'd drink it if offered , but I wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep amber with a small head.
Nose shows hefty amounts of sweet rich malt along with some resinous piny hops.
Very bold flavours. Big piny and resinous hops along with an aggressive piny bitterness. Some malt underneath but not all that interesting.
A bit too much carbonation.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date present, uncapped and poured into a Boulevard tulip.

A - Non-aggressive pour yields about one finger of creamy root beer float looking head. Very cloudy orange look, significant amount of sediment floating around, and lots of bubbles rushing up the sides of the glass to the top, which keeps the head hanging out. Very nice lacing.

S - Can smell it from a distance. Bubblegum hops, and some more bitter smelling hops & some booze smell coming through. A lot more booze smell coming in because of the glassware.

T - Extreme bitterness kicks things off. Lemon zest. Grapefruit. Very good, but nothing groundbreaking. Still a very well-made imperial IPA, but no real solid distinctions to set it apart from the rest of the pack.

M - Bitter sticky mouth feel with a lingering taste that reminds me of a faintly sublime fruity green apple tartness. Very yummy, indeed.

Overall, the Bridgeport Hop Czar is a winner. When I'm in the mood for a Bridgeport, I have a tough time deciding on Hop Czar or the Kingpin, but Hop Czar usually comes out the winner. "Irresponsibly hoppy" with a nice 7.5% abv, and moderately priced at only $8.99 a six pack around here. In all, this is probably my favorite brew from Bridgeport that I've had so far and I'm looking forward to more!

Bridgeport Hop Czar ---4/5.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Two finger thick white head with middling retention. Cloudy orange-brown color. Nice looking.

S- Bold floral hops, pineapple, brown sugar. Bold flavor, hop oil is well balanced for the style.

T- Bitter, floral hops. Tasty, not overdone, but not incredibly well balanced either.

M- Light but biting carbonation, light feel, clean finish.

O- Nothing special. Not bad, but not the top of the style.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: poured from 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, deep amber colored with a short dense white head that lingers leaving some lacing, cloudy

S: hops up front, malt follows, grapefruit, grass

T: bitter hops up front but with a metallic taste that is unpleasant, unbalanced, strong bitter aftertaste of grapefruit peel

M: fuller body, definite alcohol presence, lower carbonation

O: the taste kills this one

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Photo of bmwats
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Cloudy, dark amber hue. Pours about a half finger, foamy, white head. Settles quickly leaving a thick rim of foam around the edges of the glass. Some beer ring lacing.

S: Hops, honey, grapefruit, and bubble gum.

T: Really hoppy with a little grapefruit bitter-sweetness.

M: Light, crisp, and mouth-puckering. Steely finish lingers on the palette.

D: The bitterness will dictate a sipping experience.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Nice hue, with a foamy head, and some solid lacing. Nose is hoppy and tangy with a tinge of sweetness. Hoppy and bittersweet flavor, with a steely finish. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Hop Czar from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
3.6 out of 5 based on 1,051 ratings.
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