Hop Czar | BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

BA SCORE
82
good
1,052 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Oregon, United States
bridgeportbrew.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ccrida on 07-22-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,052
Reviews:
388
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
15%
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
126
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,052 |  Reviews: 388
Photo of kylehay2004
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1.5 finger thick head on a cloudy crimson with golden hues body. Nice lacing and retention

S: Excellent, rich hop aroma with nice malt backbone and citrus/pines notes.

T: Pine and hops are there from start to finish. The pine isn’t overwhelming. Herbal note in the finish.

M: medium to full body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: The flavor is very full likely to the nice malt presence. On the piney side but doesn’t overwhelm. The aroma and appearance are the highlights of this one however.

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Photo of Willywong1962
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of kylemckinnis
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Jeffreywhite22
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of mds1101
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of ltdantheman
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of poppyjohn
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ronniebruner
4.44/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When poured into a pint glass, it looks like a typical India Pale Ale, with a golden hoppy color. Where this beer really sticks out is in the earthy, grassy aroma. The aroma is beautifully noted, and the taste is obviously of watery hops and barley. It is the perfect blend of not being too strong or over the top. Definitely one of the better hoppy beers on the market these days. The beer pours with just the right amount of carbonation, head, and lace, and the lingering taste of hops on the palette makes for a memorable beer tasting experience. Perfect with a hearty meal, a very worthy beer indeed. Definitely the best product I have tried thus far from Bridgeport. If they keep brewing beers this good, they could be one of the top brewers in the U.S.

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Photo of Jash
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of OregonMicrobrew
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of busternuggz
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. No freshness/bottling date, but it just arrived at the store a about a week ago.
Nice clear orange-amber color with a frothy 1/2" off-white head. Leaves some clingy lacing, recedes to 1/8" and retains there well, comes back with a swirl.
Juicy, sweet fruit on the nose, pineapple, tangerine, and passion fruit, with a little sharp pine sap underneath it. Nice and rich, inviting.
Comes on with big pine and bitter orange on the taste, clean and fresh tasting with just a touch of sweetness to balance. Loooong finish with a delicious, chewy blend of lemon and lime zest, juicy and bitter with a bit of just dank, leafy hops on the end (simcoe hops maybe). Nice.
Light, smooth texture, ends clean, let's the hops do the talking.
I'm a big proponent of this beer. This fresh bottle was delicious and unique, and I've had it a little bit older where more tropical fruit and sweetness come out and it's still delicious. It's a good, underappreciated year-round DIPA at a really good price ($6.50-$8 for a sixer!). Drink all up on this beer yo!

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Photo of poopsmitherson
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of sharpski
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of JohnnyMc
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of ChugginOil
3.14/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Pops!

Poured into a FFF pint glass.

Cloudy yellow/orange with a finger of white head. Small spots of lacing.

The nose is really lacking a strong hop presence. There is an abundance of sweet malts involved and some grains. Maybe a touch of earthy hops.

The taste has a mild bitterness to it without any fruitiness. The malts are tasty and have a light, biscuit-like characteristic. Really not much going on.

The mouthfeel is nice here. What little hops remain create a crisp bitterness that is nice when balanced with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall, pretty let down here but didn't expect much. Either this was an older bottle or it really lacks hoppiness from the gate. Where's the hops?

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Photo of hannaho
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Borganization
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of jtmcgraw
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Sheepdog
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of DirtyDanglr66
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of tonylmarcus
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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

Starts out with a hop punch, but smooth to the touch. It pours a burnt orange and yes I can see the other side. A strong punch of hops tickles my nostrils. A smooth hops flavor, the Czar would agree. I will hail the king on this one, this drink is robust. The malts in this beverage clear my mind, when the Czar speaks I can understand his voice. At the same time, I must note that this is a typical IPA, yet I have not found an IPA that tickles my mind. Yet. If the boss still drinks this I will join at his side with out hesitation.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled 12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip pint glass. Bottled on 10.27.11.

Look- Pours a clear medium amber with a hint of rouge. Huge, craggy head on this one- light apricot color, big bubbles. Settles slowly, leaving a respectable amount of chunky lacing. Looks promising. A quarter-inch of foam persisted until the glass was emptied, leaving a double spoonful at the bottom and plenty of lacing on the glass. Very nice.

Smell- All I can say is… wow. Pineapple, fresh cut pine boughs, warm cedar, bubblegum, and mild booze are the major players here. There’s a touch of malt presence, but the sweet, fruity, and spicy aromas really steal the show, bringing to mind a pine-y barleywine. I can’t say I didn’t salivate a bit the first time I smelled it. There are more than a few great-smelling DIPAs out there, but this one really stands out.

Taste- Quite fruity, with a subdued bitterness that grows over time. Nondescript bubblegum fruit and biscuit/caramel malt dominate, with a moderate herbal spice that is present throughout. I also get grapefruit zest, mild alcohol, and aspirin/salicylic acid. Aftertaste is herbal and buttery, and lingers for a long, long time. Plenty of flavor here, but unfortunately the elements seem to detract from one another rather than balancing or emphasizing as they should, and the underlying herbal taste takes some of the polish off the citrus and muddles the malt. Nonetheless, it’s definitely better than average for the style.

Mouthfeel- Most of the carbonation comes out on the pour, leaving a few bubbles to tickle the tongue on the sip. Medium-bodied and slick, it comes off as smooth and rich. Refreshing, with spot-on light dryness at the end. It’s quite drinkable for the style, and I wouldn’t mind having a few of these in a row. Drinks like fresh pineapple juice or sweet tea- you wouldn’t want a ton, but a pint or two can be quite refreshing.

Overall- Good, if not spectacular, and interesting- I’d like to see where the brewery takes it in the future, and I'll keep an eye out for fresher bottles. I’ll definitely be picking this one up again at some point, thanks to the decent price and better-than-most drinkability. May even be a new go-to when I’m not feeling like Sierra Nevada Torpedo. Recommended.

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Hop Czar from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
3.6 out of 5 based on 1,052 ratings.
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