Hop Czar | BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ccrida on 07-22-2008

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Photo of tonylmarcus
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of mndlssphlsphr
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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 +9.5%
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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Photo of weerezboy
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of donmonkey1
4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice white/tan frothy head, good lacing. Beer is cloudy copper color. Good carbonation.

Smell: Citrusy/piney hops with a hint of caramel.

Taste: Piney, citrusy hops with sweet maltiness, but the hops confuses by taste buds on what the sweet malt tastes like.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, would like more carbonation.

This is a way better than average beer and it hits the spot if you're having a hop fit. It's too hoppy and heavy for me to drink many, but having a few here and there would be really nice.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of Friskybeerrapist
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Cigar City Snifter.

*Great amber to a darker brown appearance.

*Bold aroma of citrus and pine.

*Upfront hop bitterness- with a low malt balance. Perfect for any hophead.

*The mouthfeel is solid- full bodied and lingers of hop oils.

*My overall review is that the Bridgeport Hop Czar is a very underrated beer- the strong and earthy flavor kicks you right in the mouth. I think it needed a little more alcohol to satisfy an imperial label- but overall a GREAT beer.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from brown 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A - The beer pours a dark orange color with about a half finger of white head. Some retention and good lacing.

S - Rather weak aroma of citrus and tropical fruit. Some malty sweetness on the back end.

T - The beer starts with the medium bitterness along with the malt sweetness. It develops to include the fruity hop character: citrus, melon, and tropical fruit. Finishes clean and crisp with a bitter linger.

M - Lighter end of medium with good carbonation

D - Decent

Overall, this is nowhere near the top of the DIPA list but it isn't bad.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-13-2011 20:33:13

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Photo of fortheunheard
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of JVan
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of sgttibbs
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of attometer00
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Boto
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle: This one pours a hazy, golden-amber color. There was a small off white head on it that didn’t linger long but left some lacing. Lots of hops to the nose. Resinous and citrus notes prevail. Some spiciness also. Definitely a big shot of bitter hops to the taste. Some spiciness. The taste is good, but could have used some more malt in the body for a better balance. Still, pretty good.

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Photo of Flatlands
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of DrNo
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of stevecooks
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of HoptimusPrimal00
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of strongaf
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of edwardkersh
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of WritersBlock
3/5  rDev -16.2%

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

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass. The beer is a hazy bright orange color. The off-white head settles to a thick film with little lacing. The beer smells of bright citrus hops with a grapefruit rind aroma in there. The beer tastes very tangy and bright with a strong citrus hop presence, also grapefruit rinds hit the palate. There's a taste that mimics the aroma that is sort of rindy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry finish.

Overall, this is a solid Imperial IPA. Man for 7.5% this beer goes down really easy. But this is a bright, hoppy beer that is generally above average.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of GardenWaters
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Hop Czar from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 1,055 ratings
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