Hop Czar | BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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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 robbrandes
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle.

deep orange, slightly hazy. good initial head, recedes to a thin film with nice lacing. nose is fairly quiet for an IPA, what's there is a bit light on the hops.

taste - a brief fly-by of slightly toasted malt (and i mean brief) is followed by a strong blast of piney, resinous hops. good mouthfeel, if not a tad undercarbed. clean finish.

solid, if unsurprising IPA. it'd be a welcome relief at a lesser-stocked restaurant or bar, but i'd be hard-pressed to buy off the shelf with so much other pac-NW hoppy goodness out there.

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Photo of dlbrockmiller
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

American IPA brewed with nugget, Chinook, cascade, and centennial hops 7.5% abv

Golden honey amber color, clear, good head

Small nose for imperial ipa, malty, carmely, citrus and hops

Overall a balanced beer, not too heavy, very
sessionable, nice bitter hoppiness but not too bitter

Not quite as strong as the name would suggest but still not bad.

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Photo of avaldivia
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured 12 oz bottle into a Belgian Tulip.

A: Appealing hazy copper color. Nice off-white head. Good lacing.

S: Grapefruit. Pine. Not particularly well balanced.

T: Not bad. Good hop character. The malt is there but the balance is not what I would have hoped or expected. Flavors are kind of light and muddled.

M: Thick. A little syrupy. Good carbonation.

O: Not my favorite DIPA. I don't feel the need to drink this again. It was not as flavorful as I would have hoped.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass; no freshness dating. Clear, light amber body, with just a bit of orange hue. Solid two-finger light tan head that has excellent retention and leaves long lasting foam cap and good lacing.

Smells fresh. Nice hop aroma featuring grapefruit and other light citrus plus tropical fruit notes. A little sweet malt in the background.

The taste follows the aroma overall with a very nice bitter hop bite. More pine resin and grapefruit in the taste than I would have expected from the aroma. A little tropical fruit flavor and sweet malt complete a very good flavor balance overall.

Medium mouthfeel with the expected hop oil texture. Very pleased with this beer and glad it came in a sixer as I am looking forward to several more.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a fan of exceptionally hoppy IPAs and a beer that dares to call itself "Hop Czar" has to live up to a lot. How did it fare? Results follow.

Poured into a chilled, wide-mouthed glass.

-Appearance 3.75: Beautiful, deep golden in color. Poured a slight quarter inch or so head which quickly faded into filmy suds. Small bubbles appeared on the sides of the beer.

-Smell 3.75: Very appealing smell of grapefruit, grains and sweet straw. The aroma is not, however, overpowering; just slight.

-Taste 4.0: Front is smooth with hints of semi-sweet caramel. Middle is where the first of the hops start to hit from the sides of the mouth and accentuates a deeply dry character that is unexpected, but refreshing. Finish is relatively short and somewhat dry, but this allows the hops to really be alone on the stage. Lots of citrus, pine, chlorophyll...all the good things you want from American hops. Aftertaste is long and features more of the grapefruit, sweet orange peel and peppery hop wallowing. Nice.

-Mouthfeel 4.0: The right amount of carbonation. Light and refreshing. Very good fit for the style.

-Overall 4.0: Outstanding IPA. This baby is smooth, well-balanced and just an excellent all-around refresher. Great session beer, but it will really hammer you with its 7%+ ABV, so be aware. Its dryness makes it a great accompaniment to food, particularly seafood. Recommended; try it if you can find it.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber with no freshness date poured into a large nonic.

A: Pours that prototypical deep golden honey/orange, fairly clear with very little carbonation visible. Rocky off-white mounds of head descend slowly and stick to the glass throughout.

S: Hops jump up and announce themselves at first sniff; sharp citrus, bitter pine, some sweetness (caramel malt I'm assuming), and a perfumey character. A touch warmer and hints of pungent hop oil seep out with more tropical fruits.

T: West Coast, piney and pungent with a decent caramel malt backbone. It's decent but not quite as diverse as the nose.

MF: The mouthfeel on this is about where you'd want an IPA/DIPA. It's somewhere between light and medium, and starts slick and refreshing and finishes with decent dryness.

O: A pretty good, well rounded and balanced West Coast IPA. Recommended, and I'm a little surprised it doesn't rate higher on BA. Maybe a touch lighter than some other West Coast offerings but still a a good, hoppy offering.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful hazy copper orange with hefty white foam that fades slowly leaving rings of lace.

The aroma is of citrus, pine and sweaty skunk. Biscuits underneath with a touch of caramel.

The taste follows and is undwhelming. Loads of hops, but bitter aspirin and medicinal notes. Not horrible, but overly bitter with citrus and pine and some skunky funk.

Thin for its style. A little viscious on the hop cut.

Overall, not balanced well and a bit skunky.

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Photo of generalnotsew
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Good 1 finger frothy head. Body is a light orange/amber. Much lighter than your typical IPA. Light but still not bad and stays enough within the style. Smell is very citric tangerine. Some caramel malts. Tropical fruits are the most dominant. Has a bit of an ethanol kick to it though. The caramel sweetness is the frontrunner with a dose of earthiness and trailed by light tropical notes. There is a noticeable bitterness in the end but it is more medicinal than bitter hops. I still very much like the taste. Think of a light IPA. Then again after a few more drinks it seems a bit watered down. It is still very drinkable to me. A decent amount of heat on the throat and possibly a bit undercarbonated. Not bad but not great. Should be worth the $10 a sixer for most people.

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Photo of Bockrules
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a gorgeous, cloudy sunset orange-copper with a one finger, off-white head. Moderate to weakly carbonated. Head falls apart around 2/3rds down the glass. Bimodal distrubution of lace in walls about a quarter down the glass and at the bottom.

S - A fair amount of cascade hop notes on a biscuity malt background. Really not more than what you'd get from a "normal" IPA

T - Just a little bit of malt upfront. The body comes off flat for the style - Maybe more like an English IPA. There are hints or orange and grapefruit against a biscuity malt background. Hop bitterness becomes slightly more pronounced as the beer passes over the back of the tongue, but nothing really more drastic than your ordinary IPA. Nice bitter-citrus finish with a hint of malt sweetness.

M - On the thicker side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation. More creamy than chewy- interesting.

Hop Czar is not a bad beer, it just simply is not an "Imperial IPA" nor a "Robust Ruler of IPA." The advertising on this beer comes off pretty smug to me, and the beer doesn't back it up. That being said, hop czar is tasty, fairly well balanced and a steal if you consider it to be a 7.5% "normal" IPA for $7.00 a six.

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Photo of biegaman
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hop Czar has enough deep amber colour to suggest that it's actually the malts that rule things. Despite being clear (allowing for a little haze, of course) and some considerably bright highlights, this beer appears substantially heavy. Its head regresses in some parts and has an array of different sized bubbles - it looks like a map of the Pacific Islands.

This aroma clearly hasn't showered in weeks - it reeks. Even exercising in sweltering heat without deodorant most people couldn't get this stinky. Bitter, pungent, earthy herbals waft like something (cheese?) that got lost at the back of the fridge and rotted. Indeed, you might think the (still perceptible) lightly roasted maltiness had gone moldy.

If you can get around the fact that this isn't as aggressive as most examples of the style, then chances are you'll be able to appreciate it. It has a lot more malt than one might expect, producing lots of toffee notes (but not compromising the generic grapefruit-and-citrus notes that define the style). The hops are strongly leafy, tasting like steamed greens.

There's not a ton of bitterness, and any lingering hoppiness is not harsh but pleasantly minty, owing to a considerable zest (which falls just short of spicy) and definitive leafiness. Even at a more ambient temperature the alcohol fails to make much of an impression - although the beer's naturally strong persona speaks for itself. Still, it's not very intimidating.

The West-Coast bloodline does indeed have a rich heritage of hoppy beers, but Bridgeport's Hop Czar is far from the king of it. The only title of royalty it earns is 'Duke of Bigger Beers that the Masses will find Approachable' - which is still a noble one to possess. This isn't Pliny or Ruination or Dreadnaught - it's a moderate, evened example of the style that might not win-over many current BAs, but it will convert a lot of people into becoming BAs.

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Photo of blackcompg
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bomber on special at my local liquor store that was having their big annual tasting today, this was highly recpmmended by another BA I met there today, The king on the label claims his DIPA is the best, let's see/taste...

Appearance - Poured 2 quick fingers of thick sudsy eggshell head, drops to an inch of rocky tight cumulus clouds in a couple of minutes. Color of the ale is a lite copper orange, perfectly clear, nice color. First few sips are leaving nice lacing.

Smell - I could smell this the moment I opened the bottle, great smell of candied grapefruit, some fresh biscuits, citrus notes. From the glass is more of the same.

Taste - Floral and citrusy hops, and lots of them. Lots of juicy grapefruit at the front, some lemongrass and faint minerals with slight pineapple honey sweetness at the middle, bitters and dries towards the back, with dry breadcrust and a little pine on the finish. Malts provide a nice semi-sweet backbone, but not overly so at all, this is a hop-forward beer. I get a little sticky lip-smacking sticky grapefruit peel tartness between sips.

Mouthfeel - Medium and cramy during the sip, carbonation crispiness near the end of the sip, palate dries quickly after the swallow, great prep for the next sip.

Overall - This is a pretty solid DIPA, and is above average in all categories. Nothing especially bad at all, but nothing especially good either. I do like this, and would recommend this, and would evern purchase again, but would not go out of my way to do so. This was more of a Hop Governor for me ;) Try this, you won't be disappointed, but perhaps not wowed either. Like another reviewer said, this just doesn't quite seem like a double ipa, much more like a single.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a generic tulip. No freshness date. Clear gold in color. Moderate head, low retention. Oily lacing gives the imptression that this ones loaded with hops but the aroma a let down. Alcohol noted in the aroma and some piney hops but not enough for a double. Taste is nicely bitter but again, not bitter enough for a double. Easy , smooth aftertaste. Not a bad beer at all, just a bit of a let down considering the style.

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Photo of CSQ1111
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's hard to knock a beer that is just average, but that's just what this beer is...average.

I guess the thing that disappoints me most is that the bottle store that I picked this up at touted it as a year-round Hopslam. MASSIVE FAIL...

This is a very malt forward Double IPA and really nothing like the Big, Lush, Tropical Hop Bombs that you find in other West Coast offerings.

Again, this is not a bad beer, but merely average and when there are so many other outstanding options, I would prefer to pass.

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Photo of ColSanders123
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours an amber, reddish color with a medium size head.

S- Was eating fish while drinking this so thought the smell was a little fishy. It was slightly sweet but a lot of earthy smells came through like grassy or salt water. I know, weird but that's what I thought.

T- After the initial bitter sweet initial taste the finish is full of hop bitterness. I really enjoyed it. Leaves you tasting the beer for 30 seconds or more after taking a sip.

M- It went down smoothly but was a little thin. Perfect with my meal and cleanses the palate for the next bite.

O- Thought this was a good and well rounded beer that I would buy again in the future if I wanted a hop fix.

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Photo of
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Exchequer Pub in Chicago.

Appearance - pale orange with a slight white head.

Smell - Lots of West Coast hops upfront. Lighter on malt than IPAs usually are, hops just dominate the aroma - tons of grapefruit and pine.

Taste - Echoes the aroma - piles of grapefruity hops flavours, with a touch of honey-like malt and a nice bitter bite on the finish.

This beer is very easy drinking given the alcohol content.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear ruby-amber into a tulip with three fingers of sticky off-white head. Mild aroma of light caramel malt and grapefruit.

Somewhat low carbonation and a slightly thin, resinous mouthfeel. Like the aroma, gentle caramel malt up front with a kick of pine, grass, and some nice lingering lemon and grapefruit bitterness on the finish.

This one grew on me and was easy-drinking given the abv, but the overall impact was still a little lacking,

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Photo of smulkowski
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer pours a nice copper color with a bit of a fluffy white head. Minimal lacing and legs.

S: Spicy hops, caramels. The hops are not coming through very citrusy for me, I think I smell more Nugget hops than anything.

T: Nice balance, a bit astringent. I like the hops but it feels like there is something missing to make this great...perhaps a different balance of hops. After a bit, I think I am getting a bit of a medicinal taste in the back of my throat.

M: Relatively light for the style.

O: I think this is a fine beer, but in my mind there is some room for improvement in the hop flavor. I enjoy that it is available at six-pack pricing.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"279 A-1 1218" is printed on the bottom of this bottle, but I can't figure out how that corresponds to bottling date.

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Huge, frothy, off-white head forms off pour, and takes a long time to descend. As it falls, the head drags loads of goopy, bubblebath-like lace. Absolutely no complaints about this beer's head! The body, on the other hand, shows a significant amount of suspended particulate. Body is orange-amber in color.

Smell: Pine resin, pepper, earth, grass, and sweet vegetal notes. Not so big on the tropical fruit; I get tangerine, but that's it. Caramel also plays a substantial role.

Taste: Pine resin, grass, earth, and bread. Very little crystal malt sweetness in this double IPA. Finishes with a moderate amount of herbal and earthy hop bitterness. Nothing special here.

Mouthfeel: Relatively light in body, balanced, and moderately carbonated. Finishes dry, bitter, and pungent, but this is no palate wrecker. Pretty smooth and easy, in fact.

Overall: Very drinkable for an imperial IPA, although this one lacks the tropical bouquet I've become fond of. I'm guessing BridgePort switched up the typical west coast IPA hop bill in search of more unique flavor and aroma profiles, but this just doesn't do really do it for me.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Portland Brewpub.

A - Pours a clear dark orange/amber with a almost non-existent near white head.

S - Grass, pine, and plant-like.

T - Some sweet malts, citrus, pine, grass.

D - Low carbonation, a bit sticky.

O - Not bad at all, but a touch sweet for my liking.

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Photo of Florida9
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy peachy amber in color. Forms about a 1/2 inch of off-white head. Not much retention. Leaves some spotty lacing.

S: Aroma is a blend of round caramel malts and a mix of piney and earthy hops. There is an accompanying aroma that is out of place, yet I am unable to pinpoint what it is.

T: Sweet caramel malt on the front end followed by a strong dose of pine flavored bitterness. Finishes with a slick sweetness and a peppery bite that hangs on the tongue.

M: Medium in weight with stronger carbonation. Sweet, almost cloying, but not quite. Peppery bitterness.

O: While the flavor is nice, quite strong and pronounced, as DIPA should be, the sweetness is too much for me. I found it distracting, though it did seem to slow my consumption.

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Photo of waldoiverson
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into US Pint

A: nice tight lacing on a offwhite head, creamy honey looking body with a bit of turbidity. looks sweet.

S: strong sugar and tangerine nose, slightly green smelling, no real hint of alcohol. smooth and sweet.

T: Hits you with bitterness right up front, mellows out and then alcohol rushes into the nose. tangerine and flower notes are there but play second fiddle. sweetness and biscuit tones come out in the finish.

M: Fairly smooth, a bit of carbonation bite, dry finish but not mouth puckeringly so

O: The look and smell are really enticing but the drink is a bit rough. Some refinement and we're right in there with a solid drink.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber/orange, half inch head, tiny bit of lace.

Heavy caramel and floral scent, some tropical fruit (mango maybe). Inviting enough for me.

Pale malts, some caramel make up the malt character. Hops are citrus, mango and grass. Pretty nice. Slightly weak in mouthfeel.

Overall, good DIPA, but I've had much better. Great for an introduction to the style. I'll probably grab another at some point in time. Maybe on a warm day when thin is good.

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Photo of Takahiro
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into tulip, from 330ml bottle

A: clear amber, with off-white head.

S: caramel, pineapple, soft bready aroma

T: rounded and smooth malty flavor upfront, little bit chewy. then hop bitterness creeps in. hop flavor is like grapefruit and it clings on my tongue a bit long. i feel very pleasant alcohol warmth down in my throat after several sips into drinking. In overall, the balance is leaning towards hop bitterness/flavor

M: chewy, slightly sticky

D: low because of its flavor intensity. it's a sipper for me

overall, i like this beer a lot. very flavorful, in your face IPA.

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Photo of Heischman
4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hop Czar - Bridgeport Brewing Company

Portland, Oregon
STYLE – American Double / Imperial IPA
ABV – 7.5%
IBU - 85
DATE – 31 MAY 2011
SERVING TYPE – 12 oz Bottle
GLASSWARE – Tall Pilsner
APPEARANCE – Honey orange in color with a hint of red. A 1/4 inch head that stay on top and lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Wonderful lacing.
AROMA- Sweet Hoppyness with floral notes.
TASTE – A nice subtle hoppy flavor, not over powering but enough to let you know it is there.
MOUTHFEEL – good carbonation and kind of thick for an IPA
CONCLUSION – Good beer needs to be ICE cold and maybe in a frosted glass.

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Photo of lstokes
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very bright looking beer with a pine nose. The taste is also quite bitter, with less hop flavor than I would want from an imperial IPA. There is orange zest and pine, but not necessarily the full bouquet you might expect. Mouthfeel is smooth with some good creaminess. The price is right--9 dollars for a six pack where I am--which makes it a good beer to bring to parties when you want something tasty. For home IIPAs I'll stick with Dogfish and Hopslam.

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