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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Added by ccrida on 07-22-2008

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Photo of alleykatking
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks to betsona for the bottle.

A- Pours a clear copper color. One finger white head shows medium retention. Light streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

S- Piney hops in the front of the aroma. This really overtakes everything although it just seems a little one sided. Some light caramel hops in the ending with hints of alcohol. It doesn't have a interesting aroma to it at all.

T- Piney hops in the front of the beer give way to really nothing much. There is some light caramel malts in the middle of the beer. Piney hops come back in the ending but even this is a little bland and boring for my taste. Light bitter alcohol ending on the final backend to this beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Piney hops are all that is left on the palate. Aftertaste is light caramel, alcohol, and bitter pine. This beer is a little one sided to me and not balanced. No off flavors were present in this beer. Medium alcohol drying left on the palate.

O- This beer is bland and not inviting really at all. The abv isn't really showing at all in this beer. I wish this showed a little more sweetness in the malts to counterbalance the bitterness from the piney hops. Oh well can't have it all. Not a bad DIPA but average at best.

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Photo of katybee
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first "Imperial IPA" and pleasantly impressed.

Looks are average, clear brownish gold ale with nice thick foam head which quickly dissipates leaving marginal lacing around the rim. Minimal smell, for a hoppy beer. Likewise, a light-medium body slightly soft on the tongue.

But the taste is remarkable--crisp, bitter, pungent. Bites the tongue with peppery pine notes, with slightly sweet residual. Wouldn't call it bready or citrusy at all, not wheaty, yeasty, or exactly malty. Simply intensely bitter and refreshing.

I prefer Bridgeport's Hop Czar to Lagunitas' Hop Stoopid and Boulder's Hazed & Infused. Hop Czar is bitter, but not medicinal, and the least citrusy. Nice for a change.

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Photo of thebeerisgood
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma: Big floral hops, citrus and pine. Not getting much from the malt side, but that's typical for a west coast brew of this style.

Appearance: Golden, fairly translucent with an off-white creamy head. Huge sheets of lace trail the beer down to the bottom of the glass.

Taste: Lots of citrus such as orange and grapefruit with pine coming through. Just a bit of bready, lightly toasted malt provides a touch of balance and finishes bitter with a slight alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation.

Overall: Not bad at all, pretty easy to drink but really doesn't stand out much. I did enjoy it, and would have more given the opportunity.

Notes: Uses Nugget, Chinook, Cascade and Centennial hops. This is my first from Bridgeport and always appreciate trying beer that I can't get in my area. Definitely looking forward to trying more from this brewery.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly hazed orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, orange citrus hops and some nicer pine like notes. In the taste, starts orange citrus and ends with some dryer pine hops, and mellow maltiness under all of it. A mellow hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine hop, and hints of citrus refreshment in the aftertaste. Quite mellow for a imperial, but nice and simple.

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Photo of spree92
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes on 5/18/11.
A- A dusty tangarine orange. There was a head but it was gone by the time I sat down.

S- A smell of pine and euro hops. Has a cauliflower tinge that I also found in North Coast Scrimshaw.

T- Malts overpower the hops. A clove spice also here. Taste isn't horrible, but not what it should be for this category.

M- A sticky, chewy ale. Bitterness is very subtle and appears late.

O- Has a very misleading name. Would be better suited as a regular IPA. Bridgeport usually puts out good products, so I feel like I may have gotten an older bottle. No bottle dating that I could find.

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Photo of chocosushi
4.62/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Byron's liquor.
One of my all time favorite Bridgeport beers.
First time reviewing.

12oz bottle -> Fuller's pint

A ~ Pours a golden caramel with a half inch size head that dissipates after 30 seconds. Translucent with tiny bubbles

S ~ Hops hops hops! Flowers and Fruit.

T ~ Fruity American hops (grapefruit/strawberries/limes) and what tastes like English bittering hops. Thick malt that doesn't battle with the hops like so many Imperials do. Dry finish with a good bite. That citrus stays with you like a hop breath mint, which is pretty awesome if you are a hophead.

M ~ Perfect carbonation. Such a velvety smooth mouthfeel with present, yet not
overbearing linger of the 7.5 ABV. Good beer to swish in your mouth.

D ~ Incredible. Tasty and complex, I find more things about this beer that i like every time I drink it. The only IIPA I would ever session with...Seriously.

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Photo of jar2574
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent sized white frothy head. Lots of carbonation. Smells nice. Fruity, citrus, candy, honey. Goes down quite easily. Taste is hoppy. I taste a little more of the piney variety and the taste is less sweet than the smell. Mouthfeel lacks dominant hop punch and is perhaps a touch too watery. This is an enjoyable drink though. Not a standout, but not a stinker.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presented in a 12 oz. brown bottle @ Flying Elephants @ PDX. Breakfast of champions, my friends. All hail the King!

Billed as "A robust golden monarch brewed with a King's ransom of hops." I'm ready.

Pours a copper orange amber with a fluffy white head that quickly dissipates. Good lacing throughout. Aroma? Whole leaf hop cones. And lots of them.

Opens irresponsibly bitter with a triple-hop-infused jolt that's balanced by a robust malt backbone. Citrus, floral and pine notes surface, followed by suggestions of grapefruit and brown sugar. Finishes bitter and powder dry.

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Photo of welldigger888
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a nice orangish ruby hue with a white head and good lacing.

piney hops & a mellow malty backbone.

Again the taste follows the nose, piney hops that follow with some maltiness but restrained.

Seems a medium bodied beer with a nice hop oiliness to me. The carbonation is good for the style, not over bearing.

Overall I think as a double IPA this is lacking a bit, If a regular IPA this would garner better score. But hey, for $6.99 a sixer it is damn good.

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Photo of obrike
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice buy at Round Rock HEB for 7.99 a sixer.

Good looking beer...bright copper, clear pour...fluffy head that disappates slowly...above average lacing.

Pine scent...not much else...but enough to let you know it's an IPA...certainly doesn't have the normal scent of sweet malt and hops that normally accompanies a DIPA.

Is this really a DIPA? Taste follows nose...piney, but not very complicated. Maybe a very slight malt edge on the back end, otherwise, pretty bland for a DIPA. A bit more of a bitter finish than most DIPAs

Very easy to drink...a good summer brew if the price is right...just don't slam as the close to 8abv will sneak up.

A below average DIPA, but if it were classified as an IPA, which it actually feels like, it's not too bad...nothing beyond ordinary except for the low pricetag I got it for.

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Photo of bgreg3
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this 6-pack from morris IL. It made me realize how much more beer IL gets than IN, might have to go there every now and then. Anyway, the beer looked hoppy so I bought it.

The color is deep orange in the middle of my glass and lightens around the sides. The head lacing sticks around the glass for a while and has a foam island in the middle. It smells of apricot/floral flavors with a malty biscuit undertone. Centennial, cascade, and chinook hops dominate on the taste, and are balanced by the sweet malty backbone (but not entirely). Hops linger throughout. Medium to heavy body with a wet finish.

Overall enjoyable. Good for one or two, but not much more. Cleanse your palate with this one and if you're a hop fanatic you'll be happy you picked it up.

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Photo of superdavex
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better IPA's I've had recently. A great hop profile with enough balance to round it out nicely. This one smelled of pungent hops with a beautiful dark golden hue and just the right amount of lacing. It tasted much better stored at room temp rather than cold. I'm not sure about classifying this one as an Imperial IPA though. It was a bit weak for that IMO. I would call this just a strong IPA. I will have this again in the future for sure.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Purchased from Jackson Wines & Spirits in Lafayette, CA.

Pours very thickly, looking languid and heavy. Colour is a dull orange hue, with a slight hint of translucent haze. Head formed on impact with the glass, but settled down pretty quickly to a fine film. Lots of static carbonation when tilted; it's as though the bubbles can't be bothered working their way through the thickness to the surface. Looks pretty good.

Nose is certainly hoppy, but only mildly so, and surprisingly unfragrant for all the bombastic posturing about "a king's ransom of hops" and "robust ruler of IPA" on the bottle. What's there are some mild West Coast tropical and citrus notes, but mellow and soft without any pungency. Not bad, but not terribly exciting.

Taste is sharp with bitterness, but very green and piney, with little additional flavour released by the hops. At the end, a light soft caramel malt character comes out and provides some accompaniment, but it's otherwise very one-dimensional.

Feel is full and smooth, although the booze is very noticeable—even though it's not at the high end for an IPA.

It's a bit too much after a while, and because I don't feel like I'm gaining any additional nuances with each sip, it feels like something of a chore to finish. Not a bad beer, but I've had far better IPAs. If this is their ruler, it's time for an uprising.

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Photo of midwestbrewers
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours wit a 1 finger head atop of a deep copper colored brew.

S: Straight up hops!!! Amazing citric grapefruit smell, but the smell is balanced. Not too overpowering in any category.

T: Amazing robust hop flavor but, as the smell, not overpowering. The massive amount of hops plays well with the big malts for this beer.

A world class beer. Somewhat sweet then intense bitterness! Great flavor and compared to some beers a great cost too. AMAZING BEER Bridgeport Brewing Co.!!!

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Photo of 4000qtrap
2.7/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Source/Serving: 22oz bottle, no expiry date

S: Deep, juicy, orange marmalade; citrus zest; leaf from an orange tree; just enough pine to add complexity, semisweet. Nice, but only moderately intense.

T: Pretty standard DIPA fare with a less than stellar finish. Semisweet upfront with citrus marmalade riding a nice wave of citrus oil and a faint jab at bread coming through. Center is more of the same with tons of oiliness and a nice hop snap with bitterness at least meeting the match of sweetness, if not leaning slightly to the bitter side. All very standard up to this point... not unpleasant though of only moderate intensity and not overwhelmingly excellent. Body is just right as it carbonation. However, finish is dry with balanced bitterness, but has an unpleasant grassy, astringency that you occasionally get from dry-hopping that gets worse as it lingers. The definite low point of this brew, unfortunately.

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Photo of kyleelton
2.18/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

From a bottle into a Rahr and Sons Pint Glass

A-light colored with very little, thin head.

S-Very slight nose of citrus. Pleasant, but was thinking I would have more to go from. Much more expected from a DIPA.

T-Very alcoholly, with slight citrus and hops in the background. The alcohol taste overpowers what hops I am hoping for in a DIPA. I don't know about you, but I want my DIPA to be double in flavor as well as alcohol. The maltiness evens things out, a bit, but still, there is a very unpleasant bitter aftertaste that doesn't bode well.

M-Body is fine. Feels good on the palette. Carbonation is just right.

O-A subpar DIPA. The citrus and floral flavors are masked by an alcohol taste that seems unnecessary for a relatively low 7.5 ABV. Also this aftertaste is a little unpleasantly bitter. Don't want to say horrible, but, it doesn't blend well with the rest of the beer.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good DIPA, although not half the assertive Czar it pretends to be.

Presentation: 12 oz capped custom brow bottle. Tacky if iconic, and tongue in cheek label, with the illustrated image of the Hop Czar, a royal figure holding a scepter of hops and a bottle of the brew with a short bragging one-liner. Back label offers a short paragraph continuing the braggy narrative about ingredients, intent, and pioneering history. Notes 7.5% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Deep gold pour with a good frothy head, fair retention, good surface memory and some lacing.

S - Citrus and resin profile, not much presence after the early whiff unfortunately, dash of caramel malt lingers with the subdued hop profile.

T - Taste follows with a bit of a generic sense of hops, nice, but missing some rawness, some intensity... Grapefruit, resin, bready and sweet malt sense holding it.

M - Medium body with fair carbonation, a bit thin for an instant but maybe due to the lacking intensity.

O - Pleasing DIPA experience, a bit soft and lacking a final punch of hops in this tasting but pretty good nevertheless.

Notes: This is pretty nice but I remember previous tastings where I thought it was superior, with a far richer hop profile. The memories... I'll be happy to revisit it in the future and see if it was my palate and/or the way this brew flows now.

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Photo of FrankWBurnsIII
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I paired a big bottle of this IPA with some spicy chicken fajitas last night at home, and enjoyed the dining experience thoroughly.

A-Rich amber, one finger head, vibrant effervescence

S-Dry, hop overload

T-Mild fruit, bitter strong hop (aptly), grass

M-Bubbly, vigorous, after a while took its toll on the mouth's lining

O-A very refreshing IPA, went well with my meal and would bring it back to the dinner table without hesitation

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Photo of tapman
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium brown/orange/amber color, with an off white head that pour 2+ fingers.

Resinous pine, grass and wildflowers. Soapy aroma, also (Centennial?)

Maltier than expected; some sweet maltose takes the resinous edge off of this brew. Sour nectarine sweetness, a healthy dose of American hops gives this one a good sweet/bitter balance. Also, subtle bubblegum in mid-sip.

Pretty good for the style; a little chewy but refreshing.

A fine DIPA, though a little on the smaller side than what I am used to. I like this lighter one, though, and while it's not a BIG beer, I could session this one pretty well.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Coppery amber shade, very bright, with a slim sudsy beige head. Some lace, not much.

Smell -- Aromas of toasted malt, honey sweetness, tropical fruit, and faint citrusy bitterness.

Taste -- Hops are predominantly in the tropical fruit/citrus vein. Amber malt, almost reddish, with honey-like malt sweetness. Not enough bitterness to adequately balance the malt.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied, crisp carbonation. Solid, albeit not especially noteworthy.

Overall -- Very much a hop-forward strong amber ale. Good, but doesn't stand out in this crowded style. I've had this a few times, and have yet to really be intrigued by it. Wish there was more to say, but this one is very much middle of the pack in regards to DIPA's

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Photo of JAYAR1
3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


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Photo of Rayek
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hop Czar has a nice amber color that carries a light haze. A rocky eggshell head slowly falls to a patchwork film. It leaves a fair amount of lace in its wake.

Hop aromas dominate the nose. Citrus, pine and anise interplay well. Bitterness hits right away with a citrus and pine bite that's strong but not overdone. Malts are in the back with a caramel sweetness. Alcohol adds a light warmth as the beer goes down. The medium body is slightly oily and has the right fizz.

Overall, this is a pretty standard DIPA. It hits the style well, but doesn't do much to stand out from the pack.

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Photo of woemad
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from a six-pack purchased at Fred Meyer in Spokane Valley for $6.99. Been quite a while since I've had a beer from "Portland's oldest microbrewery."

Poured a rather hazy orange-amber color that became a bit more copper colored when held up to light. An inch or so of off-white foam converted itself to rings of lace on the sides of my glass.

Bitter, herbal hops and bready malts are what the workers at the olfactory detected. While the hops definitely stick out the most, they aren't overpowering.

There's a somewhat tea-ish herbal hop bitterness at the start. It is then joined by a subordinate but still somewhat substantial bready malt flavor. Tastes like an English version of the style might conceivably taste.

Medium bodied, with a somewhat oily mouthfeel.

Nowhere near the greatest DIPA I've had, this is nevertheless not bad. In a way, it makes a nice change of pace, a palate cleanser, if you will. While this is not a beer to madly hunt down, I'd drink it again if the price were right.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I bought a six-pack of Hop Czar in a grocery store on a recent trip to Oregon. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a rich gold.copper color and is clear. Rich creamy white head.

Smell is sweet, but an odd mixed aroma of pine and caramel.

Taste is the same bitter sweet combination caramel and citrus.A caramel malt flavor up front, with a grapefruit finish, an a dry bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a little more thickness than you might expect just looking at the beer. Slightly cloying with minimal carbonation.

Not the most drinkable brew, even for a DIPA. The bitter aftertaste builds and dominates, and I found myself thinking about a switch after a couple of these.

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

Orange amber, murky translucence with pocky wisp head with marginal lace.

Floral pine sugarsmoke, little biscuit afterthought in the nose.

The flavor is in the hop gin category. Mildly abrasive, somewhat abusive, tantalizing with the pine resin notions and acrid bitterness, but it could be quelled a tad by a little more malt backing. They call it an irresponsible amount of hops on the label and i guess i'd go along with that. I think the amount is fine, but it's a tad unbalanced and therefore a tad irresponsible. But then, i guess that's why i bought it. It's a lack of nuance that keeps this from being great. As is, it needs nuance, balance, or even better, both.

Yet I do like it. The lively carbonation makes the onslaught even more devastating. I do enjoy being devastated, but still it's a ding here. This is akin to Ruination in many ways, and folks, that's both a compliment and a bag at the same time.

Drinkable but not always so. It's a tastebud killer and makes no apologies.

There are days for this beer....

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