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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Ratings: 1,056 |  Reviews: 390
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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Photo of IchabodcraneIpa
3.12/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this one into a tulip glass to give a second chance too after I tried it once and was not a fan.

On the second pour of this one it came out a pale golden color that was semi cloudy with a nice topping of bubbles and a nice lacing around the glass once the head receded.

The smell of this one is a hoppy smell with hints of spices such as pepper.

The taste of this one is a spicy hoppy blend of pepper and sage with a hop cone squeezed into the middle of it all. I originally thought this beer was terrible, but found it decent on my second try.

The mouthfeel of this one was extremely dry and it felt to me as I might have drank a mouthful of sand.

The drinkability of this one to me is low, i just couldn't truly enjoy this particular IPA. I found it to be a little spice heavy and dry for my tastes.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice healthy looking, two finger head which hangs around for quite a while. There is a lot of carbonation in this beer, tons of it in fact. The color is dark dark orange, with hints of red in it, slightly see through, but not too much. Yeah this definitely smells like an imperial IPA to me, lots of hops on the nose, and a nice sweet malty smell as well. There is a strong citrus presence and I may be detecting hints of wood or oak, not sure if my mind is just messing with my though. It smells really good all around though! Well the first three tastes I get are the alcohol, the hops, and then a sweetness, they are all kinda mixed together, it's hard to tell which one comes first, second and third. The next thing I get is the malt, which is part of that sweetness (along with the alcohol) I'm sure. I'm also getting a citrus taste, but it's not a normal citrus taste, it isn't as crisp as most citrus tastes are, it tastes a little dumbed down and bland, this might be the wood smell I was picking up on? Not sure, but it's not too far from what I was smelling. This blandness is probably the most surprising and unique part to this beer, it's not necessarily a horrible thing, but I would for sure prefer the crisp taste in my IPA, rather than a dumbed down taste. Overall this beer is still awesome, a total winner in my book, an excellent IPA. That bland taste is the only thing I could think of to change. As far as mouthfeel goes, pretty good, nothing outstanding, but pretty good. Like I said, overall, great beer.

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Photo of raszputini
3.22/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

from the bottle to a pint glass. Pours a very blondiish amber. Theres lots of nose hoppiness - citrusy - Noticeably malty for an IPA, which made it interesting. Nicely toned hop bitterness with notes of citrus and pine. The finish is a big blast of hops to set you off. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of LazyL
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy deep copper with a thin off white head. The nose is decent with some buttery light malt, mild citrus and yeast notes. The taste is thirst quenching. Grapefruit bitterness that grabs your attention. There is some subtle boozy elements and the finish is bitter but smooth. The 7.5% is present and adds a layer of sophistication. So a nice balanced mouthfeel and easy drinkabilty make this a beer worth drinking.

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

Just a little haze to this coppery colred liquid with a nice head, good lacing and stickage and bubbling.

Classic orange peel with some toasty notes from the malts and a little heat from the alcohol.

Great toasted malt bill shines through the moderate hopping. Citrus and maltcomes tegother well in this AIPA. Resiny bitter palate lingers awhile after each sip. Good DIPA, glad this is now available in IL!!

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Photo of JamnesCameron
1.66/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured into a MJ tasting glass.

Pours a hazy orange/amber with an offwhite/light tan head that slowly drops, lacing evident.

Aromas of cardboardy, citrusy, light malt. Not a great way to start off.

Flavor of harsh, rotted citrus, cardboard, slightly fecal quality. Badly infected. Not enjoyable at all.

Mouthfeel is thin, not quite watery.

Drinkable..are you kidding? I can't believe someone taste-tested this and pronounced it acceptable to distribute. The worst beer experience I think I have ever had. Three-quarters will be a drain pour.

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

I like my DIPAs to begin hoppy, like a regular IPA, and then let the malts take over and round off the taste so that each sip finishes with a rich, syrupy malt taste. Instead this beer drinks the opposite - it begins malty, but hops soon take over and finish. The hops are not offensively bitter, which I appreciate this style for: strong bitter nose, warm grapefruit mouthfeel, and a vaporous finish rather than a dry, hoppy one. I enjoyed the beer, but this feels somewhere between an IPA and a DIPA.

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Photo of Chyren
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent brown-gold hue and thick hoppy head with lots of lacing. The aroma is primarily of pine and lighter-side malts. The aroma makes you think you're in for a hell of an IPA but upon drinking it shoes itself to be lacking back bone, so to speak. All the flavors are there, but they're weak, they run away from you, and the brew ends up being less imperial IPA and more imperial golden. The mouthfeel is also a bit thinner than expected, but it is even and therefore highly drinkable. While I would drink this beer again if offered, it is not high on my list as far as purchases go.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a rich amber with a big, fluffy, dry-looking two finger white head that leaves all kind of lacing. On the nose there is a big pine presence backed up by biscuity malts, which is strange for the style to say the least. In the mouth it sort of falls apart, the hops kind of taking second fiddle to the big biscuit malt note, not necessarily bad but again strange for the style. It's sort of a medium body beer and the bitterness doesn't hang on for all that long at the finish. It's a pretty nice beer, good price, it drinks easy enough. It's good but kind of strange for the style.

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Photo of aval89
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a darker shade of orange.. cloudy body with about an 1/8 inch of head..

S: not so heavy floral/tropical fruits.. also melon hints with a good balancing act from the malts..

T: there's definitely some hop bitterness but nothing to brag about.. again floral hop bitterness upfront with some mild citrus with a caramel/toffee backbone.. some floral hops with a bit of pine linger on finish.

Mf: light medium body..crisp easy finish..

D: pretty drinkable but lacks flavors of a DIPA..

Not a bad beer, just doesn't quite compare to all the other DIPAs out there..

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Photo of FattyJLE
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

A - Poured a semi-transparent caramel-orange with a quarter inch off-white head with minimal lacing.

S - Fantastic. Citrus hops with hints of sweet fruit (mango, peach, etc.) and sugary malts.

T - After the smell, I was expecting more from this beer. What I got was an intense bitterness right off the bat, almost like chewing on a fresh hop pellet. Not a very well balanced beer; however, I don't think that was the intent of the brewer. As the beer warmed, the malt character did emerge, but only slightly and was still overpowered by the intense bitterness. Again, after smelling the beer I was expecting a much more complex hop profile that did not come through in the taste.

M - Medium-bodied and oily slick. Good carbonation.

D - The bitterness in itself is enough to slow me down on this beer, although the alcohol is masked quite well. Probably wouldn't sit down and drink more than 2 of these at a time.

I was expecting more from this one; however, I do enjoy it for what it is - an average IIPA. I would have again, but for a beer that claims to be as well-hopped as it is, the hop character could have been better.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a barely translucent dark honey-golden with a fine-bubbled, off-white, slightly orangy head that sticks around for a bit. Hoppy aroma has an orange undertone and a hint of malt. Flavor is strongly hoppy and fairly bitter with an undertone of sour orange. Smooth, strongly fizzy texture leaves hoppy, bitter, tingly finish.

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Photo of JMad
4.27/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

It was murky, light copper, with a thin white head that stuck to the glass.

I could smell some citrus, peach, mango and sweet caramel malt.

The tastes is layered, I detected lemon, grapefruit, sugar, sourdough, and a nice piney bitterness.

This beer is smooth all over, leaves you wanting more after each sip.

I would drink this any day, great IPA.

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Photo of beerdown77
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hop Czar pours murky orange with a nice, foamy brown head that lasts; the smell is very sweet. I also smell dark fruits, maybe raisin and brown sugar. The taste is a little sweet and bitter. I like to taste more citrus or floral in an IPA, whereas this is a little "imperial" and boozy in flavor. Overall, this is a solid beer. Within this brand, however, I prefer the pale ale.

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Photo of HoppyToad
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured bottle No. 1 straight from the fridge into a Goose Island pub glass. Should have let this brew warm up a little first (I'll get to that in a bit).

Slightly cloudy in appearance with a decent head. Not much hop or malt aroma, or at least not what I'd expect from a DIPA. First few sips = loads of hop bitterness, adequate malt presence. No real "off" flavors, just somewhat generic.

Set the glass down after drinking about 4 oz. Returned in 15 minutes. Allowing the brew to rest a while definitely brought out the malt character in both aroma and flavor. The alcohol is there for sure, but it's not a bad thing at all. Hop flavor remains intense but is surprisingly more pleasant. There's some balance here!

I ended up pouring another bottle (after letting it warm on the kitchen counter), and my opinion of this beer practically doubled. Thoroughly enjoyed the second pour over the course of an hour. Beautiful lacing on the empty glass. I might just return to Total Wine & More for another taste of Hop Czar. Hey, it's only $5.99 a sixer!

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Photo of LairdChisholm
2.74/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours s clear golden color with a nice one and a half finger, cream colored head that has pretty good retention. There is very minimal lacing for the size and retention of the head. There are some large carbon

S - It kind of smells like faint hops and a wet dog. Not very impressive or good.

T - This IIPA lacks complexity. That's what strikes me the most. There are just a taste of sweet malts up front that gives way to a bitter hoppy aftertaste that lingers on for a wee while. The flavors could be a a lot more pronounced on top of everything else.

M - Really watery. Not helping here at all.

D - Could use a lot of work, but it's not awful, just very forgettable.

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Photo of omnipotentuser
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The picture pulled me into trying it out.

I thought that a 7% avg alc would do it for me for the next few days and I was right. At first I did not really enjoy the drinks the first couple nights but that was because I drank them out of the bottle. After I finally tried pouring it into a glass on the third day I loved this beer so much I finished last 3 in a row before going to bed.

a: I rolled out the liquid into the glass untilted and let the beer explode inside filling up to top and the head hit the mark.

s: I couldn't really smell it for a 7% beer. It was lacking.

t: Coming very bitter from the bottle, drinking from a pint glass solved the problem. Try it coming from a pint and you will love this beer. Do not judge it from the bottle.

m: leaves a little residue but otherwise stays in the palette for a long while and asking for more to try to wash it away. A good thing despire how it sounds.

d: Very drinkable once from a glass. I would definitely live off this beer for a while. Czar, czar!

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

Very appealing bottle pour, a somewhat heavy amber that is moderately opaque. A decent, one-finger head that essentially kept its form through drinking. Quite a kick on the nose, with a subtle orange-lemon aroma and some woodiness that allows the hops to be the star. Good sweet flavor on the initial sip that grows into a pleasant heavy bitterness. The hoppiness lingers well after.

FourthBeer potential: HIGH. While not as smooth as comparable IPAs, the beer is distinctive and multiple are quite enjoyable.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice hazy amber color with a nice thick and dense white head that was well retained. A nice cap was maintained throughout. Some lacing as well.

The beer's aroma is dominated by citrus and pine hops with some malted barley that balances it out a little. A little light perhaps, good but no better than that.

The taste is really good. Nice and hoppy with a nice malted barley backbone. Nice dry bitter aftertaste, but as the beer warms the alcohol taste becomes more apparent.

The beer has a medium mouthfeel to it, but feels a bit like syrup. Good carbonation, smooth and creamy and it has good drinkability, especially for a beer higher in ABV. Overall, a solid beer and one that I will definitely get again.

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Photo of salvo
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Rich buttery complex double IPA is only 7.5% but is rich and complex, golden with a quickly dissipating bone white head. Ends bitter and astringent but only after a long complex unfolding flavor that starts with pine then hay and straw. My enjoyment of flavor is interrupted by the assertion of the buttery creamy mouthfeel that works so well with the bitter hops, and builds to a rich unfolding sweet honey biscuit malt. The malt balances the assertive hops and is more pronounced in warmer beer. Finishes brutally, fabulously bitter.

I am surprised to see this as a B/B+ as it is an exceptionally well balanced English style bitter hopped IPA. I wish I had this available to me locally & regularly.

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

This beer pours a hazy orange color with a slight amount of white foamy head. The aroma is surprisingly lacking, I had to really swirl the beer around and get my nose deep in there to get anything substantial. Anyways, hints of flowery hops (as expected) and some malty sweetness come through. The taste starts with some malty sweetness and then kicks you in the face with hoppy bitterness. Not as much complexity to the hop flavor as I would like, it's more like a "BAM have some hops!" The mouthfeel is a little overcarbonated and the extreme bitterness leaves a rough taste in your mouth for a while. It is definitely worth a try, you may really like it, but prepare to be burping up hops as I am right now.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz narrow Bridgeport bottle into a snifter. I do like their bottling, it is distinctive. This is one of my staple larger IPAs and can be found in my fridge or basement most weeks of the year. Orange and fairly bright body supports a decent head for the big IPA style that laces well. Aroma is excellent on this beer, very hoppy, they really nailed the West Coast IPA hop-zest aroma. The flavor is not quite as good as some of the best big IPAs that I've had, but it is quite clean, quite bitter at 85 iBUs and definitely enjoyable. Considering I can get a whole 6 pack of this in Chicago for the price of one chug of 3F's DIPA, I'd say it's a pretty impressive value too. Solid beer, and a hard one to beat for the money.

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

A: orangeish light copper with a decent off white head and spotty lacing.
S: pine hits first along with some grapefruit. Floral notes and some honeyed bready almost caramelly malts underneath.
T: light to medium sweet malt and a bit sharp, bit astringent bitterness cleaning it out. Bitterness lingers.
m: a bit slick despite decent carbonation. Medium body. Some frothiness helps.
D: a good value especially for a dipa.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

Look - light amber color, slightly murky, with about 2 fingers of off-white foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - not surprisingly very very hoppy. Light floral smell. Maltiness is there, sure, but it is extremely subtle.

Taste and Mouthfeel - strong bitterness throughout the start, middle, and finish. Maltiness does bring some balance into the beer. Texture is fairly well-balanced.

Drinkability - the bitterness is a little oppressive for me, but otherwise a good and interesting brew.

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Hop Czar from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 1,056 ratings