Hop Czar Imperial India Pale Ale brewed by Bridgeport Brewing in Portland,
A triple-hopped, bottle-conditioned, Imperial-style IPA that carries a deep
malt background with bright citrus and floral notes paired with high hop
bitterness. Hop Czar blends copious amounts of Nugget, Chinook, Cascade and
Centennial hops. ABV 7.5%. IBUs 85.
Beer Review by Beer Advocate
Appearance - Non-aggressive pour yields about one finger of creamy root beer
float looking head. Very cloudy orange look, significant amount of sediment
floating around, and lots of bubbles rushing up the sides of the glass to the
top, which keeps the head hanging out. Very nice lacing.
Aroma - Can smell it from a distance. Bubblegum hops, and some more bitter
smelling hops & some booze smell coming through. A lot more booze smell coming
in because of the glassware.
Taste - Extreme bitterness kicks things off. Lemon zest. Grapefruit. Very good,
but nothing groundbreaking. Still a very well-made imperial IPA, but no real
solid distinctions to set it apart from the rest of the pack.
Mouthfeel - Bitter sticky mouth feel with a lingering taste that reminds me of a
faintly sublime fruity green apple tartness. Very yummy, indeed.
Overall, the Bridgeport Hop Czar is a winner. When I'm in the mood for a
Bridgeport, I have a tough time deciding on Hop Czar or the Kingpin, but Hop
Czar usually comes out the winner. "Irresponsibly hoppy" with a nice 7.5% abv,
and moderately priced at only $8.99 a six pack around here. In all, this is
probably my favorite brew from Bridgeport that I've had so far and I'm looking
forward to more!
Bridgeport Brewing Company
BridgePort Brewing was founded in 1984 by local winemakers Richard and Nancy
Ponzi, and is "Oregon's Oldest Craft Brewery". The initial brewing facility, the
Columbia River Brewery, had a 600-barrel per year capacity. BridgePort was
acquired by The Gambrinus Company in 1995, expanding its capacity in 2001 to
100,000 barrels. BridgePort's beers are distributed in 18 states nationwide.
BridgePort Brewing Company
1313 NW Marshall St
Portland, Oregon, 97209
Phone: (503) 241-7179