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RATINGS: 619   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 87   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Brewed with three different malts and four hop varieties. Hop Czar will have a deep malt background with enthusiastic citrus and floral notes paired with uber hop bitterness. 7.5% OG 17.9 IBU 87


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2010
Iím not a big fan of Bridgeport, to be honest, but I gotta say that this is a nice offering. Pours amber with a decent head which leaves a decent lace. Aroma is pure hops, mostly citrus. Mmmm, smells a-nice. Taste is of a solid IPA, with a slight kick up. Pure hops again, although itís not unbalanced. Lots of citrus. Palate is crisp and cleansing. Overall, itís a really good IPA. I think Bridgeport made a few assumptions by claiming this to be an Imperial IPA. Itís a good beer, a nice IPA, but to put this up against Stone or Rogueís IIPA is a mistake.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beaver (1282) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange with a small white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet fruity hops with some resin and pine and a little tobacco.

The flavor is sweet bready malts initially with some fruits. It is followed by a big charred bitter finish that lingers. Thereís a little mint in there too. The mouthfeel is light to medium and fairly watery.

Overall, it has good bitterness, but I really didnít care for the hop flavors or the mouthfeel.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2010
Light amber color, average coarse head. Strange aroma of lemon and spice, horse, old cheese and a stale malty note. Grassy, piney hops aroma; caustic, with some florality. Somewhat soapy finish, quite bitter. Proof that just throwing a bunch of hops into some malt is not all there is to making a good IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mensch (246) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2010
At 7.5% and 87 IBU, this beer is a little understated for an imperial. Aroma is too light too. Smells grassy, herbal, almost like chives -- not the usual Cascades. Color is bright orange-carmel with a slight turbidity. The flavor follows through with the herbal quality but adds some sweet juicy malt to complement. Finish is appropriately long, dry and bitter; hints of anise and mint. A very different take on a big IPA, but not imperial.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - FEB 19, 2010
Bottle. Poured a hazy amber orangish color with a little white head. Aroma was pine and citrus. Flavor was wood, pine, resin and some citrus thrown in. Some bitter in the aftertaste. Some sweetness in the aftertaste as well. Medium body. Sticky aftertaste. Very good decent beer.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
csbosox (1223) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - FEB 18, 2010
7.5% & 87IBU. 12oz bottle, new to KC. Reddish amber color with a small white head. Aroma is grassy and vegetal with some citrus and floral notes. Strong, but not over the top bitterness. Toasty and slightly roasty flavor with herbal and grassy (almost chlorophyll) hops with a little citrus and cat pee. Bitter finish with somewhat unappealing grassy hops. Too bad I picked up a six pack of this.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4359) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 18, 2010
12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Appearance: Pours out a amber-orange body displaying nice clarity and topped with a sudsy, off-white head. Smell: Well, it certainly smells hoppy, a bit like taking a whiff from a just-opened bag of hop pellets. Punchy notes of citrus, pine, and fresh flowers greet the nose. Itís almost hard to even sniff out any of the modest malts lurking underneath the excessive hoppiness of it. Taste: Pale malts with further malt tastes of bread and biscuits and with a very fleeting toffee-like sweetness (though the accumulating bitterness eventually cancels this out almost entirely). Staunch, coarse bitterness carries with it hop flavors of distilled flower nectar, citric Florida-grown oranges, and pine needles with a slight overall earthiness to it. Eventually, the malts give way, as do the hop flavors, leaving just a bold bitterness to ride out the dry finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: Well, it goes down about easily as a 7.5% ABV, 87 IBU (according to my bottle) brew possibly, which is to say not so easily. Iím happy to have had it, though happier to have had it in this smaller, more sensibly sized twelve ounce version and not that foil-capped bomber.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (5650) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2010
Pours an orange color with a white head. The beer is very clear. The aroma is herbal and earthy hops. The flavor is bitter hops with some earthyness, hay, grass, pine and resin. Grassy aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2010
Clear gold, thick frothy beige head. Aroma of vegetal hops and caramel. Taste is bitter but mostly on the finish which is also slightly metallic. Has a funky taste overall. Medium body, soft carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2010
12oz bottle. The color was orange, clear, looked decent and surprisingly was not cloudy like Bridgeport IPA. The smell was stinky like an ashtray with hops in it, I did not care for it. The flavor was astringent and bitter but not hoppy in a good way. Overall, this was kind of disappointing and difficult to drink. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 02-12-2010 02:05:45


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