MikeTheWizard (13) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2010
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Donít go for it. Plenty of Imperial IPAís out there. Doesnít even weigh in that strong at a non-imperial 7.5%. Has a very thin lace with an aroma like gym socks and sour skittles. Pretty hue, but thatís about all I can compliment it for. Very thin mouthfeel and it attacks you with wrong flavors at wrong times. Smells bad, then tastes semi sweet and promising, then transfers into a tart and sour foul finish, leaving you quite unsatisfied.
humulushound (242) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber-copper with a frothy white head. Smells wonderful - sweet-bud-McSkunk hops, fresh and pine-appley, light pine/grass and sweet/light malt. Flavor is citrusy and bitter with a clean finish. A solid DIPA. Mine definitely wasnít from an infected wart. Love those skank-a-dank hop cones.
notalush (4640) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
$7.50 for a six pack of DIPA? - sweet! - well, I suppose it would be sweet if the beer were better, anyway - pours a completely clear copper color - faint ring of bubbles - smells and tastes kind of like a stronger version of a british ipa, rather than the american beast you expect it to be - the hops are dry, bitter, chalky, but not crisp and punchy like one wants from a DIPA - they even become a little soapy on the back end - this is supported by a bready malt base that fails to contribute much aside from a generic sweetness that doesnít compliment the hops at all - some heat and peppery character on the tail end - I mean, I love most all hops, so it doesnít taste terrible to me, but there isnít a whole lot happening here.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2010
1.1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottle from 5 points purchased the day they got their shipment in. The worst beer iíve ever tried. Grossly infected. The whole 6 pack was. Not just unpleasant, but almost made me vomit. No hop presence. Metallic, gasoline, funk. How could something this fresh be soooo bad?
NachlamSie (2651) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Hop City. Pours copper with a small head. Aroma is rather hoppy, strong in the evergreen department. This is dry with a lot of complex PNW hops going on. The palate is medium and the finish is a bit sour. I feel this is more like a slightly bigger IPA than a IIPA. I could use a little more clarity, but that is nitpicking. Not a bad offering. Iíd like to try their regular IPA.
soulman (1) - Portland, USA - JAN 23, 2010 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great tasting Imperial IPA, with a serious bite. A truly favorable beer that is complex in aroma, but overall a smooth tasty beer. Very enjoyable!
CheersMate (1299) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Surprised to have seen this at Greenís on Buford Highway. Dark copper color, with a head that fades away rather quickly. Looks decent, but nothing exceptional. Nice hop aroma blast to the face. A big citrus hop aroma. Not extremely pungent, but this has a nice and mellow hop aroma. There is a sweet malt aroma that is hitting my nostrils as well. The aroma is pungent, but it doesnít have many dimensions to it, but still nice in my opinion. Nice distinct mellow bitterness that lingers for a little while, and it is not so intrusive to where you are wishing you had something a little less bitter. Now that I am thinking about it, I wish the hop profile developed a bit more. There is a nice citrus and orange juice taste, but it seems to disappear quickly. The malts are a little fucked. I get an almost buttery type of malt flavor in my mouth, but it is not too bad .The beer is nice and smooth. Definitely a nice texture.
dkingsella (152) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not what I was hoping for. As a big fan of Bridgeportís IPA...I was hoping for something better. Iím a big fan of hop bombs and rarely if ever complain theyíve gone too far...but in this instance that may be the case. Aroma is huge with plenty of pineapple, citrus, grass, pine and stinky feet...strangely enough however, not in a bad way...the feet I mean. Taste pretty much falls right in line with the aroma...this is a big, over-the-top DIPA...the hops are jolting...problem for me is the finish, which lingers and is quite bitter, but not in a good way. Beer wasnít a total loss as it was quite clean and crisp as well. With as many great beers as I have access to here in my town...probably wouldnít pick this one up again.
SSSteve (3666) - - JAN 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. clear orange under a medium sized frothy white head. peachy, mandarin, juicy hop aroma. something kind of stinks in the aroma but not to extent that is ruins score. smooth. abv is well hidden. soft peachy flavors and a creamy palate. pretty darn good. a few minor flaws but mirrors a well known favorite from lagunitas.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2010 Bridgeport Brewing Company--Hop Czar Imperial India Pale Ale--Bridgeport Big Brews Series--2008 Release--22 oz. Bottle--8.00% ABV--115 IBUís. (4.5+/5.0) IPA--Imperial--Thin lacy white head. Cloudy bright orange gold color. Mild loose sediment. Huge floral hop front. Mild sweet hop infused dry fruit ester caramel pale malt rich mild hot tangy floral body. Mellow spicy rich hop ester clean mild end. Big Floral Hops. IPA x 2. Sampled 9/2/2008. $4.99 Each.
Bridgeport Brewing Company--Hop Czar Imperial India Pale Ale--Brigeport Big Brews Series--2009 Release--22 oz. Bottle--8.00% ABV--115 IBUís. (4.75 / 5.0) IPA--Imperial--Lacy mild off white head. Hazy bright orange color. Huge floral hop pine citrus fruit ester front. Light loose sediment. Hop infused creamy malty citrus sweet grapefruit grassy pine zesty fresh body. Dangerously smooth balanced hot hop spice citrus fruit end. Sampled 6/29/2009. $4.99 Each.
Bridgeport Brewing Company--Hop Czar Imperial India Pale Ale--A Robust Ruler Of IPA Is Here. All Hail The King! 2009-10 Release--12 oz. Bottle--7.50% ABV--87 IBUís. (4.5 +/ 5.0) IPA--Imperial--Thick pour. Thin lacy off white head. Clear pretty bright rich dark gold color. Huge floral pine citrus hop front. Cloying mellow sweet rich crisp pale caramel hop resin infused grapefruit pine balanced malty body. Clean mild bitter hop spice citrus rich end. WOW HOPS! Sampled 1/13/2010. 6-Pack--$6.99. Lower ABV and IBUís than 22 oz Big Brew Series Release, but still excellent. New Year Round Brew in 12 oz. Bottles.
Hop Czar Imperial India Pale Ale--A Robust Ruler Of IPA Is Here. All Hail The King!--New Back Label--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 7.50% ABV. 87 IBUís. (4.5 / 5.0) Pours rich. Mild lace thin white head. Cold hazed pretty bright thin amber color. Huge floral grapefruit citrus hop front. Tangy crisp dry sweet citrus pine delicate caramel malt body. Puckery hop spice crisp clean dry sweet bitter end. Huge smooth hops. Sampled 5/24/2010. 6-Pack $6.99