CheersMate (1312) - 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 (3891) - - 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
Sledutah (5574) - Utah, USA - JAN 14, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Appearance: Pours slightly hazy dark golden with a nice creamy white head and some lacing
Aroma: Pine, fruits, citrus
Taste: Pine, citrus, lemon peel. Bitterness and malts at the finish that stick with you.
I love a good hoppy beer, but this just doesnít have the right combination of hops for my taste.
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
An example of a hopped up beer gone too far, as there is no balance whatsoever. Aromas of citrus hop, dough, and barnyard. The taste is floral and citrus hop with an extremely bitter ending.
cyanescens (159) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great IPA. Like Bridgeportís typical IPA but beefed up with more gravity and more hops. Similar body, just as nice. Earthy, piney, citrus, hay. Deep amber. Nicer, thick, rich, foamy. tan. I would buy this beer again. Jan 1, 2010.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle:   Reddish amber, slightly hazy, moderate foamy off-white head, spotty lacing.   Somewhat of an earthy hop nose.   Bright hoppiness on the tongue, a bit earthy, not all that bitter tho.   Has a bit of floralness as well.   Astringent bitterness on the tongue.   Not as malty as I like for an IIPA, as if thats a shocker.   I guess I was thinking it would be fresher, much like their Harvest but I was wrong.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Certainly warming.   Bigger than your average IPA, but for me not quite in the IIPA category.   Slightly biting on the finish, but not as malty nor sweet as I would expect for a bigger IPA.   Decent, tasty, but another beer that leaves me wanting more than what was there.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 31, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber courtesy of kenb. Pours a hazy dark gold with a thick 2 finger off-white head that leaves great lacing. The nose is floral and citrus hops. The taste is caramel, citrus, tart grapefruit and pine. Medium semi-creamy mouthfeel. Very nice IIPA. Thanks Ken
bsjay (54) - Oregon, USA - OCT 28, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice, well-balanced DIPA with the citrusy hop flavor and aroma I so crave, yet with an appropriate bitterness for the alc burn (pretty well hidden). Could be my favorite Bridgeport, today at least.