Brew Review: Bridgeport Brewing Hop Czar {Citra Dry-Hopped}

by Kelli H. on March 19, 2014

Beer: Bridgeport Brewing Hop Czar
Date: 3-17-14
Location: Portland, OR
Type: Citra Dry-Hopped IPA
Availability: Limited Release
Alcohol: 6. 5%
IBU: 60

Appearance: A beautiful bright orange, clear, and small white head

Aroma: Light malts and hops seem to be well balanced

Body & Texture: Upfront bite from carbonation and hops, sharp, and bursting with flavor

Aftertaste: Noticing more malts in the backbone of this beer

“The newest IPA in our Hop Czar series adds a decidedly American twist to a British original, combing the best of the English and American ingredients. The complexity of the English malt is complemented by aggressive dry-hopping with Oregon’s Willamette Valley Citra hops, for this special transatlantic, full-bodied IPA with an intensely aromatic character”.  

Overall Impression:
I remember way back when (around 2012) David and I would buy Hop Czar at Whole Foods all the time. Mainly because it was a bad ass IPA for $7.99 a six pack. I can’t even tell you how many time’s I picked up a six-pack of Hop Czar. It was a great ipa that packed quite a punch. I was pretty impressed with Hop Czar back then, but you know how you might really be into a beer and then you’re just kind of over it? Well, that’s what happened to us. We never stopped enjoying it, but we had moved on to other beers. I always had a special place in my heart for Hop Czar.

When I was asked if I would like to try Bridgeport’s new take on Hop Czar which features English malts and Willamette Valley’s citra hops, I had a feeling I’d like it. When I first started trying beers that focused on citra hops I remember I wasn’t that big of a fan, but surely over time this is not the case anymore. I crave citra hops! Nice bold, fresh, citrusy hops! Talk about refreshing.  I really like what they did with Hop Czar in this special IPA series. The color of this beer is so bright and beautiful. I loved how crisp and refreshing this beer was. I also enjoyed that they brought down the alcohol percent a tad. I think it’s a very drinkable IPA and it’s a fun twist on an already exceptional beer. Would I buy this Hop Czar myself? You betcha! As a matter of fact, if I see it in the store, I’ll definitely be picking up a six pack. David tried it with a messed up palette and I’d really like him to taste it with a clean palette. My mom also got a taste and she stated that she also liked it. I think it could appeal to many beer drinkers. This IPA is very well balanced from a nice hoppy bite in the initial taste to a lingering malty finish. Lately I’ve been really enjoying very well balanced IPA’s (not such hop slaps in the face, yaknowwhatimean?) and this is a great example of a well balanced IPA.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Tiff LoveSweatBeers March 19, 2014 at 7:32 pm

Sounds like a winner to me. The hubs is all about kick-in-the-mouth hops, but I’m not so picky. That’s not to say I like all IPAs, obv, but I’m just more into variety I suppose.


Made in Sonoma March 19, 2014 at 7:45 pm

Sounds like our hubs have similar tastes and so do we. 🙂


emilyrockstheroad March 20, 2014 at 12:42 am

Love the name. So regal!


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