Brew Review: Bridgeport Brewing Hop Czar {Topaz Copper IPA}

by Kelli H. on June 11, 2014


Beer: Bridgeport Brewing Hop Czar Topaz IPA Series
Date: 6-7-14
Location: Portland, OR
Type: Topaz Copper IPA
Availability: Limited Release
Alochol: 6.5%
IBU: 70

Appearance: Dark copper, beige head

Aroma: Strong hops, slight alcohol, spicy

Body & Texture: Medium bodied, very easy to drink, full flavored up front between hops and malts

Aftertaste: Mostly intense bitterness that mellows out and leaves a hoppy maltiness in your mouth.

“Topaz hops shine in this copper IPA. A generous dry-hopping with these unique hops creates an unmistakeable aroma, alive with intense fruit and earthy grass. Bravo hops in the boil balance the Topaz aroma. This hop aroma and flavor combination is supported by sturdy malt body, while bottle conditioning achieves a remarkably smooth carbonation. Look for more exciting hop explorations to come from this, our new Hop Czar IPA Series!” – Bridgeport Brewing


Overall Impression: 
I had a hard time deciphering the aroma on this one. It didn’t smell like any other IPA I’d had before. The back of the bottle mentions intense fruit and earthy grass, but I can’t say I smelled either of those.  I think this was the first beer I’ve had that specifically mentions Topaz Hops, so I think that was one of the reasons I had a hard time telling what the aroma was. The aroma was strong and pleasant but not what I was expecting. I really liked the color of the beer. David and I both completely agreed that it’d be a great fall seasonal release. The color totally reminded us of a beer we’d like to drink in October while watching a football game.

I think the body on the beer was really great. It felt pretty light in my mouth but it was full of so much flavor. I really appreciated the carbonation as well. What I wasn’t so much a fan of was that once the beer warmed up a bit the alcoholic bite was pretty apparent in the taste as well as in the aroma. Again, I think this would be okay in the fall but on a warm summer day it’s not really what I want.

Overall I’d drink Topaz Copper IPA again, but I’d wait until October. Until then, this isn’t really a beer I’d see myself buying. It’s a solid 3 star beer, but not one worth going out of my way to pick up. I appreciate Bridgeport trying new things with Hop Czar. Having an IPA series is pretty fun. If I were to compare Topaz versus Citra Dry-Hopped I’d say that I enjoyed the Citra more.

Bridgeport kindly sent me Hop Czar Topaz Copper IPA to taste but all opinions are my own. 

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Made in Sonoma June 11, 2014 at 7:05 pm

I wish I had your passion for beer and ability to describe just what exactly you’re tasting. It’s very impressive 🙂

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Made in Sonoma June 12, 2014 at 3:06 am

Thanks, Diane. It’s definitely come from years of beer tastings. It also transfers well over into wine. 🙂

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