Bridgeport Brewing Hop Czar Imperial IPA
Typically, I love what Bridgeport does. I’ve loved quite a number of their beers, but this Hop Czar just really has no place as a double IPA. It’s got a big old smack of hops, but standing shoulder to the other gods of Oregon brewing’s Double IPAs, yeah, no dice. I’m sorry. If this is the Czar of Hops, I’m throwing a peoples hop-headed revolution.
A lot of breweries have seemed to fall into this trap where they are loading up on hops in the brew, and call it a double or imperial… it is just not the case. There is some closely guarded secret, and few breweries really get that double IPA thing right - and a lot of Oregon brewers do.
It’s an enjoyable beer, but I don’t feel like the hop experience - which is mostly just a bittering blast of flavor. The beer doesn’t have that fragrance, it doesn’t have that resinous lingering on the glass after its done. It’s just kinda stings your mouth with hops and alcohol and then leaves.
Worth a try, but major hop heads will probably feel a little underwhelmed.