Review: Hop Czar Citra Dry-Hopped IPA, BridgePort

 Hop Czar Citra Dry-Hopped IPA
BridgePort Brewing Co. — Portland, OR

Stats:
  • Style:  IPA
  • Bitterness:  60 IBU
  • ABV:  6.5%
  • Malts:  Not specified
  • Hops:  Citra (others not specified)
  • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle

Description:  Our new Hop Czar® IPA series highlights the glory of hops. The first in the series, the Citra Dry-Hopped IPA adds a decidedly American twist to a British original. The complexity of the English malt is complemented by aggressive dry-hopping with Oregon’s Willamette Valley Citra hops, for this transatlantic, full-bodied IPA with an intensely aromatic character. — BridgePort Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  Hop Czar has been re-branded as a rotating IPA series. I shared the news about this change back in January. The first release in the new series is a Citra dry-hopped version.

The tasting:  Golden orange in color, hazy, with an off-white head that disappears fairly quickly. Aroma consists mostly of grapefruit and grass. Taste starts with grassy and herbal notes. In the middle, flavors of bread and light caramel emerge. Alcohol is not noticeable in aroma but a touch is present in the middle. Hop bitterness is prominent throughout. Hop Czar is light bodied, softly carbonated, and finishes with a lingering grassy hop bitterness.

3 star.  Good.  I would drink this again if it was given to me.  I was excited to taste this beer because I love Citra hops. I've used them in my homebrews and enjoy their big citrus and tropical fruit flavors. So was surprised (and a bit disappointed) by the grassy hop flavors that were so dominant. Overall, it's a nice beer. I was just expecting something different.

Have you tasted Hop Czar Citry Dry-Hopped IPA?  How do you like it?


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2 comments:

R said...

I like it, especially when the local discount grocer sells it as a loss leader.

Anonymous said...

I would ONLY drink it if it were given to me. Not the best.

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