Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Bridgeport Hop Czar Imperial IPA

Bridgeport Brewing Company is out of Portland, Oregon.  The proclaim themselves to be Oregon's oldest craft brewery.  I love the czar on the bottle.

Dark copper with hints of amber in color.  Aroma is hop forward, with citrus, floral and tropical fruits balanced by a spicy maltiness.  The taste follows the aroma, there is citrus, cantalopue, mango and a bit of pine in the flavor.  The malt flavor is not particularly noticeable but is detectable in the balance it provides, the foundation it gives for the hops to do their work.  The finish is bracingly dry and bitter.  7.5% ABV.

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