My notes read “way too bitter.”
Sometimes this happens with reviews – you look at the bottle, you fall in love with the image, you start imagining things before you even try the product. Bridgeport Hop Czar Imperial IPA. The name sent my mind into a whirlwind. “Hoppy, but with a nice, clean finish. Like a really strong IPA, but not too strong that you don’t want to have the next sip.”
Sadly, the above is not a quote from my review, but the idea in my head that this was going to be a really good beer, not one that I tossed because I couldn’t finish it.
To the review, he says, with a whimper.
Bridgeport Hop Czar Imperial IPA
(I just figured it out: it’s the wannabe graphic designer in me that says “ooh, cool bottle, gimme!”)
From my notes: “Floral. Weird after taste. Officially not my thing.” That’s not a good sign. Plus, as I mentioned above, “way too bitter.”
According to the bottle, 7.5% ABV. You can only have one, it seems – if you get through the one. I didn’t. 87 IBUs.
To be fair, other beers that were heavy on alcohol AND bitter and hoppy – not totally my thing, as mentioned before; I like the IBU number to be around 40 – have received good ratings by me. In other words, if I think you’ll like it but it’s not up my alley, I’ll tell you.
This…my initial notes told me “B” was about right. If it’s a value…
I’m fairly certain this was in my $9.99 mixed-six. So that’s about right. (Maybe even a deal if you like high-alcohol beer.)
Metasip Grade: B
I can’t go higher on this one – the Lenny Bruce beer was way better IMHO, though higher in alcohol and probably more bitter than this. You might like it; if you can get a bottle in a mixed-six pack, do it.