I don’t get how BridgePort’s Hop Czar can be so cheap over here.
BridgePort is based in the US state of Oregon and, near as I can tell, there’s no brewing under licence going on here. The beer I drank came straight from the US. And yet, when I bought this from Slowbeer a few months back, it cost me $5 a bottle. Allow me to compare that to what Sierra Nevada goes for at Slowbeer $4.50 a bottle last time I checked.
How the hell is that possible? I’d figured that beer from a smaller brewer like BridgePort wouldn’t be just $5 a bottle – more like $6, $7 or $8 – certainly not a price that makes it competitive to a giant like Sierra Nevada.
This isn’t a complaint mind you, just an observation.
Because I’m quite happy that this double IPA is fairly cheap because it means I can buy a few bottles of it without feeling guilty. It’s really one of my favourite double IPAs and – surprisingly for a US 2xIPA – it’s not absurdly bitter.
Yep, there is a lot of bitterness upfront, and there is supposed to be because it wouldn’t be a 2IPA without it. But, unlike others in the style where that bitterness stays with you all the way, the Hop Czar bitterness soon takes a back seat to allow some piney, slightly medicinal and warming notes to come through.
That bitterness is always there but it ends up balancing the other ingredients rather than overpowering them.
Now if only someone closer to home sold some BridgePort beers….