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Anniversary Ale - Port Brewing

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Anniversary AleAnniversary Ale

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114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.27%
Wants: 8
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Port Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: neurobot01 on 05-07-2014

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Ratings: 114 | Reviews: 12
Reviews by neurobot01:
Photo of neurobot01
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This seems to be the same beer as the 7th Anniversary Double IPA, but from the bottle, will be a yearly release in May.

Poured at fridge temp from a 22oz bottle dated 4/8/14 into an IPA glass.

Look: beautiful translucent orange-tinged yellow, with an aggressive 1"+ head that leaves decent lacing.

Smell: definitely get the citra, along with a little sweet note. A little one-dimensional.

Taste: an explosion of sweet citrus, followed by a grassy/piney bitterness. A little bit of malt sweetness backs up the hops.

Feel: on the full side of medium, with plenty of carbonation; nice and slick.

Overall: this is a really solid IIPA. You have to be in the mood for a mouth full of hops, but if you are, this should fit the bill nicely.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a fine one finger off-white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Rich aroma of caramel malt, tropical fruit, lighter citrus and citrus hops. Flavor is caramel malt, citrus and piney hops, tropical fruit, grapefruit rind, finishes with high octane resiny pine and citrus hop bitterness, warming. Very pleasant creamy body. An intense but balanced IIPA, there is a bit of booziness in the finish, but it is accompanied by great hop flavors. Port has shown they can produce tasty IPAs and this is one of them. This bottle is now about two months old and still has great hop character. I came back to add a bit to the taste points after my first glass, chalk it up to the high ABV talking, but this ale tasted great with every sip.

Photo of safaricook
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%

Good looks dark orange and rocky head
Great fruity aroma even already 6 months old
Malty and alcohol, boozy
medium body, appropriate carbs, lots of heat
Good DIPA but too but too much booze/heat

Photo of KFBR392
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Murky golden orange color. Huge head of about three fingers on the pour which settled but was present while drinking. Sticky random lacing left on the sides of the glass. On the lower side of active carbonation for the style.

Smell: Potent bite of heavy pine on the front. Tropical citrus fruits with accents of mango, pineapple, kiwi, and tangerines make up the body. Pepper, spices, and caramel malt rounds out the aroma.

Taste: Medium bodied pine and peppery spices greet the palate. Kiwis, mangos, salt water taffy, and grapefruit highlight the body. Soft fruits come mid palate and really pull this IPA together and are recognized from other Port DIPAs (Hop 15). Sweet malt finish with some light lingering pine.

Mouthfeel: Great contrasts of heavy pine and sweet soft fruits. Dryness on the finish is crisp and clean. Carbonation is perfectly integrated.

Overall: Another outstanding offering from Port. This one is massively complex with contrasting tones which are welcome. This and Hop 15 may be two of the most underrated DIPAs on the market.

Photo of stosh66
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange. More of a head than you would think for 10%abv.
Smell is pine/orange/malt.
Taste is citrus rind up front, followed by malt sweetness/alcohol(lots of alcohol) heat, finishes dry.
A big beer but the alcohol heat detracts from the tatse.

Photo of Qbdoo
3.54/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A murky golden brown. I'm guessing unfiltered? Smell is piney with bitter citrus fruit - grapefruit and lemon. Taste is similar but super bitter. Really bites your face off. Malt comes through a bit, especially as it warms but the beer is a bit unbalanced for me. The extreme bitterness and the high alcohol makes it kind of a scorcher. It's a good beer and I'd drink it again but it's somewhat one-dimensional.

Photo of ONUMello
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Slightly hazy orange color with a one+ finger head
S: Everything that comes to mind hops only turned to 11. Viscous pine, citrus peel, florals, earth, caramel and tropical fruits
T: Big. Almost too much so. Citrus, tropical fruit and pine dominate but there's some caramel and booze underneath
M: Full-bodied, a touch of booze and a touch viscous
O: Very much embodies the west-coast DIPA style then cranks it up a notch. Certainly a lot went into this and many will like it though I personally would prefer it dialed back a hair

Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

- 2015 vintage / 11.0 abv
- 22 oz. bottle poured into stemless wine glass on 25-May-15

Photo of mabermud
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an outstanding beer. It's a little sweet, but the overall taste covers up any, and all deficiencies. The appearance is nice looking. The smell is inviting, the mouthfeel is more than sufficient, and the taste is world-class. Not too hoppy. There is some heat in the taste, something hot. Some fumes out of the nose near the backend of the drink. Nothing serious, or overwhelming for me. For others, it might be harsh. I like it. Overall, this is a world class beer with world class all-around taste.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: Voluminous head. Hazy yellow-brown impenetrable body. Heavy lacing.

S: It smells amazing. Beautiful, bountiful hops. Floral. Heavy citrus. Dank and bitter.

T/M: Wow! That...is big. A big, big beer. Loads of hops strike first, but in a big, ponderous, boozy way. Moderate-bodied with a fruity-piney main/endtaste. Yum.

O: I loved this beer. Highly recommended.

Photo of mr-jj
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Trails End.

Pours a hazy straw color with a nice white head. Lots of retention and lacing. Smell is very fruity hops - orange, grapefruit, and tangerine along with just a bit of caramel sweetness. Flavor was a blast of orange citrus on the palate, followed by some citrus juices and sweet malt. Finish is bitter-sweet and lingering. Body was medium, with a lot of hop resin and ample carbonation

Overall, this is a big hop beer with all of the flavors that I personally enjoy front and center. I really enjoyed this. It went down way too easy for 10 % ABV.

Photo of dcmchew
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%

Deep orange, hazy, with a generous off-white head that recedes slowly to a thick sticky lace and a few specks.
Rich hoppy smell, fruity but leafy also, without forgetting the pine. Blood orange, mango, tangerine, pineapple juice, light dankness, flower petals, pine needles. Should be sweet too, getting a lot of caramel on the nose.
Great citrus and pineapple hop in the front, really hits, like freshly squeezed juice, but also with a big spicy feel (piquant grapefruit peel, kiwi and pineapple seeds), a nice bitter-sweet balance tilted on the later side by the following caramel malts, rather thick and sticky. That doesn't last long, hop oils blast you away closing to the finish, at first spicy and leafy, then clearly (and nicely) dank, with big pine resin and finishing with a strong concentrated hop bitterness.
Surprisingly there's quite some sweetness in the aftertaste, something that feels like orange flavoured candy, but not in a bad way. Otherwise, tons of hops. Medium body, prickly carbonation that really tends to fatigue the palate.
Undeniably TONS of hops in this one, and not entirely bad handled, but there's a bit of balance missing. As refreshing (and rewarding) the first sips are, it will get a bit heavier. Booze will challenge your locomotor skills, but will not be felt in the taste. There's no room for that.

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Anniversary Ale from Port Brewing
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