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Hop 15 - Port Brewing

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

786 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 786
Hads: 1,714
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 182
Gots: 155 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Port Brewing visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: comat0se on 02-09-2003

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Photo of IPAGeorge
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A. A nice deep amber color that is quite opaque with a foamy, cream colored big head that had great retention and splash pattern lacing.

S. Aromas of mango and pine at first. Hop resins.

T. Like the nose I get mango, pineapple, pine. Some bitterness and definitely alcohol presence.

M. 5 out of 10 on body. Light carbonation. Kinda heavy. But it is a DIPA. Decently clean aftertaste.

O. A pretty decent dipa. Would never complain about drinking it but with all the options now it would be a toss up with some others. (579 characters)

Photo of bigsteve45
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: not quite amber, not quite gold. thick bubbly head. cloudy

Smell: slight pine but mostly dominated by grape and citrus

Taste: big bold flavor with a slight alcohol taste. Starts with bitter citrus taste and finishes with a huge amount of piney hop flavor. Huge hop flavor

Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation with slightly thicker mouthfeel

Overall: Solid West Coast IPA. The epitome of the style. Big bold hop flavor. I would order again (452 characters)

Photo of T1i1m1
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Holy Crap! This is my second bottle. The first was not a fluke. Such a big flavor, but so balanced. The malt plays well against the hop up front but never is it overly sweet. From cold to room temperature, every sip was great. I can't recommend it enough. The two I've had have been very fresh, within a month and a half of bottle date. I don't think this would hold up well over time. If you can find it don't hesitate. (420 characters)

Photo of aleigator
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Small, to no head, color is deep orange amber.

Decent aroma of grapes, maracuja, peach, grass, sweet malt, honeyed hops with some earthy hints. All in all the aromas dont get in your nose at once, but unfold while the beer warms up.

Smooth sticky mouthfeel leaves you with a very complex and unusual heavy IPA, which lasts on your tongue for quite a while. Honeyed fruits at the beginning going along with a very sweet malty note. Peach, grapefruit, lemon even hints of spices dominate the first impression, which gets gently underlined by the malts, almost with a taste of toffee. Its more or less a fruity sweetness in general which stands out the most for me instead than any fruit in particular. Sweetness remains for a long time, just when you think thats it, a huge bitterness kicks in and won’t leave the palate for the whole night. Honestly, the bitterness of this beer is intense, but I love the contrast it creates to the previous sweet flavors. Carbonation is very low, creating an even fuller body for the beer.

All in all I imagined this a little more refreshing with a dominant fruitiness and not that much sugar. The end adds up for it, but it is like drinking two different beers in one. (1,211 characters)

Photo of buzzarooski
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A "HOP LOVERS" Dream ALE.....Crisp, Refreshing, and VERY smooth for a High ABV beer. Totally Enjoyed HOP-15 ALE and will purchase it again! Great Job PORT BREWING! (163 characters)

Photo of Tombomb
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this on draft at the Pizza Pub. Served in a heavy goblet 10 oz pour. Had a great citrus nose and light golden color. The taste was all citrus. More mandarin orange and apricot than grapefruit. Smooth finish with a lingering citrus sweetness. Very drinkable considering the high ABV. I wanted another one, but the wife gave me the "no go, your driving" look. Would definitely get it again. (392 characters)

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, orange-yellow beer with a three finger high, white, head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Nose: Orange, citrus, grass, mandarin, orange marmelade, sweet malt, honey and grapefruit.

Taste: Boom! Citrus, hops, orange, grapefruit, tropical fruit, a LOT of hops!

Mouth: Full body with a great malty backbone. Sweetness and bitterness from the malt and hops. A high ABV (10%) that really doesen't show but carries the taste right to your tounge - It's fantastic!

As you can see - I'm in love! This is beatiful! (526 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, bottled 10/914, poured into a snifter

A- pours a hazy, thick looking golden orange color with a foamy and sudsy white head that retains nicely long after the pour, leaving some lace behind

S- big blast of citrus hop aroma with notes of grapefruit peel, tangerine & orange pith. Notes of dried grass, before a slight bready malt aroma kicks in, slightly spicy on the finish

T- as with the nose, citrus hops hits first on the palate, flavor of orange pith, grapefruit peel and tangerine. Notes of pine and grass kick in with a rye-like spicyness. Big sugary sweet malt notes kick in to balance the hops, more citrus with some booze on the finish

M- heavy and viscous body with medium carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a chewy finish

O- citrus loaded yet remarkably drinkable (806 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.22/5  rDev -22.8%

Bottle from Lazy Dog Growlers in Macon area, dated 10/1/14, poured 11/25/14. Hoping for the best after almost 2 months. Pours cloudy golden with a massive creamy white to off white head. Nice citrus aroma with light pine and grass, some honey sweetness and light maltiness. Flavor is lots of tropical citrus, way over the top malt sweetness, some strange off flavors. Nearly completely flat, dry left on the palate. Hoping I just got a bad bottle or something here. Not very good. (480 characters)

Photo of brureview
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

I like this beer on the colder side: the lower temps bring out the hops, and the resin.

Bottle date: 10/14- only about a month old.

Poured a copper red color with a 2 F head in an imperial pint glass. The brewmaster
on the Port Brewing site used a pint glass in the video, so I decided to do the same.

Nice lacing.

The aroma at first is not strong- later, an earthiness and vanilla not usually found in DIPAs.

The MF is quite carbonated.

The taste is King. Extreme citrus rind. This beer is exceptionally hoppy.
The finish is crisp.

Overall: my favorite beer from the brewery. I have enjoyed all their beers- very West coast- but this brew stands out- West Coast DIPA on steroids. (689 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck says Bottled 10/1/14

A- Pours a semi-hazy medium amber color with a 3/4 inch light tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Crisp, pungent hop aroma with a considerable amount of alcohol presence. Almost leans toward a barleywine type of smell since the sweet malt rounds out the zesty hops.

T- Yeah, this is a barleywine. There's just so much alcohol plus malt content to compete with the hops that all the elements meld together to create what I would say is a barleywine flavor profile.

M- Sharp and tight from the hops and alcohol. Medium carbonation with a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- It's great and it's tasty, but it's a barleywine. A tangy quality from the hops. A dryness from the booze. A bready sweetness from the malt. It's a super hoppy American barleywine. My only qualm is that, because it is so intense in flavor and alcohol, that it brings down the drinkability. Still, great stuff. (1,109 characters)

Photo of mr-jj
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a DFH IPA glass from a bomber. Neck says bottled on 10/1/14 but I've heard these were seen on shelves back in September.

Color is honey gold with a large white head. Very good retention with some lacing.
Aroma was pretty muted at first, maybe due to the thick head. As the head settled and the beer warmed, a nice blend of mango, caramelized oranges and floral hops emerged.
Flavor outperformed the nose. A blast of hops on the palate with intense tropical flavors - pineapple and mango - along with some grapefruit citrus. The hop bite gives way to caramel malt and the bite of the alcohol. The alcohol is quite noticeable although balanced nicely by the malt sweetness. I also pick up some onion flavor in the mix, but it works. The finish is bitter and boozy. More juicy than dry.
Body is full, syrupy with lots of hop resins that coat your mouth.

Overall, a very good DIPA, but the nose pales compared to some of the recent top APAs I've had (PseudoSue and ZombieDust). Maybe not fair, but all ratings are subjective and based on recent experiences. (1,077 characters)

Photo of Erockruns
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%

Very nice floral soft smell with a significant amount of carbonation. The smell is so good I keep going back and back. You can just smell how the hops will be there but land softly on the finish and that's exactly how this beer tastes. It smelled like Lawsons/Otter Double Dose but tastes even better.

This was a random pick up based on the fact I like Port Brewing and it slaughtered my expectations. Not just solid........more like outstanding representation of a DIPA....with 10% to boot so be careful. (512 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice golden/orange, hazy color. Nice one inch billowy head, good retention, beautiful lacing. Smell is very citrusy hoppy, with a touch of mango and just a hint of malt sweetness. Flavor was dominated by citrus, tropical fruit an pineapple, with some slight bready notes. Mouthfeel was buttery, silky smooth, with medium body and nice carbonation. Overall, this is quite an excellent beer, very nicely done! (415 characters)

Photo of NiceTaps
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle in a stemmed tulip glass.

A- Poured a dull copper orange color with a massive 2-plus F head, linen white colored. The head lasted and left fat rings of lacing. Slight haze and sediment.

S- Ripe hop aromas of citrus, pine, and tropical fruits. Lots of caramel malt, sweet, not boozy.

T- All those hop aromas come in flavors here. Slightly sweet malt and a touch of alcohol.

M- Full body, chewy hop bite. Sugar and alcohol are evident but not too heavy, finishes clean.

O- Very flavorful and drinkable. Hops held up vs. the 10.0 abv nicely. At three weeks old, the freshness was key. (598 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle purchased online from CraftCity.com, unknown brewing/packaging date; poured into my The Lost Abbey Teku glass and drank over an hour

A: 3/3 - golden-orange coloration, low clarity (likely hop haze), initial frothy eggshell white head resolves into a subtle glass lacing; large alcohol legs

S: 10/12 - pine, citrus, pine, bready-biscuity, pine, alcohol...pine; no DMS, no diacetyl

T: 17/20 - robust bitterness on the front of the palate that is followed by notes matching the nose - pine, resin, floral and herbal/grassy; the alcohol notes appear early on the palate and continue throughout the drinking; there is a sweetness to be expected for such a high ABV but still finishes dry and inviting

M: 5/5 - thick feel with hop oils, alcohol and sweetness; moderate carbonation that is appropriate for style

O: 9/10 - excellent triple-ish IPA that I'd place right up there (or better) than some of the best biggest DIPAs - Sixpoint's Hi-Res and Westbrook's Shane's Big DIPA comes to mind; like those beers, it's big and boozy but is still an IPA and not an Americam Barleywine; this is even more impressive because I have no use how old this beer is; highly recommended!

TOTAL - 44/50 (1,201 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Opaque, hazy tangerine-colored brew topped by a sizable creamy white head. Excellent retention, and tons of spider-webbed lacing.

Aroma is dominated by a citrus hop profile, with some pine and biscuit pale malt. Slightly flowery with a hint of honey and tropical fruit. Juicy, as I'd expect at 10% ABV.

Flavor is even juicier than the aroma, hitting heavily on tropical hops. Starfruit comes to mind on the finish, accompanied throughout by mango and mandarin orange, and hints of lemon, pineapple, grass, dank herbs, tobacco, and banana. Tropical fruit juice really dominates, muddying everything together into a very sweet, very hoppy brew.

There's quite a bit of sweetness from a heavy malt dose, but the flavors don't really stick out beyond some light grain.

Slight bit of alcohol heat, but very controlled for 10%. A little on the syrupy side, which is common for high ABV DIPAs. A little effervescent up front, with a long, bitter finish of hop oils that just won't quit.

This is a delicious, juice-forward DIPA focusing on the newer tropical profile hops. As such, it brings little that other (D/T)IPAs don't already have, but at the ABV point, it provides a nice step just below the most over-the-top examples, while still being sweeter and juicer than most DIPAs. (1,279 characters)

Photo of stonermouse
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bomber into a goblet. Bottled 10/1/14, and it being 10/13, this is shockingly fresh for a beer coming across the country.

Pours cloudy and an interesting amber color. Very impressive lacing- might need to scrub the glass after this one.

More sweet malt in the aroma than I was anticipating, but there's an earthy, herbal hopiness that blasts through. Nice, complex aroma.

Great flavor here. There is an undertone of onion, but the main flavor is herbs and spices. Tastes a bit like an expensive salad. Just enough sweetness to keep this from becoming overwhelmingly bitter. The alcohol sharpens the hop flavors as well. Interesting stuff here.

Sticky, but like the taste, it is sweet enough so that you're not overwhelmed with harshness. Thick finish.

Usually the oniony hop profile gags me a bit, but this brew is plenty complex that the onion becomes a compliment to the grassy and herbal flavor. I'm confused by the reviews that allude to fruitiness or citrus- my palate gets none of that. Would be an interesting brew to sample at a tasting with some other seasoned beer geeks, because it seems like everyone is getting something different out of this one. I like it nonetheless. (1,216 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%

Lush, tropical and hot. Yep. When Raul drank this bad sucker he felt like he was on a magic carpet ride to the equator. Pungent fruits like the Chaquita Banana woman just opened up a farmers' market; lush like a new TLC single; and hot like, well, the equator. The bad boy is juicy and smooth like Left Eye (RIP) singin' "Ain't No Scrubs", but it's also a lil hot in the end.

Pretty darsh gone good, but not the best. (419 characters)

Photo of PacNWDad
4/5  rDev -4.1%

On tap at Chuck's 85th St. Not much head on the pour, and what there is subsides quickly. Honey colored in the glass. Very clear, with no apparent yeast. Light comes through it easily. Leaves a bit of lace on the sides of the glass with each sip, but not too much. The aroma is of pineapple and other tropical fruits, including dried mango and passion fruit. Strong, bitter hops profile, but not unpleasant at all. Lots of sweet fruits, especially pineapple, very rich and buttery, some biscuit flavor. Starts with the hops, carries through with fruit and finishes with the bread-like character. It has a rather light carbonation, but still carries a full feel to the palate. A long finish. (697 characters)

Photo of Modernrickk
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big boozy bite and there's no way around it .. This beer looks beautiful but smells of alcohol.. Tastes like tropical fruits and a big oily pine tree.. Very sticky. Very boozy. (176 characters)

Photo of Catracho5
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Serving Type: 22 oz. bomber poured into a belgian style tulip glass

Appearance: Beautiful orange color with lots of tiny bubbles in the head, it's cloudy, looks great.

Smell: Big onion type aroma on the nose, not getting any of the malts, alcohol is present on the aroma's tail end.

Taste: Like the aroma, big onion bitterness up front, malts on the backend, really smooth, the alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming. This is how I like my IPAs and IIPAs, I like that onion type flavor, not grapefruit or piney, but a different bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Not a big mouthfeel, fairly light compared to other IIPAs that I have tried that have a syrupy mouthfeel, for IIPA, this is crisp, light on the mouthfeel. A little heat from the alcohol.

Overall: This is great, reminds of some of the Stone Enjoy By and Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA but with a little more heat on it. West coast style IIPA all the way. If you love Pliny, Enjoy By you have to try this, I am impressed too bad it's seasonal. It's also easy drinking doesn't make you feel bloated. For a 10% ABV beer this is really good, cheers! (1,105 characters)

Photo of wiegs4life
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

L : Dark copper with minimal lacing 4.25
S : I loved those strong citracy flavor that overpowers the other hops for an awesome aroma.
T : I was shocked when i saw it was 10% ABV. It is well balanced and very flavorful.
M : On the heavier side for DIPA. Still very smooth.
O : This makes my top 10 beer list of all time. I look forward to trying again sometime

I had at Isaac Newton's in Newtown, PA (399 characters)

Photo of MusicaleMike
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Served chilled in a teku glass.

Color of hazed, rusty sunshine, an orange amber color that glows. Topped by a massive off-white head that leaves chains of lacework behind as it recedes. Fairly decent head retention.

Hop 15 carries a remarkable aroma for a Double IPA, showing off bright notes of dank weed, lemon zest, orange juice, champagne, and vanilla. It is fresh smelling, exceedingly hoppy, and subtley sweet underneath it all.

Initial impression is BOOZY. Then you notice the creamy mouthfeel, and a flavor that is packed with hops. Sweet mid-palate flavor, with an herbal hop finish. It mixes citrus fruit, basil, and vanilla, and it strikes a balance despite its obvious strength and hop intensity. Very soft carbonation, robust and plentiful, but a very gentle texture. Smooth and full-bodied.
There is a light sweetness that pokes against the massive hop profile, actually finishing a touch sweet.

Really, it is not difficult to see how this beer has won so many awards. It's definitely not "sessionable" but it is certainly delicious. It's a knock-you-out kind of DIPA, that possesses a well-crafted character. Paired with a carrot cake from Devon Seafood Grill. A magical pairing, even if it is stereotypical. The bitter hops play against the sweet cream cheese frosting so well, and the sweet malt connects with the subtle sweetness of carrots. (1,363 characters)

Photo of MonkeyBread
4/5  rDev -4.1%

22oz poured into a glass

Appearance: lot of foam and a big head, straw color hue

Smell: resiny, dank, tropical, bit of citrus. Pungent notes of pine. About as advertised with a combo of 15 different hop varieties it spans the spectrum of smells.

Taste: similar to nose it is all over the place. The front end is tropical with mangos, oranges and lemons with the finish showcasing the hop bitterness of floral, resiny pine notes. The only complaint is the bitterness in the finish lingering a little too long.

Mouthfeel: very full body, viscous, almost syrupy with a bit of cream. Not too carbonated despite the foam when pouring.

Overall: a nice DIPA. I think this stacks up well to Pliny and other highly regarded ones in the space. Be ready for a hop bonanza spanning the full spectrum of flavors, this not a one or two note beer. (840 characters)

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Hop 15 from Port Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 786 ratings.