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Hop 15 - Port Brewing

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,498 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,498
Reviews: 771
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 173
Gots: 90 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Port Brewing visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: PMR on 06-25-2006)
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Photo of brotherloco
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Re-review. Bottled 3/6/13. Served in a tulip.

Much happier with this beer than my previous experience. Fresh hops make all the difference.

Tropical and citrus fruit in the aroma, along with some herbal notes. Sweet malt sits behind that.

Flavor is still a little sweet, but floral hop flavors dominate and add significant bitterness. Kind of a saline finish.

Great carbonation and a full mouthfeel.

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Bomber. Bottled 6/24/10. Wish I had a fresher bottle of this, as I was a bit disappointed with it. Bottle had a lot of floaties in it.

A real sweet caramel malt bomb, which is not what I'm looking for in a DIPA. It's not a bad tasting beer, but it's not the flavor I'm expecting. Like I said, I need a fresher version of it to judge for sure.

Nose is buttery sweet caramel. Taste has a significant bitterness, but the sweetness is strong throughout, and sticks to the tongue. The alcohol emerges pretty quick too. DIPA's don't need to be 10%, I wish this one was less.

I suppose if this was an Imperial Red, it would make more sense, but the heat from the alcohol is still too strong to make it very drinkable.

I feel I'm way off from the average reviews here, so I hope to get a fresher version in the future to review, and I can update my notes.

brotherloco, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of PacNWDad
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

PacNWDad, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of Catracho5
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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!

Catracho5, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of wiegs4life
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
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

wiegs4life, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of MusicaleMike
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

MusicaleMike, May 19, 2014
Photo of sommersb
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tasted On: 04-28-2014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Nonic pint
Purchased: Single from Let's Pour mailorder

Appearance shows a hazy, honey-colored beer with a big white head. The lacing and head retention are superb.

Smells feature citrus from the hops, with grapefruit aromas dominating, along with some fruit sweetness such as with mangos and pineapple. A delight to the nose

Wow on the taste!, with a great initial favor burst of fruity hop character, followed by citrusy bitterness and then a blendng of malty caramel sweetness

Thick in body, the finish is very favorful with hoppy bitterness married with fruits and malt sweetness. Overall aftertastes are definitely hop-forward, however

Overall impression is of an epic DIPA; one of the best I've tasted

sommersb, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of corysmith01
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

corysmith01, 2 minutes ago
Photo of MNishCT77
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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

MNishCT77, Today at 01:33 AM
Photo of aslamm75
4.15/5  rDev -1%

aslamm75, Yesterday at 09:32 PM
Photo of Roguer
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Roguer, Tuesday at 06:49 PM
Photo of Lehighace06
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Lehighace06, Tuesday at 01:50 AM
Photo of joev16
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

joev16, Tuesday at 01:42 AM
Photo of kmanjohnson
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%

kmanjohnson, Monday at 04:04 PM
Photo of Hendry
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%

Hendry, Monday at 04:17 AM
Photo of markdrinksbeer
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

markdrinksbeer, Monday at 03:24 AM
Photo of NickThePyro
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

NickThePyro, Sunday at 05:58 PM
Photo of Jdevoss
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Jdevoss, Sunday at 04:14 AM
Photo of SoleBriety
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%

SoleBriety, Saturday at 07:57 AM
Photo of SD_Hokie
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%

SD_Hokie, Friday at 05:36 AM
Photo of ComatoseGI
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%

ComatoseGI, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of baybum
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

baybum, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of jjf3792
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

jjf3792, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of stonermouse
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

stonermouse, Oct 14, 2014
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Hop 15 from Port Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 1,498 ratings.