Hop 15 - Port Brewing
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3.65/5 rDev -12.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured into a Ionic Pint glass from a 22oz bomber
A- The color was the coppery, tawny color I expected, but there was almost no visible carbonation in the beer and certainly no head. This was not from a weak pour, but from a full pour into the center of both glasses. This was a very disappointing start. Moreover, even though the bottle was stored upright, a large amount of yeast was dislodged and floating in even the first glass making it very murky full of chunky yeast. I had to wait several minutes before the yeast settled near the bottom of the glass to take a sip. This is one of the poorest glasses of beer I have seen.
S- The smell was hoppy like wet pine needles, grass, and fresh orange peel. But without a head it was more difficult to really get a good nose of the bouquet
T- The hop flavor was well represented with a citrus-like bitterness and oily bite. The sweet malt followed to balance the wallop from the heavy hops
M- The beer was smooth and syrupy almost like a barleywine and not as crisp as a pale ale (Imperial India or otherwise) should be. The lack of carbonation definitely contributed to this
D- The beer tasted good, but definitely more like an American Barleywine than DIPA. As such, it was not as expected or advertised which drastically affected my experience.
I wonder if I got a poor sample, with very low carbonation and an infestation of yeast, because this beer was definitely what I thought I was getting from an American DIPA. However, the beer appeared to be in good condition and there was not a bottled date so far as I could tell so I can only assume that it was fresh. Because of this, I feel that this review is applicable of an experience that one could reasonably expect to have with this beer in seemingly good standing.
Serving type: bottle
07-16-2009 05:01:17 | More by Soonami
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