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Hop 15 - Port Brewing

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,427 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 1,427
Reviews: 762
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 164
Gots: 76 | 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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Reviews by flayedandskinned:
Photo of flayedandskinned
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 9/16/13
Poured into the Sierra Nevada/Dogfish IPA glass

Appearance: (4.25)
Pours a very hazy, translucent, peach tinged shade of gold with a wonderful thick, tightly bubbled and 3 fingers tall, off white head. Some actual raw hop particulate is can be seen floating in the body, buffeted by a vigorous, constant stream of carbonation. As the head very gradually recedes, it leaves a very thick, sticky coating of lacing behind.

Aroma: (4.25)
Wow, you can immediately tell the Port Brewing used a ton a varieties of hops in this beer; I can pick up notes of peach, apricot, grapefruit rind, tangerine, lemon, pine, some thyme, sweet basil, generic rose petals and some tropical tones of pineapple. The way that the noble hops contrast with some of the post millennial hops breed in the aroma is quite beguiling. Beneath the onslaught of hop aromatics is a soft, bready malt background. Some light alcohol phenols are present as the beer warms.

Taste: (4.25)
As soon as the beer lands on your palate, you are slapped with a gigantic hop presence; massive notes of peach, grapefruit, lemon rind, apricot and a distinctly spicy herbal character. These diverse hop flavors are thoroughly layered on your palate through the dry finish. Just before the long, bitter finish a hint of a very clean malt backbone does it's best to cushion your palate against the surmounting bitterness. The dry finish leaves lingering notes of resinous pine, lemon, rose, grapefruit and spicy garden herbs on your palate. Despite being 10%, the alcohol is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel:(4.5)
full bodied with moderately high carbonation. The lively carbonation, paired with the dry finish makes this a very quaff-able 10% IPA.

Overall: (4.25)
Wow, Port brewing really ran the entire hop gamut in this massive IPA, but they still managed to allow the consumer's palate to be able to pick out most of the 15 different hop varieties used. That said, I still feel that this beer would be even better if it had a more stripped down hop bill. This is definitely my favorite Port brewing IPA I've had so far. I definitely recommend checking this IPA out while you can!

flayedandskinned, Oct 18, 2013
More User Reviews:
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 oberon
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My last beer of my big CHRISTmas order this year I saved for a Michigan victory Tuesday night.Poured into an imperial pint glass a deep burnt orange with sticky one finger white crown.Huge fresh hops after opening the bottle,grapefruit and tropical fruit just jump in your face,crazy fresh just awesome.Not overly sweet on the palate like way to many of the style just powerful hops with mild alcohol and caramel sweetness underneath the hop onslaught.I loved this beer to me this is what a DIPA should,just great.

oberon, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of RoyalT
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a beautiful, glowing orange in color with a smallish head.

Smell - The aroma is an explosion of various hops. It is very stiff, full of pine resin but balanced enough not to be a one smell wonder. There's a really nice orange character to the smell, and the fruits are bitter but pronounce. If you enjoy the smell of hops and just can't get enough, this is as good as it gets.

Taste - The hops rule the roost here as well. There's a nice tangerine flavor that continually battles the monster pine. It is just enough not to leave you with that singular hop flavor. You know the one, when you really like the taste but it seems too one-dimensional to be considered brilliant.

There's a massive malt character to this beer, but the hops are so big you can barely taste it. This is definitely West Coast and not for the faint of heart.

Mouthfeel - This is a big medium-bodied with plenty of hop bitterness to keep the drinker sipping. I can't find any evidence of the 10+ ABV. This beer is a bit too lightly carbonated, it's only real fault.

Drinkability - This is a slow-drinking hop-bomb that is sure to satisfy even the hardest of the hard core hop-heads. I thoroughly enjoyed this magnificent effort by Port Brewing and look forward to watching my wife drink the rest of the bottles.

RoyalT, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of aszatk01
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

aszatk01, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of TCHopCraver
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another bottle supplied by zoso1967... thanks, man. Imbibed with BuckyFresh on 10-16-10.

A: The color is a cloudy, murky golden orange. A yellowish-white half finger head recedes to a bubbly film that retains well. I can't see the carbonation bubbles through the cloudiness of the beer. The lacing is fine and sticky.

S: A variety of hop aromas waft out of the glass. There are your tropical fruit hop smells, strong grassy hop notes, subdued citrus scents, and bitter earthy notes. A caramel malt presence is also available to my nose as a balance to the hops.

T: Wow, I was not expecting quite that blast of hops on my palate. I mean, the smell was hoppy, but that is an all-out hop assault on my mouth. At first sip, heavy caramel malts blend with a very grassy hoppiness that results in a tropical fruit flavor. My tongue senses a good alcoholic heat, followed by a lingering hop bitterness, which captures the essence of eating a hop, but without the palate destroying properties.

M: For how big the flavor is, the MF is a bit thin and unsubstantial. I like the puckering hop bitterness, though.

D: For an Imperial IPA with so many hoppies, this is nicely drinkable. I would seek this out again and the next time I try it I would want it to be extremely fresh. I'm pretty sure this bottle is a little old (at least 4+ months) and the hops still blew my face off.

TCHopCraver, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of Schlais
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Schlais, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of SanFranJake
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

SanFranJake, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. Love the label with the planes dropping hops as bombs! Pours into my glass a deep red orange color that's on the darker side with a nice half inch of creamy eggshell head on top that fades rather quickly. Aromas of deep sweet caramel candy malt run underneath a wall of bountiful hops. Mega grapefruit citrus aromas, like you just picked one off the tree and cut it open! Pine scents are in full force too. Can grapefruits grown on pine trees?? The dense aroma has some herbal spiciness to it as well...simply lovely. The aroma I dream about when I think of a great DIPA. This is up there with the best of the best.

First sip brings an instant smack of hops. A great amalgamation of grapefruit, citrus, tropical and piney flavors rush across the palate and bring a smile to my face. Lots of complex hop oils. It seriously takes like a fresh green hop cone. Yum! Flows down with some herbal spiciness alongside a nice caramel malt that has some candy, sugary aspects to it as well. There's just enough malt backbone here. One of the best double IPA's out there without a doubt.

Mouthfeel is dense with a nice chewiness to it as well. Just enough carbonation makes this brew almost too easy to consume. Damn good stuff. I could see myself drinking too much of this and getting in trouble real easily! I wish they would give up the secret as to what 15 hops are used in here...but ultimately they all work together to create a wonderful beer. Glad to see this bottled again, now I must get more. Thanks to KingG for the trade.

orbitalr0x, Aug 31, 2007
Photo of bulldogg915
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

bulldogg915, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of danthehopslamman
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

danthehopslamman, May 03, 2014
Photo of NWer
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have yet to be disappointed by a Port Brewing Company beer.
With all the emoting about hop forward beers on BA I am increasingly amazed that Port doesn't receive its share of praise.
Its well presented citrus taste is very pleasing to the palate. It satisfies the need for a good hop forward beer without overpowering the senses.
Very drinkable. Gone before I realized I finished the whole bottle.

NWer, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of freshflesh
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

freshflesh, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of Lazaro
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Lazaro, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange with a small white head that quickly diminishes. A very vigorous pour produced a medium creamy white head that retained for a while.

The aroma is sweet melon and caramel with piney peppery grapefruit hops.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts and some melons quickly followed by a big bitter finish with resiney peppery fruity and kind of salty/tarry hops that linger in the aftertaste. The alcohol is well hidden other than the warming. The mouthfeel is medium to full with low carbonation.

Overall, a very solid DIPA. The flavor, especially the salty/tarry notes, kept it from being a top tier.

Beaver13, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of babyhobbes
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Delicious! Thanks IntriqKen. Beer Powerball is the greatest and without it I would not be trying this beer.

Looks, smells and tastes wonderful. There is a clear grapefruit hoppness that is not matched with an equally bitter flavor as one might expect. This is delicious. I could easily drink a couple and not realize it.

I wish this was available around here.

babyhobbes, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of Doomcifer
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

Doomcifer, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of Duster72
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky orange/golden with very impressive carbonation and a nice big head. This is one of the best smelling beers of all time, simply exquisite. Smells like wonderful citrus hops that beg you to take a drink. Taste is a very nice blend of citrus and earthy hops with sweet malts. Not too bitter at all. Medium body is veyr nice. Very drinkable for a DIPA. I don't like DIPAs as much as IPAs, but this one is pretty exceptional.

Duster72, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

JakerLou, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of Beerswag
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Beerswag, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of megamass
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

megamass, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of Jason
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml green magnum with a bottle # but no freshness date. This bottle was corked and capped.

Appearance: Light on the carbonation, this provides only a thin lace on top of the tawny hued brew.

Smell: Raw hop aroma, lots of hop leaf and pungent oil. Piney and citrus with a creamy alcohol smell in the back.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Creamy full body, almost syrupy and very little carbonation. Hop flavours and bitterness dominate the palate. Alcohol swoons in and out to warm the mouth and body and is quite noticeable in the finish. Faint tropical fruit, piney flavours, citric rind. Touch of caramel from the malt. Finishes with a big bittersweet taste, more bitter for sure.

Notes: A nice nightcap or a major hop fix, it numbs the taste buds beyond recognition with bitterness and flavour.

Jason, Oct 27, 2003
Photo of Billolick
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber, no freshness info to be gleaned. Pours quite cloudy apricot- moderate amber, Nice long lasting tan head, leaving ringed frothy sticky lacing. Big and bold hop nose, this stuff is FRESH...god bless modern methods of transportation! San Diego style over the top hop bomb DIPA all the way. Large and lovely. Citric, resiny hops from start to luscious finish. Go get some and enjoy. $8.99 at Spirit House in Amherst Ma.

Billolick, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of ElSid
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Beers of California

#77

Bottled Date: 3/16/13

A: A beautiful, deep golden haze topped off with a bone white head of small bubbles which retreats to the glass.

S: Big and fresh with equal parts tropical, citrus, and earthy sweetness. There is also a faint alcohol tinge in the nose.

T: There is a a great breadth of hops flavors; hints of mango and tropical fruit open to a bouquet of orange rind, pine needles, spring flowers, and freshly mowed grass. The overshadowed maltiness is brown sugar and bread. The finish is spicy bitter with solid alcohol warmth which dies a puckering ending.

M: Medium feel with that classic hop oil linger with supernatural palate coating abilities.
The moderate carbonation supports the palate.

O: I was stoked to see this brew on shelves, which escalated after seeing the recent bottled on date. Strong hop flavors nearly strangle the palate to unrecoverable as 15 hop varieties have there way with your taste buds. A wonderful Imperial IPA most enjoyed by the hop heads out there.

ElSid, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of SuperbikeShaun
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

SuperbikeShaun, Mar 26, 2014
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Hop 15 from Port Brewing
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