Hop 15 - Port Brewing
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Reviews by sfoley333:
4.33/5 rDev +3.3%
22oz bottle from Pizza port bottle shop.
Poured into New Belgium snifter nice head that faded after a minute that left little patches of head. Great blood orange color with gold and amber hues, quite a few yeast particles floating around. Aroma of wet pine needles, hop, and sourdough bread. Taste...tastes greattt...grapefruit, pine tar, hop bitterness with a great malt sawtooth balance. This beer is all hops but still has nice malt base. Mouth feel is smooth cream and syrup mix. Really a great double IPA a hop lovers wet dream.
02-11-2008 07:58:41 | More by sfoley333
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4.53/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
01-05-2012 12:43:44 | More by oberon
4.53/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
02-29-2008 03:11:59 | More by RoyalT
4.18/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
10-30-2010 17:31:40 | More by TCHopCraver
4.63/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
08-31-2007 01:28:48 | More by orbitalr0x
4.47/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
01-20-2011 21:21:27 | More by NWer
3.9/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
09-16-2008 06:53:47 | More by Beaver13
4.2/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
04-25-2008 19:59:38 | More by babyhobbes
4.55/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
08-18-2007 13:33:52 | More by Duster72
4.33/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
10-27-2003 20:44:34 | More by Jason
4.43/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
12-31-2007 16:01:07 | More by Billolick
4.24/5 rDev +1.2%
The Beers of California
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.
03-30-2013 02:50:57 | More by ElSid
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