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Hop 15 - Port Brewing

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,544 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,544
Reviews: 778
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 172
Gots: 101 | FT: 1
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
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4.2/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.45/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

gradergator, Monday at 02:09 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

malfunxion, Nov 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Oliversarmy1085, Nov 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Hanselpb, Nov 13, 2014
Photo of brureview
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

brureview, Nov 12, 2014
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4.21/5  rDev +0.5%

jdelenikos89, Nov 12, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +9.8%

Aws1187, Nov 09, 2014
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4.44/5  rDev +6%

BigDiesel, Nov 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

gkoz, Nov 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

shelby415, Nov 09, 2014
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4.64/5  rDev +10.7%

PooblyKhan, Nov 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Jvandever, Nov 08, 2014
Photo of Immortale25
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Immortale25, Nov 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

WDJersey, Nov 07, 2014
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Hop 15 from Port Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 1,544 ratings.