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Hop 15 | Port Brewing

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Brewed by:
Port Brewing
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
First brewed in 2002 to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Pizza Port in Solana Beach, Hop 15 was imagined and designed by Tomme Arthur and Jeff Bagby. It was to be a celebration of 15 years of "Good Beer Brings Good Cheer." So there are 15 different hop varieties that are added to the beer every 15 minutes.

Added by comat0se on 02-09-2003

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Photo of citizencane
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Split bomber with a friend. Citrus smell. Pours with solid head. Tastes of lemon and orange hops with thick dank sticky feel. Delicious and would buy again without hesitation.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

5/3...pours cloudy rusty amber with 1/4 inch creamy white foam. Bold citrus nose, bright and floral. Smooth malty base taste that rolls into a spicy peppery hop bite. Punchy and powerful. Resins. Lemon rind citrus beneath the complex bitter layers. Really good.

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Photo of skeeterloveshops
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is great, reminds of some of the Stone Enjoy By and Union Jack IPA but with a little more heat on it. West coast style IIPA all the way. I am impressed, too bad it's seasonal. It's also easy drinking. For a 10% ABV beer this is really good, cheers!

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Photo of jooler
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smell is delicious. Taste is really good. It sort of reminds me of dirt wolf but more bitter and less sweet. It is really hoppy with a good sweet backbone. Only issue is that it is pretty boozy for a double IPA. But at 10%, this should be a triple IPA. Overall, pretty damn good for a 10% beer at $8

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Smells like citrus, pineapple and pine. There is some malt sweetness in the nose as well. Nice citrus flavor which is mainly grapefruit. Very bitter which overpowers the sweetness at the end and, for me, throws the balance of a little. Still a really nice beer though.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

220z bottle poured into a pint glass
bottled 8.17.15
look orange amber hazy and cloudy with a HUGE offwhite head that lasted the duration of the beer left a bunch of lacing on the glass
smell is fruity citrusy hoppy piney
taste citrus and slightly sweet strong alcohol and hops with a slightly bitter aftertaste
feel effervescent and crisp with a slightly viscous finish
i was concerned about the bottle date but this beer was fresh as can be
very enjoyable hop bomb!

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Photo of wdberkley
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid beer, but leaves a little to be desired. Good tropical fruit nose, malty sweet, a little hoppy. 10% so that makes up for some of the areas its lacking in. Solid, but not great. Wouldn't turn one down if offered, but probably wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of SaulFox
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

-Super hazy deep orange, white head hangs for a bit
-Sweet ripe tropical fruits and citrus, floral aroma coming through
-Slight sweet malt upfront, ripe tropical fruits, citrus, pine, onion afterbite and finally some alcohol showing through.
-Medium slick mouthfeel with quite a bit alcohol showing through
-Delightful brew, not the best dipa.

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Photo of chefbigjon
3.61/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If big onion aftertaste imperial IPAs that are unbalanced and very resinous are for you then have at it. I guess I'm past this craze, hard to finish. Saving grace was the 10% alc.

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Photo of BIll_Currie
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i stood in line for old viscosity and veritas but happily found this one. great ipa. smelled fresh and went down smooth. went back for a couple of these

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Photo of clake
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a tulip glass.

Hazy, burnt orange in appearance with a fluffy white head that slowly dissipates with significant lacing.

Smell is citrus with a hint of malty sweetness.

Taste follows the nose with a rush of sweet citrus with a bit of a piney finish. There's a bit of an alcohol finish but not as much as expected with a 19% ABV.

Moderately carbonated with a dry finish.

Another solid hoppy offering from Port Brewing. You really can't go wrong with anything from Port when fresh. A must try for hop lovers.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Spokeasy Public House

A: Pours slightly hazy golden orange amber with a creamy off white head that settles to a dense layer and leaves plenty of thick lacing.

S: Herbal, a little dank, resinous pine, tropical fruit, citrus, and some caramel malt sweetness.

T: Green hops, resinous pine, herbal, maybe almost minty, a bit of dankness, citrus, grapefruit and lemon, tropical fruit, passion fruit, faint pineapple and mango, slightly bready, and some caramel sweetness.

M: A bit on the heavier side of medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: This one is interesting. So many different flavors battling it out, maybe too many. It's an everlasting gobstopper of a hop bomb.

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Photo of SoCal_Matt
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle date 8/24/15 served in a Teku.

This DIPA really borders on a triple with its ABV, mouthfeel, and malt presence. Tropical up front with some mango and pineapple, but finishes on the piney side. It has a great balance of hops and malts with a thicker, sticky mouthfeel when compared to other DIPAs. Overall, I really enjoyed this one and it stands out as one of the most balanced DIPAs I've had. Recommended.

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Photo of IPAGeorge
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A. A nice deep amber color that is quite opaque with a foamy, cream colored big head that had great retention and splash pattern lacing.

S. Aromas of mango and pine at first. Hop resins.

T. Like the nose I get mango, pineapple, pine. Some bitterness and definitely alcohol presence.

M. 5 out of 10 on body. Light carbonation. Kinda heavy. But it is a DIPA. Decently clean aftertaste.

O. A pretty decent dipa. Would never complain about drinking it but with all the options now it would be a toss up with some others.

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Photo of bigsteve45
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: not quite amber, not quite gold. thick bubbly head. cloudy

Smell: slight pine but mostly dominated by grape and citrus

Taste: big bold flavor with a slight alcohol taste. Starts with bitter citrus taste and finishes with a huge amount of piney hop flavor. Huge hop flavor

Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation with slightly thicker mouthfeel

Overall: Solid West Coast IPA. The epitome of the style. Big bold hop flavor. I would order again

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Photo of T1i1m1
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Holy Crap! This is my second bottle. The first was not a fluke. Such a big flavor, but so balanced. The malt plays well against the hop up front but never is it overly sweet. From cold to room temperature, every sip was great. I can't recommend it enough. The two I've had have been very fresh, within a month and a half of bottle date. I don't think this would hold up well over time. If you can find it don't hesitate.

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Photo of aleigator
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Small, to no head, color is deep orange amber.

Decent aroma of grapes, maracuja, peach, grass, sweet malt, honeyed hops with some earthy hints. All in all the aromas dont get in your nose at once, but unfold while the beer warms up.

Smooth sticky mouthfeel leaves you with a very complex and unusual heavy IPA, which lasts on your tongue for quite a while. Honeyed fruits at the beginning going along with a very sweet malty note. Peach, grapefruit, lemon even hints of spices dominate the first impression, which gets gently underlined by the malts, almost with a taste of toffee. Its more or less a fruity sweetness in general which stands out the most for me instead than any fruit in particular. Sweetness remains for a long time, just when you think thats it, a huge bitterness kicks in and won’t leave the palate for the whole night. Honestly, the bitterness of this beer is intense, but I love the contrast it creates to the previous sweet flavors. Carbonation is very low, creating an even fuller body for the beer.

All in all I imagined this a little more refreshing with a dominant fruitiness and not that much sugar. The end adds up for it, but it is like drinking two different beers in one.

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Photo of buzzarooski
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A "HOP LOVERS" Dream ALE.....Crisp, Refreshing, and VERY smooth for a High ABV beer. Totally Enjoyed HOP-15 ALE and will purchase it again! Great Job PORT BREWING!

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Photo of Tombomb
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this on draft at the Pizza Pub. Served in a heavy goblet 10 oz pour. Had a great citrus nose and light golden color. The taste was all citrus. More mandarin orange and apricot than grapefruit. Smooth finish with a lingering citrus sweetness. Very drinkable considering the high ABV. I wanted another one, but the wife gave me the "no go, your driving" look. Would definitely get it again.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, orange-yellow beer with a three finger high, white, head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Nose: Orange, citrus, grass, mandarin, orange marmelade, sweet malt, honey and grapefruit.

Taste: Boom! Citrus, hops, orange, grapefruit, tropical fruit, a LOT of hops!

Mouth: Full body with a great malty backbone. Sweetness and bitterness from the malt and hops. A high ABV (10%) that really doesen't show but carries the taste right to your tounge - It's fantastic!

As you can see - I'm in love! This is beatiful!

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Photo of Treyliff
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, bottled 10/914, poured into a snifter

A- pours a hazy, thick looking golden orange color with a foamy and sudsy white head that retains nicely long after the pour, leaving some lace behind

S- big blast of citrus hop aroma with notes of grapefruit peel, tangerine & orange pith. Notes of dried grass, before a slight bready malt aroma kicks in, slightly spicy on the finish

T- as with the nose, citrus hops hits first on the palate, flavor of orange pith, grapefruit peel and tangerine. Notes of pine and grass kick in with a rye-like spicyness. Big sugary sweet malt notes kick in to balance the hops, more citrus with some booze on the finish

M- heavy and viscous body with medium carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a chewy finish

O- citrus loaded yet remarkably drinkable

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.22/5  rDev -23%

Bottle from Lazy Dog Growlers in Macon area, dated 10/1/14, poured 11/25/14. Hoping for the best after almost 2 months. Pours cloudy golden with a massive creamy white to off white head. Nice citrus aroma with light pine and grass, some honey sweetness and light maltiness. Flavor is lots of tropical citrus, way over the top malt sweetness, some strange off flavors. Nearly completely flat, dry left on the palate. Hoping I just got a bad bottle or something here. Not very good.

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Photo of brureview
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a DFH IPA glass from a bomber. Neck says bottled on 10/1/14 but I've heard these were seen on shelves back in September.

Color is honey gold with a large white head. Very good retention with some lacing.
Aroma was pretty muted at first, maybe due to the thick head. As the head settled and the beer warmed, a nice blend of mango, caramelized oranges and floral hops emerged.
Flavor outperformed the nose. A blast of hops on the palate with intense tropical flavors - pineapple and mango - along with some grapefruit citrus. The hop bite gives way to caramel malt and the bite of the alcohol. The alcohol is quite noticeable although balanced nicely by the malt sweetness. I also pick up some onion flavor in the mix, but it works. The finish is bitter and boozy. More juicy than dry.
Body is full, syrupy with lots of hop resins that coat your mouth.

Overall, a very good DIPA, but the nose pales compared to some of the recent top APAs I've had (PseudoSue and ZombieDust). Maybe not fair, but all ratings are subjective and based on recent experiences.

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