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Hop 15 - Port Brewing

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,554 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1,554
Reviews: 779
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 173
Gots: 103 | 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 Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This just disappeared among the drinkers. Gold colour, hoppy pine aroma. Nicely hopped, understated carbonation. Bitterness but balanced with malt and easiness on the tongue for an IPA. A gem. Must have again on other occasions such as food to experience the complexity.
Radekfest #7

Sammy, Apr 03, 2005
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

t0rin0, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap for the 2nd Anniversary event at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, herbal hops, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a malty finish and an alcohol kick in the throat. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good DIPA with a really nice hop presence in the aroma and flavor.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -4.5%

djrn2, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -4.5%

zestar, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

acurtis, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate orange color with a good white head and a bit of lacing. Nose brings some citrus, floral, and grassy hops. The taste is all hop. There are notes of orange, grapefruit, rind, grass, and flowers. Altogether, everything is quite fantastic and the bitterness is really nice. Feel is dry and bitter. Nice flavor and feel, this is exactly what I expect from a good DIPA.

Thorpe429, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Texasfan549, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy orange-amber in color and has lots of visible yeast particles floating near the bottom of the glass. It poured with delicate lacing covering the surface and a thin white collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There seems to be a bit of stickiness and the finish has some dryness.
O: This beer isn’t that difficult to drink because the alcohol is relatively well masked from the taste.

metter98, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

GRG1313, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -4.5%

kjkinsey, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a sturdy head that retains and laces well

Smell: Grapefruit juice, pure and simple; gotta love those C hops

Taste: Opens with a blast of floral grapefruit flavor that builds in the floral aspect by mid-palate; after the swallow, the resinous pithy flavors spread all over the tongue's receptors to provide and long and lively finish, with a bit of residual sugar on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; some warmth

Drinkability: One of the best examples of the San Diego style; excellent work

brentk56, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A delicious beer that rides dangerously close to the line that separates Imperial IPAs from American Barleywines.

Hop 15 begins with a hazy copper-caramel colored pour, a dense thick head forms but colapses a bit quicker than I would like, but then lacing very well all the way. A most appetizing look. (the second pour from the bomber gives significantly more haze than the first)

...and the alure only grows. Mouthwatering aromas of citrusy grapefruit and orange zest are paired with tropical fruits of pineapple and appricot. A mild caramel and sweet bread aroma hides well behind the hops and keeps the beer within the realm of balance.

Flavors however are much more balanced between the malts and hops than I expected. Hearty caramel, toffee, and maple syrup tastes lead the way. But the hop intensity that begins moderate quickly develops into a bolsterous flavor of citrus and tropical flavors that favor bitterness and hop taste over maltiness, if even at the slightest of margins. Paint thinner alcohol flavor has a big presence but blends in well with the fruity esters and hop flavor. Not to mention the light phenolic (plastic) note that rides along with the alcohols.

The body is big, full, and rounded but lacking the true dryness that is needed for IPA's of any strength. The dryness of the hops and alcohol help but ultimataly leave the beer confused with the proportions and viscocity of American Barleyines. Those harsher fusal alcohols and paint thinner notes indeed hurt the mouthfeel but not by too much.

Hop 15 is a wonderfull beer that reminds me of sweeter Imperial IPA's such as Avery Maharaja. A great beer but misses the mark on taste nuances and texture that the Pliney's exhibit.

Thanks again Indiapaleale!

BEERchitect, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Bchung52077: Poured an orangey color ale with a small foamy head with good retention and some minimal lacing. Aroma of citrus and grapefruit notes with some very light caramel malt notes. Taste is also dominated by some grapefruit and citrus hops notes with some very light caramel malt and a dry bitter hoppy finish. Full body with some good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. While there is nothing wrong with this beer and it is very enjoyable I still could not understand why this is so highly rated as it seems to be lacking some floral notes which are (for me anyway) what makes this style interesting to begin with.

Phyl21ca, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rustic orange with a burnished bronze glow. An attractive crown of pale tangerine colored foam snuggles into the nonic bulge on the bottom end and threatens to overflow the glass on the top end. I thought that all those hops resins would result in a ridiculous amount of crusty lace, but no more than an average amount forms in the end. No matter, this is still a very good looking beer.

Hop 15 is called Hop 15 because 15 different hops were added every 15 minutes. That may be so, but the nose is dominated by those starting with the letter 'C'. Each eager sniff brings an explosion of sunspot bright citrus peel, including pink grapefruit, orange and lemon. Fantastic! Stunning! Out of this world!

The color led me to think that caramel malt would a big part of the flavor profile. The nose led me to think otherwise. The flavor takes me back to my original impression. This is clearly a 'big IPA' type of DIPA rather than a 'barleywine' type of DIPA, but I can't help think this would be even more delicious beer if nothing darker than pale malt was used.

While we're on the topic of minor negatives, there's a wee bit too much unmasked alcohol. That's understandable when double digit ABVs are involved, but if you want your DIPA to be world-class.... Okay, now on to the many positives. The first and most important is that Hop 15, as the name suggests, is tremendously well-hopped beer.

Adding 15 different hops is an interesting idea. Thankfully, the brewers concentrated on the C-hops (I'm guessing) to keep the flavor profile from being overly muddled. Each upending of the glass delivers brown sugar-crusted, pine sap-soaked grapefruit and bitter orange peel in liquid form. The flavor may not be as explosive as the nose, but it sure does fill the mouth and coat the tongue with hop resins galore.

I'm glad to see that Hop 15 isn't too sweet and sticky. Whatever malt sugars survived intact are easily countered (more like pummeled) by alpha acids and alcohol. My tongue will survive the assault, but will need at least 12 hours rest before it can function properly again. Is this what's know as self abuse?

My first thought was that the mouthfeel is a fraction too light. With time and warming, though, its heavily silky smoothness has been revealed. Any more full and I'd probably be complaining about too much stickiness and a hindrance to drinkability. Bottom line: be ready to have your mouth pampered.

My hope was that Hop 15 would join AleSmith YuleSmith, Alpine Pure Hoppiness and Stone Ruination as the brightest stars in the Southern California DIPA firmament. It doesn't, but it's still incredible beer that every hophead owes it to himself or herself to acquire.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -4.5%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

jaydoc, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: little head on a copper-orange cloudy body.

S: very nice aroma with pine, floral, mild citrus hops notes all contributing. honey and resin notes.

T: nicely complex. Up front a nice sweet malt flavor with earthy hops moves to a citrus and floral/pine bitterness with late finish/after taste of candied oranges

M: very smooth. medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: This is the type of IPA I love. one with a begin middle and end with flavors transitioning nicely.

kylehay2004, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very excited to finally try a bottle of this. Managed to secure me one via mail and have been waiting forever to open..Finally cracked it tonight...

A - A vert deep amber, very hazy, almost opaque in color. A small off white head at first, maybe one inch. Faded quickly and only left behind a small thin layer on the top. No noticeable carbonation. Looked thick.

S - Very very deep citrus. Lots of grapefruit and pineapple. Very sweet and bitter, almost harsh, but in a good way.

T - WOW, holy hoppyness. This this was a lip curler. It really was quite strong. Lots of extremely bitter citrus hops. Almost like eating a fresh grapefruit it was soo strong. Alot of alcohol as well. Definatly a sipper. This thing can clear the sinuses for sure.

M - Very smooth despite of the harshness. Not alot of carbonation left it a tad bit syrupy. But for a strong IPA, its nice to have them kinda thick. Very very dry finish left you yearning for another sip.

D - A true sipper, there is just no way you can drink alot of this, unless you are looking for some issues. I did the bottle by myself and that was it for the night.

Overall this was an awesome and very strong double IPA. I really did enjoy this, and will seek it out again. Some good breweing going on out west, and this another fine example of that.

mikesgroove, Aug 02, 2007
Photo of womencantsail
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Lost Abbey

A: The beer pours an opaque orange color with a solid finger of white head and some sticky lacing.

S: Initially smells pretty boozy, but that eventually fades and there is a lot of sweet fruit going on here. Pineapple, mango, tangerine, and grapefruit make up the bulk of the hop aroma. A touch of sugar which accentuates the sweetness.

T: Lots of sweet tropical fruit with a moderate level of bitterness to it. Mild pine but plenty of grapefruit and pineapple with a touch of orange. A slight booze creeps in on the back end. There's a really oily hop feel to this beer.

M: Medium to full in body with a moderate to high carbonation and a lingering bitterness.

D: This used to be one of my favorite DIPAs, but lately I've found it to be too sweet. It's still a good beer, but no longer one of my top choices.

womencantsail, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was opened and shared with a few friends of mine at a party. I was excited to see what everyone thought of this big IPA. This brew poured out as a hazy looking golden color with a nice strong wine head on top. The smell of the beer was very hoppy, as it should be. Lots of pine, citrus, earthy, sweetness on the nose. The taste of the beer was brutally bitter, which I personally enjoy but for this beer I feel like it wasn't the best taste I've ever had. The mouthfeel of this beer was pretty oily too, damn good amount of thickness on the tongue. Overall this beer was really quite enjoyable, I'd drink it again for sure.

Knapp85, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -4.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, amber body with a creamy-looking, white head.

Smell: Fruity, citrusy floral, unquestionably tropical hop aroma encompassing a sweet-scented malt base.

Taste: Sweet, surprisingly sweet, pale maltiness. Hmm, it's candyish even. Expressive hop flavors of pine resin, grapefruit pith, orange blossoms, and lemon zest. The bitterness is somewhat restrained for a DIPA, medium at best. Light touches of alcohol throughout; their noticeable, but not bothersome. Finishes bittersweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is, I'll freely admit, a bit sticky.

Drinkability: A fairly easy-going, downright refreshing DIPA. Not at all the non-abrasive hop character I'd expect from a beer utilizing 15 different hops. Maybe 4½-6. The hop bitterness was so, well... mild, that I'm left wondering if this bottle is perhaps past its prime. However, as there are no freshness dates on the bottle that I can make out, the question can't be sufficiently answered. I'll make a mental note to revisit this one down the road.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

SocalKicks, Oct 02, 2013
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Hop 15 from Port Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 1,554 ratings.