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Hop 15 - Port Brewing

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BA SCORE
94
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1,595 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,595
Reviews: 784
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 175
Gots: 116 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Port Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: PMR on 06-25-2006

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Photo of ASymon13
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a very nice copper color, with a fluffy barely-off-white head to it. The aroma is very rich with hops. The hop tones consist of citrus, grapefruit, with some pine thrown in. There also smells like there is plenty of sweet, caramelly malts there to balance it out, along with some alcohol.

The taste actually opens more with the sweet and bready malts rather than hops, which was a bit surprising. After the first moment though, the hops begin to kick in with some strong fruitiness. The finish is bitter and lingers for quite a while. The alcohol is noticable throughout, but it is not overbearing. It has a medium to full body to it with decent carbonation. It is definitely worth giving a try, though I believe there are better DIPA's out there.

Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice golden copper color, active fizz and no head.

S- Floral and fruity. Filled with that great citrus smell.

T- Very light and grapefruity, malty and great hoppy taste that you look for in a DIPA.

M- A little on the thick side, but thats to be expected in this style.

D- Easy to drink, and is a great DIPA. It isn't too edgy like the Stone Ruination IPA, but not quite as evenly balanced like the Maharaja.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Reddish orange and clear in appearance. Think dirty white head with little retention. Excellent lacing.

S - Strong hop aroma, floral/piney in smell. Also a strong aroma of malt sweetness. Also a faint boozy aroma.

T - Strong hop bite, mainly piney. Stronger malt presence than I like in my DIPA's. Faint taste of alcohol, but well masked overall.

M/D - Medium to full bodied with excellent carbonation levels. Slightly resiny leaving a oily feel in the mouth. A good DIPA, but not my favorite.

Photo of jkane101
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kanesty for this one...cheers!

Pours a hazy cooper color creating a creamy thick head, tremendous lacing.

Lots of pine, citrus...grapefruity

nice bite in the aftertaste, belies the ABV of this badboy.

highly recommend this and would jump at the chance to have it again.

Photo of Kadonny
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber bottle into a standard pint glass. I got this beer from the CA-PA BIF.

A: A deep amber orange cloudy color with a nice off white one finger thick head. Great glass lacing.

S: Massive hops as expected from this west coast DIPA with smells of pine and citrus. A nice forward malty flavor fills in behind the hops.

T: Again massive amounts of hops with major notes of pine, citrus and a slight earthy floral quality to it. The hops are held by the nice perfectly balanced malt profile that smooths in behind the hops. A long lingering bitter finish that makes you think like you are sucking on pine needles. Very, very good, very very hoppy. I had this beer after drinking some Pliny the Elder and this held it's own. That must mean this is one quality beer.

M: Medium to heavy mouthfeel with a overall coating sticky mouthfeel. Hoppy and bitter with perfect carbonation. For a 10% beer too this didn't have much alcohol bite.

D: High, very good drinkable DIPA that ranks up there with the other top notch CA beers.

Overall I was surprised by how good this beer was. I expected it to be good, but not this good. Great beer that will leave you tongue dancing with hops delight. Now if only they would stock it here in PA I could get it more often.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, excellent beer!

It has a reddish/ deep copper color and an amazing fresh hop aroma. You can tell you are in for a treat just by opening the bottle.
Seriously, before I even picked up my glass I could smell the pine/citrus hop aroma.

Excellent Fresh hop aroma.

Nice 3 finger head that did dissipate fairly quickly. Not much lacing,

Very nice balance slightly tilted towards the Hop end of the flavor spectrum.

Of course, that's good news to me as that's what I love.

This is a Hop lovers brew and one you need to try.

Well done!!

Photo of atigerlife
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange/brown. Light brown head. Nice looking brew.

Aroma is dominated by hops, piney and floral.

Taste is hops [not a surprise). Piney, bitter. Some malts come through as well as fruits [grapefruit, most prominently).

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, dry and somewhat lifeless.

Overall, a good brew but the high hops and ABV make it lack drinkability.

Photo of blackie
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a half-inch off white head with average retention, the beer is a gorgeous, deep copper color

s: stunning hops upfront reek of lusciously sweet and vibrantly acidic ruby grapefruit, crystallized citrus, various citrus rinds, and fresh dark evergreen by order of dominance, beautifully balanced by grainy caramels but all about flexing some hop muscle

m: smooth low-medium carbonation, medium-full body

t: monstrous flavors of high acid hops as soon as the beer hits my tongue, the tasty caramel malt backbone has just enough grain flavor to balance the somewhat pulpy, highly citric Northwest hops, the initial moderate sweetness doesn't stand a chance against the bitterness that follows, a hop bomb from start to finish, with a progression from citrus to pine

d: this one was a hit for me, and a dangerous sipper, makes a great show of the hops but lacks some of the complexities I've found in my higher rated examples of the style

from ppoitras in No BS 3

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Much thanks to gkatsoris for this one to enjoy.

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazy orange yellow with two fingers of bright white head.

Aroma is malty and sweet. Notes of peaches and fruit cocktail in heavy syrup meet the nose.

The taste is malty and less sweet than the aroma. Still has the peaches and fruit cocktail plus some grapefruit. Finish is more maltiness and bready and a touch bitter. The alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is amazingly on the lighter side. Slightly drying and very lightly carbonated.

A very easy to drink DIPA from Port Brewing.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A profound hop experience is right! First off, gotta give a shout out to Joey over at SouthBayDrugs& Liquors.com for sending me a heavenly box of California Dreamin.
Now the beer.
Pours a dark amber color with some reddish tones. Smell is hops. From the moment you pop the cap until the empty glass. Lots of juicy hops. There are a lot of hops in this beer, but enough malt to provide the perfect backdrop for this massive beer. Plenty of juicy, grapefruity and citrus hops come through in the taste. The mouthfeel is bitter, tongue-numbing and quite pleasant, albeit strong. This should be the West Coast hop-bomb flagship. This was very enjoyable and had no problem finishing the bomber. Wish I had more.

Photo of Gtreid
3.27/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Another thanks to Philabeerphia for this one.
Poured the bomber into a snifter.

A: Cloudy, vibrant, honey, orange with one finger of slightly off white head that receeds to a thin rim, and leaves minimal lacing.

A: Mostly citrus hops but some earthy overtones as well. Alcohol smell is strong, almost too strong. The aroma does not jump out at me as well as other DIPA's do.

T: Pretty typical of the style. Citrusy hops, malts try to balance the brew but can't step up to the plate. Alcohol is overpowering. Finishes dry and bitter.

M&D: Medium to light body, some light carbonation makes the mouthfeel very nice. At 10% ABV Hop-15 gets an average rating for me. Although this is a good beer, and worth the try, I won't be seraching it out again. Skal.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - golden coppery pour, bountiful head of two fingers, off-white with a light orange tint. Takes quite a while to drift down and maintains a thin creamy head throughout. The pour from the bottom half of the bottle clouds things up considerably. Good bead off the SA laser etch.

Aroma - strong citrus and grapefruit. Basic maltiness is there, but well overshadowed by hops. Resilient, pine pushing through with warming.

Taste - big chewy malts, sweet. A tidal wave of juicy, piny hops flood across the palate, cutting through some smoked pulled pork with ease. Increased intensity on the swallow, pine and a medicinal front gathering momentum. Lots of belly warmth after the swallow, drying out the mouth with a prickly, medicinal and warm sensation. I can appreciate the generous use of cone, but the medicinal part gets to me after a bit. Some orangey syrupy flavor as it warms up. I like considerably more than I don't like.

Mouthfeel - heavy, smooth, and coating, subdued carbonation.

Drinkability - I can understand the appeal, but the unrelenting medicinals keep this one from making the short list.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a good blend of hops, caramelized malts, brown sugar, some citrus and a little bit of citrus. There's also some alcohol in the background.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with strong flavors of caramel sweetness, floral hops bitterness and a hearty malt character. There's hint of citrus and a strong alcohol burn. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very strong kick, very good representation of style, it's a very good beer and one that is well-worth drinking for a while, however, given my choice of 2IPA's to drink, this one isn't quite at the top of the list.

Photo of RomanW70
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy amber gold with a frothy head. Strong hop aroma of citrus, pine, and sweet malts Initial taste of sweet malts, the bitterness shows up early and stays late, but not past its welcome. Very well balanced, and the malts and hops stay together throughout the entire drink. I'm having a great beer week, and this defintely adds to it. My first Pizza Port/Lost Abber. Won't be my last.

Photo of prototypic
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It's clear and a brilliant bronze color. Head is foamy, has a slight orange hue, and is absolutely massive. Easily nearing four fingers deep. Retention was top notch and a thick coat of lace clung to the glass.

Smell: This is probably the best nose on a DIPA I've had the pleasure of encountering. The hop profile is extremely diverse and strong. Scents of pine are its strength, but there's plenty of floral notes to accompany them. There are scents of citrus grapefruit and pineapple underlying. A malt presence is noted, but it's not overly strong. That's a plus in my book. I'm not exactly looking for balance here.

Taste: My suspicions have been confirmed...my palate going to need some recovery time after this one. Piney hops attack the palate and refuse to relent. Hops are diverse, but pine bitterness clearly reigns supreme. Citrus grapefruit, pineapple, and orange are sweet and add a lot of flavor. Pale malts give it character, but are far from balancing it out. Alcohol and yeast are noteable as it goes down. Dry, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light to medium bodied and is just a little too thin. It's well carbonated, crisp and very drinkable. Alcohol is strong at 10% and it certainly presents itself as a big beer. That being said, it's extremely tasty and inviting. I wish I had another bomber. A compliment for such a big beer.

Another impressive west coast DIPA. How many of the great ones have been crafted in California? Hop 15's a damn fine beer. I think a little thickening would result in a smoother feel. But, that's about the only adjustment that would improve it. Other than that, flat out excellent. Highly recommended.

Photo of drunkmonk
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark golden, with wispy lacing. Array of Citric, pine sap, tropical fruit, and grassy hop aroma's. I could just sit and smell this the rest of the nite. All of the same flavors sink in and entrench them selves deep into my tongue and they don't let go. Sticky piney sap resins mid palate, with a nice kiss of malt sweetness. Grapefruit rind bitterness left in the finish. Ethanol making itself known only by its warming effect. Drinks very easily for it's strength. A very complex hopbomb, is that possible? Fantastic stuff.

I gotta have more of this.

Photo of jmalex
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After a long frustrating day, this is exactly what I need.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Duvel tulip a crystal clear copper amber. The head is white, loose-bubbled, and starts at about one finger high. It eventually shrinks to an almost full cap, no doubt helped by the glass. A bit of spotty lace cascades down the glass as I drink.

SMELL: The nose is ripe with the expected west coast hop profile. Citrus, pine, and slightly sticky and resinous. The lightest hint of a clean pale malt base comes through, though just barely.

TASTE: I keep waiting for the hops to just completely assault my tongue, but it doesn't really come. A sneaky, but huge bitterness lays low through the duration with a mild piny flavor, but the nose is quite deceiving. The malt base gets to shine through nicely, though the beer seems a bit empty as a result. Dare I call this beer balanced?

MOUTHFEEL: Not too sticky and syrupy, instead with a body to the lighter side. The carbonation is average to above average.

DRINKABILITY: A big beer for sure, but it's aided by it's balance and body. The 10% will probably get in the way a bit.

Unlike any other DIPA I think I've ever had. Not sure if that's a good thing, but Hop-15 is certainly worth a try.

Photo of raiser
3/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber poured into pint.

A: orange with white head low retention

S: Grapefruit, and typical hoppiness.

T: lots of grapefruit.

M: Bitter, like grapefruit

D: Wife loved it, I did not. But she likes Grapefruit, and I do not. If grapefruit's your thing, go for it!

Serving type: bottle

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazed, bright ruby/orange appearancve, tight layer of whitish foam.

Bingitty, bangitty, boom, boom! Aroma goes poppitty, pop in the nose, huge citrus and pine, and orange squuezed directly into the nosed, then the nostrils are plugged with hop cones...but it's all well tempered, even-played and refined.

Buzz and hum on the palate at first turns into a blast and a rip. Sizzles on the tongue, perforates the senses with immense hoppy flavor. Surprising smooth, brilliantly balanced, spicy...I'm loving this...and now the 10% starts to shine, and blaze.
Texture is forever, and mouthfeel is unremitting. Hangs in there and digs in, spreading bitter, fruity hop jazz all over the place.
Dig it.

Photo of johnnieoz
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice, golden cloudy orange w/ an off-white head. Good high ABV lacing...

S: Piney and firry hops, gasoline, some sweetness with a tad too much alcohol on the nose.

T: Another unique Double IPA. There is an initial sweet maltiness, sort of barleywine-style (citrus/fruit, more on that analogy later). But then it's hophead to the max. The hops (15!!! kinds in all, see the Port Brewing website) are all over the place. They cling to the roof of the mouth, to the gums, to the tongue...hello hops..still, this is a balanced, if just barely, ale.

M: See above. Also, them hops are mighty oily, resinous even. The 10% ABV and extreme hops leave my whole mouth tingling.

D: I drank this like I would an IPA, or a Double IPA even. Big mistake. This drinks more like barley wine. Needs to be sipped over the course of, like, 1.5-2 hours. Think about it: this is an 10% alcohol by volume brew. There is a serious warming that creeps up on you.

It needs a lot of respect, more than I gave it this time. This could actually be a good barley wine substitute, esp. if you are a Hophead. Just sip it after dinner...

Dear Hop-15,

Next time I will respect thee.

Photo of Rainintheface
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into my SA glass

A: cloudy orange with a one finger white head, lackluster retention

S: citrus, pine and a bit of earthy spiciness

T: lots of hop, very juicy, oranges, maybe a little grapefruit lurking and some malt to boot

M: fairly full body and creamy. quite bitter and that's not a complaint

D: nice. I'd certainly have again

Photo of Gavage
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a 2" head that lingers around a while. Some light lace appears during the session.

Smell: big nose here with plenty of pine and citrus.

Taste: solid malt level with pine, grapefruits, orange slices, lemon zest, and a touch of honey. Bitterness level is huge the beer is nicely balanced. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Crisp from start to finish. Long pleasant bitter aftertaste never seems to leave the mouth.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this big IPA. More than one could be enjoyed in a session, but it will hit you quickly. Solid Imperial IPA.

Photo of Oxymoron
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hop 14.9, I left a little bit in the bottle. The pour is mostly hazy with a lighter shade of orange. Some amber highlights throughout though. Good carbonation leaving a solid white head with great retention. Great lacing as well leaving rings around the glass.

The nose is more west coast hoppiness. Strong hop aromas, with piney, grapefruit, grass and citrus. Some orangey and lemon balm notes along with hints of pineapple and some light malty backing. Hints of suagary notes and toasted malt but almost light enough to be considered biscuit.

The taste is a bit more balance than what the nose indicated but still a hop bomb. A nice balance between bitterness and finishing hops. A nice pine and grapefruit blend with minor orange lemon and apricot flavors. Minor earthy and grassy in the finish as well. Some lighter bready flavors with a light doughy taste. Some feint yeast and alcohol tastes but blends well.

The body is moderate with a good balance of carbonation. Nice resin finish. Overall a very good IPA. So good I need to go get the 0.1 that I left in the bottle.

Photo of SaucyA
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Iced Tea colored head and body, basically no head to speak of. Slight lacing. I've seen better in the looks department.

S - Juicy pineapple, citric hops. Love the nose on this one.

T - This is a tasty brew. Majorly balanced, yet still an extreme hop bomb. Sweet malts don't take away from the wonderfully bitter finish. Alcohol hardly noticeable and truly a well crafted DIPA.

M - A little light on the carbonation and pretty thick and oily. I wish this was a little more sparkly.

D - It's damned tasty and the only things limiting drinkability are the high abv and the hop bitterness. It's not too bitter, but it does beat your tongue up a bit.

Notes: I've loved this for a while because of the label, and the contents inside really lived up to the hype. It could look a little nicer, but all in all it's a great brew.

Photo of Tilley4
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Another huge thanks to 0110x011 for this awesome West Coast brew!

Deep golden, almost orangish pour with a lengthy white fluffy head...

Aroma is a very good balance of citrusy/piney hops, sweet
Malt and perhaps a bit of booze... Perhaps some orange and pineapple as well... Terrific..

Huge kick of piney ass hops to the face mixed with a booziness that finishes sweet and then the bitterness lingers around afterwards forever.. Its terrific!! As it warms, the hops get more complex but it also gets quite a bit boozier as well... Hurts the drinkability a little...

Very very good double here.. Packs a definite punch so careful with this one... It is delicious and before you know it, its night-night...

Hop 15 from Port Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 1,595 ratings.