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Hop 15 - Port Brewing

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,584 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1,584
Reviews: 781
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 173
Gots: 110 | 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 brewdlyhooked13
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
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
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
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
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
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
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
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
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
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
4/5  rDev -4.8%
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
2.9/5  rDev -31%
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
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
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
3.95/5  rDev -6%
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
4.2/5  rDev 0%
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
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
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
4.2/5  rDev 0%
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...

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured with a hazy deep orange amber body topped by a thin, creamy, lasting head with good lacing. The aroma is sweet and tropical with a nice hoppy note and a good maltiness. Grapefruit and other citrus presence is BIG. The flavor is sweet and tropical with a kick of bitter, piney hops and a nice malt balance. Full bodied and smooth with a warmth down deep.

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

Appearance is a murky, orange/amber with a large white head that leaves some patchy lacing.
The smell is mostly floral and citrus hops with a slight maltiness.
The taste is of grapefrut citrus with a bold bitterness that lingers, ending with some malt sweetness.
Mouthfeel is medium thick.
Good drinkability, even at 10% but more than 1 22 oz. bottle of this would be more than I can handle well.

This is a very good beer from one of the best brewers, it's just a well-made beer.

Photo of RickSawyer
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a honey / apricot hue and builds a suprisingly large, sparce head for the ABV. Head falls to several splotches of bubbles. Smell is oranges, orange zest, citrus puckering hops, over-ripe mango, very tropical. Taste is very nice. Grape fruit, zest, candy apricot, and a bready malt to balance. Alcohol bites through the finish, leaving the mouth with a soapy, creamy and soaked in citrus hop oily goodness. A very solid DIPA, but I wouldn't pound these. Even as balanced as it is it will sneak up on you quickly.

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

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.

Photo of blakesell
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to kirok for sharing this with mcallister and I some days back.

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a Belgian tulip glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a cloudy orange with a finger high head. Beer has a good amount of yeast all through the orangeness. Lacing clings to the edges and does not let up.

Smell- Mmmm. Centennial. Big hops, huge gluey hops. No real hints of malt, alcohol lingers, but hops dominate. Pine, light grapefruit.

Taste- Creamy, sweet hops. Actually this is a very nice balanced IPA. Pleasant malt/hop balance, I really enjoy the flavour on this one.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, lightly astringent, fully-carbonated, and medium full bodied.

Drinkability- Very favorable and drinkable IPA. I enjoyed this beer a lot, very well made and plenty hoppy.

Photo of SQNfan
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at Port Brewing Carlsbad & Lost Abbey (notes from memory). Deep orange in color this had wonderful aromas for a hop-head. Lots of citric and piney hops along with a carmel-ladden malt hit to keep it balanced. Great weight and power on the palate. Only suggestion...don't try and bring a growler on a plane as the TSA may unwrap it from its triple bubble wrap, which is additionally wrapped in clothes and placed in the middle of luggage to leave it unwrapped on the very edge of the bag...which, of course, is thrown around by the baggage handlers until the growler breaks leaving your clothes wet and smelling like Hop15. Okay, so the smell is good, but try wearing a sticky shirt!!!

Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from Kempleton in Week2 Powerball. Thank you!

Hop 15 pours a hazy golden deep copper color with a thick dense off-white head with minimal carbonation. It already looks like I am going to enjoy this DIPA. This beer left sheets of lacing for the entire beer. The scent is first dominated by oily hops with scents of candied grapefruit, orange zest, and earthy grassy notes. I can smell the caramel sweet malt coming to life more as the beer warmed a bit. The flavor profile is at first very heavy on the hop bitterness with each drink bring on tastes of pine, grapefruit, and fresh orange peel. The malt does come into play here, but never quite balances out the hop bitterness with just a slight touch of sweet malt. The mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with a touch of alchohol in the mouth as well. Drinkability is a also very good, but one bomber was enough for me for the time being, but not for the next day!

I would love to get my hands on more of this beer. Thank you Kempleton!

Photo of jdoncbus
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright, hazy gold with heavy carbonation (including some nice sized bubbles) & thin head. Presents a nice amount of lacing as well.

Ahh, what a smell; a hophead's dream. Fruit slams the nose; a fruity Lifesaver candy aroma and a piney resin rounding it out. I could honestly sit here for a half hour swishing it around in my SA's tulip glass and inhaling.

Wow. Amazing taste that slams your palate with a hop assault seldom seen. Watermelon, orange, pear, lime & grapefuit attack the senses and create a nice tart and puckering effect. My throat begin to swell from the high hop content - love it. High ABV hidden extremely well.

It appears Hopslam has a cousin who resides in California; an absolutely amazing IIPA. I wish I could remember who I traded this for....need more NOW!

Photo of gford217
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to sholland119 for the opportunity to try this one! 22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a bright golden amber with a dense one-finger head that shows extremely good retention and minimal lacing.

S: Huge fresh hops smell, like walking through a pine forest filled with grapefruits. Also got some citrus notes as well, lemon maybe and some malty sweetness in the background. Quite nice!

T: Hello pine forest! Dominant piney hop flavor with a slight malt base. Also got some nice fruity notes leading to a long lasting hoppy bitterness that lingered on the tongue.

M: Pleasant bitter, prickly thickness in the mouthfeel.

D: This is definitely a great example of a hoppy West Coast DIPA. Drinkability is great and I would definitely seek this out.

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

Port Brewing Hop 15
22oz. brown bomber

A: poured into a snifter. Hop 15 pours a cloudy yellow color, with a nice white head. Decent retention level with some moderate lacing.

S: Primary aroma is of high alpha hops. Light sweetness in the aroma, as well as, some yeast and biscuits.

T: Very homey flavor. Hops are mellow with some citrus and a hint of pine. Big bitter orange flavors, as well as some pineapple. Nice biscuity malt flavor.

M: hops roll from front to back. Very clean, smooth. Very refreshing.

D: I love this beer. I can't believe its 10%. Very smooth and drinkable for an extreme beer.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip, the color was a deep gold to copper with glowing orange highlights. creamy off-white head and lacing. some sediment towards the bottom of the bottle clouded up the last pour. bouqet is not overpowering but nice with piney, resiny, citric aromas dominating along with some honeyed floral notes. hops come through in the taste with a big, smooth yet spicy bitterness balancing some sweet bready malts. seems a bit over boiled for the style, barley-wine like toffeeish malt characteristics are noted. just over medium-bodied, maybe a bit more carbonation would make this more lively and fresh. a good dipa that i'd like to try on tap.

Hop 15 from Port Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 1,584 ratings.