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Hop 15 - Port Brewing

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1,555 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,555
Reviews: 779
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 173
Gots: 106 | 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:
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(Beer added by: PMR on 06-25-2006)
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Photo of mbunje
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Port Brewing HOP 15 Ale. Yellow label with green letters. Interesting graphic of B29's dropping "hop bombs" into a pint glass full of beer. 10% ABV...wow!

Pours a cloudy golden color with an inch of head which calms down to 1/8" leaving dense lacing. Lacing is great all the way down. Very sticky.

I think the smell is the best thing about this beer. It smells crisp and fresh. Citrus and pine. A little bread. Very hoppy. I almost get a buzz from the smell alone.

Taste is hoppy but not overly bitter. A Smooth Double IPA if that is possible. I get definite orange/lemon, whole grain bread, and a finish of maple-pine. There is subtle complexity in this one with good malt balance.

Mouthfeel is, to me, what separates a good DIPA form an average one. It HAS to have that thick, oily feel to it or it's too bitter. This one has it, defines it. Absolutely coats your mouth with hop oils and and thick taste to it. Like a great cup of coffee vs. the one you make at home. Substance

At 10% ABV it's not wise to over indulge in these. But they are so tasty I'd say very drinkable all things considered.

This is my favorite DIPA. And I am a HUGE Stone fan, so that is saying alot. I've had this on tap as well (at Stone....!) but the bottle is better.

This is almost $5 a bottle for a 220z bomber, but worth it. Excellent, 1st class example of an IPA. I am buying a case of this tomorrow (if any left).

mbunje, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of RoyalT
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a beautiful, glowing orange in color with a smallish head.

Smell - The aroma is an explosion of various hops. It is very stiff, full of pine resin but balanced enough not to be a one smell wonder. There's a really nice orange character to the smell, and the fruits are bitter but pronounce. If you enjoy the smell of hops and just can't get enough, this is as good as it gets.

Taste - The hops rule the roost here as well. There's a nice tangerine flavor that continually battles the monster pine. It is just enough not to leave you with that singular hop flavor. You know the one, when you really like the taste but it seems too one-dimensional to be considered brilliant.

There's a massive malt character to this beer, but the hops are so big you can barely taste it. This is definitely West Coast and not for the faint of heart.

Mouthfeel - This is a big medium-bodied with plenty of hop bitterness to keep the drinker sipping. I can't find any evidence of the 10+ ABV. This beer is a bit too lightly carbonated, it's only real fault.

Drinkability - This is a slow-drinking hop-bomb that is sure to satisfy even the hardest of the hard core hop-heads. I thoroughly enjoyed this magnificent effort by Port Brewing and look forward to watching my wife drink the rest of the bottles.

RoyalT, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this in a trade with Fishdawg71. Thanks Geoff!

It pours an amber gold with a small and fast receding head of foam. Some lacing.

The smell is hoppy with notes of grapefruit and pine. If I sniff hard enough, some caramel malt is also there.

The taste is of grapefruit and pine up front with some caramel malt peeking in as well as notes of bread. This one has a thick mouthfeel too it and I'm liking it. The carbonation is light and it finishes with both sweet malt and bitter hops to make some pretty good balance. There are other fruity flavours mid palate that I can't really identify but they're nice. The alcohol is fairly well hidden...not as well hidden as I would have liked, though.

All in all, I'm pretty fond of this DIPA and would drink it again.

Bitterbill, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of LittleBreeze
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one was a great find.Familar Ca. hoppy malty aroma accent by just a touch of caramel.
Citrus is dominate but there is a pine back. Not enough to turn me off (I don't like pine) but just enough to add character.
Each sip has a flash of sweetness to balance.

Outstanding beer. 10% is hiding. Smooth but heavy mouthfeel.

If you run across this one, give it a go.

LittleBreeze, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of Tdizzle
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Vendome Fullerton.

A- Poured into my Dogfish Head snifter, this beer pours a slightly hazy dark orange color with a generous head that sticks around and leaves some sheets of lacing on the glass.

S- Strong aromas of pine and citrus fruit with a sweet malt base. There are some pithy citrus rind notes too. As the beer warms, the alcohol becomes very noticeable.

T- An intense, piney hop bitterness is backed up by some malty sweetness. The alcohol is well-hidden and the bitterness sticks with you long after the sip. There is a slight alcohol burn as this goes down.

M- Oily and slick with light carbonation.

D- For 10% ABV, this is very drinkable. The alcohol doesn't get in the way. I found that I had to pace myself on this one.

This is one of my favorite double IPA's. Highly recommended.

Tdizzle, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of grandq
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nearly Tang orange with a billowy white head. Smells friggin amazing, full of grapefruit, coarse ground pepper, orange, granny smith apple, and faint woodsiness and sugar. The tongue is met with a delightful grapefruit cocktail, pretty much mirroring the smell. Finishes nicely bitter and peppery, a little hot with disguised alcohol, complimenting the hop profile and the very under the radar malt perfectly. Mouthfeel is resiny and coating without dissipating too quickly off the tongue. Lingers with a creamy, sweet note. Shared this with a friend who's not into hoppy beers, who is now a convert. Bloody incredibly, definitely my favorite of the style. For the love of god, make this available in NY.

grandq, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of dsigmon
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle thanks to IntriqKen!

A: Pours a wonderful bright amber color with a perfect fluffy white head. As it slowly dies during sipping a nice lacing is left behind.

S: Smells strong of pine and some light citrus which consists of grapefruit and lime.

T: At first taste you get a wonderfully strong bitter citrus and pine. As the beer warms the sweet caramel and sweet orange become more apparent and meld the beer together.

M: Perfectly oily on the palate and left with the perfect amount of dryness from the carbonation.

D: I was blown away by this beer and wish it were not the only bomber I had. Very smooth yet wonderfully complex IPA. I have not had many brews that balanced so wonderfully yet were so big and fresh on hops. I would reccomend this one to any and every hop-head.

dsigmon, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of Viggo
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to grub for cracking this one!

Pours a clear amber/orange, bit chunky, thick off white head, tons of lace, settles to a solid layer. Smell is great, sweet and malty, caramel, pine, floral, citrus, massive hops, very fresh, nicely balanced. Taste is similar, lots of big malt, caramel, light grain, and tons of pine and grapefruit, floral, light fruits, bit of bread, solid bitterness but very balanced. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium carbonation, some warmth going down. Very solid DIPA, nicely balanced, tons of hops and very enjoyable. Thanks Russ!

Viggo, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of younger35
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought this brew back from a recent trip to Seattle to help a buddy move. This will be my first brew from Port/Lost Abbey and obviously I look forward to it. Drank from a Sam Adams pint glass while watching the original Die Hard (badass!).

Appearance- Pours a light yellow with hints of orange and a decent half finger bright white head. The head recedes fairly slowly leaving a spotty cap and decent thin collar. A little lacing is left but not enough to get excited over.
Smell- Ridiculously fresh and fruity with enough sweet citrus goodness for all. Mango, pineapple, grapefruit, orange and lemon all dance in perfect harmony. Very pungent and intense there is a raw minty and piney aspect as well. Very West Coast.
Taste- Loads of spicy/minty raw hops explode the in the mouth before the citrus makes itself known. Plenty of grapefruit and pineapple dominate the taste along with a bubblegum like undertone. Lightly sweet with brown sugar tones and a spicy rye like kick. The alcohol is plenty noticeable and the finish has a lingering bubblegum bitterness that doesn't seem to ever leave.
Mouthfeel- Very full bodied with an almost syrupy full, very oily and slick with not a lot of carbonation.
Drinkability- This is a huge beer that I really enjoyed. It's big and balanced and tasty as hell. It's not a beer that you could drink more than one of but the one bottle is incredibly enjoyable. Can't wait to try more Port Brewing offerings!

younger35, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of gkatsoris
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Transparent golden honey in color. Big, white, thick head with major lacing left behind. The head help up for a long time too; almost 4 or 5 minutes.

S: Floral and citrus hops. WOW!!! This is hoppy smelling. Lots of honey. Also grapefruit and some lemon and orange and tangerine. Lots of alcohol too. Bread. Some pine and vanilla. This is super complex.

T: Really sweet on the front end, and super bitter on the back end. Honey, and vanilla!!! Lots of hops!!! Really balanced between the hops and malts for sure.

M: Great. Great carbonation, really creamy and thick, but at the same time it is also light. Again really balanced.


gkatsoris, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of tpd975
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another beer from Joey at South Bay Drug

A: Pours a beautiful, goldish amber color. A nice foamy head that sticks to the side of the glass leaving behind nice spider webbed lacing.

S: Big hop aromas. Pine and grapefruit come together to form a perfect marriage.

T: Delicious one tasty DIPA. Perfect balance between citrus piney hops and sweet yet spicey malt. Big bold flavors that assault the senses.

M: Very smooth beer with the right amount of carbonation. The hops attack the throat and tongue.

D: Nice and enjoyable. It's a one bomber beer, but it's one enjoyable bomber.

Overall: Lost Abbey are known for those wonderful corked brews they put out, but this one shows that those bearing caps can be just as good. The hop character in this one is very West Coast / Very Aggressive. It is an easy drinking wonderful tasting DIPA. This would be the crown jewel of many breweries, but it's simply a diamond in the crown of Lost Abbey / Port Brewing. Absolutely Wonderful!!!

tpd975, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of m1ked
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been seeing this around alot lately, thought I would finally try it out, glad I did.

A- Clear orangey golden amber. Thick bubbly faom head clinging to the sides as it slowly retreatead downwards.

S- Definetly a IIPA! It is hopcity, but there is a bit of a musty smell to me, like a rag soaked in straight hop juice or something.

T- Sharp pine-citrusflavor right up front- just manhandling your taste buds. There is some hard cheese flavor (in a good way) like asiiago, or reggiano. Apprciable tastes of malt in between the hop. Ends with a bitter spiciness that lingers for days.

M- coats my tongue, almost oily like, sharp bubbles, even feels spicy on my tongue.

D- Very hoppy and enjoyable, just not a session beer for me.

m1ked, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into shaped pint glass

hazy, slightly dull amber, decent head fades into thin layer. lacing is sadly lacking at first, but in the second pour, you'll get lots of it, perhaps due to help from the extra yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

you might think the aroma is citrusy and grapefruity at first, but then you realize it's a little more tropical than that... yes my friends, it's passion fruit!

and such is the flavor as well, combined with moderate caramelized malt sweetness and a prominently spicy hop bitterness that is relatively evenly distributed. pleasant, piney bitter finish.

slightly fluffy mouthfeel with carbonation that is active upfront, but fades into the back quickly. otherwise smooth, but with slight acidic pucker and astringency.

just a little something "off" however, bringing down the drinkability slightly

tai4ji2x, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of IgotsHops
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So this kicked my butt both times I had it. I am a hop head and it still was a nice bitter/floral surprise. Good golden color with a nice tight foamed head. Extremely strong citrus and floral smells and tastes from the supposed 15 varieties of hops used in this thing. I barely know of 15 varieties.
Very bitter, but smooth in the mouth. A sipper for sure, but actually pretty refreshing. This would be amazing on a summer's evening.

IgotsHops, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of jwolfie70
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had both from a bottle and on-tap. Each time it has poured a very cloudy, almost hefe like, golden color (with the bottle poor having a fair amount of floaties). The smell is fantastic, with a stong floral like hop smell dominating. The taste is also very hoppy, with a haylike malt presence (that is dominated by the hops, but not abused). This is one of my favorite DIPAs and a recommend beer for sure.

jwolfie70, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a dark rusty copper with good carbonation. The head is nice, a fat 2 fingers of big bubble foam, dark tan and it leaves some lace.

The smell is plenty hoppy with a nice caramel malt to boot.

The taste is real good as well, the malt is huge, lots of dark roasted caramel and a very big hoppy bitterness to balance. True the hops are big and taste good but not the best blend for me the brew seems to be lacking just a touch of something to send it into the outstanding range.

The mouthfeel is huge, big thick and sticky with very good carbonation.

The drinkability is good not over the top, and well balanced. I would love to try it again.

Prosit, MK

MuenchenerKindl, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of sfoley333
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Pizza port bottle shop.
Poured into New Belgium snifter nice head that faded after a minute that left little patches of head. Great blood orange color with gold and amber hues, quite a few yeast particles floating around. Aroma of wet pine needles, hop, and sourdough bread. Taste...tastes greattt...grapefruit, pine tar, hop bitterness with a great malt sawtooth balance. This beer is all hops but still has nice malt base. Mouth feel is smooth cream and syrup mix. Really a great double IPA a hop lovers wet dream.

sfoley333, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of Philabeerphia
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to my non-BA buddy who brought some treats back from a visit to CA last week...
What I really enjoyed about this beer is what sets it apart from many Double IPA's ive tried...
balance/complexity. thats right folks. I didn't feel totally overwhelmed by hop here.
22oz bottle, poured into a pilsner glass (all that was available). low head but nice lacing.
Smell: hops all over, as expected, but citrus and floral smells created a balance.
Taste for me was also 'balanced' for this style. A touch of the sweet malt up front, very fragrant and fresh hops through and through, super robust, but not overly bitter. This secret mix of 15 hops has a great effect. the alcohol was only apparent through the layers on top, very hard to detect for 10%.
Mouthfeel was sticky, lingering in the crevices of my mouth. Drinkability was above average for the style, which I attribute to all the tastes going on... not boring for a minute, even after the 22nd oz was gone. Great beer.

Philabeerphia, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of Enola
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a nice clousy orange. There was no head but I took into consideration that I was drinking out of a bottle that had been stored open overnight in a fridge. The smell was piney hops. The taste is big hops. This is a hophead's dream brew. It didn;t even seem like it was a 10% brew. The mouthfeel was smooth and I was tasting hops well after the beer was gone. I could drink this beer again sometime. A very good West Coast brew.

Enola, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of joepais
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into my standard pint glass produced a three finger head on top of a some what cloudy orange yellowish body

The aromas of sweet hops and flowers light citrus note there as well the aromas really stand out on this one

Flavors Hops on top of Hops along with pine and grapefruit

Smooth mouthfeel but defiantly leaves oily coating on the tongue

Yes this is a hop bomb good drinkability but the bomber was quite enough for one sitting

joepais, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of wcudwight
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received via trade.
Pours a bronze, amber, orange color. Looks like a sunset. Thin lasting head with some tight lacing.
C-hop aroma and lot's of it. I'm licking my lips.
This beer is one big hop bomb. They say they use 15 different varieties of hops but the citrus and piney flavors are the most prominate. Forget balance. Give me hops!! And this beer delivers.
Thick oily mouthfeel.
It's a mouth-puckering sipper for sure.
I love the classic West Coast DIPA's. This doesn't really stand out above the rest but it fits right in with the best of them.

wcudwight, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of HoustonTX
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop 15 From Pizza Port.
Very cool label with hop bombs raining down. Epic.

Pours a very dark hazy amber, with ample carbonation and a large frothy white head.

Aroma is very intriguing. Loads of tropical fruit tones, pineapple, grapefruit and mango. With the pineapple taking the predominant edge. Small backing of piney hop oil, with even more pineapple goodness. Overall, a clean, plentiful, unique smell.

This is an extremely complex IPA. Massive flavors and subtle complexity's blend together really well. Sweet citrus and pineapple stick to the palate immediately. Followed by some grassy and earth bound tones. Which immediately turn into sticky resinous pine oil -w ith a snapping bitterness, to let you know you're still alive. Finishes out with a sappy piney / caramel malt blend, which balances out the brew nicely.
Finishes clean with a lingering maltiness.

A extremely well done IPA, one with an immense balance and complexity to it. Well done Port Brewing.

Thanks Ryan for the chance to sample this tasty brew.

HoustonTX, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of Beerzebub
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant orange blossom honey color. A modicum of finely textured cream colored head. Beautiful lacy lace.

Smells like fresh hops - bright citrus with spicy grass and earth and a bare whiff of flowers - on a bed of rich honeyed and slightly toasty malt, with touches of cheesy yeast and a hint of solvent, and even a bit of soy sauce, and some minerality like wet rocks, all very well integrated. Cohesive and characterful. Intoxicating. Evolves in the glass, with ripe peach emerging, and later pineapple.

Tastes like fresh citrusy and grassy hops, with honey and toast, very well balanced. A mild undercurrent of yeast, and a bit of chalky rock. Juicy balanced sweetness gives way to citrus rind and grassy hop bitterness, helped along by the minerality, for total dryness and refreshment. Long refreshing finish, dry and bitter.

Fine bottle conditioned carbonation. Very very drinkable.

Great beer!

Edit: A bottle from a later batch was much less appealing, kind of hot and simple without that, je ne sais quoi, oomph.

Beerzebub, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of Murchmac
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Commisioner Gordon sent out the bat signal in order for me to pick this beer up.

When the bat light shines on this hopped crusader, it's a beautiful cloudy dark orange, almost honey. Nice lacing. This beer would be the Julie Newmar catwoman, although Halle berry looked hot in the outfit.

Smells like the artic freeze must smell like to the penguin. The danny devito penguin. Hops, citrus, some pineness to it. Sweet sweet malts. wah wah wah.

<POW> <WHAM> Tastes of a balanced glorious beer. Sweet malts, big mouthfeel with the malts, bittering, even sweet citrusy, and again piney hops. Not too hoppy that you cant deal with it, excellent balance, didnt expect that. Leaves a great resiny hop taste on your tongue like a good DIPA should. A lighter ruination of sorts. Didnt' think i'd like this beer, but I really do. Kinda like the original batmans.

Overall this beer is fantastic! Cant taste the alcohol really. This beer is like the new batman movies, fresh, satisfying, and watchable even with katie holmes.

Murchmac, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of mjd83goblue
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber from Bottleworks in Seattle.

Great looking pour, slightly cloudy dark orange. Nice head and lacig.

Huge fresh hop and grapefruit smell smacks you in the face. Just as good as Hopslam. Tremendous.

Taste also mirrors Hopslam but is a touch more bitter. Just a little less malt support is all. Big brutal hoppy beer though.

Goes down easy, just a touch of heat on the way down.

My first beer from Port and its a beauty. Simply stunning.

mjd83goblue, Jan 26, 2008
Hop 15 from Port Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 1,555 ratings.