Hop 15 - Port Brewing

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BA SCORE
94
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1,585 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,585
Reviews: 781
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 172
Gots: 111 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 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.

Photo of kirok1999
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has to be the cloudiest DIPA I've ever seen. Lots of sediment floating around this light copper brew. Sticky white head.
Very juicy grapefruit hop note yet well balanced with sweet malt. The citrus dominates at first with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Smooth with a mild carbonation level that makes it very easy to sip. Really enjoyable.

Photo of russpowell
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours honey/caramel with 3 fingers of sand colored head. Great lacing on the north side of glass & good head retention, murks a bit at the bottom of the bottle

S:Loads of pine & citrus with much grapefruit, plus breadyness

T: Loads of pine & grapefuit, but nice malt breadyness, plus a touch whole grain cracker up front. More hops in the middle, plus a dash caramel. Finishes with loads of citrussy hops, pine & a touch of booze

MF: Chewy with low carbonation & perfect balance

Drink very easy for the style & ABV, but the hops will just waste your pallet, not a bad thing...

Another winner from Port! Worthy of it's rating, hopefully this becomes a offered beer here soon

Photo of IBUnit63
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into Cab glass...

Thick, bubbly 2-finger dulce de leche-colored head. Thin yet pervasive lacing. Awesome hazy copper color - minimal visible carbonation in body. Looks like a quintessential DIPA.

Very aromatic - oily, soapy, floral hop backbone with a little bitter grapefruit citrus. Sweet caramel malt with strong alcohol. Bountiful and balanced. A little salty too!

Malt presence is quite nutty at the outset. Chewy, oily hops are extremely powerful. There's a peanut butter feel to this. Grapefruit emerges with warmth.

Big-time citrus tang and pucker from the hops. Very bitter and powerful. Slight aftertaste dissipates with warmth. Off-balance at first glance but balances out well with warmth.

Very enjoyable. Definitely not sessionable. Overwhelming hop bomb-ness makes this an awesome sipper.

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

It pours a hazy orange amber, chock full of carbonation and yeasties. A fuzzy finger of off-white head settles to frothy vellum. Trestles of lacing span the inside of the glass.

The aroma grants an initial flit of toasted malt that brings berry and caramel before the hops swing in with grapefruit, orange, and creamy lemon, not to mention pine oil and a draft of alcohol.

Upon sipping, the malt makes the first effort with a push of toasty caramel and biscuit malt. The hops take over there and segue smoothly through mandarin orange, lemon zest, and crisp dry grapefruit with a dash of sugar and a sprinkle of pine needles. The alcohol is healthy but nicely muted. Malt recoups some share with lightly sweet bread dough. The finish maintains a crisp dryness and shakes in a well-proportioned measure of bitterness. It's decidedly biased but balanced in its precarious way and blended with craft and guile.

Between medium and full bodied, the malt is creamy and round on the palate, and the hop oils lay in a soft, slippery element.

It's hoparific with almost the perfect amount and quality of malt to make the blend easy and effortless to truly enjoy. Bitter and sweet, it's a summary pleasure. It packs a perilously understated ABV that delivers a nonetheless welcoming glow. As big as it is, it drinks mellow and very happily. Finding it was providence, but drinking is a special adventure best relished and sought again.

Photo of mcallister
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper orange with floaties small and minute throughout intermingled with small carbonation bubbles. A white head fades into a layer along the top with sporadic lacing behind.

Nice thick nose full of caramel and toffee aromas with a big citrusy grapfruit, candied peach hop. Some grassy esters as well.

Thick coating viscous resiny hops linger and dry out the tongue. Herbal and grassy in the middle with piney notes. Citrus of the nose is subdued with some stone fruit notes in the aftermath. Juicy with some residual sugar on the finish. Damn bitter and drying but a great DIPA nonehteless.

Photo of ojclark
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Resiny, piney, floral hop aroma mixed with sweet malt and some alcohol.

Poured golden-orange with a one-finger off-white head with good retention. Somewhat hazy with very fine particles (hops?) in suspension.

Big mix of alcohol, hops, toasted and crystal malt notes in flavor. Firm bitterness and some sweetness. Strong alcohol and lingering hop bitterness/flavor in aftertaste.

Medium-full bodied. Rich, almost sugary mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Mild alcohol warmth.

Excellent DIPA. Bitterness was a bit overwhemling when served too cold, but the beer really opened up as it warmed.

Photo of xymyl
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep crystal clear orange/gold color dense, long lasting slightly off-white head.

Smell is big in every hoppy way, floral, citrus, herbal, spicy then the malt shows up along with some dough and light toasted notes. Very complex, but bold.

Taste is a strong but fairly clean bitterness along with a good malt backbone offering a sweetness that beautifies the citrus notes and unifies the intensities of this brew. Notice that didn't say "balances".

Overall this is a great full-bodied DIPA. Great hop profile, very enjoyable and way up there on IBU's.

Photo of JDV
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with a big lasting creamy head. Bottle conditioned haziness. Smell is nicely hoppy with mostly pine to me. Strong nose and taste. Flavor is of crisp sharp, biting, spicy hops. Somewhat tingly and spicy almost like some fresh hop beers. Well carbonated but still a rich mouthfeel. Mostly flavors of Pine and resin, and I didn't get a lot of refreshing citrusy or floral flavors at all. Perhaps a touch too bitter for what I was looking for on this particular night. Still really nice but drinkability wasn't as good as on some DIPAs.

Photo of ojiikun
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the usual 22 into a big 'ol wine glass. No date on the bottle that I can discern. Pops with little fanfare and pours a Rather light orange which manages a foggy center and yellow fringes. Head is quite white and very, very fine. Falls to lacey islands after just a few minutes, but is easy to restore with a flick of the wrist.

Smell is hot booze, piney hops, Grand Marnier, banana pudding, and red grapefruit, just to name a few. Quite compelex and very hot. Not much malt character, somewhat tea-like. Some granny smith apples replace the grapefruit as you really huff on it.

Body is a good deal more full than expected, and surprisingly edges off the hops. Whole thing becomes a lot more piney than fruity, the finish excepted. Carrots and apricots with light brown sugar. Fleeting bitterness like blood oranges.

Lovely, silky mouthfeel with carbonation that isn't so noticable, but would be missed were it any less substantial. Clean on the tongue, clean finish.

It would almost be easy to call this a hop liquor. Malt character is quite reserved and really lets the delicate buds come out and play. Feels just great from lips to nose. Don't miss this if you're looking to have a nice, long conversation with our favourite little herb.

Photo of Scoobydank
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh, who to thank...sloejams
L:Big frothy fat white head. Cloudy red ruby borwn color.
S:Two smells really peaked for me. Dark sweet apricots followed by a distinct fermented apple.
T:Sweet candied apricots followed by that tangy apple I picked up. Finished with a shiny sweet yet bitter, orangeness.
M:Big chewey syrup feel. As if no bubble existed.
D:Very good. The mouthfeel of this one makes it insanely fun and drinkable.

Photo of NEhophead
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 fl oz brown bottle; served in a snifter.

Very hazy copper with dull auburn highlights. Creamy, porous white head that slowly pushes its way to the snifter's sides. Thin and spotted lacing with a nice hold.

Semi-sweet toasted malts with a slick alcohol aroma. Pine-infused hop resins with a light musty quality. Bright citrus: apple, pear, pineapple, and melon.

Bright, citrus flavors up-front: lemon, pear, apple joined by a rum-filled tropical fruit quality. Pine, spruce, and herbal hop tones that increase in spiciness as the sip progresses. Slick, full toasted malt character right from the beginning. Full, warming alcohol and rough pine into the finish.

A light, full bodied; very slick as the alcohol is almost bulky, with a bright roughness due to a complex hop flavor.

A bold, intense Double IPA; slightly hefty on the alcohol, but a real treat. Best to be shared by hop lovers.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of Bubba83
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hi Kegatron, interesting that I reviewed this beer around the same time as you.

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler at around 45 degrees.

Appears a very hazy dark orange with yellow highlights. Definitely unfiltered with all kinds of sediment floating around... Nice 3 finger white head that has good retention and decent lacing.

Smells fantastic. Actually smells quite dank, with a little bit of malt background behind the citrus quality of the hops and the marijuana dankness.

Tastes superb. Reminded me of Wipeout IPA, but more complex, stronger, and higher alcohol. The malt backbone is very similar, but the main difference is that the hops at the end of the sip in this one are nice and spicy, obviously from amarillo and simcoe, which I am growing to love. Overall, I thought the flavor was great, a little more pine may have given it a 5, but everything else was there in balance, which seems fitting considering the 15 hop varieties.

Mouthfeel was also great, smooth but still well carbonated, sparkly and crisp. Lovely oils lubricate the mouth which is expected from such a hoppy beer.

Drinkability is actually pretty amazing. I did not have any clue this beer was 10% ABV until I started getting a buzz and came on to review the beer. It's very well hidden behind the hops and the alcohol if anything actually contributes to the overall flavor of the beer instead of detracting. Another delicious offering from Pizza Port, I hope some day you guys will open a place up in the bay area so I can try your pizza and have one of these on tap!

Photo of Kegatron
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a Stone IPA flute.

Pours a clear orange amber with almost 2 fingers of foamy off-white head that achieves a nice full creamy retention across the top and a big latticework of hop lacing down the sides of the glass. Mmmm, this just looks like a big ole' sticky glass of hop juice right here! The aroma is hops right up front but it's far from one note. I'm picking up all kinds of attributes. Pine trees, an earthy feel, spices, grapefruit, lemon peel, maybe some mango and pineapple? All of that is very well balanced by a subtle caramel malt presence in the background and I pick up maybe only a scant scent of heat.

The taste is just lip smacking resinous hops up front that last the whole way through the sip. Mixed in are a complex profile of earth, citric fruits (with grapefruit really standing out), and a pervasive spicy and minty character. This is all balanced out by a pretty hefty back bone of caramel malts that helps pull the craziness back a little bit but make no mistake, the hops in this beer just totally dominate the taste. The mouthfeel has a thick and viscous feel from all the hop oils and alcohol heft. The ABV, while being felt in the body, is still pretty well hidden in the taste department but still help things end with a bitter and sticky feel across the palette.

Wow, truelly a true that beer that lives up to it's name! I'm not sure if I tasted 15 diffferent hops in this guy but there was still a pretty good amount of varieties to go around in this bad boy to create quite the complex hop bomb. A fantastic DIPA and one that I found quite drinkable despite all the bitterness and alcohol heft to it. I will definitely be seeking out more of this in the future.

Photo of Atron67
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bchung52077 for the trade! drank from a tulip glass at only a little below room temp.

P- 750 ml bottle with a cheery colored yellow and green label.

A- poured a light amber color with a big off-white head that stuck around for awhile, though not much lacing was left behind, crystal clear body, slight red tinge through the light.

S- huge fruity juicy head on top grass and pine notes all over the place. i never know what to say for these reviews because the distinction from one good ipa to th other is always hard to describe. if its huge and hoppy im excited but the words always sound the same.

t-huge ass hops as you would hope, big maltiness all over as well. pretty damn delicious. piney, grassy, some notes of grapefruit. there is a malty harshness as well that is really nice and works really well with the body. it doesnt linger on the tongue that long which is surprizing for how strong the flavors actually are. smooth almost clean finish which is nice.

M- pretty full body, medium carbonation

D- pretty sweet

Photo of Kudashov
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With Richard Hawley on the Hi-Fi and the Hockey East Semi-Finals on the tele I thought it was time to review one of my favorite brews from one of my favorite breweries . Hop-15 Ale . The label is a view out of a porthole where b-52 bombers are dropping hop bombs into a large pint mug . The design of the label is sharp and on the money . There is no date on the label but it says that " Our beer oozes all the hop goodness you would expect in a double IPA " . With an aggressive pour a large foamy white head appears in my Brooklyn Brewery pilsner glass . The head reduces to one finger and there is some lacing . Held up to the light the golden color shines . My mouth is watering just looking at this brew . Smells of citrus , oranges and grass clippings . Tastewise is lemon and more citrus . At 10 ABV there is some heat to my cheeks but there is no burn and it is well hidden . I love IPAs and this might be second to my beloved Gordon by Oskar Blues Brewery . This brew is a joy to drink . Old Viscosity and Hop-15 are the real deal . Now if I could only get my hand on some Older Viscosity .... Please ...

Photo of lackenhauser
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, reddish-orange color with a very lively carbonation level. Not only a huge head but tons of bubbles covering the sides of the glass. Very grassy and piney aroma. Somewhat of a "wet dog" smell but in a good way. Fantastic blast of hop flavor and bitterness. Extremely piney and grapefruity. Lingering dry bitter flavor. Oily slick mouthfeel with a great tongue stripping blast behind it. A great all around beer.

Photo of mikeale
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to jhenry04 for this fine beer from Port brewing.

A: Hazy rusty orange/thin white head.

S: Citris, pine, grapefruit, faint malt. very nice

T: HOPPY! some pineapple notes. Not aggresively hoppy, it's not like being slapped in the face with hops. Some malt.

M: Hoppy resin coats my mouth, the 10% is well hidden, finish is citris/pine bitterness.

D: Wow for 10% this goes down very smooth. I could drink this beer once a week at least.

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

It's 11:20 in the morning on March 20, 2008. Chillin with my buddy Dylan watching Xavier vs Georgia. Score is Xavier 61 Georgia 56.

Appearance: This DIPA poured a beautiful amber color. The head on this guy pours perfectly. Great color.

Smell: This sucker is packed full of sweet hops smell. To me it's just sweet and herbal.

Taste: Sweet. Hoppie. For a double, this guy packs a whopping lot of hops. Has to be one of the hoppiest tasting DIPA's I've had.

Mouthfeel: Smooth.

Drinkability: I have to say that it's easy going down... but the high alcohol content 10% might keep some away.

You gotta try this!

Photo of bark
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Oh", my friend told me after the first sip, "it felt just like someone was rubbing my face and throat with green pine cones, fresh from the edge of a wood"

And it pretty much sums up the experience of this beer: It is all about enormous amounts of hops.

The off white compact head is finger thick. The colour is deep amber. Some lacing occurs.

When it comes to the smell, my notes read "Hops!!!". Rubber, citric flavours, grape fruits, fresh flowers, pine cones, fruit candy, consommé, heather. There is lots of stuff going on in here.

The taste is hoppy too. Lots of pine wood, pine cones and a hint of "woods" air-freshener that develops into some alcohol. There is some malt here too, but it is in comparison quite mild. Citric fruits, lightly roasted meat, a light metallic flavour. The aftertaste is dominated by the hop mix. Sour-bitter notes of grape fruits, wheat flour, cooked fish.

The carbonation is strong; the liquid thick.

The hoppy bitterness seems to have made some of my taste buds numb - just the experience I was looking for!

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

Body is bronze honey gold showing nice carbonation. Head reaches about two fingers of very light tan head with lots of speckled bubbles. The hop presence is all over the place with lots of defferent aromas such as pine, citrus, pickled veggies and oily minerals. Enters the mouth on first sip with a bold oily pine hop feel. The spicey sweet bitter hop tidal wave continues throughout the palate. These hops dont actually blister the mouth like many big hop monsters do as it has an even creamy texture. Mouthfeel is a bitter thickness with a hint of malt to balance it out. This is definitly a hop lovers brew. It lacks some of the more unique and desirable characteristics of some others within this style. Nicely drinkable.

Photo of brdc
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks jhenry04 for this one. Large capped bottle poured into a tulip.

Very good looking bright orange, capped by a foamy, well retained off-white head, with good retention.
Despite being very fresh, the very nice aroma is not as rich as expected, but well hopped. Citrusy, piney and floral, with an underlying, balancing maltiness that I did not expect.
Full bodied, and a lot more balanced than expected, it brings layers of bready and slightly caramelized maltiness and assertively bitter citrusy hoppiness.
Very well hopped and still reasonably balanced, it is in a very exclusive class of well balanced yet assertively hopped brews including Dreadnaught, Hopsickle and Alpha King.
Very well done.

Photo of lightindarkness
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz courtesy of Jw347

Pours a rich cloudy orange with an off white head that looks great but goes quickly to patchy bubbles.

Nose is strong and pleasant, with grapefruit, peach, pineapple, sugar, and rich malty caramel emitting from the glass. Really well balanced nose, very conservative on the funk. Fresh, with only a little resin and a touch of pinecone.

Taste is one of the best for the style. Big grapefruit citrus and fruit up front with some full round malt. Resin quickly coats the mouth, finishing with a nice flat bitterness, not too sharp. Dies down to soft bread, with a great aftertaste. Excellent hop character, relatively well balanced despite the intensity of the style.

Feel is smooth, with a dry bite at the finish. Light but notable carbonation is nearly perfect for the body and taste of this beer.

Despite the bigness of this beer, it drinks really well. The only drawback is the hidden strength of the well masked abv. One of the best DIPAs I've tasted.

Photo of BillyB
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange/copper color with a thin, whispy, off white head.

Strong aromas of citrusy, piney hops mixed with some bready malt. Grapefruit, mandarin orange, pine needles, maybe a bit of cedar.

Taste is obviously quite bitter dominated by strong piney, citrusy hop character. There is a nice malt character as well, though. Very subtle cookie-like, breadiness. I wouldn't call it balanced but it gives the beer a nice malt backbone.

Medium bodied with some light carbonation. Despite the overall bitterness it finishes with a touch of sweetness.

A dangerously drinkable beer!

Hop 15 from Port Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 1,585 ratings.