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Hop 15 - Port Brewing

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1,595 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,595
Reviews: 784
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 174
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 barleywinefiend
4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
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
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
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
4.37/5  rDev +4%
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
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
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
4.37/5  rDev +4%
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
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
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
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of kirok1999
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
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
4.84/5  rDev +15.2%
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
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
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
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
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
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
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
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
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
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
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
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
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
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
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
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
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
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
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
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
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
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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