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Hop 15 - Port Brewing

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,489 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 1,489
Reviews: 769
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 173
Gots: 88 | FT: 0
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 dfillius
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a bomber

A: Cloudy with yeast chunks in suspension. Yellow-green color on the edges of the glass. Brown/amber color in the center. Not much head for a DIPA, but the foam retention is nice.

S: Dank! Pine/citrus hybrid. Oily smelling. Spicy and cannabis notes too. That's what 15 varieties of hops will do I guess.

T: An amazing example of a Double IPA. Cucumber, bitter! Finishes with a nice bready maltiness. The predominant flavor is hops.

M: Tingly, very prickly carbonation

D: I could only drink one glass of this, but it is delicious!

dfillius, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of arizcards
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at AJ's at the end of June for 7.39.

Beer poured a cloudy amber orange with a nice fluffy white head. Nose is perfect as this is huge on floral hops, nothing less expected from the variety of hops used! Taste is somewhat balanced. There is a nice caramel malt backbone to support the tounge numbing variety of hops. It leaves quite the hop oil residue on the palate. Mouthfeel could not be better. Full by feel, creamy as it glides across the palate, it does not get much better for the style. Drinkability is good, the alcohol is well masked but sneaks up on one pretty quickly. All in all a special beer!

arizcards, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of kmo1030
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy light caramel brown. it's got a decent not quite white head. laces a little.
big resinous hop aroma... it runs the gamut here. you get grapefruit, pine, asprin, grassiness, some vague herbal qualities, pinapple. there is also some detectable alcohol. smells a little salty from time to time.
the taste has a buttload of juicy hops. mostly of the grapefruity variety, though you get the whole range from the aroma. citrus bitterness dominates, without being one dimensional. a little bit of caramel sweetness, but it obviously doesn't even approach balanced. extremely bitter throughout, but in back especially. a hoppy punch in the teeth! i'm going to give a 5 here, because this is an incredible tasting westcoast DIPA with an awesome hop profile.
it's got a body that approaches full, with moderate carbonation.
drinkability is quite good for such a big beer. it kicks your palate's ass, but not to the degree that it wears it out, so it does have some balance in that respect. again, a fantastic westcoast example of the style. 15 kinds of hops every 15 minutes... that's a beer that's no joke.

kmo1030, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of czechsaaz
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've enjoyed this beer before, but this is the first time from the production brewery.

Very malty with caramel aroma and a hint of diacetyl and lots of ripe fruit aromas. Hops are present but seem to be taking a back seat to the malt. some floral aroma from hops. Old bottle? Not really what I remember.

Deep amber with a small head that leaves a ring around the glass. Very little rising carbonation. Clarity is very good.

Flavor is initially very hoppy with lots of bitter resins. But there's a strong malt component with brown sugar and caramel and melanoidin flavors. Mid palate I get a good dose of hop flavor, slightly grassy and a little bit citrus too. On the aftertaste I get some woody hops and lots of hop oil. Nice and well balanced.

Mouthfeel is very big bodied. Carbonation level semms pretty light though so it comes off as a little syrupy.

This is a big huge mother of a beer. I remember the old champagne style bottles being way hoppier so I wonder if I got an older bottle. still a very nice sipping beer.

czechsaaz, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of umustdrink
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as a gift from fartingdog
many thanks!

A - Bright orange color, opaque. White head fades to a thick ring with a ball in the middle. Small bits of lacing all around the glass.

S - Smell is mainly of sweet and bitter fruity hops. Very creamy and very peppery.

T/M - A faintly sweet, creamy bitterness starts us out followed quickly by a sharp carbonation bite. Light grainy malts and grapefruity hops then a finish of sweet bittery hops and peppery malts.

D - 10% alcohol hidden completely, and enticing tastes make for excellent drinkability. Huge amounts of gratitude expressed to fartingdog for this awesome double IPA.

umustdrink, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of illidurit
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light amber/orangey color with a big fluffy off white head. Decent lacing down the sides of the snifter.

S: Huge, sweet, tropical hops dominate the aroma.

T: Grapefruit, pineapple, orange, pine, and a slight grassiness all rush forth from the complex variety of hops used in this beer. A perfect amount of caramel malt backs up the hop onslaught. The hop bitterness is appreciable but not overdone. Very well balanced.

M/D: Smooth and a bit thick, good dry hoppy finish. The 10% kinda snuck up on me, but this was enjoyable til the end. Another great Port beer.

illidurit, Nov 06, 2007
Photo of number1bum
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to BeerTruth for hooking me up with this one. I also recently saw a case of this at Westy's in Camp Hill. Cool!

Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a big pillowy soft light beige head. Head retention is excellent, with a thick lace and lots of clingy stick.

Smell is very fruity hops, with lots of grapefruit and orange peel aromas going on, with some tropical fruit and some caramel malt thrown in for good measure.

Taste is supremely balanced between a solid caramel malt backbone and flavorful hops with a reasonable yet substantial level of bitterness. Very fruity hop flavors, with primarily grapefruit and other citrus flavors going on, with a bit of pine and pineapple. The bitterness as I said is substantial, but it is not out of control like some DIPAs, and is balanced beautifully by caramel malt. Little bit of alcohol is noticeable, as well.

Mouthfeel is quite creamy and very slick from all those hop resins, with a good level of carbonation and a beefy medium- to nearly full body. It's as drinkable as a big abv DIPA can get.

Hard to find much wrong with this. I love it when a DIPA can be huge and hoppy but have so much hop flavor while keeping bitterness in check. Great beer.

number1bum, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Port Brewing- Hop-15

$12 for a bottle at Capone's- Norristown, PA

A- Golden yellow/ orange with a small sticky head.
S- Big strong grapefruit, pinapple, and tobacco hops.
T- Citrus hops, grapefruit, pinapple, and orange with a late fading hint of tobacco and licorice.
M- Bitter and tart with a sweet and slighty metalic finish. Dry yet oily bitter aftertaste.

Overall- Maybe a little too rough around the edges for me. Otherwise not bad.

NJpadreFan, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of devildog1633310
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this gem at Corks beverage in Mansfield, MA. Hops, hops, and more hops. As the first drops touched the side of my glass I could see the arangment of hand picked hops sticking to it with great enthusiasm. At first sip, the bouquet of citrus aroma clashes with a hint of pine, creating a mouthful of pleasure and a scent full of hoppy extacy. You won't notice the 10% ABV. Some of the later sips from the second pour were grainy from the hoppy bottom of the 22 oz bottle. Some might not like the consistancy. It is all taken with a grain of hops, so to say.

devildog1633310, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of Dukeofearl
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle found at Hi Time Wine in Costa Mesa, CA., October 2007, and tasted the same month.

I bought 2 bottles and had the first a week or so ago, and all I could think was WOW- when can I have more!?!?

Pours a deep dark golden amber, with lots and lots of floaties, that started halfway through the pour. A nice head that doesn't last forever, but long enough.

This beer, as advertised, is all about hops. Intense, sharp, full, and with every hops flavor possible- grapefruit, orange, oil, juniper, grass, leaves, herbs, and yes, hops. But believe it or not, there's room for some really good malt profile too.

Rich full high ABV makes this a slow drinker, but that just makes it more enjoyable.

Wow, this is good stuff. Can I have some more please?

Dukeofearl, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of YonderWanderer
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light copper color, slightly hazy, with a thin layer of foam. Some sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Hops. Lots of hops. Piney, resin, earthy, citrus hops. They used 15 kinds of hops in this? i can't tell if that's really true or not, but man, they used a hell of a lot of hops period.

T: Wham. This one hits you with a big hop taste - as if someone took a giant bag of hops and clocked you in the head with it. Granted, this is more pleasant than being hit by a giant bag of hops, but the effect is the same. A strong malty, sweet backbone provides balance for this however. It's a hop bomb, but it's a well-balanced hop bomb. Hops are heavy with citrus, but blended nicely with pine, resin, and some earthiness.

M: Smooth, a little syrupy, but crisp and dry at the end.

D: This is a fantastic DIPA. Tasty as hell and highly recommended for any hopheads. This is a hell of a beer. Glad to see it on the east coast now.

YonderWanderer, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of bennetj17
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear, deep copper with an orange tinge. Thin foam leaves onyl a faint ring withmoderate carbonation rising from below. The aroma is strong with orange and grapefruit hop notes. Paired with rich caramelly malt the hops give of a sweet floral bouquet while the alcohol stays well hidden.

The flavor has more orange citrus character, and it's a bit alcoholic, slightly drying. The finish is slightly harsh with lingering bitterness that takes a bit to get accustomed to. Overall its a heavy beer but still pulls off a decent balance between the hops and the sugary malt. Medium thickness, the mouthfeel is perhaps a bit slick on the palate. Medium soft carbonation, not bad.

This one is must be drank steadily, but it will not disappoint. Recommended...

bennetj17, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle

Slightly hazy, amber colored fluid. Large, creamy, ivory colored head. Great lacing despite mediocre glassware. Hard to see if any legs.

Hops are noticeable as soon as bottle is popped. Pine, grapefruit and grass. Peaches and caramel show up with a little temperature increase.

Just a little hoppy....(heavy sarcasm). As with aroma, taste shows pine and grapefruit. Hint of sweet, maybe pineapple and peach. Great lingering bitterness in finish, grassy. Touch of alcohol, but well hidden in general. Spice and pepper at finish as well.

Medium - in body. I expected a bit heavier, but enjoyed the lighter approach. Medium carbonation. Quite dry. Alcohol says hello with the very first sip.

Not much in the way of balance, but delicious nonetheless. A hop heads beer for sure!

, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ever so slight a haze in the beer...It is a light amber. Sporadic lace is left on the side of the glass. Very nice initial head that subsides to a thin layer.

Notable alcohol warmth and fresh hop. Citrus

Highly hopped ale with an alcohol kicker in the aftertaste. The malt is completely masked. The aftertaste is pure, puckering hop. The body is consistent with the style.

This is a very pleasant Imperial IPA, although it is not for the hop adverse.

smcolw, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of BeerZack
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle from KingG

Hazy golden-orange with a big fluffy head that sticks all over the glass. Lots of yeast sediment and floaties in the last glass poured.

The smell of piney hops fills the air as soon as I started pouring this one. Piney resin, big hop aroma dominates some sweet malt and alcohol smell.

Big and malty, slightly caramelized character that barely stands up to the hops bursting from all sides. Fruity and citrusy for sure, but the piney and woodsy hops dominate.

Somewhat gripping on the cheek and gums from all the hop acid, but this seems to mellow (dramatically, if youre eating the right food) for an overall pleasurable experience. Medium-full mouthfeel, plenty of carbonation.

Really nice stuff, monster hop-bomb but not too heavy or roasty on the malt side like many out there. A+ stuff

BeerZack, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-golden color with a fluffy, persistent head. The smell is hoppy, caramel, taste is hoppy citrus flavors, good malts, creamy mouthfeel and a nicely bitter aftertaste. For 10% alcohol it is masterfully hidden. This is a great IPA and I really liked the brewery and staff when I visited. If you like IPA's, hops, or just beers go get your hands on one of these somehow. Buttery qualities are the only detractors.

ArrogantB, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chill hazed amber colored ale with a decent beige colored head.

Scent is sweet and spicy with a strong hop aroma. Distinct sensation of alcohol fumes with grapefruit, tangerine, eucalyptus, menthol, pineapple and pepper aromas.

The taste begins neutral and woody with a burnt sugar and wood after taste. Strong with the hops but by no means harsh. Tasty but not big on subtleties this is a Meat And Potatoes DIPA. Like a Harley Davidson Motorcycle it really isn't that fast but it is brash and to the point.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is the strongest point of this beer. Strong DIPA but not a harsh one. Easy to please beer without any of the subtleties of Dreadnaught.

Zorro, Oct 01, 2007
Photo of gubbt
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright orange with a small white head. Not much lacing.

Smell is more subdued than I thought. Overall, it's pretty sweet with a little tropical fruit and orange, caramel?

As it warms up to the proper temperature you get some nice sweetness that is honey like that then transitions into a nice finish where you get some orange like sweetness combined with a grapefruit bitterness. Overall, it's more on the citrus side than pine. Alcohol also plays a minor part in the picture, and becomes more apparent as it continues to warm. The base of the flavor profile reminds me some of Racer 5 IPA.

Mouthfeel is nice. A little heavier than your average IPA.

Hmm, I hyped this brew up quite a bit in my mind as it is quite rare in these parts. I guess I was expecting just a little more. It's still very good, though, but I'll probably just stick to Hopsickle or Ruination when I want a hop fix. Bottoms up!

gubbt, Oct 01, 2007
Photo of DIM
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: While the bottle says this is darker than the average dipa, I thought it was a bit lighter. No big deal though, it is fine looking beer with plenty of laced craggy looking head.

s: Yes! An utterly confounding array of hop varities fighting for top billing. Some sugary alcohol burn manages to somehow make itself known.

t: Purchasing hop monsters by the bottle with no info on a bottling date can be dicey in my experience. I got lucky with this one though, as it tastes like it was bottled last week. Absolutely superb, a hop monster for hop masochists. Most dipas bring a little too much malt along for the ride but if anything this beast could use a little more. A magnificent hop assault thank you pizza port!

m: Tangy and tingly, no part of the mouth is spared. Very nice.

d: While I certainly want more of these, I do need some time to recover. Damn bombers 12 ozs is plenty.

DIM, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of ncvbc
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, first of all I must say that this one didn't seem as good the second time. Still, it received high marks but it wasn't all that I remember.

Poured a deep golden honey color, second pour was more hazy due to the massive sediment in the bottom. Steady carbonation and a somewhat thin white head.

Smell was lovely. Massive hops is basically all you get. Piney like the sap from a tree. Bold citrus scents as well. It's an explosion on the senses but well controlled.

Taste is also throroughly hopped. I guess any beer with 15 separate hop additions probably would be. Huge pine taste again, quite resinous. Citrus compliments this a little but doesn't come through as much as the nose suggests. Very little malt backbone if any to speak of. The slightest hint of caramel malt is noticed from time to time.

Mouthfeel is huge. Resinous and almost sticky at times, though drying and bitter. Not really an alcohol burn at all, which is pretty good considering its content.

Drinkability is good. Tough to take on a bomber solo simply because this one is for the hopheads and it will punish you if you don't pace yourself.

I would still consider this a favorite in terms of what it stands for. The scores don't put it up with YuleSmith and the like though this one is my new go-to when I want to be smacked across the face with a bundle of hops!

Thanks goes to oodeftone for sending a couple bombers my way!

ncvbc, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of DrJay
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one poured a hazy orange with longlasting, fine beige foam that produced some chunky lacing. Rich, malty aroma with lots of caramel and a bit of alcohol balanced the big hops - mostly grapefruit flesh and floral pine. Strong citric/drying bitterness with lots of grapfruit fruitiness and mild pine notes. Caramel sweetness was present throughout. There was a hint of alcohol in the finish, along with lingering grapefruit bitterness, sort of like hop juice. Medium/full bodied with moderate carbonation and a creamy, luxurious texture. A little dryness and light warmth. Very tasty and definitely full of hops. A solid example of a DIPA and certainly worth trying if you get a chance.

DrJay, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of westweasel
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to PSYCOHOPS for a taste of this special brew!!!

Poured from a 22oz. bomber bottle into a Samuel Adams tasting glass. The color is a nice, translucent orange/amber with an off-white head. A good amount of lace was left along the glass.

The aroma was both bready and very citrusy. The citrus taste was made up of grapefruit, lemons, and tangerines.

The beer tasted very much like the smell. Some sweet wheat bread up-front followed by a very bright citrus flavors. Again I could taste lemon and grapefruit along with some orange. It has a nice bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is medium.

This beer is very drinkable for a double IPA. A very good tasty beer.

westweasel, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of akorsak
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 22 oz bomber purchased at Capone's. The review is from the second glass of the bomber, which was not refrigerated while the first glass was enjoyed.

A: The ale has a darker tea color, closer to brown than to orange with a haziness the permeates through the entire glass. The head neared two and a half fingers on pour and leaves dried patches throughout.

S: The nose is thick with pine aromas, so much so that this beer could double for a car freshener. Some citrus notes add a sweeter sugary aroma as well.

T: A blast of alcohol-infused pine cones hits you immediately. Dry piney hops and sweet citrus ones are the bread and butter of the beer. The citrus flavors include grapefruit and orange and leave a long bitterness in the mouth. Caramel malts register up front and in the finish, adding a malty base that just can't keep up with the hops.

M: My palate has been assaulted by the hops in this beer and I may never taste properly again. The bitterness is so intense and inviting that the dryness is a welcome attribute.

D: The abv makes itself known early and often, this is more of a sippin' beer as a result. If you love hops, this beer will not disappoint.

akorsak, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of WeisGuy
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - pours a deep golden ambe with a one-finger white head with good retention and decent lacing, first pour into a pint glass had very fine sediment, second pour had lots of big chunkies

s - beautiful smell, lots and lots of tropical fruits along with some citrus and pine accents, hints of alcohol

t - big fruity hops up front, lots of grapefruit, mango, passionfruit, followed by slight bitterness in with the significant caramelly malt backbone, finish is long and bitter with tropical fruit notes and noticeable but not overwhelming alcohol presence

m - medium-bodied, considerable carbonation, dry finish

d - while the alcohol is noticeable and the finish a bit dry, this is still dangerously drinkable for a 10% abv DIPA

Lived up to the hype for me. This is right up there with the top tier DIPAs that I've had, including Dreadnaught and Pliny the Elder. The only knock I have is the high amount of yeast chunks in the bottle that kept me from enjoying the last couple ounces.

WeisGuy, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of bosco7
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a really light copper color with a pillowy head. Lacing clings to the glass. Some chill haze that clears soon enough.

Pineapple, grapefruit, orange, mango, cedar, pepper, strawberry, peach and passionfruit in the nose. Wow this smells like a fruit salad with a dash of bark! Nice.

Starts sweet with some caramel. Not as fruity as the nose but the palate is dominated by pungent grapefruit and orange zest. There is some pineapple in there as well. This is followed by sticky pine resin and a impressive amount of bitterness. Finishes dry and bitter with some booze. It is well attenuated which is surprising for the 10% ABV. Flavorful is an understatement.

I am really impressed with the light and refreshing mouthfeel on this brew. Overall this has to be one of my favorite DIPAs. Highly recommended.

bosco7, Sep 18, 2007
Hop 15 from Port Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 1,489 ratings.