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Hop 15 - Port Brewing

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,501 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,501
Reviews: 771
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 173
Gots: 94 | 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 oakbluff
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear tangerine with lots o' floaties. not much head to speak of. Smell- sweet pineapple and mango goodness. a sweet sweet perfume...
Taste- sweet hops. all sorts of fragrant tropical fruit. Reminds me a lot of bell's hop slam. Hop sweetness then turns to an acidic bitter grassy finish. Malt bill lends a solid backbone and is thick and creamy with a touch of vanilla. Carbonation is lively. Alcohol is hidden allowing it to be one helluva drinkable hop monster. Just a great DIPA, and the crazy part is that its not all that fresh and is still a perfume bottle of hops!

oakbluff, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of DogFood11
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber picked up at my local beer haunt. I've always enjoyed the fresh hop taste of this brew and this bottle was no exception.

Ripe cantelope coloring. A light orange with a bit of a haze. Strong moist hop aroma. Alcohol is well hidden for such a big brew. Content is close to a wine and I would never know it other than the warmth it provides. Large apricot and grapefruit flavors are countered by a nice dry ending. Drinkability is desireable. It has a touch of a wet hop green horn to it. Its a great example of the style and one that holds up to its competition very well.

Notes: This, like many port brewing beers is exceptional. Only downside is they seem to lead the way in elite pricing. Although you can get comparable products for less this is worth it.

DogFood11, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of willjschmidt
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: A deep orangish hue with a very thin white head. The thin head dissipates quickly leaving only a little bit of lacing.

S: Lots of citrus, it bursts with grapefruit and orange. The alcohol is also very apparent.

T: Lots of sticky sweet citrus; lemon, orange and grapefruit. A bit of pine at the end followed up with a mouth puckering bitterness. All of the flavors are intense and a bit overwhelming. It's also quite alcoholic, the finish is heavy with the taste of it.

M: This brew is thick and juicy, even a bit on the syrupy side. Not a lot of carbonation due to the thickness.

D: I enjoyed this beer but not as much as some of the other top DIPA's I've had. A little too thick for me but all in all a very good DIPA.

willjschmidt, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of eatdrinknbmerry
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel glass.

H: 1/2 - 3/4"

A: nice cherry brown/blonde

S: definitely a very subtle pineapple/nuttiness to it

T: delicious. nice carbonation, a quick sear on the tongue w/ hops that dissipates faster than you can say 'dissipates'

M: very nice carbonation burn, smooth, slightly velvety

D: i can drink this all night

what can i say? another fine product raised on the farms of Lost Abbey/Pizza Port.

eatdrinknbmerry, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of bjoyce12
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Truth in advertising here. Hops hops hops hops hops. Super hoppy BUT without any accompanying bitterness, nor the expected alcohol bite with an ABV of 10%. This is like an IPA on steroids. If you like hops you'll love this one. That's the story on this brew. It doesn't get much more complicated than that.

bjoyce12, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of klewis
2.8/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to weeare138 for this bottle.

A: Pours a dark amber with a big foamy head. Quite a lot of suspended sediment. Good head sustain with rings of thick lacing.

S: A nice hop smell with aromas of pine needles and citrus.

T: A harsh and astringent hop taste bombards the palate. Some nice but brief lemon and citrus flavors are overwhelmed by an intense raw vegetal taste. Horribly unbalanced, even for a DIPA.

M: Full-bodied with light carbonation. Strong lingering bitterness with a bit of heat.

D: Very undrinkable due to the extreme bitterness. Nearly a drain pour.

[ serving type: bottle ]

klewis, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of crookedhalo
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours up an ambery tint with a light tan head exhibiting good retention. Lots of chunky floaters and protein coagulation. Candied hop and pine resin in the nose with some pale malt sweetness coming through as well as an orangy citrusiness. Big hop bitterness with a little sweetness to back it up, a significant alcohol burn nearer the finish. Quite the big DIPA. Grapefruity finish with a lingering dryness. Very nice.

crookedhalo, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Callenak for this brew.

Pours a nice golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy tan head, lots and lots of nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is mostly hoppy, malty, nice touch of grapefruit/pines, and some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet at first, then the hop bomb kicks in, lots of hops, nice touch of malts, good tones of grapefruit/pines, and some caramel. The finish is dry/bitter. The alcohol is hidden very well. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is an awesome DIPA, and another awesome brew from LA/PB. Highly Recommended, thanks Street.

Wasatch, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of drseamus
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Gotta love the crystal clear beers. This one is a reddish amber color with a white head.

S: The aroma is jam packed with pine, citrus and a touch of sweetness and is purely amazing. This one is really off the charts and in a league with Pure Hoppiness.

T: Flavor is dead on nuts. Exactly what it should be. Tons of citrus, tons of pine, a little malty sweetness (maybe a touch too much), and good bitterness but not overly so. I find that a lot of DIPA's just blast bitterness instead of using the flavor aspect of hops and this beer is NOT one of them. I think I'm in love but it makes me kind of nervous to say so...

M: For this much flavor it's nice to see that the body isn't crazy heavy. It is on the heavier end of medium but it feels so good.

D: Probably my favorite DIPA, but when you combine a 22oz bottle with 10% ABV it equals like 4 regular beers and that is a bit much. I need to move to San Diego.

drseamus, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of pwoods
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to NJpadreFan and his crazy local liquor store. Been wanting this for a bit now.

22oz brown bomber poured into an imperial pint. No dating.

A: Pours a rusty orange with some chilling haze, yeast was kept in the bottle. Huge 3 fingers of white head that's extremely rocky. Holds high for 30 seconds and then heads south at a steady pace. Fun to watch. Some lacing struggles to hold on.

S: Floral, pine-y, and citrus grapefruit all at once. Smells like I'm laying in a flower bed in the middle of the forest, eating a grapefruit, lol. A touch of some alcohol phenols add a surprisingly good twist on things. Sweet malts help maintain complexity.

T/M: Alcohol is very present... to the point of blocking a lot of the hoppiness. After the initial few sips, you can start tasting the citrus oils and pine needle goodness. Bread-y and doughy malts help balance things out and add a touch of sweetness. In the middle, it becomes very creamy and then dries out to a desert of bitterness. I added the yeast in with the 2nd half of the bottle and I think it helped a bit with the alcohol, too. Without the yeast, I give it a 4 on taste. With the yeast I'd give it 4.5 on taste.

D: Very tasty once past the initial alcohol shock(At least I didn't expect it). With the high alcohol, this bottle will definitely be enough for tonight, though I'd love to get another one of these to lay down for 12-18months. YEAH I SAID IT! I'M GONNA AGE AN IPA! Actually, getting 1 to age and another fresh for a vertical would be awesome... and inebriating.

pwoods, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of jamie2dope
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Have been a bit hesitant to get this beer because of the somewhat high price tag, but saw it today at Bauer, and decided to give it a try. Pours a nice hazy orange coloration, with a decent enough looking white head. Aroma is big on the piny needle side (as the blurb on the side of the bottle indicates) and with some alcohol as well. Taste is also big on the piney aspect, but there is also a huge presence of juicy tropical fruits such as pineapple and papaya. Mouthfeel is big on the hops, but not quite a scorcher on the palate...just balanced enough. I could drink a bomber of this no problem, but any more than that might be a bit too much for me. I have to say that this beer is pretty goddamn close to perfection. Lately I have been a little tired of this style, but this beer has jump started my curiosity. Probably the only other example that I can think of that is in the same league is Dreadnaught. Ok I am done raving, get this beer if you can.

jamie2dope, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of grub
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DrJay hooked me up with this one in BC2. thanks jay!

22oz bottle.

pours coppery amber with a nice fluffy off-white head. the head drops fairly fast but leaves lots of lace behind.

aroma is nice. lots of caramel. bit of toffee. grapefruit. bit of pine. light alcohol. orange and tangerine. slightly resinous.

taste is great. orange and grapefruit. tangerine. caramel. alcohol. bread and biscuit. light sweetness.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. well balanced. there's a lot of depth to this one that i really enjoyed. thanks jay!

grub, Nov 12, 2007
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
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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
Hop 15 from Port Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 1,501 ratings.