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Hop 15 - Port Brewing

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Reviews: 790
Hads: 1,737
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 15.31%
Wants: 186
Gots: 163 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Port Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: comat0se on 02-09-2003

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Photo of Catracho5
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Serving Type: 22 oz. bomber poured into a belgian style tulip glass

Appearance: Beautiful orange color with lots of tiny bubbles in the head, it's cloudy, looks great.

Smell: Big onion type aroma on the nose, not getting any of the malts, alcohol is present on the aroma's tail end.

Taste: Like the aroma, big onion bitterness up front, malts on the backend, really smooth, the alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming. This is how I like my IPAs and IIPAs, I like that onion type flavor, not grapefruit or piney, but a different bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Not a big mouthfeel, fairly light compared to other IIPAs that I have tried that have a syrupy mouthfeel, for IIPA, this is crisp, light on the mouthfeel. A little heat from the alcohol.

Overall: This is great, reminds of some of the Stone Enjoy By and Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA but with a little more heat on it. West coast style IIPA all the way. If you love Pliny, Enjoy By you have to try this, I am impressed too bad it's seasonal. It's also easy drinking doesn't make you feel bloated. For a 10% ABV beer this is really good, cheers!

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Photo of wiegs4life
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

L : Dark copper with minimal lacing 4.25
S : I loved those strong citracy flavor that overpowers the other hops for an awesome aroma.
T : I was shocked when i saw it was 10% ABV. It is well balanced and very flavorful.
M : On the heavier side for DIPA. Still very smooth.
O : This makes my top 10 beer list of all time. I look forward to trying again sometime

I had at Isaac Newton's in Newtown, PA

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Served chilled in a teku glass.

Color of hazed, rusty sunshine, an orange amber color that glows. Topped by a massive off-white head that leaves chains of lacework behind as it recedes. Fairly decent head retention.

Hop 15 carries a remarkable aroma for a Double IPA, showing off bright notes of dank weed, lemon zest, orange juice, champagne, and vanilla. It is fresh smelling, exceedingly hoppy, and subtley sweet underneath it all.

Initial impression is BOOZY. Then you notice the creamy mouthfeel, and a flavor that is packed with hops. Sweet mid-palate flavor, with an herbal hop finish. It mixes citrus fruit, basil, and vanilla, and it strikes a balance despite its obvious strength and hop intensity. Very soft carbonation, robust and plentiful, but a very gentle texture. Smooth and full-bodied.
There is a light sweetness that pokes against the massive hop profile, actually finishing a touch sweet.

Really, it is not difficult to see how this beer has won so many awards. It's definitely not "sessionable" but it is certainly delicious. It's a knock-you-out kind of DIPA, that possesses a well-crafted character. Paired with a carrot cake from Devon Seafood Grill. A magical pairing, even if it is stereotypical. The bitter hops play against the sweet cream cheese frosting so well, and the sweet malt connects with the subtle sweetness of carrots.

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Photo of MonkeyBread
4/5  rDev -4.3%

22oz poured into a glass

Appearance: lot of foam and a big head, straw color hue

Smell: resiny, dank, tropical, bit of citrus. Pungent notes of pine. About as advertised with a combo of 15 different hop varieties it spans the spectrum of smells.

Taste: similar to nose it is all over the place. The front end is tropical with mangos, oranges and lemons with the finish showcasing the hop bitterness of floral, resiny pine notes. The only complaint is the bitterness in the finish lingering a little too long.

Mouthfeel: very full body, viscous, almost syrupy with a bit of cream. Not too carbonated despite the foam when pouring.

Overall: a nice DIPA. I think this stacks up well to Pliny and other highly regarded ones in the space. Be ready for a hop bonanza spanning the full spectrum of flavors, this not a one or two note beer.

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Photo of sommersb
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tasted On: 04-28-2014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Nonic pint
Purchased: Single from Let's Pour mailorder

Appearance shows a hazy, honey-colored beer with a big white head. The lacing and head retention are superb.

Smells feature citrus from the hops, with grapefruit aromas dominating, along with some fruit sweetness such as with mangos and pineapple. A delight to the nose

Wow on the taste!, with a great initial favor burst of fruity hop character, followed by citrusy bitterness and then a blendng of malty caramel sweetness

Thick in body, the finish is very favorful with hoppy bitterness married with fruits and malt sweetness. Overall aftertastes are definitely hop-forward, however

Overall impression is of an epic DIPA; one of the best I've tasted

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Super hazy, pale orange with a big white head on a gentle pour. Very carbonated which is surprising considering the other Port beers I have had. Great lacing.

A: Resiny pine and pineapple/mango hop notes, some dankness as spiciness in the back. The malt brings some sweet breadiness as well with a little biscuit. Very clean and crisp fermentation profile.

T/M: Big, smooth bitterness upfront, moves into massive pine resin and earthy/spicy hop notes. The middle reveals an almost syrupy, candy-like malt character and booziness that battles with the massive hop flavors. Finish is hop spice and candy malt with a drying body.

Overall, this is a great Double IPA with a very unique hop character. The strength of this beer is impressive and perhaps becomes a little over the top. However, if you want to be punched in the face by a massive hop-bomb this will do the trick. A very original take on the west-coast DIPA.

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Photo of MikeyBadnews
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

After a day of intensive, back breaking yard work I emerge sore and with a mild sunburn on my nose and cheeks. Not a night for a typical ale, nor a night to rehash the old. I'm officially stepping out of winter and budding like the maple in my backyard.

I searched for something spring related, dying for an allergy ale, an itchy eye IPA or anything seasonal. Nothing fit the mold so I grabbed a bottle that shows a fleet of American bombers reigning down hell and hops into a pint glass. It does have some green in the Roman-Sans font on the label so we'll call it a Spring Beer.

This brew is a Double IPA so the alcohol is high at 10%.

Pours heavy with a rusty orange, translucent hue and tops off with a creamy three finger head that finishes like a mountain of thick cool-whip. The head takes it's sweet time retreating so I dive in prematurely.

The smell is a typical heavy handed Double IPA alcohol smell upfront with some pine sap and tangerine smells sitting in the back. Not bad

Flavor in this Is plentiful and strong, you feel the alcohol burn initially but it withdraws with a sticky film that leaves a particular sweetness behind. Not exclusive to this beer but unique as the alcohol lingers with every exhale you can use the sweet film to accompany it and make it rather pleasant as the two meet together and offset the harsher notes left behind.

Mouth feel is good, enjoyable and goes down easy for a high alcohol brew.

Overall this is a terrific beer, it wont leave you questioning whether or not you just downed a pint because it's a strong beer. If you're not into IPAs it's not a starter beer, experienced pallets only, but if it sounds like something you'd be into you wont walk away disappointed.


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Photo of larryarms847
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is bit a cloudy, but bright with a golden orange hue.

Smells like hops, citrus, and hops.

Taste is a full on hop bomb with back notes of tropical fruit.

Mouthfeel is like chewing on hops.

Overall this is a decent IPA and perfect for any hopheads out there looking for a fix.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured 22oz bomber into Lost Abbey Teku no date on bottle

A-Pours a golden orange color with a white head. Great lacing.

S-Hop, citrus, pine and malt aroma.

T-Mango, orange, grapefruit, passion fruit, pine, biscuit and malt flavors.

M-Medium body with lots of carbonation.

O-Overall great DIPA should've tried a draft when I was in SD

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a tulip.
Appearance - gold/orange, noticeable carbonation, thin white head that leaves light lacing.
Smell - smack you in the face citrus and floral hops!
Taste - follows the nose with an aggressive hop profile.
Feel - hop bitterness and a touch of alcohol.
Overall - very good and enjoyable DIPA, a bit overpriced and one-sided, however.

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Photo of Ego
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

heady, to say the least, easy 3 fingers of white foam, absolute maelstrom of bubbles feeding this thing, kind of a glowing dark straw hue but nice and clean/clear clarity wise, lacing is ridiculous as well as the staying power of the foam hat topping this bad boy, great looking brew, almost as nice as leaked selfies of scarlett johanssen (so I heard...)

where to begin ? a true hop-a-palooza (ohh that made me cringe, sorry), a broad range of lovely hop aromas here, here is a peek at what is poking its way around here: mangoes, herbal, grassy, citrus, stinky weed, malty sweetness.. as crazy as this is the balance is there with the hops vs the malt, really nice

taste etc...
big ? sheesh, about 15 inches thrust down.. um, bad analogy, but I think it might have been said best in full metal jacket (but I will paraphrase)
Too Boku, Too Boku
no, this is 100% pure californian DIPA, no too boku
anyhoo, this goes big and stays big, you sense the alcohol but that's fine, the hops are super present but not taste bud serial killers, the malt really holds up here making this one delicious roll in the hay (or hops as it were), this certainly is not a shy minx, damn this mule kicks,
a testament to west coast brash and technical ability of the brewer, where as some port stuff strikes me as astringent this hits all the right notes, I mean it has the right weight, the right carbonation, crazy amounts of hops, big kick, and just superb all around.

47 ronin may have sucked but hop 15 is a goddamn summer blockbuster no matter what time you unleash it on to your beer Ka... this is one to punch your mom in the face for.

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Photo of pkalix
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

super nice creamy head. hazy dark golden liquid'
smell is all tropical. I totally get the mangoes. and the pineapple is dominant. sweet gushing aroma of fruit.
taste is quite the same. almost candy-like with the burst of tropical flavors. I cant believe this is a 10% beer, although there is some hint of it along with the subtle bitterness. I absolutely love the aroma of this, though, as I bring the glass to my mouth for a drink. it's almost like drinking a fruit juice with its aroma. very bitter orange peel, some pine, and rounding off of sweet biscuit.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2/27/14

Appearance: Bubbly head of a finger and a half. Color is orange with a murky body. Sticky lacing left behind with each drink. Average active carbonation.

Smell: Soft fruits greet the palate. Tons of citrus, grapefruit, kiwis, pineapple, and mangos. Light caramel malt sweetness gives the bright hops a great base to stand on. Some piney bitterness picked up on the back end with a touch of alcohol.

Taste: Grapefruit, pineapple, mangos, and sweet citrus greets the palate and slowly warms into the body. Tropical fruits continue to flow over the palate in waves then adds a touch of caramel malt and piney bitterness. Soft fruits and a lingering bitterness sit on the palate long after drinking.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is masterfully done, providing a soft feeling which lets the hops shine through.

Overall: A masterfully executed DIPA. An absolute must try for a hop head. Port doesn't have the hype that many others do but they rarely miss. Completely top notch stuff.

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Photo of PPOmaha
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: prominent citrus, mango, and guava hop aroma. You can smell it when you crack the bottle. Medium spicyness. No DMS,slight diacetyl that could be part of hop profile. Also some light high alcohol.

Appearance: light copper with light brown highlights. White head that dissipates quickly. Slight haze from bottle conditioning.

Flavor: In line with aroma, citrus and mango dominant with a significant sweetness but not too much to overwhelm bitterness. Balanced for 10% alcohol but you can taste the alcohol in the flavor as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy body. Light dry finish with some sweetness and alcohol.

Overall: Nice beer but I recommend you drink it before it gets much warmer than 50 as it comes toward room temp the alcohol really starts to come out. Hop aroma is very good.

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Photo of AdamHart22
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 22oz bomber. Into a tulip glass. This is just a normal tulip glass. It doesn't have a brewer's name on it or some bizarre story attached to it. People wouldn't covet this glass for any reason, nor do I feel special describing this glass. Its just a tulip glass.

Now that that's over.

A - This DIPA looks great. A nice hazy orange with a 1/2 inch white head.
S - Oranges, grapefruits, even lemon, which I typically don't get and I drink this style frequently.
T - The nose knows. Grapefruit in abundance. Definitely a beer for hop heads but not over the top. Could be a good introduction to strong DIPAs for the uninitiated.
M - The relatively high carbonation finishes this beer well. Nice and crisp and it doesn't have the nasty pine tar feeling some of these hop heavy DIPAs leave behind.
O - A great offering. I'll definitely purchase this again. The bottle label indicates this was formerly a special seasonal release, but they are going to start making more of it in the future. Good news I'd say!

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Port Brewing - Hop 15, poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Cloudy caramel amber, massive soapy head that retains well. Abundant lacing.

Smell - Aroma is some sweet malt, followed by citrus and some bitter pine.

Taste - Malt intro is rich caramel and then the hops creep in and dominate, mostly floral pine, hyper bitter.

Mouthfeel - Full-medium bodied with low carbonation. Hot booziness. Quite bitter. Good drinkability.

Overall - Not bad. Lacks subtly, a typical TIPA. A bit overly malty and boozy. I like the hops but I've had much more balanced versions of this.

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Photo of NorCalBrewBuff
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pure crisp citrus nose that is very pleasing. Although very hop forward, the flavor is complex with the different hop varieties shining through. Carbonation is high which helps to create a beautiful thick head but restricts access to the malt backbone which you can still feel in place. This is a very nice hopcentric DIPA with balance. The ABV is well hidden and the flavor characteristics take center stage. This the best from Port Brewing that I have experienced.

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Photo of cxr1037
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at a liquor store in San Diego for $7.99. Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Bruery tulip. I've had this beer before but this is my first time reviewing it.

Appearance: Soft, hazy light-orange. Strong, foamy head that fades into a subtle, 3mm ring.

Nose: Immediately, I get hops, but soon thereafter comes citrus, backed by a floral fragrance.

Taste: Sweet hoppiness. The alcohol is well-masked. Lots of grapefruit and other citrus. Almost candy-like, reminiscent of one of my favorite candies - Sunkist Fruit Gems. The bitterness from hops is balanced with a well-defined, but not overbearing malt character. Wonderful mouthfeel - not as heavy as the ABV suggests. Very well carbonated.

Finish: A lingering, citrusy bitterness that I feel toward the back of my tongue, but it isn't revolting. This beer is addictive: it makes me want to take more and more sips.

OA: This may very well be my favorite San Diego DIPA. Maybe even my favorite altogether! The DIPAs I've had in the 10+% range are usually too sweet and too malty for me to think of them as DIPAs (I usually think of them as hoppy barleywines), but I feel Hop-15 maintains the IPA character.

If you're a fan of citrus and hops, this is an absolute must-try.

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Photo of JG-90
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hop 15 pours a huge, creamy white head with heavy lacing. Is a clear orange/straw color. Smells of dank and citric hops, with a bit of bread and pine.

Taste starts with dank, lemon, and grapefruit hops. Moves on to bread and pine, with a bready and citric finish. Body and carbonation are average for a DIPA, with some creaminess and breadiness.

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Photo of razorsdescent
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Just had this back to back with Heady, and this was just as good and in some situations better. A perfect beer. Citrus and pine to the max, with the most incredible lacing I have ever seen. I have had this on draft and bottled and I have to say, this is worth the pick-up., doubly so if you are a hophead.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip
dated 9-16-13 (1 month)

A- Hazy golden orange with a massive white head.

S- Sharp citrus. A dank pine. Somewhat sweet smelling.

T- Bitter and palate busting. A hearty hoppiness at first, unsurprisingly. Huge notes of citrus, a lot of orange and some grapefruit. A lingering hop spicyness on this beer which is somewhat different given the hop flavor profile. A hint of pine as well. A touch of alcohol on the end but the sweet maltiness does a tiny bit to help off put the bold bitterness.

M- Bitter and some alcohol feel. A lingering hop spiciness.

O- An awesome DIPA. The guy in the store told me that this was the "most bitter beer in the store" and it does not disappoint. A hop bomb, and a lovely one at that.

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Photo of Glennlawless
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a frosty 16 oz pint glass.

A - from bottom to top it goes from a lighter hazy orange to a dark hazy orange with a frothy, creamy one finger head.

S - Smells so hoppy. Like pure citrus hop juice. Smelling peaches, pineapple, grapefruit. As it warmed in my glass i got a big whiff of caramel too. the maltyness made its presence! This was smelling from just after popping the cap in the bottle...after the pour the aroma actually mellowed a tad. Nice, inch seperated thin, line-like lacing going down the glass. This is really a good looking beer.

T - Wow. This is a hop explosion. crazy grapefruit going on. suppper bitter. It finishes with a lingering bitterness but not a crazy one that is going to scare you away surprisingly. This beer is 182 IBU's ; I was expecting my tongue to fall out haha. A little presence of alcohol slightly heats the back of your tongue after swallowing as well.

M - Slightly creamy, highly carbonated.

Overall i expected the beer to kill me, but for 10% and 182 ibu's, this beer is kind of drinkable. It has a good flavor and cascade and citrus hops blow your tongue away and alcohol comes in toward the end, but the malts seem to mellow it a little.All in all, this beer is good, and it is a must for hop-heads. im glad i picked it up.

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Photo of MoorBeerPlz
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium globe glass... Made on 9/13/13.

A: Poured a hazy orange/gold with a copper hue in the right light. 1 finger of head was all I could muster even with an aggressive pour. This dropped off quickly to a large foam ring with sticky foam on the sides of the glass.

S: Lots going on here and the nose changes as the beer warms up. First for me is a big hop smell with some variety in hops type. Next up was citrus, especially grapefruit, with some peachy and other citrus-like notes. Finally I caught the pine and resin. As the beer warmed a little, I also caught some malty notes, although I wasn't thinking caramel at first.

T: For me, you get blasted with the hops and resins up front, then the grapefruit and other fruit/floral tastes come in, then the malts come to the rescue of your taste-buds and senses to try and balance the whole thing out. It also gave me an impression of a spiciness at the end. For me, this beer kept tasting better as it warmed up and the malts started taking a more prominent place in the overall taste. Although not noticed at first, the alcohol does start to come though after the beer warms a little but isn't overpowering.

M: Medium body, with a resinous, hoppy coating on the tongue that stays with you even as the malts try to come through. Lightly carbonated, which was surprising to me, but didn't detract from the overall taste. Hoppy/piney/spicy finish that I would consider dry.

O: If DIPA's/hoppy IPAs aren't your thing, then this beer may not taste that great to you. I like to keep an open mind and let the beer do the convincing. This beer is one of the stouter DIPAs I've tasted so far but I'm liking it and would certainly buy it again if the need arises. Not a sessionable beer for lightweights like me because of the higher alcohol but you may see it differently. All in all a really decent DIPA, and kudos to Port Brewing!


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Photo of flayedandskinned
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 9/16/13
Poured into the Sierra Nevada/Dogfish IPA glass

Appearance: (4.25)
Pours a very hazy, translucent, peach tinged shade of gold with a wonderful thick, tightly bubbled and 3 fingers tall, off white head. Some actual raw hop particulate is can be seen floating in the body, buffeted by a vigorous, constant stream of carbonation. As the head very gradually recedes, it leaves a very thick, sticky coating of lacing behind.

Aroma: (4.25)
Wow, you can immediately tell the Port Brewing used a ton a varieties of hops in this beer; I can pick up notes of peach, apricot, grapefruit rind, tangerine, lemon, pine, some thyme, sweet basil, generic rose petals and some tropical tones of pineapple. The way that the noble hops contrast with some of the post millennial hops breed in the aroma is quite beguiling. Beneath the onslaught of hop aromatics is a soft, bready malt background. Some light alcohol phenols are present as the beer warms.

Taste: (4.25)
As soon as the beer lands on your palate, you are slapped with a gigantic hop presence; massive notes of peach, grapefruit, lemon rind, apricot and a distinctly spicy herbal character. These diverse hop flavors are thoroughly layered on your palate through the dry finish. Just before the long, bitter finish a hint of a very clean malt backbone does it's best to cushion your palate against the surmounting bitterness. The dry finish leaves lingering notes of resinous pine, lemon, rose, grapefruit and spicy garden herbs on your palate. Despite being 10%, the alcohol is very well hidden.

full bodied with moderately high carbonation. The lively carbonation, paired with the dry finish makes this a very quaff-able 10% IPA.

Overall: (4.25)
Wow, Port brewing really ran the entire hop gamut in this massive IPA, but they still managed to allow the consumer's palate to be able to pick out most of the 15 different hop varieties used. That said, I still feel that this beer would be even better if it had a more stripped down hop bill. This is definitely my favorite Port brewing IPA I've had so far. I definitely recommend checking this IPA out while you can!

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Review #400. Poured out of a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a cloudy, orange-amber color that resembles freshly squeezed stone fruit juice of sorts - the sediment gathers at the bottom in large chunks, and as a result, the head rises about 4 fingers high, maintaining great retention and leaving behind chunks of lacing everywhere. This looks a lot like some of the best, freshest DIPAs I've ever had, like Heady Topper. It looks like a well made home brew and it's awesome for it.

The aroma is as lush as I expected it to be in its fresh condition - fruity, sweet, bready, and highly oily. Notes of peaches and nectarines, for starters, are big on this, but there's definitely some tropical elements at play, ranging from pineapple to green, under-ripe mangoes. There's a melon-like musty flavor, as well as loads of grass, pine, and light mint. The butterscotch backbone is highly present here, but it doesn't range into extreme sweetness, and indeed, keeps this from becoming a boozy or astringent train wreck. Toffee and sugar cane induced, but otherwise extremely dank, flavorful, and fruity. Quite a masterpiece in certain respects - reminds me of Heady Topper without the funky yeastiness at play.

The flavor is not necessarily as enlightening or refined as the aroma, but it's definitely impressive as far as DIPAs go, especially in the West Coast realm. Big notes of juicy papaya, guava, pineapple, peaches, apricots, cantaloupe, pears, and green apple open up in spades, followed by a buttery, toffee enhanced flavor that is sweet and silky in character. As it warms up, grapefruit and pine become ever more present. The sediment and yeast plays a big role in the complexity of flavors, but it does become surpassingly sweet as time goes by, especially on the boozy side. The alcohol burn does not hide itself in each sip, but it does elevate a lot of the flavors. Very well carbonated, and pretty thick, with a moist, damp characteristic that is fitting for the hoppy oiliness at work. I honestly wish it weren't as buttery as it is, but on the bright side, the notes of vanilla, almonds, and light baking soda are very welcome in terms of innovating a style that is often imitated, yet never this superior.

What a colossal beer - I'm so glad it started to show up in Nor Cal after all this time. It's a big one, however, and requires patience and perseverance in its consumption. It's very, very complex and over the top, but definitely intimidating in terms of its feel and high ABV. I do wish it were as user-friendly as I'd want it to be - the flavors are really incredible and this is best consumed fresh. I'd imagine this would fall off quicker than most DIPAs in the country. Recommended to all fans of West Coast DIPAs.

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Hop 15 from Port Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 790 ratings.