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Hop 15 - Port Brewing

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Reviews: 786
Hads: 1,713
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 182
Gots: 155 | 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 brewskis
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, burnt orange color with a rocky three finger off white head. Surprisingly big head for the high alcohol content. Head sticks around and leaves a thick blanket of lacing after it diminishes. Smells of pine, grass, tangerine, lemon, lime, just lots of citric qualities and lots of earthiness on the nose. Very resinous and bitter but get a little carmel malt and some butterscotch in the background in the smell. Taste starts with the citrus fruits like grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, as well as some floral notes. Also get the some carmel or toffee up front. Then in the middle you get more of the sweetness of the carmel malt, as well as the same citrus flavors and floral from before. Pretty juicy, yet subdued in terms of bitterness thus far. Then on the finish the bitterness comes like a rush. You get some citrus fruits with grapefruit being the strongest flavor, accompanied with a much larger dose of grass and resinous pine. Definite alcohol flavor on the finish, along with some sweet malts. I’ve had many other dipas as this level of alcohol that do a much better job hiding it. Very chewy from the hop oils. Very biting and abrasive bitterness that lasts in your mouth. Has a wonderful creamy mouthfeel that works well with the bitterness. As it warms, more of the carmel malt shows through and becomes a little sweeter. Full body with a sticky and oily texture. Not the most balanced double ipa, but Port was not going for that. They wanted to show off the hop, and they definitely succeeded in doing that. A very intense and surprisingly somewhat balanced double ipa. (1,595 characters)

Photo of Bauzen
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer is too over the top for even the most experienced and seasoned DIPA drinkers. Everything about it is over-the-top in ways that don't promote one single flavor profile, but all flavors simultaneously. You get smacked with malt, hops (obviously), yeast, and alcohol. Drinking this beer is a lot like drinking a straight-up hard liquor after a while. Fun experience, but best shared with friends, not on your own. It gets tiresome. (442 characters)

Photo of Samuel906
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The best way I can describe hop 15 is it is more than a DIPA. Take everything you know about the DIPAs you've had in the past, and add more... More head, more aroma, more hops, more flavor. If there were such a thing as Triple IPAs this would be at the tip of the TIPA list. This is a very malty, bready, yeasty beer, thick and chewy. Sweet clover honey and malt up front with tons of hops and lots of grapefruity citrus at the end. Very resinous. (447 characters)

4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On bottle.Really near than Triple Ipa.Strong semell and flavor.Hazy orange medium body with a little yellow head.Low carbonation.Smell with 15 diferent hops is very complex with diferent fruits and floral notes.Flavor is strong with the 10% but is very easy to drink and higher ejoyable.Of course is a awesome beer. (315 characters)

Photo of memphischas
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber bottled on March 14, 2013 drinking on June 6, 2013; three months difference. Pours a a dark golden haze with a thick, creamy two finger head that holds very well; although a heavy amount of sediment. I can smell the hops a foot away, has a very sweet, candy smell at the front with tropical esters like pineapple and mango, citrus. Pine resiny hops and malt mix well in the taste, slight alcohol finish. Does not leave my mouth feeling dry but there is some bitterness. The mouthfeel is pretty thick, resin coats inside of mouth and you can taste the alcohol which can take away from the flavor. Overall a good beer and I would have it again. (655 characters)

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Burned orange color, a little hazy.
S: Sweet, Toffee, Citrus, some tropical fruit and pine resin.
T: Big topical fruit and pine. When I was drinking it, I was just thinking how juicy this is. Pretty big malt backbone on this.
M: Thick, coats the mouth, slightly syrupy.
O: This was a really decent DIPA. Reminded me of 90 Minute, but slightly better tasting. The hops made my tongue tickle. (397 characters)

Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into an Ommegang Game Of Thrones chalice.

AP: dark gold colour with a 1" thick sea foam fluffy white head that only dissipated down to 1/2". There's sediment floating which I wasn't expecting. Check the bottle for any dates and it says it was bottled on 3-6-13. Unfiltered Wheat beers, yes, I expect sediment. Imperial IPAs, not so much. Curious.
AR: No funkiness on the smell. I get hay/grass, tropical hop fruits of orange and pineapple with grapefruit and pine underneath.
T: Follows the nose with the addition of a bit of biscuit/cracker and caramel, emphasis on 'a bit'. As with the nose the tropical hops come into play first with the usual West Coast grapefruit and pine following them up.
M: Very juicy and moist and it lingers on the palate. I get a bit of dryness for an instant, but the juicy wet and slightly sticky fruity hops are coating my mouth. Very nice. Not that acidic or bitter with most of the crispness coming from the carbonation.
OV: The flavours are tasty and the juicy lush mouthfeel was very welcomed. I am wishing this had a strong malt base to it, though, and I am still curious why there's so much sediment in it. I see another reviewer below also commented on this. (1,218 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a hazy brew that starts hazy way too fast. retention and lacing are awesome. super hoppy. aroma is mostly piney and a bit of citrus. inviting. body is a bit bitter but balanced by the sweet malt flavor. hoppy. finish has a bit of alcohol in it. mellow carb on a full body. this tastes slightly oxidized to me which sucks considering that this is 2 months old and is conditioned. drink fresh or pass.

22oz bottle into nonic pint. bottled march something 2013. (459 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
2.44/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours gold/orange with a massive white chunky head. Super carbonated as even a gentle pour resulted in 2/3 glass of foam. Solid lacing down the glass.

Lots of citrus on the nose. Almost candy like with a good dose of malt as well.

Lots of good citrus hoppiness up front. Malts come out in a big way eventually overpowering the hops. Sticky and resiny. Finishes very piney and malty with extreme booziness.

Thick creamy mouthfeel. Booze is way too prevelent and detracts from the flavor profile.

Was not a fan of this one at all. Always wary of higher ABV pales and this one was too extreme. Astrigent solvent like finish sapped anything good that came from the initial citrus burst. Will gladly seek out Mongo or Wipeout over this any day. (744 characters)

Photo of Lledd
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber servied into pint glass:

A 2+ finger head. Lots of suspended yeast, big bits too. Really an inordinate amount of sediment. Medium orange golden color typical to an IPA. Head fades quickly. <2.0>

S: Citrus, orange, hop resin. It smells absolutely delicious. Even a little lemon. This is what I want an IPA to smell like. It has a strong aroma too, its deep, yet refreshing. I hope the flavor follows! <4.5>

T: Delicious. The taste follows the aroma right along, with a touch of grassy-ness. 10% abv? I don't believe it. What a great teasting IPA. It has the hoppiness I look for, and a depth in flavor found in the citrus. The aftertaste is reminiscent of an orange slice. Super refreshing. Even my burps taste great. <4.75>

M: Thick body, fine and soft carbonation, creaminess from residual head. A little wetter than most IPAs this resiny and hoppy. It doesn't leave your lips smacking. Once again, just dtraight up refreshing. <4.25>

O: Great beer. It has the resinous, hoppy, and citrus flavors I love in IPA's. It smells fantastic. It has a unique and thirst quenching texture. I'm going to pick up one or two of these before the season is over. Definitely try this. <4.5> (1,218 characters)

Photo of sjones5045
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pour kind of funky. Tons of head, had to wait some time for it to settled down. What is kind of strange is the amount of large sediment floating around which Is definitely unusual for an IPA. At first I thought I had a bad bottle but the date was fresh and the smell was decent. The taste is extremely smooth and decently hopped up. The smell was very piney but the taste didn't bring out as much of the pine hop aftertaste which for me I enjoyed. The only knock besides the amount of sediment and the crazy amount of head is that the hoppy taste is not as grand as some of the top Double IPA's out there. Overall, very good beer that I definitely would buy again. Just shy of being elite but very good beer all the same. (721 characters)

Photo of Brewsephus
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a shaker pint. Bottled on date: 3/6/13

A-Hazy yellow, bordering on orange. Massive 4 finger pure white head. Head lasts forever and leaves huge lacing on glass.

S-Massive amounts of ripe fruit, honeydew melon, lemon zest.

T- Sweet fruit flavors, Pineapple, Grapefruit, Melon. 10% abv is present, and really comes through on the finish, although never out of balance or hot. Has enough malt to balance our the hops, I get a little biscuit in the background.

M-Resinous, with a good amount of carbonation.

O- This beer is a home run for hop-heads. Buy it when you can find it fresh. It will not disappoint. (644 characters)

Photo of evanforbeer
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Bottle date 9/14/13.
Pours rich orange with big fluffy white head. Great head retention and lacing of the glass

smell- I love the nose on this. Cotton candy, some toasty caramel malts, tropical fruit, orange, citrus, fresh pine

taste- taste follows with lots of orange/ sweet tangelo and sweet bready/toasty malt, burnt sugar, some grass and piney hops. some nice lush tropical fruit/mango and cotton candy. finishes with slightly sweet maltiness, some booze, pine/resinous hops and a lemony tinge linger on the palate

feel- big, sweet and resiny, boozy

A fantastic beer. I love the breadth of hop flavors that come out in most Port beers, and this certainly highlights that. This beer is quite unique compared to most DIPAs, very lush candy-like hop sweetness. Well balanced with big, good maltiness, but still a unabashed hop bomb.

cheers (887 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.51/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - I poured this like it was my first time drinking a beer. Giant head four times larger than the quantity of beer of managed to get in the glass. Hop chunks floating in q cloudy orange body. Sticky lacing.

Smell - Citrus hop. Very orangey. Slight creaminess. Sweet malt quite pronounced.

Taste - Bright hoppiness. Orange hop again. Touch of pale malt sweetness and then the creaminess takes over. Pretty intense. Detracts from the hop profile.

Mouthfeel - Heavy and creamy. Medium bitterness. No alcohol.

Overall - Something is off about this. Doesn't detract that much. Still tasty, just overly creamy. (659 characters)

Photo of brotherloco
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Re-review. Bottled 3/6/13. Served in a tulip.

Much happier with this beer than my previous experience. Fresh hops make all the difference.

Tropical and citrus fruit in the aroma, along with some herbal notes. Sweet malt sits behind that.

Flavor is still a little sweet, but floral hop flavors dominate and add significant bitterness. Kind of a saline finish.

Great carbonation and a full mouthfeel.


Bomber. Bottled 6/24/10. Wish I had a fresher bottle of this, as I was a bit disappointed with it. Bottle had a lot of floaties in it.

A real sweet caramel malt bomb, which is not what I'm looking for in a DIPA. It's not a bad tasting beer, but it's not the flavor I'm expecting. Like I said, I need a fresher version of it to judge for sure.

Nose is buttery sweet caramel. Taste has a significant bitterness, but the sweetness is strong throughout, and sticks to the tongue. The alcohol emerges pretty quick too. DIPA's don't need to be 10%, I wish this one was less.

I suppose if this was an Imperial Red, it would make more sense, but the heat from the alcohol is still too strong to make it very drinkable.

I feel I'm way off from the average reviews here, so I hope to get a fresher version in the future to review, and I can update my notes. (1,260 characters)

Photo of Justin_Neff
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 3/6/13.

A: Pours a neon orange, cloudy, body. Huge, dense, beige colored head that sticks perfectly thick to the glass. Head settles into a small, fizzy ring on the brew. Tons of sediment floaters hanging around near the bottom of the glass.

S: Malt sweetness. Lemon, Grapefruit rind bitterness, juicy oranges. Very hop forward.

T: Boozy. Lots of hop bitterness. Tons of citrus bomb taste - lemon is most predominant. Some malt character.

M: oily. Boozy. Medium-Full body. Moderate Carbonation. Sticky.

O: A very nice, west coast IPA. Appreciate that I received this one from a good buddy in Seattle. Some malt sweetness, but definitely hop forward. A true citrus bomb. (688 characters)

Photo of JordanPhraczek
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Served in a Dogfish Head glass on tap at the Gulu in Salem, MA. yellow-copper color lightened by the alcohol. Fluffy white lingering head, very appetizing.

S - Strong pleasant piercing hop odor. Everything you want in a west coast IPA and an alcoholic then some. Makes you want to dive in.

T - Strong hop taste right away, quite sour and high alcohol. Huge bitterness but the smell of the hops cuts right through it.

M - The head was nice and thick for an imperial IPA, but the body of the beer was a bit light. Nice carbonation.

O - Awesome imperial west coast IPA, extremely satisfying piercing bitterness through the nostrils (640 characters)

Photo of 57md
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a dark golden with a think layer of head. The hoppiness in the nose is enjoyable, but not overwhelming. There is an underlying malt flavor to go along with the strong hop profile. Of course, the finish was nice and bitter, just like a DIPA should taste. (267 characters)

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, translucent orange/gold. An inch and a half of head leaves some pretty nice lace behind.

Grapefruit, pale malts, caramel and cumquat dominate the smell. Fresh mown lawn shows up near the end. Impressive hop stench.

Caramel is quickly overtaken by lawn clippings and serious citrus hops. Pale malts, pine resin and slight booze and mineral notes finish it. Lemon rind lasts on the tongue for quite a bit. Hop 15 has a nice moderate body, not too thick. The carbonation and booze burn are near perfect.

One of the best DIPA's I've had the pleasure of enjoying. This and their Mongo are two amazing examples of a true "West Coast IPA"! (649 characters)

Photo of McStagger
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Shout out to my local Whole Foods for supplying this. Purchased on their recommendation.

A: Hazy orange copper with two finger of momentous head. Minimal carbonation, but with large bubbles. Retention is good. Lacing is stellar. Lot of sediment floating around.

S: Just a beat down of scents. Huge aromas of pineapple and mango, subdued with a certain dank skunkiness. The sweetness of the pineapple is further accentuated by the alcohol. Bit of pine in there as well.

T: One sip, and it's all done. Absolutely amazing. The flavor transitions from tropical fruit to spruce to resin quickly. The alcohol sweetness is very well integrated into the tropical fruit aspects, which brings out the best in both. Bit of alcohol heat in the finish, but this melds with the tropical (mainly pineapple) aspects beautifully.

M: For being a huge ABV beer, the body is surprisingly light. Full bodied, but definitely lacking the syrupy aspect of many double or triple IPA's, especially considering the 10.00 abv.

O: Very nicely done, as far as DIPA's are concerned. (1,061 characters)

Photo of ElSid
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Beers of California


Bottled Date: 3/16/13

A: A beautiful, deep golden haze topped off with a bone white head of small bubbles which retreats to the glass.

S: Big and fresh with equal parts tropical, citrus, and earthy sweetness. There is also a faint alcohol tinge in the nose.

T: There is a a great breadth of hops flavors; hints of mango and tropical fruit open to a bouquet of orange rind, pine needles, spring flowers, and freshly mowed grass. The overshadowed maltiness is brown sugar and bread. The finish is spicy bitter with solid alcohol warmth which dies a puckering ending.

M: Medium feel with that classic hop oil linger with supernatural palate coating abilities.
The moderate carbonation supports the palate.

O: I was stoked to see this brew on shelves, which escalated after seeing the recent bottled on date. Strong hop flavors nearly strangle the palate to unrecoverable as 15 hop varieties have there way with your taste buds. A wonderful Imperial IPA most enjoyed by the hop heads out there. (1,027 characters)

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

bottled 3/6/2013

A: Mandarin color. Slightly hazy. Fluffy billowy head.
S: Sweet fruit, like mango and apricot. Critus fruits as well: tangerine and orange. Not much pine. Alcohol is noticeable.
T: Fairly dry. The finish has a bitter alcohol sensation, which I wish was hidden better (Mongo is more balanced in this way).
M: Medium body, but on the light side considering the alcohol. Still, doesn’t feel thin.
O: Rather a good DIPA that captures many of the exotic fruity qualities I look for in hoppy beers. Maybe Port’s regular offering, Mongo, is more balanced, but I can’t be 100% sure. I'm not convinced that more alcohol offers anything...maybe 8% is the golden point and anything beyond is excessive. (716 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Very sudsy with a tall foam in the Stella Artois glass. Medium amber color with tiny floaters and a roil of sediment in the bottle. Big, rich malt with loads of hop flavors. Rather sweet with that resiny tang. Hot with alcohol and quite spicy. Aromas of mango.

Really fruity with pineapple, kumquats, cider, apricot nectar, and orange marmelade. Gets quite bitter in the aftertaste, but quite drinkable for most of the trip. The head is still piled up even as the beer gets near the bottom of the glass. A must-have for the hop enthusiast. Bought this at Hansen's Market in San Clemente in the 22 oz bottle. (608 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass, at Smoke & Barrel DC, for the bottle share. Bottle dated?

A very light and nearly crystal clear orange amber body, giving to a faint white collar presented from a small pour.

Odd but interesting and fun bouquet. Pickle brine. Hints of tangerine and orange hop aromas and some nice malt sweetness that sort of comes off like icing sugar. Quite interesting, luckily even with this dominant pickle it comes off more sweet than salty smelling.

Palate comes out a little wet with a slight light grainy quality. A bit prickly carbonated also. Hop angle seems muted with a mild indistinguishable presence but borders to sweet orange. Not much of a malt backbone on this.

This might be old, but unfortunately it's not that memorable either compared with much of Port City's catalgoue. (825 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The Hop 15 is a good beer with a great label....if only we all can drink beer instead of making war!!!! The beer poued a hazy orange with lots of sediment. A huge thick slightly off white head starts and then finally settles in. The smell is mostly fresh piney hops. The taste is a good balance between malt, hop and alcohol. The mouthfeel is a full bodied DIPA with smooth carbonation. Overall its a decent beer. (413 characters)

Hop 15 from Port Brewing
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