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Hop 15 - Port Brewing

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Reviews: 790
Hads: 1,735
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 185
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: comat0se on 02-09-2003

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Photo of hayesjw
3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

O - carbination is champagne fine. lacing remains light. color is clear amber. taste is balanced. bittering hops are subdued. im afraid im past due on a fine double and my enumicration reflects it. my ale was served in early October in a tulip draft for $7/$6 happy hour. i would enjoy again.

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Photo of atomic
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: All beer is beautiful, this one is cloudy golden color with some sediment.

S: Lots of foresty pines

T: Not all that impressed to be honest. Reminds me a lot of Sierra Nevada Hoptimum which also wasn't my favorite, so if thats what you like, disregard my rating. Pines and more pines, but not much else.

M: Too carbonated

Overall: Eh, not for me. I like a little bit of piney hops, but this is like drinking a christmas tree.

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Photo of ISmith87
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Nice orange/amber color, pretty hazy (understandible though - I hear this is hopped with 15 different varieties?), minimal head, leaving little spots of lacing on the glass.

S - The hop aroma is so strong it pretty much hits you in the face the second you open the bottle. Grapefruit, peach, mango, pineapple, orange. Some caramel malt in the background.

T - Very sweet IPA, great hop flavors - grapefruit, pine, orange, pineapple. The sweetness is a nice caramel/sugar malt flavor that balances everything out. Little bit of alc taste.

M - The alcohol can be tasted a little bit. Aftertaste is incredibly hoppy, with bitterness and pine that sticks around forever. Medium mouth feel. Stick hop resin coats your mouth.

O - This is a great beer. It's different from the other Imperial IPAs with slightly less carbonation and more fruity hop aroma. I'd love to put it up against beers like Hop Stoopid, Hop Slam and Hoptimum and maybe some day I'll get to!

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Photo of joe1510
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber

Recieved in trade from errantnight, thanks again Derek. The first beer of my last leg before reaching 300. I've been excited to try this for awhile now. Hop 15 pours a moderately hazed copper with prominent orange highlights throughout. A two finger dirty white head formed on the pour and fell to a frothy cap with a thick collar.
Left thin frothy drink lines after each sip.

The smell of this brew is wildly complex. Pure hoppiness in the nose. Layer upon layer of sweet tropical fruit juiciness. Pineapple, orange, grapefruit in that order with a sprinkling of pine. There is a touch of caramel maltiness in the background and spicy alcohol on the backend that compliments nicely. But this beer is all about the hop.

All that wonderful hoppiness comes through in the flavor as well. The caramel maltiness lays the foundation but the hop goodness quickly kicks the malt aside without consideration. All the aformentioned hop aromas are even bigger in the taste than aroma. The pine sap comes through big on the finish along with an aspirin like bitterness. This one will shred up your tongue pretty good.

Body is on the heavy side of medium but comes across incredibly silky smooth. Carbonation is sluggish letting every bit of hop resin coat your tongue on its way through. Lingering bitterness on the finish.

I would have absolutely no problem drinking this beer all day long. Every sip makes me want another and the hop complexity keeps me coming back for more.

A great IIPA from Pizza Port. The use of 15 different hop varities was something that had me drooling as soon as I learned of such a nectar. I couldn't wait to try it. Now, I need someone to send a case my way.

Reviewed: 10/28/07

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Photo of brewskis
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of Bauzen
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of Samuel906
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of memphischas
4.18/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.44/5  rDev -41.6%
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.

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Photo of Lledd
4.43/5  rDev +6%
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>

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Photo of sjones5045
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of Brewsephus
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of evanforbeer
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
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.


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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.51/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Photo of brotherloco
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
4.14/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of JordanPhraczek
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
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

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Photo of 57md
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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"!

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Photo of McStagger
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of ElSid
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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