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Hop 15 - Port Brewing

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1,499 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,499
Reviews: 771
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 173
Gots: 93 | 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 WillCarrera
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, bottled on 3/26/2012, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a deep, hazy orange color topped with a very thin layer of white head that quickly recedes to almost nothing.

S- Loads of hops, very fruity and resinous, sweet malt and some booze.

T- Massive hops again, leaning more heavily towards zesty and acidic citrus than tropical fruit, very resinous, sweet malts and sweet, warm booze.

M- Medium to full bodied, smooth feel with a very dry finish, just the right amount of alcohol warmth.

O- A very nice DIPA with big flavors, definitely worth trying. That being said, I wasn't blown away by it and had trouble finishing an entire bomber on my own.

WillCarrera, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of AgentMunky
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass. Bottled 26 March 2012.

A: Late-forming head tops the cloudy, still orange-amber beer.

S: Bright citrus and spicy hops. Pleasant, piquant, but not compelling.

T/O: Excellently balanced. Rich, sweet fruits and a heavy malt base belie the bitter finish and strong hop presence. A consummate DIPA, sure to please the most discerning drinker. The aftertaste is lingering, but not oppressively hoppy. Relaxed and enjoyable. Great drinking beer.

M: The lack of carbonation may be a flaw or may be intentionally designed to enhance the smoothness and complement the fruit.

AgentMunky, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of ngeunit1
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some light lace.

S- Aroma is full of citrus hops with lots of orange, some light grapefruit, pine, earthy spiciness, and some sweet caramel malt.

T - Starts off with some strong citrus hops with lots of orange flavor and some growing bitterness. There is a bit of sweet caramel malt as well. Through the middle, tropical fruit hops and earthy and piney hops come through with some stronger bitterness and some more malt flavor. The finish is a mix of bitterness, pine and citrus hops with a touch of spice, some sweet malt, and a bit of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, bitter, warming, and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really big hop flavor from start to end with some great bitterness alongside. The body and malt of the beer keep up though and the end result is well balanced.

ngeunit1, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of rpjordan
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

rpjordan, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Bottled-on date of 3/26/12, so it's still pretty fresh.

Appearance: hazy orange hue with plenty of floaties. Head is a super thin layer of tan foam; nearly nonexistent.

Smell: nice hop aroma which is earthy, resiny and citrusy toward the end. There's a bit of a malt backbone evident here as well. Relatively low in intensity, overall.

Taste: very good citrusy and earthy hop flavor. This plays of the sweetness of the malt very well, and there's a distinct alcohol burn which is nice. Bitterness is moderate for the style.

Mouthfeel: medium body which, due to a total lack of carbonation, seems pretty watery. You can tell that with just a little carbonation this thing would be pretty good -- it has real body -- but it's basically flat.

Overall: when I cracked this open, there was barely a hiss. That turned out to be the harbinger of a fatal flatness in this beer. It tastes great, though, and doesn't seem to be otherwise mishandled. Perhaps we're looking at a QC issue here?

flagmantho, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of SalMineo
4/5  rDev -4.5%

SalMineo, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of antoines15
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

antoines15, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of Dope
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 3/22/12, around 3 weeks old. Nice.

A: A very cloudy orange pour. Pretty small white head, no matter how aggressive pour I gave it. Lacing is quite thick at least.

S: Pretty subtle given it's a 10% DIPA. Lots of orange up front. Sweet bready malt. Hints of pine and tropical fruit.

T: Big and bold bready sweetness throughout. Big citrus hop bite up front - again mainly orange. Some grapefruit and some tropical fruit. Finishes quite resiny.

M: Big and sweet with some astringency from the overload of hops. Very drying on the back end.

O: Huge IPA for sure. Nice that it's able to keep its hop character, most really big IPAs become more like american style barleywines (see, 120min). This a well balanced, huge DIPA. Very enjoyable.

Dope, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of ctrevino
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

ctrevino, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this when I saw the March, 26th, 2012 bottling date. I don't remember ever having this beer under ideal conditions so I figured I'd give it a whirl. Served in my Darkness glass.

A - A finger of late-rising white foam settles to a wisp, partial cap, thick collar, and splotchy lacework. Body is a hazy apricot purée color with some slow-moving bubbles visible.

S - Plenty hoppy alright, with a mixture of pine, candied citrus, and a hint of tropical fruits. There's a doughy malt character that is fairly present and consistent with the higher ABV. Somewhat understated considering the alcohol content and freshness, but otherwise quite nice.

T - Taste is quite heavy with zesty orange citrus peel and bitter piney hops. There's a good deal of sugary malts to balance things out, although this doesn't dwell into East Coast territory. A touch of alcohol is present in the finish, and the bitterness lingers for quite a while.

M - Medium-full body, with pleasant carbonation at the lower end of medium. Super dry in the finish, with tons of residual hop oils and resins. Some warming alcohol, but less than you'd expect for 10%.

D - A nice old-school West Coast DIPA. I'm not generally fan of double-digit ABVs on hoppy beers but this is still quite hop-forward and enjoyable. I imagine it was quite innovative and unique back in 2003, but it's been surpassed by superior offerings, including others by Port Brewing (not to mention the various Pizza Ports). I can see why Tomme has a soft spot for this beer. A tulip is nice, but drinking a whole bomber by myself is going to be an afternoon-long challenge.

MasterSki, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of strongaf
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

strongaf, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of PatrickSwayze
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Foggy/hazy orange after first pour. Begins to become more cloudy as you near the bottom.

S: A very beautiful bouquet of palm citrus hops that ate more on the gentle side then overly powerful/sharp

T: Damn i always love this beer every time i drink it. Massive well balance hop dominate IPA that kicks ass and has a great biscuit malt backbone to tie in all the flavors nicely.

M: Semi dry, with a slightly sweet body to help  create a harmonious mouthfeel with the hops

O: Yum is the word that comes to mind when drinking this strong yet smooth treat for the tastebuds 

PatrickSwayze, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of mfavoino
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light orange with a haze and sediment floating around. Small head shrunk to the top of the body and lined the glass.

Smell: Citrus hops burst out of the glass, dominating the nose. Let it sit for a while and picked up the caramel malts and a touch of sweetness.

Taste: Caught me by surprise with the heavy dose of piney hops, as I expected mostly citrus. Sweetness and caramel is there too. Hops are not quite as prominent in the finish which was only mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel: A touch on the heavy side with a clear alcohol presence.

Overall: Big DIPA that doesn't have the flavor or drinkability of top notch DIPAs.

mfavoino, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of GarretD
4/5  rDev -4.5%

GarretD, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of Rau71
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Rau71, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of ChugginOil
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 3-26-2012

Pours a sediment filled golden orange with a tiny amount of off-white head that dissipates to a small rin, leaving tiny spots of lace.

The nose presents a strong amount of alcohol from the high abv and makes way to some juicy pineapple and citrus notes. light sweet malt lingers behind a surprisingly hoppy brew.

The taste also has that boozy blast up front but then fades into a sweet and tasty hop fest. The pineapple is a bit subtle and has some sweet caramel malt behind it. Light citrus brings a powerful bittering note.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite oily. Ample carbonation keeps the bitter burn going.

Overall, this was surprisingly pretty damn tasty. A rather big DIPA indeed.

ChugginOil, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1209th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip

Bottled 3/26/12

App- A bit of a hazy murky light orange on the outside with some dark orange in the center. Has highlights of yellow and golds. A small 1/2 finger head formed and left touches of cling on it.

Smell- A bit sweet as this opened with a healthy dose of caramel, malts and a burning alcohol on the nose. A huge note of pine and booze comes on a large sniff.

Taste- This is one of those that the more I drink it the more I like it because of the large ABV but not the profile itself. Too much pine and hops without a citrus backbone. Its a very good beer but not the profile I lean towards. The sweetness of the malts comes out and leans heavily on some caramel notes and then only a touch of over ripe orange comes out.

Mouth- A fuller medium body with a medium carbontion. Has residual hoppy bitter with some thick malty sweetness.

Drink- Overall a pretty damn tasty beer. I was happy I got to try this one but probably wont buy it again. Its a bit too outside my realm of DIPA. Doesnt have the other layer of backing citrus that I love.

FosterJM, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of DoctorB2B
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

DoctorB2B, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of pmarlowe
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 03/26/12. Tulip glass.

A: Pours between light golden and burnt orange, with average clarity, and almost no head after a vigorous pour--just a ring of off-white head and some large bubbles in the middle.

S: Exceedingly delicate orange and floral notes, wet tangerine, and some tropical fruit (like mango), which gives way to sweetish caramel. Wow, great aromas and balance.

T: Sugary and a mild but gripping bitterness simultaneously flood the palate, giving way to some tangerine, pink grapefruit, and liquid caramel. The sweetness cuts through much of the bitterness, leaving this flabby. Overall, a bit too sweet for my taste.

M: Full body and light carbonation, a tad lighter than ideal.

O: Smells wonderful, but the taste not quite as enchanting. That being said, it hides the 10% (?!) alcohol quite well. This leans more towards a triple IPA in spirit.

pmarlowe, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a clear medium orange showing the constant carbonation nicely. Thin fine white head with wispy lacing, surprising because the carbonation seems healthy. Nice aroma of citrus and piney hops with sweet malt. Flavor follows with a quick dose of herbal and citrus hops supported by a mildly sweet malt body, then the flavor subsides for a few moments and then finishes off with a burst of piney citrus hops with a lingering sweet and hops aftertaste. Very nice flavor progression. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess, nice mouth feel. This is a very nicely made Imperial IPA. I'll be watching for this when it rolls around again.

LiquidAmber, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of dms24
4/5  rDev -4.5%

dms24, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of tfidler
2.25/5  rDev -46.3%

tfidler, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

eawolff99, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of Nugganooch
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pizza Port Carlsbad
10oz pint

Glad to see this one on tap

A: Hop 15 pours a hazy golden yellow color like a fuzzy peach in a glass. Hits to the brim forming just a thin wispy white halo of foam. Leaves some leggy lace but nothing much at all in that department.

S: Smell is chalked full of candied fruit aromas like grapefruit and apricot with a sprinkling of pine tree. Some light pale malt sweetness but mostly hops here. No real alcohol notes either. Smells real nice and quite fresh.

T: There is a bit of danky herbal hemp involved in the flavors along with that candied citrus fruit found in the aromas. A real nice citrus, pine, floral, and herbal mixture going on. Like chewing on weed stems. Big vanilla cream and caramel malt base is still more of an afterthought to the hops. Yet bitterness level is not that high at all and ABV’s are really well masked here. Much much better than I last remember having this out of a bottle probably over a year ago now. Did they tweak the recipe or is this just uber fresh? Warming for sure but I usually get a bit of booziness out of Hop 15 just not here, not on tap. It is quite good actually. More in line with Poorman’s if you ask me.

M: Nice smooth creamy mouthfeel in a moderately heavy bodied brew. Carbonation seems rather mellow but doesn’t detract from my overall enjoyment. Good drying finish on it. Definite dry hoppy linger on the palate.

D: A big DIPA done well. Balance is on point with a solid secondary malt base to support plenty of hops.

Really glad to catch this on tap as Mongo production seems to have put Hop15 on hiatus. Definitely better than I recall. I wonder if we will see some more bottles soon?

Nugganooch, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of vitters03
4/5  rDev -4.5%

vitters03, Apr 01, 2012
Hop 15 from Port Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 1,499 ratings.