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Hop 15 - Port Brewing

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BA SCORE
93
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1,608 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,608
Reviews: 784
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 177
Gots: 123 | 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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Ratings: 1,608 | Reviews: 784
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sublime Ale House in San Marcos, Calif., on July 14, 2012. Draft into tulip. Hazy orange color. One-two fingers of head once I got it. Pillowy, fluffy, bubbly white lacing with great retention (on sides and on top).

Smelled citrus hops - orange, lemon and light grapefruit. Potent. Also some sweet floral notes.

Basically citrus hop heaven on the taste. Lemon, orange, tangerine and a bit of grapefruit. Sweet floral taste as well.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Smooth, crisp and clean finish.

Just an excellent beer overall, which is not surprising considering my experience with Port.

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3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber received in trade with iguenard

Appearance - Hazy copper/amber colour with a very small size fizzy off white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for around 1-2 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit/orange

Taste & Mouth - There is a very low amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, and caramel. There is also pine/resin and some pineapple/oranges. It ends with a quite hoppy bitter aftertaste that lingers for a few seconds.

Overall - I wish there was a little more carbonation.. the mouthfeel is pretty flay and watery. The taste is nice, but nothing comparable to some of the top ranked DIPA's. It does pack quite a punch hop wise - very bitter on the finish.

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4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy orange-amber in color and has lots of visible yeast particles floating near the bottom of the glass. It poured with delicate lacing covering the surface and a thin white collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There seems to be a bit of stickiness and the finish has some dryness.
O: This beer isn’t that difficult to drink because the alcohol is relatively well masked from the taste.

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4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy apple cider yellow/orange in color with significant amount of yeast sediment in suspension. The beer has a quarter finger tall white head that quickly reduces to a small patch of extremely thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The smell of this beer is all hops - tons of citrus (orange and grapefruit) along with some lighter hints of pine/resin.

T: The primary flavor for this beer is the hops with a light hint of pale and caramel malts. The hops flavors are a combination of pine/resin and citrus/grapefruit. There is a pleasant amount of hop flavors without too much bitterness coming through - light amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Light crispness and stickiness. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: The alcohol in this beer is very well masked considering it is 10% ABV. The beer is not the easiest to drink but is very enjoyable and quite tasty - easy to sip on all afternoon long, albeit slowly. Wonderful aromas and flavors of hops.

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

Pours a deep golden color. The beer is clear, but has little flecks of hop and grain trub floating throughout. The bouquet is characterized of sweet grain and non-tart citrus. It is the most well-blended aroma that consists of barley and hops that I've ever smelled. Meaning it's nearly impossible to discern the two fragrances from each other, while both are certainly expressed. This beer produced the smallest head I've ever seen. It is a very unique beer for a variety of reasons and I haven't even take the first sip. Now, I'll remedy that problem. The flavor is bold and very double-IPA-like. The grainbill must be about a dump truck's worth. Alcohol flavor is present from start to finish. Sweet malt forward with flat citrus hops to offer some balance. This is an interestig beer, but there are better California doubles.

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4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Fridge, 6/10/12, notes taken when served.

14 oz serving poured into a traditional brandy glass, acceptable.

Pours a nice frothy ½”, white, head, brief longevity, but with very good sticky lace that coats the glass.
The color is medium, golden amber, beautiful.

The aroma is quite distinct, with pronounced dry hopping and spicy, piney, citrus and grapefruit in the nose. This is followed by medium distinct, rich, malt with a nice medium toasty character. Some definite Ale yeast here also.

Crisp, distinct, bitter entry on the palate of distinct, aggressive hops, dry hopping is evident. A powerful hop profile, wonderfully bitter, Delicious!
This is followed by very distinct, rich malt, refined and toasty with the Ale yeast coming on at the end. The body is full, balanced, with a medium, fine, balanced carbonation followed by light balanced sweetness.

The finish is very exceptionally long, bitter hops and rich malt. The hop oils linger forever totally dominating the malt.

A hop heads dream!
Strong but balanced hop profile, in the company of, but not quite as good as Sierra Nevada Hoptimum and Green Flash Palate Wrecker. Which is pretty good praise.
Highly recommended.

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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a nonic. Bottled 3/26/12 ~3 months old.

A careful pour yields a clear orange brew with almost no foam rising to the top. Inspection from the side shows many thick chunks of yeast swirling around, despite the careful pour.

Aroma is almost tropical, pineapple, papaya, and other sweet fruits. First sip yields a huge malty sweetness that is quickly dwarfed by a rush of hop flavors. Hop flavor stays away from the grassy/straw/earthy flavors and instead focuses on the sweeter, fruity, hop flavors such as pineapple, passionfruit, candied orange.

Bitterness is major, but it doesn't linger or come across too harshly. Major points for how adroitly they have balance the huge malt and hop bills to create a harmonious brew.

My biggest complaints are around the very low carbonation level, and subsequent lack of head or lacing. Would love to try this one fresh, on draft.

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Hop 15 from Port Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 1,608 ratings.