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Hop 15 - Port Brewing

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1,546 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,546
Reviews: 778
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 173
Gots: 101 | FT: 1
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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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

xavier390, May 19, 2012
Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

15 hop varieties? No carbonation (from what I hear) Lets see how it goes.

Super hazy orange color. The nose is massive on this thing, smelling it from afar. Wow, super resinous hop aroma, pine and grapefruit bomb! Other tropical fruits linger below this such as mango and pineapple.

Nearly flat, syrup like body, huge amount of bitterness. Well concentrated flavors, same that are on the nose. Bitterness is extreme which is nice. Alcohol is pretty well hidden despite the lack of carbonation.

The flavors are really good and the bitterness would attract any hop head but the dead flat body is definitely hurting the beer a bit. Alcohol is well hidden but makes a comeback as a lingering flavor after the swallow. Pretty good especially for 10% abv but could definitely be better.

jtierney89, May 17, 2012
Photo of pearljam118
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

pearljam118, May 16, 2012
Photo of Chugs13
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Chugs13, May 15, 2012
Photo of Kevlee722
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Kevlee722, May 14, 2012
Photo of cfcairns
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

cfcairns, May 14, 2012
Photo of jwat
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

jwat, May 14, 2012
Photo of jlordi12
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

jlordi12, May 13, 2012
Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

ShemRahBoo, May 13, 2012
Photo of HopHead84
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


Bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Dark orange with nice clarity and nice color. lots of bubbles feed a substantial white head that fades in a minute and leaves behind scattered lacing.

S: Floral with pronounced citrus flesh aromatics: orange, tangerine, and a little grapefruit. The citrus is bright, backed up by sweet caramel and bready malt notes. Alcohol is restrained but evident.

T: Bitter grapefruit rind and flesh with lesser notes of orange and tangerine. Caramel malt balances the citrus. Alcohol is well hidden throughout. Soft moderate bitterness with a drying finish.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and somewhat heavy.

Overall: A pretty nice bottle. I liked this new batch quite a bit on tap compared to any batch I've had in the last few years. It was a lot drier with very well hidden alcohol, but I heard the bottles were inconsistent. This bottle was good, but it's two months old at this point so it's becoming a shell of its erstwhile great tap presence. On the whole, a nice beer, but this batch fresh and on tap was killer.

HopHead84, May 13, 2012
Photo of BeerDawgs
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A copper golden, but with no clarity, and tons of sediment floating around in the beer. Nice sticky lacy on the glass

S - Citrus and bit hops galore. A hop heads dream, wow..., nice.

T - Tons of bitter and citrusy hops, like the smell. Hoppy, but not overly. Lots of bitter

M - Crisp, well hopped

O - An excellent double IPA. Lots of bitter hops, if you are into that, you will love it.

BeerDawgs, May 13, 2012
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 3/26/12. I hope a little over a month hasn't degraded the flavor too much.

A-Judging by the amount of detritus on the bottom of the bottle, I am not surprised at how hazy this beer is. A decently aggressive pour yields barely any head. At first the head is an odd collection of bubbles. Then the bubbles die down to nearly nothing.

S-Big whiff of citric hop goodness. Light sugared bread maltiness. Also there is a bunch of pine. This is a deep, concentrated beer as evidenced in the nose.

T-The flavor holds true. The hops are exceptionally spicy and bold. Loads of grapefruit rip into my palate. Resinous pine oil. There is some nice apricot hoppiness too. The malt is even very rich. This is undoubtedly hop forward despite the malt's best efforts. A huge and bold DIPA.

M-Full bodied and very resinous. Booze is evident (and at 10%, it should be). Everlasting bitterness. Great feel for a giant DIPA.

O/D-I was a bit nervous having this beer over a month after its bottle date. This held up very well. There is more than enough fierce hoppiness here to make me happy with the purchase. Have wanted to try this for years. I finally have and am very happy with the result.

VelvetExtract, May 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

StubFaceJoe, May 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

BruceBruce, May 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

EROCK75, May 11, 2012
Photo of jsanford
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-copper with a slight white head that fades to a sudsy ring and wispy haze. Big, pungent aromas of orange peel, grapefruit, pineapple, pine resin, and a solid caramel backbone. Taste is similarly resinous and pungent, with tons of grapefruit, pineapple, orange, tree sap, and caramel. The 10% ABV is certainly apparent, this is just a big monster of a West Coast DIPA. Nicely done, but nothing I haven't had before. Mouthfeel is big and syrupy, with a medium-full body and pretty low carbonation. I could use a bit more bubbles here, it's coming across too syrupy and not nearly as drinkable as I'm wanting. Still, I suppose it delivers on what it promises : a hop bomb. Overall a fairly tasty DIPA, but I'll take the slightly-more-drinkable (and year-round available) Mongo any day.

jsanford, May 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

redfox405, May 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

buckyp, May 06, 2012
Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +19.3%

CEDAMA, May 05, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -34.4%

injuredreserve, May 04, 2012
Photo of fox227
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

fox227, May 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

patfoley17, May 01, 2012
Photo of Philousa
3.1/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Looks like a pale. Very clear with less head than expected. What foam there is clings to the glass tight. Clarity is gone at the end due to the trub of hops (read: chewy). Huge cascade hop aroma dominates the nose. Citrus, grapefruit, dank hops. Some alcohol bite is in there too. Malt is so far behind the hops, I can't even detect it. Citrus, grapefruit, some pale malt start out the taste. Much more pungent than expected. Then comes the bitterness. Woah. Great hop taste - some grassy flavors mainly with a little wood. Super bitter, long lasting. This is a thick beer, I can tell, but the ABV cuts it enough to make it palatable. Feels thick in the mouth but not in the stomach, if that makes sense. Very dry.

While this is an interesting beer, and it has a lot going on especially for an IPA, overall I just didn't like this one. The mouthfeel really got to me and I felt that there just wasn't enough going on in the malt. Either that or it didn't mix well with the hops. I'd have it again on tap just to try it without the hop floaties, but I wouldn't buy a bottle voluntarily.

Philousa, May 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Abe_Froman, May 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

jpbebeau, Apr 30, 2012
Hop 15 from Port Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 1,546 ratings.