Hop 15 - Port Brewing

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BA SCORE
94
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1,585 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,585
Reviews: 781
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 172
Gots: 111 | 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:
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(Beer added by: PMR on 06-25-2006)
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Photo of FickleBeast
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of ohtheguilt
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of mrebeka
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the hulmeville. Pours a deep auburn color with a small half inch white color. Very thick and tiny bubbled carbonation.

Slightly hoppy with hints of tropical fruit but more on the sweeter,candy, malty side.

Very balanced attack here of bitter green hops and tropical fruits. A solid sweet maltiness is thrown into the mix the finishes with a very slight sugary alcohol kick.

Very smooth and full bodied, great carbonation which doesn't seem to flatten out in the mouth for a more thick and chewy balanced beer.

The overall I rate high because of one thing for being 10% ABV the alcohol is extremely well hidden and very dangerous. This drinks more like a 6 or 7% ABV. All and all a pretty solid IIPA.

Photo of hiphopj5
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of JaeTea
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Pugs78
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of DaveHack
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of DJButters
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of abcramer
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of vibhav
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: little head on a copper-orange cloudy body.

S: very nice aroma with pine, floral, mild citrus hops notes all contributing. honey and resin notes.

T: nicely complex. Up front a nice sweet malt flavor with earthy hops moves to a citrus and floral/pine bitterness with late finish/after taste of candied oranges

M: very smooth. medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: This is the type of IPA I love. one with a begin middle and end with flavors transitioning nicely.

Photo of nickfl
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a hazy, golden-brown body. The foam settles rapidly and leaves only traces of lace.

S - Strong notes of pine and grapefruit with a hefty backbone of caramel malt and a hint of yeasty apple in the background.

T - Sweet malt up front with lots of caramel and toffee. Some red apple in the middle with spicy hop flavors and some pine. Finishes with sweet orange, grapefruit, and lots of caramel which is balanced by fairly strong bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - A nice, if very malty, DIPA. The hop character is strong, mostly in the aroma, but the malt really dominates. There is a huge dose of caramel malt from start to finish and the bitterness, while powerful, is barely enough to keep it in check. It might be more drinkable if it was dryer, but overall it works well.

Photo of spark3148857
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of MrJolly
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of TenHornsProud
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky orange with a small white head that lingers and laces.

Smells of mango, grapefruit, tropical fruit, and honey sweetness. Really big, fruity hop nose that is quite pleasing.

Taste is grapefruit, bready bitterness upfront that goes into a more tongue-coating pine, stone fruit middle before ending on a big bitter kick with notes of pineapple and floral sweetness.

Heavier body with some present alcohol reminds me of Maharaja in body.

Really nice DIPA that is big yet balanced, heavy but a pleasure to drink.

Photo of Tucquan
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2012-06-12 in Lancaster, PA at The Fridge.

A - hazy straw-orange with a 1-finger head and nice lacing.

S - Pineapple, mango, some hop bud. A very nice but moderate level of aroma.

T - Big grapefruit juice, pineapple, pine, touch of stone fruit, orange peel and very significant amounts of crushed hop bud flavor. Wow. The oily, citrus and grapefruit zest aftertaste lingers forever. The alcohol is evident but very smooth.

M - Medium body with light carbonation. Resinous, oily and prickly.

O - I liked it from the bottle last year but on-tap this year, it's really magnificent and the higher rating for this serving reflects this. Great stuff.

Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of thewimperoo
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of bradcochran1234
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of dlepeau
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of rawfish
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Two week old bottle. Pours a thick gold with tons of yeast and floaties. Massive whipped meringue head, three fingers at its apex, tons of fluffy lacing on the glass.

Juicy aroma, oozes with rich pine and loads of ripe orange citrus. Unabashed West Coast hops and a tiny caramel malt backbone quivers beneath all the hops.

A solid bready malt and cookie dough provides enough sweetness to push back against a rising oily pine, dried tropical fruit and sweet citrus tide. Bitterness is steady but temporarily gets lost in a raging alcohol swell. Bitter and warming sensations to finish.

Medium body, almost creamy across the palate. Large alcohol sensation, warming and in your face. I would think there is enough malt here to hide it better.

Bold DIPA, Port flexes it's hop muscles here. A solid and big beer with hop character ripping from the seems. They do a good job encompassing the oily pine and sweet ripe citrus. Really mild on the bitterness if only the alcohol could be pinned down a few notches.

Photo of tedho21
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of RoryOMoore
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of bbadger
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Hop 15 from Port Brewing
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