Hop 15 - Port Brewing

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Reviews: 786
Hads: 1,707
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 181
Gots: 151 | FT: 2
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: comat0se on 02-09-2003

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Photo of tonistruth
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap @ Port Brewing Company (taster bar) in San Marcos, Ca

A- bit cloudy, nice layered color, soft orange on top that ends at a pale straw at bottom, 1/4 " white, decent retent

S- fresh and crisp, grassy, citrus, raw hop oil

T- Although they use 15 hops, this is no in your face, bash your tongue 2IPA. This is a somewhat attempted balanced complex 2IPA. Crisp hop finish and start, grassy, soft citrus, some alcoholice heat at finish, spice as well. Multilayered hop aftertaste. Of course hop oils a plenty in there. Mellow yet bold

M- medium body, spicy heat finish, smooth with mellow carbonation

D- easy drinking, wonderful complex flavor, nice to have malts to ease hop bombing. recommended very much (722 characters)

Photo of Phatz
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Much thanks to Akorsak for sharing this growler with me. You are a very generous host; even after the kids poured out all that good beer on your stuff. At least this one ended up in our bellies that is a start.

WOW. This is an intense beer. It borders on too bitter. It doesn't cross the line but it's on the edge. I am talking 'Hop Wallop' kind of bitter.

Appearance: Pours a light amber color with a big white head.

Smell: Holy resinous hops Batman! wow. It is intense, pungent pine hops and resinous hop oils leaping out of the glass through the nose and down your through. Yes this is an aroma you can taste.

Taste: Like the nose this beer is intensely bitter. It is almost overwhelmingly bitter to consider drinkable... but, we open this growler at the same time we started eating. It is perfect because next to our pulled pork sandwiched this hop bomb was a real tasty beer and did not become too much to handle. There is a gentle caramel malt presence if you look for it but don't waste your time. this beer is built for hop-heads. Enjoy.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium body with sticky oiliness and bitterness that clings to ever millimeter of your mouth creating quite a large presence.

Drinkability: If you are a hop head, if you like bitter, if you want 64 onces of 10% ABV, tackle a growler of this by yourself if you dare. I was happy to have two glasses and very appreciative for the opportunity Adam. Thanks.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers! (1,473 characters)

Photo of hoppymeal
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours coppery orange in color with a small off white head that quickly reduces to a ring. Aroma is fresh; pure fresh hoppiness. Very herbaceous, slight hints of pine, grass and mint blend in an extremely fresh squeezed hop aroma. In the background is also a slightly fruity, softly sweet cotton candy aroma. Taste is big on the piney aspect, blending well with a nice pepperiness. Large hop bite blends into a spicy and warming alcohol warmth and bite that all cuts through a large malty and sugary body. Some sweet fruitiness in the aftertaste blends well with the spicy hoppiness and alcohol, a fresh hop taste lingers afterwards much like you just chewed on a plant. Very drinkable, a big beer and not very shy about it, this was a nice hoppy treat, love the fresh hop qualities. Thanks Marvz. (796 characters)

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

Port hop 15.

A-pours a nice copper pale brown. Decent clarity. Nice fluffy head. Plenty of lace

S-piney resin biscuits if that makes sense. The yeast smell also produces something mysterious that escapes me

Taste. Hops hit you upfront. Followed by that taste I just cannot put nmy finger on. a sweet follow through is plum like. Unexpected

M-medium body. Good for the style

D-very quaffable. I could possibly session this despite the %.


There is something here that is mysterious. Not your typicl ipa. A good match with the jalapeno poppers I am eating. (577 characters)

Photo of Matthew
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Toronado's in San Fran 2/28/07.
Poured into a tulip glass a golden amber like color with a 1/4 inch of white head that settles to only leave a bit of patchy bubbles.
Very potent aroma of oily hops characterized by lots of pine, citrus, floral tones very sweet malt, and a good whiff of alcohol. The citrus, pine, and more floral notes in the hoppy nose is all sort of wrapped together and not easily distinguished from one another but pleasant non the less.
A big wave of bitter pine and a grapefruit like flavor rides of my palate and holds on tight even when the very sweet malt and alcohol rush in. The monster hop taste sticks around and is not really knocked down by the malt sweetness that reminds me of something you might find in an english barley wine.
Nice medium to full bodied beer with some light prickly carbonation.
This is a great beer drinking experience, a hop bomb that isn't for the faint of heart. With the alcohol prominent in the finish, its abv high, and the hops gripping your tongue without remorse you could have 2 but be careful. (1,073 characters)

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clean copper with very slow streams of bubbles. Low carbonation overall, just a few wisps of off white bubbles lurk on the surface.

S: Super juicy hop resion. Mostly of the pine nature with strong floral characteristics and rich phenolic amber malts.

T: These are so harmonious its hard to pick out one individual flavor. Starts out really hop sappy with pungent green grapefruit. One can find clover, honeysuckle then marmalade before citrusy blood orange moves in. Finishes with power pine with a strong yet distinct bitterness.

M: Medium body. Crisp yet full mouthfeel.

D: Theme of this beer is pine sap coated with sugar. Huge and delicious DIPA. Winner. (673 characters)

Photo of SacoDeToro
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer for the first time last summer when Pizza Port was celebrating their 15th anniversary. There are some beers out there that are so epic, they make an indellible mark on your pallate - this was one of those beers. I was stoked to again find it on tap, one year later, at Pizza Port.

The beer poured in the pint glass a dark hazy amber with a dense off-white head that held a lace throughout the sipping.

The aroma of the beer was exploding with hops that were piney, citrusy, and resiny all at the same time - a truly powerfull aroma.

The flavor of the beer had a very complex hop profile that evolved as it passed over my tongue, but to me, the combined hop flavor most closely resembled that of Columbus hops. In spite of the powerfull hops, the malt character of this beer was in no way overshaddowed. A rich, but not overly sweet caramel malt flavor was there to help balance out the hops and made for an amazingly rich beer.

The carbonation was very fine and tight and helped give the beer a little creaminess, which is always nice.

The mouthfeel was medium, but not too heavy. Considering how big this beer really is, it's remarkably drinkable. If you happen to wander into Pizza Port and it's on tap, I dare you to resist ordering a pint once you've seen it on the menu. (1,306 characters)

Photo of BlindPig
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Thin tan head, with thin lacing, basically none. Cloudy amber color.
S- Nice malt back bone with citrus hops up front. Orange and grapefruit are there.
T-Citrus hops with nice big bitterness. Alcohol flavors explore the tongue also. Has a big malt backbone but lets the hops take the show. Alcohol presence is big with warming to it also. Nice big bitterness in aftertaste. Alcohol doesn't like to hide itself either. Grapefruit flavors are also very big.
M-Medium to full body, low carbonation, sticky, chewy.
D-Good strong brew. I think it would be excellent if they just hid the alcohol a little more. Also wish it had a dryer finish so it is easier to drink 2L of this stuff. Other than that very good beer! (719 characters)

Photo of scottoale
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On -tap at O'Brien's yesterday, served in a pint glass. A thick, rich copper ale with no head and virtually no lace. Light carbonation.

A fairly large hop profile in the nose with some nice rich malt burried down beneath. Citrus and pine hoppy aroma for the most part...rather yummy.

Faintly sweet going in, full round malt saturated with some pretty serious hops. Not sharp or overpowering, just a nice fat hop flavor just as it smells. Even though it'a a 2X IPA, It didn't have an "in your face", "hop bomb" presence, just a really tasty, strong IPA hop flavor.

Full, thick body with plenty of alcohol and a good, slick mouthfeel, all in all a fairly easy drinkin BIG beer...with hops aplenty. Not sure how it's name originated (perhaps 15th anniversary), but I will remember this one for future outings, cheers. (823 characters)

Photo of goschool
4.79/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Pizza Port Solana Beach. I wrote this review sometime last year. I just found it in a notepad.

Oh, I get it. The label has a bomber that's dropping hops into a glass of beer. I didn't notice that until now (Which was then).

The pour is dark amber with a small white head. The aroma has floral, citrus, piney, and grassy hops with light malts and alcohol. Every hop flavor I can think of is somewhere in the taste and I guess that's the point. The flavor profile lays somewhere closer to the 2IPA's in a spectrum between 2IPA's and strong ales, even though I can't taste the alcohol that's in the aroma. A sweet caramel backbone does a respectable job trying to balance out the hop bitterness, which is no small task. The mouthfeel is dry with low to medium carbonation. This brew is at least as hoppy as I was expecting and it's much more refined and complex. (887 characters)

Photo of Crosling
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Draught @ Pizza Port Solana Beach, California. I tasted this beer out of the bottle a few weeks ago but it was very old and in bad condition so I didn’t review it. I’m glad I was able to find it. Dark Orange. An incredible pure hoppiness in the aroma with hints of cherries, candied fruits, melon and honey. An extremely hoppy beer with an enormous hop bite and bitterness. Fifteen different varieties of hops seems extreme, although Bristol’s version is made with twenty-nine different varieties. The hop flavor is suprisingly well balanced and all in all, hard to identify but it is balanced by a gigantic honeyed fruit and caramel malt body. Intense and wonderful. A nice pint to end the night. (703 characters)

Photo of hopsaplenty
4.92/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The color is a roasted amber with dark cherry skin highlights, topped with a modest head of fine sand colored bubbles that left plenty of lacing. Slightly hazed, with no carbonation streams present. The smell is citrusy and sweet with some piney notes. The taste is a veritable hops explosion that belies what is now a subdued aroma. There is a big citrus bite that sinks its teeth in and holds on. At the same time though the solid malt foundation appears and tries to rescue my mouth from those awesome hops, but to no avail. The hops are simply dominating in a good way. The mouthfeel is creamy, a bit slick, and there is a medium amount of carbonation. This beer is spectacularly drinkable. 15 different hop varieties are in there and they all meld beautifully together. I loved every drop. (794 characters)

Photo of hopdog
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle acquired in trade with DarkElf (thanks!). Labeled hand bottle #183.

Poured a dark copper/mahogany color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of grapefruit, pine, flowers, oranges with nice malts in the back ground (you just can't do better than the way this one smelled). Tastes of grapefruit, pine, oranges, caramel, and with some biscuit. Perfectly balanced tastes. Light alcohol in the finish. Gave me a couple of nice hop burps.

Definitely reminded me why IIPAs are my favorite style. (512 characters)

Photo of OldSock
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance and Presentation – A green, poor choice for a DIPA, 750 ml bottle #225, obtained in a trade from oggg. I really like the literal picture of hop bombs on the label. A beautiful thick, creamy off-white head sits atop a cloudy reddish brown beer. Retention is superb as is the lacing.

Smell – Much to my delight there is no indication of skunking. Strong toasted almost chocolate malt backbone with a ton of different hop aromas on top. I smell everything from citrus to pine to earth to spice…damn. It’s a very pungent hop aroma indeed.

Taste – Good hop bitterness, with loads of hop flavor. Similar to the smell there is a huge variety of different hop tastes, probably too many in my opinion. The hops do not blend as harmoniously as I would have hoped, they fight one another in every sip. That is until I am half way through the bottle at which point they all seem to start getting along… The malt is underneath, mostly it is hidden by the hops, but occasionally I get a toasted or caramel note. Good balance, the hop bitterness is not out of control. Not a hint of the big alcohol.

Mouthfeel – Medium-full body, brisk carbonation. The creamy head gives nice texture to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability and Notes – Truly a beer for the hop head, but still drinkable enough as a result of the surprisingly good balance. Produces lovely hop burps. A tasty follow up to several visits to Pizza Port Solana Beach last week. (1,447 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Much thanks to hopdog for being generous enough to share this one. Bottle # 183.
Appears a dark hazy amber with a large white head that sticks around. Solid lacing.
Smell is beautiful. Everything I would want and more from a IIPA...and in a bottle nonetheless! Lots of hop profiles going on here. 15 different types of hops blended together giving off aromas of resinous pine, grapefruit, orange, flowers, perfume, along with a solid biscuity and caramel malt backbone showing off the raw power of this one.
Taste is a nice balance of the aforementioned aromas.
Mouthfeel is nice, as it does not overpower on any level, even with the out of control IBU's. Sweet, bitter, controlled with a slight linger that is pleasant. (724 characters)

Photo of egajdzis
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

RAF 2004... Poured a dark copper color with a bubbly white head that left very light lacing on the glass. Strong pine cone and citrus hop aroma. Taste was bitter, citrus, grapefruit, and sharp pine, and resin. This was great, and I did keep filling my glass with this all night! (278 characters)

Photo of meathookjones
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I believe I have wanted to try this beer since first coming across the reviews a few years ago. After finally having it I can gladly say I was not disappointed in the least. Pours out a deep dark amber with quick forming tall tan head. Chunky rings of hop laden lace were left covering the glass. Super hoppy aroma with citric, piney and floral hops coming from every which way. The was a light underlying malt sweetness but the hops were packed to the brim. So much hop complexities going on here. Citric hops start the taste of with a small bitter bite before a hint of malt peaks through to add balance before the hop assault. Piney and citric hops just coat the mouth. There was a decent bit of sweetness and alcohol trying to compete with the hops. So much going on here its pretty amazing. The bitterness is there but much lower than expected. Medium to full this is a bit sticky sweet but still prickly with hops. Smooth and creamy to boot. I could drink this till I couldn’t lift the glass if it were readily available. Simply amazingly complex. Many thanks to Ben for the hookup. (1,089 characters)

Photo of axisjones
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 10oz. glass at The Liar's Club in San Diego.

Deep reddish orange without much head. What head there is fizzes out pretty quickly and halos the drink. The head isn't impressive, but the color is striking.

The smell is intense. If you like hops, imagine a normal IPA and multiply that by ten. Super juicy grapefruit, passionfruit aroma dipped in liquid pine tree. This is the smell of distilled hop juice. A potent warning to stay away if you can't handle it.

This beer took a spiked bat straight to my tongue. Excess, thy name is Hop 15. This beer is about hops. 15 varieties to be exact. The hop complexity is present and the bitterness is staggering. Once again, insanely rich grapefruit, sweet caramel. This tastes like pine smells. Mad citrusy with alcohol swimming around. Not balanced, but I hardly think they care. Slight hint of barley in the back maybe? Negligable malt presense.

Considering how strong and flavorful this beer is, the drinkability gets hit the hardest. This is a sipper. Let a single glass start a little colder and let it warm to room as you drink it. The hops are hopping, one is probably more than enough. (1,157 characters)

Photo of mzwolinski
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another new (to me) brew from Pizza Port Solana Beach -- always a treat! I could smell the hops on this one from an arm's length away upon opening the bottle. It quickly became pretty obvious that they've corrected the carbonation problem discussed in a few other reviews. Maybe a bit too much! Big, frothy head upon pouring, which filled up at least half the glass and took a few minutes to settle. Ah well, I'm sure it's worth the wait!

And indeed it was. Nice cloudy orange in color with a big, lacy off white-head. Big hop aroma -- a bit sugary, citric and piney. Lots and lots going on just in the scent, and I can feel the back of my tongue tingling already.

The flavor, too, is large. (What *isn't* large about this beer?) A bit sweet and syrupy, very oily in mouthfeel. Hop flavors are huge and varied, with citric fruitiness, piney sharpness, and lots of spice on the back-end. Malt is well-developed enough to balance, with and pleasantly toasty in flavor. A bit sugary, still, but I have the feeling this will improve with a bit of time. The alcohol, too, is not unnoctieable, but is not all that unpleasant either.

Overall, this is a very flavorful and drinkable young beer which is almost certain to get better with age. (1,242 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on-tap at Pizza Port Solana Beach. Described as a "Triple IPA" with "15 kinds of hops, added every 15 minutes."

This IPA poured a hazy, golden-amber color with white foam that settled but clung to the glass somewhat. The smell was a very nice floral hops aroma with light maltiness. Nice, but not any stronger than a "double" IPA. The taste was initially floral hops followed closely by bitter hoppiness, but with a good malt balance. Grassy, resinous hops came through midway. There was a very nice blend of hops, and the hop bitterness was not out of balance at all. The mouthfeel was smooth but with crisp hoppiness. The body was medium-full with modest carbonation and with a nice lingering hoppiness. This was a very good, and dangerously drinkable "triple IPA". The alcohol was extremely well hidden but the malt and hops. (839 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This just disappeared among the drinkers. Gold colour, hoppy pine aroma. Nicely hopped, understated carbonation. Bitterness but balanced with malt and easiness on the tongue for an IPA. A gem. Must have again on other occasions such as food to experience the complexity.
Radekfest #7 (284 characters)

Photo of rowew
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review #100!

Presentation: Green 750, capped with oxygen fixing cap. Hand Bottled # 125. Declares it is off the IBU scale, with 15 different hops. Layer of sediment lines the bottom of the bottle.

Appearance: Despite many of the other reviews my sample poured with a large fluffy head that stayed around for quite a while. Color is a murky red-orange color with some small bubbles visible.

Smell: I poured this and walked away - I could smell the hops from across the room. Very complex aroma with many layers of hops - fruity, floral, piney. Just a hint of alcohol peeks through as well. I could be quite happy sniffing this one for a long time, but I'm too eager to taste it.

Taste: Thick and slightly sticky with a medium carbonation level. Taste is all hops, but somehow not overly bitter. Many different levels of hops come across between the start and finish, and just a hint of alcohol in the middle. Lots of citrus flavors and some nice pine, and enough of a carmel malt background to keep it form being undrinkable.

Overall impression: Wow - this is a very enjoyable double IPA. Lots of alcohol, but it is amazingly well hidden behind mounds of hops. This is a very drinkable beer (dangerously so) that showcases Pizza Ports brewing expertise quite well. Wonderful beer to enjoy for my 100th review! (1,323 characters)

Photo of IceAce
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful clear copper body with a tan finger of rigid foam. Nose is both hop-heavy and yet lightly sweet-n-floral...a real contrast in aromas.

The tongue gripping hops upon entry is quickly replaced with malty sweetness, only to be overtaken once again by absolute hoppiness in a way that is more drinkable than many, many other Left Coast IPA's.

While the hops hopelessly dominate, they are ertfully blended in such a manner as to be alluring instead of overpowering...seductive instead of controlling.

Fantastic! (524 characters)

Photo of oggg
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New batch from this winter, I believe.

This is a dark red brew that comes with a thick luscious tan head. I'd love to see this in an oversized glass to see how much head it gathers. On the nose there is a strong, spicy and floral aroma. Very different from most dIPAs I've had. On the tongue I get an overwhelming caramel sweetness, and yet the bitterness still comes through with a stinging hop bitterness. Strong notes of raisins and candi sugar. A biscuit backbone is also noticeable in the middle and end. The finish is too sweet and somewhat oily. Too sweet. I had this with some great PizzaPort pizza, and it totally overwhelmed the pizza to the point that I really couldn't enjoy them together.

Overall: Sweet and strong, complex double IPA -- don't have this with food. (784 characters)

Photo of DukeMeister
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Just got back from the Solona Pizza Port & this is about the 2nd time I've had it, 1st being a few months ago. Straight outa the tap, not much foam, nice rich amber-orange appearance. Nice hoppy scent. Then I taste it. Wow; STRONGLY hoppy when it hits the pallete, with a nice ballance of malt. Mouthfeel is a good medium. The alcohol & hops mingle as I breath-out after the swallow, & hides the 10.5%. The aftertaste party was happening, making me think of grass, flora, sage & other good outdoors. One amazingly hoppy IPA, & very good in my opinion. Overall; those hops are KICKIN', big, broad & pungent, but not very bitter! I love it, & if you're a hopphead, you might too!

Reading the other reviews makes me think the bottled takes on a little different character than the fresh tapped. (794 characters)

Hop 15 from Port Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 786 ratings.