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Hop 15 | Port Brewing

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Brewed by:
Port Brewing
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
First brewed in 2002 to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Pizza Port in Solana Beach, Hop 15 was imagined and designed by Tomme Arthur and Jeff Bagby. It was to be a celebration of 15 years of "Good Beer Brings Good Cheer." So there are 15 different hop varieties that are added to the beer every 15 minutes.

Added by comat0se on 02-09-2003

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to sirhc and metllitone1 for this truly amazing brew.

22 oz. bomber shared with my roommate for his birthday poured into a nonic.

Pours a semi hazy burnt amber hue with a one finger white head that dies down to a nice layer that stays throughout. Stickiness is pretty good, could be better though. Smell is unreal. Huge grapefruit aroma with a dirty earth hop that won't go away. This is how a DIPA should smell. I can smell it from an entire room away. Taste is complex, wow. Starts off with a sweet citrus tingle which is then balanced out with a nice mild caramel malt. Aftertaste is somewhat a slick pine flavor that lasts forever. Mouthfeel is chewy and medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Drinkability is scary good, really not much alcohol detected in the nose or on the tongue. Glad I have another bottle. If you're a hophead, you need to get this one.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very excited to finally try a bottle of this. Managed to secure me one via mail and have been waiting forever to open..Finally cracked it tonight...

A - A vert deep amber, very hazy, almost opaque in color. A small off white head at first, maybe one inch. Faded quickly and only left behind a small thin layer on the top. No noticeable carbonation. Looked thick.

S - Very very deep citrus. Lots of grapefruit and pineapple. Very sweet and bitter, almost harsh, but in a good way.

T - WOW, holy hoppyness. This this was a lip curler. It really was quite strong. Lots of extremely bitter citrus hops. Almost like eating a fresh grapefruit it was soo strong. Alot of alcohol as well. Definatly a sipper. This thing can clear the sinuses for sure.

M - Very smooth despite of the harshness. Not alot of carbonation left it a tad bit syrupy. But for a strong IPA, its nice to have them kinda thick. Very very dry finish left you yearning for another sip.

D - A true sipper, there is just no way you can drink alot of this, unless you are looking for some issues. I did the bottle by myself and that was it for the night.

Overall this was an awesome and very strong double IPA. I really did enjoy this, and will seek it out again. Some good breweing going on out west, and this another fine example of that.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Duvel tulip glass. It has a nice two fingers of head and has great retention, a very attractive beer in the glass. The color is a vibrant, slightly reddish orange.

The aroma is incredible. I smell lemons, huge amounts of grapefruit, and cherry, it is very citrus yet has a strong sweet malt profile to back it up.

The taste is slightly bitter, with citrus being very pronounced but the malt prevents this from being too bitter.

It drinks fairly well, but it does feel like a big beer. I feel that the bitterness from the hops hides the 10% alcohol fairly well.

I’m not much of a hop head or a lover of DIPA’s but this is one I would definitely buy and drink again.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear middle amber, with sparse bubbles in white around the rim. Aroma comes fast and furious with a sweet, clean orange hop mash. Sugar tooth to a hop character shaking with resins, freshness and candy. Perfusive and exploding. On the tongue, a beautiful hop bouquet, focusing on flavor, instead of the requisite bitterness marries with one of the most impressive malt bills of an IPA. There’s palpable chewiness in a tome of caramel, toast and malted sugars. The resins work so well with this base masterpiece and make this dangerously quaffable. Candied, cream, bright and alive. Maybe yearning for some of the bready spice fire that many in this style draw, but possibly unnecessary. Fantastic.

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Photo of flexabull
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After digging through numerous listings for Hop-15, I figured this was the right one, my bottle says "Brewed and Bottled by Port Brewing Company, San Marcos CA", and it looks just like the photo... so here goes!

Pours a dark hazy amber color, with a decent white head on top.

Aromas are excellent. This is sitting a couple feet away from me, and I can smell it. Up close I notice resin, pine, and some sweet candied hops. Yum!

First thing I notice when I take a sip, is how incredibly dry this beer is. There is a solid and strong underlying bitterness. It's mineral like, tastes of pine, and it's also just slightly sweet from the malts. This beer is big and bitter, I love the hops, and the slight sweetness helps balance it out a bit.

Mouthfeel is dry as can be. But the finish is nice, it's just too dry for my tastes.

Drinkability is good. This is a total hop bomb. I like it quite a bit, it's a excellent beer. It's not exactly the most drinkable DIPA I have ever had though... it's HUGE and really hoppy.

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Photo of largadeer
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Transparent orange with just a bit of haze to it. Darker than your average DIPA. It pours with a modest head, but retention is impressive.

Smell: Very fresh with a huge hop aroma of grapefruit, dried lemon peel, fresh herbs and grass. It pretty much covers the entire spectrum of hop aromas.

Taste: A faint caramel malt character appears and then disappears as the intense hop flavor completely overwhelms it. I didn't detect any of the lingering sweetness that other reviews have mentioned. Hops are rich and complex, more citrus than pine, with grapefruit in the forefront and an herbal kick in the finish. This isn't as over-the-top as it sounds; the plethora of hops used to brew this blend together very nicely.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thick and oily, but it is 10% ABV. Carbonation is ample enough to give it a crisp texture, though it starts to feel a bit heavy as it warms and the carbonation dissipates.

Drinkability: Very enjoyable stuff, but I'd probably have a hard time drinking an entire bomber of this by myself.

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Photo of John_M
4.91/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

OK. At the request of ReDave, I moved my review of this beer to this location. Wouldn't want it to be lost. :-)

Maybe it's a style thing, but at least for me, this is DIPA perfection (hence the scores). Had this on tap at the Brickskeller last night during a Tomme Arthur presentation event.

I have had this beer previously, but it's been some time. It was every bit as good as I recalled, though I was bit dubious when I first saw it in my glass.

The beer pours a light orange color with very little head retention and almost no lacing. This beer doesn't look very impressive at all... and then I took one whiff. I believe the back of my head is somewhere back behind the back bar. The blast of pine resin and citrus from the hops is simply unbelievable. In particular the pine aroma is straight from hop heaven. The beer smells as if someone soaked a small pine tree for a month in this beer. I give the smell of this beer a 5, only because that's as high a score as I can give it. Simply unbelievable. The flavors on the palate, not surprisingly, replicate the nose, though the pine is not nearly so noticeable. The beer is surprisingly light on the palate and is not the least bit heavy or tiring to drink (despite the considerable abv.). The flavors are huge in this beer, with nice citrusy orange and melon flavors. This is clearly a DIPA on steroids.

This is an in your face, no holds bar, over the top hoppy DIPA. For hop heads like myself, this is literally the holy grail of DIPA. The only DIPA I have ever tasted that is even remotely in the same class is the Pliny the Younger. This is a fabulous beer that I would probably drink pint after pint of (to my ruination with the abv.), despite the intensity of flavors and high abv. Incredible stuff. Just fabulous.

In it's way, this beer is on a par with the Westy 12 and Dark Lord. That's how truly fabulous this DIPA is IMO.

[ serving type: on-tap

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Photo of k3n
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber, just delivered today.

Bright yellow label, picture shows airplanes overhead, dropping hops into a giant pint glass. "Hop bomb," indeed.

A: Really dark for a DIPA, IMO. A deep, reddish-amber, looks like a red ale, or an amber, that is until you...

S: Smell it! Woo! Hops hops and more hops, and oh, they added a few extra hops. Hops when the cap came off, when it was poured, and even when I'm two feet from the glass. Grassy, citrusy, piney, syrupy hops.

T: A microsecond of caramelly mal--oops, we've got some hops. Starts with the citrusy ones, and then blends quickly to piney and bittering. 10.5% alcohol? Where is it??

M: Low carbonation on this one, nothing but the bitterness to cut through the syrupy mouthfeel.

D: Robust and tasty, but I can't see myself going through the bomber too quickly. It's just an avalanch of taste!

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.54/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena.
Poured a darker than usual golden orange with a full finger white head that lasted a long, long time leaving a very sticky map in it's wake on the side of the glass.

Very sweet floral nose with a sweet malt softness melding with a fresh hop bud citrus oil sharpness.

Lots and lots of hops and hop oils in the flavor balanced with lots of sweet malt leaving me with a sugary candied hops impression. I had trouble finding the sharp hop contrast I look for at the end of a swallow in a DIPA for me. This one was just a bit too sweet for my tastes overall.

Very full and creamy mouthfeel and drinkable particularly if you are into sweets...as a nightcap or winter brew this would have been better for drinkablility than it is on a warm summer afternoon.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at The Stuffed Sandwich, May 2007
This beer is well carbonated; a two-and-a-half finger thick head, with a frothy, amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a deep amber color that is almost clear and shows a amber, dark honey color when held up to the light. The aroma is dominated by a hops of the fruity American variety. Enough hops are packed into this brew that it smells sweet, even without the hop influence. Sweet apricot, tangelo, tropical fruit and candied orange peel are all quite noticeable. The aroma is quite smooth and does not focus on herbal / pine notes that are found in many overly-hopped brews (at least none of it is noticeable in the nose).

Wow, the flavor is like a tropical fruit concentrate; notes of mango, lychee, tangelo, apricot and peach flavors are all quite noticeable. The flavor does have some pine character, which melds with a solid bitterness that is noticeable as soon as it hits the tongue through to a hop astringent finish. Still this is overall quite smooth for an amped up hoppy brew. As time moves on notes of caramel and malty melanoids become noticeable under the ample hop notes. This beer is surprisingly malty in some ways, yet still the malt plays a supporting role, but clearly is not an after-thought. This is thickish for an IPA, though note necessarily for a double IPA; this allows for the fruit hop notes to stick to the palate quite well in a lingering way. This is very nice, but could perhaps use some more pungently raw hoppiness to it to balance the fruit hop character, but this is a minor, almost stretching, complaint.

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Photo of BradBLR
4.92/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was pured in a 8 ounce snifter. This beer was poured a slightly hazy amber color with an almost entirely white head. Head was about 1/2 inch thick and lasted the entire beer with a superior amount of lacing. The smell was a very strong floral hop smell, that you could smell with out bringing the glass up to your nose. Very aromatic, but all you smell is hops.

The taste was a great, super bitter hop ale. A very strong hop flavor, with a very nice bitter aftertaste. This beer has a sharp bite to it, that lets you really taste and feel the hops. The mouthfeel was good with the CO2 being perfect and the beer having a good thickness to it.

A wonderful Double IPA from Port brewing. A beer I would recommend to any one who like double IPAs, this beer is for a true beer lover.

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Photo of rallison
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has become a favorite DIPA of mine. Have had a couple growlers of this, along with some pints at various places.

This beer pours a wonderful copper color with a perfect 1 1/2 finger head that doesn't leave for a while. Smell is of intense citrus hops backed up by a bit of sweetness.

Taste follows suit nicely. Lots of grapefruit here - just tons and tons of citric hops. Hop juice indeed. Sticky, resiny hops. This is all backed up by 10%, semi-sweet caramel malt. However, all this malt still can't overtake the hops, and this stays a hop head's DIPA. Hops are also quite bitter, which is very enjoyable here.

Mouthfeel is nice and thick and resiny.

For what it is, the drinkability is great. I mean, if you don't like the style, you'd take one sip and be done. But, for those who love bitter, hoppy DIPAs, you'll have no problem with this one.

Highly recommended. Glad to hear they'll be bottling this soon.

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Photo of rayjay
3.72/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

San Diego IPAs are the bomb, so I guess I'm being critical with this review. On tap at the Bistro's Hop Rhizome Fest in Hayward, CA.

Great aroma, chocked full to the brim with hoppy hoppy hops. Clear deep citrus colored, this one also packs the malt in, although in a restrained, west-coast way. Not intensely bitter by any means, although I don't see how they could possible fit any more hops into it (they must use liquid hop extracts? oils?).

This one fails in the mouthfeel, which is very sticky and dehydrating. Way too much so. At 9.5% abv (although this website claims 10.50%), I understand why the malts are so present, but I think this beer would be alot better as a 7%'er. It would be good for dessert paired with peach or mango ice cream, but it's not much of a sipper for a warm spring day. Drinkability therefore suffers. Cheers!

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Photo of alohaC
4.66/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

As I sit here drinking from a fresh growler from Tomme that was brought back to Hawaii, I feel compelled to pay homage to the beer that helped turn me into a serious hophead several years ago when I was living in San Diego. Poured into my trusty Duvel tulip glass to a beautiful 2-inch head that slowly dissipates. Just sipping the froth, you get immediate hop candy - sweet malt and hops, hops and hops. Damn, this beer smells as good I remember. Sweet citrus/grapefruit, floral and pine with perhaps a little peach and pineapple. The color - a beautiful, clean orange-ish red. Extremely smooth over the tongue and then BAM! come the fresh, wet hops. 15 varieties that meld together beautifully and are balanced by a nice caramel malt backbone. Mouthfeel is excellent with a bit of resinous hop oil and nice carbonation.Talk about a smooth drinker for a big hop-laden IIPA - I can drink this all night. Especially with the alcohol as well hidden as it is. No alcohol hotness to this one like Pliny the Younger. Just a damn near perfect San Diego IIPA. Cheers to Tomme and Josh on this latest batch - you haven’t lost your touch on this one. One of my all-time favorites. Now I fondly remember why I used to stop by Solana after work for growlers of this on a daily basis! I was bummed this stuff was still in the brite tank and not bottled when I was at the brewery last weekend, but this is one I’ll be stocking up on when it’s finally ready.

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Photo of tonistruth
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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

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Photo of Phatz
4.22/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.14/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of sleazo
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of Matthew
4.22/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of SacoDeToro
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of BlindPig
3.97/5  rDev -5%
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!

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Photo of scottoale
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of goschool
4.79/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of Crosling
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Hop 15 from Port Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 800 ratings.