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Hop 15 - Port Brewing

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,399 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,399
Reviews: 762
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 159
Gots: 70 | FT: 0
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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ithinkimasofa

Washington

4/5  rDev -4.5%

11-15-2011 08:45:06 | More by ithinkimasofa
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jlb502

California

3/5  rDev -28.4%

11-15-2011 03:46:59 | More by jlb502
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -4.5%

11-15-2011 03:42:20 | More by ygtbsm94
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.5%

11-15-2011 02:21:23 | More by Exiled
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plumcrazyfx

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.5%

11-15-2011 01:32:13 | More by plumcrazyfx
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TheRealDBCooper

Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

5/5  rDev +19.3%

11-14-2011 23:21:13 | More by TheRealDBCooper
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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +19.3%

11-14-2011 21:57:34 | More by Neffbeer
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azdback

Arizona

5/5  rDev +19.3%

11-14-2011 21:13:22 | More by azdback
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Rollzroyce21

California

4/5  rDev -4.5%

11-14-2011 20:25:46 | More by Rollzroyce21
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seanwhite

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.5%

11-14-2011 16:33:40 | More by seanwhite
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Pellinore1

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.5%

11-14-2011 15:38:39 | More by Pellinore1
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avaldivia

California

5/5  rDev +19.3%

11-14-2011 10:17:08 | More by avaldivia
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kkrez

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This monster west coast IPA pours a rusty orange color with a fluffy white head.

The aroma is full of citrus and piney hops.

Taste is an explosion of hops ranging from grapefruit, lemon, and mango citrusness to pine to grass. There is a malt sweetness to balance out the hop bitterness but hops are show stealer here.

The mouthfeel is viscous and resinous. It finishes dry and bitter and leaves you impatiently waiting for the next sip.

Love this beer; get it while its fresh.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 18:50:53 | More by kkrez
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 700ml bottle into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass.

The color is hazy copper/orange with two finger of foamy white head that leave nothing behind.

The smell is a bit of a funky hop aroma in the nose at first. Just poring it gives off hops in the nose. Upon getting a closer sniff there is some deep biscuit aroma and some earthy hop aroma.

The taste is lip smacking hops at first. The name does not lie as bitterness is the major player here. There is some bright citrus flavor that is packed in the lining of the bitterness. Some green grass or pine flavor comes out and then leads into a malty backbone.

The feel of this is a bit larger then expected and is a bit complex. It has a good drinkable body and ends with a big bitterness that makes my mouth tingle.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 03:33:39 | More by Duhast500
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beerdweeb

California

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Port / Lost Abbey

A: Deep, hazy orange with a finger of white head

S: Really citrusy and piney. Lemon zest, pineapple, and caramel come through

T: Overwhelming explosion of hops! More citrus and caramel with a noticeable malty backbone. Lots of dank flavors coming through. Alcohol is noticeable. On the richer side of DIPAs.

M: Medium bodied with average carbonation

O: Great beer if you're looking for a hop bomb with a bit of booze

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2011 17:21:40 | More by beerdweeb
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours deep orange, a bit hazy. The large thick tan head sinks into nice lacings.

S: Mostly citric/piney notes from the American floral and bitter hops. Some caramell malt, semi-sweet.

T: Lots and lots of hops. Pine and citrus dominates; grapefruit, pineapple and lemon. Some sweet caramell malt, but the hops are so powerful!

M: Body is full and very smooth, while carbonation is moderate. Aftertaste lingers for some time and holds lovely bitterness.

O: Hop galore. This beer is all about the hops.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 20:50:52 | More by Evil_Pidde
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Sideswipe

California

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

On tap at the brewery

A- Clear, dark amber color with a finger of white head. Talk recedes quickly. No lacing to speak of.

S- Dank citrus hops and pine. Slight notes of pale malt but the emphasIs is on the hops.

T- Huge hop bitterness up front. Grapefruit rind with some orange here and there. Intense blast of pine and alcohol mid-palate combined with sweet pale malt. Finish is malty and sweet with a lingering hoppy bitterness.

M- Feel is viscous and a bit sticky with a fairly low level of carbonation. 10% ABV is evident throughout, but not to the point of inhibiting drinkability.

O- Overall Hop 15 is a monster of a DIPA. Big hops, big ABV, big flavors all around. Not for the faint of heart, but a must try for the true hop head.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2011 22:23:12 | More by Sideswipe
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was opened and shared with a few friends of mine at a party. I was excited to see what everyone thought of this big IPA. This brew poured out as a hazy looking golden color with a nice strong wine head on top. The smell of the beer was very hoppy, as it should be. Lots of pine, citrus, earthy, sweetness on the nose. The taste of the beer was brutally bitter, which I personally enjoy but for this beer I feel like it wasn't the best taste I've ever had. The mouthfeel of this beer was pretty oily too, damn good amount of thickness on the tongue. Overall this beer was really quite enjoyable, I'd drink it again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 20:41:55 | More by Knapp85
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

3.43/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pt bottle served into a Tumbler glass.Enjoyed on apr´11
Orangish amber color.Foggy.Orangish crown.Dense but quickly dissipated leaving close foam lacing on sides..Big bubbles.Citrus & oranges,floral & resin on nose.Woody flavor,sharp bitterness.Hoppines will crack the mouth.Rough & dry aftertaste.Good carbonation & refreshing sensation.Plentyfull & dry bitteness hids ABV while in the middle but alcohol will burn on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 01:48:56 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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ehammond1


3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Lost Abbey
San Marcos, CA

This has never been an attractive beer. It's a dark orange bordering on brown with never much of a head. Little to no lacing. It looks heavy, thick, and oily.

Now that I've got that out of the way, I must say, I love this beer!

Deep, rich aromas of piney and citrus hops, some alcohol warmth, and caramel malts. Big, hot, pungent, and explosive!

Incredibly bitter beer, lots and lots of citrus hop presence and pine, caramel and bready malts, and a warming, stinging alcohol presence. I love it. This is the beer that really made me love super hoppy, super bitter DIPAs.

Medium to thick, oily mouthfeel--though it fits this beer remarkably well.

A super hoppy, super malty big, big, big DIPA with tons of bitterness and, unfortunately, too much alcohol heat and presence.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2011 03:13:49 | More by ehammond1
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop-15 has the delicious nose of a well-made double IPA, ripe with not only the expected bright citrus hop blasts (grapefruit, orange), but a thick fog of caramelized brown sugars and a nice smattering of fresh-baked-bread toasted grains, the latter implying that equal attention has been paid to malts.

On the tongue, however, the brew is far more hoppy than the nose lets on, being the sort of pine, grapefruit, pine, resin, and pine shock that leaves the tongue and soft palate tingling, and the tastebuds retreating in self-defense. This is definitely not a beer for the faint of heart, as the IBUs--though I admit to guessing, as I couldn't find the exact number--have to be at least 100, and no wonder, since fifteen varieties of hops went into the brew, at fifteen minute intervals. There are a lot of sugars in here--there have to be, at 10% ABV--but most of them get lost in the hop lashing. Those that do make it through are caramelized, dark, nutty, and bread-like, and burn off midway through the mouthful, revealing a massive base of (surprise) hops. The aftertaste is hops, and takes a good minute or so to fade away. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-high.

Overall, while I find the hops delicious, I have little doubt but that most will find this brew unpalatable, in the same way that Limburger is a turn-off for anyone whose cheese experience barely extends beyond Kraft singles. But for serious hop lovers--and I mean *serious*--this is a must-try.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 17:11:37 | More by jondeelee
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dirk27502

North Carolina

1.43/5  rDev -65.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I got a flat batch of this beer. And the fact that you can find so many similar stories on this site -- dating back at least three years -- demonstrates that they really have a quality control issue over at Port. My beer was so flat that it wouldn't make even one bubble while at full tilt heading straight into my kitchen sink on its way to the sewer, where it belongs.

I had given one bottle to a friend and he described it best when he said, "this tastes like really hoppy syrup!" It's really too bad, because I think Port probably has a good recipe, they just can't seem to get it together. Save yourself some money and don't buy this unless you're absolutely sure you are getting a good bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 16:27:30 | More by dirk27502
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An excellent beer, particularly fresh and on-tap. Pours amber with a decent head that takes awhile to fade and leaves some great lacing. Nice explosion of pine and citrus in the nose with some sweet malt playing second fiddle. The taste is a hophead's dream. Massive hop attack with resinous pine and bitter citrus and some clean sweet malt to support the onslaught. Spicy and big in the mouth, a pleasure.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2011 16:52:39 | More by Georgiabeer
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Taken from notes on 3.31.11

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy orange in color with a huge thick creamy color head that leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S - Citrus, pine and lemons.

T - Oranges, lemons, pine, with a slight malt finish.

D - Lots and lots of carbonation, acidic bite on your teeth.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 00:00:50 | More by HuskyinPDX
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper colored body with orange hues and lively bubbles of carbonation dance to the top of the glass where an off white two inch cloud of head sits and patiently dissipates to leave a sticky, yet scattered lacing behind.

I can smell the citrus hop aromas from about a foot away. This is followed by a pleasant malty sweetness that really sticks for a bit and eventually returns to some woody hops. The woody hops almost smell like firewood at a deeper glance, but interestingly the beer always returns to the zesty citrus grapefruit.

The flavor greets you with a mouthful of citrus and woody or pine hops. There is a malty caramel sweetness mid-palate and a spicy hop finish. Between the grapefruit citrus and the cedar or pine wood flavors, this is delicious. There also seems to be something hinting at tobacco in there, but in a good way, like woody cloves maybe?

Hop 15 is full in body with generous carbonation and a drying, yet boozy finish that is part sweet and part hop bite.

This is quite a beer with enormous hop character, just as advertised and while it may be the equivalent of Ike Turner for your palate, the beating is welcomed.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 02:45:52 | More by CHADMC3
Hop 15 from Port Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 1,399 ratings.