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Hop 15 - Port Brewing

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1,596 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,596
Reviews: 784
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 176
Gots: 117 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Port Brewing visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: comat0se on 02-09-2003

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy apple cider yellow/orange in color with significant amount of yeast sediment in suspension. The beer has a quarter finger tall white head that quickly reduces to a small patch of extremely thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The smell of this beer is all hops - tons of citrus (orange and grapefruit) along with some lighter hints of pine/resin.

T: The primary flavor for this beer is the hops with a light hint of pale and caramel malts. The hops flavors are a combination of pine/resin and citrus/grapefruit. There is a pleasant amount of hop flavors without too much bitterness coming through - light amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Light crispness and stickiness. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: The alcohol in this beer is very well masked considering it is 10% ABV. The beer is not the easiest to drink but is very enjoyable and quite tasty - easy to sip on all afternoon long, albeit slowly. Wonderful aromas and flavors of hops.

Photo of BeerForHokie
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Popp24
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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

Pours a deep golden color. The beer is clear, but has little flecks of hop and grain trub floating throughout. The bouquet is characterized of sweet grain and non-tart citrus. It is the most well-blended aroma that consists of barley and hops that I've ever smelled. Meaning it's nearly impossible to discern the two fragrances from each other, while both are certainly expressed. This beer produced the smallest head I've ever seen. It is a very unique beer for a variety of reasons and I haven't even take the first sip. Now, I'll remedy that problem. The flavor is bold and very double-IPA-like. The grainbill must be about a dump truck's worth. Alcohol flavor is present from start to finish. Sweet malt forward with flat citrus hops to offer some balance. This is an interestig beer, but there are better California doubles.

Photo of Shnanign
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of justinlaz
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of rkarimi
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Fridge, 6/10/12, notes taken when served.

14 oz serving poured into a traditional brandy glass, acceptable.

Pours a nice frothy ½”, white, head, brief longevity, but with very good sticky lace that coats the glass.
The color is medium, golden amber, beautiful.

The aroma is quite distinct, with pronounced dry hopping and spicy, piney, citrus and grapefruit in the nose. This is followed by medium distinct, rich, malt with a nice medium toasty character. Some definite Ale yeast here also.

Crisp, distinct, bitter entry on the palate of distinct, aggressive hops, dry hopping is evident. A powerful hop profile, wonderfully bitter, Delicious!
This is followed by very distinct, rich malt, refined and toasty with the Ale yeast coming on at the end. The body is full, balanced, with a medium, fine, balanced carbonation followed by light balanced sweetness.

The finish is very exceptionally long, bitter hops and rich malt. The hop oils linger forever totally dominating the malt.

A hop heads dream!
Strong but balanced hop profile, in the company of, but not quite as good as Sierra Nevada Hoptimum and Green Flash Palate Wrecker. Which is pretty good praise.
Highly recommended.

Photo of DallasJones
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of nyanya3927
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of rhhjr
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of FickleBeast
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
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 +1.4%

Photo of mrebeka
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
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 +7.4%

Photo of JaeTea
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Pugs78
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of DaveHack
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of DJButters
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of abcramer
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of vibhav
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.07/5  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
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
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 +7.4%

Hop 15 from Port Brewing
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