2nd Anniversary Double IPA - Port Brewing

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2nd Anniversary Double IPA2nd Anniversary Double IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

201 Ratings
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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Port Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Floydster on 05-03-2008)
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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 22 ounce bomber bottle poured into my Sierra Nevada shaker glass. Appears an ultra cloudy, bright golden honeyed apricot color, full of hop particulates. The ale is topped off with two fingers of quickly fading cream colored foam. I'm picking up some quite fragrant floral aromas, followed by notes of sweet candied citrus peels, mainly orange and white grapefruit. Huge citrus notes - Toucan Sam would be very proud. Tastes of bitter-sweet ruby red grapefruit juice, a decent amount of caramelized malt to cut the bitterness of the citrus, perfumed orange and tangerine oils, maybe a touch of pineapple, alcohol has faded considerably, but still comes through. This ale falls somewhere between medium and full bodied with more than ample carbonation. After finishing the bomber, I certainly wasn't craving another right away though. This one is a sipper, for me at least. Take your time and savor it.

Photo of Martin2D
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber in color with no head

S - Smells of alcohol and bitter hops

T - Very malty on the forefront, and the bitterness of hops afterwards.

M - Medium-light carbonation and medium in body

D - This one really threw me off when I tasted it. It's pretty much a barleywine. While extremely tasty, and much better than Hop 15, it's not really a great example of an IIPA.

Photo of surfer4life
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bomber.

A - Pours a hazy copper color. Nice thick head and decent lacing.

S - Big floral and citrus hop smell. Can definitely smell a bready malt which balances the smell and give it a great aroma.

T - Taste is ok, not big a hoppy like I had expected. It's possible that it's an old bottle, but I hadn't seen it on the shelf the week prior so I thought it to be fresh.

M - Good carbonation, still pretty creamy, nice body.

D - Eh, I don't think I will search this out, unless I find out it's fresh on tap somewhere.

Photo of tobyandgina
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy peach in color. Thin head that hung around for a while in the center of the glass.

Smell of honey, malts, fruity(apricot) and kind of musty.

Taste had some big spices - really big bite. Some vanilla characters, some alcohol present. Very complex. The bitterness is balanced out with the vanilla and honey. Some clove-like spices also present.

I don't know why this is considered a Double IPA. To me it's more like Belgian or a Belgian Double.

Good finish, a little oily palate. Drinkability is good.

Photo of dqderrick
4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber cellared for 4 months after purchase at 52F. Was this only made in May 2008? If so, this bottle is going on 10 months in age.

A - 4.0
Orange/brown. Cloudy with very slight head. Some particles suspending in beer. I had it stored upright... hmmm.

S - 4.5
Smells malt sweet with slight but good hops filling in. Age seems to be effecting its hoppiness. Pineapple/grapefruit/citrus is definitely there and VERY enjoyable.

T - 5.0
AWESOME. I'm loving the taste of the aged hops. The malt backbone makes me very happy. Reminds me a little of a Speakeasy Double Daddy IPA... but I haven't had one for a while.

MF - 4.0
Seems pretty good. Carbonation a tad low but present.

D - 4.5
Very smooth and not as hoppy as i used to be by a long shot! The 22 oz went down very easily over an hour plus. I enjoyed it like a good wine. For 9.5%, this was very drinkable. Very.

Photo of FACEMEAT
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light amber yellow with a half-finger of head that quickly dissipated into a thin cap. Little lacing remained.

S: Caramel, freshly cut grass and hops.

T: Wow. This is the first over-the-top hopped beer that has really impressed me. The hop intensity beat me over the head then begged me for more. There's a background of caramel and persimmon to take the edge off...just barely...but enough.

M: An oily viscosity lingers on the palate to remind you that you're drinking a man's beer.

D: Yes, please.

Photo of woodychandler
4.8/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The finger of foamy head with light retention had an interestingly unusual yellow cast. The beer itself looked as though I were pouring raw honey into my glass. The nose had a very pine-y, resinous quality. The mouthfeel was full, bordering on viscous. My goodness, but this was simply liquid hops. The taste just would not quit. In fact, the monkey on my back actually stopped his incessant chattering! Jeez, I felt like an IPA virgin. The finish absolutely lingered with an intense hops bite. Zounds! Let's do this again real soon.

Photo of BretSikkink
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange color with some darker accents in there. The head is pretty bubbly, quite a bit more full than I remember from the sparse cap I was served on tap.

The nose is a great blast of orange zest, grapefruit, with some pine. Backed up by enough caramel sweetness to be credible.

The flavor is still quite hop-heavy, although the malts make a decent effort here. Caramel, biscuits, and toast duke it out with the citrics and mildly herbal characteristics of the hops.

Good sized body, nothing but a A-1 hop-delivery system here. Well done.

Photo of JBogan
3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a caramel color with a decent white head which left almost no lacing.

Smelled really nice. Yes, the telltale grapefruit sign of hops is there, but there is some malt to balance it out. I got a floral note out of it as well.

The taste didn't live up to the aroma as far as I'm concerned. The hops were way too intrusive. I know this is supposed to be a hop bomb, but some, even a little bit of balance would be nice. I didn't find that balance in this beer. This tasted like a very one dimensional brew.

Mouthfeel was decent. Thick and smooth, but very flat. It felt dead in the mouth.

I gave this an "average" score in drinkability, because I know there are folks out there who enjoy this sort of hop juice. Personally I finished the bottle but was glad to see it go, I won't be purchasing this one again. However if you tend to like this sort of unbalanced one dimensional over the top hop beer, then you'll love this.

Photo of ppoitras
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a minimal 1/8" beige head over the way cloudy orangey amber brew. Head quickly retreats to the sides, with leggy slow-falling lace. Aroma is pungeant piney grapefruit. Taste is sweet to start, quickly fruity in the middle, and the close is combo of take-your-breath-away bitterness and alcohol burn. But somehow that comes together well and works. Mouthfeel is smooth, and is drinkable for the style. Another memorable anniversary.

Photo of discovolante65
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split with a fellow BA. Thanks for bringing the goods ABhatter, as usual!
Pours a nice tawny color with a nice, but brief head. big fat bubbles that went away within 20 seconds. lacing was reduced to a v-shaped colony of microscopic bubbles.

Smell is like someone rammed a pine scented air-freshener in one nostril, and a piece of hot homemade bread in the other nostril. Some citrus is also at play in the nose.

Taste is one of the best balances of hops and malt I have ever had. You get the hop-slap grapefruit/pine taste, and then this malty, biscuity finish. toast with butter is also detected in the finish.

It is oily, not bad oily, but never the less. nice medium body. it never got sticky or overly bitter, due to the malts.

Drinkability - I really like this one. I would think that most who drink DIPA's would be slightly disappointed with the sweetness that blunts the hops, but I like it. I would have more than one of this on any day.

Photo of biegaman
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Hollingsheads Delicatessen in Orange, CA and review from bottle.

The beer appears as if poured from an unsettled cask, its complexion is completely murky and thoroughly muddied. Its tone isn't so bright either; it almost shares the colour of a sweet potato. It is nearly entirely bare on the top. Its surface is enveloped only by a sole, soapy ring which leaves the beer looking incomplete.

Holy Hops Batman! I feel the need to catch my breath. An almost antibacterial pine like scent is lifted from what was surely once acres worth of lupulin crops. This smell actually places you in a pine forest. Its base of crisp toast biscuits is easily overlooked because there are also tangy, fruity (mostly orange and lemon) notes as well. This is what I had expected!

Of all the wonderful hop characteristic it's the pine that sticks out most in the taste. The sappy, juicy flavour of hop resin coats the palate with every gulp. The beer is actually surprisingly malty despite all that. Toasted bread and cookie dough impart a heavy flavour and lingering sweetness. Combine the two and you've got yourself one kick-ass DIPA.

The alcohol greets you with a big smack upside the head with every sip. Not one bit of that 9.5% is shamefaced. This doesn't help the antibacterial impression I had earlier - then again it's probably the cause of it. Still, for a beer this strong I catch myself taking some pretty big sips. More than one sample a session might seem more doable than is probably wise.

I always find it suitable when breweries release anniversary beers that properly embody what it is the brewery is all about. Port's Second Anniversary DIPA is appropriate on a number of levels: one, it epitomizes the talent of their head brewer. Secondly, it exemplifies the quality of their offerings. Lastly, it exhibits the in-your-face, ass-kicking kind of hopped up brewing that put California's micro breweries on the map.

For all the good Port Brewing does they are still guilty of one thing: not distributing their beer further! If I had the masterful crafts of Tomme Arthur at my every day disposal I would scarcely need anything else. Cheers to Port Brewing on their second anniversary and like anyone else who appreciates beer will toast: here's to many more to come!

Photo of SteveO1231
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up 22oz. bottle from Table & Vine in West Springfield. The bottle features a yellow label. No bottling date.

Pours a murky tangerine with a foamy, off-white head. Nice lacing.

Aroma is super malty, I was expecting more hops but caramelized malts, dark fruits and toffee overpowers hops in the aroma. Hops are pungent, citrusy, grassy and herbal.

Full-bodied as all hell with a slick texture.

Flavor is the same as the aroma, super malty. Full of caramelized malts, toffee, and some dark fruits. Hops are juicy in flavor, citrus, pungent and grassy. Finish is a bit earthy and a lot spicy. Alcohol level is pretty hot in this one, it numbs the palate and warms the belly.

I was expecting a hop bomb but what we have here is a maltster. This one is almost more a barley wine than a DIPA.

Cheers!

Photo of halfP1NT
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This review was from August '08.

This beer pours a hazy orange amber. An aggressive pour yields a thin, off-white head that leaves behind some thin lacing.

Smell is caramel and bready malts with a citrus hop aroma. I'm picking up grapefruit and orange and a definite alcohol presence.

Taste mirrors the flavor; caramel and brown sugar, piney, citrusy hops, and a definite alcohol presence. The alcohol is spicy, a bit peppery, but adds a nice dimension. The hops bitterness lingers in my mouth a little, almost a bit puckery. The carbonation is on the low end, which makes the mouthfeel thin, but this beer still packs a big flavor.

A very tasty brew, I wish I could get more Port Brewing stuff on the east coast. Thanks t0rin0 .

Photo of ReDave
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Brad!

He got this from So cal somewhere..

Pours a cloudy orange amber, very dense.

Foamy head at first, but dies to nothing later on. No lace what so ever....

Sort of a malty aroma, not too hoppy.

Pretty sharp hop then alcohol bite.
but pretty nice.
Nice after taste. There is an after burn from the alcohol though....
Their Hop 15 is better in my opinion.

Photo of alovesupreme
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this beer hosting a tasting the other day at Martys in Allston, Ma.

Pours a hazy very bold yellow. Good head that sat around, this beer looks as though it is going to be bold.

Great bouquet. Pine and grapefruit with the dominating aroma being apple cider.

Bam! Lots of flavor, initial flavor is hops, a little citrus and tropical fruit with a hint of pine. The middle of the beer changes character completely and goes to a really prominent caramel flavor and the beer tastes more like a barley wine.

This beer is syrupy and sticky. Extremely full body, these guys know what they are doing.
Great beer, so much is going on you might want to split it with a friend.

Photo of NEhophead
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 fl oz brown bottle; served in an oversized wine glass.

Very hazy, darkened peach with burnt auburn. Somewhat of a creamy head that recedes after a moment to a thin, nearly intact filmy sheet. Thin lacing with only slightly above average strength.

Swarming hop resin with tropical fruit aromas: peach, pear, green apple, lemon zest, and grapefruit. Spicy notes of ginger and saffron that cut the tropical fruit and citrus. The alcohol aroma builds, but never overpowers the hop oils. Semi-sweet, biscuity malt with just a touch of diacetyl. Nearly perfect aromatics.

Creamy, biscuit-flavored malt character with a light sweetness which really provides a nice balance to the hop intensity. Speaking of hops, this offering has such a dynamic, flavorful profile. Bright grapefruit, lemon, pear, and melon in addition to a brisk, intense pine addition. Notes of bubblegum and a rounded, warming alcohol presence prior to a burnt hop bitterness. The slightly buttery, toasted malt character mildly returns in the aftertaste.

A full, medium in body; oily with a smooth backbone. The pine flavors add a brisk roughness that leads to the finish. A big enough body to withstand all of the flavor components that this Double IPA offers.

Despite a wide array of hop flavors, the shining quality of this ale is the pleasant and rounded slightly sweet malt character. The malt really does stand up to the intense hop profile. How many other Double IPA's can claim that?

Photo of ryrust5301
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Cloudy and swampy, with a thick creamy orange gold color. This is one of the thickest looking Double IPA's I have ever seen. Looks like I won't be able to drink it, i'll have to chew it. No head to speak of whatsoever, just a thing ring of bubbles that forms around the sides. Did I mention this is one thick SOB.

Smell - This smells like a HUGE beer. There's so much going on, but I just don't agree with it all. You can smell the hops, but that does even compare to the sweet smell that seems to overpower everything. It has a brown sugar maple sort of smell, with a cinnamon spice.

Taste & Mouthfeel - This is once again another one that goes more of the barleywine route, than the fresh crisp bitter hop bombs that I like. Very buttery, rich, deep malts kill the hops. Yeah I do get the slight bitter bite from the hops, and there is a citrus taste to it. It's all far too little in my opinion. It's way to smooth and not harsh enough in the mouthfeel for a great double IPA.

Drinkability - Port has so many other great brews, and this is the first one i've really been disapointed in. Not terrible, but as I said it's just not how I like my double IPA's. High tide, and Hop 15 are better offerings.

Photo of ShrLSU
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a cloudt orange color. It almost looked like a fruit punch. It leaves slight lacing around the glass but have zero head on the pour. The nose is sweet and citrus hop taste witha decent malt backbone. The taste is very hoppy but nicely bitter and sweet. It definitely has the malt backing to it so its not all hop flavors. The mouthfeel is very low carbonation but somewhat slick and syrupy. Overall I loved Port beers and this is another to toss up there. If you can get it...try it.

Photo of scootny
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear orange with moderate white head. Nice retention with generous lacing on the sides of my glass. Light carbonation activity.

Smell is orange citrus and pine. Caramel component blends with a fruity yeastiness into a sweet malty structure.

Taste is DIPA with orange. A blend of pine resin and orange cough syrup. Maybe a touch of tropical fruit. Malt is there but is dominated by the orangey sweetness. Caramel is underneath the malt and tries to add to the balance. A little coarse in the blending of tastes,disjointed. Finish is dry bitterness up front, and strong bitter on the back of the throat. Bitter orange and dry graininess. Light fusel alcohol that hides well. Seems to lack balance somehow. Better on the warmer side of drinking temperatures.

Mouthfeel is lively carbonation on a medium body. Smooth and pleasant.

Drinkability suffers from the abundance of orange and pine resin. Not a bad beer just not cohesive to me. Not what I expect from Pizza Port and I have another one to see if maybe the bottle had gone bad. It happens.
---9/8/2009

I have opened my other bottle and it is much better. Maybe the age has allowed the brew to come together but his one is just dandy.

A:4 S:4 T:4 M:4 D:4

A score more inline with what I expect from Port Brewing. No overpowering orange cough syrup this time. A big chewy and piney hop assault at first quickly followed by huge caramel malt backbone. A firm alcohol follows flowing into a minty presence. Then more hops, this time grapefruit and hop oil. Long dry finish with grapefruit rind and hop oily mint along with crusts of sourdough.

Easy drinker that, while it shows its teeth they are smiling at you. So hey have a few. Watch out now!

Photo of hopsleeroy
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber

A-Typical orange caramel color with 1 inch head that dissipated quickly.
S-Citrus grapefruit/orange and caramel together. Maybe more malt than hops smell.
T-Piney and citrus hop, some melon flavor as warms, pretty decent malt flavor, not as much caramel as expected, finishes fairly bitter pine resin flavor with some alcohol hotness excentuating, leaves an astringent dryness that I'm not sure if I like.
M- Medium in mouth, light carbonation prickle, pretty decent but the astringent feeling isn't entirely pleasant
D-I enjoyed this enough for a bomber but couldn't keep it up all night.

Photo of Douglas14
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a typical orange-amber color that be present in all good DIPA's. The head is pretty minimal at first but it slowly rises up from the bottom; cool to see as I wasn't expecting something like that out of this beer. This is weird but on top of the obvious hops, I'm getting a funnel-cake smell...weird, but awesome. The hop notes are leaning towards the resiny characters of the hops. There is a definite nuttiness to the aroma towards the end too. The flavor has an incredible balance to it. The nuttiness comes out as well in the taste. The hops and sweet malt go perfectly. The 2nd Anny has one of, if not the, fullest body for a DIPA that I have had. Pretty awesome.

Photo of badbeer
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with a nice off-white head that retains well. Big smells of grapefruit, orange rind, and some cantaloupe. Resiny hops right off the bat, grapefruit and orange come in and bring along some pine and melon with a touch of caramel. Alcohol warmth in the finish, medium carbonation and body. Really a drinkable beer, I might need more of this.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 7/29/08. Bottle. Pours an orange/amber with a huge, thick white head. Aroma is sweet, of citrus, pine, and glorious hop oils. Tropical fruits (passion fruit, mango) as the beer warms. Flavor of citrus initial, with a bitter finish. Pretty bitter but balanced by light sweet fruits. Heavy, but I do like it. I like the light fruits balance with the bitter finish. Could be a little better constructed, but it's a pretty tasty DIPA.
8/4/7/4/15 (3.8/5)

Photo of Sandstone
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured an extremely hazy copper color with very, very minimal head.

Smell was very much like a sweet tropical punch. Pineapple, mango, grapefruit... Little to none of the pine notes I've come to expect from IPAs.

Taste was pretty much in line with the smell. Kind of like someone had spiked the tropical punch with some rum. Though, for 9.5%, the alcohol is pretty well disguised. Not nearly as boozy as some of the DIPAs I've had. (DFH 90, I'm looking at you...)

Overall, I think the beer is probably a touch too syrupy and sweet to make a good session beer, but to be fair, I'm rarely looking to make a session out of a 9%+ ABV beer.

Verdict: Definitely an interesting take on the DIPA style, but misses a lot of the traditional bitter hoppiness that I enjoy.

Note: The bottle informs me that this was brewed back in May. It's very possible I had this a bit off its peak. I'd certainly be willing to give the 3rd Anniversary ale a fairer shot next year.

2nd Anniversary Double IPA from Port Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.