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2nd Anniversary Double IPA - Port Brewing

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Reviews: 187
Hads: 201
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Port Brewing visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Floydster on 05-03-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 187 | Hads: 201
Photo of mnstorm99
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy burnt orage, with a small tanish head that satys well and laces great.
Aroma is subtle floral hops and aromatic caramel malts
Taste has a touch of warmth from the alcohol and a nice sweet floral hop flavor as well as the caramel and biscuit malts. Pretty well balance DIPA.
mouthfeel is smooth and well carbonated. This is a very good beer, and I could easily enjoy one ever so often.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a murky orange/amber color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of piney hops, caramelized malts and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts with a strong burst of floral hops bitterness that stays dominant. There are sweet flavors of caramel and citrus that quickly follow and a hearty malt character provides a decent balance. There's a pretty significant alcohol sting that makes the beer seem a little boozy. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it's a decent beer, but definitely not the first 2IPA I'd go after.

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Photo of hopdog
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle acquired in trade with bu11zeye (thanks!).

Poured a medium and hazy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of pine, citrus, and some tropical fruitiness. 'Juicy'. Tastes of citrus, pine, same fruitiness, and some maltiness. Some spiciness in the tastes as well. Medium alcohol finish.

Notes from 6/7/08

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Photo of marcpal
3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked this one up when I was in Philly and decided that the beer would be good for a half of Thursday night football, bomber should suffice.

Poured into Flying Fish tulip glass.
Label and bottle: 6/10

A: Shiny gold color, clear orange. The head with a pretty loose pour didnt amount to much. Lacing- nil.

S: Hops, piney tree hops. Not much sweetness and even from the bottle itself its just a smacking of hops right to the back of your nose and to the brain. Should infuse this into a car deodorizer.

T: If you could drink an evergreen, Id imagine this is what it would taste like out of the food processor. The alcohol burn is beatingly present yet the sweetness which should be robin to the hops batman is not there. The hops dont come across as fresh but again, raw pine.

Given the alcohol, I hesitate to say that the sugars need to be amped up to balance the hops but something in the contsruction needs tweaking.

A rare beer that is brash in terms of both the heat and the hops. Some may love it but I thought it became something of a chore to finish.

M: Dry and somewhat thin. Too dry.

D: This was perhaps overly bitter and piney for me with a painful alcohol tinge, not the most warming. Its a little much on the taste buds and I love the West coast hops as much as the next guy, but hopefully year 3 will yield better results.

Not the best. After swearing as I drank this that it seemed stronger than 8%, the bottle indeed listed it just under 10%, makes more sense. The buzz isnt hidden.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Long story short, this is a less robust version of the might hop 15... where the grapefruit, citrus, pine, floral, grass aroma of the 15 hop varieties of the hop15 bangs you in the forehead, this double ipa offering from pizza port is much more subdued... this is a solid beer that provides a more mellow double ipa profile...

the ipa family of beers from pizza port never disappoints... hop15, high tide, 2nd anniversary, and wipe out all do the trick and represent a nice representation on the spectrum of western styled ipas

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Photo of arizcards
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber at AJ's in late September for $7.39.

Beer poured a hazt amber-orange with very little head. Nose was heavy on citrus hops initially but becomes malty the longer it sits. Taste was very malty and sweet with a big alcohol burn on the first sip. Finishes with a hop slickness on the palate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and decently carbonated to keep it lively on the palate. Overall drinkability is pretty good but it is a bit unbalanced with a bit too much alcohol for the style.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mikesgroove for this one.

Pours a nice amber orange color. Clear with a stark white head that lingers a little, but not too long and leaves good lacing on the way down.

Nose is maltier than expected, but this one does have a few months of age on it. Hops are surely present though, with west coast grapefruit action and some grassy notes.

Hmmm. A little too malty for my taste. Thick sweetness starts this one off. The hops do come around mid taste, but this one is way unbalanced to the malt side of things. Some grassy and grapefruit hops do make their presence known on the finish and in the aftertaste. Really the sweet malt that dominates here though.

Mouthfeel is a bit too thick here, but it should be quite viscous at this abv. Undercarbonated but not disasterously.

Drinkability is hampered quite a bit by the sweetness and the off carbonation. The abv is pretty apparent as well.

Overall a decent DIPA on the sweet side of things, but really a slight dissapointment from the folks over at port. They make some of the best DIPAs around, but this one is off the mark for me. Way too malty without the necessary hops to balance it out. An ok beer, but i think port could have done much better for an anniversary brew.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with Mikereaser. Thanks Mike!

A- Body is a quite foggy, medium, rusty amber hue. Pours with a nice 2 finger foamy white head that eventually subsides to a thin collar. Very little lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is full of piny hops. Behind this is a hint of alcohol and sweet caramel malt.

T- Lots of piny and earthy hop flavors upfront with a very faint malt backbone. The pine flavors really come through for the finish as well as a big grapefruit flavor and a hint of caramel sweetness to keep things in check. A whole lot of piny bitterness, resiny bitterness, piny hop flavor, and a hint of alcohol warmth linger on. The overall flavor of this beer reminds me of the picture of the cactus on the bottle.

M- Medium carbonation and a body with a lot of smooth hop oils and hints of phenols present.

D-This is a nice DIPA and it was a great opportunity to try it. The ABV is somewhat detectable and this is a slow-sipper because of the flavor intensity anyway. Its still a very enjoyable and good DIPA though.

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Photo of Zorro
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber colored ale nearing red in color with a tall light tan colored head.

Strong hop aroma lots of pine and grapefruit aroma chock full of Northwest Hop bouquet. Malt is not totally obscured and a bit of garlic scent is present. This is a bit spicy but really no complexities beyond very strong hops.

The taste starts out sweet with a strong melon flavor. Garlic and onion flavors emerge giving this a savory flavor like an onion roll. Yep mostly melon, garlic and onion plus some sweet malt, grapefruit and pine are mostly missing. Alcohol is very apparent as this warms.

Mouthfeel is good and full.

Drinkability is going to depend on your appreciation of the more rare flavors hops can provide namely onion and garlic. I'm a hophead so I like it but not everyone likes garlic and onion in a beer.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer poured a cloudy orange/pumpkin color. It was also totally flat. Probably the worst looking beer I've poured. Was thinking it may be a drain pour.

S: The aroma was a bit better. Hops and citrus were the main smells. There was also a hint of sourness.

T: My mistake, this is absolutely not a drain pour. It has a big hop flavor with a nice malty sweet backbone. The alcohol is noticeable, but smooth. This beer is very well balanced.

M: This beer is full bodied with a hint of an alcohol burn. There is a residual slickness from this brew.

D: This is one smooth and easy drinking DIPA. Not sure why this bottle was flat, but it was still a delight.

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Photo of sessycuban
2.94/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - The beer pours a copper orange. I got less than a finger of head from an aggressive pour. It looks very viscous, kind of like a barleywine.

S - The beer smells of resin, pine, and citrus. Lots of grapefruit. There is a sweetness that cuts through the hops, suggesting a malty base.

T - This one is kind of all over the place. Very much like the smell, but boozy. This tastes like a barleywine to me.

M - Medium bodied, but very viscous. Somewhat sticky. The beer is very under carbonated.

D - The beer tastes like Dreadnaught gone wrong. Good try, but not quite there.

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Photo of drseamus
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Darker amber reddish body with a good white head. Some visible carbonation and some floaties as well.

S: MMM! Straight west coast on this bad boy. Tons of citrusy hops. A bit of malt in there as well.

T: Excellent. Good malt with a nice grapefruity citrusy hop profile. Again, classic west coast and just what I like. Good bitterness but flavor driven.

M: Not thin and not thick. Right in that sweet spot.

D: Damn good. I need to move westward.

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Photo of PatronWizard
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber to glass....

Slightly darker than usual IPA. Medium caramel color. Nice head.

Smells of hops; good hop profile. Flavor is even stronger. Malts make an appearance, but just a cameo. Nice punch. I like it. Hoppy enough to be a sipper.

Gets better with every sip and every sip gets bigger so we're talking exponential goodness growth. Plus a very generous 9.5% thank you very much.

Overall: happy anniversary Port

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Happy Anniversary, ok I'm a little late. Pours a copper color with a dark orange hue. Moderate haze. A good pour leaves a big frothy head. Good retention and lacing through the tasting.

The nose has a nice blend hop aroma. The hops have a mix of floral, citrus and piney notes. Well present and distinct. The malt is blended nicely but does play second to the hoppy aromas. Clean yeast notes, but I could pick out some bubblegum esters in the background.

The taste is balanced very well. The hops come out stronger than the malt with a more piney flavor. The citrus and floral do come out as well but are limited versus the pine notes. The bitterness lingers into the finish and is a bit astringent. The malt comes out nicely and has a decent balance. Some minor caramel and Munich notes. The yeast is a bit more noticeable. Some yeasty flavors and some minor rose and bubblegum esters, but not over the top. Some alcohol as well, but good for the ABV.

The body is closer to moderate than light. Very easy drinking. Some astringency is a bit of a deterrent but a nice example of a west coast DIPA.

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Photo of TasteTester
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Vermonthiker for this one. Acquired in a nice trade. Perfect (my favorite style) to celebrate my birthday with.

A-Beautiful hazy copper. Head a finger or so tall on the pour but didn't last. Lacing all the way.

S-Great piney/hops aroma with a subtleness of citrus in the background. Bitterness all the way.

T-Phenomenal. The balance you expect in a good DIPA. The bite and bitterness of the alcohol and hops softened by the citrus and pine.

M-Sticky. Flavors linger for a while.

D-Would drink this all night. I want more.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.67/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a snifter.

Appears a nice orange-amber with about a half inch off-white head. Leaves a bit of lacing.

Aroma is full of citrusy, piney hops with some tropical fruit tones. Despite the onslaught of hops there is a nice caramel and bready malt backing.

The taste starts out with a sharp hoppy bitterness but then the malt comes forward and pushes the bitterness back to reveal citrusy piney hop flavors and a fruitiness that reminds me of oranges and pineapples. That doesn't last too long though - the bitterness is back and the other flavors linger alongside it. A bit of warming alcohol on the finish that is expected for the ABV, but it doesn't detract.

Mouthfeel is medium-full and creamy. Perfect for a DIPA.

Excellent stuff right here. I enjoyed it more than the Hop 15 and possibly even more than Pliny the Elder. I will savor this one, as I'm sure I'll never have the chance to taste it again since it is limited and not available anywhere near me.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to jctribe25 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy/creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, hoppy, with some slight pines and citrus. The taste is sweet on the lips, with a very nice hop bomb, with some maltiness, nice touch of citrus and some pines. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is another awesome brew from Port Brewing Company.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy "sunrise at the beach" orange body. Topped by a three finger level slab of white bubbly foam. Good sticky lacing.

Big juicy, citrusy, enticing aroma.

Big chewy sweetness rolls down the center of the tongue. Waves of juicy, citrusy fruity, wonderfully bitter hops crash the sides of the mouth and tongue. A warm glow forms in the tummy. Tingly bitterness lingers on into the afterglow.

Mouthfeel is thick, this has viscosity of its own. Wonderfully drinkable for all that is here.

A terrific DIPA/IIPA. I am glad that I convinced myself to buy a case.

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Photo of mnapier
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Service Temperature, 50 degrees farenheit. Glassware, 12 ounce tulip (yeah yeah). http://beeradvocate.com/beer/user_review/5318/42466
Write a Beer Review for 2nd Anniversary Double IPA from Port Brewing Company / Pizza Port - BeerAdvocate

Popping the cap off I notice as I am pouring this cloudy light orange celebration of Port's contribution to good beer. Left behind is little or no off-white foamy head along with little or no lace.
Detected in the nose is a floral hoppiness, along with some sweet orange peel, and a little bit of pine along with some biscuit
Taking a sip I get some medium pine and the previously mentioned biscuit, alongside with some minor dryness. Overall mouthfeel is mild to medium.

This one is a hit for sure and I look forward to sampling in 6 months.


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Photo of Proteus93
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this in an offsite trade as a generous extra. Not much I've tried from the brewery, to date, so it looks intriguing.

A: A orangey-golden amber hue, quite hazy and deep. Head is a bit of a disappointment, being incredibly stubborn on forming, very short, and lasting almost no time. Makes it look a bit more like a strange glass of juice.

S: A nice pine and orange-rind scent going on here. With a swirl in the tulip, a greater pine aroma rises from it - almost similar to if the car A/C blew over the hanging air freshener. Not too bad.

T: Again, quite a piney note on the flavour. A nice bittering - not too overpowering - with some citrus rind, hints of caramel, and just the slightest dash of biscuit over the tongue.

M: A little viscous... sticky-thick, but not so much cloyingly sweet and tacky and yuck. A little creaminess comes out of it. Fuller body, that would be saying... lighter carbonation.

D: Easy drinking for an 8%, though it does seem a little unusually thick and heavy over time. A pretty decent DIPA, though I'd probably be a little more apt to pick up a more widely available offering. and certainly something like Pliny the Elder over it.

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Photo of Boto
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber: This one pours a fairly clear orange-tinged amber color. There was a bit of an off-white head on mine. A small amount of lacing down the glass. The aroma in mainly piney hops. hints of citrus and a bit of caramel malt also. The taste is not quite as bitter as I would have expected. Definite piney bitterness, but a well balanced malt body to go along with it. a hint of orange too. No sweetness at all. Very drinkable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Port Brewing's 2nd Anniversary Ale pours a hazy orange-amber reminiscent of orange marmalade. The short white head drops shortly, yet it still leaves behind thin walls of tiny spotted lace about the glass.

In the nose it's initially sweetish... caramelish and a touch orange-like, followed by more citrus, and then soft dried pine.

As it passes your lips and across the tongue it's got a bit of viscosity to it, and that's enhanced by a limited, extremely fine-bubbled carbonation from bottle conditioning. The hops also add to the mouthfeel in the finish, coating the tongue and teeth.

The flavor is bold and brash, with bitterness and piney, resinous hops cutting through the initial dollops of sweetish malt without pause. What yeasty fruitiness appears upfront is quickly pushed aside as well by fruity hoppiness, although it's really the resinous pine flavors that seems to churn across the front of the tongue. For hop heads, it's raspy and harsh in the best way! Bitterness, pine, and resinous acidity remain in the finish along with the alcohol, giving it a little burn.

As to drinkability, well, you really have to be a hop head who appreciates both flavor and bitterness to even approach it. It's "gnarly"! Beyond that I think it's great except that it will dull the palate quickly, eliminating most of its complexity. That hurts its drinkability because each sip becomes the same. Yet at the same time, it also becomes more drinkable because you're accustomed to it and could enjoy another. I'm not sure how to view it. Hedonistically, I'd have another, but that's just me :)

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Photo of csmiley
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours mostly amber in color with streaks of gold showing in the light. The off white head was not too impressive - topping out at well under half inch. It disappeared rather quickly. The resulting thin cap was also gone in a hurry. A good amount of lacing is left behind in the glass.

A - Hops are kind of a smack in the face at first. Big pine and tobacco aromas lead the way with some subtle fruitiness following. Mostly bitter grapefruit. Alcohol is present but doesn't take over. The tail ind has remote hints of caramel and hard candy.

T - Hops are big and bitter. A combination of pine and grapefruit beat up the palate first. Pretty significant malt flavors come in next to make things better. Hops are straight forward pine and grapefruit. Malt is stronger in the flavor than in the aroma. Notes of caramel dominate with some bread apparent in a distant background. As it warms the malt becomes more pronounced. Some medicinal notes show up as well.

M - This one is on the lower end of full bodied. Carbonation level is low but still works. Finish is bitter with less dryness than expected. Sticks around for a while.

D - Drinkability is good. Most everything comes together to make this a good beer. Not great. Good. No doubt that Port came up with a nice beer for the 2nd anniversary. There seems to be a stronger malt backbone in this beer which gives it more balance than expected. The high alcohol content and 22oz bottle size puts the limit at one but it's still worth picking up. Recommended.

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Photo of russpowell
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from Solomon420

Pours copper/amber with effervescence & 1 finger of sand colored head. Hazes at the bottom of the bottle. Good head retention

S: Fruitty, piney & bready

T: Rich breadyness, apricots, & tons of grapefruit up front. Orange peels, tangerines, pine & grapefruit on the tongue as this warms. Finishes warming with nice tropical fruit & more grapefruit

MF: Chewy with low carbonation, resiny with good balance

Drinks pretty good, a nice DIPA. The hops are little raw for me to session on this one

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Photo of abfraser
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Murky, deep orange with no head to speak of. Some lacing. Not an especially attractive brew.

S: Boozy candi sugar, caramel malt (weird?), floral, intense citrus and pine from the hops

T: Totally insane amount of hops. Overwhelming bitterness that lingers for minutes. The caramel undertones seem a little out of place.

M: Nice slick mouthfeel. Very little carbonation present, almost like it's flat. Hops leave an intense bitterness on the palate that isn't especially pleasant.

D: Not especially drinkable. You can tell its 9.5% abv. Beyond the alcohol, flavor profile is too intense to drink more than a bottle of this.

This is just too overboard for me. One for the uber-hop heads. I'm not sold on it. The flavors just seem too inharmonious. It's worth picking up to try if you're a big DIPA guy, but I'd rather have a Pliny

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2nd Anniversary Double IPA from Port Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.