3rd Anniversary Double IPA - Port Brewing
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3.4/5 rDev -9.3%
Clear very deeply amber colored, so deeply that I almost could call this a brown colored beer. Small tan head that never amounts to much.
Strong tropical fruit scent even from a great distance. Pine pineapple and spice are the first things I notice. Mango and lemon with nutmeg and a faint grass scent. Grapefruit, wood and a slight eucalyptus funk complete the scent profile.
Starts out neutral and wood with a faint melon aftertaste. Flavor just isn't a match for the scent. This stays mostly woody with not a lot of flavor going on.
Mouthfeel is lighter than expected.
Don't know why but this beer did not live up to the flavor I expect from a Port brewing beer. Basically flavor free for the style.
06-25-2009 03:19:41 | More by Zorro
4.05/5 rDev +8%
A post ACBF shopping find. Once again a big fuck you to NY distributors and legislators.
A: Super deep copper color. By the time I brought the beer from the kitchen into the computer room lacing had already formed. Nice.
S:It has a nose that almost reminds me of Dogfish 120 in that there is a point when you have so many hops in a beer the smell becomes sweet. Not quite to 120 lengths but it is up there. The citrus is off the charts but it is only mildly balanced by the malt of which the bisquit comes out quite clear.
T: Just like the nose. The malt is clearer but it does not shine as well as it did for the second anniversary. The hops are nothing short of monstrous though. This is a big fuck you to the hop shortage for sure.
M: The body is just like Southern Tier unearthly. Big thick and syrupy.
D: Everything is relative. I could drink a ton of this. Should I? No. We split a bomber and that had the perfect balance of wanting more and not committing felonies.
06-24-2009 23:18:29 | More by aerozeppl
3.28/5 rDev -12.5%
A good effort and certainly a fine beer, however it gets too sweet and too boozy for my taste, especially as compared to other DIPA's. The color is a nice, bright, dark orange. A fine coating of bubbles sticks to the surface for a long time, but it's clearly not a highly carbonated DIPA's as the head doesn't kick up much initially. The booze and sweet, sweet caramel show up in the aroma. Of course, there are also strong grapefruit and pine hop scents, but the whole package comes off like a hop-scented trip through a department store makeup section. That's overly harsh, but hopefully the point is made. The flavor is very similar, strong alcohol and cloying biscuit/caramel malt with a heavy hop kick. It's the sort of beer that you think might be great after the first sip, but by the end of the glass, you're wishing that you had someone to split it with. By that, I mean that there are some excellent flavors, but it just doesn't really work for me. I can see Port's signature big DIPA style in this beer, but it's just not nearly as good as other DIPA's from them.
06-24-2009 07:20:31 | More by popery
3.9/5 rDev +4%
Bottle courtesy of WeeHeavySD poured into a tulip.
Pours a hazy golden orange with a big creamy white head that shows good lacing and retention.
The aroma is very good on this with lots of citrus, especially oranges and grapefruits. There is a bready malt presence in the nose and a bit of malty sweetness as well.
The taste is a little more abrasively hoppy than the aroma with the pine resins really coming out more and the sticky hop oils lingering on the palate through the finish. The sweet caramel malts backbone is evident throughout and mix with the hops in the finish.
The mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied and very sticky with hop oils, leaving a lasting bitterness in the finish.
This is a solid DIPA that I wouldn't put on par with Hop 15 or the 2nd Anniversary from Port, but any DIPA from those guys is something I'll enjoy.
06-24-2009 01:07:28 | More by gford217
4.35/5 rDev +16%
Wow, this is darn fine beer. Poured a cloudy, orange/amber with a head that started to rock/chunk up, but then faded to a small layer. Just missed a 5 rating on that.
Pine and grapefruit hit the nose. Some nice light biscuit comes in to play. slight caramel too. I got a sense of some phenolic undertones.
Darn good taste. The nose belies the flavors a bit. Nose is quite big and bias towards the hops. The taste is more balanced. Grapefruit and pine still dominate, but the malt characteristics are more pronounced. Very easily the hops can go crazy, but they are tamed to a point. Biscuit, very slight caramel and juicy corn. Very well balanced. Alcohol gives a good warming in the end, but I'm afraid this beer can be drank rather easily...as it was. And I became drunk rather quickly.
06-20-2009 18:31:07 | More by Mebuzzard
3.68/5 rDev -1.9%
06/17/09- Purcahsed at K&L Wine Cellars in Redwood City, CA.
Presentation- 22oz bottle, 2009 release. Poured into a random pint glass.
Appearance- Semi-murky dirty orange colored pour. Not really much of a head, maybe 1/4 inch which quickly receeds. Leaves some light lace markins behind.
Smell- Has a very odd body odor scent. Hard to describe. Stinky is the best work I can use. It does have a more sugary malty base with a good amount of hops, but the stink kinda of superceeds those scents.
Taste- Flavorful, well balanced, maybe even a bit more on the malty side. A bit sugary with a pine hoppy flavor. Nice toasted and sweet malt backing.
Mouthfeel- Lower carbonation level. Would have liked a bit more. Leaves a nice thicker hoppy flavor behind in the aftertaste.
Drinkability- Good beer. But not up to their 2nd anniversary which I really loved.
06-19-2009 03:40:24 | More by GClarkage
4/5 rDev +6.7%
Port's bottle-conditioned 3rd Anniversary Ale pours a cloudy orange-amber body beneath a long-lasting head of gently yellowed off-white froth. Craggy, mountainous walls seem to get taller and taller with each sip as the solid sheets barely break up at all. Very nice!
The aroma displays a pine, grapefruit and lemon-infused caramelish maltiness. Oddly, it's not really that bright, and...
The flavor is far bolder than the nose suggests, and it's also more piney. Still, the basic suggestion of the aroma remains: rich, grainy, and sweetish caramelish malt is infused with piney and citrusy hops. A solid bitterness backs it, and balances the rich, dextrinous malt. It then finishes drying as the malt slowly fades and residual hops combine with what sweetness is there and a flash of alcoholic heat to become minty and menthol-like. It's a pretty big, intensely hopped beer, in the Port Brewing tradition. It reminds me a little bit of a stripped-down version of the Hop-15 but with a less body, less hop aggression (and complexity), and a little bit more caramel flavor to the malt (of course I haven't had Hop-15 in some time so I could be way off).
Really nice! And despite its girth and alcohol, it's still pretty damned drinkable. Hop heads will love this one - everyone else stay clear (and leave more for us!).
06-15-2009 23:17:46 | More by NeroFiddled
3.9/5 rDev +4%
22 oz bottle. Pours a murky tea color with a thin frothy white head that quickly goes to a thin collar.
The aroma is piney fruity resiny hops - a little on the subdued side.
The flavor is sweet caramel malts and tropical fruits followed by a big bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. There's a noticeable alcohol burn in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and is kind of watery.
Overall, other than the mouthfeel, this is a solid DIPA. It's well balanced between sweetness and bitterness.
06-15-2009 05:33:08 | More by Beaver13
2.17/5 rDev -42.1%
Pours an orangish brown with a silky tan head. Nice lacing and retention.
Nose has caramel, citrus, sweet malts and fruity hops. But there is a harsh alcohol aroma that really detracts from everything else.
Taste has candy malts, bitter hops and more of the unbalanced alcohol presence. Just too boozy to be enjoyable.
Creamy body is well carbonated, but again too much liquor up front and through the finish to make this very drinkable. Don't really want to finish my glass let alone the rest of the bottle.
Poor attempt by Port. I expect much better from these guys. Should have read more reviews before I wasted my $7. Whether this is a Double Pale Ale or Double IPA, it's one of the worst examples of either style I have ever had. Sorry Tomme, better luck next year.
Edit: Took over three hours to finish the bottle. My opinion of this ale remains unchanged.
06-15-2009 01:48:04 | More by rye726
3.7/5 rDev -1.3%
A 650 mL bomber purchased at TJ's Everyday.
A: The DIPA is a brilliant copper color, a new shiny penny with a strong clarity to match. Two and a half fingers of head have left their entrails around the sides of the glass.
S: The nose is very hoppy, a blend of citrus and pine, with apricot and pineapple leading the way. The aromas arent's as strong as you'd expect for a DIPA but they are quite assertive nonetheless.
T: Resiny, the ale isn't afraid of its hoppy side. Bitterness attacks the tastebuds from the first sip, coating the tastebuds with fruit flavors and green vegetal freshness. Pineapple flavors linger long into each sip. For as big as the ale is, it comes across as a regular IPA. The hops never (or rarely) overpower to senses. I like that the ale settles down; the drinkability is assisted immeasurably. The hops are strong upfront before settling into a nice bitterness. Note quite as intense as 2nd Anniverary but good nonetheless.
M: The mouthfeel is intriguing, soft at times and harsh at others When the hops fire, they really work with a citrus pine combo that makes the tastebuds jump for joy. Vive le Port!
D: At 10%, one bottle is enough. But from what I've had, I wouldn't turn another bottle down.
06-15-2009 00:19:29 | More by akorsak
3.85/5 rDev +2.7%
Thanks to d0ggnate for this one.
A- Pours a hazy, translucent burnt orange, dull copper. Minimal white skin of a head that does not hang around long at all. Some small streamers around the edges. Interestingly on the pour the bubbles produced by the pour did not swirl around much. As if it had some viscous nature to it, just a little. Looks dull overall.
S- Things I smell off the bat. Some mild (for a DIPA & for PP) citrus hops with some pineapple & honey. Appreciable bready maltiness, and alcohol. I feel like the malts are the most noticeable to me.
S-Ahhh there it is. This is a DIPA. The citrusy hops start off in the beginning and work throughout the sip/swallow. Lingering with almost a lemon zestiness aftertaste. Malts sweetness- I can pick it up if I search for it. Definetly some etoh burn on the end...lingers with that lemony fade.
M- As I suspected from the pour, this one has some weight to it. Hop resiny slight syrupy ( in a good way) coats the tongue and mouth. Lowish carbonation, ok though.
D- Probably not fair that the most recent DIPA I had was BP Dorado...Nonetheless a pleasant offering from Pizza Port that I would order if I saw it on a menu.
06-14-2009 20:04:09 | More by m1ked
4.75/5 rDev +26.7%
Very piney!! bitter, hoppy subtle sweetness
golden hazy, head dissipated after a few sips
but e very delicious brew, Smashed Green Flashes Imperial
IPA also beats Moylans Hopsickle easy especially with Balance and price! very good stuff ! excellent as a fish n chips pairing beer!! go to Whole foods market and get some!
06-12-2009 23:45:14 | More by barleywineman
3.88/5 rDev +3.5%
Had this thanks to georgiabeer - much obliged!
Pours a hazy copper-amber color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.
Smells of robust malts with good amounts of sugar-coated citrus hops and a mild amount of alcohol that increases as the beer warms.
Tastes good. Caramel malt flavors up front are joined by citrus and somewhat herbal hop flavors shortly. The ending is mildly bitter with a good malt aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with slightly lower than average carbonation.
Drinkability is good. It drinks about average for a 10% DIPA but could do a better job of masking it. As it stands I still had no problem finishing my glass and could have at least one more.
Overall this is a good DIPA but not quite as good as I was expecting by the makers of Hop 15. Still, worth a shot.
06-12-2009 23:42:31 | More by glid02
3.75/5 rDev 0%
Pours a nice hazy blood orange with a thick yellow cream colored frothy head. Bright and active bubbles in the middle of the foam, and cloudy foamy on the edges. Very aromatic aroma of sweet tangerine and tart pink grapefruit. Oily citrus up front...big & bright. Loud bitterness in the back with a chalky hoppy mouthfeel. I would rate this higher, but the oily/chalky/filmy was a little too much for my liking. Very tasty though!
06-12-2009 12:50:46 | More by RustyDiamond
3.7/5 rDev -1.3%
I know how good Port beers can be, Hop 15 and Old Viscosity for example, so when I saw the 3rd anniversary beer I picked it up without a second thought.
Pours a very hazy amber with thin white head on top. Not much in retention or lacing.
Aroma is sweet and malty with a big dose of hops. It's really more like Double Bastard or Lucky 13 in the appearance and aroma.
Flavor is strong but not dominant in hops like a double IPA should be. It's got balance with a huge malt backbone contributing to big body, big ABV, and decent balance for the style. There is certainly a great deal of hops and you get all the resiny goodness you could ever want. However, the malts don't get completely lost and there is a nice carmel apple sweetness that comes through.
Mouthfeel is full bodied and big in bitterness and alcohol burn. Drinkability suffers when a beer is so big but this one gets by with decent balance.
Not Port's best effort but not as bad as some other reviews lead me to believe. It could have been better if they had dropped the malts bringing the ABV to around 8.5-9% and upped the aroma hops. Perhaps it's just in the wrong category being more of an American Strong Ale. As it is, not bad but not something I would stock up on like Double Bastard and Lucky 13.
06-09-2009 23:51:58 | More by GilGarp
3.68/5 rDev -1.9%
Well, I enjoyed Port 2nd when fresh. Port 3rd is pretty fresh now too so let's see how it stands up. Bomber with very active PFFFT of the cap into a Duvel tulip.
Extremely cloudy citrus/honey pour out of the bottle, yet it manifests itself nicely in the glass with a 2/3 finger head with a slight bread quality to it...body color settles as pretty much butterscotch on the nose. Carbonation is active and lacing and retention are moderate on the first pour.
Interesting - this has a grapefruit rind quality to the hop profile but there is a fair amount of salty caramel and butterscotch malt. Some grassy earth is being picked up that makes me wonder if this train is fixin' to leave the station. Still good overall.
Maybe I need a little more warmth on this, but the rind profile mixes with a little grass and a lot of dryness to create a boozy astringency. It gets a little better after about 20-30 minutes but the core astringency remains...with that hint of earthiness. This one's not built to last.
Palate feel is where warmth creates the bulk of the improvement. Expected hop bomb creates more of a pucker at the back of the palate. There is enough caramel malt to create at least an illusion of balance; finish is tight with a little of that nagging earth but not so bad.
This one's taking a while to deplete. I accidentally froze one of these in my fridge the other night, woke up in the middle of the night expecting a clean-up disaster and was pleasantly surprised that only a little leaked out. I put it in the sink to thaw for a couple of hours and since I was catching a flight that day I tried it out. Y'know what? I enjoyed the warm reincarnation of the Port 3rd slushy much better than this bottle; the citrus notes were much more pulpy in the first shot. This is a little tight, and the hops hinting at the great fade aren't helping.
06-09-2009 02:32:16 | More by IBUnit63
3.65/5 rDev -2.7%
3rd Anniversary pours a copper or amber color. There's no haze and penetrating light gives it a bit of an orange tint. It's topped with a vanilla colored head that's nearly three fingers deep. It dissipated very slowly and left thick, sticky waves of lace in its wake. Hard to complain about the look.
The nose is a good one, but could be better. Initially it features a nice citric hop aroma. It's full of grapefruit, pineapple, and mango scents. I like that. There's a rather substantial amount of malt noted. Caramel and pale varieties are noted. I don't have a problem with pale, but it smells like there's far too much caramel. It smells sweet and I'm sure it impedes some the nice hop aromatics that would be here otherwise. Alcohol is noted, but that doesn't offend me too much given the fact that it's 10%. Despite the strong caramel malt presence, it remains good. There's enough here for that. But it could easily be better.
The flavor's alright, but is a bit of a disappointment overall. Citric hops are aggressive and tasty up front. There are grapefruit, mango, and pineapple flavors noted. There's some pine that accentuates its bitter flavor. Pale and caramel malts give it a sweet flavor and strong backbone. But, the caramel malts seem to take over the flavor. I'm not a fan of these sorts of DIPAs. The sweet caramel flavor chokes off much of the nice hop flavor that was noted initially. Having said that, it still manages to have a solid, above average flavor. It's just balanced out a little too much for my preference. Alcohol is notable in flavor and has a bit of a warming effect going down. It's not quite hot, but a little warm. It finishes sweet and a little bitter.
Its body is medium range and smooth. Carbonation is a little surprising. Given the huge head, I was expecting to be active and a little buzzy. It's not. It actually feels extremely light. Honestly, it could use a few more bubbles. Drinkability is above average, but not much better. The flavor's alright, but it's not exactly consistent with my expectations for the style. It's also a little warm and strong at 10%. Not bad for such a big beer though.
Port's 3rd Anniversary DIPA is pretty good beer, but I can't help but feel a little disappointed. I was last year, too. How come these anniversary releases can't be more similar to the deliciousness of Hop 15? Just curious. This one's alright. It's just a little too caramel malt heavy and warm for me. It's not a bad beer by any means, but a couple of modifications would substantially improve it. Oh well. Maybe next year.
06-08-2009 02:51:09 | More by prototypic
2.9/5 rDev -22.7%
Pours a slightly hazy deep orange color. Only a very aggressive pour yields a head on this when opened cold, but if you manage that, you'll find one finger of fluffy eggshell head reluctantly forms. What little head is there sticks around for quite a long time though, with impressive lacing.
Smell is citrusy and really sweet with piney, peppery hops. A bit sickening with the overstated sweetness and boozy end.
Taste is off-balance and too sweet as well. Really, really malty; with honey sweetness and a bit of breadiness. Cloying. The hops play kind of a second banana role here, but they contribute a ton of tangerine citrus and orange peel bitterness. Tropically fruity, which comes off as canned pineapple when its paired with the excessive sweetness. Really boozy finish. Not as horrible as I make it sound, this beer's flavor is not without its merits; it just seems kinda over-the-top and slapped together.
The first time I had this, it was on tap at the brewery, and the carbonation was spot on. This time, out of the bottle, the beer is noticeably undercarbonated. Full-bodied and syrupy, with a smooth, rich texture. Oily coating throughout your mouth. Had the carbonation been higher, the mouthfeel would have been the highlight of this beer.
Drinkability is low. The sweetness is way too much, and the booze really gets to you fast. Half a bomber is plenty.
Overall, not very impressed, even when I had it on tap and the carbonation was good. Too sweet, too malty, too boozy. Would not pay for this again, but glad I tried it.
06-07-2009 08:07:09 | More by photomike
3.75/5 rDev 0%
pours a very cloudy orange with a small white head that goes away quickly, and okay lacing.
smell of sweet fruit, caramel, some spice, and citrus.
taste is smooth, sweet up front then becomes bitter, caramel, citrus, touch of pine, and lots of hops, ends very bitter.
06-06-2009 23:50:50 | More by froghop
3.73/5 rDev -0.5%
Can't pass up a DIPA from Port, just can't do it.
Appearance - A nice, deep, almost apple cider color. A good couple of inches of pretty solid head. Pretty cloudy. Looks very nice in the glass.
Smell - Oh yeah. Best aroma from a DIPA I've had in awhile. Lots of hops. Tons. Great grapefruit really stands out. Some sticky pine resin as well. Also citrus, almost orange peel.
Taste - Pretty sweet. The hops don't overpower, instead I get some real caramel and malt, which is sort of shocking. I was expecting a hop attack and didn't get one. There's some definite pine, but it's that caramel malt that keeps getting my attention. There's some real bitterness that is nice. It's a tad rough, and there's a kind of hot burn through the back. Some definite pineapple as well. It's a little all over the place, frankly.
Mouthfeel - Pretty syrupy, which is to be expected for the style. Pretty decent body. Some more carbonation may help things out.
Drinkability - Not the best. The booze shows up, and the lack of coherence isn't great.
I wanted this beer to be something it wasn't. But on the other hand, it wasn't anything else either. Just not a terribly coherent brew, but pretty tasty.
06-05-2009 05:19:21 | More by callmescraps
2.68/5 rDev -28.5%
Pours a very hazy burnt orange color with about a finger and a half of light beige head. Retention is ok, but the lace is quite thin and not very full, and doesn't leave much more than a splash of stick. 2nd pour produces more head, better retention and much more stick - some nice rings and webbing in fact.
Smell begins with some honey and sweet caramel malt, on top of which is some pineapple and citrus hop aromas. It's not over the top hoppy but there are some other tropical fruit aromas and it also has a substantial malt presence. It's got some balance but is hoppy enough to be interesting, and is quite pleasant overall.
Taste starts off ok with some caramel and honey sweetness and more of the pineapple, citrus and tropical fruits that were in the nose, but then it takes a turn for the worse and heads downhill quickly. Midway through the alcohol really turns on the jets and it becomes hot and very rough, followed by a good smack of hop bitterness that furthers the rough around the edges feel. It also has a medicinal flavor to it and just feels totally out of balance and out of whack. It's a hot, boozy mess, with occasional flashes of fruity hops that try in vain to rescue it, efforts that are quickly killed by an overdose of hop bitterness. At times I found myself saying 'ok wait, this is starting to taste better, I am being too harsh,' but each time the next sip brought me right back to reality and I was left with a superbly bitter, chalky aftertaste that I couldn't get rid of.
Mouthfeel is harsh and not at all smooth. It has a bit of a slick feel but it's just destroyed by the booze and the bitter. It's almost full bodied but even the carbonation seems to be a tad overdone. The feel provides a snapshot for all that is wrong with this beer.
I love DIPAs and actually have not had one in a few weeks, so I was really craving one and expected this to hit the spot very well. It did not. To be frank this beer is just a disaster. It's a boozy and unbalanced mess. I recall the 2nd Anniversary beer being unbalanced and a bit boozy but this is even worse; substantially worse. It would be difficult to have been more disappointed by this beer.
06-04-2009 21:25:02 | More by number1bum
3.93/5 rDev +4.8%
Thanks to Jdub for this one.
A: Pours a nice very pale yellow hue with a small fizzy head. Light retention and no real lace.
S: Lots of nice floral hops come from this one. Light citrus with just a touch of grainy malt peeking through.
T: Nice and sweet up front. Very floral, in the middle. The finish is nice and bitter with a lemon like zestiness.
M: Medium, smooth, with zippy carbonation.
D: Pretty good. Not a life changer, but a solid beer that I could sit down and enjoy an entire bomber of.
06-04-2009 16:55:38 | More by tpd975
3.05/5 rDev -18.7%
22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.
Appearance: Pours a dark and cloudy apricot-orange color. Light off-white head doesn't last for long, but leaves a film.
Smell: I'm really not smelling much of anything. Just a very light hop aroma.
Taste: Solid malt base but lots of hops on top. Citrusy, somewhat bitter, and slowly-bulding in strength. There's something a bit too sweet going on in the finish and alcohol is quite present in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Very minimal carbonation; almost flat. Medium-bodied and generally smooth. It could use some more carbonation to take the edge off some parts of the taste.
Drinkability: Alright to drink some, but no more than a pint of this, and even then I'm afraid it gets a bit tiring.
I usually really enjoy Port beers; Wipeout is one of my fav. IPAs. This, however, is pretty weak in all departments, except the alcohol. Though not a bad beer, it just doesn't quite cut it.
06-04-2009 02:09:25 | More by mithrascruor
3.45/5 rDev -8%
Yes yes another DIPA review for me. This bottle I bought at Downtown Wine and Spirits. Pour reveals a beer that resembles everything a DIPA should look like IMO: Cloudy orange color with about two fingers of heading, along with plenty of carbonation bubbles. Nose is as expected...tropical fruits such as mango and papaya, followed by some soft resiny hops that keep things interesting. Minor hints of pine shine through as well. Taste is more earth oriented, with a bigger showing of the pine along with some spearmint, tobacco and spicy hops. Body is medium to heavy, though the hops do not attack the taste buds too much to the point of not being able to taste anything else afterwords. Sipping this beer is an easy enough task, a bomber should be no problem. I find myself with the same initial reactions that I had for their second anniversary beer. It is a good representation of the style, although the price tag is a bit of a deterrent. If your going for a hoppy beer from Port, I would suggest skipping this, and getting a High Tide or especially a Hop15. Cheers
06-03-2009 01:35:40 | More by jamie2dope
4.28/5 rDev +14.1%
Pours an amber with some bright white head that fades to a good lace and rebuilds quickly. Smell is exceptional- sweet malts, a strong scent of piney hops with some biscuit yeast and some floal hints. Taste is lots of caramel malts followed by a bitter hopping. It tastes a lot like a maltier hop-15. The bitterness is unique, not too bitter. Very pleasent but it does have a noticeable alcohol aftertaste. There is also hints of orange blossoms and other citrus fruits. Pretty good- it's unique
06-02-2009 05:47:57 | More by jgap
3rd Anniversary Double IPA from Port Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.