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Mongo - Port Brewing

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583 Reviews
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Reviews: 583
Hads: 2,057
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 17.51%
Wants: 143
Gots: 303 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Port Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OlieIPA on 01-11-2010

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Been waiting to try this beer. Purchased a 22oz. Bottle at Binny's in Chicago.

Looks awesome-dark Orange cloudy brew with a huge 3 finger head. Tons of sticky lacing left around the glass.

Smells of tangerine, blood orange, grapefruit and lemon. Nice.

Tastes similar to the smell. Lots of deep rich citrus fruit with no pine and a sturdy backbone to balance the citrus. Again, nice.

Mouthfeel is great. Moves along easily and finishes dry. Keeps me wanting more.

Very impressed and have wanted to try it for quite some time. Wish it was distributed to Ohio. Would gladly have again. Quite the treat. Highly recommended.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

8/17...pours hazy thick orange copper rust with fluffy packed 1/4 inch white foam. Resin nose. Grassy. Bitter forward bursts out of the gate and slides into the malty touch. Peppery. White pepper taste. Strong bitter finish and beyond. Delicious.

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Photo of Reema
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Serving type: 22 oz bomber into a pint glass

Pours an appetizing honey amber color that is minimally hazy. Smells of citrus fruit, plentiful hops, flower like, with a small alcohol tinge. Very nice balance between hops and malts, isn't overly sweet but doesn't overpower with bitter hops flavors. Small citrus flavors, resiny flavors at the end, and slight warmth from the alcohol. It is medium thick with appropriate carbonation that feels pleasant in the mouth, a little too thick for my DIPAs but nice nonetheless. Overall, this is a good double IPA that I would definitely drink again with gusto.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Dark orange, amber color, lots of carbonation streaming up the side, bright white frothy head, lots of lacing, very hazy, cloudy, looks good.

A: Citrus, grapefruit, some pine, smells like someone is squeezing grapefruit skin, slight sweet malt aromas on the backend, alcohol is not noticeable, smells pretty good.

T: Pine dankness, grapefruit, citrus peel flavors, finishes bitter, a hint of malt sweetness in the middle, a nice dry bitter finish, very good.

M: Medium mouthfeel, dry, good carbonation.

O: This is good, a winner in my book, a touch of pine, some citrus bitterness, balanced malt sweetness in the middle, dry finish. Mongo is more hop bitterness than it is malt sweetness, some IIPAs are malty and sweet, Mongo has a nice balance of hop bitterness and malt sweetness.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, procured from the surprisingly good craft beer aisle at the local Yoke's in Sandpoint, Idaho this past week. I've heard of and seen this brew many times before, but never took the time to learn about its feline origin story.

This beer pours a hazy, kind of murky medium golden apricot colour, with a fistful of puffy, densely foamy, and fairly creamy eggshell white head, which leaves some spotty, sudsy archipelago lace around the glass as it very, very slowly evaporates.

It smells of bready, lightly doughy caramel malt, further biscuity toffee notes, muddled (if pleasantly so) tropical fruit (maybe some mango, maybe some pineapple core), lesser domestic citrus - generic grapefruit and lemon - and further leafy, weedy, and grassy hop bitters. The taste is gritty, grainy caramel malt, still mixed and matched but not remembered tropical fruit, a waning toffee wafer sweetness, and some increasingly edgy pine resin, leafy, and boozy floral (ok 'perfumed') hops.

The bubbles are there, sure, but in a lazy, sort of punch-in, punch-out, frothy sort of manner, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, the hovering hops taking a pass on creating any sort of misery here. It finishes off-dry, the left-over caramel/toffee dancing with the tropical fruit and abashed piney hops that done brung 'em.

A pleasant and most agreeably drinkable affair, this one is - the 17-proof booze doing very well to keep its touchy hands to itself. Overall, my favourite style, my favourite kind of pet, and my not so favourite (geography is a bitch) sporting past-time - what's not to like?

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Photo of OmahaKF
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber that's been sitting in my fridge for 7 months. Will revise review when I try a fresher bottle.

Pours with a large head and smell that is heavily of pine and orange/lemon citrus. Flavor mimics the smell with very little bitterness (could be that hop bitterness has degraded because of the age of the bottle). Nevertheless, malt sweetness blends well with the citrus flavor. A good double IPA that I imagine might be great when fresh.

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Photo of dar482
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer comes in an amber orange.

The beer hits of grapefruit, orange upfront, along with a reasonable sweetness of caramel and breadiness. The back end hits of lingering pine and dank bitterness.

A solid West Coast DIPA, but loaded with a bit much malty sweetness.

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Photo of Extol
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'd like to state first that the head on this thing is ridiculous. I can barely pour it with any pace.

Alright. This is good. Solid fruit flavors with a good biscuity backing to it. Very solid beer. Would get again.

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Photo of scotorum
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled November 12th 2014, so this is old for a DIPA. But it was on sale cheap, and it's well-thought of, so I took a chance that it would be an IPA that does not suffer too much with age.

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Tree House stemmed tulip.

a: Translucent Orange with an inch thick white head which receded to thick surface foam and dense lacing.

s; Fairly strong pine and citrus.

t: Pine and citrus with orange notes over a solid bready malt base. Bitterness lingers somewhat on an otherwise dry finish.

m: Medium, very good body, lots of carbonation tingle.

o: A potent DIPA whichm, perhaps due to the age of the bottle reviewed, becomes a little harsh, but mellows out later.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at at the Publick House in Boston, MA.

This one pours a golden yellow-ish/orange, with a tight, bubbly half inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

This one smells pretty fragrant, with some orange and grapefruit hop flavors, with a pretty significant herbal aroma, too.

This one tastes pretty good, but has a slightly disconcerting watery, almost flat finish. It doesn't finish as fully as I would've liked it. Up front, the flavor is great, though, tons of juicy fruit, a little bit of dankness, etc, but the finish is a bit too flat, unfortunately.

This is medium bodied, with a well-carbonated, juicy mouthfeel. This is pretty drinkable, but a little watery on the finish.

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Photo of wvudak
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a fantastic double IPA. On tap at liberty taproom in Exeter . Not overly bitter for a double. Goes down real clean, drank another. I'm more into the grapefruity doubles like victory's hop ranch but I am happy to spend on this.

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Photo of PGD120
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into pint glass

appearnace: nice translucent golden color with a big 3 finger white head that disspates to 1 finger with lots of lacing

aroma: tropical fruit, orange, fresh grass, dankness

taste: lots of tropical fruit and then some pine but kind of dank in the middle. sweet malty base too it.

feel: medium bodied

overall: pretty tasty beer. wish i could get it fresh more regularly in nj

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Top notch DIPA. Had on tap at Kaiser Tiger, Chicago. The appearance is bright, hazy burnt orange. The nose is all citrus and pungent hops. The punchy hops are backed up with a slight sweetness that balances out the bitterness. Massively drinkable.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've reviewed this twice before on BA - one for draft, one for bottles (totally different experience). Somehow, the reviews appear non existent on this app.

Anyway, This time was draft, and it was fantastic, just as I remember. Smooth, pungent, full of tropical fruits in both aroma and taste. Mouthfeel is clean and smooth. Drinks like a 6% IPA.

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Photo of Bone53
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A beautiful rich orange color with a two finger off white head

Smell: Candied bright fruits, pale malt, slight pine

Taste: Candied fruit upfront, pine in the middle, with both coming together superbly through the finish. The burps are equally as tasty

Mouthfeel: Medium body; oily smooth on the palate with moderate bitterness and carbonation. Great feel

Overall: This is a great IPA all across the board. Its not mind blowing, but it is very solid. The pine is more prevalent in the taste than nose which adds a nice layer of complexity with the bright fruits. As with most great beers, this gets better as it warms. It looks great, smells great, tastes great, and feels great on the palate. Thats a recipe for a world class beer

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Photo of SierraJosh
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft this beer shines. Tropical, bitter, dank hops on the nose. Taste is juicy grapefruit, orange peel and subtle bitterness thru the finish. Nice lacing and smooth for the abv. Wonderful WC imperial IPA.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Popping the cap releases a big grassy hop nose with citrus and fruit notes over some base malt. It has a hazy gold body under a big, fluffy 2” + very finely bubbled persistent foam collar with thick clumpy lace. Very creamy rich palate attacks with malty sugars, hints of caramel in the back ground smeared on a little white bread, which recede before a big hop bitterness with a little astringency on the finish. The malt and alcohol balance the hops. Medium full to chewy body and creamy above average carbonation. A big, beautiful elixir.

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Photo of Chris-Naz
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Obtained in pint glass from Meadhall (Cambridge, MA). Nice looking finished beer: classic golden-tan color with a white head that reduced to a ring but laced down the glass. Quite clear for a double IPA - some presumed hop haze. Taste: dry, crisp, clean, hop forward. Quite powerful citrus hop flavor but maybe it was me but it was a bit 1 dimensional and not a complex as other examples of this style. This was an excellent beer and I will certainly try it again!

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Pours amber with a small head.
Nose shows loads of clean malt, pine and resinous hops.
Flavours include more resinous piny hops, sweet clean malt and an assertive but balanced bitterness.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Paid just 7 dollars for the single. Not sure on the date it had some yeast particles but it may be unfiltered.

A - Looks pretty good unfiltered looking with a slight hazy body and a 1/2 inch of head that sticks to a real decent lace ring.
S - Nice bitterness citrus and mango hops all around. Sweet malts and sugary body.
T - Came off bitter and aggressive on tap but in this older bottle it drinks rather well. Citrus and pineapple like hop bitterness supporting crystal malts and a sweet malt body.
M - Hides the ABV rather well with a medium body and smooth hop bitterness.

Overall I could see why this beer is so sought after and am now glad port brewery has started to distributed more to my state. Look forward to trying more of their beers!

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.3/5  rDev -20.9%

Pours a finger of head on a hazy straw body.
The aroma is grapefruit and lemon. Nice.
The taste has a strong dry bitterness, there's supporting malt that keeps it balanced.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
A bold bitter IPA. Good.

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Photo of aleigator
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Pours a supernice, big white head, color is a cloudy golden yellow, amber.

Aroma is very intense, refreshing citrus in it, oranges, mango and grapefruit. This beer has a great smell, the hops explode in my nose.

Fruity- and bitterness are very well balanced, which results in a medium-bodied taste. Hops provide a chewy, aggressive bitterness, replacing the refreshing grapefruits from the beginning. A malty note comes up, which gets overpowered by the hop bitterness in the end. Carbonation is high, which makes this beer even more refreshing for me. Despite the aggressive hoppiness, this IPA doesn’t loose its balanced character. The bitterness gets absorbed by an underlying taste of beeries, which creates a decent complexity with an everlasting hint of honey, getting more noticable to the end. Still, the hoppy bitterness lingers very long on the tongue. As the beer warms up, floral notes become more present. Those notes are standing in perfect balance with the hops. Creates a pleasant, fruity mouthfeel, from the beginning to the end. Has a long aftertaste, bitterness kicks in very late, goes along with a staying fruity aroma. So good.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -4.1%

a tasty imperial ipa, nice from the tap with a sunny golden color and a fine degree of clarity. the nose lacks that pulpy sticky west coast dankness from the hops, seems perhaps more refined than that, still hoppy, but not dripping and honey textured from it. the flavor is juicy fruity from the hops, maybe not as oily and textured as others, but the flavor is there. tangerine peel and pineapple come to mind, but there is not any sweetness here at all. the body seems quite light also for the style, i could get it confused with a single ipa and get rip roaring drunk if i didnt know better. smooth going down with just enough carbonation and a rather dry finish for the size. alcohol is expertly well hidden. a little more aromatic hops would make this elite, but as it is its a fine example of the style and a beer with broad appeal potential because if the lower bitterness and clean finish. not a palate destroyer by any stretch.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy apricot orange color provided a thick body for a the billowing white cap of bright white foam.

The nose has a stiff back of caramel malt with apricot, grapefruit and nectarines.

The flavor starts with a bitter pine and a touch of chive, which was not to my liking. Suddenly, grapefruit, orange and apricot tastes completely overtook the palate. The finish has a nice backbone of caramel malt and then an acidic pithy rind flavor.

The feel is smooth, kind of thick for an IPA, a tad bitter with almost no astringency.

Port is rock solid and this just further proves the point.

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Photo of sommersb
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 04-29-2014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Single from Let's Pour mailorder

A: Hazy, copper-colored beer with a giant off-white head. The retention is excellent and shows a very good amount of lace too.

S: Aromas bring to mind citrus and floral hop varieties, plus tropical fruits like pineapple.

T: Taste is first up spicy, then bitter; after that some bready malts kick in to add some heft. Very resinous and more spicy than the Hop-15 DIPA.

M: Full bodied and moderately carbed, the beer finishes with a bold hop bitterness and spicy aftertaste.

O: A very good double IPA but I much preferred the Hop-15 in comparison.

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Mongo from Port Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 583 ratings.