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Mongo - Port Brewing

MongoMongo

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,485 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1485
Reviews: 558
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.31%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: OlieIPA on 01-11-2010)
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sjones5045

New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours kind of dark and hazy, not all that impressive. The smell has a bunch of hops and some sweetness to it. Pretty good smell but nothing stands out too much.

The taste is much like the smell. Nothing stands out too much. Sometimes I get some sweet hoppiness but it's mostly the west coast piney hops that come through.

To me this is a tiny bit of a tongue burner. There's a small amount of the harsh build up on the back of the tongue that I associate with some west coast brews, which apparently many people enjoy, that I'm not quite getting yet.

Overall, it's better than ok, but not one that has anything to make me want more. Port makes better than this one. If you like that piney feel and taste then this might be for you, but it's not what I'm into so I'll say it's just ok.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 19:42:41 | More by sjones5045
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reebtaerG

Maryland

4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft at Lost Abbey on 4/3/14

A-Hazy light amber appearance with a huge 2 finger off white head, great lacing.

S-Aroma is huge hoppyness, pine, resiny orange with tropical fruit undertones. As it warms up more fruit scents come through.. peach/lemon lime, pineapple.

T-Taste is hop forward, huge hop bitterness, very crisp.. Grapefruit peel, orange.

M-Mouthfeel is well balanced being punchy citrus sweet then dry and bitter then finishes hoppy and sweet. Great carbonation

O-Overall this is a beautiful example of your west coast style DIPA

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2014 00:57:00 | More by reebtaerG
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Jaxbrew

Pennsylvania

4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I can't believe I haven't had this before tonight. Something about the labels really turned me off from Port Brewing, but there's no doubt that you "can't judge a beer by its label!!" This beer is loaded with wonderful flavors. There's an undoubted resemblance to Pliny The Elder with this one. Lots of Simcoe, Amarillo, Columbus, Centennial and Cascade. The Centennial really comes through in the back which I love! Centennial is such a versatile hop. I use this for bittering, aroma and dry hopping. I will most certainly explore more of Port's beer and I will never judge a beer by the label again!

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 02:01:14 | More by Jaxbrew
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JoshuaMason

California

4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage: 2014
Appearance: Intense, Translucent Copper; Fluffy, off-white head; Great Retention; High visible carbonation; Great Lace; A truly beautiful beer.
Smell: Grapefruit; Lemon zest; Pine; Pineapple
Taste: Pineapple; Grapefruit; Pine; Bitter aftertaste
Mouth-feel: Big Carbonation; Medium Body; Sweet, slightly yeasty finish
Overall: Fantastic. I would like it to be a little cleaner on the finish, but it is bottle conditioned… Overall, I’m thinking I will go release another cat in the brewery if it will result in beers like thi

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2014 03:51:37 | More by JoshuaMason
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gshak

Texas

4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/6/14, served at fridge temperature from a 22oz bomber to my stemmed glass.
A - A delicate pour yields a clear yellow liquid with about half an inch of white head that just stays. Some lacing as the head receded a tad. One of the cleanest looking IPAs I've ever had.
S - Lemon peel in spades, mint, freshly cut grass, spruce oil, pineapple and the very slightest hint of malt. This beer has a very light, invigorating aroma that is most refreshing in a sense.
T - From start to finish, there is lasting hop oil bitterness that plays on the palate. A faint honey-like maltiness is detected on the palate but is immediately taken over by the drying, zesty hoppiness of the beer. This may very well be one of the most refreshing double IPAs I've ever had.
M - On the lighter side of medium, and the streaming effervescence adds to the lighter mouthfeel.
O - A good IPA, one that I wouldn't mind trying again when I'm in the mood to have a clean, crisp IIPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 00:11:04 | More by gshak
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DenverHopHead

Colorado

3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tumbler.
Appearance - orange, Cali-syrup, with a thin, white head; leaves a decent trace of lace.
Smell - sugarcane, honey, citrus and pine hops. A bit underwhelming for the style.
Taste - I'm sorry, but it just doesn't cut it; probably a product of high expectations.
Feel - this could hang in a fight with heavy weights by round 6 and then...KO.
Overall - I think I had MUCH higher expectations. Very good, but not outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 04:53:58 | More by DenverHopHead
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farrago

New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a solid finger plus head of rich foam, light tan in color, forms some big surface craters as it starts to evaporate, the lacing streaks are noticeably thick but could stand to stick a little longer, takes some time for the surface to lose its final coating. Bright metallic orange hued liquid, close to rust, huge amount of equally large bubbles bursting upwards throughout the glass, inclines more towards a reddish tint than yellow. Aims for a real classic nose, pine, green grass, herbs, orange to grapefruit citrus, the peach, apricot, pineapple fruit scents are there but it is not anywhere near going for sweet, salt and saline notes, the malts seem to smoothen more texturally than provide a real olfactory presence, it’s all tightly woven together, no movement wasted. Full-bodied, while the attack is very creamy the experience is not of softness, a pervading dryness is there, you keep licking your lips to remoisten them. Light honey and the pine as much sap as needle or cone, mildly sweetens the pink grapefruit, tangerine citrus. Moments of florality but nothing near the strength of the oily herbaceousness, skanky even, in a good way. Malts subdued here too, some caramel and malted milk balls. The carbonation is broad and energetic, no pinpoint finesse. A little too rich overall to be sessionable, however, what you do throw back will be enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 00:37:52 | More by farrago
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mjmadden

Maryland

4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours the contents of the of this interesting 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass after purchasing from Whole Foods and what came out of the bottle was a beautiful hazy orangey/tan liquid with three (maybe even four) fingers of fluffy off-white foam. The aroma was terrific with a mixture of orange, citrus, pine, mango, grapefruit, herbs, and a bit earthy feeling. Overall this beer processes a nice complex mixture of aroma to accompany a beautifully crafted brew. After letting the beer settle for a few moments the taste lived up to the expectation set by the appearance and aroma. A refreshing blend of citrus (orange, pineapple, grapefruit, and mango) mixed with a balancing smooth bready/malt flavor, but the most impressive part was the distinct hop characteristic blended perfectly with the lasting mild citrus flavors. The beer is surprisingly smooth given the style and ABV, but the mouth feel is a definitely medium bodied with a good level of carbonation. Overall this is a fantastic beer both in taste and construction, if this was more available to me (I primarily live on the east coast) I would drink this regularly.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 19:51:27 | More by mjmadden
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zookerman182

Alabama

4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is an orange color that is cloudy with a massive three finger head.
Aroma is pine forward and sweet citrus.
Flavor is pine but not bitter. Little bit of citrus character also.
Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Well balanced with no lingering bitterness.
Very well done ipa from the west coast.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 00:56:44 | More by zookerman182
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DaltonC

Idaho

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber, bottled 7/2/13, in my hot tub and it's currently 0 degrees right now with wind chills in the negatives (idaho). Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass, drinking quit fast due to the fact that the hot tub is dropping a degree every 10 mins due to the extreme cold weather.

Good 2-3 finger head, I poured it aggressive with a 4 finger head (the dogfish glass kinda forces a big head) and let it sit for a few mins, haven't had a sip yet and it's doing that thing where it leaves mountains of foam in certain spots(might be cuz the cold) but it looks absolutely delicious. FYI my beer fridge is at 30 degrees right now so it's quite cold.

Taste is good, not an extreme amount of flavor (little too cold) but very drinkable, taste is hoppy with a decent amount of pine, some Carmel, I want to say I enjoyed the Wipeout IPA a little bit more, but Port is where I grew up and I love their beers so my opinion might be a little biased.

Great double IPA, not much alcohol taste. Pick one up if you can, it taste pretty fresh for being over 4 months old.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 08:21:01 | More by DaltonC
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IKR

California

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy light-amber color with a generous-sized white head that stuck around. Without the cloudiness there's nothing I would change.

Smell: Piney hop aromas dominate.

Taste:The pine aromas carry over to the taste. The finish ends fairly dry with the pine notes from the nose.

Mouth-feel: Light to medium bodied with a generous level of carbonation. All good here.

Overall: Good IPA to my usually Imperial Stout-preferring Palate.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 05:05:42 | More by IKR
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jeonseh

Indiana

3.59/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Bright golden citrus color with hints of mango and brown. Lots of carbonation trailing upwards making a large head

S - Orange and citrus are up front with a pine bitterness near the backend

T - Orange up front and orange zest give it a citrus presence before a light pine bitterness comes through. The finish is slightly lemon and pine

M - Light overall with good carbonation. Light resin gives the beer an oily presence that remains in the finish

O - Solid west coast IPA that is a bit muted overall. Rather easy to drink but doesn't stand out

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 23:55:32 | More by jeonseh
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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

We crack a bomber, pouring a brew of rich caramel apple coloring into our Ommegang Game of Thrones snifters. It holds a hearty three finger head of solid, soapy foam, showing excellent retention. Lacing is ridged and patterned, and drips wetly down the sides of the glasses. A definite haze cuts clarity, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears to be active. The aroma is sweet and fresh with the hops, giving varietals of resinous grapefruit, florals, nectars, and herbals, sitting against a backdrop of pale and lightly roasted caramel graininess, coiny metallics, dry baker’s yeast, white flour, sugary sweet bubblegum juiciness apple and pineapple juiciness, mango flesh, strawberry jam, coconut, corn syrup, light booziness and medicinal phenolic zing, and soured spunk of tart citric rind fruitiness that is itself separate and distinct from the hop profile. Our first impression is that the flavoring here is fantastic, and at least on first glance, the sweet balance quells the west coast bitter bomb that is hiding within this monster wave of a beer. As we sip, the taste begins with pine and grapefruity rind hoppiness, clean pale and white floury malts, resinous vine sap, tangerine flesh, subtle cinnamon and black pepper spice depth, gravel, and biting melty plastics. The middle moves with the more inherent bitterness of the hops, throwing hints of herbals and soaps among the thick citric rind base. This is accompanied by vanilla extract, burnt caramel sugars, paper towel absorbency, sea foam, pale malt wash, dill weed, coiny and brassy metallics, basement muskiness, and freshly pressed leather. The end crashes through with freshly squeezed grapefruit and apple juiciness, fusel booziness, salted caramel, alcohol, black pepper spiciness, mineral earthiness, distant smokiness as if on the wind, and white sugar sweetness to cap the final balance. The aftertaste breathes of thick mineral-laden well water, sand and gravel, polished metallics, pencil eraser, bright phenolic plastics, bittering citric rind hoppiness, warming booziness, musk, fresh herbal hops, bitter cooked collard greens and carrot tops, tacky woody bite, and a whiff of motor oiliness. The body is medium but hearty, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip gives supreme cream and froth, both of which help along the slurp and smack, keeping the brew heavy on the lips. Finishing pop is slow and wet. The mouth is coated and cooled, but quickly puckered by bitterness, with low intensity astringency focused in the center of the hard palate. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks very well.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about “Mongo” was how robust its flavoring was, and how well it seemed to live up to the story and drive behind it, as inspired by the brewery’s transient visitor. Actually though, the feel was the most surprising thing in that it was smooth, hugely frothy and creamy, and seemingly heavy. This did the flavoring a service, helping to curb, and really mask, any excess bitterness that may have seeped out as the beer warmed. This is also probably one of the biggest representations of the grapefruity side of hops that we’ve encountered to date. The hops were so fresh that it actually made the grapefruit seem authentic. This was just an all around great experience. Finally, we felt the label captured it all, with Mongo riding high on his wave, living his life to the fullest, and at least for one night, we will try to do him proud.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 02:38:07 | More by TheBrewo
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip at Estelle's in Boston.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger puffy head that reduced to a small layer. It is a hazy pale orange with some clarity and bubbles seen coming up through the glass. More clumpy lacing as the beer was drank.

Smell: Grassy, herbal, pine, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, caramel, and bready malts.

Taste: Pineapple, pine, mango, tangerine, grapefruit, grassy, herbal, spicy, caramel, bready malts, and mild tingly hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little chewy, some bitterness, medium carbonation, and medium bodied.

Overall: Pretty solid double IPA and the alcohol is not even noticeable. Great hop characteristics with balance from the malted barley and mild bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2013 22:35:51 | More by Flounder57
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber > Pint glass

A - Pours cloudy gold with under two finger of foamy white head, medium lacing.
S - Lots of pine and citrus dankness from the hops, light tropical notes, a little spice, some good floral tones as well.
T - Good amount of pineapple, lime, some mango, good pale malt base, some pine and floral hop bitterness.
M - A bit dry but nice and full.
O - Great Double IPA, lots of flavor, not overly bitter either.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 01:56:29 | More by Omnium
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Glennlawless

New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - light orange and hazy with about a one finger head.

S - Tons of pine right of the bat, backed by citrus.... tiny bit of malt but barely.

T - so juicy! im loving this. tons of pine throughout and then at the end juicy citrus...awesome and very refreshing.

M - juicy and pretty thick feel to it.

overall...this is a real refreshing beer. this beer is a pine bomb but its pretty bareable ..just enough maltyness to balance it. awesome.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 02:38:50 | More by Glennlawless
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maDUECEgunner

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: orange-amber hue. Large pure white head. Good lacing.
Smell: Pine aroma
Taste: Loads of piney hops. Very refreshing.
Mouthfeel. Slight bitterness but very smooth.
Overall: Excellent DIPA. Could easily drink this everyday if it was readily available to me.
Serving type: bottle. Date 7/19/13

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 17:59:15 | More by maDUECEgunner
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aquazr1

California

4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass from a 22oz bomber. Pours a golden amber hue with a one finger head that dissipates quickly. The initial smell is of pine. The mouthfeel is creamy, this beer feels good as it goes down. There is a slight bitterness at the end, but but not overly so. All in all a well done DIPA. This one will be a regular at our house.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 03:41:38 | More by aquazr1
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retry4z

California

3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap into a pint glass.

A: orange color with an amber hue. Thin persistent head that leaves lots of fluffy lacing .

S: Piney aroma with with a standard San Diegan hop load.

T: Large bitter hops up front blend into mores bitterness in the middle and end. But it's a nice bitterness. Not too complex, and not too well balanced with other flavors, loke citrus and caramel.

M: A heavily carbonated and creamy ipa. 8.5% abv is not overwhelming, which is its saving grace.

O: A decent DIPA. I wouldn't get it again unless it's the only choice.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2013 01:39:38 | More by retry4z
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Crazy4LegMoose

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 7/2/13

A: Golden amber hue with a 4 fingers of creamy off white head. The head reduces to a fluffy 1/2 finger head that lasts throughout leaving thick fluffy lacing. Perfect looking DIPA.

S: Strong piney resin hops in the nose with a faint citrus sweetness. Little bit of caramel in there.

T: Bitter hops up front blend into a sweet citrus and slightly caramel/honey finish. Good mouthfeel keeps the bitter resiny sticky hops on the palate for a nice aftertaste. Not to complex in the malt backbone, but a nice balance. Very hop forward beer with enough caramel/honey malt to provide a little sweetness to compliment the bitter hops.

M: Very creamy and heavily carbonated ipa. Just the way I like it.

O: Very good DIPA. I am glad my local store now stocks this one as I will have to pick up more. I love the finish and aftertaste and the lingering hop flavor is excellent.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 22:23:15 | More by Crazy4LegMoose
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Coming in a slim, 6 FL. OZ. brown bomber; bottled on 11/3/11, served mildly chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a lightly effervescent, dark golden colour, coming with a superbly lasting light beige frothy head and very fine and consistent carbonation.
S: the nose is packed of resinous perfume and tropical fruits on a sound bedrock of pale malts, featuring sweet mangoes, ripe lychee flesh, flower nectar, finer touches of sweet citrus/grapefruits, and almost English pale malt-like lightly stinky but deeply gristy malt aroma, while the overripe fruit-estery tones come almost seamlessly as part of the overall fruity theme. Given the alc. level clocked at 8.5%, there comes almost no sign of alc. on the nose.
T: effervescent with fine fizziness, the aromatic entry boasts tremendously delicious, complex and yet “focused” (what do I mean??!!) flavour of mixed fruity and spicy hops, then an intense palate of resinous hops cuts deep down, coupled with nicely dry and almost lychee-shell-ish aromatic tannic bitterness and a whiff of rather rounded alc. warmth to linger in the end. The acidity is tuned to level with the bitter-hoppy and sweet-malty departments on a harmonious ratio, appreciated fully at the tail of each sip, where the beer’s well attenuated quality just manifests itself naturally.
M&O: absolutely sensational, the quality of this double IPA is likely at its prime (can’t be sure as haven’t tried the same beer at a different stage of its bottled life); the carbonation comes sublimely soft, the body robust yet approachable, the flavour profile complex but intriguingly neat, well-structured and beautifully balanced, and the attenuation nearly perfect to showcase everything without rendering a heavy/thick feel. All in all, this is definitely the BEST IPA-style ale I’ve had in recent years. Toast to Mongo, and toast to GBBF-BSF bar which unfortunately I couldn’t volunteer to work for this year!

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 21:06:40 | More by wl0307
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NODAK

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is of pine resin along with a sticky sweet malt base behind it. Not the most pungent beer out there for style. Hard to say from the smell just how this will be.

Pours a hazy orange yellow color with a pretty nice head in my Port pint glass. Not bad.

Definitely a resinous, pine forward IPA here. I wouldn't call it extremely aggressive, but it's firm. The sweet malt base is far behind, perceptible but not too heavy. Finish features more resin, lingering on the sides of the tongue and contributing to a dry finish. The ABV is hidden though warming.

It's a good DIPA, no question. I appreciate a hop forward DIPA as opposed to a very malty one, and I like how this one doesn't go over the top with the bitterness. I read its description on the website and they created it to be a hop forward beer of pine resinous character. They succeeded there.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 00:50:27 | More by NODAK
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kojevergas

Texas

3/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

8.5% ABV. Bottled 05/16/13. Acquired earlier tonight at the Cap N Cork in Los Feliz for $6.99 and served into a flared stem-snifter/tulip hybrid glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof; this may well be the best brewery in California - or even the country (counting Lost Abbey as part of it, of course). Bottle is 1 pint 6 fl oz and features fun label art as well as a branded pressure cap.

Served cold - straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

The label identifies it as an IPA (not an Imperial IPA), so I'm reviewing as such.

A: Pours a three finger wide head of beige colour. Decent creaminess. Too thin. Some frothiness. Retention is pretty good - about 5 minutes. Uneven lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes; quite inconsistent.

Body colour is a a murky nontransparent translucent orange-copper with yellow hues. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Overall, it's pretty standard fare for the style. Certainly not unique or special, but there are no noticeable flaws.

Sm: Floral hops, biscuity amarillo, some light citrusy grapefruit esters, and heavy bursting resins. It flirts with soapiness, but never quite crosses the line - luckily. In any case, it spent a bit too long in primary. Resins dominate. Pale malts. Pils malts. A bit of pine. Certainly smells like it's more on the bitter end - as it should be for the style. Honestly, I'm not loving that faux soapiness, and based on the aroma the hop choices don't seem great; I'm not getting any nectary, oily, or juicy hops. It's not a fresh evocative aroma, and the hop notes I do get are somewhat middling. Moderately strong.

No yeast or alcohol is detectable.

T: Definitely on the bitter end. Light near-soapiness throughout. The body is comprised of pale and pils malts. Hop choices aren't ideal; I do get some light pine, some generic floral, and some noncommital grapefruit citrus hop ester notes. Resiny as all hell - which would be great if the other hop flavours were more complementary or deep. None of the great biscuity hop character you'd expect from amarillo, and none of the juicy citrus, nectary character, or oily character of better IPAs. Hops and malts aren't well-married; it doesn't have a great balance to it. Nor is it subtle. Decent complexity here, but the lack of balance holds it back. Too bitter, especially on the finish.

No yeast or alcohol comes through. I do get one off-flavour in that soapiness; this spent a biteen too long in primary.

Flavour intensity is high. Flavour depth is average. Flavour duration is above average to fairly high.

Do I like it? Generally. I hoped it'd be a damn tasty beer given the brewery, but it's definitely disappointing.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some needed coarseness from the hops. Unrefreshing. Not oily, harsh, gushed, boozy, or hot. Somewhat thick. Full-bodied. Heavy on the palate; it's not a particularly approachable or soft texture. Suits the flavour profile in a general sense, but doesn't come off custom-tailored to it.

Dr: Downable, but boy did I expect better. I wouldn't buy this again - except maybe at the brewery in sampler form to try it as fresh as possible. I want to give it the benefit of the doubt given its near 3 months of age, but I'm quite disappointed. Hop 15 this is not. Worth trying for fans of the style, and it definitely tastes like more of an Imperial IPA than an IPA.

High C

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 04:22:06 | More by kojevergas
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brureview

Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer poured a beautiful golden color with a 4 finger head into a tulip.
The head resolved itself in about ten minutes.

The aroma wasn't strong, however it was a pleasant citrus.

The mouth feel was just right for this beer- not too carbonated- but carbonated enough to balance with the taste.

The taste was excellent. Intense citrus rind- not just grapefruit, perhaps some orange. Definitely a San Diego IPA with a different approach than Lagunitas.

The finish was great. Good bitterness- not too much, and lots of hops- but not over the top.
Some DIPAs don't finish well- in this case the transition from taste to finish makes for a wonderful DIPA drinking experience.

Serving temp 52F. This is a good starting temp, however if the beer warms up too much, beyond 55F, some of citrus rind intensity is lost. Perhaps start at 48F to 50F.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 00:31:20 | More by brureview
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Hendry

Vermont

4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cloudy copper orange, huge billowy white head reduces to a nice permanent cap with respectable lacing.

Aroma is pungent & tangy tropical fruit: pineapple, fleshy tangerine overtones, some malt sweetness detectable.

Tangy resinous hops dominate the flavor with pineapple & grapefruit most prominent, long lasting bitterness at the back of the palate,mild tones of alcohol present.

Mouthfeel is medium,slightly oily, prickly. Not overly quaffable but quite drinkable.

This is a solid Imperial with bold flavors and bitterness abound, definitely a hop bomb worthy of seeking out if those qualities appeal to your tastes.

Serving type: bottle

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