Mongo - Port Brewing

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MongoMongo

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Reviews: 578
Hads: 2,008
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 4.33%
Wants: 137
Gots: 291 | FT: 2
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Port Brewing visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: OlieIPA on 01-11-2010

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Reviews: 578 | Hads: 2,008
Photo of OmahaKF
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.95/5  rDev -5%
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. (268 characters)

Photo of Extol
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (216 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.16/5  rDev 0%
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. (699 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (687 characters)

Photo of wvudak
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (234 characters)

Photo of PGD120
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
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 (413 characters)

Photo of Barnoloid
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (247 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (353 characters)

Photo of Bone53
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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 (746 characters)

Photo of SierraJosh
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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. (208 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
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. (543 characters)

Photo of Chris-Naz
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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! (464 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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. (187 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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! (751 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.3/5  rDev -20.7%

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. (229 characters)

Photo of aleigator
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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. (1,155 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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. (936 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (586 characters)

Photo of sommersb
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (698 characters)

Photo of jdhops
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy deep orange. Thick off-white head that retains very nicely. Lots of bubbles heading upward. Clumpy lacing.

S: Citrus, mostly lemon and orange. Just a hint of pine.

T: Hop forward, with bitter grapefruit right away. Sharp pineyness follows, then a pleasantly drying finish that calls for another sip.

M: Medium bodied, with above-average carbonation.

O: A superb DIPA, featuring a sublime mixture of citrus and pine. The 8.5% ABV is well concealed by the full flavored hoppiness. An outstanding example of a classic west coast version of this style. (604 characters)

Photo of sjones5045
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (788 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
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 (556 characters)

Photo of Jaxbrew
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
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! (601 characters)

Photo of JoshuaMason
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
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 (543 characters)

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