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Mongo - Port Brewing

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1,931 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,931
Reviews: 585
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 129
Gots: 259 | 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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Ratings: 1,931 | Reviews: 585
Reviews by BeerEngineer:
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4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

General - I haven't had this DIPA before but in general I really like the style. This one was a little too cold for my taste straight from the fridge so I'm letting it warm a touch while I write some of this. Poured this from a big boy bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. While I'm still on the fence about this glass I will say that the etching on the bottom of the glass does create a really nice highway of bubbles the entire time, pretty cool.

Appearance - A touch hazy but nothing to be looked down upon in a DIPA, actually right in line for dry hopping. Color is around a 7 or 8 on the SRM scale, it's actually a touch lighter than I would typically expect in a DIPA. Touch off on the appearance for that. The head is a nice bright white but is very thin and fades pretty quickly.

Aroma - Strong floral aroma with a hit of citrus. There is also a malty background to the scent. A hint of a sourish smell, not bad, but it smells like some sort of citrus fruit a couple of days after it's prime. Kind of disappointing for me but it's not a bad thing.

Taste - Very smooth drinking beer with a bitter hit on the back end that wakes up all the taste buds. Love the taste to this but for a DIPA. There is a nice citrus hit with this for sure. The bitterness is a total DIPA at the back end and I love it! I think that this is one of the most balanced DIPAs that I've had. While it does have a heavy handed hop helping (trying saying that 5x fast), it's not too overpowering. It's in your face for sure but not too much.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth drinking beer for sure, I could definitely have a couple of these sitting out on a nice cool evening. It's got a drying effect that is expected with the 8.5% ABV! Moderate body, maybe on the low end of moderate but still within the style according to BJCP. High level of carbonation and the alcohol warming is prevalent with this bad boy!

Overall - OK, this is a really good DIPA, not the best that I've had (that's still reserved for Pliny) but really good. The hops in this thing will nearly burn off your taste buds with the bitterness on the back end but hey, that's what I drink a DIPA for! This will be added to my rotation when I want something really hop forward. For the summer it's not as refreshing as I would want (especially when the days are hot) but if the weather is a little bit cooler I would be quaffing these guys down!

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial nonic a hazed lemony yellow with a tinge of deep orange,a large blooming white head atop.A mix of tropical fruit,grapefruit,and a little pine resin in the nose,sweet caramel malt melds very well with the complex hop profile.Not an intense bitter hop flavor to the beer but well rounded fruitiness,mango,orange,and grapefruit flavors abound,a little bitterness comes into play in the finish.the caramel base hold thru to the finish.This a great left coast ipa,more of a well rounded approach than a bitter in your face beer.I loved it.

Photo of beerjeep
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of RoyalT
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - This is a beautiful, and I mean absolutely gorgeous copper in color with a serious head that showed great retention and left a nice film on the inside of my glass.

Smell - This smells dry-hopped but it doesn't indicate dry-hopping on the company website. Either way, the Three C's are huge here at the nose and balanced in a really fun way that provides a huge, resiny nose. The hops are just dripping here and smell fresh like they are still in the ground.

The malt is hard to find through the hops. It's there but certainly not balancing, which of course all the hopheads could care a less.

Taste - The raunchy hops just do not let up at the taste. They are rank, I mean as nasty as I've ever had them. I think The Chunks is the only beer I've had with a bigger raw hop flavor than this. If you like hops then drink this beer on your deathbed.

The malt, well, I can get a sense of it but the hops are just so big it's hard to find them. If you're looking for a well-balanced DIPA this is not it - lol.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied with a nice, live yet muted carbonation and a monster hop aftertaste that will keep the hop belches going all night long.

Drinkability - Well if we're rating the beer on balance it's a 2, but if you want a big, gigantic hop experience this can't be beat on the open market.

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of warnerry
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 3/23/12; consumed 5/23/11

A - Pours a hazy orange/brown with some suspended material and three fingers of dense light tan head. Head has great retention coats the glass with lacing.

S - Big burst of pine with some nice citrus as well. Faint caramel malt.

T - Still a nice resinous bitter bite even if it isn't the freshest bottle. Very piney and grassy with some grapefruit zest. Just enough caramel malt. Solid bitter bomb.

M - Medium mouthfeel with long lingering bitterness. Very dry. Somewhat creamy.

O - Definitely a bruising bitter beer, but very good flavors. Solid DIPA all around.

Photo of DWolf
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Todd
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Beaver13
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange with a huge creamy rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is meloney citrus and piney, resiny, stinky hops.

The flavor is some sweet melon with a big resiny tarry, slightly charred hop finish with bitterness that dominates the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, a good DIPA. It's definitely big in the hops - a bit to tarry / charred for me with a huge bitter aftertaste. The sweet fruits help to balance it a little, but not much.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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

$7.95 for the bomber, purchased at Spirit Haus in Amherst, MA. No freshness info/dating.

Pours hazed, dull golden amber, under an initially huge eggshell head. Nice fade to a loose and creamy merainge, thick ringed sheeting.

Pungent floral nose of spiced mango, lavender, grapefruit pith.

Luscious loads of spicy, tropical/citric, peppery hops. Wonderfully packed with flavor and intrigue. Notes of gin, mint, more peppery tropical fruits. Quite dry on the tongue. Final pour reveals and healthy dose of yeast that was riding on the bottom of the bottle.

Very enjoyable DIPA...I wish PORT distributed to NY state, I typically love their beers and this one is clearly no exception.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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Mongo from Port Brewing
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