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

Honey color with a dirty white head of large proportion. Make that epic proportion on both pours. Some random splattering of lacing.

The nose from the bottle is juicy and citrus heavy. Definitely some chalky yeast qualities that are not meddlesome. There is a fair amount of sediment in the bottle. The first pour produced such a monstrous head that the beauty of the aromatics was squelched and kept fresh underneath. The nose at the onset is mostly the smell of head proteins. As the head wore down, there they were in all of their luscious glory. Second pour also epic head. Some swirling exposes more beauty.

The taste is nothing short of enjoyable through and through. The flavors are not huge, but they are very balanced. Juicy to dry with an enjoyable bitterness that rounds out the swallow. No astringency or cloying aspects to speak of. The malt character is present but takes a supporting role while the hops work their grapefruit magic and exert their perfect dryness.

The mouthfeel is near medium. Not overly hefty. Just right without overstepping the balance.

Overall this is a very nice brew. Dangerously drinkable. The ABV is perhaps the only aspect that pushes the double IPA envelope. The flavors are well done and would be at home in something less strong in terms of the get loose properties. That is a testament to the recipe. Nothing ridiculous. Clean and powerful. The warmth is the only indication that this ain't your grampa's IPA. It has a homebrew quality that is entirely refreshing as well. The reviewer wishes he could yank this off the shelf at his will, but alas Chicago is down the road a piece. As well, there is a surfing cat on the label and it is named after a cat. I am totally a cat person. Instant points. I am a dog person too. And a squirrel person. I dig animalia. Anyway. Nice. Thanks, Martin.

iTunes shuffled during exploration:
Ganja Man-D.Clarke and Yankee B.
First Stroke - John Acquaviva
Spanish vulgarity (cussing in Spanish)
Surfin, You Say? - The Ziggens (how appropriate!)
Somethings Wrong - Pretty Lights
Flutes of Chi - ween
Once the Fiddler Paid - Disco Biscuits (TranceFusionRadio 4)

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%

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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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4/5  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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