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Mongo - Port Brewing

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1,801 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,801
Reviews: 563
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 122
Gots: 203 | FT: 3
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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Reviews by Thads324:
Photo of Thads324
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A : pours a half head, super thick white that looks like it is going no where (not a very aggressive pour mind you). At least the head is inviting. Color is a honey gold and with lots of bubbles pouring towards the top.

S : I can already smell the hops while the glass is sitting next to me. super hoppy smelling with notes of pine, lemon peel, and a bit of mint. there is a small malt backbone of sweet malt and maybe a tinge of honey.

T : starts nicely balanced with a very sweet malt and a hoppy dominance. very vibrant with a strong pine flavor. The hop flavors that follow are a mix of lemongrass, pine, dried orange peel (just a tad) and more pine. Great power in the hops yields to a honey malt flavor and a nice linger of hops at the end.

M : pretty easy going and drinkable. Nice hop flavor that holds off the booze, however the carbonation is lost in the head. I tried another pour into a tiny tasting glass and it was much better. The effervescence helps to carry the hop flavors even more than slightly flat.

Overall an excellent double ipa. Hops are great and the malt is just enough there that it isn't hop juice. The balance is great. This is however the third bomber of port beer that has been poured slowly and still was a giant ball of thick head. maybe it is travel related. Carbonation issues aside this is a great beer.

Thads324, Jul 26, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

oberon, May 11, 2011
Photo of beerjeep
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

beerjeep, Mar 16, 2012
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.

RoyalT, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of trail77
5/5  rDev +19.3%

trail77, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of Schlais
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Schlais, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of delaced21
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

delaced21, May 12, 2014
Photo of JacobMutberg
4/5  rDev -4.5%

JacobMutberg, Oct 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

jose_alehouseSD, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of Drunkenass
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Drunkenass, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of danthehopslamman
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

danthehopslamman, May 02, 2014
Photo of freshflesh
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

freshflesh, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of warnerry
4.23/5  rDev +1%
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.

warnerry, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of DWolf
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

DWolf, May 11, 2012
Photo of Todd
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Todd, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Beaver13
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Beaver13, Jun 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Toasty, Oct 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

cincysig, Apr 03, 2013
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

Fcip78, Sep 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Dbrulet, Jul 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Beerswag, Sep 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

megamass, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Jason, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Billolick, May 26, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Guinnsslvr, Feb 01, 2013
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Mongo from Port Brewing
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