Mongo - Port Brewing

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MongoMongo

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,985 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1,985
Reviews: 590
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 137
Gots: 281 | 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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Photo of Extol
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

Photo of aquazr1
4.44/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this 1-liter hand bottle.

The beer pours a clear golden color with a white head. The aroma is citrus and floral hops. I get some pine as well as tangerine and orange. The flavor is orange citrus with medium bitterness. As the beer warms I get some piney notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to mizzouguy for knocking this off my wants list! recieved in the noob bif round 6.

22oz bottle at about fridge temp poured into a nonic pint, split with friends. bottle 7/15/11 (almost 4 months old)

pours out with a big huge, fluffy slightly off white head. a hazy golden orange body, cloudy, with bits of sediment visible. great retention that leaves some very pretty lacing on the glass.

lots of grapefruit citrus and pine. a little bit of a bready malt sneaks in there.

again, lots of pine trees and grapefruit citrus, just a bit resinous at times. loads of fairly intense bitterness. a full bready malt tries to bring things in balance, but the beer remains mostly hop forward.

medium to full bodied, carbonation just right for the style. some hop oils noticable.

overall, a pretty solid, straight forward DIPA. i wouldnt trade for this again, but i would like to try it a lot fresher. i think i missed out on some other hop flavors after almost 4 months.

Photo of ehammond1
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Liquor Stop
San Marcos, CA

A cloudy bright orange with some dark auburn toward the edges of the glass. A monstrous and thick whipped-cream head that is still standing minutes after the initial pour. The best head retention I've ever seen from a DIPA, hands down. So far, so brilliant!

A biting and tart grapefruit aroma. A heavy concentration toward tartness as opposed to sweetness in the nose. Where there's usually some orange, mango, and pineapple in Port Brew Co.'s bigger IPAs, this one is almost all tart grapefruit (and sweet melon).

More tart grapefruit on the palette. An almost mouth-puckering tartness like eating fresh grapefruit or fresh squeezed grapefruit juice. This attacks the palette (in a good way!) and ends with a hint of caramel malt. A simple yet pungent and delicious DIPA.

Medium body and ample carbonation. Leaves a distinct grapefruit aftertaste, which I quite enjoy.

A very drinkable DIPA. The alcohol is hardly present here in taste or aroma. Very good.

I think Mongo is a more appropriate year-round release than its predecessor, Hop 15. It's better balanced and a bit more drinkable with a slightly lower ABV. However, I will miss having fresh Hop 15 available at all times, as it was one of my favorite rip-your-face-off-and-beg-for-mercy-bitter DIPAs.

Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, the other is gold.

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

A: Poured into my SA Perfect Pint, this might be the most impressive pouring IPA I have ever encountered. Atop the murky golden yellow brew sits a large pillow like head leaving the stickiest lace I've seen in a long while.

S: The nose disappoints a little. I expected way more bitter/piney hops, more notes of grapefruit, and not so much bready malt.

T: The flavor profile is fresh, and just the right amount of bitter. Raw hop flavor, piney with some citrus. Lemon peel and biscuity malt are present.

MF: Mouthfeel is light and clean. I would expect something a little thicker with more carbonation from this brew.

Overall, another great IPA from my Philly haul. I can tell this one is a beast when fresh. Thanks again to Chris for helping me land this brew.

Photo of Soonami
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Port Mongo is much bette ron draft, as you would expect from a hoppy Double IPA. This review is for the more accessible version, the bottled beer. The beer is a pale yellow with sticky white crust of foam that sticks around for a while. However, like most Port beers, it comes with a whole vial of yeast in the beer. They need better quality control when it comes to their bottled beers, having to leave 2 oz of beer and yeast in the bottle sucks. I got this beer in a trade, but would never buy this product on my own.

The beer has tremendous grapefruit and piney aroma. They come out in the taste as well and it's a nice dry crisp beer with a good bit of toasty biscuit to balance out the bitterness.

Enjoyable beer for sure, just annoys me to have to leave 10% of it in the bottle.

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

Good light orange appearance, ample off white head to it, nice lace. She's a looker. Great mix of piney and citrus aroma. Smells very fresh.

Big rush of fresh hop mouthfeel, keeps bitterness and alcohol tamed, light malt input allows big time hops to revel all around. Tropical at times (pineapple?) complimented by minty pine. Viscosity is thick, yet body is light. Carbonation is just right.

$6 a bottle makes this a very enjoyable offering all around, would recommend and purchase again. Tangy and enjoyable.

Photo of mondegreen
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of a taster flight at Trappeze.

Pours a beautiful clear orange with a nice white head. Tons and tons of lacing.

Nose is great big citrus. This is the picture of a citrus forward beer. Smells lovely.

Taste follow the nose with big citrus hops followed by a very pleasing bitterness. Finish is medium dry. Tasty!

Medium bodied, the mouth is just right. Not too heavy for the ABV and style, but not at all flimsy.

Highly drinkable. A very very smooth DIPA.

This beer was the highlight of my taster flight. Hope I can find it in bottles someday.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Huge 22 ounce pour of 8.5% abv Mongo IPA, pours out a deep orange marmalade suspension like thickness, head could be cut with a knife it's textured and thick filled with unfiltered proteins.

Aroma has dank, resinous pine, herbaceous Mary Jane, hints of tropical fruit, even some green onion the hops burst out of the bottle once I popped the cap...Pittsburgh is blessed to have access of fresh hops from the West Coast...hopefully this beer doesn't see the age issues that Sculpin has in the Pittsburgh market. No bottle code on this bottle by the way, but Wipeout and Shark Attack had them! Swirl your glass let it warm a bit and dive into a bouquet of hop varieties it's like visiting a brewery and stepping into the room where they store the hops!

Flavor a wave of hop bitterness coats the palate, but it's resinous with hop oils, bright citrus, dank pine/green onion notes, mild mango/tropical fruits quickly covered up by massive amounts of hop bitterness. Lacks perfect balance but the unabashed hop profile is why you pick up a Mongo, excellent big west coast IPA. The cloudiness gives the biscuit malts some definitely bread like notes on the palate. Such a big beautiful beer.

Mouthfeel is resinous with hop oils, dank oily hops, chewy proteins provide great body in this unfiltered offering...keep the freshies coming Tomme Arthur did it right and spent a week in the Burgh! Carbonation is super natural kept in check here, this is near perfect with a bone dry hop biting bitterness in the finish.

Overall, the bottles are so much better than the pours I've had on tap...seek this out now if you live near Pittsburgh...hands down the best big IPA we have access to at this time!

Photo of jeonseh
3.57/5  rDev -14.8%
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

Photo of daveytheformer
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce poured into a nonic pint.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a huge foamy head that fades to a sticky lacing around the glass. There are lots of chunks of something floating around the bottom of the glass.

Smells like grapefuit citrus, grassy hops and pine.

Tastes like a bitter hop monster. A little peppery with a very present bitter lasting finish. Hops really dominate this beer. Not a malty beer at all.

Mouthfeel is medium with a lot of carbonation.

Overall is a good beer that I would try again.

Photo of glid02
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler courtesy of Gabe - thanks!

Pours a hazy orange-copper color with a surprisingly robust one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of bright tropical fruit hops with lighter citrus and floral aromas. Backing everything up are bready malts.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Mildly bready malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by large amounts of tropical fruit and citrus flavors. Midway through the sip a soft bitterness kicks in and intensifies through to the end of the sip. As the beer warms the bitterness subsides a bit and mild amounts of alcohol enter into the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and also polished off a few more without a problem.

Overall this beer didn't disappoint. It's not quite in the "world-class" stratus however it's very good and well worth a shot.

Photo of pwoods
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Toronado.

A: Pours a bright glowing grapefruit skin. Decent head with lots of lacing.

S: Tons of hop fruitiness with plenty of citrus and pine. Are there malts? Who the fuck cares? Dank and resinous.

T/M: Big bitter bite. More of the monster hops. Body is medium full and somewhat slick from the oily hops.

D: 8.5% ain't gonna stop me.

Photo of r0nyn
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip.

Hazy and golden, with a seriously huge bubbly white head. I had to wait at least five minutes for this thing to subside. When it finally does, there's a whole lot of stringy lacing coating the inside of the glass. The brew itself is fairly translucent, and there's quite a bit of yeast sediment floating around. Smell is redolent with aromas of piney hops and juicy citrus fruit. Equal parts bitter grapefruit and sweet pineapple. Quite nice.

Patently bitter hops come through on the initial sip and dictate the entire taste. This is definitely one of the more bitter examples of the style I've encountered, perhaps more so than Stone's famed Ruination. After the first wave of hops, a little bit of malt shines through, providing a slightly sweet contrast to the rather palate-puckering hoppiness. Finish is drying, with a bitterness that stays with you for a while in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel was surprisingly full and almost creamy on the tongue, with a good body to it.

On the whole, a fine rendition of a DIPA. Hopheads will certainly be happy with this. I would have preferred just a wee bit more of the smell's complexity and sweetness to be reflected in the taste, but it's really a minor quibble to such a solid beer.

Photo of Guess2814
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great! On draft in Cambridge, MA. Beer has me tasting my tongue. Leaves a nice fruity taste in your mouth "Mango"..

Photo of weonfire
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed this on tap at the Tap House Grill in Westmont, IL in a 10oz snifter.

A - Golden brown, pinky thickness, white head, semi translucent, think lacing

S - Sweet citrus, grapefruit, carmel, tropical fruit, hoppy

T - Pine, grapefruit, carmel, citrus, lemon, tropical fruit. Finish was bitter hops (7/10)

M - Med body, has descent froth, carb is high

O - For all the high ratings - this seemed like an every day, average IIPA. Body was avg - maybe too carbonated?. Yes, the bitterness was higher that ordinary but the grapefruit came and made it pleasant. I will say the 8.5 ABV was hidden very well. Maybe I'll have to give it another try - rd one - Id just say 'good'

Photo of crowsoup
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy as hell, suspended particles floating like the building blocks of the future with a head as dense and history.

I'm picking up some frothy surf here, juicy hops on the front end, a dehydrated forest on the back end; a spicy ride in both cases - fantastic in its complexity, simply complex and damn near confusing.

This is a superb brew, gentle carbonation combined with a depth of bitter and dry hoppiness that is all at once well-rounded and purposeful. I'm coming back to this...as my corner store allows.

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.33/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mongo bottled 2/4/2011

A - Very cloudy but bright bright light orange - looks like the colorof an orange creamsicle. Sticky lacing clung tightly to the tulip I poured it in.

S - Subdued. Muted. I kept swirling in the tulip and it seemed fresh fruit juice wanted to shine through but just didn't. Some pineapple notes with some orange and lemon but smelled weak.

T - Same as the nose. Was like it wanted to shine but I just got a dull taste of citrus with as close to overwhelming bitterness as possible without calling this beer overly bitter. Enamel is coming off my teeth. Very dry finish. Just a wee bit over carbonated. As the beer warmed much of the same. Very mediocre.

M - A bit over carbonated and a bit too bitter. The bitterness would have been welcomed with open arms if there were more flavor in this beer.

D - Look to mouthfeel. Finishing the bomber wouldn't be hard but this beer is lackluster so I already would prefer a different IPA half way into the bomber.

Big disappointment. Will not be buying more of this beer, especially with Blind Pig, PtE, Sculpin, Union Jack, Double Jack, Racer 5, and Celebration still on shelves next to it.

Please Port, bottle Poor Man's DIPA.

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Mongo from Port Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 1,985 ratings.