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5th Anniversary Double IPA - Port Brewing

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5th Anniversary Double IPA5th Anniversary Double IPA

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very good

82 Reviews
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Reviews: 82
Hads: 150
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Port Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HopHead84 on 05-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 82 | Hads: 150
Photo of rawfish
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a tawny gold, hazy and doesn't form alot of head yet manages to leave an attractive ring of lacing behind. Retention is basically none since there was no head to begin with.

Hops dominate but beneath lies a steady honey dipped grain and caramel malt backbone. Tropical hops of mangoes, papaya, sweet pineapple with some stock pine and red citrus. Floral yet very sweet with a tinge of alcohol.

Ample malt comes in with a tight bready and honey profile some sweetening molasses and caramel sneak in before a blast of citrus and piney hops, the aftertaste is a very pungent pine that balances the sweetness of the malt and alcohol barely detectable on the back end as the beer dries with a big pine note.

Average body weighed down by the yeast. Moderate and appropriate carbonation, the sweetness hides the alcohol and the hops balance nicely. Dries well.

Really good DIPA to satisfy the hop fix. A bit heavy and dank for the summer but made for San Diego where the May and June months are kept under a cloud and temperatures moderate. Tropical and robust come to mind with this brew.

Like Port's Mongo but it hides it's alcohol better. The sweetness might be overwhelming for some but drunk chilled, it balances out the hops in an ideal manner. Fruity and tropical aroma that translates somewhat into the taste. Overall a great DIPA and one to revisit annually.

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Photo of evanforbeer
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled date 4/26/13
Pours a very murky golden orange

Smell: sweet, mangos, brown sugar, candied malt

Taste: hop assault. Juicy orangey citrus, some pine and subtle tropical fruit, sweet malt with burnt sugar, finishes deliciously piney with grapefruit, and mango

Feel: medium-full bodied with bite, mellow carbonation, drinkable

Love it. The beer that slaughtered my palate and immediately converted me to hopsy glory years ago.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A hazy pale almost orange yellow body with a two finger off white head.

S: Very potent aroma. Pine, floral, bitter, and grapefruit notes dominate the nose. There is some caramel there but this one is all hops.

T: This is a hop bomb. Intense bitterness with citrus, grapefruit, and pine flavors. Again, there is some caramel trying to come forward but the hops overpower everything else. Very (and probably intentionally) unbalanced.

M: Nice heavy body with sharp carbonation.

O: I f you like unbalanced hop bombs this is one you will enjoy, if not I would avoid.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Murky autumn orange color shows an impressive 3 finger pitted foam ivory monster atop that sits oh so stubbonly. Good sign of micro-effervesce within. Thick clarity, chunky loads of foam stick well to the vessel walls as the head slowly retreats leaving a standing towering centerpiece.

S: Sticky pine and grapefruit wit a moderate to good level of awareness. A hint of dry pineapple is thrown in.

T: The flavor is huge and sticky of resinous hop oils and grapefruit and pine. Small warming of alcohol combines with the dry hops of citrus. High rate of bitterness, good level of flavor, sticky, thick hop bomb that still maintains a good level of balance between bitterness and flavor. Warm oranges, warm dry pineapple rounds things out in the huge sticky hop soup.

M: The mouthful is sticky and thick, loads of resinous hop oils and malts combine with the alcohol to give this a good glow. Slighting this to good is injustice.

O: Overall the abv goes to 10.0 here, the hops go spinal tap to 11. A worthy anniversary hop bomb that is huge and sticky, bitter and delightful.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Summits Wayside July 12th. Reviewed from notes.

(Appearance) Body color is a hazy gold orange with a thin white head. Appearance is nice. 4

(Smell) Citrusy hop notes, mostly grapefruit with a hint of spicy hops and malt blend in the back. not quite as potent as they could be. Bitterness is low but aroma is nearly full-on. 4

(Taste) Spicy grapefruit flavor is prominent in the front, malt bill in the back. Balance is nice. Bitterness is medium/high, strong on the finish. Alcohol makes the drink a bit hot. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Mildly crisp on the finish. Alcohol presence is medium/high. Body is light. 3.5

(Overall) A bit hot but flavorful and diverse with a good balance with a nice level of bitterness on a lasting finish. Certainly not groundbreaking but not disappointing either. 3.5

Port Brewing Company's
5th Anniversary Ale

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

About half a year ago, we welcomed Port brewing to New Jersey. I was really excited since their hoppy beers have a very good reputation.

Poured into a large opening, tulip style glass. It is a darker, hazy orange with a sticky layer of foam on top. I like the lacing that this head leaves behind.

Off the top you get a ton of citrus. I detect a little malt to help balance the beer.

The flavor is pretty good. I get more of the citrus. The bittering is really strong, and I get some imbalance in this.

I thought this was good, but it fell a little below my expectations. I'm going to age another bottle for another four months to see if I can bring a little more mellowness to this beer.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

lacing, head, lacing!! this is insane! thick sticky resinous lacing, an opaque orange pour.. smells of pine, grapefruit, honey, grass, caramel. citrus bitterness up front followed by a charred bitterness, hint of spicy bitterness as well. a very well hidden sweet malty backbone is there as well.. damn this is bitter!!
medium body, slight carbonation, creamy and sticky on the lips. feel a bit of alcohol warmth as well.

overall this is an awesomely bitter hop bomb. a bit of a slap in the face with the ridiculous amounts of lacing caused from the resinous hops. love it!

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Photo of axeman9182
3.24/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, part of Amanti Vino's Beer of the Month program. It was bottled on 4/19/12, and poured into my petite Duvel tulip.

Port's 5th Anniversary Double IPA pours an opaque orange, with a bit of sediment left in suspension. The foam shoots up past three fingers in height and threatens to spill out of the glass (though never actually does). Head retention is well above average, and intricate webs of lacing are left in its wake. If not for taking a page from the Heady Topper playbook in terms of clarity/floaties, this would be just about perfect looking. The nose is a little disappointing in terms of potency (or lack thereof). My initial impression was more floral, but as time goes on, some citrusy grapefruit shines through more and more. There's a brief, but noticeable swirl of caramel to open things up. The hop bitterness that flows in next is a bit on the mild side (though not completely missing) for such a big DIPA. My guess is that there's a healthy dose of Centennial in the hop selection, as the usual rough grapefruit flavor I usually get from them is here in full force on the finish. The body is definitely a bit chewy/full for the style, despite an admirably lively carbonation. I had high hopes for Port's Anniversary Imperial IPA up through the gorgeous pour, but other than that it didn't really do much to differentiate itself from the rest of the pack.

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Photo of katan
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a pint -

A - Pours a deep darker brown color - tons of dirty white head. Appears to be highly carbonated. Breaks down slowly with significant lacing.

S - The citrus bomb of a beer. All west coast hops, leading with a hugely floral citrus flavor, with just a little bit of resin - grassy flavors in the background. This thing must be made of hops.

T - Starts off lightly bitter, stinging the tongue. Light sweetness hits the front of the tongue, including more of the citrus flavors. Mid-stream turns super bitter - biting. Sticks like glue to your tongue, tons of bitter resinous flavors. Really strong.

M - Moderate body, full bodied - just explodes in your mouth (thats what she said) with carbonation and biting acidity.

O/D - A super strong DIPA - everything about this beer is so over the top. I can't imagine drinking any more than one of these. Certainly embodied taking it to the extreme.

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Photo of Momar42
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Brewsters in LA

A - slightly hazy deep yellow. One finger of dense head that costs the glass as it recedes.

S - dense piney with a hint of citrus hops. Good smelling, though mild for most DIPA.

T - quite bitter at the front and back. Medium carbonation. Not much on the middle and finishes with the expected hop burn promised upfront. No doubt, here there be alcohol. Doesn't hide the high ABV very well.

M - smooth and fairly expected fullness. Coats nicely though the hop oil builds with each drink.

O - a nice DIPA, but not outstanding. Hops and alcohol could be better integrated and less oily hop after taste. Definitely on the bitter side of the spectrum. Not quite a Hoptimum but tries to be.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a large mug

Pours cloudy orange with a medium tan head, lots of chunky sediment floating around. Smell is sweet citrus and hops.

Taste is a nice balance of sweetness and hops, but not particularly exciting.

Mouthfeel is dry and slightly gritty. Overall, it's a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangeish appearance with about 1/3" of head on it, not much in terms of lacing or retention. Aroma, sweet and hoppy. Dry hopping doesn't jump out at you unfortunately, but its an enjoyable semblance of smells.

Taste, wow, really sweet, really bitter. A very big beer, doesn't have a lot of subtlety to it. The malt bill seems a little lower, a nice thing, but the sticky sweetness is still massive, I wish they could deliver more hop lushness without resorting to the degree of heft and sweetness with this beer. Lots of that sticky hop resin going on.

It doesn't really hide the alcohol too well either. Its a massive beer, and it comes out at a time when I want something a little more sessionable unfortunately.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep cloudy orange body, trace head,

S: lemon peel/grassy, grapefruit, mild pine

T: grapefruit, lemon peel, hint of pine, mild
sugar/candy, long oily bitter finish (hint of booze)

M: med/heavy, oily/sticky mouth

O: Mighty fine big beer for the price! Enjoy Port
beers and this was good, not great. Would recommend,
but maybe not for a seasoned hop head.


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Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy Orange color. Frothy thin white head. Soapy and floral nose. Lots of tropical fruit once the beer airs out. Mango, pineapple ruby red grapefruit.

Juicy fruity hop character. Big concentrated flavors. Lots of acidity. Lots and lots of tropical fruit. Detectable alcohol heat.

The fruit flavor on these beer is awesome. Just enough detectable malt to keep things interesting. The only thing that would put this beer over the top as an awesome beer would be a bit more carbonation which would add a certain briskness as well as hide some of that alcohol. I really enjoy the flavor though. The drinkability just isn't there.

One of the most tropical ipas I've had, up there with hoptimum and terrapin hopzilla.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber this afternoon, no date, no idea of freshness but I'm a fan of Port so here we go! Poured to a pint glass the beer pours a cloudy orange copper color with a nice 2 finger white head with supreme retention and gobs of lacing throughout. A good amount of particles in the beer, though. The nose is nice and hoppy, very hoppy. The caramel malt base is quickly engulfed by citrus and piney tones: orange, tangerine, grapefruit, etc. The flavor is very much the same with an initial caramel sweet malt character that is immediately engulfed by the hops. The bitterness builds to the point of being overly bitter, which is a little over the top to the point of unbalanced, for me. A lot of hop resins. Good flavor aside from the extreme bitterness. Finishes dry and bitter with a detectable heat lingering on the tongue. Full bodied and well carbonated. Overall, a good beer, but I found the bitterness to be too much, really. I would prefer a more balanced DIPA. Still a treat, though.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a gusher as the off white head erupts from the murky orange body with that also features straw colored hues. The head also sticks around for an eternity as it leaves a dense, sticky lacing as remnants of its rocky existence.

Abundant, pungent, sweet citrus hop aromas waft from the glass featuring grapefruit and pineapple. Additional pine hop aromas mingle with the sweet malts which show up more as it warms.

The flavor is equally robust in the hop department featuring a variety of citrus and pine hops. The focus is on the grapefruit and pineapple with touches of lemon and a sweet malty backbone.

Mouthfeel is thick and viscous with a boozy finish after the palate takes quite the beating from the bountiful hops.

Awesome beer, great example of the style. This is pure palate abuse. If you like it rough (on the palate), check this out.

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Photo of Koufax21
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up across the border... CO that is. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. It pours a hazy tangerine orange color with a whole bunch of off white head. This one smells massive. Big citrus, pine, yadda, yadda, yadda... It's a big west coast double IPA. The taste confirms my questionable purchase of this one. Hops have faded, I hope. It tastes really similar to a barleywine. Kinda weird I guess. Lots of alcohol on this one. Very carbonated and medium body. I hope I can get my hands on this years fresh batch.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden cloudy orange, with some sediment, maybe an old bottle? It says it's brewed every May, and here I am trying it in December. The head almost overflowed my tulip while only being 1/3 full of beer and took forever to go away(this was torture) and left nice lacing all the way.

At first it smells pungent and piney, a hint of orange, and gains some floral notes as it warms.

Tastes of big hops throughout, citrusy in front, hint of malt in the background (especially as it warms) and a great bitter aftertaste. A very pungent flavor, very surprising since it's not listed as a DIPA/IIPA on the bottle, and this was kind of a mystery until the smell/taste happened. Did not taste like 10%!

This was medium bodied with some viscosity. I felt the booze, but as mentioned in the flavor, it just doesn't feel like 10%. This feels a little heavier as it warms, yet retains a great easy finish.

This is a great beer, big and bold. Somehow more flavor than in the nose, yet smooth and almost easy to drink, a conundrum for sure. I will be sure to have some next may when it's fresh....


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Photo of DNICE555
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Dirty truth and scored a bottle at table and vine.

A – Hazy orange yellow color with not much head.

S – Grapefruit, pine, hops

T – Hops jump out but so does the booziness.

M – Slick feel to it but the 10 percent really shows

D – Very tasty beer. My only complaint is the boozy sweetness… but at 10 percent… that’s knit picking.

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Photo of ncketchum
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel tulip

A - pours a hazy orange yellow with a large head which quickly fades, minimal retention, significant lacing

S - grapefruit, pine, bitter hops

T - bitter, piny aromatic hops up front that lingers for long after the beer is gone. This is accompanied by boozineness, a bit of lemon and grapefruit, but the taste is dominated by the hops

M - thick, sticky, lingers for some time. alcohol burns in the end feel

D - Overall, this is another great offering by Port, big, sticky, and in your face hops

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a light orangey-copper body, nice clarity, and topped with a tall, foaming, off-white head. Some head retention there, as are some stickyish laceworks.

Smell: Pale malts, some sweetish, bready inclusions, but, predominately, it has a raw hop aroma, smelling of pithy white grapefruit and tangerine-flavored chewable aspirin.

Taste: Sweetish pale malts playing it loosely before the citric, citrusy hops roll in with freshly sliced white grapefruit and, as with the nose, tangerine. There's a resinous, raw hop cone quality both just before and just after the strong bitterness. Alcohol adds a peppery element, but is otherwise kept fairly in check, mainly because one's tongue is too busy wrestling with the hops to notice. Dry, bitter finish with some warmth to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Very, very, very slight stickiness on the tongue.

Overall: A hop-bomb, but a fairly pleasant one, with just enough malt (not one ounce more) needed to keep the beer from spiraling off into being totally an abrasive, caustic, and entirely unrewarding brew (like that SN Double IPA in the Beer Camp pack).

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Photo of armock
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Perry's Liquor in Livermore,CA

A - Poured a light copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is a nose full of pine and grapefruit hops

T - Very bitter with the flavors matching the nose with pine and some grapefruit

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

O - This beer reminds me of San Diego with the amount of pine and citrus hops that are in it making it a bitter but very good drinkable beer this one is worth getting if you can

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

clear amber with a nce foamy head that was slow to fad, leaving a fine lace all the way to the bottom. The smell is deep piney hops with a bit of grapefruit thrown in for good measure. Knock you down hops, beautiful, strong, pine and citrus that will have you puckering your mouth for a while. Great dry finish. This is a hop heads delight

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Photo of peterdulay
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened this Double IPA style last night and didn't know what to expect.

Copper color with impeccable head.

Ultra piney aromas tell good tale to the beer that awaits.

If you love hops you'll love this beer. Piney hops dominate this beer. Also citric undertones are present.

Mouthfeel: HOT! I like boozie beer but this one had the nostrils flaring. hot on the breath and nose. No place to hide at 10%. Plenty of bubbles so it will have a dryer effect. Don't be surprised if your blink and the bottle is gone.

Overall: Very enjoyable if you like the power. I would recommend this to people who like boozey, hoppy beer.

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Photo of avaldivia
3.04/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Let me start this off with saying, I realize this is a DIPA and I am reviewing it 3 months after it was bottled. This is the 3rd bottle I have had and will be rating based on this and my past experiences with this beer.

A: Practically perfect. Very thick rich head and perfect lacing. Clear golden color.

S: A lot of piney hop notes. A hint of alcohol.

T: Pine, pine and more pine. There is not as much balance as I would have liked.(previous time I had it) This time the hops have faded a bit, so it is sweeter. The alcohol is far too strong.

M: Thick and syrupy. The alcohol warms the back of your throat quite a bit.

O: Looks good, but there's nothing special about this beer. It's pretty average for a DIPA. I thought this when I had it fresh too. Just too boozy.

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5th Anniversary Double IPA from Port Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.