6th Anniversary Double IPA - Port Brewing

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6th Anniversary Double IPA6th Anniversary Double IPA

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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | 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: PeterIngemi on 05-12-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

The Lost Abbey
San Marcos, CA

A deep copper and amber with orange edges. Huge foaming off-white head that lasts and lasts. Not as much lacing as I would have expected.

All sorts of citrus elements in this beer--guava, mango, orange, grapefruit--very aromatic.

A tongue buckling bitter blast of a beer! Hop bitterness galore! Unbalanced to its core--this is hops hops hops! As advertised: delicious and bitter hop bomb! Also some citrus and sweet elements as well, but bitterness steals the show. If that's what you dig, seek this one out!

A relatively heavy mouthfeel and a slight biting alcohol heat on the finish.

A delicious Port DIPA. Big citrus aromatics and huge hop bitterness.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Whilst at 2Bros Tap Room I split a bottle of Port Brewering's 6th Anniversary IPA with a good friend. The beer pours a cloudy copperish amber color with thin slightly off-white head that did not lace all that much. The scent was mostly malt with subtle backdrop of pine and citrus hops. The taste was a big power of bitter hops with strong malt background the pine and citrus come true. With every double monster IPA at 10% ABV the malt base generally dictates the taste of the beer. The mouthfeel was full body with subtle carbonation. Overall it was a good DIPA, but certainly not teh best I have had.

The beer was bottled in May-2012.

Photo of edproctor
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a- hazy dark hued orange ale with a decent head (2 fingers +) that hangs around for a bit. strong retention.

s- LOTS OF HOPS!!! this beer is almost two months old too!!! bottled 5/16 and still comes through with lots of sticky, piney, orangey, bitter hops. just beautiful.

t- piney and strong. sorta the same as the nose. just blows you out on hops. im loving this!

m- mouth coating. nice carbonation. goes down smooth.

o- port brewing is always good for a hoppy beer. this one is no exception. recommended if you like good cali style hop assults...

Photo of bashiba
2.93/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a slightly hazy orange with a thick and sticky off white head.

The smell is mostly citrus notes with a bit of alcohol and a touch of bready malt sneaking through.

The flavor is very one sided, a bit of sweet and bready malt with a hint of alcohol up front that is quickly dominated by the strong juniper bitterness that just overtakes everything else.

The mouthfeel is heavy and very oily.

Not really a hop bomb, more of a bitter bomb, gets kind of boring quickly, a tough bomber to finish.

Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was a part of cmrillo’s 40 Beers* @ 40 Birthday Bash! Shared by cmrillo at his own party! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, bread, and spice. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, spice, bread, and earth. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. I really didn’t know what to expect from this one going into it. However, I did find a fairly nicely balanced brew when it came to the aroma. On the flavor it was a little off-putting though as the spice note dominated most of the brew and made it a little less enjoyable overall. Worth trying if you get the chance to grab it off the shelf.

Photo of OTB
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poor Port Brewing. They have been getting slammed lately for everything from big ugly floaties to poor carbonation levels to bottle dating to....you name it. I love Port Mongo. One of the best DIPA on the market year in and year out. After the Hop 15 debacle I started to wonder if there were issues. So today when I grabbed one of these Anniversary Ales off the shelf at my local WF I did wonder if there were issues that hadn't been resolved.

Apparently the issues are being resolved. This brew pours a gorgeous hazy orange. The head is thick, at least two fingers worth of sticky dense cap that leaves insane sticky curtains of lace as I drink down.The nose is ripe mango,tangerine, and red grapefruit, fantastic nose. The Flavors are in tandem with the nose, huge resinous grapefruit, oranges, mango and apricots with just the right touch of sweet maltiness on the back end to keep the huge hop profile in check. The 10% abv is scarily tucked away no where to be found, proceed with caution.

The mouth is insanely gripping, bitter hops, pine resin, dry but worthy of that next sip, so good.

Bravo Port, faith restored. This is a damn good DIPA, PERIOD !

Photo of Rutager
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a hazy yellow gold with almost two fingers of thick, off-white head that leaves some great bands of lace.

Smell. Pine sap and pineapple, some toasted grains and a bit of yellow grapefruit.

Taste. Pine, pink grapefruits, some lightly toasted light malts. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, considering the big abv at least. Lots of lingering pine sap and citrus rinds.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full bodied with low+ carbonation.

Overall. A big ipa, yes indeed.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange with a pillowy white head that leaves big chunks of lacing.

Smells of big piny hops.

Tastes of big hops upfront on top of a solid malt backbone. Hops lead off with citrus, pine, grass, and a bit of tropical fruits. Malts come through next with bread and caramel. Although there is big hop flavor, it is only moderately bitter. Alcohol is ever so slightly noticeable, but is pleasant.

Mouthfeel is full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this falls in line with the other anniversary beers and is quite tasty.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/19/12

Pours bright orange with a finger finger pillowy white head. Good retention and some sticky lacing.

Aroma features loads of citrus and tropical fruits with a heavy pineapple whiff. Some sweet bready malt as well.

Good citrus up front although I wish the front of the tongue would receive a bit more flavor. A little sticky pine sap malt going on towards the middle/end. Finishes somewhat dry with pine and pineapple. Alcohol isn't over the top, but present.

A little sticky with medium carbonation levels. Decent job hiding the alcohol although it's still present.

Pretty solid offering although I think I'd still prefer Wipeout and Mongo. It's a bit beyond the ABV sweet spot and there is a touch too much heat for my DIPA preferences. Also expected something less than a month old to burst with a little more flavor and aroma from the hops. Still a great beer though.

Photo of largadeer
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amazingly, this beer is fully carbonated, excessively so. It pours a pale golden-amber hue topped by a massive, sticky, lasting head that rises over the rim of the glass. The first pour is largely clear, with subsequent pours growing more cloudy.

Smell: Initially this smells like chalk and prickling gas. Definitely overcarbonated. The nose improves a lot as the CO2 settles out. Hops come to the forefront, and they're quite juicy and tropical, with a grassy, herbal undercurrent. Malt is non-existent.

Palate: A ton of carbonic acid up front, which eventually dissipates after a lot of swirling. Sharply resinous, bitter and dry. A bit chalky and herbal, too. This is ridiculously dry for 10%, almost too dry, but the hop flavors are quite nice. Spicy and zesty with a lot of bitter citrus rind and grapefruit flesh. Booze is fairly well hidden, but the beer still comes off a bit harsh, due in part to the dryness and huge bitter bite that's pervasive from start to finish.

Overall: I suspect this is better on tap - bottle conditioning seems to have chewed up too much of the residual sugar in this beer, leaving nothing to balance the astringency of the hop bill. It's a good beer despite its flaws, but I won't be picking up another bottle.

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very cloudy yellow in color and has lots of particles visible floating in suspension near the bottom of the glass. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down and left lots of lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are strong aromas of tropical fruits and citrus in the nose—mango seems to stand out in particular.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of tropical fruits and citrusy hops. A strong amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: This is a very intense beer, but it provides a lot of interesting aromas and flavors, especially those of tropical fruits.

Photo of SHODriver
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a Duel Tulip to a hazy golden orange with a two finger slightly off white head and solid retention
S: smells of citrus, pineapple, tropical fruits, and a bit of caramel. West coast nose for sure
T: tropical fruits up front with some sweet caramel. a bit of piney earthy hop in the middle that lingers to the end. Malt base struggles to maintain a presence and balance. Swallow brings more tropical fruits, a bit of alcohol and slight sweetness. Slight mandarin orange like sweetness on the finish after a couple sips.
M: carbonation builds to be prickly, slightly oily from the hops and a not quite heavy mouthfeel. It feels slightly viscous but not over the top.
O: a well built hop bomb with some small semblance of balance in the loosest sense of the word. A great beer that any hop head will certainly enjoy.

Photo of SnowFlowMfg
4.56/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great DIPA. I can't say i've ever had an IPA as intensely fruity as this one. Love it. Looks like hazy dull orange with a solid head. Strong smells of tropical fruit, papaya, mango, pineapple, orange, citrus, and sweetness. Tastes just like it smells. Intensely fruity hop flavor plays along with a solid but not overbearing biscuity maltiness. Intense flavors of orange, papaya, sweet mangos, and a nice zesty bitterness with very little pine flavor. Massively fruity but not too much. Sometimes I thought it was orange juice. Mouthfeel was good with a medium to heavier body and medium carbonation. Alcohol was very well hidden at a whopping 10%.

I think this is a very unique DIPA because of the immense fruit hoppiness. The price was good and is very fresh. I loved this one and will be buying a few more. I'm actually kinda curious to see what happens to all the fruit flavors as it ages a while. Mad scientist mode...

Photo of claspada
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice pleasant clear orange in color with a small pillowy white head that leaves some decent lacing.

Aromas begin with a nice hop profile composed of citrus and grapefruit, with a lot of tropical notes as well; mainly pineapple with some apricot and peach. Some malty sweetness with a tad bit of alcohol in the background, but pretty solid otherwise.

The taste begins with a little bready/caramel maltiness but immediately you are assaulted with intensely hoppy grapefruit and citrus flavors with some lesser pine notes. Pretty sticky and resinous, with a little alcohol kick in the finish. The malt tries to make more of an appearance as this warms but the hops assert themselves and make sure they are center stage.

Mouthfeel is medium in body with a medium level of carbonation. Dry dry sticky finish from the combination of intense hopping and the high ABV. Alcohol becomes a little prevalent as it warms which detracts a little and is my only complaint for this beer. Bitterness also lingers more than I usually like.

Overall this is a decent Imperial IPA that is better served in a small size servings because it is a tad too astringent and alcoholic. Flavor profile overall is a tad too bitter (in the grapefruit dept) for my preference, not to say it's not a bad beer, it just misses the mark on a few key checkpoints for me to be great.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Falling Rock Taphouse in Denver. Received in a pint glass. The menu listed this at 11% ABV.

4.0 A: Lightly hazed dark orange color. Small white head that leaves full on lacing.

4.5 S: Big, huge citrus. Tons of mango, pineapple, and orange. Light breadiness. This is all hops and they are extremely powerful. Booze is reasonably well hidden.

4.0 T: Again, huge top taste. Moderate bitterness. Loads of pineapple, mango, and orange. One dimensional, but that's the point I suppose.

3.5 M: Heavier medium to heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Moderately creamy.

4.0 D: Not an everyday beer for sure, but tasty and worthy of an anniversary.

Photo of liamt07
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Steve, 650ml into a tulip.

Hazy orange with a nice offwhite head. Good retention and light lace. Nose has peach, mango, pine and light herbal character. Sweet malts, but hops are the show. Tate is bitter from the start, mango, orange, pineapple otherwise. Real bitter in the finish, and leafy/herbal in that regard. Medium feel and carbonation. Intense bitterness stands out for me here, a very nice beer but I would've like to have tried this a tad fresher.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 22oz bomber to Hess imperial pint glass on 6/26/12
*From notes

-- Thanks to cayenne for this one --

A: Clean golden. A good pour yields a big 2.75 finger white head. As I get to the bottom of the bottle, a big amount of sediment clouds the beer. The best part of the appearance is Port's patented sticky head, lacing and collar. Just mountainous.

S: Damn. Explosively juicy West coast fruit. Massive mounds of fresh pineapple. I'm also getting a heavy quantity of freshly cut pine, too.

T: Jesus, is this is intense. In fact it's so intense it comes off almost like rubbing alcohol. It's so damn bitter, yet it's lacking the onion quality I find in a lot of bigger, agressive hop-forward beers. Instead, it's hot and way too bitter. It goes beyond most any DIPA I've had. Oh, and it's hot with boozy alcohol to boot.

M: As expected, the feel is great. It's properly dense and thick. The complexity is top shelf.

O: Everything is here, everything but the proper flavor profile, that is. I'm certainly a hophead, and a big one at that. But I can't imagine many of us who would take more then a few ounces of this massively hopped creation. Worth trying to be sure, but once is more then enough.

Photo of JG-90
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

220z into glass

A - dull orange color, off white head with heavy lacing down glass, considerable sediment in bottle (bottled on 4/1912) still very fresh though!

S - Hops, citrus, sweet fruit (pineapple), a little bread

T - Awesome IIPA, first sip i got hit with hops, but after drinking some more the other flavors really came out. Tons of hops, citrus and pinnapple, light malt. Huge bitter hops finish which I love. 10% ABV is almost un-tastable

M - Medium-High carbonation with Medium-light body. A little higher carbonation and lighter body than my "ideal" IIPA, but both these are prefect with the flavor profile in this beer.

O - Great beer, very happy that it still tastes so fresh even with the 4/19/12 bottle date. Mouthfeel and taste are more reminiscent of a single IPA, great fruity flavors and light body for a 10% ABV brew.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 04/19/2012

A: Pours a super cloudy golden yellow in color with a moderate to heavy amount of particles in suspension. The beer has a finger tall light beige head that quickly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker patch and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Very heavy aromas of tropical and citrus hops - lots of pineapple, mango, lemon, and orange.

T: The flavors of the hops and the bitterness are quite aggressive in this beer - lots of pineapple, mango, orange, and lemon. There is a very light hint of malt sweetness underneath all the hops but the flavors are kind of one-dimensional.

M: On the fuller side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Some light dryness in the finish.

O: Alcohol is very well hidden in this beer but the hops and bitterness are just too aggressive (intense) for this to be an easy drinking or sessionable beer. So aggressive that the beer is kind of harsh. I enjoyed trying it but once was enough...more of a special occasion kind of beer.

Photo of BostonHops
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on-tap at Publick House, Brookline, MA (July 2012)

pours a clear light amber / golden tone while yielding a frothy 1-2" head; solid retention and lacing. nose offers an aromatic hoppy bouquet with notes of citrus, pine, and some tropical characters. nothing that will knock your socks off but nice.

flavor profile falls into place along those lines, by and large following the aroma. citric, pine, and tropical hops with a secondary malt presence. relatively bitter; well-hidden ABV. on the heavier side of medium bodied with medium carbonation.

overall a nice, flavorful, enjoyable west coast DIPA. nothing about it really blows me away, and in a style chocked full of so many greats i feel you have to distinguish yourself somehow. that said, i would not object to another glass in the future - though i can't see myself seek one out, either.

Photo of Rifugium
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

It was a choice between this and the Van Viven IIPA for the ending of my lunch session, and the bartender recommended this one. And it was a good choice, plus it kept me in America.

Poured a slightly hazy copper-amber hybrid color with a cap of soft white head that retained well and left streaky lacing on the glass. Great aroma of fresh hops, citrus, tropical fruit, pine resin. There was a definite bready malt background here, but the beer was clearly hop-dominant (expected, of course), with flavors of orange, grapefruit, pineapple, touches of white grapes. Great example of West Coast IPA greatness. Medium body, a bit sticky, alcohol is decently hidden in the taste, but about halfway through, I started to FEEL it. Oh boy. Mellow out before driving. Very nice beer overall.

Photo of Nugganooch
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on Sunday July 1st 2012

Bottled on 05/16/12
*22oz bomber with standard pint glass

A: Port Anniversary pours a hazed yellow peach color. Nearing golden. Produces a massive thick snow white cap of head with some really astonishing stay. Finally reduces down to a film as it succumbs to the atmosphere leaving chunky globs of stick down the glass.

S: Smells of dank pines and orange slice backend with some sugary pale malts. There are lesser aromas of grapefruit met with soft floras and some bright fruity esters noted.

T: Taste is of big orange fruit and resounding pines. There are some nice tropical notes of mango mixed with a bit of apricot. Nicely bittered yet uncommonly smooth for a 10% DIPA. Malts are restrained and offer up a dry sugary cracker component. Has a bit of heat on it with some noticeable alcohol on exhalation. Tasty and resinous with hops.

M: Feel is medium-full yet very smooth and frothy in texture. Hop oils are resinous and saturate the palate. Real drying finish gives a lighter perception to the overall body.

D: This is a fine DIPA holding up at six weeks. Very drinkable at the big 10% ABV mark. Real big hops, juicy and flavorful, with good balance and finesse. Not sure if the Anniversary brews are of the same recipe but this was better than I recall years past...a bit like a cranked up Mongo. Recommended.

Photo of Cobrito
4.97/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled 5-16-12.

Five months old now but this is just fantastic. Cloudy golden color that I love, with very nice head, though dissipates quickly. Incredibly fragrant, with massive blast to the nose of multiple flavors, some sweet but mainly sour, but very appetizing. A full meal is in store here. Taste is superb, combining both malt and hops, but emphasizing a nice blend of the latter. Similar to Mongo but slightly sweeter and bigger. This is a huge, potent beer, almost too potent, but it lights up the palate like Mozart or the Beatles light up the speakers. Bright, complex, and a party in the glass.

Photo of Oakenator
4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow - looks hearty. Easily two fingers of head at pour - creamy - retains the head well - a good layer of head remains on top even after a few minutes of settling. Smells of piney, floral hops and slightly bready. Taste is thick - head remains. Bitter piney hops up front stays strong but yields a slight caramel sweetness towards the back.

Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a cloudy orange color with a one inch head that falls quickly.

Smell: loads of caramel and pine are easy to detect.

Taste: caramel, pears, grapefruit, pine, and a bit of alcohol create a well balanced DIPA. Hop bitterness is agressive yet not overt.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smoother and very dry at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste here.

Overall: this is a very quaffable beer despite the higher alcohol content. Worh looking for and enjoying.

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6th Anniversary Double IPA from Port Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.