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6th Anniversary Double IPA - Port Brewing

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6th Anniversary Double IPA6th Anniversary Double IPA

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182 Ratings
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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 4
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.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 182 | Reviews: 64
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2.25/5  rDev -43.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

Photo of kojevergas
2.7/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1 pint 6 fl. oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Bottled 5/16/2012. Expectations are high given the brewery.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a half finger head of beige colour, okay thickness, no real cream, and average retention - which is actually somewhat impressive considering the 10.00% ABV. Colour is a hazy yellow-orange.

Sm: Oily hops, pine, slight citrus, and clean malts. No alcohol or yeast comes through. A mild strength aroma.

T: Oily hops with some pine and citrus. No alcohol comes through. No yeast. An interesting build, but rather simple. Not the rounded diverse hop character I'd expect from a good DIPA. Clean malts underlie. Balanced but too simple. Lacks complexity or subtlety. I like it.

Mf: Oily, smooth, and wet, with some coarseness about the climax. Surprisingly light on the palate. Fairly thick.

Dr: A drinkable little DIPA, especially for the high ABV. I'd try it on draught, but it's a bit underwhelming regardless. Not the quality of beer I'd expect from Lost Abbey.


Photo of TheBigBoy
2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

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 Auracom
2.97/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Kelleher's (man it's been a while). 12 oz. in a goblet (wtf) on May 25th, 2012.

A - Standard DIPA appearance, relatively clear golden coloring with a twinge of head and little retention. Good lacing. Totally blame the bar here, the glass is completely incorrect.

S - A bit dank, resinous pine and sap. Some underneath citrus and a little bit of tropical fruit. Peculiar burnt caramel note that seems atypical.

T - A touch of front palate sweetness from the malt bill than bombardment of pine cone bitterness. Cashews transition in a touch of bread and sweetness near the back. Very unbalanced, as I may have expected, but the bitterness seems much more unnatural than what I've had from Port previously.

M - Semi-dry finish, high carbonation, medium body.

D - Not memorable beyond west coast hoppyness, which felt a bit overdone and not complex enough in this instance.

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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of Glennlawless
3.34/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a signature sam adams pint glass.

A - Got a very thick 3 inch frothy head atop a nice very cloudy hazy light orange. Typical appearance of a DIPA.

S - Getting a lot of pine and slight citrus...not getting a ton of grapefruit which is surprising for a west coast hop bomb....with a huge malt backbone. Getting some honey sweetness too - after pouring you get all the same just a little bit more fruity..

T/M - getting all these nice hoppy notes, with a nice warming alcohol punch after swallowing. Medium to thick mouth feel and well carbonated.

Overall - A decent beer put out by port, but by far not one of the best ones ive had by them. Decent beer, but will not purchase again.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of GRG1313
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 jethrodium
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber with ne finger pillowy cap on top that sticks around a while and leaves lots of lacing. The aroma is big pine, sugar cookie, some grapefruit, dankness, and some caramel. The taste has a lot of initial sweetness with some pine and dank hops. There is also sugar cookie and a bit of caramel. The finish has really strong bitterness and leaves some lingering pine. Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. A bit too sweet, but the bitterness does balance it.

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 pmarlowe
3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled 05/16/12. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a medium gold with a finger and a half of beautiful looking, foamy white head, with nice concentric rings of lacing. very good retention and clarity.

S: Big hop aroma is noticeable from afar. Tropical and citrus notes (pineapple, grapefruit, mango, orange). Not much malt to speak of.

T: Watery orange, slightly grassy, moderate bitterness and very dry, which together impart a harsh quality.

M: Medium-full body and medium-light carbonation.

O: Kind of a chore to drink. I think some more caramel and sweetness would really round this out. I remember liking last year's a lot better.

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 maximum12
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two wants? Wow. I remember back in the old days when these anniversary beers were much sought after. Now, with a good IPA available every block, not so much, huh? On tap at North River Tavern.

Pours as lovely as all Port's brews, orange sluice with a dollop of whipped cream on top. Smell is a bit less than I expected; more sweet malts, less bitterness. Not bad, just not as aggressive as I recall from previous anniversaries.

Port Brewing's 6th Anniversary IIPA doesn't wow me like its ancestors; which to say, it isn't excellent. Big malt T-Rex takes a chomp out of my tongue & leaves me frowning. The hops rush in - citrus, growling bitterness, mango - but they're stomped by the 'Rex. Sweetness overwhelms the hops & this begins to slide into amber territory. Huh.

Not the awesome beer I recall from yesteryear, but still good. It might sound like I think it sucks but really, it's only in comparison. Wouldn't turn one down any day.

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6th Anniversary Double IPA from Port Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.