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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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Reviews: 64
Hads: 185
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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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 kojevergas
2.7/5  rDev -32%
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.


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Photo of bashiba
2.93/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

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Photo of Auracom
2.97/5  rDev -25.2%
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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Photo of Glennlawless
3.34/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of BostonHops
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of jethrodium
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of claspada
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
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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Photo of Chico1985
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yet another big Double IPA offering from Port?!? Who-duh thunk it?!

Poured from the tap to a snifter a bright glowing orange, white head starts at about a finger, ending up a slight cap while leaving some lace.

The scent's strength is on the weaker side, but there is hints of a palate assault to come. Lots of pungent piny and grapefruit hops with a tiny bit of malt.

Taste is better, and indeed assaulting. Huge hops here, lots of pine sap, grapefruit, tangerine pulp, grassy, backed by slight caramel malts. Some alcohol presence as well make this one giant beer.

Big mouthfeel, highish carbonation, some booze, definitely a sipper.

Somehow I knew exactly what this beer would be like before having it...though good, it is extremely similar to all the other super hoppy ~10% DIPAs from Port.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle dated 5/16/2012 so pretty fresh. I've been avoiding this anniversary beer for years because I heard it was flat. Port has apparently fixed that because the head on this thing was massive, extremely fluffy, just huge. Bright orange but hazy with the big pillow on top. Smell is big juicy hops, pineapple, tropical fruit, slight note of bread. Taste is a little bit of alcohol which makes this astringent, big hoppy flavor here but the astringency distracts me. Overall, a solid west coast DIPA but maybe just a hair too much alcohol, if this was 9% it would probably be tits.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 5.30.12.

A - Pours a cloudy medium orange with a one inch yellowish head. Good retention.

S - Lots of tropical fruit - Pineapple, mango, orange, and lemons.

T - Bitter leafy-grass, then some subtle tropical fruit follows.

D - Good carbonation and a medium body.

O - Smells great, but the taste doesn't quite follow suite.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: nice large thick head with excellent lacing on a murky golden with brown hues body.

S: sweet hop aroma with candy sugar, citrus, light pine and floral notes.

T: this one is very bitter, grassy and resiny from start to finish. there is some candy sugar sweetness and nice malt presence as well but these take a back seat to the hops.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: nice balance but the hops favored bitterness too much. The alcohol was fairly well masked. I just wanted a little more balance in the hop content.

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Photo of BrewerB
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Whole Foods earlier today not noticing the bottle date of 4/19. At nearly 5 months old, this is out of my desired date range for the style but here goes...

Pours a hazy medium orange with a semi-rocky dense white foam. Lacing clinging to the glass the foam subsides. Sticky pine needles and a touch of mangy fruitiness in the aroma though not as intense as the style calls for. Detectable alcohol has well and just a bit harsh. No question this is a double IPA with a hammer-to-the-head level of bitterness lassos onto your taste buds and hangs on for a lingering ride. Satsuma mandarin fruity hop flavors mingle with an herbal quality atop the mostly clean malt backbone. Dash of sweetness. Medium in body with a slight oily feel on the tongue, perhaps from the massive amount of hops Port Brewing surely added in creating this monster. Despite being out of my preferred age range for the style this beer has maintained tons of hoppy bite although the aroma seems to have degraded somewhat over time. A little rough around the edges for my taste buds, not necessarily one I'd want a refill of, but enjoyable none the less.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Cigar City pint glass.

A: Orangish copper, quite hazy, and has some floaters amidst the modest carbonation. Forms a half-finger creamy white head.

S: Bready sweet malts, orange citrus, grassy and flowery hops.

T: Bitter grapefruit hops, sweet caramelized bready malts, some booziness, and some sweet flavor I can't quite place.

M: Heavy-bodied, carbonation on the low side, and the alcohol is quite noticeable but not obnoxious.

O: I'm torn about this one. A friend brought this one over and we decided to drink it, but it's now a year old. I suspect it held up fairly well given the ABV, but the hoppiness has fallen out some, I'm sure. As it is, a fairly forgettable DIPA. No particular faults, but the barleywine aspects have come to the forefront.

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Photo of nickfl
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, golden body. The head settles rapidly and leaves decent lace.

S - Pine and spicy hops with thick bread notes.

T - Sweet, bready malt up front with pine and spicy hops in the middle. Finishes with more sweet malt, a hint of light toffee, and moderate bitterness.

M - Medium tck body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Not bad, the hop character isnt as pungent as I want it to be but the malt it nicely balanced and it remains drinkable. It is ok, but port certainly makes better DIPAs.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a DFH snifter. Attempted to leave most of the yeast in bottle. Bottled on 4/29/12.

Pours a slightly hazy orange color with little head, likely due to the gentle pour. Aroma is hoppy, but not overwhelmingly so. I detect citrus and pine notes.

First sip is sticky, with an initial dense sweet flavor, transitioning into a firm hoppy bitter flavor, with strong lingering bitter finish.

Its almost like there is two beers in one here. The initial flavor is soooo sweet, and then the beer does a complete 180 and smacks you hard with bitterness. The hops bring out a real grassy note to the beer.

I will say, with all the competing flavors going on with this beer, the alcohol is well hidden, but the strong bitterness keeps this one a sipper for sure.

Overall, pretty good. Maybe a little rough around the edges with the sharp transition of flavors, but still a nice complex and hoppy brew.

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Photo of largadeer
3.85/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of liamt07
3.85/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of threeviews
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle (Bottled On Date of 4/19/12 into a 12oz Vapeur Cochonne high-stemmed tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy, tangerine orange with a marginal, 1-finger worth of head.

S- Tropical fruit sweetness (pineapple, peach, mango, apricot)...very inviting.

T- Much like the nose, sweet tropical fruits...overwhelming pineapple with hints of peach, mango and ruby red grapefruit. The malt backbone keeps the hops in check without things venturing into astringency. Very well done.

M- Although I would certainly enjoy a bit more carbonation, there is just enough to support the rather hefty body of this Imperial IPA.

O- Worlds above Port Brewing's Hop-15...more complex, as it is a hop-forward beer with better carbonation. An intense Imperial IPA that deserves some attention. Cheers.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of Philousa
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottled on 5/16/12.

Tawny and cloudy, this could pass as a Saision. A finger and a half head retains its presence throughout. Strong hop aroma, but they keep it light. Lots of lemon citrus with some floral notes and a hint of pine mingle well with the light white bread malt. The malt brings out a bit of the citrus in the hops as well. Taste starts out smooth, with a barely there malt presence that gets knocked out of the spotlight quickly by pine, bark, and grassy hops. Turns very bitter quickly, and sticks with you on your whole palate, coating the mouth. The bitterness is present for a while, but not throbbing and abrasive like some DIPAs can be (especially at this ABV). Mouthfeel is balanced, finish is very dry.

To say this is hoppy would be an understatement. I think they somehow learned how to make a malt out of hops. What's truly remarkable is how balanced this is, considering the IBUs must be around 1,000. Not for every day consumption, but a truly hoppy beer for a truly awesome Anniversary.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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6th Anniversary Double IPA from Port Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.