7th Anniversary Double IPA - Port Brewing

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7th Anniversary Double IPA7th Anniversary Double IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

111 Ratings
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with Columbus, Amarillo and Simcoe and dry-hopped with Columbus, Amarillo and Citra (a new addition this year) hops, Anniversary Ale has pleasant tones of citrus and pine, a screaming hops presence and just enough malt character to add a hint of sweetness.

(Beer added by: wethorseblanket on 05-24-2013)
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3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

o copper mine pub, may I compare thee to a may day ?

eyes...
murky golden straw with orange glow, every once in a while a carbo bubble catches a hitch up the brew careening toward the head, what head there was calmed quite quickly but was not a total disappearing act... in fact it clings to the glass like a cicada to a tree, this leaves a definite trail of sips traveled past all over the glass, and legs are shown as well, a nice looking brew

nose...
all the hops make themselves known, you have the grapfruit/lemony tang in there, the green floral "herbal" tones, the skunk weed notes, this smells fresh as hand crushed hops shoved in your nose, the strange thing is that it does not overload or kill ya, everything is there at the table to be enjoyed, nothing off putting whatsoever, the predominant hop tone I am getting is the more green variety of flavor but it seems to shift between the varieties depending on my schnozzola, yum tastic-o

taste etc...
wow, this is going to take a minute...
the first sip is as delicate as a mike tyson upper cut (in his prime of course), bitter city... woaa..
getting slowly used to this but man this really is close to nearly astringent, the malts do not stand a chance here, not by a long shot.
you experience (after the bitter Abomb in your mouth) all the hop varieties just as in the nose, and again (like the nose) the green flavor of fresh hops seems the most prevalent.
the ABV definitely is a player here, nothing is subtle in this brew.
now that I am slightly atuned here, this is what goes on for this beer drinker....
initially grapefruit/juicy fruit tone with first wave of massive bitterness which then gives way to a more floral taste then the second wave of massive bitterness hits, in its wake is a flavor of ground up green hops laying in your mouth... and the bitterness and green lingers for quite some time which also then gives you time to feel the warming happening in your now hopified stomach.
weight wise this drinks light medium but damn if you are paying any attention to that aspect... jeez, the carbonation is lightly prickly which helps...

verdict?
this almost reminds me of eating really goddamn hot chile peppers (bhut jolika anyone ?).. on one hand you are like
"wtf am I doing"
on the other hand you think
"I kind of enjoy this"
am I a beer sadist ? maybe some days I suppose, this beer really is close to the barrier for me, it teeters on not being enjoyable but yet getting smacked in the noggin from time to time is a good thing. I only recommend this for serious hop freaks, there are way more balanced DIPAs out there.. but for a complete hop bomb / destroy your mouth... this is pretty damn good

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A: Pours from a bomber, sunset orange with a half-inch off-white head which fades to the rim leaving irregular rings and splotches.

N: Big citrus, grapefruit, tropicals and floral. Dank and green freshies.

T: Resiny and oily pine with some orange peel and grassy/herbal notes. Hop Kaboom. Malts faint in attempt to balance. ABV present by not overwhelming.

M: Semi-full body and medium carbonation. Bitter and dry finish with a slightly sweetish and sticky finish.

O: A hop head's delight. Powerful lupulin presence.

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7th Anniversary Double IPA from Port Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.