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7th Anniversary Double IPA - Port Brewing

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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: 2 | 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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Photo of Hatzilla
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Cloudy amber pour with a fluffy egg white head leaving scant lacing.

S - Lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, pine, mango and some caramel malts. Alcohol shows up as the beer warms.

T - Bitter pine and earthy citrus (mostly grapefruit/lemon) balanced with some bready caramel malts. This is a very tasty DIPA which hides it's 10% ABV quite well.

M - Smooth, medium carbonation with a grapefruit-lemon aftertaste and dry finish. The beer becomes more sticky, resinous and syrupy as it warms.

O - An aggressive, hoppy DIPA which has a nice marriage of hops and malts, though the hops certainly win the battle. Well carbed, tasty and well executed. Highly recommended for all hopheads. Cheers!

Hatzilla, May 31, 2013
Photo of Hopmodium
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Hopmodium, May 31, 2013
Photo of Tom-Peters
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Tom-Peters, May 28, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Eureka Burger in Redlands, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, May 28, 2013
Photo of dwagner003
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

dwagner003, May 28, 2013
Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

drewone, May 28, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
2.89/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Identifies itself as a "strong pale ale." I'm reviewing it as an imperial IPA in light of the description and ABV. Acquired for a scant $7.00 at a local Los Angeles beer store. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high; Port's Hop 15 is one of the best imperial IPAs I've ever had. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with pretty standard label art and a standard branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Bottled 04/26/13.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger white colour head of nice ceam, thickness, and retention (~4 minutes). Body colour is a murky orange-copper. Not horribly vibrant, but passable. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Lacing is mundane. Not the most eye catching imperial IPA I've seen, but it's par for the style.

Sm: Lovely diverse hop profile. Floral character, light nectary character, piney character, and hop oils. Juicy citrus is sorely missed here. The malty side of things isn't as pleasant, with an overabundance of caramel/caramalt and overly sweet pale malts. Almost comes off a bit candied. Some tropical fruit - mango, tangerine. There's some grapefruit zest buried beneath the caramel notes. The balance isn't seeming great based on the aroma, but I'm optimistic. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Not my preferred hop character, but I trust Port.

T: Too sweet. Way too much caramel and sweet pale malts; it approaches cloying. Hop character is rather unimpressive, with unevocative floral hops dominating. Some unwelcome tropical fruit hop notes. Hints of pine. No real nectary, juicy, or oily hop notes. Alcohol is noticeable. No yeast character comes through. Not very well balanced at all. This one really misses the mark for me. Not a fan.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Too thick for the lack of deep and diverse flavours. Overcarbonated. Doesn't suit the flavour profile all that well. Presence on the palate is decent. Not as oily as it should be. Sugary. Hardness/softness is mid-range; nothing unique here. Pretty average execution all around.

Dr: Like last year's offering, this anniversary imperial IPA from Port just isn't doing it for me. Bad balance, poor complexity, poor subtlety. Hop 15 this is not. I wouldn't get it again and I'm not too excited about finishing a bottle of this alone. Maybe others with more of a preference for tropical and sweet IPAs will enjoy this one more than I did, but I won't be recommending it to friends. Unrefreshing. Somewhat difficult to drink; the alcohol is noticeable and the sweetness limits intake. Not an ideal beer in the style by any means. Port can do better - and has in the past.

C

kojevergas, May 27, 2013
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

SocalKicks, May 27, 2013
Photo of Ego
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

Ego, May 26, 2013
Photo of drgonzo2k2
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

drgonzo2k2, May 26, 2013
Photo of wethorseblanket
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

wethorseblanket, May 24, 2013
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7th Anniversary Double IPA from Port Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.