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8th Anniversary Imperial IPA - Port Brewing

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8th Anniversary Imperial IPA8th Anniversary Imperial IPA

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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.54%
Wants: 1
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.

Using Columbus, Amarillo and Simcoe hops and dry-hopping with Columbus, Amarillo and Citra, Anniversary Ale has an intensely hoppy body with fresh tones of pine and citrus. A seasonal release that will satisfy any hop-head who has the pleasure to try it. In addition, we don’t want to make people “wait in line” to try an amazing IPA, so we also bottle it!

(Beer added by: mhaugo on 07-02-2013)
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Photo of TheBrewo
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

We pop a bomber, pouring a brew of glowing tangerine orange into our oversized snifters. It holds a dirty one finger head of eggshell colored bubbles, showing excellent retention. Ridged, arboreal lacing is left around the glasses. Haze reduces clarity and sheen, but no sediment is otherwise found. Carbonation appears to be light. The aroma gives massively bright and blossoming piney, soapy, and grapefruity hoppiness, with a background chorus of sweet bubblegum esters, hibiscus, aloe, sunblock chemical bite, clean pale and caramel maltiness, big fruitiness of cantaloupe, lime, pineapple, and tangerines, musky grape, and singe toffee sweetness. The flavor follows with big booziness and fresh orange zest and juiciness. Otherwise, the buds are flooded with chalky pales, pseudo-wheat dustiness, Styrofoam, phenolic clove and plastics, hoppiness of green saps and plants, fruity nectars, light floras, and oily citric skins, ceramic, cooling eucalyptus greens, black pepper, garlic powder, mineral water, cardboard, brassy metallics, and a soured lactic acidity that lingers. The body is full, and the carbonation is somewhere in the middle. Slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop all flourish in full force, and the mouth is left instantly oiled and slicked with each coming drop. This allows for a slight pucker, but little more. The abv is big and present, slowing drinkability.

Overall, yet another hoppy offering from Port. We say that not out of disdain, but rather from a place of excitement. As of now we’ve only been able to taste the hoppy side of their pedigree, as we’ve been sitting on their stouts and other darker offerings for a while, hesitant to pull the trigger. We have, thus far, not been disappointed. When we discovered that their typical anniversary swill was a DIPA, we became ever more excited. What we have here does not disappoint. It is large in is presentation, and some might shy away from its booziness, but this doesn’t take too much away from the flavor; it more rather makes you take your time. Everything about this beer is bold, in one form or another, and it would make any brewery proud to be able to call it their own, especially for an annual anniversary, with many more to come.

TheBrewo, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/7/2013. Pours extremely hazy orange amber color with a 3 finger dense and rocky off white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big pineapple, tangerine, lemon zest, grapefruit, orange zest, orange rind, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity of hop notes with a moderate malt balance; and great strength. Taste of pineapple, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, orange rind, grapefruit, pine resin, floral, grass, bread, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Good amount of pine resin bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, citrus, citrus zest, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity of hop flavors with a fair amount of malt balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very crisp, sticky, and moderately prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very excellent DIPA. All around great complexity of hop flavors with moderate malt balance; and very crisp and smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Sep 14, 2013
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3.6/5  rDev -12.2%

grover37, Nov 01, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev -4.4%

MrDarcy, Oct 30, 2014
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brpendergast85, Oct 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

athomasPSU, Oct 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

JAHMUR, Oct 16, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +7.3%

TheAnk, Oct 14, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +1.5%

cfadams17, Sep 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

ELECTRONICAnonymous, Sep 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Robloc303, Sep 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

curlybird, Sep 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Sspeer1, Aug 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Lucnifter, Aug 10, 2014
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4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy, orange-dirty gold color. Modest head but plenty of blanketing lace. Attractive.

Some pine, some grapefruit and a pale malt base best describes the aroma of this brew.

The flavor is strongly bitter but with a floral touch. The malt, while diminished, is lightly sweet from the gentle toasting of the malt. Some warmth from the alcohol in the swallow. The finish is biting pepper with a long aftertaste. Great body and a low effervescence. A hop lovers beer, in short.

smcolw, Aug 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Idrankitall, Jul 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

thatoneguymike, Jun 27, 2014
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8th Anniversary Imperial IPA from Port Brewing
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