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Man O' War - Portside Distillery & Brewery

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Man O' War
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Ratings: 19
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 16.85%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Portside Distillery & Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ONUMello on 06-09-2013)
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Reviews by msquared36:
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3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Deep golden-orange and cloudy. Thin tan head that maintains until the end. Very nice lacing at each sip level.

Bitter citrus exploded from the can. Aroma strength weakens a little after the pour, but above average overall.

Sweet citrus up front with a piney bitterness on the back end. Very intense flavor. It's a unique taste, but feels a little confused on what it wants to be. Seems like a citrusy IPA was mixed with a piney IPA. I think it is pretty good, but every few sips are suspect.

There is a definite citrus oil feel, which I like in an IPA. But the beer was borderline flat. Maybe they intended nominal carbonation. If so, it doesn't work. More likely, the cans are the culprit. I've had beer in these cans before that were completely flat.

Overall a decent IPA. I'll probably try it again if I see it on tap. Would be reluctant to buy these cans again.

msquared36, Feb 12, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of ChrisL24481
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark, dark orange (almost copper), slightly hazy. The taste and smell is earthy, piney, citrus with a super hop blast. The beer is smooth across the tongue with a strong bitterness throughout each sip (which is almost numbing on the tongue). It is a medium bodied too. Decent but not great.

ChrisL24481, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of BrewUSA
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look 8/10
Smell 16/20
Taste 34/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 15/20

Overall 81/100

Sits a bit heavy for me, almost as if the malt presence is too heavy or dark. Doesn't let the hops shine through the way an elite IPA does. Sticky as hell. Perhaps not in a great way. Overall I thought it was good but def could use some Tweeking. It's very sweet~

BrewUSA, Nov 08, 2014
Photo of SpartyJoe
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

SpartyJoe, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of BeerGreg
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

BeerGreg, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of WCW
4/5  rDev +8.7%

WCW, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

brandoman63, Nov 06, 2014
Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass, no canning date. Pours very hazy deep orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, papaya, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, caramel, toast, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice aromas with good complexity of citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, papaya, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, toast, toffee, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, papaya, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, toast, toffee, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity of citrus/tropical hops with nearly balanced malt sweetness; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy, smooth, and moderately slick/sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice DIPA. Good complexity of citrus/tropical hops and fairly balanced malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

superspak, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of muraco3
2/5  rDev -45.7%

muraco3, Oct 25, 2014
Photo of ONUMello
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a snifter
A: Golden color with a one-finger head that slowly settles
S: Orange peel hops up front with a hint of pine and a sweet malt backbone with a bit of caramel
T: Fairly sweet, with hops that are somewhat subdued compared to the nose. They're there, again primarily citrus but also a touch of pine, but the sweet malt is what is most noticeable. Hides its 9.6% well
M: Medium-bodied, sweet, fairly balanced overall
O: Good but not great, I would like it better given the style if it were a touch dried and a touch hoppier, but I would not hesitate to get this again

ONUMello, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of MichiganBeers
4/5  rDev +8.7%

MichiganBeers, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of Artjsantos
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Artjsantos, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of Stinger80OH
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Stinger80OH, May 06, 2014
Photo of Lehighace06
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Lehighace06, Jun 15, 2014
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2/5  rDev -45.7%

jampics2, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of Norseman
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Norseman, Oct 28, 2014
Photo of JohnnyMc
4/5  rDev +8.7%

JohnnyMc, Nov 02, 2014
Photo of TapHeadBrewing
4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first beer from Portside Distillery in Cleveland, Ohio and I was very impressed. It comes in a four pack of 160z cans with the design of tattoo-inspired classic cutter (ship).
A: The beer pours a deep amber with a lofty cream head.
S: This is as hop-forward as any imperial IPA I've had lately. Floral and caramel.
T: I love it when you can really taste that resiny, hop-forward goodness. There is definitely a caramel presence hidden in the malt for a little bit of balance at the beginning, but in the end the hops steal the show.
M: Very smooth with an almost velvety feel across the tongue.

Overall, I'd buy another four-pack. It really is a different Imperial IPA and I wish there was more information from the site (I live in Ohio) on the actual brewing process of this beer and what malts were used. Even as I write this review, I can still feel the linger of the bitterness of my last sip (a turn-off to some, a standard for others).

TapHeadBrewing, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of mpenning13
4/5  rDev +8.7%

mpenning13, Apr 08, 2014
Man O' War from Portside Distillery & Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.