Anniversary Ale
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American Imperial IPA
4.11 | pDev: 7.79%
Port Brewing
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Photo of iguanodon
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

[Original rating 2011-06-17] On tap at Redbones. Dark golden/amber color with a thick white head. Aroma is massive hops, lots of grapefruit and pine. Taste is citrusy hops and black pepper, with a hint of alcohol, but at 10% it’s pretty well covered. Great mouth feel, thick but with lively carbonation.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage with 11% abv tasted in a 12 oz snifter from draft at The Vine on January 8, 2017. This is a really good "strong" double IPA without the usual high abv sting. There are no alcohol esters in the nose, nor is there any boozy burn on the tongue. Another winner from Port Brewing and highly recommended.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught at BeerHead in Pittsburgh. Lot's of honey and fruit syrup. Strong and bursting with fruit and a little bit of dankness. This was a nice sipper.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.87/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From Zombier. 6€ 66cl. In Teku glass. Playing Broken Sword 4. Very resinous. Reminds me my beloved Pseudosue but this one is just a tiny step below because its higher ABV, which is very well hidden but goes up to the head pretty quickly

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Photo of smcolw
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cloudy, orange - light amber color. The bartender needed to top the glass multiple times. Nearly a blanket for lace.

The smell starts with semisweet caramel and a light flowery hop.

Smooth beer with plenty of carbonation. The flavor starts a bit muddy with crystal malt flavors blended with a hop spice. Decently balanced. The finish becomes very bitter with a strong essence of alcohol with a burn in the throat. Long aftertaste.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Happy 10th Anniversary to Port! This year's version clocks in at 11%

L - Bronze, with little clarity, 1 finger of head. Gorgeous IPA

S - Perfect blend of citrus and bitter hops. Oranges, pineapple, deliciousness

T - Huge hop explosion in your mouth, citrus and bitterness. Slight malty backbone, but clearly the hops dominate here. Tasty as hell!

F - Medium body, well carbonated.

O - What an incredibly smooth DIPA at 11%, with no lingering alcohol haze, super tasty, and so drinkable. About as good an example of a perfect West Coast IPA IMO.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

0.65l bottle. 11% ABV.
Poured into pint.
Pours slightly hazy orange/amber beer with decidedly good 3-finger golden head, excellent retention, rocks and laces.
Smell - pineapple, toned down citrus & pine, rotten fruits.
Taste - rich, malty, decent hop bitterness.
Full body, soft carbonation, oily to some extent, boozy.

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Photo of CPAles
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Grabbed a bottle at the local liquor store. Poured into a Bell's Hopslam snifter. Lots of cloudy, lingering head, takes forever to settle. Murky color through the beer but a nice orangey hue. Piney, resinous hop aroma with a deep biscuity malt backbone. Taste is loaded with piney, fruity hops, but there is something else here. The flavor isn't harsh and biting, it is super smooth. Fills the mouth with flavor. Super smooth finish.

Drinking this in October 2015 I read the label stating that this is a Spring release. Ok, a 10% dipa should be able to hold up for 6 months but I would have avoided it if I had read that before buying. However, the taste is quite fantastic for a beer that old. Oh, they have a bottle date on the side, perfect. 05/16/12..........

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Photo of jancona
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smell and taste has tangerine, papaya and sticky pineapple. Taste has a bit too much of an astringent alcohol bite for me, though I like like the juiciness.

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Photo of dank203
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this fresh off the tap. really awesome IPA with tons of citrus, does not at all drink like a 10-11 percenter, very refreshing and quenching and well balanced.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a pint glass a very nice dark golden orange color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice two-finger plus creamy off-white head, which leaves some very nice thick sticky lacing behind. The nose is very hoppy, with a nice touch of malt. A very nice touch of citrus and pine notes. The taste is hoppy, with some malts., sweet, with some citrus/pine notes. Medium body, with a nice chewiness. ABV hidden very well. Overall a very tasty brew. Would buy again.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nothing grabs me in completely with this imperial IPA. I would have liked more of the bitter grapefruit, with less pine notes. The sweetness does fall nicely into this beer.

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Photo of RacerX5k
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful, opaque, bright gold. Port brews the prettiest beers in the world. Sophisticated aromas bitter malt (think I just coined a new smell) dank, fresh, green, bitter hops. That's what if tastes like, fresh, bitter, dank, green, grapefruit, orange, lemon, throw some other citrus flavors in there, melon? apricot? I don't know. What I do know is this is exceptional great beer. I like this one even better than their Hop 15, cleaner taste, very bitter.

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Photo of portia99
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (2015 release) poured into a Duvel tulip.

L - Pours a fairly hazy pale amber color with a huge, fluffy white head that shows outstanding staying power. Tons of webby lacing left on the glass .

S - Very fresh smelling aroma. Loaded with sweet grapefruity citrus, oranges, some mango, and hints of pine. Very inviting aroma.

T - Boozy up front with noticeable alcohol throughout. Sharp bitterness, light toffee-ish sweetness, grainy malt base, citrusy with grapefruit and some lemon but not as intense as the aroma.

F - On the full side of medium bodied, softish fizzy carbonation, citrusy and spicy hops, firmly bitter, definitely boozy

O - Good DIPA but doesn't stand out from the crowd. Definitely on the boozier side of things. Not going to have too many of these in a session for sure. Typical hoppy offering from Port - good as usual.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Trails End.

Pours a hazy straw color with a nice white head. Lots of retention and lacing. Smell is very fruity hops - orange, grapefruit, and tangerine along with just a bit of caramel sweetness. Flavor was a blast of orange citrus on the palate, followed by some citrus juices and sweet malt. Finish is bitter-sweet and lingering. Body was medium, with a lot of hop resin and ample carbonation

Overall, this is a big hop beer with all of the flavors that I personally enjoy front and center. I really enjoyed this. It went down way too easy for 10 % ABV.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6-27-15 - Poured from the bottle into my brand new "#1 Dad" hand painted glass. Very tasty with a substantial head. Great anniversary edition.
7-27-15 - On tap at Doylestown Station Taphouse. Served in a small snifter. 4.5 rating still holds. This one is great.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%

Deep orange, hazy, with a generous off-white head that recedes slowly to a thick sticky lace and a few specks.
Rich hoppy smell, fruity but leafy also, without forgetting the pine. Blood orange, mango, tangerine, pineapple juice, light dankness, flower petals, pine needles. Should be sweet too, getting a lot of caramel on the nose.
Great citrus and pineapple hop in the front, really hits, like freshly squeezed juice, but also with a big spicy feel (piquant grapefruit peel, kiwi and pineapple seeds), a nice bitter-sweet balance tilted on the later side by the following caramel malts, rather thick and sticky. That doesn't last long, hop oils blast you away closing to the finish, at first spicy and leafy, then clearly (and nicely) dank, with big pine resin and finishing with a strong concentrated hop bitterness.
Surprisingly there's quite some sweetness in the aftertaste, something that feels like orange flavoured candy, but not in a bad way. Otherwise, tons of hops. Medium body, prickly carbonation that really tends to fatigue the palate.
Undeniably TONS of hops in this one, and not entirely bad handled, but there's a bit of balance missing. As refreshing (and rewarding) the first sips are, it will get a bit heavier. Booze will challenge your locomotor skills, but will not be felt in the taste. There's no room for that.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Slightly hazy orange color with a one+ finger head
S: Everything that comes to mind hops only turned to 11. Viscous pine, citrus peel, florals, earth, caramel and tropical fruits
T: Big. Almost too much so. Citrus, tropical fruit and pine dominate but there's some caramel and booze underneath
M: Full-bodied, a touch of booze and a touch viscous
O: Very much embodies the west-coast DIPA style then cranks it up a notch. Certainly a lot went into this and many will like it though I personally would prefer it dialed back a hair

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Photo of safaricook
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%

Good looks dark orange and rocky head
Great fruity aroma even already 6 months old
Malty and alcohol, boozy
medium body, appropriate carbs, lots of heat
Good DIPA but too but too much booze/heat

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: Voluminous head. Hazy yellow-brown impenetrable body. Heavy lacing.

S: It smells amazing. Beautiful, bountiful hops. Floral. Heavy citrus. Dank and bitter.

T/M: Wow! big. A big, big beer. Loads of hops strike first, but in a big, ponderous, boozy way. Moderate-bodied with a fruity-piney main/endtaste. Yum.

O: I loved this beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.54/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A murky golden brown. I'm guessing unfiltered? Smell is piney with bitter citrus fruit - grapefruit and lemon. Taste is similar but super bitter. Really bites your face off. Malt comes through a bit, especially as it warms but the beer is a bit unbalanced for me. The extreme bitterness and the high alcohol makes it kind of a scorcher. It's a good beer and I'd drink it again but it's somewhat one-dimensional.

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Photo of mabermud
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an outstanding beer. It's a little sweet, but the overall taste covers up any, and all deficiencies. The appearance is nice looking. The smell is inviting, the mouthfeel is more than sufficient, and the taste is world-class. Not too hoppy. There is some heat in the taste, something hot. Some fumes out of the nose near the backend of the drink. Nothing serious, or overwhelming for me. For others, it might be harsh. I like it. Overall, this is a world class beer with world class all-around taste.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a fine one finger off-white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Rich aroma of caramel malt, tropical fruit, lighter citrus and citrus hops. Flavor is caramel malt, citrus and piney hops, tropical fruit, grapefruit rind, finishes with high octane resiny pine and citrus hop bitterness, warming. Very pleasant creamy body. An intense but balanced IIPA, there is a bit of booziness in the finish, but it is accompanied by great hop flavors. Port has shown they can produce tasty IPAs and this is one of them. This bottle is now about two months old and still has great hop character. I came back to add a bit to the taste points after my first glass, chalk it up to the high ABV talking, but this ale tasted great with every sip.

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Photo of stosh66
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange. More of a head than you would think for 10%abv.
Smell is pine/orange/malt.
Taste is citrus rind up front, followed by malt sweetness/alcohol(lots of alcohol) heat, finishes dry.
A big beer but the alcohol heat detracts from the tatse.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Murky golden orange color. Huge head of about three fingers on the pour which settled but was present while drinking. Sticky random lacing left on the sides of the glass. On the lower side of active carbonation for the style.

Smell: Potent bite of heavy pine on the front. Tropical citrus fruits with accents of mango, pineapple, kiwi, and tangerines make up the body. Pepper, spices, and caramel malt rounds out the aroma.

Taste: Medium bodied pine and peppery spices greet the palate. Kiwis, mangos, salt water taffy, and grapefruit highlight the body. Soft fruits come mid palate and really pull this IPA together and are recognized from other Port DIPAs (Hop 15). Sweet malt finish with some light lingering pine.

Mouthfeel: Great contrasts of heavy pine and sweet soft fruits. Dryness on the finish is crisp and clean. Carbonation is perfectly integrated.

Overall: Another outstanding offering from Port. This one is massively complex with contrasting tones which are welcome. This and Hop 15 may be two of the most underrated DIPAs on the market.

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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 210 ratings