Hop 15
Port Brewing

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #251
ABV:
11%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,478
Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 9.98%
Reviews:
824
Ratings:
1,898
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Port Brewing
 
California, United States
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Notes: First brewed in 2002 to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Pizza Port in Solana Beach, Hop 15 was imagined and designed by Tomme Arthur and Jeff Bagby. It was to be a celebration of 15 years of "Good Beer Brings Good Cheer." So there are 15 different hop varieties that are added to the beer every 15 minutes.
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Reviews: 824 | Ratings: 1,898
Photo of FireMedk
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy orange amber look. Has the classic West Coast DIPA basics. Citric and piney smell, with taste of the malt sweetness. Piney resinous and grapefruit flavors linger. Thicker and sweeter feel and taste than I would like. Minimal carbonation and not overpowering bitterness. I’m a Pizza Port fan from S.D. This is a beer to pair with dinner or lunch but at 11% ABV, you’re better off doing it closer to bedtime!

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Photo of GarrettB
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

September 19th, 2015 - Port's 15 Double Hop is a no frills, no thrills Double IPA. Clean and consistent, this is like the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale of DIPA's, and I love it. The color is a nice orange marmalade shade, with a generic IPA smell, and it's not even especially hoppy. But the flavor is where that brilliant familiarity lies. Balanced, good hops and a clean taste balanced on a comfortable body, this is a great beer to pair with food.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the large can, it pours a clear amber with a modest head, but leaves lacing as you enjoy it. In the nose, it is solidly hops. In the mouth, the same. It is a classic West Coast IPA.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured on draft.

Pours a lightly hazy golden amber color with a finger of creamy white head. The head leaves some cobwebs of lacing before settling into a ghostly thin sheet.

The aroma brings loads of pineapple and grapefruit as well as some orange and honeydew melon. The pine cones through in the back.

The flavor brings grapefruit, pineapple, and caramel malts followed by a bitter, piney finish. Classic West Coast right here.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth, yet a touch syrupy and sticky. Alcohol is definitely present.

Overall, a great DIPA that punches you in the dick with hops yet has plenty of sweet malt for balance. Would drink again.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

19.2 oz can from Winooski Beverage, Vermont.
Stamped on the bottom "freshest by 12/17/2019."
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a ruddy burnt amber bronze color with a level foamy white head slowly dissipating to leave some wispy messy lace.
The aroma seemed to lead with a blend that reminded me of "honeydew coated biscuits." Some light dry citrus rind underneath with an ever so slight whiff of clean laundry. Some floral hops lean in further underneath.
The flavor dryly took the sweetness and met it with an ample bitterness. Mellow aftertaste of biscuit malts, floral hops, and some honeydew.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. The ABV might be high in this one but it seems like the brewer was able to combine well enough to not let the ABV "overtake" in any sort of way. Some smoothness running along my tongue. Carbonation felt good like a West coast styled DIPA. Finishes with some malty sweetness but slightly sticky and dry, floral hop bitterness.
Overall, not sure why people can't distinguish between West coast styled DIPA's and New England styled ones, but those of out there loving on a great West coast styled DIPA, you should seek this out.

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Photo of bobv
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Yikes!
19.2 oz. can.
11.0% abv.
"Freshest by
12/17/20"
Moderate to vigorous pour yields a 3/4 inch creamy white head over a fairly bright, golden body with sticky lacing. Nose of citrus, pine sap, and slight, damp bud. Taste mirrors nose with a malt character and pine bitterness throughout. Bitterness is not too much but it is surely up front and personal. Nice feel and overall, abv is not too well hidden and I won't be driving anywhere tonight. Hey, pick one up, lose your car keys, and you won't be disappointed. Cheers!

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Photo of patre_tim
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright yellow gold, mostly filtered with little carbonation, topped with 3 fingers of white head.

Smells of dope, green leaf, fresh hop cones, pineapple and citrus candy.

Tastes of dope, green leaf, hop cones, pineapple and tropical jello.

Medium, syrupy body with little carbonation.

I got this in Redding where I am enjoying it, July 19th, 2019. Excellent brew.

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Photo of Vetbidder
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy orange amber look with a thin white head from tap. Nice look. Citric and piney nose to this Imperial. Piney resinous and grapefruit flavors. Warming from the alcohol (and I’ve been drinking). Thicker feel with ok carbonation and not overpowering bitterness. Good.

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

A - Pours a lightly hazed amber with a one finger creamy white head. Tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is orange, grapefruit rind and piney hops.

T - The taste is orange, pineapple, grapefruit rind, caramel malts and piney hops.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft dry finish.

O - This is a solid west coast DIPA. Nice mix of tropical fruits and strong piney hops.

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Photo of AleSan
4.81/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A beer-bomb that always surprises me. Resins, pine, tropical, all held well together with the bitterness that accompanies all the well balanced drink until the hops explosion in the long end where the alcohol comes out to clean and heat the throat. Wonderful

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Photo of EMV
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip.

L: Clear golden copper pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head. Great lacing.

S: Grapefruit and citrus rind. Mild pine.

T/F: Bready malts... dark sugars and a juicy tropical hop profile. Grapefruit and citrus. Notes of apricot. Floral and tropical. Medium bodied. Warming. Finish is citrus.

O: This drinks like a really nice cross between east and west coast IPAs. Flavorful and tropical with some nice piney resin mixed in. Great stuff.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi clear orange, with a thick head of soft foam.

Smell is distinctly West Coast, with huge swaths of piney resin and grape fruit running up your nose.

Taste is just uncompromising, starting with a huge whallop of bitter, piney resin, and folows that up with some great citrusy goodness.

Mouthfeel is medium, and quite sticky.

Overall, just a kick in the teeth WC IPA. Very bitter, but still balanced. Awesome.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy amber color, one finger white head, ok lacing, good carbonation.

S: Hops, grapefruit, hint of tropical fruits.

T: Very hoppy, grapefruit, citrusy. Bitter on the back end. No sign of the 11% ABV. Delicious!

F: Medium to full bodied, full flavored, refreshing, very drinkable.

O: A superb DIPA. Highly recommended.

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Photo of jadpsu
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

In Laurel, MS.
Pours a fairly cloudy pale amber with a great full white head that leaves great thick side glass lace
Aroma: Lemon, orange and citrus hops along with aroma of alcohol.
Taste and mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is the first thing to be noticed. Thick and creamy. The hops are plentiful but these are not sharp and pungent hops. These are creamy and thick and with drying bitterness.
It's a great tasting, creamy almost chewy brew.
This was an impressive and exceptionally great tasting beer. A great choice for beer rating #400.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a nice golden yellow with good carbonation. Smell is orange peel, marmalade, and a nice level of hoppiness. Lots of earth coming through the nose. Taste is super smooth, and surprisingly not too hoppy. Nice citrus and earthy flavors coming through. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy - a bit sticky. Very good overall.

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Photo of TroubledMonk
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Tried this beer because the sign at La Bodega (my local liquor pros) said it beat "Pliney". So, I bought a 22 oz.bottle, sucker that I am. Now I almost exclusively drink pilsner or lagers. I'm not a fan of IPAs in general.

But I love strong hoppy beers . The Firestone Pivo Pils is a hoppy Pils that is a favorite of mine.

Now this beer- boom! I chilled it cold (again my preference) and poured it into a conical pint glass. Literally the hopiest beer I've tasted- but without the bitter bite you'd expect from a 15 hop mix. Sharp taste, crisp finish. I don't remember the head being significant, which was the only miss. Could have been my pour.

I'm a novice here, so enjoying a 'world class' beer is special. This certainly tasted to be of the highest quality and it's powerfully unique. I'd choose it again.

The alcohol content is much higher than I typically prefer. As I finished the second (almost) pint, it is noticing.

This is a seasonal beer, but I hope it shows up again in my neighborhood.

Cheers to trying new things!

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz into Snifter. No date.

L: Hop cloudy tawny with a nice finger and a half of off-white head that sticks around for a while. Stellar delicate lacing.

S: Lots of hops here, citrus and pine with leafy backnotes.

T: Again lots of hops in bitterness and flavor with the same notes as the aroma. Hint of alcohol on the backside.

F: Smooth and creamy, medium body, low carbonation, dry finish.

O: A very good beer and a solid DIPA.

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Photo of Blackop555
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy orange with a long lasting large of white head. Lots of lacing.

Smells of pine and citrus with some sweet breadiness. Not a very strong aroma considering its an ipa.

Malty citrus with slight alcohol warmth fading to a more pine flavor with slight sweetness. Finishes slightly dry and piney. Medium heavy body with moderate carbonation

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Photo of 98green
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap. 15 hops are fun for sure, but the malt bomb that gets this one to 10% is my issue. Not bad at all just a malt forward double. I like the hop forward angle a bit more

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Photo of barsonthetrak
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottling date of 8/10/16, bomber purchased from Boston Wine Exchange for ten bucks. For me, this beer is the definition of a "west coast" IIPA. Bronze color, insane lacing. Smells like hops lol. This shit is no joke, I drank one of these a few months ago and hated it; felt it was way too boozy. I guess my palate has shifted because this is now a Hall of Famer in my book. Drink em if you got em!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Well here's one of those beers that is wildly inconsistent. Being that it comes from Port/Lost Abbey, well that explains a bit of it.

Sexy orange pour, 1/2" white head. Lots of citrus aromas in the nose, grapefruit and orange.

Taste has the malt, alcohol and bitterness cranked up. Bomber format sucks. Sticky stuff. Viscous. Syrupy almost. Carbonation can be low.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This probably has a little age on it, but it's still very good. Brilliant burnt orange and a smidge murky, the aromas are a bit muted given the flavors. I get citrusy elements as well as pineapple - and some booze. Not off putting, but definitely present.

Nice malt backing up the hop flavors, if this was fresh, I think it would be world-class. As it is, it's still very enjoyable.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here were my original notes: "Listed on the "1001", I may never have this again as it was a hop orgy."

But because I'm trying to review beers that I just rated and are on the "1001 Beers To Drink Before You Die", I thought I'd try this again. Ahem... First impressions are important.

Way too much hops for a malt-head like me. But, I did have it with Indian food.... and it was a pretty good fight to taste which has spicier.

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Photo of Omnium
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into a snifter glassglass.
A. Hated orange gold with a finger of fizzy white head thick spotty lacinglacing.
S. Aroma Is initially upon opening of the bottle, quite dankdank, slightly grassy then you get some nice citrus and tropical notes.
T. Very juicy, orange pineapple peach lemon grapefruit some tart grape, floral notes, hop resin . pine, slightly sweet malt.
M. A little sticky and chewy but not overwhelming, mild bitterness, some alcohol burn.
O. Solid ipa, really unique hop flavors just from the variety of hops used

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Photo of citizencane
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Split bomber with a friend. Citrus smell. Pours with solid head. Tastes of lemon and orange hops with thick dank sticky feel. Delicious and would buy again without hesitation.

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Hop 15 from Port Brewing
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 1898 ratings