Hop 15 | Port Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Port Brewing
California, United States
portbrewing.com

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,555
Reviews:
817
Ratings:
1,890
pDev:
10.02%
 
 
Wants:
189
Gots:
211
Trade:
3
 
User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 817 | Ratings: 1,890
Photo of Vetbidder
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
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 -3.6%
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 +14.8%
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%
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 +6.4%
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 +8.6%
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 +6.9%
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 +3.8%
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 +7.9%
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 +1.7%
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%
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 -12.9%
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 +1.9%
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 -4.8%
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 -0.5%
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 -12.9%
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 -1.4%
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 +9.1%
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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Photo of KTCamm
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

5/3...pours cloudy rusty amber with 1/4 inch creamy white foam. Bold citrus nose, bright and floral. Smooth malty base taste that rolls into a spicy peppery hop bite. Punchy and powerful. Resins. Lemon rind citrus beneath the complex bitter layers. Really good.

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Photo of skeeterloveshops
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is great, reminds of some of the Stone Enjoy By and Union Jack IPA but with a little more heat on it. West coast style IIPA all the way. I am impressed, too bad it's seasonal. It's also easy drinking. For a 10% ABV beer this is really good, cheers!

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Photo of jooler
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smell is delicious. Taste is really good. It sort of reminds me of dirt wolf but more bitter and less sweet. It is really hoppy with a good sweet backbone. Only issue is that it is pretty boozy for a double IPA. But at 10%, this should be a triple IPA. Overall, pretty damn good for a 10% beer at $8

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Smells like citrus, pineapple and pine. There is some malt sweetness in the nose as well. Nice citrus flavor which is mainly grapefruit. Very bitter which overpowers the sweetness at the end and, for me, throws the balance of a little. Still a really nice beer though.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

220z bottle poured into a pint glass
bottled 8.17.15
look orange amber hazy and cloudy with a HUGE offwhite head that lasted the duration of the beer left a bunch of lacing on the glass
smell is fruity citrusy hoppy piney
taste citrus and slightly sweet strong alcohol and hops with a slightly bitter aftertaste
feel effervescent and crisp with a slightly viscous finish
i was concerned about the bottle date but this beer was fresh as can be
very enjoyable hop bomb!

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Photo of wdberkley
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid beer, but leaves a little to be desired. Good tropical fruit nose, malty sweet, a little hoppy. 10% so that makes up for some of the areas its lacking in. Solid, but not great. Wouldn't turn one down if offered, but probably wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of SaulFox
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

-Super hazy deep orange, white head hangs for a bit
-Sweet ripe tropical fruits and citrus, floral aroma coming through
-Slight sweet malt upfront, ripe tropical fruits, citrus, pine, onion afterbite and finally some alcohol showing through.
-Medium slick mouthfeel with quite a bit alcohol showing through
-Delightful brew, not the best dipa.

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Hop 15 from Port Brewing
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 1,890 ratings