Hop 15 | Port Brewing

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Brewed by:
Port Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Double / 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.

Added by comat0se on 02-09-2003

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This just disappeared among the drinkers. Gold colour, hoppy pine aroma. Nicely hopped, understated carbonation. Bitterness but balanced with malt and easiness on the tongue for an IPA. A gem. Must have again on other occasions such as food to experience the complexity.
Radekfest #7

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: little head on a copper-orange cloudy body.

S: very nice aroma with pine, floral, mild citrus hops notes all contributing. honey and resin notes.

T: nicely complex. Up front a nice sweet malt flavor with earthy hops moves to a citrus and floral/pine bitterness with late finish/after taste of candied oranges

M: very smooth. medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: This is the type of IPA I love. one with a begin middle and end with flavors transitioning nicely.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is a most excellent ipa, big and stiff as i like to say. it pours a lovely peach shade of orange with an overwhelmingly large white head, rising well above the rim of the glass. there is also a ton of suspended yeast floating aimlessly around. it smells piney and citrusy at the same time. pine tar here meets grapefruit zest. more sweet than bitter in the nose, fresh, strong. the flavor is definitely more bitter heavy than the smell lets on. its crisp and powerfully hoppy, a true beast in that regard. the hops are almost akin to marijuana here in their sticky dank properties. the finish is painfully bitter, and the alcohol content is only minimally noticable. the feel is good, lots of body and carbonation, and a great big bitter finish that stays in the mouth for several minutes before diffusing. this is unique in the big ipa world, and an overall outstanding brew.

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4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap for the 2nd Anniversary event at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, herbal hops, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a malty finish and an alcohol kick in the throat. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good DIPA with a really nice hop presence in the aroma and flavor.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was opened and shared with a few friends of mine at a party. I was excited to see what everyone thought of this big IPA. This brew poured out as a hazy looking golden color with a nice strong wine head on top. The smell of the beer was very hoppy, as it should be. Lots of pine, citrus, earthy, sweetness on the nose. The taste of the beer was brutally bitter, which I personally enjoy but for this beer I feel like it wasn't the best taste I've ever had. The mouthfeel of this beer was pretty oily too, damn good amount of thickness on the tongue. Overall this beer was really quite enjoyable, I'd drink it again for sure.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy orange-amber in color and has lots of visible yeast particles floating near the bottom of the glass. It poured with delicate lacing covering the surface and a thin white collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There seems to be a bit of stickiness and the finish has some dryness.
O: This beer isn’t that difficult to drink because the alcohol is relatively well masked from the taste.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber at BeerBistro...

This beer pours a clear medium amber hue, with one finger of foamy off-white head, which leaves spotty lace around the glass as it falls away. It smells of grapefruit and pine hops, and subdued caramel malt. The taste is a good balance of strong West Coast hops and sweet caramel/toffee malt, and the big booze is very well hidden. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, smooth, and somewhat oily, and it finishes with a flourish of resinous hops.

Way too tasty and easy to drink, for the punch it packs.

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

A delicious beer that rides dangerously close to the line that separates Imperial IPAs from American Barleywines.

Hop 15 begins with a hazy copper-caramel colored pour, a dense thick head forms but colapses a bit quicker than I would like, but then lacing very well all the way. A most appetizing look. (the second pour from the bomber gives significantly more haze than the first)

...and the alure only grows. Mouthwatering aromas of citrusy grapefruit and orange zest are paired with tropical fruits of pineapple and appricot. A mild caramel and sweet bread aroma hides well behind the hops and keeps the beer within the realm of balance.

Flavors however are much more balanced between the malts and hops than I expected. Hearty caramel, toffee, and maple syrup tastes lead the way. But the hop intensity that begins moderate quickly develops into a bolsterous flavor of citrus and tropical flavors that favor bitterness and hop taste over maltiness, if even at the slightest of margins. Paint thinner alcohol flavor has a big presence but blends in well with the fruity esters and hop flavor. Not to mention the light phenolic (plastic) note that rides along with the alcohols.

The body is big, full, and rounded but lacking the true dryness that is needed for IPA's of any strength. The dryness of the hops and alcohol help but ultimataly leave the beer confused with the proportions and viscocity of American Barleyines. Those harsher fusal alcohols and paint thinner notes indeed hurt the mouthfeel but not by too much.

Hop 15 is a wonderfull beer that reminds me of sweeter Imperial IPA's such as Avery Maharaja. A great beer but misses the mark on taste nuances and texture that the Pliney's exhibit.

Thanks again Indiapaleale!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-draught into a taster glass at Port Brewing/Lost Abbey's tasting room. Cost was $1.00. Gotta love the prices there. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of nice cream, good thickness, and fair retention. Body colour is a clear copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Appropriate for the style.

Sm: Fresh floral hops and a touch of oily hop character but little hop bitterness (if any). A mild strength aroma. No yeast or alcohol is detectable.

T: Fresh floral hops. Some light pine, oily character, and citrus. Impeccably balanced, with no hop bitterness biting at you. Flavourful and refreshing. Crisp and clean. I quite like it. Really well chosen hops. Layered with delicacy. Impressive within the style. Alcohol hardly comes through, nor does any yeast. Finish is lightly bitter and cloying to tease the next sip.

Mf: Smooth, oily, and wet. Clean. Perfect thickness to support the flavour profile. Somewhat delicate in its execution. Suits the flavours very well.

Dr: Very drinkable and enjoyable. Unexpectedly good. An incredible beer within the style - one of my new favourites. I quite fancy this one. Nice to see an American brewery that knows IPA brewing isn't a hop dicksizing competition. I'll be revisiting this one. Wow.


05/12/14: bottle review.

I picked up this pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with a yellow label and a silver pry-off pressure cap at a local Colorado bottle shop. Served into a nonical pint glass in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high; I remember loving this beer at Port's taproom. 10% ABV per the label. Reviewed live as an imperial IPA.

Served at fridge temp. Side-poured.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Eight fingers in width. Off-white colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Amazing retention - at least twelve minutes. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Very vibrant orange-copper. Looks glorious. Great clarity. Transparent, clean, filtered, and translucent.

Appears aptly carbonated. Looks great for an imperial IPA; I cant wait to try it.

AROMA: Has a soft floral hop aroma. Abundant citrusy notes: orange, mango, a kiss of grapefruit, resins, pine needles, and unfortunately some light hints of detergent/soapiness - indicative that this may have spent too long in primary. No overt hop bitterness is detectable. It seems like a balanced, clean, enjoyable imperial IPA.

Pale malts. Clean barley.Maybe some crystal malt.

It's a pleasant aroma of average strength. I'd call it perfumey.

TEXTURE/TASTE: Orange, mango, tangerine. It's crisp and clean, but it does suffer from some soapiness. Pale malts. Clean barley. Smooth and wet. Floral hop character. Slight overcarbonation. There're some good hop notes here, but it doesn't come together in quite the way it needs to, and there is a hint of hop bitterness in the early third act. Light on the palate, yet still too thick somehow.

Average flavour intensity, duration, and depth. Far from the most complex or subtle imperial IPA out there, but quite enjoyable. And boy does it hides its 10% well; it drinks like it's about 8%.

OVERALL: A solid imperial IPA, and very drinkable one for its high ABV. It's refreshing and enjoyable. I do think there's some batch variation, and I remember it being far better on-draught. I'll have to revisit it again.

High B-

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Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -28.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange/amber color with a thick, long-lasting, white head of foam. It left sticky patches of intricate lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of a strong dose of citrus and some pine. A floral aroma was present, too.

T - It tasted of sharp bitter hops with a sweet caramel malt backbone. Citrus/grapefruit flavors added a tanginess to the palate.

M - It was sharp and crisp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a great DIPA. This was my first offering from Port and I wasn't disappointed.

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a sturdy head that retains and laces well

Smell: Grapefruit juice, pure and simple; gotta love those C hops

Taste: Opens with a blast of floral grapefruit flavor that builds in the floral aspect by mid-palate; after the swallow, the resinous pithy flavors spread all over the tongue's receptors to provide and long and lively finish, with a bit of residual sugar on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; some warmth

Drinkability: One of the best examples of the San Diego style; excellent work

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Bchung52077: Poured an orangey color ale with a small foamy head with good retention and some minimal lacing. Aroma of citrus and grapefruit notes with some very light caramel malt notes. Taste is also dominated by some grapefruit and citrus hops notes with some very light caramel malt and a dry bitter hoppy finish. Full body with some good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. While there is nothing wrong with this beer and it is very enjoyable I still could not understand why this is so highly rated as it seems to be lacking some floral notes which are (for me anyway) what makes this style interesting to begin with.

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Hop 15 from Port Brewing
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 1,877 ratings