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 troutmask96
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A monster Double IPA, Hop 15 was a much-anticipated sampling for me from the fantastic lineup of beers by Port Brewing. It doesn't stray far from other offerings of this genre, with high ABV (10%!), almost syrupy consistency, low carbonation, strong alcohol finish, and of course, hop wallop throughout. This one is a sipper, and not necessarily an offering I'd seek out again, but it a very nice brew nonetheless...

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Photo of jdg204
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been excited to try more Port Brewing beers after a great experience with Old Viscosity and this bad boy was definitely near the top of the list. The good folks at Abe's Cold Beer were kind enough to oblige.

A: Pours a cloudy, honey color with a sturdy, fluffy head that retains and laces very well.

S: Lovely blend of grapefruit, citrus, and piney hops.

T: Starts off with a nice blend of malty citrus and grapefruit which is then balanced really nicely with a piney, floral hop blast. Really robust flavors leave a nice lasting impression and an excellent after-taste.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

D: Another winner for Port Brewing, I'm now two for two with this brewery. This is an excellent example of a DIPA and really nailed the west coast style, one of the best I've ever had. Even though the Eagles game I watched this brew with was a disappointing loss, I could not recommend this brew more highly. An amazing brew well deserving of accolades.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange with a nice white head, leaves excellent web-like lacing all down the glass. Smell is strong hop smell, pine and citrus. Taste is huge on hops, lots of citrus and bit of pine and floral-ness assault the palate. Reminds me of SN Celebration Ale on steroids. Alcohol is well-hidden, definitely wouldn't of guessed it was 10%. A good double IPA, but truthfully nothing really stands out except for I'd say is one of the more bitter ones I've had. That being said, I love a good double IPA.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a pretty true orange color that is murky. a thin off-white head that didn't last long.
the smell is simply brilliant. a floral aroma just dominates the smell.
the taste is citrus, citrus, citrus, floral notes, a little caramel, and a slight amount of alcohol.
there is a sharp bite at the back of the throat, pretty good carbonation level.
its certainly a sipper of a beer.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow-orange body, bustling with carbonation, topped by four fingers of big loose micro-bubbles. Good lace forms quickly.

Huge citrus nose filled with grapefruit and orange.

Nice semi-sweet malt foundation, good dose of caramel. Juicy fruity then explodes all over the mouth. Bitterness builds at the back of the tongue, and crashes down at the swallow. Fruity overcomes bitter in the finish.

Nice medium mouthfeel carries this well. Drinkability? How is "what do you mean its all gone?"

Another big thumbs up DIPA from SoCal.

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Photo of jera1350
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours into my newly acquired Duvel tulip a deep burnt orange color with thin sticky head that leaves a little lacing.

Robust hops fill the nose. Smells like another great west coast DIPA to me. Sweet caramel and lots of pineapple and citric hops.

Loads of bitter and piney hops lead the way. A bit of citrus and a hint of pineapple. Pretty good malt backbone adds some caramel sweetness.

Some slightly prickly carbonation for a little more than medium bodied. Very dry finishing.

Good drinkability in a very solid DIPA. This is in the upper tier of DIPA. A hopheads delight. Glad I had the opportunity to try this one.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Exiled.

Pours a cloudy brown with some light brown and dark brown stratification. Lots of yeast floating around. Not very attractive. The aroma has some oak, caramel malt and some sweetness. Not near as much hop character as I expected. The flavor is more of the same, with lots of toffee as well as some citrus hops and bitterness. Quite a strong malt backbone. Not as hoppy as expected. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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Photo of walshclimb
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours cloudy reddish orange with a thick (2+") creamy, off white head that has lots of small to medium bubbles. Leaves a good sticky lace and has decent head retention with still a little left as I finish my first pour. Citrus and pine hops aroma with a sweet malt background. Big yummy bitter hoppy flavor that is big and bitter with a long-lingering spicy malty-bitter aftertaste. well carbonated with a medium to full body that is not too thick or syruppy. This beer is excellent overall - one of the best DIPAs I have had. Nicely balanced between very bitter (but not puckering) hops, big sweet malt and some sourness from the yeast. Suprisingly not that hot, hiding the 10%ABV well. Excellent with some christmas cookies, especially anything with a little nutmeg.

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Photo of deereless
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Somewhat hazy straw color with a touch of ruby, frothy head that drops to reveal sticky spots of foam along the sides of the glass, little to no carbonation visible in the beer, the bottom of the bottle has some serious sediment - 4.00, S: Overload of citrus and pine, touches of pineapple, a subtle syrupy sweetness is noticeable on the nose, amazing hop aromas with a solid malt backing - 5.00, T: Like the nose there is tons of citrus as well as some pine, the alcohol is evident and in the background I pick up some booze soaked raisins though that is an afterthought to everything else going on in this beer, grapefruit pith, serious hop bitterness - 4.50, M: Thick and resiny mouth-feel - 4.50, D: A standout Double IPA, one of the best examples I've had to date - 4.50

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Photo of billab914
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Pours a hazy amber color with a thick white head. The head settled to a covering after a few minutes but left very good lacing on the glass.

Aroma is hoppy as expected. Citrus, pine and grapefruit, everything you expect from a good west coast DIPA. Taste has citrus and pine with a little sweetness and a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and slightly slick. drinkability is good for 10%, I didn't even notice it was that high until I looked it up on the top of the page here.

Overall another very good hoppy beer from port. I've only tried a few now and this one was very good but I think I like High Tide better. Would buy either again though if they were available here.

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

I have had this several times, and when I am near Pizza port, and/or at the cask festival and it is one of the choices, I get it,

But this time it's a nice big yellow bottle.

Pours a slightly golden amber, chunky white head. Pretty good lace.

Pretty good hop, piney citrus aroma.

Nice, would be nice to have this in regular circulation. Actually sweetish light aftertaste but bitter? YUM Good carbonation.
Pretty good mouth-feel.

There are several good Double IPA's and this is one of them.

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Photo of aglose45
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Secret Santa 09, thanks Kyle!

A: Pours a hazy pale gold, with a nice off white head with tight, tiny little bubbles.

S: The first wiff is of sweet tropical fruit, with some grapefruit immediately after. There is a quick hit of dry biscuity malt to finish up the nose.

T: The taste is very similar to the way the nose has already presented this beer to me. The only differences are that there is a hint of lemon and a bit of alcohol flavor near the end. At the end there is a pleasant bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with a decent amount of oily resin left behind. The carbonation is a bit light.

D: This is a solid beer, one that I would definitely revisit, but the alcohol flavor may inhibit more than one in a night.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle from Joey at South Bay Drugs. Excited to finally grab a bottle of this, as I've heard a lot about Hop 15 and other Port brews.

Amber-maroon color with a fine film of head, slightly off-white. Copper highlights. Nice-looking beer, could do with a little more in the way of foam/lacing.

Nose is hops, nice and strong. Sweet citrus comes through with mild caramel in the background.

Flavor is way bigger. Monster citrus and pine hops. Stick around throughout the beer, strong on the tongue in the aftertaste as well. Toffee malt filters through in the middle. Slightly spicy. Hop bomb, no question. 10% ABV, but none of that comes through at all. Really nice tasty and unique brew.

Body is good, slightly syrupy, a little past medium bodied. Works well with the flavor.

Overall this is a really tasty, delicious DIPA. Would definitely pick it up again if I could find it locally.

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Photo of bbeane
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a snifter... (1st pour) a weak off white head appears and disappears somewhat quickly. Beer itself is a murky amber color with little or no activity. Not much in the way of lacing either. (2nd pour) After a very aggressive pour, a finger thick head appears, but still disappears rather quickly. Leaves a bit of spotted lacing

S- A very hoppy bitter citrus smell, with little hints of some sweetness

D- Whoa, that hint of sweetness aroma doesn't prepare you for this... not a bit of malt sweetness to this one. Just straight up hops, hops, and hops. Has a very distinct (good) aftertaste that I don't quite know how to describe

M- Medium body with light/medium carbonation... delicious lingering hoppy aftertaste

D- I will definately drink this beer again... It was worth every 1 of the $8 that I spent on it


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Photo of woosterbill
3.35/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Bomber into a Duvel tulip.

A: A smooth, slow pour down the middle culminates in two inches of fine eggshell foam perched atop a beautiful hazy body of a warm orange hue. Excellent retention and a moderate amount of soapy lace. Great looking beer.

S: Nothing but big, juicy, resinous hops. Grapefruit, orange, and sticky, oily pine. This just smells thick, like the fumes alone quite quench a thirst and give a buzz. Awesome.

T: Whoa, what a shock. After the smooth hoppy goodness of the nose this one passes the lips with a jackhammer assault of spicy bitterness - no citrus, no pine, just hot, spicy bitterness. As it warms, the bitterness abates SLIGHTLY, allowing just enough room for resinous piney hops and a bit of biscuity malt to peek through. Finishes with a decidedly boozy aftertaste. Definitely in the running for hoppiest beer I've tasted, but not quite in an entirely good way - too overpoweringly bitter.

M: Mouth-coatingly resinous with lots of smooth carbonation. Pretty nice.

D: High ABV + presumably ridiculous IBUs + a reckless disregard for balance = a low score here. Hophead as I am, finishing this bomber is a bit of a chore.

Notes: Worthwhile experience, but not one I'm eager to repeat. I've come to think that no one dumps as many pounds of hops into each barrel as the folks at Port, but that doesn't really impress me as being a terribly impressive feat. There's more to a great DIPA (even a hop-centric West Coast one) than simple intensity of hops bitterness. Exhibit A: Pliny.


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Photo of billshmeinke
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark honey/amber color. Big fluffy two finger head.

S: Tropical fruit sweetness, pineapple maybe. Floral hops.

T: Light malt sweetness. Some bready yeast. Intense hop bitterness dominates the flavor. Resin, pine, grapefruit, and floral hoppiness. Some alcohol spiciness. Very bold and aggressive. Not for the faint of heart.

M: Full bodied. Good carbonation. Fairly viscous/syruppy. Some alcohol warmth going down.

D: Quite drinkable, but only if you are a true fan of hops.

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Photo of BigMike
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Being a major "hop head" myself. I'm very excited to try this beer from Port Brewing. I've read that 15 different hop varieties are added to the brew every 15 minutes. I LOVE hops so i'm hoping to taste something special with this beer.

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

Color is a glowing pumpkin orange color with a bit of blood red highlights and some haze. A nice creamy white head tops this beer at about two fingers.

Nose is on the faint side. I get tropical fruit in the form of pineapple and mango and also a touch of caramel.

Ok, so maybe this isn't the hop bomb i expected. The hops are there for sure but the initial tastes i get are sweet and caramel malty like. It finishes bitter and i get some floral notes and some citrus. he more i'm drinking this the hops are certaintly coming through but i still feel its a bit too much on the sweet side. I think a lighter malt variety could be used to push this one way over the top.

Mouthfeel is creamy smooth. Borderline heavy mouthfeel but not hard to drink by any means. A touch of alcohol warmth hits the gut but its pleasurable for sure and not over the top for 10%.
Drinkability is as good as you're gonna get at 10%abv. Overall i like this beer a lot. I was expecting a tad more in the way of hoppiness but thats just nitpicking. This is a fabulous beer and one i would recommend and drink again for sure.

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Photo of TheJollyHop
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahh the joys of an extremely hoppy beer! Could there be some masochism involved with such a pairing? But I digress...

From a bomber into a tulip.

Medium amber color with a one finger head. This beer smells very fresh and the complex aroma is very inviting. Scents of pine, grapefruit, and floral notes from the hops. Sticky sweet malt and caramel comes through as well.

Heavy malt upfront with some caramel, followed by that oh so loved bitter backbone. The bitterness leaved a strong tingle on the tongue and there is the definite alcohol warming at the end of the swallow that gently reminds you how big this beer really is... Surprisingly, there is some balance to this aggressive brew. Light, thin and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, the bitterness is not harsh, and this beer beckons to be sipped and savored.

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

Pours a slightly murky golden colour, not particularly bright, with a filmy head of fine white bubbles. Some pretty fervent carbonation rises quickly to the surface, which makes a lie of the apparently full body. Overall, there's a little something lacking to it appearance wise.

Nose is much more on par, with a full bouquet of fruity hops. Notes of pineapple, apple juice, and fresh celery are noticeable, and a slightly sweeter caramel note underpins these. Quite pleasant, if not as full and robust as many a DIPA I've had.

Smooth initially on the palate, some sweetness, and a very light slick feel, before a brash hop leaf bitterness wells up, full of resin and tannins. Sharp and herbaceous on the back, leaving a gritty finish that's slightly too pungent to be refreshing. It's a big beer, pretty impressive and unapologetic, and I respect that.

Feel is just a little thin for the style. Despite the spectre of slickness on the front, it doesn't have much of a sustained body. Either that, or the hops bitterness just cut right through it.

Not a bad beer, and a very decent DIPA. You want a DIPA to be confronting and high in bitterness, and this certainly delivers on those two fronts.

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Photo of tang3nt
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my favorite California IPAs. Hoppy deliciousness!

The pour has a hazy amber orange look to it, with a decent sticky head.
The smell of this beer is pure hops.
The taste is hop heaven. Not too piney and not too citrus-ey a perfect balance of hop varieties.
Probably not the best beer for someone who is just getting introduced to IPA's , but for the IPA lovers a it's hit for sure.

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Photo of bulletrain76
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Hazy orange with a small, sticky head. Big fruity aroma with lime, grapefruit, mango, papaya, mint, and sugary sweetness. Tons of stuff packed in there. The flavor has a lot of sugary sweet malt that almost balances the massively bitter hops. Grapefruit dominates, but there are plenty of different hop nuances in here. Finishes long and bitter with some alcohol warmth. Full mouthfeel, with creamy carbonation. A little too sticky and sweet after awhile. Lots of nice flavors, but this is one to enjoy in smaller doses for sure. (3.7) Rerate: Rich hoppiness. The complexity and intensity of the hop flavor is almost ridiculous, but never gets to bitter or unpleasantly too intense. Still too rich to take in large doses. A pure hop sipper. (up to 4.1).

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Photo of Gyle41386
3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

Orange-amber pour. I've been on a run of similar-colored IPA's with similar monstrous heads, so it's becoming a bit of a chore to try to be creative in the appearance department. Lacing sticks in maybe a big chunk or two here and there, but not much outside of that.

Loads of tropical and citrus fruits in the nose. More sweet than bitter aroma. Some pine coming through, but the citrus is dominant. Like Port's 3rd Anniversary DIPA, the nose lacks the strength that a great DIPA should have.

Unfortunately, like 3rd Anniversary DIPA, Hop 15 is sweet up front, then harshly bitter, with uncontrolled alcohol in the finish.

Medium-full body with a sticky texture. The 10% ABV is not well-hidden. Another disappointing DIPA from Port. I expected better from these guys.

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

A - Hazy pale amber with off white head, somewhat rocky to start then settling out. Thin lacing.

S - Floral and herbal notes with slight metallic twang, bready background.

T - Bright and floral with fresh herbs--I get a nice subtle basil flavor in the background. Nice and tangy up front with bitter hoppy bite as expected, but fairly balanced with a subtle sweetness coming from faint tropical fruit flavors and breadiness.

M - Crisp and pretty smooth, a bit rich and creamy. Medium carbonation.

D - Very enjoyable with good complexity. I will pick this one up again.

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Photo of foxbat2500
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Its a bronzer in my eyes. Thin on head.

Smell: Perhaps the best part of this bear. It has a wonderful hoppy smell.

Taste = BIG. Lots of bitterness and alcohol. Very nice for a hop head.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability = You'll want to save this for last for sure. It will obliterate your palate.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a small thinner looking white head that quickly disappears. Color is a bronze brown, clear, with no carbonation evident. A wisp and ring remain until the end but leaves some decent lacing down the glass surprisingly.

SMELL: Decent strength nose. Some pale and toasted malt, citrus and grapefruit hop notes, pine, and some nice floral elements. Very hoppy, with some soapiness in the background.

TASTE: Taste follows nose nicely. Pale and toasted malt up front, with more grapefruit, pine and citrus notes as well. Floral elements and a good touch of bitterness at the end. A bold and longer lasting aftertaste is bitter and citrusy with a healthy alcohol punch at the end. Some malt sweetness is in there to balance it out, which was a nice touch.

PALATE: Full body and very little carbonation, just enough to keep it beer-like. Creamy and silky slick on the palate. Goes down smooth and syrupy and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Ends with a little alcohol bite at the end to remind you it's 10%. Pretty nice.

OVERALL: A very enjoyable and drinkable beer. The malt touch was a pleasant surprise; made it a relatively balanced IIPA, if there is such a thing. The carbonation was on the low end, but there was definitely enough there to make it more of a unique experience, as opposed to a flat one. This is one I'll be picking up again. Recommended.

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