Hop 15 | Port Brewing

1,856 Ratings
Hop 15Hop 15

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.

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Photo of Gyle41386
3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
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 +3.1%
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 +12.5%
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 +3.6%
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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Photo of dasenebler
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich, slightly hazy golden-amber. Head is good, about a finger of cream. Some lacing. Big, fat, and spicy hop aroma, with plenty of pine as well. Can smell the alcohol.

As the label suggests, this is a hop bomb! Huge woody, piney hop flavors, with a wickedly bitter aftertaste. This earthy and spicy hop character dominates what citrus undertones there may be. Some almost menthol-like sensations (this might be the booze though). Not too sweet either, which I like. Only thing keeping flavor a 4.5/5 is that I know this bottle is not as fresh as it gets, having been bought in Mass. a couple of months ago. Mouthfeel is resinous but not as big as some DIPAs. Carbonation is medium-low. Alcohol is definitely detectable at 10 percent, not very well hidden there!

Overall this an excellent DIPA. I can only dream of what it's like fresh.

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Photo of Casey10
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another nice beer picked up in MA while I to go down for training.

A - Good nice yellow golden hue.

S - slight grapfuit, orange, slight spice.

T - Just like the smell, lots of citruis orange is mostly the overpowering taste and then some grapefruiit.

M - Strong feel leaves a nice tingly feeling once you have one.

D - you will want another so nice, and well done!!!

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Photo of PartyBear
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Warm copper colour, with a fluffy cream head, and a small amount of carbonation.

Aroma: A potent fresh hoppy aroma, lots of floral pine, sharp lemon, with a noticeably biscuity base.

Taste: Bitter thick resinous hops kick in from the start, with a massive floral twist, and lots a citrus. This is all balanced out by a smooth malty base, with shortbread, sweet oats, and toffee. The aftertaste is a clingy bitterness that give the impression of dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Nicely smooth, with a bit of oiliness, and a mild level of carbonation.

Drinkability: Considering the high ABV, this is very drinkable, which is nothing less than what I have come to expect from Pizza Port beers. Good DIPA, find it, and drink it.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 3, 2009
Shared a 22oz bomber. Pours a delicious looking dark orange haze. What a hop bomb. If you like hops, this is for you. It just punches your mouth from the get go. So delicious and the alc.% is well hidden. Grapefruit and a awesome bitter finish. Fantastic beverage.

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Photo of HiAIPA
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber offer this potion up. This succulent brew was a delicious DIPA brewed with 15 types of hops. A delightful dark amber color, with minimal head offered up a rosin-y piney aroma profile. The taste was exceptional, with well hidden alcohol, a nice malty/hoppy attack highlighting citrus, pine and molasses. This one is my favorite Port so far, as compared with Fresh Hop and 2nd Anniversary.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber. Pours a hazy, dull copper color that gets more hazy towards the end of the bottle. Not much of a head after the initial foam settles. Quick swirl produces minimal froth.
Smell hits as bottle is cracked opened. Pine and citrus, good mix. A quick whiff of caramel and it's overpowered.
Great taste, but not very complex. It has the citrus up front and a good pine middle. Some syrup in the end. Bite doesn't quite hit until about a 1 sec after swallow and...hello! Bite. It's a piney/resin bite. Not the strongest I've had. The abv makes this a monster to drink. Alcohol is well hidden and it comes to haunt you.

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Photo of JayQue
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good DIPA! Pours a hazy yellowish amber with a medium off white head and good lacing. Head retention is pretty good for 10% abv.

Smell is floral and piney hops, pronounced and nice. Taste is similar, some floral (simcoe?) hops and a lot of pine hops. A slight hint of alcohol, not pillowy like Blind Hog or Pliny the Younger. This beer has a bit of balance as well, not a real bitter head shrinker..probably a little caramel malt in the balance, but still a hop head's beer.

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp. Not too bitter, but plenty of hoppy goodness. Drinkability is good. I could have enjoyed the whole bomber and probably a bit more.

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Photo of drpimento
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hallelujah, praise the lord and satiate my slobbering mouth, thank e very much. This heah is some goood beer. poured with a grand off white head that lasts and good lace. Color is a slightly hazy yella. Flavor's outstanding; fully hopped and the malt to stand up to it. Body is full on with enough carbonation to offset the power of the alcohol, sweetness, and hops. Finish is tasty but boozy. A beer to be reckoned with. Proly not to be consumed bottle after bottle. amen.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 22 oz snifter.

The appearance is of sheer beauty, glowing amber golden body with a cloudy appearance. Thick creamy bubbly head which dissapates more quickly then expected.

Smell is of big citrus hops with a caramel malt aroma also present. A little more malt in the nose than most DIPAs.

The taste is of big cirtus floral hops complimented with a caramel malt flavor. Very nice taste here, very hoppy but not too bitter like some DIPAs. The malt notes in the finish make for a smooth taste.

Great mouthfeel, smooth and creamy with a medium level of carbonation. The hop flavors linger on the tongue for several minutes after wards.

Good drinkability, not the overly bitter taste like some DIPAs, however, at 10% ABV you are not going to drink a whole lot of these. Overall a great DIPA though, all hop heads would be well served to seek this one out.

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Photo of stephens101
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright copper with a brilliant orange piercing through where the light hits. Two-fingers of soft tan head recede after a couple of minutes and leave some sticky fragments of lace all around the glass. Sharp floral hops dominate the aroma profile with a good malt base lingering underneath. Just what we would expect, and a bit more, with an orange peel wrapping and a citrusy zest floating up later on. While the hops are dominant, they don't overwhelm, and they leave room for the other elements to present themselves in their own good time. The taste buds are in for a real treat here as the oily hops and sweet malts mixing it up well at first with the hops winning out in the end with a crisp, lingering bitterness that is wrapped in a thin blanket of alcohol heat. Medium mouth-feel and fairly well carbonated. This should fix anybody's hop jones, and with a $6.99 price tag for a bomber, it's really hard to beat all around.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark amber color with about an inch of head that dissipates somewhat fast. Leave great looking lacing.

Smell - Honestly, and oddly as it sounds, it does not have an overbearing aroma. I have to really take a big sniff to get the piney/citrusy/hop smell which then lends itself to a sweet smell.

Taste - Not what I am expecting - a lot of hop but also a lot of malt. I taste grapefruit for sure, followed by some piney, grassy tasted finishing up with the sweeter malt flavor.

Mouthfeel - Wow, can you say creamy and chewy? This feels very good and is balanced by the lower amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - I think after one bomber and I would be done. Despite my not being able to really taste the alcohol (is it really 10%? Wow) I can feel that it is a bit beer. On the whole it was a very drinkable and pleasant offering from Port. I must say though

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Photo of TheEremite
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Smells awesome. I wish I could still smell but I think I've got a thick layer of hop resin stuck in my nose. Tastes good, but much more spicy than I remember. This beer is extremely bitter, and resinous. Tons of hop spice, pine and a little citrus. It's more malty and a little thicker mouthfeel than I'd like from a 10% hop bomb, but it's still fairly drinkable for as big a beer as it is. It's a good DIPA.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an 8 oz. half pint at the Stone Brewery. Dark amber color with a thick head that lasts forever. Lots of lace. Resinous aroma of pine and grapefruit with a hint of caramel. The sweetness of the malt hits first, which is overtaken by the hopping. Alcohol present at the finish. Overall, I found it very good. The amount of malt caramelization makes it stand out from most IIPAs. Would have liked a little less of the alcohol noticeable.

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

22 oz bomber imported from San Diego to NC:
A Clear dark golden pour into a Sierra Nevada Pint glass. Off white head subsides fairly quickly to about a quarter inch and stays there.
S Initial blast of hop perfume with a perfumy, honeysuckle sort of aroma, hoppy aromas persist. Nice smelling beer.
T Really delicious mixture of hop bitterness with sweet malt, hard to separate, they are really melded together. Grapefruit bitterness finally wins out in the finish, but the fusion of hop and malt is long lasting.
M Not overly syrupy with a good amount of carbonation on the tongue.
D This is way too easy to drink for a beer of its strength. Alcohol is really well hidden for 10%. Who knows how I'll feel at the end of the bomber, but so far so good.
A style I love so I'm inclined in its favor any way, but this is a well balanced, quaffable version of a west coast DIPA. Highly recommended. I only wish it were easier to come by on a regular basis.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange gold color with a small white head. Fair amount of lacing on the glass.

Smells of a big citrus and pine character. Slight alcohol in there too, but clearly hop dominated.

Tastes of the big hop profile upfront and a slight malt sweetness, followed by some warming alcohol. Again, the hops are a big citrus with some pine resin. There are also some fruity flavors with a caramel note mixed in. The alcohol is not masked well.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with a full body.

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Photo of nectar14
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 22 oz. bottle.

A: Nice gold/yellow color, with a sudsy, bubbly 1 finger head. Inviting.
S: Big hops, pine, some mild citrus peel. Don't detect much malt on the nose, but this one's all about hops.
T: Bitter from front to back. Distinct piny finish, backed up by just enough malt sweetness to keep it fairly balanced. Might be nice with some grilled sausages to counter them hops.
M: Medium carbonation and a slightly sappy mouthfeel go well with the bitterness.
D: Good. 10% is kinda boozy, but it's covered up well by all the flavor.

Nice double IPA. Not quite at the level of Dorado, nor the same big-time expressive character as Pliny the Elder. Just darn good.

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Photo of Florida9
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

John arrived at the address he was given. It was a run down two story office building, rather nondescript from the outside. He checked the address again to make sure he was at the correct location.

"This has to be it" he thought.

John exited his car, stood there for a second, closed the door and even though he had remote, he locked the door with the key. He walked up the concrete path and went inside to check the office listings. It turned out the person he was looking for was located in the basement.

"Figures" he mumbled under his breath. A dominatrix in the basement. Where else would a one be?

John had never paid for sex before. He didn't need to. He had several little black books and he could get all the pussy he ever wanted. But that was the problem: The sex was always just too easy to come by. A phone call, a car ride and he was banging some chick left and right. Yet, at this point, sex was more of a chore than anything else; something that John needed to do to keep from going crazy, but more often than not it was mediocre, flat, and just plain boring. John simply needed something more and he was sure hoping he would find it here.

He headed down the stairs and quickly found the office he was looking for. He opened the door and walked in. It wasn't quite what he was expecting: it was like he had just walked into the waiting room of his dentist's office. There was window for a receptionist (but no receptionist) some fabric covered chairs, a coffee table and even some old copies of Time magazine. John didn't know what to think.

But Scarlet did. She had been expecting him. She knew this was the time new customers would piss their pants and make a break for the door and she wasn't going to let John get away.

"Get over here!" she demanded from the doorway to the back room.

John did as she said and he did it quickly. He certainly didn't want to piss off the person who was about to kick his ass.

Within a minute or two, John found himself strapped to a chair. One of those old school wooden chairs with the slats running up and down the back of the chair and with the assprint carved into the wood. John legs were separated and his arms were tied behind his back.

Scarlet walked up to him. She was wearing some sort of vinyl skin suit and when she got in his face he could smell the resin drifting off of her shiny black plastic skin. On her feet were strapped the finest shoes John had ever seen. They were stiletto heels fabricated from dark, black leather while the heel was made of stainless steel.

"So" she whispered in his ear, "what is that you like?"

John began to open his mouth to answer, but it was already too late. All he could see were leather and steel as he felt the sharp pain of Scarlet's beautiful shoes exploding in his mouth. As John began to fade from the punishing blow, he had the oddest feeling of deja vu. He had this feeling once before, but it wasn't from one of his lady friends.

It was from a beer. Not just any beer, but this beer. Hop 15.

As John sat there, all he could think about was the amber colored brew, with its rocky, tannish colored head. He remembered the aroma: citrus, pine resin, sweet floral notes and even a certain spiciness. It was a little, no it was a lot, of everything a hop could ever offer.

John hoped to cleanse the metallic tinge of blood from his mouth with the sweet malt flavors and the huge hop bitterness. He longed for the oily, soapy, hoppy film this brew would have offered his aching tongue. With most people succumbing to beers that are mediocre, flat, and just plain boring, John realized not everyone would appreciate this beer the same we he did. But John loved this beer for all its offensive hoppy goodness.

And he smiled.

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Photo of william5586
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Local 44 in Philly

Hazy amber orange in appearance with a creamy smallish white head. Each time I smelled the beer I felt like I found something different that I had missed the time before. There were tons of pine, floral, and citrus hop notes. There was also some grapefruit and a very nice caramel malt. The taste was a very nice mixture of sweet caramel maltiness and great hop flavors that produced a slightly spicy bitter, but not overpowering finish.

I really enjoyed the taste and smell of this beer, but the mouthfeel is what made me fall in love. It had a medium body with light carbonation and the creamiest, most smooth, super velvety (add any other synonym you can think of) mouthfeel. The feel was absolutely outstanding, and I can not think of any similar beer that even comes close.

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Photo of mhatters
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at TND in Wayne

Pours a hazy orangey slighly copper color with a thick white head

Lots of citrus and a significant amount of pine in there too. Slightly herbal.

A sweet malt base that was hidden from me in the nose, hoppy powerful but not over so. The citrus notes really dominate in a good way

Crisp, not too oily or resiny - loads of hops without blowing my mouth off.

Very interesting, a quality DIPA with a delicate balance.

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Photo of timtim
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

hops hops and more hops. pine up front followed by citrus and tropical fruit(s) all backed up by a caramelly malty backbone that can just barely hold the weight of all those hops. a TON going on here, but all at once, that ton becomes one. a very difficult beer to pull off so well. WOW. this is a must try.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a turbid, hazy pastel orange with a creamy beige head that was 1 finger high while displaying good retention lasting for a good several minutes before dissipating to a macro bubbly covering. Visible carbonation was light, with but a few lonely carbonation bubbles rising at any given time. There was a visible yeasty matter while the lacing was moderately fair yielding long streaky trails.

S: The nose produced sweet malty tones along with fresh grapefruit pulp being first detected. Some wet pine needles with light fresh oranges add touches of sweetness. Was a little surprise albeit taken back, by the sweet maltiness while the hoppiness was much lighter then expected per style.

T: The flavor opened up with a blast of sweet caramelized grains with fresh grapefruit and a lemony zest hopping. The initial sweetness is soon masked and overcome by quickly evolving dry grapefruit and lemon peel hopping of moderately strong proportions. Theres a spicy warm alcohol feel as well in the middle of the palate fueling the dry bitter nature. The beer finishes out with a moderately strong and lasting fade of lemon flower hopping and a warm caramelized booze laced maltiness. The hops were bitter and dry balanced by a equally big and contributing caramelized grain bill. There is some hints of dry grassiness as well, with an overly feel of vicious and dry bitter hops assaulting the tongue.

M: lusciously smooth, malty with a good proportion of caramel malts adding to the body. Dry hopped with a citrus lacing parches the tongue long after the swallow.

D: Good drinkability and enjoyment overall. The dry hopped nature certainly contributes and makes up for the lack of aromatics while the intense hoppiness and spicy warm alcohol and caramelized malting add depth and body. This is a beer that is certainly big in nature which would impede repeatability and consumption speed as well. If it's a dry hop bomb you seek, look no further.

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Hop 15 from Port Brewing
4.17 out of 5 based on 1,856 ratings.
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