Hop 15 | Port Brewing

1,866 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 aglose45
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
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 +10.8%
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 +8.4%
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 -19.7%
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 +1.4%
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 +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 +6%
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%
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 -0.7%
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 -1.2%
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 -18.5%
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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Hop 15 from Port Brewing
4.17 out of 5 based on 1,866 ratings.
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