Hop 15 | Port Brewing

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

Hazy, orange-yellow beer with a three finger high, white, head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Nose: Orange, citrus, grass, mandarin, orange marmelade, sweet malt, honey and grapefruit.

Taste: Boom! Citrus, hops, orange, grapefruit, tropical fruit, a LOT of hops!

Mouth: Full body with a great malty backbone. Sweetness and bitterness from the malt and hops. A high ABV (10%) that really doesen't show but carries the taste right to your tounge - It's fantastic!

As you can see - I'm in love! This is beatiful!

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Photo of Treyliff
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, bottled 10/914, poured into a snifter

A- pours a hazy, thick looking golden orange color with a foamy and sudsy white head that retains nicely long after the pour, leaving some lace behind

S- big blast of citrus hop aroma with notes of grapefruit peel, tangerine & orange pith. Notes of dried grass, before a slight bready malt aroma kicks in, slightly spicy on the finish

T- as with the nose, citrus hops hits first on the palate, flavor of orange pith, grapefruit peel and tangerine. Notes of pine and grass kick in with a rye-like spicyness. Big sugary sweet malt notes kick in to balance the hops, more citrus with some booze on the finish

M- heavy and viscous body with medium carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a chewy finish

O- citrus loaded yet remarkably drinkable

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.22/5  rDev -22.8%

Bottle from Lazy Dog Growlers in Macon area, dated 10/1/14, poured 11/25/14. Hoping for the best after almost 2 months. Pours cloudy golden with a massive creamy white to off white head. Nice citrus aroma with light pine and grass, some honey sweetness and light maltiness. Flavor is lots of tropical citrus, way over the top malt sweetness, some strange off flavors. Nearly completely flat, dry left on the palate. Hoping I just got a bad bottle or something here. Not very good.

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Photo of brureview
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

I like this beer on the colder side: the lower temps bring out the hops, and the resin.

Bottle date: 10/14- only about a month old.

Poured a copper red color with a 2 F head in an imperial pint glass. The brewmaster
on the Port Brewing site used a pint glass in the video, so I decided to do the same.

Nice lacing.

The aroma at first is not strong- later, an earthiness and vanilla not usually found in DIPAs.

The MF is quite carbonated.

The taste is King. Extreme citrus rind. This beer is exceptionally hoppy.
The finish is crisp.

Overall: my favorite beer from the brewery. I have enjoyed all their beers- very West coast- but this brew stands out- West Coast DIPA on steroids.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck says Bottled 10/1/14

A- Pours a semi-hazy medium amber color with a 3/4 inch light tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Crisp, pungent hop aroma with a considerable amount of alcohol presence. Almost leans toward a barleywine type of smell since the sweet malt rounds out the zesty hops.

T- Yeah, this is a barleywine. There's just so much alcohol plus malt content to compete with the hops that all the elements meld together to create what I would say is a barleywine flavor profile.

M- Sharp and tight from the hops and alcohol. Medium carbonation with a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- It's great and it's tasty, but it's a barleywine. A tangy quality from the hops. A dryness from the booze. A bready sweetness from the malt. It's a super hoppy American barleywine. My only qualm is that, because it is so intense in flavor and alcohol, that it brings down the drinkability. Still, great stuff.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a DFH IPA glass from a bomber. Neck says bottled on 10/1/14 but I've heard these were seen on shelves back in September.

Color is honey gold with a large white head. Very good retention with some lacing.
Aroma was pretty muted at first, maybe due to the thick head. As the head settled and the beer warmed, a nice blend of mango, caramelized oranges and floral hops emerged.
Flavor outperformed the nose. A blast of hops on the palate with intense tropical flavors - pineapple and mango - along with some grapefruit citrus. The hop bite gives way to caramel malt and the bite of the alcohol. The alcohol is quite noticeable although balanced nicely by the malt sweetness. I also pick up some onion flavor in the mix, but it works. The finish is bitter and boozy. More juicy than dry.
Body is full, syrupy with lots of hop resins that coat your mouth.

Overall, a very good DIPA, but the nose pales compared to some of the recent top APAs I've had (PseudoSue and ZombieDust). Maybe not fair, but all ratings are subjective and based on recent experiences.

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Photo of Erockruns
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%

Very nice floral soft smell with a significant amount of carbonation. The smell is so good I keep going back and back. You can just smell how the hops will be there but land softly on the finish and that's exactly how this beer tastes. It smelled like Lawsons/Otter Double Dose but tastes even better.

This was a random pick up based on the fact I like Port Brewing and it slaughtered my expectations. Not just solid........more like outstanding representation of a DIPA....with 10% to boot so be careful.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice golden/orange, hazy color. Nice one inch billowy head, good retention, beautiful lacing. Smell is very citrusy hoppy, with a touch of mango and just a hint of malt sweetness. Flavor was dominated by citrus, tropical fruit an pineapple, with some slight bready notes. Mouthfeel was buttery, silky smooth, with medium body and nice carbonation. Overall, this is quite an excellent beer, very nicely done!

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle in a stemmed tulip glass.

A- Poured a dull copper orange color with a massive 2-plus F head, linen white colored. The head lasted and left fat rings of lacing. Slight haze and sediment.

S- Ripe hop aromas of citrus, pine, and tropical fruits. Lots of caramel malt, sweet, not boozy.

T- All those hop aromas come in flavors here. Slightly sweet malt and a touch of alcohol.

M- Full body, chewy hop bite. Sugar and alcohol are evident but not too heavy, finishes clean.

O- Very flavorful and drinkable. Hops held up vs. the 10.0 abv nicely. At three weeks old, the freshness was key.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle purchased online from CraftCity.com, unknown brewing/packaging date; poured into my The Lost Abbey Teku glass and drank over an hour

A: 3/3 - golden-orange coloration, low clarity (likely hop haze), initial frothy eggshell white head resolves into a subtle glass lacing; large alcohol legs

S: 10/12 - pine, citrus, pine, bready-biscuity, pine, alcohol...pine; no DMS, no diacetyl

T: 17/20 - robust bitterness on the front of the palate that is followed by notes matching the nose - pine, resin, floral and herbal/grassy; the alcohol notes appear early on the palate and continue throughout the drinking; there is a sweetness to be expected for such a high ABV but still finishes dry and inviting

M: 5/5 - thick feel with hop oils, alcohol and sweetness; moderate carbonation that is appropriate for style

O: 9/10 - excellent triple-ish IPA that I'd place right up there (or better) than some of the best biggest DIPAs - Sixpoint's Hi-Res and Westbrook's Shane's Big DIPA comes to mind; like those beers, it's big and boozy but is still an IPA and not an Americam Barleywine; this is even more impressive because I have no use how old this beer is; highly recommended!

TOTAL - 44/50

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Photo of Roguer
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Opaque, hazy tangerine-colored brew topped by a sizable creamy white head. Excellent retention, and tons of spider-webbed lacing.

Aroma is dominated by a citrus hop profile, with some pine and biscuit pale malt. Slightly flowery with a hint of honey and tropical fruit. Juicy, as I'd expect at 10% ABV.

Flavor is even juicier than the aroma, hitting heavily on tropical hops. Starfruit comes to mind on the finish, accompanied throughout by mango and mandarin orange, and hints of lemon, pineapple, grass, dank herbs, tobacco, and banana. Tropical fruit juice really dominates, muddying everything together into a very sweet, very hoppy brew.

There's quite a bit of sweetness from a heavy malt dose, but the flavors don't really stick out beyond some light grain.

Slight bit of alcohol heat, but very controlled for 10%. A little on the syrupy side, which is common for high ABV DIPAs. A little effervescent up front, with a long, bitter finish of hop oils that just won't quit.

This is a delicious, juice-forward DIPA focusing on the newer tropical profile hops. As such, it brings little that other (D/T)IPAs don't already have, but at the ABV point, it provides a nice step just below the most over-the-top examples, while still being sweeter and juicer than most DIPAs.

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Photo of stonermouse
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bomber into a goblet. Bottled 10/1/14, and it being 10/13, this is shockingly fresh for a beer coming across the country.

Pours cloudy and an interesting amber color. Very impressive lacing- might need to scrub the glass after this one.

More sweet malt in the aroma than I was anticipating, but there's an earthy, herbal hopiness that blasts through. Nice, complex aroma.

Great flavor here. There is an undertone of onion, but the main flavor is herbs and spices. Tastes a bit like an expensive salad. Just enough sweetness to keep this from becoming overwhelmingly bitter. The alcohol sharpens the hop flavors as well. Interesting stuff here.

Sticky, but like the taste, it is sweet enough so that you're not overwhelmed with harshness. Thick finish.

Usually the oniony hop profile gags me a bit, but this brew is plenty complex that the onion becomes a compliment to the grassy and herbal flavor. I'm confused by the reviews that allude to fruitiness or citrus- my palate gets none of that. Would be an interesting brew to sample at a tasting with some other seasoned beer geeks, because it seems like everyone is getting something different out of this one. I like it nonetheless.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%

Lush, tropical and hot. Yep. When Raul drank this bad sucker he felt like he was on a magic carpet ride to the equator. Pungent fruits like the Chaquita Banana woman just opened up a farmers' market; lush like a new TLC single; and hot like, well, the equator. The bad boy is juicy and smooth like Left Eye (RIP) singin' "Ain't No Scrubs", but it's also a lil hot in the end.

Pretty darsh gone good, but not the best.

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Photo of PacNWDad
4/5  rDev -4.1%

On tap at Chuck's 85th St. Not much head on the pour, and what there is subsides quickly. Honey colored in the glass. Very clear, with no apparent yeast. Light comes through it easily. Leaves a bit of lace on the sides of the glass with each sip, but not too much. The aroma is of pineapple and other tropical fruits, including dried mango and passion fruit. Strong, bitter hops profile, but not unpleasant at all. Lots of sweet fruits, especially pineapple, very rich and buttery, some biscuit flavor. Starts with the hops, carries through with fruit and finishes with the bread-like character. It has a rather light carbonation, but still carries a full feel to the palate. A long finish.

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Photo of Modernrickk
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big boozy bite and there's no way around it .. This beer looks beautiful but smells of alcohol.. Tastes like tropical fruits and a big oily pine tree.. Very sticky. Very boozy.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: 22 oz. bomber poured into a belgian style tulip glass

Appearance: Beautiful orange color with lots of tiny bubbles in the head, it's cloudy, looks great.

Smell: Big onion type aroma on the nose, not getting any of the malts, alcohol is present on the aroma's tail end.

Taste: Like the aroma, big onion bitterness up front, malts on the backend, really smooth, the alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming. This is how I like my IPAs and IIPAs, I like that onion type flavor, not grapefruit or piney, but a different bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Not a big mouthfeel, fairly light compared to other IIPAs that I have tried that have a syrupy mouthfeel, for IIPA, this is crisp, light on the mouthfeel. A little heat from the alcohol.

Overall: This is great, reminds of some of the Stone Enjoy By and Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA but with a little more heat on it. West coast style IIPA all the way. If you love Pliny, Enjoy By you have to try this, I am impressed too bad it's seasonal. It's also easy drinking doesn't make you feel bloated. For a 10% ABV beer this is really good, cheers!

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Photo of wiegs4life
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

L : Dark copper with minimal lacing 4.25
S : I loved those strong citracy flavor that overpowers the other hops for an awesome aroma.
T : I was shocked when i saw it was 10% ABV. It is well balanced and very flavorful.
M : On the heavier side for DIPA. Still very smooth.
O : This makes my top 10 beer list of all time. I look forward to trying again sometime

I had at Isaac Newton's in Newtown, PA

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Served chilled in a teku glass.

Color of hazed, rusty sunshine, an orange amber color that glows. Topped by a massive off-white head that leaves chains of lacework behind as it recedes. Fairly decent head retention.

Hop 15 carries a remarkable aroma for a Double IPA, showing off bright notes of dank weed, lemon zest, orange juice, champagne, and vanilla. It is fresh smelling, exceedingly hoppy, and subtley sweet underneath it all.

Initial impression is BOOZY. Then you notice the creamy mouthfeel, and a flavor that is packed with hops. Sweet mid-palate flavor, with an herbal hop finish. It mixes citrus fruit, basil, and vanilla, and it strikes a balance despite its obvious strength and hop intensity. Very soft carbonation, robust and plentiful, but a very gentle texture. Smooth and full-bodied.
There is a light sweetness that pokes against the massive hop profile, actually finishing a touch sweet.

Really, it is not difficult to see how this beer has won so many awards. It's definitely not "sessionable" but it is certainly delicious. It's a knock-you-out kind of DIPA, that possesses a well-crafted character. Paired with a carrot cake from Devon Seafood Grill. A magical pairing, even if it is stereotypical. The bitter hops play against the sweet cream cheese frosting so well, and the sweet malt connects with the subtle sweetness of carrots.

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Photo of MonkeyBread
4/5  rDev -4.1%

22oz poured into a glass

Appearance: lot of foam and a big head, straw color hue

Smell: resiny, dank, tropical, bit of citrus. Pungent notes of pine. About as advertised with a combo of 15 different hop varieties it spans the spectrum of smells.

Taste: similar to nose it is all over the place. The front end is tropical with mangos, oranges and lemons with the finish showcasing the hop bitterness of floral, resiny pine notes. The only complaint is the bitterness in the finish lingering a little too long.

Mouthfeel: very full body, viscous, almost syrupy with a bit of cream. Not too carbonated despite the foam when pouring.

Overall: a nice DIPA. I think this stacks up well to Pliny and other highly regarded ones in the space. Be ready for a hop bonanza spanning the full spectrum of flavors, this not a one or two note beer.

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Photo of sommersb
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tasted On: 04-28-2014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Nonic pint
Purchased: Single from Let's Pour mailorder

Appearance shows a hazy, honey-colored beer with a big white head. The lacing and head retention are superb.

Smells feature citrus from the hops, with grapefruit aromas dominating, along with some fruit sweetness such as with mangos and pineapple. A delight to the nose

Wow on the taste!, with a great initial favor burst of fruity hop character, followed by citrusy bitterness and then a blendng of malty caramel sweetness

Thick in body, the finish is very favorful with hoppy bitterness married with fruits and malt sweetness. Overall aftertastes are definitely hop-forward, however

Overall impression is of an epic DIPA; one of the best I've tasted

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Super hazy, pale orange with a big white head on a gentle pour. Very carbonated which is surprising considering the other Port beers I have had. Great lacing.

A: Resiny pine and pineapple/mango hop notes, some dankness as spiciness in the back. The malt brings some sweet breadiness as well with a little biscuit. Very clean and crisp fermentation profile.

T/M: Big, smooth bitterness upfront, moves into massive pine resin and earthy/spicy hop notes. The middle reveals an almost syrupy, candy-like malt character and booziness that battles with the massive hop flavors. Finish is hop spice and candy malt with a drying body.

Overall, this is a great Double IPA with a very unique hop character. The strength of this beer is impressive and perhaps becomes a little over the top. However, if you want to be punched in the face by a massive hop-bomb this will do the trick. A very original take on the west-coast DIPA.

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Photo of MikeyBadnews
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

After a day of intensive, back breaking yard work I emerge sore and with a mild sunburn on my nose and cheeks. Not a night for a typical ale, nor a night to rehash the old. I'm officially stepping out of winter and budding like the maple in my backyard.

I searched for something spring related, dying for an allergy ale, an itchy eye IPA or anything seasonal. Nothing fit the mold so I grabbed a bottle that shows a fleet of American bombers reigning down hell and hops into a pint glass. It does have some green in the Roman-Sans font on the label so we'll call it a Spring Beer.

This brew is a Double IPA so the alcohol is high at 10%.

Pours heavy with a rusty orange, translucent hue and tops off with a creamy three finger head that finishes like a mountain of thick cool-whip. The head takes it's sweet time retreating so I dive in prematurely.

The smell is a typical heavy handed Double IPA alcohol smell upfront with some pine sap and tangerine smells sitting in the back. Not bad

Flavor in this Is plentiful and strong, you feel the alcohol burn initially but it withdraws with a sticky film that leaves a particular sweetness behind. Not exclusive to this beer but unique as the alcohol lingers with every exhale you can use the sweet film to accompany it and make it rather pleasant as the two meet together and offset the harsher notes left behind.

Mouth feel is good, enjoyable and goes down easy for a high alcohol brew.

Overall this is a terrific beer, it wont leave you questioning whether or not you just downed a pint because it's a strong beer. If you're not into IPAs it's not a starter beer, experienced pallets only, but if it sounds like something you'd be into you wont walk away disappointed.


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Photo of larryarms847
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is bit a cloudy, but bright with a golden orange hue.

Smells like hops, citrus, and hops.

Taste is a full on hop bomb with back notes of tropical fruit.

Mouthfeel is like chewing on hops.

Overall this is a decent IPA and perfect for any hopheads out there looking for a fix.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured 22oz bomber into Lost Abbey Teku no date on bottle

A-Pours a golden orange color with a white head. Great lacing.

S-Hop, citrus, pine and malt aroma.

T-Mango, orange, grapefruit, passion fruit, pine, biscuit and malt flavors.

M-Medium body with lots of carbonation.

O-Overall great DIPA should've tried a draft when I was in SD

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a tulip.
Appearance - gold/orange, noticeable carbonation, thin white head that leaves light lacing.
Smell - smack you in the face citrus and floral hops!
Taste - follows the nose with an aggressive hop profile.
Feel - hop bitterness and a touch of alcohol.
Overall - very good and enjoyable DIPA, a bit overpriced and one-sided, however.

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Hop 15 from Port Brewing
4.17 out of 5 based on 1,855 ratings.
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