2nd Anniversary Double IPA | Port Brewing

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2nd Anniversary Double IPA2nd Anniversary Double IPA

Brewed by:
Port Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 202 |  Reviews: 187
Reviews by Douglas14:
Photo of Douglas14
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a typical orange-amber color that be present in all good DIPA's. The head is pretty minimal at first but it slowly rises up from the bottom; cool to see as I wasn't expecting something like that out of this beer. This is weird but on top of the obvious hops, I'm getting a funnel-cake smell...weird, but awesome. The hop notes are leaning towards the resiny characters of the hops. There is a definite nuttiness to the aroma towards the end too. The flavor has an incredible balance to it. The nuttiness comes out as well in the taste. The hops and sweet malt go perfectly. The 2nd Anny has one of, if not the, fullest body for a DIPA that I have had. Pretty awesome.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a clear orange amber with a 2 finger head of foam and some nice sticky lacing.

The smell got to me as soon as I popped the cap. Lots of cararml malt greeted my smeelbuds. Now that I've popped the cap and am holding the glass to my nose, the malt is still there but I get a big dose of piney and grassy hops as well. Overall, the nose is nicely balanced.

The taste agrees with the nose. The malt and hops are really big and about equal. Caramel malt in abundance balanced by some strong piney hop flavour, a bunch of fruitiness that is all over the map, and a noticeable alcohol kick. Tasty for sure but the alcohol is a bit too prevelant for my liking. Maybe some aging will do some good.

It has a medium mouthfeel and the carbonation is on the light side. It finishes with a slightly sweet flavour and more of the alcohol.

Bottom line: This is a bit raw to me fresh and would probably benefit from some aging but as it is, it is still quite tasty and fairly drinkable. I'll have to try it again in the not too distant future because I think it has great potential...

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Photo of philbertk
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thin mild lace white head.Hazy rich bright orange gold color.Big sweet floral hop malt ester grapefruit dough front.Cloying sweet caramel pine bisquit fruit huge hop infused malty body.Hot hop EtOH spice dry puckery end.Big Malty harsh unbalanced Hop Bomb.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours hazy copper, with barely a smidge of head after a stretch-pour. Just enough white foam to cover the surface for the first minute, then fades to a placid surface with zero lacework.

Aromatics lead off with a blend of pungent tropical citrus fruit, pine sap, and resin-spiked honey. Tangerines, sugared grapefruit, mangoe, and forest floor dew.
Sweet malt pulls through as well as some warming alcohol.

Sticky, tacky, mouthfeel. Barely carbonated and a bit cloying.

Oily fruit zest, resinous hop juice, and chewy alphas lead off the pallet. Some caramel malts follow through with a bottom-line bitterness that sustains.

Alcohol begins the finish, along with a somewhat numbing citrus pith bitterness and sappy earthiness.

A top notch hop-bomb except for it being almost flat. Too bad, a correct amount of carbonation would have really allowed the aromatics to blast from the glass and kept the mouthfeel lively.

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Photo of Boto
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber: This one pours a fairly clear orange-tinged amber color. There was a bit of an off-white head on mine. A small amount of lacing down the glass. The aroma in mainly piney hops. hints of citrus and a bit of caramel malt also. The taste is not quite as bitter as I would have expected. Definite piney bitterness, but a well balanced malt body to go along with it. a hint of orange too. No sweetness at all. Very drinkable.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a orangey amber with a good sized not quite white head.
the nose has a pleasant flowery grapefruit aroma with touches of mango and apricot. on the malt side of things you find some toasted caramel that's a touch grainy.
the flavor is has somewhat less hop flavor and bitterness than i was expecting. up front there is the same slightly toasted caramel found in the aroma transitioning to a vaguely dark fruity flavor (in the same vein as raisin, but not quite, somewhat lighter). the hops kick in mid to back with a mostly floral quality, but with some grapefruity citrus undertones and some of the requisite hop fruits (apricot and tangerine mostly). a moderate amount of bitterness (for the style), cleans up your mouth a bit. the aftertaste has a slightly buttery toffee flavor. this comes off as a nicely balanced sweet in front bitter in back beer, more akin to a beefy american pale ale than double IPA, i would say. a slight amount of alcohol is detectable towards the finish. with warmth some of the hop flavor takes on a lime characteristic
the mouthfeel is full-ish medium bodied with moderate, but extremely delicate carbonation, giving it a creamy quality.
the drinkability is very good, as i said it's got a nice balance to it, in a way that almost unncharacteristic of the style. that doesn't change my opinion of this being a damn tasty beer though.

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Photo of arizcards
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber at AJ's in late September for $7.39.

Beer poured a hazt amber-orange with very little head. Nose was heavy on citrus hops initially but becomes malty the longer it sits. Taste was very malty and sweet with a big alcohol burn on the first sip. Finishes with a hop slickness on the palate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and decently carbonated to keep it lively on the palate. Overall drinkability is pretty good but it is a bit unbalanced with a bit too much alcohol for the style.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a deep slightly hazy orangey color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of strong bitter hops with some distinctive grassy notes. Taste is also dominated by some strong grassy and bitter hops with some notes of citrus thought but as much as expected. There is definitely a malt base but it is hard to say what it taste like with the amount of hops in here. I know that it was the goal to produce a gigantic hoppy beer but still too bitter and one-dimensional for my taste buds.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.64/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer was a beautiful, bright orange in color and very translucent. The head was a bit modest and wanting.

Smell - The hops are incredibly heavy at the nose. They are so complex and balanced it is hard to find a standout. Hell, the entire hop profile stands out.

As big and clean as the pine resin is there are still plenty of other hop smells to keep it balanced. The citrus is not sweet at all but very rindy, and there's almost a bit of peppermint in there somewhere. There are some good herbal notes going on as well. It is all very fresh and clean.

The malts do clearly play second fiddle, but they provide a light caramel aroma that reminds you you're not smelling a bag of hop pellets. This truly is a hop nose to write home about.

Taste - The caramel malt comes out just a bit more at the taste. This is good because the hops are explosive. They are thankfully a bit wetter on the tongue, and I do catch a bit more citrus when drinking. Wrap up everything I said about the smell and add some mouth-watering satisfaction to the mix and there you have it.

Mouthfeel - This was the ale's one weak point IMO, and when I say "weak" it is all relative because this is an overall outstanding beverage. Although the style doesn't call for a lot of carbonation, the carbs were still lacking in my book. I would have liked to have seen a bit more body to go along with the super-strong dryness as well.

Drinkability - This beer presents a quandary, because you can't really session it because it's so dry yet after drinking one of these you won't be able to taste Limburger cheese served with roasted garlic and raw habaneros. If you are a true lover of complex versatile West Coast DIPAs though you can't go wrong with this bad boy.

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Photo of gueuzegeek
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i am sitting in monk's in philly drinking this beer. i feel fortunate to have found one since it has been gone elsewhere. the color is a lovely orangey color and semi-opaque. it was a tad on the warmer side, but that was because they brought it up from the cellar, so it was really fine and already had all the flavors fully developed.

there are definite piney elements to the aroma with some citrus notes. it is a bit of a hop bomb but as one who does not typically favor higher abv beer, this one is stealthy!!

my taste buds are still happy after about 8 ounces and do not wish to start a search and rescue mission.

it has a nice thickness to the mouthfeel as well. overall, get it while you can.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wow, this beer is noticeably viscous and thick as I pour it into my 25cl tulip glass. It pours with a frothy, initially three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a clear amber color that shows an almost clear, pale copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is sticky with hop notes though there is a fair amount of biscuit-like malt if you start digging around for it. Aromas of tangelos, bergamot, lychee and sweetened grapefruit are noticeable up front, but then a persistent herbal note comes into play that adds notes of pine and some light hemp notes. The malt in the finish provides aromas of crushed soda crackers, crushed pale malt and crushed bread crust. While I certainly can't find a fault with the aroma, I do like hops, it just doesn't seem to sing to me.

Thick and sweet up front, a quick, sharp, biting hop character quickly tames the sweetness and seems to burnt into the palate as an astringent bitterness just lingers on long after the beer has left my mouth. Flavors of bergamot, lychee, and super ripe tangelo juice are accentuated by the up front sweetness. The middle picks up an herbal sense / flavor to it that also has just a hint of hemp as well as a pine sap note. The body of this is perhaps a bit heavier than I would prefer in a Double IPA, but not quite as thick as a Barley Wine should be; this puts this about right for a Strong Ale, which since this is not stylistically called out, sounds good to me. Viscous, with a certain richness and a palate coating quality to it that is just cut by the sharp, herbal, astringent hop notes. The finish can get a little hot at times as the alcohol can definitely be noticeable.

This is one of those brews that is likely too hoppy, even for this hop head; it is just a bit too unbalanced, despite the thick, chewy malt character. This drinks like a big beer; thick enough, with noticeable alcohol and with a massive, biting hop character. Not as unbalanced as I had heard, perhaps it has mellowed some, but still does not have the balance that is even necessary in the hoppiest of beers; I wouldn't be surprised if this peaks within the next three months though.

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Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 650 mL bomber from a recent trade with Throwitallaway.

A: The ale is a golden-brown color, a pale amber that is several shades lighter than the bottle it came in. A decent-sized head (a tad less than a finger) resulted from the first pour but it doesn't lace.

S: The ale is thick with hops, resiny pine aromas miz with tangerine and nectarine. Pineapple sweetness is all over the place too.

T: I was expecting a normal West Coast hop bomb, some pine and citrus and loss of taste. This one is different though. This hop flavor is much more peppery, hot and zesty on the tongue with lots of booze to back it up. Pine and pineapple flavors follow that initial heat to intensify the flavor. Caramel malts are noticeable but beneath the cascade of hops they rarely make a dent.

M: This is thick, think freshly squeezed hop oils cut by a splash of water. The pepper, pineapple and pine oils are intense but not off-putting.

D: The big abv and biting bitterness limit the drinkability but I'd turn to this one in a heartbeat if only I had a few more in my fridge.

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Photo of Crosling
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light orange color with a small head. Nose is pretty raw and pure, with tropical fruits, orange, tangerine, nectarine, tang, resin and honey covered fruit. Flavor matches the nose in its hop depth and intensity. Citrus and lemon, pine and grapefruit, with lots of juiciness. Incredibly hoppy, like no other. Well brewed, fresh and impressive.

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Photo of John_M
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap during the Lupulin Reunulin at the Brickskeller in DC.

The beer pours an attractive peach color with very good head retention and lacing. This beer is very aromatic, and I get mandarin orange, pine and citrus. It smells like a big DIPA, albeit one a bit on the sweet and malty side. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, and again I note how sweet and malty this beer is. While there is plenty of hoppy citrus going on a well, it's the sweetness that seems to stand out. As a result, I have to say I found this beer a bit heavy and tiring to drink with very noticeable alcohol. The beer does have a nice soft mouthfeel and is medium bodied.

This is a good solid DIPA and reminds me very much of the Hop 15. Although I prefer the 15, this is a good beer. I wouldn't call it outstanding, but it was still pretty good.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Blazing bonfire orange with a slight smoky haziness. A small handful of fine bubbles can be seen rising lazily to the underside of a sponge-like crown of ecru colored foam (that looks like it will be gone later this week). Thin sheets of tattered lace are beginning to appear on the upper few inches of the glass. Solid all around.

The aroma is solid too. It smells as though this big ale will be somewhere between a pale malt-dominant hop bomb and a caramel malty, barleywine-like DIPA. Juicy tangerine is most prominent, followed by grapefruit and peach. Can't go wrong with C-hops.

2nd Anniversary Ale is expertly crafted beer. The reason it doesn't get sky-high marks is because it lies too close to the barleywine end of the DIPA spectrum. In other words, it's sweet and malty at the expense of bitter and hoppy. Since this is my review, personal preference matters.

Malt should be decreased by 25% and hops should be increased by 50%. Who knows if that would result in delicious beer, but it sure as hell sounds like it would. A pretty good job was done with the almost double-digit ABV, although the beer is still warming mouth, esophagus and stomach quite nicely.

The problem with so many malt sugars is they dampen hop flavor too much. Rather than being as bright as Roman candles on the Fourth of July, the flavor is more 100-watt light bulb. Tangerine/orange, as well as the fruits mentioned above, still lead the way, along with a gooey river of liquified butter toffee.

The mouthfeel is exceptional, but only if you're a fan of big, crushed velvety, mouth and tongue pampering beer. Bubbles are scarce, but they get the job done.

Port Brewing's 2nd Anniversary Ale is good beer. Having said that, I wish they had gone in a slightly different direction. Since it's less than an explosive hop bomb at barely more than one month of age, drink it now if you have a bomber in your possession. Here's to many, many, many more years of success for one of America's best breweries.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oh, it is a double IPA. IBU 150? Its taste is understated bitterenss to a DIPA. Grapefruit colourwith a mocha head, and it's lacey. Not great drinkability initially, rather it grows on you withe earthiness and complexity. Best appreciated with food, and sipped

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Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Woof, strong and flavorful stuff. Love the PP brews, here's to MANY more anniversary beers from these folks!
Bomber bottle, Pours lighter amber, shimmers in the glass, tiny bubble head, film, gobs of fine and striated lacing, the whole 9 appearance wise. I get mostly bready malts and some bourbon in the nose. Malt is the surprise performer here, hops, in the house as well, but not over the top. Could this be a "British style DIPA"? With somewhat "restrained hopping" (at least in the SD style framework of things) and punched up levels of malt and sweetness? I love thier brws and this one does not let me down....I need to buy a case of this stuff and I need to do it soon....Viva PBC...

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.37/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 ounce bottle freshly introduced to La Bodega in Riverside, CA in May 2008; tasted almost immediately!!!

I am a huge fan of Pizza Port beers, and couldn't wait for this surprise. The label talks about how much they love hops, and that's certainly a self-evident fact!

Pours a deep, rich golden orange, thick and almost syrupy (OK, that's hyperbole). A tiny head is there just to help prove that it's beer.

Huge hop oil aroma. I don't know what kind or how much is in here, but it's a lot. Grapefruit and sharp bitter resin (tree sap resin) dominate in the flavor. A heavy malty base contributes to a thick, syrupy mouthfeel.

Alcohol burn is way too strong, and the 9.5 ABV seems stronger than some 12% beers I've had. Be warned.

Overall, I actually am disappointed. I love Pizza Port hop bombs, but this one is too much for me. Too much on the oily resin side of life, the fruit opens up as it warms, but so does the alcohol burn- they cancel each other out.

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Photo of Zorro
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber colored ale nearing red in color with a tall light tan colored head.

Strong hop aroma lots of pine and grapefruit aroma chock full of Northwest Hop bouquet. Malt is not totally obscured and a bit of garlic scent is present. This is a bit spicy but really no complexities beyond very strong hops.

The taste starts out sweet with a strong melon flavor. Garlic and onion flavors emerge giving this a savory flavor like an onion roll. Yep mostly melon, garlic and onion plus some sweet malt, grapefruit and pine are mostly missing. Alcohol is very apparent as this warms.

Mouthfeel is good and full.

Drinkability is going to depend on your appreciation of the more rare flavors hops can provide namely onion and garlic. I'm a hophead so I like it but not everyone likes garlic and onion in a beer.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a minimal 1/8" beige head over the way cloudy orangey amber brew. Head quickly retreats to the sides, with leggy slow-falling lace. Aroma is pungeant piney grapefruit. Taste is sweet to start, quickly fruity in the middle, and the close is combo of take-your-breath-away bitterness and alcohol burn. But somehow that comes together well and works. Mouthfeel is smooth, and is drinkable for the style. Another memorable anniversary.

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Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange-amber color and very cloudy. Impressive tightly bubbled head that retains its frothiness. Oddly, very little lace on the glass.

Strong grapefruit hop with lighter malt in the background.

Surprisingly malty on the initial sip. This quickly gives way to the bitter hop bomb. The swallow is bitter with a generous amount of warming alcohol. Spicy brandy aftertaste. Oily body (from the alcohol).

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Photo of mnapier
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Service Temperature, 50 degrees farenheit. Glassware, 12 ounce tulip (yeah yeah). http://beeradvocate.com/beer/user_review/5318/42466
Write a Beer Review for 2nd Anniversary Double IPA from Port Brewing Company / Pizza Port - BeerAdvocate

Popping the cap off I notice as I am pouring this cloudy light orange celebration of Port's contribution to good beer. Left behind is little or no off-white foamy head along with little or no lace.
Detected in the nose is a floral hoppiness, along with some sweet orange peel, and a little bit of pine along with some biscuit
Taking a sip I get some medium pine and the previously mentioned biscuit, alongside with some minor dryness. Overall mouthfeel is mild to medium.

This one is a hit for sure and I look forward to sampling in 6 months.


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Photo of woodychandler
4.77/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The finger of foamy head with light retention had an interestingly unusual yellow cast. The beer itself looked as though I were pouring raw honey into my glass. The nose had a very pine-y, resinous quality. The mouthfeel was full, bordering on viscous. My goodness, but this was simply liquid hops. The taste just would not quit. In fact, the monkey on my back actually stopped his incessant chattering! Jeez, I felt like an IPA virgin. The finish absolutely lingered with an intense hops bite. Zounds! Let's do this again real soon.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 fl oz brown bottle; served in an oversized wine glass.

Very hazy, darkened peach with burnt auburn. Somewhat of a creamy head that recedes after a moment to a thin, nearly intact filmy sheet. Thin lacing with only slightly above average strength.

Swarming hop resin with tropical fruit aromas: peach, pear, green apple, lemon zest, and grapefruit. Spicy notes of ginger and saffron that cut the tropical fruit and citrus. The alcohol aroma builds, but never overpowers the hop oils. Semi-sweet, biscuity malt with just a touch of diacetyl. Nearly perfect aromatics.

Creamy, biscuit-flavored malt character with a light sweetness which really provides a nice balance to the hop intensity. Speaking of hops, this offering has such a dynamic, flavorful profile. Bright grapefruit, lemon, pear, and melon in addition to a brisk, intense pine addition. Notes of bubblegum and a rounded, warming alcohol presence prior to a burnt hop bitterness. The slightly buttery, toasted malt character mildly returns in the aftertaste.

A full, medium in body; oily with a smooth backbone. The pine flavors add a brisk roughness that leads to the finish. A big enough body to withstand all of the flavor components that this Double IPA offers.

Despite a wide array of hop flavors, the shining quality of this ale is the pleasant and rounded slightly sweet malt character. The malt really does stand up to the intense hop profile. How many other Double IPA's can claim that?

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Photo of brentk56
3.47/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a modest head that declines quickly; just a few spots of foam on the glass

Smell: Big caramel malt aroma with lots of piney hops; I fear this is going to be one visous and sticky beer

Taste: Very malty up front, with a huge caramel flavor that, once the bitter hops kick in, turns piney, in a very viscous fashion; after the swallow, the two angles of this beer battle it out, Barleywine vs. DIPA, but it just doesn't work very well for me

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and viscous, with moderate carbonation and some warmth on the finish

Drinkability: Perhaps this is just past its prime, but the beer is too viscous, too piney and too alcoholic for it to be very drinkable

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2nd Anniversary Double IPA from Port Brewing
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 202 ratings