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:
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Added by Floydster on 05-03-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by scootny:
Photo of scootny
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear orange with moderate white head. Nice retention with generous lacing on the sides of my glass. Light carbonation activity.

Smell is orange citrus and pine. Caramel component blends with a fruity yeastiness into a sweet malty structure.

Taste is DIPA with orange. A blend of pine resin and orange cough syrup. Maybe a touch of tropical fruit. Malt is there but is dominated by the orangey sweetness. Caramel is underneath the malt and tries to add to the balance. A little coarse in the blending of tastes,disjointed. Finish is dry bitterness up front, and strong bitter on the back of the throat. Bitter orange and dry graininess. Light fusel alcohol that hides well. Seems to lack balance somehow. Better on the warmer side of drinking temperatures.

Mouthfeel is lively carbonation on a medium body. Smooth and pleasant.

Drinkability suffers from the abundance of orange and pine resin. Not a bad beer just not cohesive to me. Not what I expect from Pizza Port and I have another one to see if maybe the bottle had gone bad. It happens.

I have opened my other bottle and it is much better. Maybe the age has allowed the brew to come together but his one is just dandy.

A:4 S:4 T:4 M:4 D:4

A score more inline with what I expect from Port Brewing. No overpowering orange cough syrup this time. A big chewy and piney hop assault at first quickly followed by huge caramel malt backbone. A firm alcohol follows flowing into a minty presence. Then more hops, this time grapefruit and hop oil. Long dry finish with grapefruit rind and hop oily mint along with crusts of sourdough.

Easy drinker that, while it shows its teeth they are smiling at you. So hey have a few. Watch out now!

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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 hopsleeroy
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber

A-Typical orange caramel color with 1 inch head that dissipated quickly.
S-Citrus grapefruit/orange and caramel together. Maybe more malt than hops smell.
T-Piney and citrus hop, some melon flavor as warms, pretty decent malt flavor, not as much caramel as expected, finishes fairly bitter pine resin flavor with some alcohol hotness excentuating, leaves an astringent dryness that I'm not sure if I like.
M- Medium in mouth, light carbonation prickle, pretty decent but the astringent feeling isn't entirely pleasant
D-I enjoyed this enough for a bomber but couldn't keep it up all night.

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

Clear amber color with a nice off-white head that retains well. Big smells of grapefruit, orange rind, and some cantaloupe. Resiny hops right off the bat, grapefruit and orange come in and bring along some pine and melon with a touch of caramel. Alcohol warmth in the finish, medium carbonation and body. Really a drinkable beer, I might need more of this.

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

Pours orange-brown with a short, rocky white head. Dense aroma of resin, oranges, bread, and pineapple. Big flavor. Lots of mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and resin. Something else that is very funky. Kind of a caramel, candi-sugar, yeasty kick that gives it a Belgian quality for about a second or so, then its back to the hop assault. A very good beer that is not like their other offerings in the category.

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Photo of ohmybock
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, another great hoppy brew from Port! I haven't had a bad brew from them yet (including some non-hoppy/unusual brews). I think this is my first review of any of Port's labels. I guess this is long over-due.

This bottle pours a hazy amber with little head. Carbonation is a bit low, and it's not the prettiest beer in the world. It appears to be bottle-conditioned so that's probably why it's hazy. Aroma is a bit caramelly and tropical-fruity mixed with a veritable hop souffle. The flavor is clean malts and some caramel, combined with a big blast of misc hops. It's been a while since I've had a Hop 15, but I think this brew might be somewhat along the same lines. There appears to be quite the assortment of hops in this 2nd Anniversary brew. Whatever the case, I really like this latest Port brew. It seems to drink a bit heavy (maybe I would call it a blond barleywine instead?). I just thought of something...this brew reminded me a bit of Founders Devil Dancer on tap. Is that a good comparison? I'm not sure, but I really liked both brews. Oh well...you know what? Who cares, right? All I can say for sure is that I really like this 2nd Anniversary ale that's currently in my glass. Kudos to Port/Lost Abbey. They certainly must be some of the premier brewers in the US if not the world.

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

Thanks to Joey at South Bay for this brew.

22oz. brown bomber poured into an imperial pint.

A: Coppery, rusty pour. Good head and decent retention. Some hoppy lacing.

S: Loads of citrus, as expected. A great pineapple taste that I love. Sweet malts, bready but a bit chewy.

T/M: A good bitterness level. Big on the pineapple again but with added grapefruit. Super sweet malts. Lighter body is nice in this DIPA. Loads of bitterness through the finish.

D: ABV is up there but this drinks pretty good.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It' a cloudy golden amber orange with an impressive white head of two fingers that melts slowly leaving lots of lacing and a pretty map in it's wake.

Aroma....pure hops....slightly sweet amber malt but mostly citrus and piney hops.

Taste is again, all about the hops. Bitter citrus and pine oils covered only slightly with the sweet load of amber malt. Bit of alcohol not really well hidden in there as well. As if it wasn't finished yet.

Finish and aftertaste is more pine oil than bitter citrus. Mouthfeel is creamy. Slightly cloying.

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Photo of mbunje
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured in to my hi-tech Sam Adams glass.

Bronze color, good clarity light to medium carb. Off white head and pretty decent lacing. Darker than a true pale, but not not as dark as an Arrogant Bastard.

Very sweet smell. Mango-citrusy hop scent. almost a brandy character to it.

Taste continues on the sweet side. Peach-apricot flavor. with a very smooth, dry finish. Not overly bitter for an Imperial IPA. Probably the best characteristic of this beer is the balance and flavor.

This is a mouthful of a beer. Thick and syrupy with good hop oil substance to it. Very little carbonation, good warming from the alcohol and a nice dry finish.

I could drink many of these, but at 9.5% I'll have to keep it to a couple...bombers...

Must have!

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Photo of alamode
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mikesgroove for this one.

Pours a nice amber orange color. Clear with a stark white head that lingers a little, but not too long and leaves good lacing on the way down.

Nose is maltier than expected, but this one does have a few months of age on it. Hops are surely present though, with west coast grapefruit action and some grassy notes.

Hmmm. A little too malty for my taste. Thick sweetness starts this one off. The hops do come around mid taste, but this one is way unbalanced to the malt side of things. Some grassy and grapefruit hops do make their presence known on the finish and in the aftertaste. Really the sweet malt that dominates here though.

Mouthfeel is a bit too thick here, but it should be quite viscous at this abv. Undercarbonated but not disasterously.

Drinkability is hampered quite a bit by the sweetness and the off carbonation. The abv is pretty apparent as well.

Overall a decent DIPA on the sweet side of things, but really a slight dissapointment from the folks over at port. They make some of the best DIPAs around, but this one is off the mark for me. Way too malty without the necessary hops to balance it out. An ok beer, but i think port could have done much better for an anniversary brew.

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

Poured this beer hosting a tasting the other day at Martys in Allston, Ma.

Pours a hazy very bold yellow. Good head that sat around, this beer looks as though it is going to be bold.

Great bouquet. Pine and grapefruit with the dominating aroma being apple cider.

Bam! Lots of flavor, initial flavor is hops, a little citrus and tropical fruit with a hint of pine. The middle of the beer changes character completely and goes to a really prominent caramel flavor and the beer tastes more like a barley wine.

This beer is syrupy and sticky. Extremely full body, these guys know what they are doing.
Great beer, so much is going on you might want to split it with a friend.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Port Brewing's 2nd Anniversary Ale pours a hazy orange-amber reminiscent of orange marmalade. The short white head drops shortly, yet it still leaves behind thin walls of tiny spotted lace about the glass.

In the nose it's initially sweetish... caramelish and a touch orange-like, followed by more citrus, and then soft dried pine.

As it passes your lips and across the tongue it's got a bit of viscosity to it, and that's enhanced by a limited, extremely fine-bubbled carbonation from bottle conditioning. The hops also add to the mouthfeel in the finish, coating the tongue and teeth.

The flavor is bold and brash, with bitterness and piney, resinous hops cutting through the initial dollops of sweetish malt without pause. What yeasty fruitiness appears upfront is quickly pushed aside as well by fruity hoppiness, although it's really the resinous pine flavors that seems to churn across the front of the tongue. For hop heads, it's raspy and harsh in the best way! Bitterness, pine, and resinous acidity remain in the finish along with the alcohol, giving it a little burn.

As to drinkability, well, you really have to be a hop head who appreciates both flavor and bitterness to even approach it. It's "gnarly"! Beyond that I think it's great except that it will dull the palate quickly, eliminating most of its complexity. That hurts its drinkability because each sip becomes the same. Yet at the same time, it also becomes more drinkable because you're accustomed to it and could enjoy another. I'm not sure how to view it. Hedonistically, I'd have another, but that's just me :)

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Photo of cjgator3
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Pours a slightly hazy orange color with an off-white head that possesses decent lacing and retention.

S- Really nice hoppy aroma with a solid amount of malt as well. The hops smell very fresh, and the solid amount of malt to go along with the hops is a trait that I tend to enjoy in some of my favorite DIPAs.

T- Like the aroma, the taste features a solid amount of malt to create a good backbone for the hops. But make no mistake, the hops steal the show like most of the other San Diego IPA/DIPAs.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little thicker than most DIPAs, with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- A solid DIPA, the 9.5% shows at times but is not overpowering.

Overall, Port 2nd Anniversary DIPA is a really good brew that is a must try for all hopheads if you can get your hands on some of this stuff. Recommended.

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Photo of prototypic
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a very clear, golden amber color. Sitting atop is a two and a half finger, vanilla colored head. Retention was very good and a nice coat of lace lined the glass. Solid looking beer.

Smell: The nose is enticing, but comes up a little short of elite. It features some initial citrus grapefruit and pineapple sweetness. Hops kick in and are a little piney, but seemed to be somewhat muted by the strong, malty aroma. Caramel malts are bold and sweet smelling. There is an earthy aspect to it which may be attributable to the addition of a floral hop component. There's even a hint of dark fruit on the tail.

Taste: It's citrusy sweet up front. Grapefruit, pineapple, and a little mango sweeten it up. Hops do their damndest to provide a strong, bitter attack. But, they come across as a little piney and weaker than they should be. Caramel malts are very strong and a little to pervasive for my taste. Don't get me wrong, it's a good flavor. But, not exactly my preference. It is a little earthy and grainy. There's a touch of a dark fruit flavor, but it's not strong. Alcohol is noted.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium to full bodied and very smooth. Carbonation is light and adds to its smooth texture. I prefer a more crisp bite, but it's a nice smooth beer. Drinkability is good, but I'd limit myself to a bomber. It is strong at 9.5% and it's more of a sipping beer than I imagined.

Port released a pretty nice beer for it's 2nd Anniversary. I find it difficult not to compare it to Hop 15, but really there's no comparison. I prefer Hop 15 to this any day of the week. There's just a little too much malt going on. But, it is a solid beer and is definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at lost abbey as a taster as well but this one I'm drinking from the bottle I bought from BevMo.

Appearance is nice but there is little head (like 1/8") and no real lacing. Has a caramel color to it.

Smells amazing. Alot of pine and citrius notes. It smells like a good IPA.

Taste: wow. Hits your tongue hard with the hops but the malt background is a good counter agent to make the whole thing refreshing. Intense alcohol taste with a nice hop bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good but I wish it was a little more carbonated. But still good.

Drinkability is not very high since you would be drunk very fast and I can't handel double IPA's as well as most hop heads since I am just getting into the wonderful world of hoppy beers...

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Photo of nickd717
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from City Beer in SF. I know people are going to shoot me for reviewing a year and a half old double IPA, but looking at the earlier reviews, I don't think this beer has gone downhill all that much. Seems it started off fairly malty and sweet, and this has worked well as it has transitioned to more of a barleywine-like beer.

Pours a brilliant clear amber color. An aggressive pour yields only some bubbles and leaves a small ring around the glass.

Aroma is very interesting and barleywine-like. Caramel and brown sugar, with just a little bit of hop character and some light fruitiness.

Flavor is very malty and sweet. Caramel and brown sugar jump out, along with toffee notes. The hop bitterness is definitely still there, and hops show up on the flavor as mostly grapefruit, resin, and tropical fruits, pineapple in particular.

A little watery on the mouthfeel with somewhat low carbonation. Medium body with some substantial hop oils.

Overall really nice though! I've been on a barleywine kick recently, and this stacks up pretty well if you categorize it as such.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler filled at Port Brewing during their 2nd anniversary party. I had a bunch of tasters of it that day and really loved it, probably because I was really in the mood for hops that morning.

This one pours a pretty clear orangish, maybe some slight chill haze with a bubbly white head. I poured a few glasses of this and usually the head is thin and hard to build up, but another time it came out really creamy almost like it was served nitro.

Anyway, the smell is citrus oil, and you can tell it's gonna be a fairly thick aggressive IPA. The taste starts off with a bit of sweetness that is taken over by some very big bitterness, resin, oil, and then finishes with some fruit and citrus hops. Being from the tap, this growler had a nice mouthfeel, pretty carbonated, although somewhat slick from the high amount of alcohol.

It's definitely a big IPA, though it just doesn't hit my favorite flavor profile overall. I absolutely loved it at the anniversary party but it was early in the morning and I was so thirsty for some hops I think it distorted my perception of it. Not bad by any means.

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Photo of russpowell
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from Solomon420

Pours copper/amber with effervescence & 1 finger of sand colored head. Hazes at the bottom of the bottle. Good head retention

S: Fruitty, piney & bready

T: Rich breadyness, apricots, & tons of grapefruit up front. Orange peels, tangerines, pine & grapefruit on the tongue as this warms. Finishes warming with nice tropical fruit & more grapefruit

MF: Chewy with low carbonation, resiny with good balance

Drinks pretty good, a nice DIPA. The hops are little raw for me to session on this one

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Photo of Kegatron
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a cloudy dark golden orange (along with some quite obvious suspended hop oils floating throughout) with several fingers of foamy off-white head. Good retention that flares up nicely and leaves a big, sticky latticework of hoppy lacing behind. The aroma is big and sticky with prominant pine cone notes, as well a BIG TIME grapefruit character with some mango, orange, and spice mixed in. There is also some underlying bread and caramel sweetness as well as a strong waft of heat that tickles the nose.

The taste, much like the aroma, starts out with a huge resinous hop bitterness up front that quickly gives way to a flush of citric character, including notes of mango, pineapple, and orange zest. There is also a fairly sturdy backbone of bready malts and caramel that trys but barely tempers all of that lingering hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slick carbonation and oily feel from the hops. And this guy has absolutley no problem wearing its 10% on it's sleeve with a beefy alcohol character that mixes with all of that resinous bitterness and gives the overall profile an overly hot and sticky feel.

Warm and bitter can be a good thing in a beer of this size but only if there is enough malt to pull it back and keep things fairly quaffable. Unfortunately, that's not the case with this Port offering as the taste profile seems quite unbalanced towards the hop end of things. 22 oz of this was quite enough thank you and it was frankly a bit of a chore to get through the last bit of it.

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Photo of Rzzzzz
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams glass, thick, orange and virtually headless. Aroma is pineapple syrup if there is such a thing, and even if there isn't.

Flavor is sweet & malty with a dry hoppy finish. Syrupy mouthfeel with little carbonation. Would love to see how the flavors develop through aging, but am affraid I'd eventually be drinking a totally flat brew.

Worth a try, but I for one am not blown away.

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4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light amber yellow with a half-finger of head that quickly dissipated into a thin cap. Little lacing remained.

S: Caramel, freshly cut grass and hops.

T: Wow. This is the first over-the-top hopped beer that has really impressed me. The hop intensity beat me over the head then begged me for more. There's a background of caramel and persimmon to take the edge off...just barely...but enough.

M: An oily viscosity lingers on the palate to remind you that you're drinking a man's beer.

D: Yes, please.

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