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 Double / 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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Ratings: 202 |  Reviews: 187
Photo of alamode
5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of reradford
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Halcyondays
4.82/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a mild orange, with a small white head, great retention, good lacing.

S: Great nose of tropical fruit and tangerine, orange juice.

T: Absolutely delicious Double IPA. The malt is light, gives a bit of a biscuity undertone, but the great part about this beer is the hop character. Pineapple, orange, passion fruit, tropical fruit, guava, papaya, lots of different things going on. The alcohol is there, but it obeys itself and doesn't take over the brew, very well done.

M: The carbonation is quite light, but I thought it really added to the beer, the carbonation is almost that of a cask beer, and it allows the hop flavours to come to fruition in a way that a more carbonated brew could get in the way of it.

D: As the legendary Marty McFly would say, "This is heavy duty Doc, this is great." A fantastic Double IPA, have to go down to Hi-Times to buy more of this while it lasts, if you're in Southern CA where this release is readily available you have to try it, very well done by Port.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.77/5  rDev +20.2%
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 rxdrewthejew
4.77/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Must be anniversary time...found this at BevMo along with Avery 15 and Lagunitas 13.

A: Dark reddish-amber, much darker than Hop 15. Very little head, but the brew looks syrupy and is quite hazy with floaties and tiny bubbles.

S: Citrus hops and a huge syrupy-sweet estery/candi malt base. Orange and peach sweetness.

T: Really sweet up front, huge sugary malt. Hops come through soon after, big oily pine flavor and some grassy hops as well. The hop blast is actually a bit harsh, but balanced well with the massive sweetness.

MF: Syrupy and smooth, but the big hop finish is sharp on the tongue. Not especially carbonated, but doesn't really need it. Bit warming effect, and the first few sips went straight to my head.

D: It may be Port's anniversary, but I think we're the ones that win. Just a supberb IIPA. The pine dominant hop flavor is a bit of a departure from their typical citrus, and keeps it from being Hop 15 redux. The balance is really impressive, especially considering how harsh the hops are. A fantastic brew.

Congrats to Tomme and the rest of the crew for two years...and hopefully many more to come.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.67/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a snifter.

Appears a nice orange-amber with about a half inch off-white head. Leaves a bit of lacing.

Aroma is full of citrusy, piney hops with some tropical fruit tones. Despite the onslaught of hops there is a nice caramel and bready malt backing.

The taste starts out with a sharp hoppy bitterness but then the malt comes forward and pushes the bitterness back to reveal citrusy piney hop flavors and a fruitiness that reminds me of oranges and pineapples. That doesn't last too long though - the bitterness is back and the other flavors linger alongside it. A bit of warming alcohol on the finish that is expected for the ABV, but it doesn't detract.

Mouthfeel is medium-full and creamy. Perfect for a DIPA.

Excellent stuff right here. I enjoyed it more than the Hop 15 and possibly even more than Pliny the Elder. I will savor this one, as I'm sure I'll never have the chance to taste it again since it is limited and not available anywhere near me.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.64/5  rDev +16.9%
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 dqderrick
4.62/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber cellared for 4 months after purchase at 52F. Was this only made in May 2008? If so, this bottle is going on 10 months in age.

A - 4.0
Orange/brown. Cloudy with very slight head. Some particles suspending in beer. I had it stored upright... hmmm.

S - 4.5
Smells malt sweet with slight but good hops filling in. Age seems to be effecting its hoppiness. Pineapple/grapefruit/citrus is definitely there and VERY enjoyable.

T - 5.0
AWESOME. I'm loving the taste of the aged hops. The malt backbone makes me very happy. Reminds me a little of a Speakeasy Double Daddy IPA... but I haven't had one for a while.

MF - 4.0
Seems pretty good. Carbonation a tad low but present.

D - 4.5
Very smooth and not as hoppy as i used to be by a long shot! The 22 oz went down very easily over an hour plus. I enjoyed it like a good wine. For 9.5%, this was very drinkable. Very.

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.59/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 Oz bomber. Purchased at Whole Foods, Cambridge, MA.

Appearance is very nice. Poured with little head, it nonetheless left a thin ring of lacing. Color is honey amber.

Nose is outstanding. Fresh citrus with a boozy candiness.

Flavor is very nice indeed. Fresh cut citrus and an intense spiciness with a balancing sweet maltiness. Wonderful!

Mouthfeel is tooth-stripping with a smoothness that is rare in this style and ABV.

Drinkability is very nice. I had to restrain myself from sipping this right down. Very tasty and mouthwatering.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.59/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

07/25/08- Purchased at Ledger's in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, 2008 anniversary release. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Murky orange, light rust colored pour. Nice creamy one inch head on pour. Leaves light sticky lace streaks and patchwork behind.

Smell- Another glorious DIPA smell. This was another beer that I could not stop smelling. It had such a nice candied caramel smell adding with it a sweet, juicy and fruity citrus orchard. Mostly ornage in the nose, which melded perfectly with the caramel.

Taste- This one gets better and better. It pretty much mirrors the scent. It has a huge thick and viscous caramel malt base and a juicy mouthwatering orange, tangerine, peach hop juice bonanza. The flavors really combine greatly. It's very sweet for a DIPA and super thick.

Mouthfeel- Thick, chewy, viscous, almost like a meal rather than a beer. Very smooth, quite creamy and a low carbonation level. In fact a bit more carbonation would have been nice. Much more crisp right out of the fridge, but the flavors really come out later and continue on at room temp.

Drinkability- I will be getting a few more of these. Not an everyday beer, or an everyday DIPA, but this one really hit the spot at the right time. If you like full flavored and full bodied DIPA's, this one is right up your alley. Extremely well rounded and balanced.

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Photo of khiasmus
4.59/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very cloudy orange with floaties. There's a bit of white, soapy head that leaves a good bit of lacing on the side of my glass.

Aroma is exceptional. Very bready, with tons of bitter, harsh hops that are carried by undertones of caramel and cane sugar. The hop character is very complex. There must be at least 4 or 5 different hops in here. There's everything from christmas tree to lemon. Pick the entire spectrum of hop aromas.. it's here. Oh and a bit of alcohol.

Flavor has some sweet sugary notes, but is overwhelmed by the grapefruit peel and christmas tree. the hops are excellent, but not quite what was suggested in the nose.

Mouthfeel is low carbonation, smooth, relatively light, and a clean, syrupy, and lightly astringent finish.

You could slam much of this. Too bad it's limited. Sigh. Delicious. Drink it soon if you can. It seems to be at its peak as an IPA.

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Photo of popery
4.54/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Excellent DIPA with a wonderfully oily citrus hop flavor. This beer's main failing was that it was almost impossible to produce a head of any size. I was a bit put off by that, but it's such a good beer otherwise that all is forgiven. The color was very nice, somewhere between a dusky amber and burnt orange. Those are funny descriptors but it's hard to precisely describe the color of good beer.

The smell was oily and sweet with a ton of bitter grapefruit. You know that you're getting a San Diego-style DIPA from the moment it gets near you. It's a strong smell even for the style. The taste is similar and also very pleasing. It's like grapefruit rind and sweet caramel. It's so sweet and sour that you almost get a green apple flavor off it (I mean that in a good way and not the chemically off note of some beers). There's some pretty good puckery aftertaste and the feel is wonderfully oily and rich. I love these DIPAs for just this hop oil flavor and feel. This beer particularly succeeds in this department and comes away as an immensely drinkable entry, as long as you're into huge hop flavors.

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Photo of scottoale
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a growler filled the day of the event. I've had this on cask, as well as on tap, but have yet to crack open a 22oz. bomber of this hop-bomb for comparison. Both the draught and cask version kick serious ass.

Poured from the growler into a snift, was an awesome orange amber-gold with 1/2" of ivory head that was short lasting. Small traces of sticky lace and mild carbonation are on hand.

A big, piney hop slap is in your face and in your nose...sweet and pungent. Malt burried in citrus comes through as the pine settles a bit. Hop shortage? You wouldn't think so, judging by the smell of this hop happy brew...honestly, like being in the High Sierra's, Pacific NW, etc., a very dense pine forest aroma and then some!

Big, bold, tasty and hoppy as hell, this is the style of a hop riddled San Diego championship type beer. A sweet malt that's quickly overpowered with bittering and floral hop resins, then some how tones down with a balanced, grapefruity finish. You just gotta taste it, spendid!

Medium-plus body, ample carbonation and the rather high ABV of 9.5% is hidden deep, almost undetectable in the taste.

A solid 2X IPA that sets an example of why this region continues to rock the world of fine beer.

Happy Anniversary PBC/TLA!

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got to split this one with pimpp at my place last night. 22 oz bomber, thanks!

Appearance: Crystal clear, light amber with a slightly off-white head. Golden edges when picked up an studied in the light. Head is slightly creamy and sticks around for a while.

Smell: Pineapples all over the place with pleasant sweet malts trailing. Bitter grapefruit in the mix, as well. Slight bitterness detected.

Taste: Pineapples continue to take the front stage. Robust sweetness and bitterness. A really enjoyable balance of fresh pineapple/citrus hops. Sweet and light bready yeasts on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Suprisingly light-bodied with the amount of flavor packed into this one.

Drinkability: I could put this down all night - I wish it was available in my area!

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Photo of Crosling
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
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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4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
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 TasteTester
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Vermonthiker for this one. Acquired in a nice trade. Perfect (my favorite style) to celebrate my birthday with.

A-Beautiful hazy copper. Head a finger or so tall on the pour but didn't last. Lacing all the way.

S-Great piney/hops aroma with a subtleness of citrus in the background. Bitterness all the way.

T-Phenomenal. The balance you expect in a good DIPA. The bite and bitterness of the alcohol and hops softened by the citrus and pine.

M-Sticky. Flavors linger for a while.

D-Would drink this all night. I want more.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
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 corby112
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle from the Belgian Cafe, Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a dark hazy amber orange with a thick oof white foam head. Very hoppy aroma with nice malty balance as well as citrus peel and pine. An explosion of hops with bitterness lasting throughout. Malty backbone provides excellent balance. Hints of grapefruit and other citrus fruit. Somewhat sweet with a nice alcohol presence and bitter dry finish.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber orange color with 2+ fingers of foamy off-white head with good retention that eventually settles into 1 finger, leaving nice lacing. Smells of grapefruit rind, pineapple, tangerine, caramel, biscuits, pine, and a touch of alcohol. Taste starts out with light caramel notes followed by lots of pineapple as well as some tangerine and grapefruit flavors. Biscuity malt follows briefly then a surge of pine resin and a touch of alcohol and peppery spicy hops to finish it off. Medium in body with pretty good carbonation, though just a tad bit light. Medium stickiness with lots of hop flavors and enough of a balance with malt and caramel presence. An awesome West Coast style DIPA that I would expect from Port Brewing, and quite thankful that I have a full bomber to enjoy, just wish I had more.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy "sunrise at the beach" orange body. Topped by a three finger level slab of white bubbly foam. Good sticky lacing.

Big juicy, citrusy, enticing aroma.

Big chewy sweetness rolls down the center of the tongue. Waves of juicy, citrusy fruity, wonderfully bitter hops crash the sides of the mouth and tongue. A warm glow forms in the tummy. Tingly bitterness lingers on into the afterglow.

Mouthfeel is thick, this has viscosity of its own. Wonderfully drinkable for all that is here.

A terrific DIPA/IIPA. I am glad that I convinced myself to buy a case.

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Photo of gueuzegeek
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
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 drseamus
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Darker amber reddish body with a good white head. Some visible carbonation and some floaties as well.

S: MMM! Straight west coast on this bad boy. Tons of citrusy hops. A bit of malt in there as well.

T: Excellent. Good malt with a nice grapefruity citrusy hop profile. Again, classic west coast and just what I like. Good bitterness but flavor driven.

M: Not thin and not thick. Right in that sweet spot.

D: Damn good. I need to move westward.

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Photo of Boto
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
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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4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many, many thanks going out to jakekohut for the opportunity to consider this one!!!

Pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with a BIG foamy off white head that resists fading and leaves sheets of Belgian lacing behind. The smell is aggressive and 'all telling'. A full biscuit sweet malt and an absolutely MONSTER HOP BOMB piny grapefruit character. Visibly effervescent, the mouth feel is dominated by the tangy hops! Medium bodied, the mouth is also distinctly creamy. Full flavored, the INTENSE grapefruit resin pine taste goes on and on. "LETS PARTY" indeed...the 9.5% ABV gently warms ...as the hammer drops! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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