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)

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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 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 djrn2
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of t0rin0
3.27/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had both versions on tap. The cask was ugly and it was obvious that it had been bounced around before being served. Tomme Arthur agreed with me on that point and said that happend to most of the beers being served that day. I'll talk about the draught version.

Moderately clear with an interesting golden yellow color. Small head that disappeared. Plenty of CO2.

Lots of hops on the nose but a very smooth soft hops. All citrus, nothing else. It smelled like some kind of pineapple fruit juice or something. Very interesting overall.

Taste was sugary and hoppy. Also some alcohol present. The bitterness was medium/high but its fresh, give it a month and I have a feeling it'll be a completely different beer.

Thick and hearty but too oily in my opinion. The texture combined with the bitterness was kind of distracting in a way. Decent beer all around and quite unique.

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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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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 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 largadeer
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber in color with plenty of hop haze, cloudier as the bottle empties. The head begins strong but eventually settles into a thin sheet.

Smell: Massively hoppy: pine and grapefruit are dominant with some undertones of mint and lemon peel.

Taste/mouthfeel: Wow, this is hoppy. The hop flavor runs the gamut; pine, grapefruit, fresh herbs and flowers. A fruity malt flavor is almost noticeable before it's swept away by an almost excessive amount of bittering hops. Balance? What? The body is on the heavier side and carbonation is somewhat lower than I'd like, but it's certainly drinkable stuff. That's assuming you don't mind having your taste buds annihilated, of course. Still, not a bad brew, but I think I'd rather just drink Hop-15.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a murky orange/amber color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of piney hops, caramelized malts and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts with a strong burst of floral hops bitterness that stays dominant. There are sweet flavors of caramel and citrus that quickly follow and a hearty malt character provides a decent balance. There's a pretty significant alcohol sting that makes the beer seem a little boozy. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it's a decent beer, but definitely not the first 2IPA I'd go after.

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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 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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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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 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 ChainGangGuy
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep ambery body with a thin, bubbly white head.

Smell: Strong citric-smelling aroma full of juicy citrus rinds. Lesser notes of caramel, toast, and grain.

Taste: A maltiness, displaying tastes of toasted grain and caramelized sugars. Then, BANG, it's all soul-crushing bitterness, babies! Some grassiness, but it's primarily citrusy, pithy even. Amazingly, the malts rebound for an even bittersweet finish, although with each consecutive sip the beer grows more and more and more bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: An expertly crafted, big Double IPA hop bomb from Port Brewing. Was there any doubt otherwise?

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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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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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

Picked this one up courtesy of Joey. I have really enjoyed the big IPA's coming out of Port so far, so naturally I was looking forward to this one as well. Served cold, and straight out of the fridge, this twenty two ounce bomber was served in a pint glass. Consumed on 09/17/2008.

The pour was very nice with a deep, dark amber coming through immediately. Nice clarity here was able to show off some of the nice carbonation that came rippling up toward the surface. A smallish, maybe a half inch head of white foam rose up over the top, but it had great resilience, as it stayed with it through the session and created some very nice side glass lace in its wake.

The aroma was deeply resonated hops, exactly as one might have expected. Thick with the aroma of pine, I was immediately settled back nicely into my chair for this one. Some light alcohol esters on the nose but as it warmed they all but faded and left me with a very nicely balanced big IPA. The flavor was more of the same, though I have to admit it was not nearly as loaded down with hops as I thought it would have been. Rather, it was finely balanced with an aroma that was full of floral hop delight, but at the same time, a delicate bready ,idle and a biscuit like sweetness of the malts came trough very nicely, providing me with some much needed balance and a good and healthy consistency to it. Rich, medium bodied ale, the carbonation was a little down on this one which caused it to be more of a syrup like thick IPA, but still, very solid. Smooth drinker here as what alcohol I did pick up in the aroma, was not immediately noticed in the flavor. Still, over 9% you need to behave with some level of caution for sure.

Overall this was good, above average for sure, however it was nowhere near great. I would have no issue with trying it again, but I would take a Hop 15 in its place. A solid effort, but I think it could have been a little better for a special release.

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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 RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded amber with a very thin crème head. Nose is strong citrus and pine. Flavor has a bit of a burn to it from the alcohol, and I think it's a bit too much really. Beyond that there is a real meaty hop thing going on with some citrus and pine and a sweet tone that I find a bit unusual. Feel is nice with a fairly full carbonation to it. This is still fairly nice to drink even though the alcohol is too much and it burns ya.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.59/5  rDev +15.3%
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 Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to jctribe25 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy/creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, hoppy, with some slight pines and citrus. The taste is sweet on the lips, with a very nice hop bomb, with some maltiness, nice touch of citrus and some pines. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is another awesome brew from Port Brewing Company.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a golden orange with yellow highlights and a thin head that left a little bit of lacing on the glass.

S: big on citrus which consists of oranges and lemons especially oranges with great piney hoppy aromas with a good malt balance and faint cherry notes. There is also slight mango and pineapple scents as well.

T: very nice citrusy hop pine hop flavor with a grapefruit bitterness with oranges helping the bitter end and a very good malt balance to even out the hop punch.

M: medium body with a low amount of carbonation that had a sweet citrus bitter finish.

D: this is the best anniversary beer that port has put out. Its better than the 3rd and 4th. Good all the way around on every category. Glad I could get a hold of some more.

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Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark amber/orange with very little head. Smells of slightly sour citrus, notably lemon, orange, and mango and a touch of pine. There is a touch of malt and alcohol heat in the back end. The taste is definitely a bit different than many recent double IPAs that I've had. Very interesting combo of pine and fruit. Lemon icebox pie, orange, and very ripe mango flavors combine with a heavy bitter resinous pine to create an unusually deep and differnt flavor. Very smooth, almost unctous in the mouth, this is quite an interesting treat and best sipped slowly and allowed to warm up for the big, beefy flavors to open up. Kudos for a different interpretation for the anniversary.

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