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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Reviews: 187 | Ratings: 202
Photo of John_M
4.05/5  rDev +2%
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 errantnight
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Man, I love a tasty DIPA.

Pours a bit flat, but with some noticeable carbonation (we're talking about half a finger that dissipates rather quickly). Very little lacing, but the color is a gorgeous orange-y golden huge.

Aroma is all hops. Tons of citrus fruit, fragrant flowers, maybe a hint of pine, or maybe it's just a suggestion. It's a bit restrained from what it should be thanks to the slightly low carbonation...

But the taste is fantastic. A rolling rich, medium-full sweetness that rides in on a wave of hops. The "C" family is there... orange-y and grapefruit flavors on display.

Mouthfeel is just a tad rich. There's more carbonation than the head would imply, but it could use just a touch of lift. That said, this beer is BONE dry for something so rich. Not a hint of alcohol.

I think a tad more carbonation would make this prettier, enhance the aroma which might nudge the taste up to a perfect 5 and even out the mouth.

Great stuff.

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Photo of Tdizzle
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Vendome Fullerton.

A- Poured into my Dogfish Head snifter, this beer pours a clear orangish-amber color with a small head that quickly settles to thin layer, leaving barely any lacing on the glass.

S- Mostly piney and resiny hops with a sweet, malty background. There's also a slighty pithy aroma of citrus rind. The alcohol really starts to show as the beer warms.

T- A bitter blast of piney hops is quickly overtaken by some malty sweetness, but then the hoppy bitterness resurfaces on the back of the tongue. There is a slight alcohol burn as this goes down, leaving a very dry finish.

M- Thick, oily, and slick, with tiny carbonation bubbles. The beer almost feels like it's fighting my tongue as I swirl it around in my mouth.

D- This is a very viscous double IPA. The alcohol makes its presence known, but I found this to be a very enjoyable beer; it just took me a while to finish a whole bomber.

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Photo of SaucyA
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Standard IIPA fare, with a minimal amount of creamy head on top. Slightly hazy, medium bronze.

S - Hop bomb all the way. Grapefruity, resiny hops. Alcohol slightly on the nose, and little to no malt presence. Standard. Nothing new, but who needs new?

T - Big hops and alcohol up front with a light interplay between some nice caramel malts and hop bitterness on the finish. Quite sweet throughout the drink. Ends slightly dry and oily. Frankly, it's a hop bomb, but a relatively quaffable hop bomb.

M - Slightly syrupy, medium-low carbonation, dry finish.

D - Knockin this one down a couple notches for the ABV, and the hoppiness. This will wreck your palate for the evening.

Notes: Not nearly as oily and resiny as I read, so I'm a bit pleased with it. It of course has a huge hop presence, and finishes quite bitter, but nothing on par with the likes of Hopsickle or anything. In fact, I quite like it. The only aspect of the taste I'm not feeling is the apparent and noticable alcohol. This isn't at all well-balanced, but with a Port Anniversary beer, was anyone REALLY expecting it to be?

It seems there's an issue with the QC of this stuff.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.37/5  rDev -15.1%
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 RustyDiamond
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into my lovely Sam Adams beer glass. Clear, bright orange in the glass with almost no head whatsoever. As I swirled, I got some white froth which dissolved into film.
Huge grapefruit aroma. Huge grapefruit taste. This one is all hops...sharp & sticky. Not much malt backbone present, quite thin in the mouth. Very fragrant hop feel in the mouth.
Very drinkable at 9.5%! Can't believe there is enough malt for the abv...

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Photo of Overlord
2.8/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This brew was a big disappointment for me. Perhaps my expectations for these "anniversary" offerings are too high. Hop 15 and Shark Attack are both significantly better brews from Pizza Port.

Pours a big brassy orange. Maybe a tiny sliver of foam that settles down to a thin crust and some oily looking bubbling white slicks. Very flat. The The tastefeel is unbelievably sticky and oily. Hop juice, I suppose.

The smell is just a titantic blast of pine and citrus hops. The taste is, again, raw scorching hops. I notice some of the reviews discuss balancing malt: I detect none. Which is fine for some beers, but not when the hop content is so one note and acrid. The real problem here is the utter lack of carbonation. What's going on? Nearly completely flat.

Not my fave.

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had tasters at the release party, just opened my week-old growler which has held up well...

Appearance is a murky copper orange hue, thin amount of lively foam (noticed more on draft), watery lacing leaves thin trails

Smell is very strong hops, mostly in the pine, floral, and grassy range, subtle citrus and fruits, sweet malts

Initial taste is a hint of bread/biscuit malts that soon get overtaken by the heft of a pine resin and floral hop army, hints of citrus lead to a sweet finish with a touch of bitterness and modest alcohol presence

Medium-bodied, thick resiny-oily texture that strangely does not linger after the finish, moderate carbonation

Drinkability is moderate, this is for those not afraid of a stiff SD DIPA, might be easier to handle than similar beers due to the subdued alcohol presence and short-lived resin texture,

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Photo of t0rin0
3.27/5  rDev -17.6%
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 m1ked
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this growler up at the PP 2nd Anni. I had a blast, and everyone was way cool.

A- Clear light copper golden color. kind of like a brand new penny. There was a modest 1/2" head upon pour that dissipated to just a a thin rim. Slow, few streamers to the top.

S- Hop oilyness, slight citrus, perfumey, a little hay. Overall- hops, hops, hops.

T- Hop punch to the taste buds. Not the hopppiest beer I've had (Hop 15) but flavor profile is dominated by hops, with some spiciness. Reminds me of my first, and only time I bit off a little piece of a hop pellet.

M- Oily, chewy with some carbonation.

D- If you like hops or DIPA's you should enjoy this one, as I did. However, this is not a sessionable beer for me, as illustrated by the fact that I am still drinking out of this growler 4 days after getting it filled.

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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 Floydster
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had two tasters of this today, one on cask and the other on tap, this version was much better for some reason, would not have reviewed this from the handpump because the score would have been so low, poured into a Port Brewing pint glass

A-Golden amber color that was more on the orange side, 1/2 inch soapy white head that settled pretty quickly, not much retention, small amount of lacing

S-Piney hoppiness, resin, semi-fruity malt backbone, bread, floral accents, and a fair share of citrus

T-Started off with some up front hops with a bit of a floral feel, some bready and sweet malt in the middle, could not figure out what the faint fruity taste was, very tangy finish, would have liked for it to be a little dryer with more of a pine feel like the aroma leaned towards, pretty well balanced, certainly double the malt but I do not know if I could say the same about the hops, glad to see they are brewing more IPAs again though

M-Tangy, dry, and bitter mouthfeel, medium level of carbonation and could have definitely used more, a little syrupy, could have been better if it was served colder, taste lingered for quite a bit

D-Heavy on the stomach for a hoppy beer, ABV is high even though it is not very boozy, smooth for the most part, could drink a pint or two though probably

Ended up pouring the contents of the cask out and trying it this way, not a bad double IPA but not one of the best I have had, their Hop 15 puts this to shame, bought a bottle of this for eight dollars and will probably drink it in the next week or so, will add to the review if there is major differences, worth trying

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