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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Reviews: 187 | Ratings: 202
Photo of ReDave
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Brad!

He got this from So cal somewhere..

Pours a cloudy orange amber, very dense.

Foamy head at first, but dies to nothing later on. No lace what so ever....

Sort of a malty aroma, not too hoppy.

Pretty sharp hop then alcohol bite.
but pretty nice.
Nice after taste. There is an after burn from the alcohol though....
Their Hop 15 is better in my opinion.

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Photo of alovesupreme
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
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 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 ryrust5301
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Cloudy and swampy, with a thick creamy orange gold color. This is one of the thickest looking Double IPA's I have ever seen. Looks like I won't be able to drink it, i'll have to chew it. No head to speak of whatsoever, just a thing ring of bubbles that forms around the sides. Did I mention this is one thick SOB.

Smell - This smells like a HUGE beer. There's so much going on, but I just don't agree with it all. You can smell the hops, but that does even compare to the sweet smell that seems to overpower everything. It has a brown sugar maple sort of smell, with a cinnamon spice.

Taste & Mouthfeel - This is once again another one that goes more of the barleywine route, than the fresh crisp bitter hop bombs that I like. Very buttery, rich, deep malts kill the hops. Yeah I do get the slight bitter bite from the hops, and there is a citrus taste to it. It's all far too little in my opinion. It's way to smooth and not harsh enough in the mouthfeel for a great double IPA.

Drinkability - Port has so many other great brews, and this is the first one i've really been disapointed in. Not terrible, but as I said it's just not how I like my double IPA's. High tide, and Hop 15 are better offerings.

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Photo of ShrLSU
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a cloudt orange color. It almost looked like a fruit punch. It leaves slight lacing around the glass but have zero head on the pour. The nose is sweet and citrus hop taste witha decent malt backbone. The taste is very hoppy but nicely bitter and sweet. It definitely has the malt backing to it so its not all hop flavors. The mouthfeel is very low carbonation but somewhat slick and syrupy. Overall I loved Port beers and this is another to toss up there. If you can get it...try it.

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Photo of scootny
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
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 hopsleeroy
3.85/5  rDev -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 Douglas14
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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 badbeer
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
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 LilBeerDoctor
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 7/29/08. Bottle. Pours an orange/amber with a huge, thick white head. Aroma is sweet, of citrus, pine, and glorious hop oils. Tropical fruits (passion fruit, mango) as the beer warms. Flavor of citrus initial, with a bitter finish. Pretty bitter but balanced by light sweet fruits. Heavy, but I do like it. I like the light fruits balance with the bitter finish. Could be a little better constructed, but it's a pretty tasty DIPA.
8/4/7/4/15 (3.8/5)

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Photo of Sandstone
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured an extremely hazy copper color with very, very minimal head.

Smell was very much like a sweet tropical punch. Pineapple, mango, grapefruit... Little to none of the pine notes I've come to expect from IPAs.

Taste was pretty much in line with the smell. Kind of like someone had spiked the tropical punch with some rum. Though, for 9.5%, the alcohol is pretty well disguised. Not nearly as boozy as some of the DIPAs I've had. (DFH 90, I'm looking at you...)

Overall, I think the beer is probably a touch too syrupy and sweet to make a good session beer, but to be fair, I'm rarely looking to make a session out of a 9%+ ABV beer.

Verdict: Definitely an interesting take on the DIPA style, but misses a lot of the traditional bitter hoppiness that I enjoy.

Note: The bottle informs me that this was brewed back in May. It's very possible I had this a bit off its peak. I'd certainly be willing to give the 3rd Anniversary ale a fairer shot next year.

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Photo of brentk56
3.47/5  rDev -12.6%
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 smcolw
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
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 froghop
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy orange with a thin off-white head, and good lacing.

smell is of light grapefruit, caramel, orange, and floral.

taste is creamy, grapefruit hops, some caramel, the alcohol is apparent, some orange citrus, a few spices,and some sweet fruits, ends sticky and bitter.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
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 lessthanhadley
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Very little head retention, golden/orangish in color.

S: Very piney/citrus hopbomb

T: Citrus/grapefruit, a hint of pine

M: Very little carbonation

D: Drinkable but with a boozy character that prevents it from being a regular beer for me.

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

got this one in a recent trade with jac5084. thanks josh!

22oz bottle. sampled dec 9/08.

pours a hazy orangey amber colour with a small layer of very fine white bubbles. the head quickly drops to a thin ring around the glass that leaves a few spots of lace on the way down.

aroma is great. big hoppy blast. grapefruit, orange, tangerine. bit of pine. some tropical fruit too - pineapple, mango, papaya. light caramel. crackers and white bread. no real trace of the alcohol, just big juicy hops and a solid caramel+malt base.

taste is good. there's that alcohol i was expecting, warming things up nicely. solid medium-high bitterness level. juicy citrus hops again - grapefruit, orange, tangerine, with a little less from the tropical side than in the aroma. nice resiny/piney hop bitterness too. whole wheat bread. crackers. light caramel sweetness.

mouthfeel is great. medium-low carbonation level. medium body. silky smooth.

drinkability is good. this is a tasty and well balanced dipa. i had a slight fear that this one might have faded, having been released in the summer, but i'm not noticing much difference between this bottle today and when i had this on tap in california over labour day weekend. great stuff that has held up very well. can i have another?

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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 koopa
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received the 22oz bomber in a trade.

Appearance: Pours a fairly transparent orange with honey edges. 1 finger off white head with minimal retention and minimal lacing.

Smell: Caramel Malt, Floral Hops, Slight Alcohol tinge. I can tell this one is going in the DIPA direction I don't prefer.

Taste: Same as the nose. Great if you like your DIPA's to have a strong caramel malt backbone. A bit too malty for my personal preference.

Mouthfeel: A bit syrup like and medium to thick bodied. Carbonation is a bit lacking and brew is a touch chewy.

Drinkability: A bit too thick and syrupy to get a good drinkabiliity rating.

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Photo of Grabbin2nd
2.31/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

from notes: 9/5/08 Pizza Port 2nd Annv. Ale from a 22 oz. bomber
9.5% abv.

-Zero Head
-Definite alcohol presence. Can really taste the 9.5%
-Dark, deep amber color typical of the style
-Almost hard alcoholish, sharp hot alcohol taste
-Thin mouthfeel, doesn't fill up your mouth.
-Not a big fan of this brew...
-Can definitely smell hops, but not a huge nose on this one
-After taste consists of hops and hard alcohol, ew...
-I would not buy again

I wonder if i got a bad bottle.... I dunno I've had it a few times and I wouldn't give it to my worst enemy...And I like Pizza Port

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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 pwoods
4.05/5  rDev +2%
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 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 willjschmidt
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Pours an orange color with absolutely no head.

S: Piney hops with lots of citrus.

T: Sweet sticky malt with a big wallop of hops. Grapefruit, orange and candied citrus.

M: Chewy, thick, viscous, with very little carbonation.

D: A decent DIPA, although a little too sweet for my liking and very flat as well.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy orange color with a nice froathy tan colored head after a hard pour at first there was pretty much no head. The head left a nice amount of layered lacing down the sides.

S- Piney hops jumped right at me on this one. Could also pick up some alcohol, citrus and some caramel malts.

T- Very good brew. Follows the nose pretty well. Quite a bit of hops up front followed up by some malts that add a bit of balance to this brew.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Maybe a little chewy but feels right on.

D- Very drinkable and highly recommended.

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2nd Anniversary Double IPA from Port Brewing
3.97 out of 5 based on 202 ratings.
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