2nd Anniversary Double IPA | Port Brewing

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2nd Anniversary Double IPA2nd Anniversary Double IPA
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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 Sandstone
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
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 -12.8%
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 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 froghop
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
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 -0.8%
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 lessthanhadley
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
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 +4.8%
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 +14.1%
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 -4%
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 -42%
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 +15.3%
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 +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 corby112
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
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 -4.8%
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 +1.3%
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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Photo of mnstorm99
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy burnt orage, with a small tanish head that satys well and laces great.
Aroma is subtle floral hops and aromatic caramel malts
Taste has a touch of warmth from the alcohol and a nice sweet floral hop flavor as well as the caramel and biscuit malts. Pretty well balance DIPA.
mouthfeel is smooth and well carbonated. This is a very good beer, and I could easily enjoy one ever so often.

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

22oz bottle acquired in trade with bu11zeye (thanks!).

Poured a medium and hazy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of pine, citrus, and some tropical fruitiness. 'Juicy'. Tastes of citrus, pine, same fruitiness, and some maltiness. Some spiciness in the tastes as well. Medium alcohol finish.

Notes from 6/7/08

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Photo of marcpal
3.2/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked this one up when I was in Philly and decided that the beer would be good for a half of Thursday night football, bomber should suffice.

Poured into Flying Fish tulip glass.
Label and bottle: 6/10

A: Shiny gold color, clear orange. The head with a pretty loose pour didnt amount to much. Lacing- nil.

S: Hops, piney tree hops. Not much sweetness and even from the bottle itself its just a smacking of hops right to the back of your nose and to the brain. Should infuse this into a car deodorizer.

T: If you could drink an evergreen, Id imagine this is what it would taste like out of the food processor. The alcohol burn is beatingly present yet the sweetness which should be robin to the hops batman is not there. The hops dont come across as fresh but again, raw pine.

Given the alcohol, I hesitate to say that the sugars need to be amped up to balance the hops but something in the contsruction needs tweaking.

A rare beer that is brash in terms of both the heat and the hops. Some may love it but I thought it became something of a chore to finish.

M: Dry and somewhat thin. Too dry.

D: This was perhaps overly bitter and piney for me with a painful alcohol tinge, not the most warming. Its a little much on the taste buds and I love the West coast hops as much as the next guy, but hopefully year 3 will yield better results.

Not the best. After swearing as I drank this that it seemed stronger than 8%, the bottle indeed listed it just under 10%, makes more sense. The buzz isnt hidden.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Long story short, this is a less robust version of the might hop 15... where the grapefruit, citrus, pine, floral, grass aroma of the 15 hop varieties of the hop15 bangs you in the forehead, this double ipa offering from pizza port is much more subdued... this is a solid beer that provides a more mellow double ipa profile...

the ipa family of beers from pizza port never disappoints... hop15, high tide, 2nd anniversary, and wipe out all do the trick and represent a nice representation on the spectrum of western styled ipas

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Photo of arizcards
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber at AJ's in late September for $7.39.

Beer poured a hazt amber-orange with very little head. Nose was heavy on citrus hops initially but becomes malty the longer it sits. Taste was very malty and sweet with a big alcohol burn on the first sip. Finishes with a hop slickness on the palate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and decently carbonated to keep it lively on the palate. Overall drinkability is pretty good but it is a bit unbalanced with a bit too much alcohol for the style.

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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 PittBeerGirl
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with Mikereaser. Thanks Mike!

A- Body is a quite foggy, medium, rusty amber hue. Pours with a nice 2 finger foamy white head that eventually subsides to a thin collar. Very little lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is full of piny hops. Behind this is a hint of alcohol and sweet caramel malt.

T- Lots of piny and earthy hop flavors upfront with a very faint malt backbone. The pine flavors really come through for the finish as well as a big grapefruit flavor and a hint of caramel sweetness to keep things in check. A whole lot of piny bitterness, resiny bitterness, piny hop flavor, and a hint of alcohol warmth linger on. The overall flavor of this beer reminds me of the picture of the cactus on the bottle.

M- Medium carbonation and a body with a lot of smooth hop oils and hints of phenols present.

D-This is a nice DIPA and it was a great opportunity to try it. The ABV is somewhat detectable and this is a slow-sipper because of the flavor intensity anyway. Its still a very enjoyable and good DIPA though.

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Photo of Zorro
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber colored ale nearing red in color with a tall light tan colored head.

Strong hop aroma lots of pine and grapefruit aroma chock full of Northwest Hop bouquet. Malt is not totally obscured and a bit of garlic scent is present. This is a bit spicy but really no complexities beyond very strong hops.

The taste starts out sweet with a strong melon flavor. Garlic and onion flavors emerge giving this a savory flavor like an onion roll. Yep mostly melon, garlic and onion plus some sweet malt, grapefruit and pine are mostly missing. Alcohol is very apparent as this warms.

Mouthfeel is good and full.

Drinkability is going to depend on your appreciation of the more rare flavors hops can provide namely onion and garlic. I'm a hophead so I like it but not everyone likes garlic and onion in a beer.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer poured a cloudy orange/pumpkin color. It was also totally flat. Probably the worst looking beer I've poured. Was thinking it may be a drain pour.

S: The aroma was a bit better. Hops and citrus were the main smells. There was also a hint of sourness.

T: My mistake, this is absolutely not a drain pour. It has a big hop flavor with a nice malty sweet backbone. The alcohol is noticeable, but smooth. This beer is very well balanced.

M: This beer is full bodied with a hint of an alcohol burn. There is a residual slickness from this brew.

D: This is one smooth and easy drinking DIPA. Not sure why this bottle was flat, but it was still a delight.

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