3rd Anniversary Double IPA | Port Brewing

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3rd Anniversary Double IPA3rd Anniversary Double IPA

Brewed by:
Port Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 168 |  Reviews: 139
Reviews by GClarkage:
Photo of GClarkage
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

06/17/09- Purcahsed at K&L Wine Cellars in Redwood City, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, 2009 release. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Semi-murky dirty orange colored pour. Not really much of a head, maybe 1/4 inch which quickly receeds. Leaves some light lace markins behind.

Smell- Has a very odd body odor scent. Hard to describe. Stinky is the best work I can use. It does have a more sugary malty base with a good amount of hops, but the stink kinda of superceeds those scents.

Taste- Flavorful, well balanced, maybe even a bit more on the malty side. A bit sugary with a pine hoppy flavor. Nice toasted and sweet malt backing.

Mouthfeel- Lower carbonation level. Would have liked a bit more. Leaves a nice thicker hoppy flavor behind in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- Good beer. But not up to their 2nd anniversary which I really loved.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This poured a thick and heavy-looking dark-orange in color with a modest head that left hellacious lacing on the inside of my glass.

Smell - As Mike Myers would say, this is "toight". I mean, the hops are wrapped so tight you have to sniff hard for them, but you can tell that this is a big hop monster. The resiny aroma is almost slick on the nose if that's possible and I get some deep, juicy citrus notes like tangerine.

The malts are huge as well so this fits the DIPA bill for sure. They are both sweet and hardy with a depth of character that I come to expect from Port Brewing.

Mouthfeel - This is a big 'un, well past medium-bodied if not quite full, with some thankfully small carbonation and a graciously mild bitter finish.

Drinkability - I thought this one was less than the sum of its parts. I liked the individual components but together it just didn't meld well. This may be one of the few hoppy beers that would benefit well from a year in the cellar.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #34 (Nov 2009):

Three is a charm, three's company, three is the magic number or something like that. Gratz, guys, on yer third! Yes, we dissect Anniversary beers ... nothing new.

Golden hazy mess with a solid cap of lace on top. Citric rind, wildflower and herbal tea hop aroma. Smooth, with a resin slickness from the hops; big bodied with the alcohol rear- ing its head around the corner. Hops are the dominant presence, that goes without saying here. Citric, pine, tobacco, mint, herbal ... seems most hop flavors are covered here, adding complexity. Some maltiness is uncovered and melds well with the tropical fruitiness from the alcohol. Breath of alcoholic warmth in the back end. Some roughness from the hops, but nothing a seasoned hophead can't take. Bitter citric finish.

It lands in the realm of Double IPAs, no question there. The raw, old-school style is in your face and sticks to the palate. Good, hoppy drinking here.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours a murky tea color with a thin frothy white head that quickly goes to a thin collar.

The aroma is piney fruity resiny hops - a little on the subdued side.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts and tropical fruits followed by a big bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. There's a noticeable alcohol burn in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and is kind of watery.

Overall, other than the mouthfeel, this is a solid DIPA. It's well balanced between sweetness and bitterness.

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Photo of far333
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazed apricot colored with a bright white had that settles out quickly to a low cap.

Low aroma of grapefruit and orange rind.

Rich and intense flavor upfront, pine sappy hops, sharp grapefruit rind, but also some chewy malt, slightly grainy, plus some cinnamon and toffee, overripe fruit and ABV burn.

Full and rch and smooth mouthfeel, tingly finish, warming ABV. Tasty beer, but not highly drinkable due to the intense flavor and strength.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was one of the most disappointing Port releases last year. Review from notes.

Poured a darker brown color than I was expecting at all, but it was all good still, decent enough head. Aroma was high on alcohol, tropical fruit and bitterness.

Taste was just massive bitterness, easily in the discussion of most bitter ever. But the hop mouthfeel was completely gone. Even though I know the beer was relatively fresh, it certainly didn't taste like it, thick, syrupy and massive bitterness without any degree of hop mouthfeel. This was more like a super bitter strong ale than your typical dipa from Port. Well I guess there was a suspicion about it being old, so that is kinda typical of Port at times.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.09/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a golden yellow color, with a thin white head. The head fades fast, leaving almost no lace.

This beer smells strongly of piney hops. I can smell a slight alcohol aroma to it. Some citrus hop aroma is present. A very mild sweet caramel malty aroma mixes in.

This beer tastes like it smells. Piney hops, with a touch of citrus. I can taste the alcohol also. Some caramel sweetness is present.

This beer is very full bodied. It is very sweet. It warms as it goes down. It leaves a piney aftertaste. Carbonation is low.

This beer wouldnt make a great session beer. The alcohol content is high, and the flavor is very aggressive.

Overall: This beer is a bit too sweet for the style. More like a Barley Wine to me. It is a decent beer, but not anything that I would get excited over.

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Photo of glid02
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this thanks to georgiabeer - much obliged!

Pours a hazy copper-amber color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of robust malts with good amounts of sugar-coated citrus hops and a mild amount of alcohol that increases as the beer warms.

Tastes good. Caramel malt flavors up front are joined by citrus and somewhat herbal hop flavors shortly. The ending is mildly bitter with a good malt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with slightly lower than average carbonation.

Drinkability is good. It drinks about average for a 10% DIPA but could do a better job of masking it. As it stands I still had no problem finishing my glass and could have at least one more.

Overall this is a good DIPA but not quite as good as I was expecting by the makers of Hop 15. Still, worth a shot.

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Photo of mully
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice faomy head composed of mostly small bubbles. Head is light tan to off white it matches nicely a ruddy gold beer with a slight haze. Tiny bubbles float up from this less than Ideal tasting vessel, a plastic cup at the Hampton Inn.

S: Pine resin / citrus / malt sweetness like a hint of brown sugar

T: Bold hops up front a little thin on the malt but decently well balanced. Carmelized malt creeps in, the hops are sharp kind of a prototype west coast dipa, not the best example but a pretty good beer.

M: The oily mouthfeel is cut by the hops, lingering aftertaste and slight mouth coating.

D: I shouldn't have a problem finishing this bomber. But I woulkdn't drink much more than that because of bitterness.

Overall this is a good beer, but I won't seek out another one.

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Photo of mbunje
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. 10% ABV...says it is hop bomb. We'll see....

A) Beautiful copper color. Quite cloudy, small head, dissipates quickly. Lots of lacing as I sink this ship.

S) Carmel, bready malts and some grapefruit. You can smell the hops but it is not over the top.

T) Sweet malty fruit at first, then pow, a potent, bitter hop punch of pine and grapefruit.

MF) Full bodied, alcohol burn on the tongue as the dry bitter finish lingers. This is a rich chewy beer.

D) At $7.50 per bomber (and I live in San Diego..what do you pay elsewhere?) and with such a full body, and 10% ABV...I say it is a down on the drinkability scale for the style. 1 or 2 pours is about all I can handle.

Overall, this is borderline Barleywine. Very strong malt character balances and potentially out weighs the hop character. Very similar to Port 2nd Anniversary, but a bit more malt if I remember P2A right. Good one, though...I recommend it.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I know how good Port beers can be, Hop 15 and Old Viscosity for example, so when I saw the 3rd anniversary beer I picked it up without a second thought.

Pours a very hazy amber with thin white head on top. Not much in retention or lacing.

Aroma is sweet and malty with a big dose of hops. It's really more like Double Bastard or Lucky 13 in the appearance and aroma.

Flavor is strong but not dominant in hops like a double IPA should be. It's got balance with a huge malt backbone contributing to big body, big ABV, and decent balance for the style. There is certainly a great deal of hops and you get all the resiny goodness you could ever want. However, the malts don't get completely lost and there is a nice carmel apple sweetness that comes through.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and big in bitterness and alcohol burn. Drinkability suffers when a beer is so big but this one gets by with decent balance.

Not Port's best effort but not as bad as some other reviews lead me to believe. It could have been better if they had dropped the malts bringing the ABV to around 8.5-9% and upped the aroma hops. Perhaps it's just in the wrong category being more of an American Strong Ale. As it is, not bad but not something I would stock up on like Double Bastard and Lucky 13.

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Photo of alamode
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Port's bottle-conditioned 3rd Anniversary Ale pours a cloudy orange-amber body beneath a long-lasting head of gently yellowed off-white froth. Craggy, mountainous walls seem to get taller and taller with each sip as the solid sheets barely break up at all. Very nice!

The aroma displays a pine, grapefruit and lemon-infused caramelish maltiness. Oddly, it's not really that bright, and...

The flavor is far bolder than the nose suggests, and it's also more piney. Still, the basic suggestion of the aroma remains: rich, grainy, and sweetish caramelish malt is infused with piney and citrusy hops. A solid bitterness backs it, and balances the rich, dextrinous malt. It then finishes drying as the malt slowly fades and residual hops combine with what sweetness is there and a flash of alcoholic heat to become minty and menthol-like. It's a pretty big, intensely hopped beer, in the Port Brewing tradition. It reminds me a little bit of a stripped-down version of the Hop-15 but with a less body, less hop aggression (and complexity), and a little bit more caramel flavor to the malt (of course I haven't had Hop-15 in some time so I could be way off).

Really nice! And despite its girth and alcohol, it's still pretty damned drinkable. Hop heads will love this one - everyone else stay clear (and leave more for us!).

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Photo of dirtylou
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, scooped a few weeks back at armanetti's on Lincoln in Chicago

appearance: poured into our delirium snifter - somewhat clear dull apricot body, light carbonation forms a very subtle bubbly crest with little in the way of retention

smell: aroma is good - plenty of juicy citrus hops with an emphasis on ruby red grapefruit, juicy orange, a touch tropical

taste: this one is a little rough around the edges. Alcohol comes through a bit hot, almost metallic. Moderate bitterness lingers after a sticky hop kick of grapefruit, orange, and lemon zest. Theres plenty of big malt - sticky gooey toffee and caramel

mouthfeel: light carbonation, but not flat. bigger and sticky

drinkability: ok

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Photo of beertooth
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Maproom
14.75oz goblet

This beer is a glowing, swirling ruby and orange with a finger of sticky, soapy white head.

The smell is sweet, very sweet. Orange candies dominate the nose. Some piney hops fight their way through.

Wow, this beer tastes like those sugar coated orange gummy wedges. A little pine breaks through, but it's not the pine bomb I was hoping for. The malt bill might be a bit too sweet for me. The head is almost gone and I feel like I need to brush my teeth.

The mouthfeel is very soft with a slight prick of bubbles at the tail end.

The alcohol is hidden very well, but it is creeping up on me fast. That mixed with the teeth coating sweetness is making this beer is a little hard to put down, but it is very tasty.

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Photo of prototypic
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3rd Anniversary pours a copper or amber color. There's no haze and penetrating light gives it a bit of an orange tint. It's topped with a vanilla colored head that's nearly three fingers deep. It dissipated very slowly and left thick, sticky waves of lace in its wake. Hard to complain about the look.

The nose is a good one, but could be better. Initially it features a nice citric hop aroma. It's full of grapefruit, pineapple, and mango scents. I like that. There's a rather substantial amount of malt noted. Caramel and pale varieties are noted. I don't have a problem with pale, but it smells like there's far too much caramel. It smells sweet and I'm sure it impedes some the nice hop aromatics that would be here otherwise. Alcohol is noted, but that doesn't offend me too much given the fact that it's 10%. Despite the strong caramel malt presence, it remains good. There's enough here for that. But it could easily be better.

The flavor's alright, but is a bit of a disappointment overall. Citric hops are aggressive and tasty up front. There are grapefruit, mango, and pineapple flavors noted. There's some pine that accentuates its bitter flavor. Pale and caramel malts give it a sweet flavor and strong backbone. But, the caramel malts seem to take over the flavor. I'm not a fan of these sorts of DIPAs. The sweet caramel flavor chokes off much of the nice hop flavor that was noted initially. Having said that, it still manages to have a solid, above average flavor. It's just balanced out a little too much for my preference. Alcohol is notable in flavor and has a bit of a warming effect going down. It's not quite hot, but a little warm. It finishes sweet and a little bitter.

Its body is medium range and smooth. Carbonation is a little surprising. Given the huge head, I was expecting to be active and a little buzzy. It's not. It actually feels extremely light. Honestly, it could use a few more bubbles. Drinkability is above average, but not much better. The flavor's alright, but it's not exactly consistent with my expectations for the style. It's also a little warm and strong at 10%. Not bad for such a big beer though.

Port's 3rd Anniversary DIPA is pretty good beer, but I can't help but feel a little disappointed. I was last year, too. How come these anniversary releases can't be more similar to the deliciousness of Hop 15? Just curious. This one's alright. It's just a little too caramel malt heavy and warm for me. It's not a bad beer by any means, but a couple of modifications would substantially improve it. Oh well. Maybe next year.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

huge thanks to BeachRez!

pour was murky copper with a slight ruby orange tint. fluggy head, decent retention.

sweet malts with tangerine and pineapple

a bit earthy all around with a grassy aftertaste. bits of citrus and pine through out. tangerine and pineapple are the more dominant flavors although a bit mellow. malts are thick and very sweet. booze is not hidden.

very full, thick, chewy, lots of carbonation.

this is a bit of a slow sipper and a tad hot. i would like more hops although to be fair, i am sure they mellowed. much better than the 2nd anniversary. too boozy to drink multiples.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hollingshead's Deli.

Served in a half liter mug. Poured a cloudy orange, little off white head. The smell is both a little hoppy and a little fruity. The taste is floral hoppiness, a tiny bit of citrus hoppiness, and some fruity sweetness in the finish. It's kinda thick and syrupy in body. I didn't really like this flavor combination a whole bunch, and I didn't like the slickness of the body. Would not get again.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep hazy apricot color, with 1 1/2 fingers of frothy off-white head. Retains with a rich 1/2 finger that throws up a big creamy cascade that settles into some thick spotty lacing. The aroma is a big ole' bouquet of juicy citrus going on with it, with lots of lush tropical notes like grapefruit, mango, and apricot. Just a big fruity sweetness here that is undercut by some low lying malty graininess. Floral hops, spice, and heat give this some sharpness in the nose.

The taste is quite aggressive in the hop department, with resins and spice raking the tongue with bitterness. Balance comes courtesy of that same thick mix of tropical fruit sweetness and bready malts, which add a bit of a softer touch to the profile. The finish is very intense, with a deep spicy feel that completely dries the mouth out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a bit of a softer prickle to the carbonation and a LOT of underlying alcohol warmth that gets to be pretty stinging towards the back of the swallow.

Lots of good things about this Port offering but it's plagued by the same alcohol problems that the 2nd Anniversary release had. Just ultimately too boozy to be fully enjoyable.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a bomber into a pint glass, this brew pours a golden color with a tinge of orange haze. A thin bubbly head doesn't linger and lacing is light.

Piney hops and alcohol on the nose, bit of orange and sweet grapefruit. Esters clear quickly after some agitation. Carbonation is light.

Taste is slick of citrus hops and offers a decent malt backbone, too much so in the end, as the light carbonation doesn't offer much support. Medium bodied and somewhat chewy in the malts compared to what the light color might suggest. Some bitterness on the finish shines through the malt base to offer some balance. Average feel and drink otherwise.

This is a difficult beer and a bit overwhelming from the bottle. Offers much more character and balance on tap where the carbonation and feel are notably improved.

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Photo of Scojo2usa
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

10% abv, double IPA Pours orange, dark copper color. Strong hop aroma, the best way I can describe it is potent. Very strong double IPA, nice malty flavor in the background but that is very over shadowed by the hop bite. Interesting mouth feel as well, almost syrupy feel. The alcohol and hops sit on the tong during the after taste. Turned very cloudy at the end of the bottle. Overall good beer, not great, but worth a try if you're a hop head.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of SpdKilz
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a cloudy dark, amber color with almost a shade of brown showing through. About two inches of white fluffy head that recede rather quickly but leaves nice lacing.

Smell - Lots of hop, pine, and grapefruit comes through strongly. After smelling again you can get hints of malt and almost tangy, sweet fruit.

Taste - I can immediately taste the grapefruit, hops, and a bit of pine. The most noticeable bite is that of the bitterness. After you let it sit in your mouth for a bit you begin to taste the malty/caramel profile. Overall the hops are the most noticeable attribute.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness, oily on the tongue, decent carbonation, dry, bitter finish.

Drinkability - One and I'm done. Nothing that jumps out and says "buy me again" but worth the try. I've been holding on to this one for a bit so it's good to finally drink it.

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Photo of GarrisWH
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a slightly hazy orangey-copper color with a two finger white head. Head drops down to a small cap pretty quickly, but retains a decent cap throughout drinking. Decent amount of lacing left behind.

S - Pretty strong hop presence on the nose, with hints of pine, grapefruit and a somewhat floral quality. Tropical fruit aromas also noticeable, perhaps a bit of pineapple. Hint of sweet malt in the background along with a definite alcohol presence.

T - Loads of hops. Pine and grapefruit flavors dominate. Backed up with a decent amount of sweet, almost fruity malt, but it is pretty much overshadowed by the hops and bitterness in this brew. Finish is quite bitter, with an herbal, quite bitter quality in the aftertaste as well. Alcohol is definitely noticeable, but not really as much as I expected from the aroma.

M - Medium/bordering on full bodied with a resinous feel. Pretty light carbonation.

D - Pretty decent overall, but definitely far from the most drinkable beer I've tried. My main complaints would have to be that it is a bit heavy on the booziness, without hiding it all that well, and it has a slightly unappealing, odd aftertaste.

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Photo of akorsak
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 650 mL bomber purchased at TJ's Everyday.

A: The DIPA is a brilliant copper color, a new shiny penny with a strong clarity to match. Two and a half fingers of head have left their entrails around the sides of the glass.

S: The nose is very hoppy, a blend of citrus and pine, with apricot and pineapple leading the way. The aromas arent's as strong as you'd expect for a DIPA but they are quite assertive nonetheless.

T: Resiny, the ale isn't afraid of its hoppy side. Bitterness attacks the tastebuds from the first sip, coating the tastebuds with fruit flavors and green vegetal freshness. Pineapple flavors linger long into each sip. For as big as the ale is, it comes across as a regular IPA. The hops never (or rarely) overpower to senses. I like that the ale settles down; the drinkability is assisted immeasurably. The hops are strong upfront before settling into a nice bitterness. Note quite as intense as 2nd Anniverary but good nonetheless.

M: The mouthfeel is intriguing, soft at times and harsh at others When the hops fire, they really work with a citrus pine combo that makes the tastebuds jump for joy. Vive le Port!

D: At 10%, one bottle is enough. But from what I've had, I wouldn't turn another bottle down.

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3rd Anniversary Double IPA from Port Brewing
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 168 ratings