3rd Anniversary Double IPA | Port Brewing

3rd Anniversary Double IPA3rd Anniversary Double IPA
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3rd Anniversary Double IPA3rd Anniversary Double IPA

Brewed by:
Port Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by HopHead84 on 05-11-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 168 |  Reviews: 139
Photo of barleywineman
4.7/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very piney!! bitter, hoppy subtle sweetness
golden hazy, head dissipated after a few sips
but e very delicious brew, Smashed Green Flashes Imperial
IPA also beats Moylans Hopsickle easy especially with Balance and price! very good stuff ! excellent as a fish n chips pairing beer!! go to Whole foods market and get some!

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Photo of Jeffo
4.57/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger medium bubbly off-white head with decent retention. Clear, gamboge or carrot orange in color, with medium carbonation evident. Head fades to a good film. A wisp and a ring remain until the end and leaves some lacing down the sides of the glass.

SMELL: Pale malts, floral hops, but lots of citrus and melon notes. Bold fruits scents here for sure. Definite pineapple and a touch of caramel as well. Very enticing.

TASTE: Pale malts upfront, but they quickly get brushed aside for some flowery hops, melon, and a dose of citrus and pineapple. Finishes with a blast of bitter grapefruit and bitter hops. Very bitter for sure, but in a good way. Aftertaste is strong and long lasting with a bit of spicy alcohol as well. An awesome and delicious palate destroyer.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and ends with a slightly delayed alcohol scratch at the back. Finishes slightly mouth-coating.

OVERALL: This was a real treat. It completely wrecked my palate, but I enjoyed every minute of it. They describe this one as a hop monster on the label, and they weren't lying. One of the best tasting hop bombs I've had. Another great creating from Port Brewing.

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of foxbat2500
4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap and then took a bottle home.

Lots of great balance here. Pours a nice copper color that I just love.

Not as big of a nose as I would expect. She's subtle.

I agree that the hops come up front. And then you get hit with a fruity taste that I can't really identify. Unlike many big beers in this category...you get your hops with balance. Makes for good mouth feel and drink ability.

Very impressive!

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Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at a bevmo in LA. Drank out of a tulip glass.

A-Poured a copper color with very little head. Tilted the glass when I pour.

S-Smell is sweet and fruity with some citrus there as well.

T-Taste was malty with a bitter back. Very balanced for a Double IPA .

M-The feel in my mounth was of a lot of carbination at first but the next glass was much lower.

D-This one will kill you if don't pay attention as the 10% blends nicely.

Overall this is and Excellent DIPA and I will buy again to see how it is in a few months.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is darn fine beer. Poured a cloudy, orange/amber with a head that started to rock/chunk up, but then faded to a small layer. Just missed a 5 rating on that.
Pine and grapefruit hit the nose. Some nice light biscuit comes in to play. slight caramel too. I got a sense of some phenolic undertones.
Darn good taste. The nose belies the flavors a bit. Nose is quite big and bias towards the hops. The taste is more balanced. Grapefruit and pine still dominate, but the malt characteristics are more pronounced. Very easily the hops can go crazy, but they are tamed to a point. Biscuit, very slight caramel and juicy corn. Very well balanced. Alcohol gives a good warming in the end, but I'm afraid this beer can be drank rather easily...as it was. And I became drunk rather quickly.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this one into my glass from the 22 oz bottle; a nice orange color with a surprisingly decent amount of creamy foam. My first reaction to the aroma is wow! Huge citrus hops dominate in a very, very good way. Upon taking a sip, the hops are still there--citrus, grapefruit, maybe tangerine, a bit of pine, along with a good solid malt backbone and a solid punch of alcohol coming in late. Extremely drinkable for the ABV and a great all-around beer.

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Photo of ectomorph
4.29/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a Bruery tulip and paired with a Pepper Jack Burger and sweet potato fries....

A - Murky dark gold and orange body. Thick egg shell head holds tight and leave sticky patches of foam on the way down.

S - West coast IPA mega hops. Tropical fruit, pine, grapefruit, citrus. You name the hop characteristic, it's in here. Some solvency alcohol noted here as well.

T - Smooth up front bitterness, huge hop flavor, and alcohol bite without the burn. You are hit immediately with enough bitterness to get your attention. Then a segway into more lupulin than the human tongue can handle. Pine, grapefruit, lemon zest, everything... Again, a solvent level of the 10% ABV is noted in the mouth and belly.

M - Moderate body, big carbonation to scrub your palate, teeth, cheeks, etc. Warm but clean finish from the alcohol here.

O - This is Port Brewing Anniversary Ale. They are obviously hopheads (like me) and they wanted a monster. So they made one. Would I drink this everyday? Yes. Would everyone feel this way? No. Port Brewing is becoming a favorite of mine, so let the percentages be skewed to hell!!!1

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.29/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into red wine glass.

Pours hazy orange copper, nice glow to it, with practically no head. Vague smattering of bubbles on top.

Nose is fantastic - candied oranges are huge in this one, a touch of mango, and a whiff of the most aromatic pine I've ever smelled. Fantastic smelling beer.

Taste starts out with a big hoppy front-end, with a big tangerine and tropical fruit notes combining with a nice piney bite to sit on top of the deep caramel body. Nice alcohol bite adds another dimension without taking anything away from the other aspects. The overall effect is one of dry but rich candied fruit with a moderate bitterness that's really well balanced in the overall scheme. The combination of the citrus/tropical fruit and the dry hop bite define west coast to me - very nice beer.

Mouthfeel is prickley, full bodied and even a bit syrupy with a light carbonation that has just enough bite. Dry and lightly bitter.

NIce drinkability, though a bit high on the abv side for truly great drinkability. Still, balanced without being either overly bitter or sweet.

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Photo of Boto
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber: this one pours a clear, golden color. There was a good bit of an off-white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing. Nice strong hop aroma. Pine with some grapefruit. Nice taste. Good strong hop bite, with some malt sweetness in the background. Bitter taste is resinous pine with some grapefruit. A good beer.

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Photo of jgap
4.26/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber with some bright white head that fades to a good lace and rebuilds quickly. Smell is exceptional- sweet malts, a strong scent of piney hops with some biscuit yeast and some floal hints. Taste is lots of caramel malts followed by a bitter hopping. It tastes a lot like a maltier hop-15. The bitterness is unique, not too bitter. Very pleasent but it does have a noticeable alcohol aftertaste. There is also hints of orange blossoms and other citrus fruits. Pretty good- it's unique

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Photo of Peyton5410
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of westweasel
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottle into a Goose Island IPA thistle glass.

The beer pours out a very hazy and opaque orange/copper color with a thin off-white head. The mouthfeel is medium with a medium carbonation level.

The aroma is outstanding! Toffee mixed with a strong pineapple scent with a hint of grapefruit.

The taste has some toffee and caramel at the start, but they are only there briefly as they are quickly engulfed by strong pineapple and bitter grapefruit flavors. This is followed up by a long, lingering citrus bitterness.

This is an excellent DIPA with a strong bitter wallop.

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Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap just last night, decided to pick up a bottle when I saw it at my Whole Foods.

Appearance: Pours with a quarter-finger head, barely-there after a minute. Lacing is transient but good, craggy fingers of the stuff. Body is a deep apple cider amber, with some blonde highlights. A pretty good lookin' beer.

Smell: Interesting aromas - a sort of Windex meets pine meets unripe pear meets peach aroma greets you at the front-end. Some rhubarb-y, fermented fruit aroma follows. Alcohol on the back end - too much of it, maybe, followed by malt and candy sugar.

Taste: Red delicious apples on the front end? Followed by malts and grapefruit-pine. This isn't particularly super hoppy, but I think I enjoy its left-of-center quality in that way. Back end is pretty harshly bitter, hops fly up through the nose.

Mouthfeel: Adequately fizzy, not too dry, bitter.

Drinkability: This is a tough one to drink quickly, both due to the ABV and rather odd fruity-maltiness of it. It's a fairly large beer, and it shows. Still, I was imrpessed by this not going the typical DIPA course - it has some really peculiar malt aromas and flavors, almost ester-y or funky.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at Noogfest High 5.

Poured hazy copper color with an average creamy off-white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Heavy sour citrus earthy hop aroma. Medium body with slick texture and soft carbonation. Heavy smooth bittersweet hoppy flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

This is a good beer.

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Photo of sweethome
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What else but a big-ass double IPA from Port? Nice orange/golden pour. Lacing white head.

Pine, lemon, and freshly crushed hop cones on the nose. So fresh.

Thick hop-bomb entry - hint of sweet malts, but all hops all the time - flavor, bittering, the whole deal.

Tons of piney and citrus hop flavor.

Well done.

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Photo of charlzm
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 06/26/09 at Blue Palms, Hollywood.

Very clear medium yellow/orange with little carbonation. Small white head dies to a ring of foam in minutes.

Delicious aroma of pine resin.

Has an unexpectedly floral, perfumy flavor (like YSL's Opium). Slightly sweet, slightly dry. Lingering, light bitterness on the finish. Some alcohol heat after swallow.

Mouthfeel is remarkable in its lack of oiliness or coating sweetness.

Enjoyably drinkable, I preferred this to the much anticipated Double Jack I had on the same evening.

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Photo of sholland119
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy apricot. Little bit of white head, some stickiness, no real lacing.

S-Lots of pine hops with some floral hops as well. A bit of malt but only a bit.

T-Lots of deep malt backbone with a very rich pine and pineapple hop presence on top of it. This sucker has bite!

M-Medium bodied and moderately slick.

D-A sipper but a tasty, bitter one. I like it.


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Photo of paulman86
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap in a 13 oz tulip at the world famous Toronado on Haight in The City That Knows How.

A: Deep honey amber unfiltered appearance with a scant head.

S:Grapefruity - Barleywine like

T: Citrus hops up front , you can taste the 10% abv, some malt in the middle, somewhat bitter finish.

M: Good - the citrus bitterness still dominates, nice carbonation level.

D: Drinks like a very hoppy barleywine. Glad I tried it but moving on through the Toronado new offering for today !

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Photo of gthornton
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A thick, hazy honey orange with a hint of bright red at the center... but never-mind the red... its really all about the honey orange. The head develops after a few seconds, and then disappears within a minute.

S: A sweet, butter, honey, almond, with a strong hop overtone, and citrus kick at the end. Toffee and caramel covered honey dew and cantaloupe.

T: The citrus/melon flavors are favored on the first sip, and are balanced out by a lingering caramel/toffee that hangs around with the honey-tones.

M: Thick, with mild carbonation, and a medium booze sting. The grapefruit/citrus lingers on the palate for a while, making the beer feel a little heavy.. but not overbearing.

D: You can feel the high ABV with the first few sips and gulps (10%), but that is not to say that you won't enjoy taking in large quaffs to satisfy your craving for more of that robust flavor and refreshing hops.

Probably not great with pasta, but likely awesome with a burger... or pizza (hint hint).

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Photo of athensbeermaster
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The head retention on this ale is alright the high abv. might have something to do with? The nose has a wonderful tropical fruit mixed with brandy apple aroma. The taste is a full rush of hops that stings like a bee and taste like sweet bliss!! Big sweet pink grapefruit and a splash of mango and kiwi runs into a nice caramel malt backbone. The mouthfeel is very good the natural hop oils and the sweet malts make a nice balance that leaves a long finish. The drinkability is off the hook considering the 10% abv. This DBL IPA is well made. Hats off to Port brewing taking this to the next level!!!

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Photo of maximum12
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to cloudskipper for dropping this into a recent box as an extra. Haven't met a Port Brewing beer yet I haven't enjoyed.

Pours a cloud hybrid of orange/yellow. Smell is a vicious assault of hops. I like where this is going.

3rd Anny can hold its head high in the pantheon of Port beers. This is an absolutely throat-searing DIPA. The hops are out of control, bitter, citrus, pine cones, along with a side of alcohol. Only afterwards is there a whiff of malts, but they're well buried & only there to keep this from becoming mouth-puckering. After three or four sips the blast goes away. I can only surmise that my mouth has invoked emergency systems to avoid damage & shut down.

The brew is oily & sinuous on the tongue. Drinkable? That may be the only ding on this one. It's so aggressive that more than one would be overkill. This is a palate-killer that IMHO should be enjoyed only as a last beer in a night of enjoyment.

Excellent DIPA. This is how I love them, bitter & stinging. Hats off to another year & hopefully another hop-blitz next year.

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Photo of AltBock
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber bottle with a teal colored label that looks like it was ripped off the side of a ship. Inside the port hole was a picture of a sunny So Cal beach with 3 surf boards standing up with a giant wave of water behind them ready to wipe them out. Below the picture is a foamy pint of beer with a gold 3 in the center. To the far right of the label is all the mandatory US information and to the far left are 2 paragraphs that talk about how this is Port's 3rd Anniversary beer. The only piece of information missing is a best before or vintage date. That is unless you know the year when Port opened its door.

Appearance: I thought about pouring this beer into a pint glass, but I thought it would look better in a stemmed Pilsner glass. This Double IPA poured a cloudy golden amber color with a few subtle orange highlights along the sides. But at the bottom of the beer, there was a bright lemon yellow spot of beer. On top of this beer was a small 3/4 of an inch pearl white head of foam. I thought this head of foam had pretty good retention that left behind a thick string of white rings and hand full of tiny white blots of lace around the glass.

Smell: As you can probably tell already, the scent of this Double IPA was hoppy. It really wasn't a well balanced hoppy aroma and it wasn't an overly hopped up aroma. It was in the middle somewhere. This aroma contained all the usual IPA suspects, grapefruit, citrus hops, citrus fruits, and pine. What separated this aroma from other Double IPAs was the level of sugar coated grapefruit. I thought the sugary grapefruit level was set pretty high. After the grapefruit passes, this beer then finishes up with a gentle touch of toasted malts. There wasn't enough malts to balance out all the hops and grapefruit.

Taste: When it came to the hops, 3rd Anniversary wasn't playing around. The taste kicked off with some pine and then it quickly went hoppy with a strong bitter taste of dried grapefruit and citrus hops. The grapefruit in the taste was more bitter than sweet like it was in the aroma. This hop punch also contained citrus fruits and alcohol. I don't think I've ever had a Double IPA hop punch that had the taste of alcohol in it before. After the hop punch had enough, the taste then rolls into a little more pine, grapefruit, and alcohol. If the taste made an appearance in the beginning, it then made another appearance at the end. Any malts in the taste? Nope! The hop punch kicked them out completely.

Mouthfeel: This was a medium to full bodied Double IPA with a good amount of carbonation and a strong bitter aftertaste of bitter and tart grapefruit, citrus hops, alcohol, and pine. This aftertaste had no where to go any time soon, so it stuck around in my mouth for quite a while. If you drink this beer, I sure hope you like grapefruit and hops because they stay with you for the rest of the day.

Drinkability: Yet another great Double IPA from Port Brewing, but this one was a little different. The alcohol in the hop punch was the key to that door. Drink this beer fresh because I fully doubt this will age well and it's better to celebrate Port's 3rd Anniversary the year it happened. Would I buy another bottle of this beer? I might go for another one.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a clear, vibrant orange, with a soft, one-finger white head leaving excellent to style DIPA lace.

S: Grapefruit pith for sure, but evolves with some interesting tropical fruit - guava, papaya and pineapple, a great beer to smell.

T: The white grapefruit really comes out more in the taste, but the hops bring those floral notes out and make the overall flavour much more interesting. Wildflower honey, tropical fruit salad, passionfruit, a really good mix.

S: Smooth, full-bodied, with a long aftertaste which I like in a DIPA.

D: Not as good as Port 2nd which was one of my favourite DIPAs ever, the Port 3rd is a very solid version of the style and one I could certainly have again, good work Port.

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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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3rd Anniversary Double IPA from Port Brewing
Beer rating: 56% out of 100 with 168 ratings
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