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 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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Photo of rye726
2.2/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours an orangish brown with a silky tan head. Nice lacing and retention.

Nose has caramel, citrus, sweet malts and fruity hops. But there is a harsh alcohol aroma that really detracts from everything else.

Taste has candy malts, bitter hops and more of the unbalanced alcohol presence. Just too boozy to be enjoyable.

Creamy body is well carbonated, but again too much liquor up front and through the finish to make this very drinkable. Don't really want to finish my glass let alone the rest of the bottle.

Poor attempt by Port. I expect much better from these guys. Should have read more reviews before I wasted my $7. Whether this is a Double Pale Ale or Double IPA, it's one of the worst examples of either style I have ever had. Sorry Tomme, better luck next year.

Edit: Took over three hours to finish the bottle. My opinion of this ale remains unchanged.

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Photo of number1bum
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a very hazy burnt orange color with about a finger and a half of light beige head. Retention is ok, but the lace is quite thin and not very full, and doesn't leave much more than a splash of stick. 2nd pour produces more head, better retention and much more stick - some nice rings and webbing in fact.

Smell begins with some honey and sweet caramel malt, on top of which is some pineapple and citrus hop aromas. It's not over the top hoppy but there are some other tropical fruit aromas and it also has a substantial malt presence. It's got some balance but is hoppy enough to be interesting, and is quite pleasant overall.

Taste starts off ok with some caramel and honey sweetness and more of the pineapple, citrus and tropical fruits that were in the nose, but then it takes a turn for the worse and heads downhill quickly. Midway through the alcohol really turns on the jets and it becomes hot and very rough, followed by a good smack of hop bitterness that furthers the rough around the edges feel. It also has a medicinal flavor to it and just feels totally out of balance and out of whack. It's a hot, boozy mess, with occasional flashes of fruity hops that try in vain to rescue it, efforts that are quickly killed by an overdose of hop bitterness. At times I found myself saying 'ok wait, this is starting to taste better, I am being too harsh,' but each time the next sip brought me right back to reality and I was left with a superbly bitter, chalky aftertaste that I couldn't get rid of.

Mouthfeel is harsh and not at all smooth. It has a bit of a slick feel but it's just destroyed by the booze and the bitter. It's almost full bodied but even the carbonation seems to be a tad overdone. The feel provides a snapshot for all that is wrong with this beer.

I love DIPAs and actually have not had one in a few weeks, so I was really craving one and expected this to hit the spot very well. It did not. To be frank this beer is just a disaster. It's a boozy and unbalanced mess. I recall the 2nd Anniversary beer being unbalanced and a bit boozy but this is even worse; substantially worse. It would be difficult to have been more disappointed by this beer.

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Photo of Deuane
2.8/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

After hearing this one was rather hot while fresh I decided to hold off till I popped this one. Did the aging help?

A-Bomber into challice on 2/3/10.

A-Hazy golden yellow with a thin light tan head that reduced to a thin film and left spotty lace.

S-Aggressive citrus hops with some sweet caramel notes. Alcohol warmth right off the bat and built with warming.

T-Even though I sat this one back and waited it is still hot and boozy. Citrus hops are in there in addition to some pleasantly sweet caramel malt but they get booted aside by the aggressive alcohol solvency.

M-Medium bodied with a rather thick, syrupy feel. Rather smooth, which helps and ends dry. Once again though the heat messes things up in the end.

D-Damn, what a disappointment. So one dimensional. It is pretty much all hops and heat. This is not a very pleasurable or interesting beer. Certainly not a brew that is worthy of usual Pizza Port standards.

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Photo of photomike
2.91/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a slightly hazy deep orange color. Only a very aggressive pour yields a head on this when opened cold, but if you manage that, you'll find one finger of fluffy eggshell head reluctantly forms. What little head is there sticks around for quite a long time though, with impressive lacing.

Smell is citrusy and really sweet with piney, peppery hops. A bit sickening with the overstated sweetness and boozy end.

Taste is off-balance and too sweet as well. Really, really malty; with honey sweetness and a bit of breadiness. Cloying. The hops play kind of a second banana role here, but they contribute a ton of tangerine citrus and orange peel bitterness. Tropically fruity, which comes off as canned pineapple when its paired with the excessive sweetness. Really boozy finish. Not as horrible as I make it sound, this beer's flavor is not without its merits; it just seems kinda over-the-top and slapped together.

The first time I had this, it was on tap at the brewery, and the carbonation was spot on. This time, out of the bottle, the beer is noticeably undercarbonated. Full-bodied and syrupy, with a smooth, rich texture. Oily coating throughout your mouth. Had the carbonation been higher, the mouthfeel would have been the highlight of this beer.

Drinkability is low. The sweetness is way too much, and the booze really gets to you fast. Half a bomber is plenty.

Overall, not very impressed, even when I had it on tap and the carbonation was good. Too sweet, too malty, too boozy. Would not pay for this again, but glad I tried it.

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Photo of ILikeGoodCider
2.95/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on 07.03.09 from a big brown 22oz bottle. Poured into a big snifter.

A: Hazy & golden orange w/ a substantial creamy white head. Good lacing / retention.

S: Aroma is quite good with loads of citrus, esp. oranges and grapefruits. A bready malt in the nose and a bit of malty sweetness too.

T: More hoppy than the aroma; pine resins come out more and the sticky hop oils hang around the palate through the finish. The sweet caramel malts underneath is evident throughout finishing with the hops.

M: Med-full bodied and very sticky with hop oils, leaving a lasting bitterness.

D: At 10% abv which is obvious by the end of 22oz, a sessioner this is not, but drinkability level remains high for the category.

A solid DIPA that I wouldn't put on par with Hop 15 but PP does DIPAs quite well.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.95/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from 99 Bottles Federal Way, WA

A: Poured a glowing golden orangish color with good carbonationa and a nice white head

S: Citrus, booze, sweet and perfumey

T: Heres a story..There I was at the Daily Pint in Sanata Monica, CA decide to get a pint of the 2nd Anny IPA and upon the first sip I was like whoa..to perfumey, to much booze and sweetness. The mango and tropical fruits were overpowering. Did not even finish. This beer was the same. Walked away

M: Sweet, booze and perfume was not appealing at all

D: I did not finish nor did I want to

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Photo of ffejherb
2.97/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber into challice on 2/3/10.

A - Emerged from the bomber as a cloudy liquid akin to an unfiltered cider with a thin beige head that reduced to a thin, patchy film and minimal spotty lace.

S - Citrusy hops with slight smokey malt characteristics and some sweet caramel notes. A warm alcohol presence also emerged rather quickly.

T - For its 3rd Anniversary, Port must have been going for warm and boozy. Hops are in there, but the citrusy qualities have subsided, I'm afraid, resulting in a muddled hop character. Aside from the muted hop presence, I also pick up on some caramel malt and a hint of sweet smoke reminiscent of tobacco leaves.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and sticky mouthfeel. Carbonation is mild at best. Finishes with dry, lingering hop bitterness on the palate.

D - M'wah. Happy Anniversary and all, but this DIPA is definitely not up to the usual Port standards.

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Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.06/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes. Came across as pretty one dimensional, especially given Pizza Port's brewing acumen for this style. Comes in dark, yellow/auburn notes, thin 1/4" white head. Aroma was alcohol first, then you got a smidge of tropical fruit, nondescript.

Taste was a 100ibu face melt bomb. Didn't impart enough hop flavor. Overly syrupy, thick, viscous. I dunno, I didn't find anything special about this, in fact it was below average for sure for them, one of their worst hoppy beers of all time.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.06/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a dark and cloudy apricot-orange color. Light off-white head doesn't last for long, but leaves a film.

Smell: I'm really not smelling much of anything. Just a very light hop aroma.

Taste: Solid malt base but lots of hops on top. Citrusy, somewhat bitter, and slowly-bulding in strength. There's something a bit too sweet going on in the finish and alcohol is quite present in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very minimal carbonation; almost flat. Medium-bodied and generally smooth. It could use some more carbonation to take the edge off some parts of the taste.

Drinkability: Alright to drink some, but no more than a pint of this, and even then I'm afraid it gets a bit tiring.

I usually really enjoy Port beers; Wipeout is one of my fav. IPAs. This, however, is pretty weak in all departments, except the alcohol. Though not a bad beer, it just doesn't quite cut it.

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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 Gyle41386
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a tulip. Thanks to OStrungT for the bottle!

Pours a hazy orange-amber color with a little over a finger's worth of creamy foam. Head retains well and leaves behind some nice lacing.

Hoppy aroma that seems a little weak for a West Coast DIPA. Smells like grapefruit, lemon, and some pine.

Flavor pretty much follows, though there's an alcoholic bite that I didn't get from the nose. Tastes much hoppier than it smells which is nice. The piney character is also bigger, and comes through in a bitter finishing blast to balance the sweet malty beginning. The boozy heat is a bit off-putting, unfortunately. This beer becomes borderline undrinkable as it warms.

Medium-full body. Low carbonation level gives this one an excellent smoothness. Too boozy to be very drinkable. The texture/appearance give this a higher score than it deserves.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle tried 27 Dec 2009.

Served in a Celis shaker pint. Medium light off white head. Beer is a cloudy bright coppery orange color. Strong aroma of fresh squeezed orange juice and zest, plus lots of butter. Tastes like orange shortbread, bitter and buttery. Finishes with a sharp resiny bitterness and ethanol burn. Aftertaste is of orange pith, butter and lingering ethanol.

Way too much butter for my liking... Well almost any butter in my beer is too much for my liking...

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of coachdonovan
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

No freshness date, but first reviews of this beer were last May, so it would appear this is a year old. Poured into a Portsmouth Brewery snifter.

<1" head, let's call it eggshell color, disappears pretty quickly. So far, not much lacing. Pours a pale amber, a little cloudy but I can still see tiny bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Aroma is pine with a fair amount of booze and a little citrus. Taste is similar - abv is not hidden. Oily mouthfeel suffers from low carbonation.

I could reason that the hops have mellowed after a year, so perhaps that's why it doesn't hold up to the malty abv. But I think instead this is just an IPA that took things a bit too far.

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Photo of JamisonM
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Orange copper color with haze pours with little head that soon goes to just a ring around the glass

S: sweet fruit and hops with some orange peel

T: the hops are there but they are not that clean like a dirty hop its got a big malt back bone too malty for my tastes and more malty then I was expecting

M: its a pretty heavy beer too many unfermentable sugars in this beer for my taste

D: you can drink it but not fast

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Photo of AnswerInQuestion
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy, almost opaque orange-yellow, like orange juice. Very thin layer of carbonation.

S: A strong bitter hoppy scent with citrus notes and a slight apricot aroma.

T: Strikingly similar to the smell, but thankfully withmore powerful fruit flavor. Bite from the hops smoothed over by apricot and orange, but a lingering bitter aftertaste.

M: Crisp but surprisingly heavy on the palate. Prickly carbonation and hop bite mix with the suggestion of alcohol.

D: Honestly, a bit challenging. Maybe because I'm not always in a hoppy mood, but this is too strong an experiencee to go down easily or quickly.

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Photo of popery
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A good effort and certainly a fine beer, however it gets too sweet and too boozy for my taste, especially as compared to other DIPA's. The color is a nice, bright, dark orange. A fine coating of bubbles sticks to the surface for a long time, but it's clearly not a highly carbonated DIPA's as the head doesn't kick up much initially. The booze and sweet, sweet caramel show up in the aroma. Of course, there are also strong grapefruit and pine hop scents, but the whole package comes off like a hop-scented trip through a department store makeup section. That's overly harsh, but hopefully the point is made. The flavor is very similar, strong alcohol and cloying biscuit/caramel malt with a heavy hop kick. It's the sort of beer that you think might be great after the first sip, but by the end of the glass, you're wishing that you had someone to split it with. By that, I mean that there are some excellent flavors, but it just doesn't really work for me. I can see Port's signature big DIPA style in this beer, but it's just not nearly as good as other DIPA's from them.

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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 billshmeinke
3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I think this is the 3rd anniversary beer that I am reviewing because the bottle says that it is 10% abv. Plus, it tastes like this beer has been sitting around for a year. However, the bottling date is 4/28/2010. So I'm a little confused.

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a golden/orange color. Absolutely no head. Just a few bubbles that disappear quickly.

Smells mostly minty with hints of tropical fruits like pineapple and mango. A perfume like sweet floral fragrance is apparent as well. Also, a really distinct orange rind scent is in there.

Taste is of sweet malts. Hops come through as spearmint, vague citrus and tropical fruits, floral characteristics, and distinct orange rind. Hops taste aged. Quite bitter.

Mouthfeel is thick an oily. Very low carbonation.

I wouldn't drink much of this. It tastes like an old DIPA. I'm not feeling it.

Sorry Port Brewing. I normally love your stuff, but this just doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.32/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My wife picked up a bottle of this brew for me - we just got this in Chicago, even though it was made in early May. Typical asinine distribution results in us getting old IPAs from Port Brewing/Lost Abbey. Served in a pint glass.

A - Two fingers of quick dissolving off-white foam with minimal lacing. Unfiltered apple cider color that isn't all that attractive. Looks like a barleywine.

S - There's still a good amount of grapefruit hoppiness, but also a very strong caramel apple malt component with burnt sugar and a touch of booze. Reminds me a little of Racer X in terms of the balance and the slight heat.

T - Unfortunately, it does not taste like Racer X. Very low bitterness for something with this much hop presence - a bit builds over the course of the glass, but it barely registers in comparison to the huge burnt sugar, bready malt, and hot alcohol presence. This may actually end up as a terrific barleywine, but it's not really what I expected from a Port DIPA.

M - Soft, low carbonation (but not flat!), medium-thick body, a slightly dry finish with lots of residual stickiness, and some mounting heat. It's certainly big enough to support the alcohol.

D - It's an interesting brew, and might actually improve with age and turn into a hoppy barleywine, but it's not really what I was expecting. I split a bottle three ways and that was more than enough for me.

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Photo of smcolw
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'm concerned: I didn't hear the usual "whoosh" when opening this beer. Was there a bad seal?

Large bubble head. The liquid is orange-amber and quite cloudy. Surprisingly, there's some spotty lace left on the glass.

Very mild aroma except for an odd rubber smell (like a brand new sneaker!) This beer is missing the typical smells I'd expect from a DIPA.

Strong alcohol flavor to this beer. Good hop bite and aftertaste. The malt is muted but present. The body is richer than some but the carbonation is low.

Bordering on the extreme, this beer is all about the high hop and over-the-top alcohol flavor. Too much, simple too much.

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