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 brentk56
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a modest head that drops to a film without leaving much of a trace behind

Smell: Grapefruit pith and pine, with a discernable whiff of alcohol

Taste: Sweet, grapefruit infused toffee up front, with an increasingly bitter pith and pine dimension growing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitterness dominates the flavor profile, but there is plenty of toffee sweetness and alcohol in the finish

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy, with moderate to low carbonation

Drinkability: There are some nice elements to the beer, particularly in the bitter flavors that were also detected in the aroma; the syrupy mouthfeel and sticky malt profile were detractions, to my palate

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Photo of emerge077
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Firkin in Libertyville.

Arrived in a snifter, orange and murky like papaya-mango pulp. Thin skim of bubbles. Aroma was sweet and tropical, a papaya or mango hint, with some brown sugar sweetness underneath. There was a hint of it's complexity there that was interesting. First taste was a big wallop, fruity mango hops, spicy papaya, resiny hop bitterness, sweet malt complexity, awash in a boozy tide. It was a full bodied sipper, I ended up sharing my glass. The booze was strong with this one, definitely a one and done. Love the tropical hop character, which it has in spades.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a bright peach color with good lacing and a thin collar after the white head falls down. The nose contains a lot of tropical-fruit notes plus a mild citrus character. There's a bit of sweetness coming through. Nice malt presence amongst the dominating notes of mango. The flavor contains a nice sweetness and it has a bit of malt character, though not too much. Really nice hop profile throughout. Body is medium with a nice bitterness in the finish. Quite a nice brew.

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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 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 TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, floral hops and some citrus

T: The taste decently balanced and starts off with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus that are quickly followed by a strong floral hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. There's pretty significant alcohol sting. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, might not be the best 2IPA out there but it's strong and is worth drinking for a while.

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

Blurry pumpkin with butterscotch borders. A thick chunk of golden sandstone colored foam looks good atop the beer. It's firmy creamy and has enough stickiness to begin coating the upper reaches of the glass with shredded sheets of sudsy lace.

The aroma is as solid as expected given a hop bill of Columbus, Amarillo and Simcoe. The first two were also used for dry-hopping. Tropical fruit (pineapple, orange, grapefruit) is accompanied by a modest amount of caramel. Only a paucity of pungency and a little too much alcohol keep it from really impressing.

3rd Anniversary Ale is one of those DIPAs that would benefit from having a slightly lower ABV. There's too much ethanol present on the palate, which might or might not fade over time. The beer is simply too hot. It feels like my tongue will be completely numb before the halfway point of the bomber. A bombastic amount of hop flavor might have done a better job covering it up, but a bombastic amount of hop flavor has not been provided.

The malt portion of the flavor profile is 50% sugar cookies (pale malt) and 50% butter toffee (caramel malt). The hop flavor is as described for the aroma, with bitter grapefruit pith being especially prominent. If you aren't a hophead, take an additional half-point off the taste and drinkability scores. This much bitterness would be fine if it was accompanied by *either* a ton of good hop flavor *or* less fusel alcohol.

As with 2nd Anniversary Ale, the mouthfeel is all kinds of excellent. It's full and lush, with as much stickiness as the solvent effect of the alcohol will allow. If you like huge American ales with crushed velvet smoothness and just enough carbonation to keep things moving smartly along, then step right up.

It looks like I'll have to wait at least one more year to be blown away by a Port Brewing Anniversary Ale. Better alcohol masking is crucial if Tomme wants this series to be taken seriously in the cutthroat world of 'San Diego Style IPAs'.

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

I recieved this one in the recent birthday BIF. I was exited as hell to get ahold of it as I am a huge hop head. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, I enjoyed this one on 06/29/2009 with dinner.

The pour was about what I would expect. Rich amber in color, bright with a definite orange tint to it. Nice carbonation could be seen coming up from the bottom of the glass. A nice big head of white come up and over the top settling into some nice side glass lacing. Rich aroma of piney hops. Bitter as one would expect with hints of pineapple and sharp grapefruit. Sticky flavor with a nice medium feel and good carbonation with a nice smooth, crisp, and bitter aftertaste. Lots pf piney hops up fromnt with a nice mild, buttery middle. The big ABV was nowhere to be found here and I found this one to be very, very drinkable.

Overall a very solid double IPA. Not the best in the world but it served the purpose. I would go for this one again anyday.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy golden color with a nice white foam.

S: Tons of hops, mostly citrus, but a decent pine aroma as well. It also has very sweet sugar notes and noticeable alcohol.

T: This is a lot more sweet than I would have expected. Not in the malty way that, say, Maharaja is sweet, but like candi sugar. The citrus hops are present with some mild pine. The alcohol is very present; this is a hot DIPA.

M: Very sticky and low carbonation.

D: This is a very boozy beer, and I was not quite expecting the sweetness either. It's a decent beer, but definitely one you've got to watch yourself with.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 7/24/10 notes. Had at the cdc release.

a - Pours an amber smells with one inch of white head.

s - Smells of wheat, fruit, and citrus hops.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, fruity malts, and bready malts. A bit bittersweet.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A decent IPA. Glad I triied but probably wouldn't seek out again.

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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 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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Photo of Gobzilla
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a golden orange with yellow highlights with a finger of head and a little sticky lacing.

S: booze citrus and hop aromas with good malt presence. After a couple of whiffs I also got citrus notes.

T: grapefruit hop bitterness up front with citrus zest that does over power the malts a bit and booze in the mixture as well.

M: medium body with a little bit of carbonation and a sweet mlid bitter finish.

D: drinks really good all the way down the bottle and has a good balance between ingredients in the beer. I've had this beer a couple of times and has been decent every time

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

Thanks goes out to AndrewK and pokesbeerdude for this one.

Pours a very nice cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy/thick off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some nice malt notes, citrus, and pines aplenty. The taste is hoppy, sweet, slightly malty, with some nice citrus/pine notes. Medium body, slightly hot, chewy, with a bitter finish. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew. Thanks Andrew and Chuck.

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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 WesWes
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy dark gold/amber color with a 1/4" off-white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale, Carapils, and bisquit malt scent along with a rather mild, bitter hop aroma. It's actually quite balanced for a DIPA. The taste is good as well. It's aggressively bitter up front with some Munich malt sweetness and some bready bisquit malt notes. It has a piney hop character which is perfect for this malt bill. An east coast DIPA from a great west coast brewery. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. I like the balance. It's not a beer I'd go out of my way to find.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with little head. Smells like Bazooka Joe to start then a huge hit of pine, followed by a bit of hot alcohol and acetate. The taste starts with more of that heavy pine followed by some balancing sweet malt. Quite a big big beer, and both the alcohol and the hops are sharp and powerful. It almost needs some aging, but I'd hate to lose the fresh pine power of the hops in this beer.

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Photo of biegaman
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer's orangey colour, distorted clarity and jumbo-sized head are all I need to see to think this should be flavourful, well-crafted ale. Its complexion retains that chilly haze that is sometimes polished out by the filtration process. Its head, meanwhile, has been hired by the glass to act as interior decorator (a job that it's fantastically qualified to do).

The aroma is all kinds of wonderful: lemon zest, lychee liqueur, toasty malts smeared in caramel, pine needles, orange wedges, almost every and anything you could ask for in a DIPA, or IPA for that matter. The hops outweigh the malts by a proportion similar to that of the women versus men attending the Lilith Fair festival.

This is less a beer than it is a cocktail of hoppiness, one that I'll argue as my favourite 'beertini' to date. The booze distorts the flavours: rather than having that caramelly, toffee sweetness, the (minimal) malt tastes like a shot of cream liqueur (Bailey's or Amarula) and the hoppiness uncannily resembles a mixture of orange and lychee liqueurs.

Although it's always better to have too much beer rather than too little, a half a bomber of this does seem good enough (the full thing is only a good idea if there's a bed or hammock nearby). I enjoy this, to be sure, but it tastes every bit as strong as it claims to be. The simple truth is that it's too boozy to be enjoyed to the truest and fullest extent.

Another anniversary and another awesome - but way too boozy - anniversary beer; although many complained that last year's anniversary DIPA turned out a little 'hot', apparently nothing in the last year has convinced Port Brewing to change that. And why should they? It's only appropriate that a brewery that's all about pushing palates with aggressive, balls-to-the-wall beers release something emblematically bold and belligerent.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a two-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer has a red amber hue that shows a lightly amber tinged, full copper color. The aroma smells a bit sweet, reminds me of candied American hops, sweet tangerine, tart apricot, week green vegetables, a touch of green pine character, green / unripe fruit notes and meyer lemon. The aroma is actually a bit weaker than I was expecting, this did follow a Lagunitas A Little Sumpin' Sumpin', but that shouldn't have been any problems for this beer.

Soft and creamy feeling, the texture is likely helped by the fact that this is only lightly chilled. The beer finishes with a bitting hop bitterness that helps to cut through the thick, viscous texture. A touch of alcohol heat couples with the bitterness to provide a sharp finish. The hop character in the flavor of this beer is quite a bit more noticeable than it was in the nose; candied ruby-red grapefruit zest, lychee, a nice tropical fruit note (which becomes more accentuated as the beer warms up) and a citrus oil component. Sharper hop notes of menthol, bitter herbs, pine, and a definite green hoppiness really tend to linger in the finish, with an astringency that couples with the hop bitterness. After a bit of time the beer can get a a bit green and herbal, a bit too raw even.

This is a bit thicker than I like in my Double IPAs, to me this is a bit more like a hoppy Barleywine. Not bad, but I was hoping for something a bit more quaffable. Hmm, I can't help but be a little disappointed, I always expect stellar from this brewery, which might be a bit unfair.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of Zorro
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear very deeply amber colored, so deeply that I almost could call this a brown colored beer. Small tan head that never amounts to much.

Strong tropical fruit scent even from a great distance. Pine pineapple and spice are the first things I notice. Mango and lemon with nutmeg and a faint grass scent. Grapefruit, wood and a slight eucalyptus funk complete the scent profile.

Starts out neutral and wood with a faint melon aftertaste. Flavor just isn't a match for the scent. This stays mostly woody with not a lot of flavor going on.

Mouthfeel is lighter than expected.

Don't know why but this beer did not live up to the flavor I expect from a Port brewing beer. Basically flavor free for the style.

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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 HopHead84
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. The beer is dark orange. The aggressive pour yielded a one finger, white head. The retention is pretty good and there's some lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of grapefruit and pine. There's an interesting honey character to the nose. The malt successfully balances the hops and is of the caramel persuasion. Celery notes are apparent. The alcohol is quite noticeable. The flavor is initially of sweet caramel malt with some breadiness. The alcohol is potent immediately. The 10% is not hidden. As the beer warms the citrus becomes more pronounced, pine resin is quite noticeable, and the alcohol flavor becomes more apparent. Overall, the flavor is well balanced between malt and hops, leaning toward the sweeter side in flavor. The bitterness is medium for the most part, but becomes stronger in the finish. Ultimimately, the alcohol has the last laugh.

The beer is medium bodied with low-medium carbonation. I definitely would have preferred more carbonation.

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

Pours a hazy, amber orange, slight lacing on glass with a mild foam head, slight carbonation, looks very good in a tulip glass! Smells of big time citrus and pine aroma. I have to say, this bottle is already 6 months old and it's slightly different in character since the first bottle was had back in May. That being said, the beer definitely doesn't compare to when it was much more fresh.

Tastes of malts and caramel on the side of the tongue with the citrusy bitter hops coating the tongue right down the middle. The bitterness lingers for a few minutes after the taste. After several minutes, the hoppiness dissipates and the malts and caramel come back into play on the tongue. The malts definitely take a little more of a front seat than when it was first purchased, that's to be expected. My expectations would be for this to get maltier as it sits so I'm glad I'm drinking the last one now before it gets too old. There's too much of a malt profile going on in this one for my tastes.

The mouthfell exhibits a little bit of syrup and is prickly to the tongue. Has a medium body.

Drinkability - when it was first purchased, it was very drinkable for the hop heads. Now? It's not as good and I'm not enjoying as much. (Even though I loved this one when I first bought it.) Port brewing is one of my favorite brewers but there's some beers that aren't meant to sit for any periods of time, I think this is one of them. It's not aweful, but I can tell it's already peaked and is now starting the decent on the opposite side. Had I reviewed this in the beginning, when it was fresh, my review would have been much higher, this was an awesome beer at it's introduction.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked this one up during my last trip to CO.

A decent hiss when I popped the cap, it pours a hazy orange brown with a 1 finger head of billowy foam. There's some nice lacing.

The smell is big on the citrus, mostly grapefruit, some piney notes, and a wee bit of malt that's really hard to pull out. Oh well, I guess I'll surrender to the hops yet again.

The taste has the hops center stage with some nice citrus, pine, and tropical fruit bitterness but it isn't as mouth puckering bitter as I would have thought. Cool. The malt is way subdued with a light earthy tone and not much else but as I said, it isn't very damn bitter so it's a pretty easy drinker despite the hefty 10%abv is weighs in at.

Close to being full bodied with carbonation close to medium, it finishes with a nice hop kick of tropical fruitiness. Head retention in this puppy is awesome!

Drinkability? 1 bottle will do me(I only picked up 1 bottle) but the session is going along nicely. I *think* the alcohol will catch up to me at some point but tastewise, it doesn't rear its ugly head at all. A very nice sipper.

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3rd Anniversary Double IPA from Port Brewing
3.74 out of 5 based on 168 ratings.
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