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)

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Added by HopHead84 on 05-11-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

Pours thick and cloudy like apple cider, similar color too. Thin head fades fast.
Fresh citrus orchard aromas. A bit of fresh apple in there too. Honey, cloves and other spices.
Yup its hoppy! Sharp cirtus hops bite the tounge. Very sweet malty backbone tries to even things up. 10% ABV is sure to show up and leave a burn down the hatch.
Thick and syrupy. Heavy mouthfeel here with spicy/ hop oil aftertaste left in mouth.
No fooling around with this one. The one thing I love about Port is they love to use hops and do it well. At 10% ABV, bomber is sure to be enough in one sitting. Continue to look forward to there aniversary offerings.

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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 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 hophead247
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange pour with an average white head. Pleasant hoppy, fruity aroma. Fruity, hoppy, sweet, malty, hint of pineapple, spicy taste. Alcohol very well hidden. This DIPA is not as complex as some but very drinkable all the same. Can't go wrong if you choose Port Brewing. Thumbs up from me!

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

You would think that Port Brewing has been around longer. An orange color slightly hazy pour with a hoppy citrus aroma although I did expect a bigger nose. On the first sip it shows lots of citrus (think grapefruit), a bit of spice and a slight caramel hidden in the mouthfeel which is medium in body. To me this beer is about the finish which is all hops; slightly bitter, floral and citrus. I do think this beer will come together after sitting around for a few months.

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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 DrJay
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very hazy orange/amber with a soapy, yellow/beige cap. Good head retention with lots of clumpy lace. The aroma was full of hops, fresh citrus, juicy grapefruit, tangerines, with a bit of caramel and biscuit, plus slight rose petal character as it warmed. Solid bitterness with a fairly complex flavour profile. Caramel and citrus, alcohol, grapefruit, bread, with lingering bitter hops and alcohol. Fine carbonation with a medium to full body. Smooth and off-dry with pronounced warmth. The alcohol was a bit strong, but didn't completely upset the balance. Overall, I liked it.

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Photo of deereless
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Lots of cottony and craggy head, a copper color that is on the side of being opaque, minor spots of sticky and spotty foam along the edges of the glass - 4.00, S: Tons of hops and fusel alcohol, pineapple galore, some dark fruits such as plums and dried dates - 4.25, T: Pureed golden raisin, the alcohol is significant and a little disruptive to the flavor profile in my opinion, booze soaked rum raisin cake, extremely sweet, sharp hop bit and strong citrus presence - 3.50, M: Somewhat syrupy and heavy body - 4.00, D: A solid beer though the alcohol gets in the way a bit, I'm always appreciative of the hop overload - 4.00

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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 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 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 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 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 bulletrain76
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Amber color with a small head and not much retention. There is some hot alcohol in the aroma (2nd anniversary deja vu), sweet malt, and floral hops. I can't say that I'm that impressed with it, but it is certainly not bad. The flavor is malty with a good dose of caramel and lots of floral and piney hop bitterness. Alcohol creeps into the finish and accentuates the bitterness. Medium bodied with medium-soft carbonation. Enjoyable stuff, but not really great for a hop bomb. The hop profile just seems monotonous and uninspired. I hate to compare it to their other hoppy beers, but the panzer I had a couple nights ago had a much tastier hop profile. This seems to pull off a pretty good balance though. For the second year, Port's anniversary beer is a slight let down. Not bad, but hop 15 is so good that you can't help but want more from a DIPA coming from these guys. Oddly chunk free in the sediment department as well.

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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 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 chinabeergeek
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber. tasted in late may/early june 2009.

deep orangey amber. almost clear on first pours. hazy with later pours. 1.5 finger off-white head, gradually recedes to a thin but constant, creamy layer. heavenly lacing.

aroma: resinous hops from the start: piney and citrusy but also fruity, matching w apple esters and pineapple and tropical notes. sweet caramel maltiness as backbone, tho i still wish there was more. alcohol and fusels noticeable in the back however.

taste: fresh and fruity citrus zest, with pine and citrus rind. but quite resinous in the bitterness. just enough malty caramel to balance, though i still wish it was richer. some faint apple esters again. finishes a bit on the overly resinous side too, which also accentuates (or is accentuated by) the alcohol and fusel presence.

medium body, and quite resinous again, although also nearly viscous/syrupy at times. moderate carbonation is tingly, but relatively neutral, and doesn't scrub away all the sticky resins or combat the fusel character.

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Photo of thecarster1
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a snifter, one finger of head that fased into a nice uneven layer of lace with a ring around the glass, nice hazy golden amber coloring.

s- not very strong, good amount of grapefruit and pine laden hops, thats about it.

t- nice deep malt that starts off then kicks into a great wave of hop, lots of pine, little lemon, grapefruit, not overly bitter for a dipa (but bitter enough), this beer has a nice mellow hoppy sweetness to it, finishes with a bit of alcohol, waay less then i was expecting, really nice.

m- smooth medium body.

d- really good, i wouldn't have picked this beer out but i recieved this in a great trade, thats why trading is so great, i really enjoyed this one, it's crazy drinkable for a 10% abv, i cracked this open and shared i with family for my birthday dinner, it was perfect for the occasion!

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