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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of wknight167
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apearance - Pours a cloudy orangy copper almost like an unfiltered cider. Very little head that fades quickly.

Nose- Mainly pine hops, but also citrus. A hint of malt and ginger?

Palate- Starts off malty, then the hops build slowly overpowering any sweetness for a not over the top bitterness. Nice show of restraint and balance.

Mouthfeel- Lightly carbonated, medium heavy bodied, slightly syrupy.

Drinkability- Not one of the beers that I absolutely have to have another, but one that I would be perfectly happy with drinking all night.

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Photo of alyankus
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy bronze color with a very nice 1 finger head that has some staying power.

The nose is somewhat hot with piney aromas and a note of candied citrus.

more of the citrus with hints of honey pine and mango on the palate. This is very malty.

It possesses a rather creamy texture that becomes quite pleasant as time goes on although the noticeable heat detracts from this somewhat.

This is a good effort from Port brewing but i think I'm a bigger fan of Wipeout and Hop-15. The overall maltiness makes me think this might be getting past its prime

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Photo of jxhill
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy deep copper color, looks like cider. Small head which fades quickly. Smell is pretty sweet and fruity which fades to a citrusy hop smell. First sip is fizzy, not terribly well carbonated. Very tangy and herbal hops and almost apple-ish flavor which fades quickly to the back of the tongue. Very heavy and yeasty feel with lots of alcohol warmth all the way down the hatch. Vaguely reminiscent of a homebrew in a good way. A nice heavy and raw DIPA incarnation, though not excellent.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Lost Abbey while picking up my Sinners Blend 09.

A - Apple jucie, not much head. Fairly clear.

S - Predominate unusual meaty hops. Some citrus and pine, but another smell that is hard to define. It's a little acrid and very inviting.

T - That perfumiy smell follows to taste. Big time. It's full on perfume. Other hops traits and sweet malt mix together.

M - Medium body, good carb, nice balance.

D - I might do some damage to this growler.

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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 Reagan1984
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a frothy beige head that showed decent retention. Beer is a hazy deep amber color with some light brown highlights. Some nice lacing.

Aroma was not as fresh as I expected. Very piney, sweet and a touch of alcohol. At the end you get a hint of citrus, but only a hint.

Caramel sweet almost takes center stage. Then you get a pop of hop bitterness. The sweetness returns and stays. Definitely the presence of alcohol. Pretty good, but not among my favorites. I remember thinking the same thing last year with the 2nd Anniversary. There is a slight hint of burnt flavor o the malt sweetness.

Fairly bold mouth feel and pretty thick DPA.

It's a pretty good DPA, but certainly not among my favorites.

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

22oz bottle purchased at Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" beige head over the slightly cloudy orangey copper brew. Dense head falls gradually, with heavy, slow-falling lace. Aroma is somewhat sedate, but comprised of piney, citrusy hops, ample sweetness, and an alcohol tinge. Taste has an undercurrent of warm alcohol throughout. Deeper in, starts with ample sweetness, with pungeant citrusy hops kicking in at the middle, and partying on through the close, with an alcohol afterburn that is reasonably apparent and substantial. Mouthfeel is good for the style, as is drinkability. For Port, not so over the top, which is kind of a good thing.

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Photo of mcallister
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crisp amber with a great head that lasts an eternity. Thick yellow colored creamy with some molten lava bubbles sporadically shape.

Citrus, buscuity malts, some stone fruits, pine and a bit of what seems like ginger.

Solid brew very drinkable. Extremely well balanced, with a thick malty middle and backbone. Hops are nice and bitter on the finish but nothing over the top. Shows signs of citrus and peach at first then moves into a piney flavor towards the end. Malt flows through long on the finish as well.

Creamy mouth with a lackluster carbonation. Some alcohol in the mouth and chest as well.

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

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

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

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

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

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

drinkability: ok

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Photo of 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 arizcards
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at O'Shea Brewing in late May for $6.72.

Beer poured a hazy orange with a minimal head. Nose is citrus hops, big malts, and a hint of alcohol. Taste has alcohol prevelant with the first sip; hints of toffee, grapefruit, and pineapple. Hops and malts are fairly well balanced. Mouthfeel is full bodied with decent carbonation. Drinkability is good. This is a massive beer that is fairly well balanced and drinkable despite the big abv.

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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 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 rayjay
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle was a gift from brewtull from a Ledger's Liquor run.

Great looking beer. Very big sticky head of foam with killer retention. A thick looking pale malt body with plenty of haze.

Big hoppy aroma, hops definitely dominate. Lots of pineapple, grapefruit, and general overall hoppyness. Fruity esters in the background, with some bready malt.

Flavor takes a different route. It's a big, alcoholic, estery, sticky, malty beer that leans pretty far over towards the barleywine side of things. It was a drainpour for my wife but I persisted. Lots of hop bitterness, and some alcohol heat. It's a bit of a trainwreck, how the flavors don't work in harmony.

Creamy carbonation, coupled with a fairly sticky, almost chewy malt body.

For maximum drinkability serve chilled. It lost it's appeal once it got above 50F.

Not the best 2xIPA. I think back to the days when I was blown away by the likes of Frank, Hop Suey, Poor Man's IPA, etc, for the way they hid the malt and let hops shine, and still achieved balance and drinkability. This beer was not that, time to review the old brewlogs guys.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pours a dark gold in color. Very nice inch of head forms on the pour. Looks good in the glass.
Smell is hops up front, but balanced malt comes through as well.
Taste is more of the citrusy, piney hops in the flavor. There's a bit of alcohol in the flavor as well. At 10% it's a little hard to hide, but I actually like the hint of alcohol in the flavor here. It works well. Part of the reason I like the Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree as well. Sometimes an alcohol flavor can actually add to the enjoyment of the beer.
Fairly bitter and full on the mouthfeel. Decent beer, but I'll take a fresh, good Hop15 as my DIPA of choice.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with some hints of brown. White head recedes quickly. Nose is big with grapefruit and pine, along with some candy aromas. This packs a tart punch on the palate with the hops bringing out big grapefruit, but too much grapefruit that it is a little unpleasant. Pine is there too with some herbs, and the candyish sweetness is not in focus any longer. It's like sucking on a ripe grapefruit.

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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 bennetj17
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a slow to develop head that doesn't really materialize. It looks a bit flat as I see some carbonation bubbles sort of hanging around, not rising upward in a typical stream. The aroma is nice however. It has a real citrus pungence with some piney hop character and moderate alcohols.

The flavor is not what I expected. It creeps in slowly and I get more rich malt sweetness than massive hops really. There is a pretty good balance actually, and luckily I don't taste the alcohol, although I know it is there in abundance. The bitterness at the back is not too intense, in fact it works well. I think this is one of those cases of a strong beer tasting deceptively mellow. As for mouthfeel, it isn't very thick, but it does have a slightly heavy/syrupy quality. The carbonation is very fine, but decent enough considering the way it appeared.

Overall much better than the 2nd Anniversary beer. I thought this one would be too harsh, but it's actually quite drinkable. Too bad it lost points for appearance...

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