Mongo | Port Brewing

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4.17/5
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MongoMongo
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Port Brewing
California, United States
portbrewing.com

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by OlieIPA on 01-11-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,636
Reviews:
634
Ratings:
2,269
pDev:
9.11%
 
 
Wants:
158
Gots:
400
Trade:
2
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Photo of jwc215
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can:

Pours golden with a white head that fizzes away to barely an island. Some vanishing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is of citrus - grapefruit, orange, tangerine - with pine/resin. Herbal spicing comes through, as does a touch of caramel. Rich and complex.

The taste of strong citrus blends with pine. Caramelized malt with a touch of light toast balances the hop goodness. Spicy, bittersweet finish.

The malt supports the hops making it smooth despite abv. Alcohol well-integrated, adding a bit of warming spice, while not being harsh or hot. Pleasant, lingering aftertaste.

This is a great example of a West Coast DIPA. Aggressive, but smooth and pleasant. NIce citric/pine character with a supporting caramel, lightly toasted malt backbone. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of KMcGrath
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vikinggary28
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can

Pours a wonderful, full finger of white head into my tulip. However, I can hear the head fizzing away. The body is a pretty balanced mix of orange and red hues. Not really cloudy, but visibility is about medium, presumably from the slightly dark color. Small amounts of bubbles coming up. This looks good so far.

The nose is pretty sweet and malt forward. Not gross, but it's flirting with too sweet. A tad bit of piney bitterness in here, it's largely dwarfed by the malts, but it is noticeable, and important. Seemed a tad fruity at first take, but I'm not getting much of that anymore. It smells good, not very complex, and a little sweet, but it smells good.

The flavor is similar in a lot of ways. The sweetness certainly hits first and foremost. There is a hop presence here, which is very good. The hops don't have quite as much character on the flavor, more just a bitter presence. Still, it's a decent balance of hops to malts, considering the sweetness, the hops hit back pretty hard. The beer is getting dryer and more balanced the more I taste it, it's quite nice. Nothing fancy here, but it's a well done beer, no off flavors, and pretty refreshing. Perhaps a small amount of tropical fruit hiding underneath here too. Overall, good flavor.

The carbonation is about medium. The body is medium, maybe a hair lighter than that. Not too much in the way of lingering sweetness or bitterness - the beer really cleaned up, and is coming through quite dry now. Overall a very nice mouthfeel, it's a pretty light bodied double, makes for a sessionable beer.

The drinkability is very good, you don't get any heat, and the fact that neither the sugars, nor hops linger, helps it go down with ease.

Overall this is a solid double. Nothing crazy, but a good beer.

The appearance turned out pretty mediocre. Little to no lacing. Head retention was...not terrible I suppose, but there is zero head or foam towards the bottom of the glass. It started out better than it ended.

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Photo of Bluesfolk19
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FrancisM12
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dope
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Donkster46
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GuyFawkes
3.09/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Unknown vintage; drank 9/25/18 @ the Yarchives.

See-through orange appearance.

A violent pour yielded a big, noisy off-white head; a thick curtain of frothy lace.

Caramel, pine & grapefruit notes in the nose.

Medium thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Dry grapefruit & caramel flavors up front; dry pine notes on the finish. No booze heat.

This is an old-model IPA that's barely drinkable; unpleasantly dry & a touch cloying. Permanent pass.

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Photo of mchegash
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kbm070658
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BEER88
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RaulMondesi
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like, sometimes short and sweet is the way to go, you know? So let’s do that. Glows a golden hue like a Tahitian hooker, and it smells like her mama on a good day. Taste is pleasant like when you realize your girls dad approves of you. Good beer, but having a Best Buy date rather than a canning date is extremely offputting.

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Photo of dzbeer
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BuckleUp182
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RollDamnTide
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stengelfoot
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wmcgar01
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Beers-es
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a pint can, pours a mostly clear deep gold. Huge puffy head lasts forever and leaves big sheets of lacing. Smell and taste are classic West Coast citrus and pine. Nicely bitter. Good beer, but gotta say I'm not inclined to buy again without a canned-on date. They have a "freshest by" date, but no clue if that means 3 months, 6 months, or whatever.

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Photo of cjohns73
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mush
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dental
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jay25mac
3.52/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Mongo from Port Brewing
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 2,269 ratings