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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by OlieIPA on 01-11-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
601
Ratings:
2,133
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
9.35%
 
 
Wants:
152
Gots:
343
For Trade:
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Reviews: 601 | Ratings: 2,133
Photo of shiu-chan
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to glass, deep amber gold with light crown.
Tropical citrus and piney bouquet.
Medium bodied, rich on the palate, soothing grapefruity bitterness finish.
Overall, a well made IPA that I will keep asking for more.

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Photo of JeffBlue
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

10-15-16 (draft, The Attic, Long Beach) super balanced in all respects, hard to criticize this well-rounded IPA, a great representation of West Coast IPA, this calls for another (4.25)

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Photo of cloughie
4.66/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Takes me way back to when I first fell in love with the west coast IPA. I can't say much more than has already been said, just know that this is a damn fine representation of the craft. Its balanced, to be sure, but there is a wonderful bitterness in the finish that a lot of brews seem to be neglecting as of late. That tiny bitter pinch on the tongue just completes this beer so well, and gives it a distinct personality that sets it apart. Another reviewer mentioned how underrated Port is, and I couldn't agree more. If you like a big IPA, you need to seek this one out, but you'd be hard pressed to fail with any of their others. I have to drive 30 miles out of state to buy eight dollar bombers of this stuff, and I do it with a smile on my face. And I would rather have it that way than be able to get it at my local chain grocery store if it means that Port, like so many of their CA contemporaries, had to sell their soul to get there. Lookin at you, Ballast....

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a deep gold beer with a pillowy off white head. There are a few random globs of lacing left behind as the beer is consumed. The aroma is quite floral with undertones of overripe citrus like mangos and oranges. The taste is slightly sweet with a lot of citrus, mainly orange or grapefruit, with a flowery component and a decently bitter finish. This beer is well balanced and the alcohol is hidden well.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

8-12-16 - On tap at Doylestown Station Taphouse. Served in a tulip glass with 1/2 inch head. Nice light amber color. Tasty and hoppy double IPA from Port. So good that I picked up a growler for the weekend. I'll get this one again and again.

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Photo of gandres
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle poured to wine glass. From Costco by 8/16/2016
Appearance: light amber orange liquid, minimal tan foam, hazy cloudy lacing
Aroma: very fragrant hoppy, balance with malty aroma
Taste: medium bitterness
Palate: lively carbonation with sudden drop but long finish
Overall: very good beer, ok to repeat and look for
Drank: 8/7/2016 10:30 pm

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Photo of barsonthetrak
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Port is underrated as fuck and this is an amazing example of why. I prefer this to Wipeout despite the latter being a solid offering itself. It's very intense up front but mellows out through the sip, warm hop character ends up with a tingly, grapefruity finish. I really like everything I've tried from this brewery; that being said this is the best thing I've had from them.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper-golden with full white head. Sudsy, decent lacing.
Smells like pineapple and sweet grapefruit and malts.
Tastes like a terrific IPA as far as the grapefruit, citrus, some pine, a tiny hint of dank, pepper and bitterness in the finish.
Fairly dry finish, but overall a superior soft, medium-chewy body.
Very nice IPA example. Solid find on my vacation to visit the NJ family.

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Photo of EMV
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap at the Pour House in Exton, PA. Poured into a goblet.

L: Pours a clear medium golden color. Thick foamy head. Delicate lacing.

S: Tropical fruits and biscuits... citrus and mango.

T/F: Malty sweetness to start... bready a bit and then the hops come in.... lots of tropical fruit flavors... mango, grapefruit, and pineapple. Good carbonation and the finish is dry. Warming... hides the booze well though.

O: A very solid tropical feeling DIPA, and definitely one I'd have again. Not overwhelmingly bitter.

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Photo of 57md
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden copper color with over a finger of head. The nose has notes of fresh hops and grapefruit. The flavor profile has its share of maltiness but the hops win out and dominate the finish.

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Photo of itsmarkalbert
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big. Powerful. Resinous.

What a great IPA. A bright and crisp malt profile is followed by a citrusy and lingering washing of hop character. It hangs on your tongue like the last words of a bad break up. But like time does to all things, it fades into wonderful memories of your last sip. She's a cold bitch that leaves you wanting more.

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Photo of Dopen993
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into tulip glass. 2/3/16

L. Slight haze, golden orange with a thick 2 finger plus of white head.
S. Lots of orange rind and ropical fruit notes, with a hint of pine and hops. Touch of malty sweetness.
T. Getting. Lot of the malt Nd sweetness up front, light pine kick mid way through and a good bitter bite at the end.
F. Lighter to medium mouthfeel and nice carbonation.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light orange colored, 1" of white head, even gives consistent lace, a rarity with all those hop oils. Blend of pine, juniper and varied citrus stuff in the aroma.

Does what PP does, drops lots of hop flavors, bitterness relatively low, malt bill low, runs the gamut from pine needles to tangerine to pineapple. Bomber format sucks, but at least its relatively inexpensive, but would prefer to see in 6 packs. Why isn't this in tallboy cans?

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Photo of Treyliff
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a murky orange-peach color with a creamy white head that retains long after the pour, leaving lots of lacing behind

S- tons of tropical fruity aromas with notes of mango, peach, papaya & pineapple. Sweet malt underneath

T- flavor follows aroma with lots of tropical fruity notes of mango, pineapple and papaya. Slight hop bitterness with some pine, bready malt finish

M- medium heavy body with moderate mouthfeel leads to a foamy mouthfeel that finishes creamy

O- really nice topical notes throughout

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Photo of hansavijaticar
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clear orange colour with rich foam and nice lacing. Smells resinous and grapefruity, touch of peaches and honey with these aspets in taste. Reminded me of Sierra's Torpedo and Anderson Valley's Hop Ottin' IPA. Too bold for me, i.e. too bitter, but I can imagine hop-heads liking this a lot. I prefer Pot Brewing's Wipeout IPA.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks loose in the glass. Topped with a massive white pillowtopper of oversiezd bubbles (which are visible rising from the bottom). Body is murky gold and amber. But like actual old-tree-resin amber, not the colour 'amber.' Wonderful lacing.

Citrus and pine. Some grainy malts. There's a faint thread of floral nectar sweet that dances in and out of existence.

Much fruitier than expected. Like bitter fruit chew gummi things. There's a bracing bitterness that drives this engine, though. Pine and grapefruit rind both.

Finish takes your tongue in a firm grip and refuses to relent. Big carbonation -- both in terms of how much and the size. Leaves your throat feeling bubbly like poprocks.

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Photo of tlema1
3.64/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: beautiful amber color, with a thick white head
S: grapefruit and pine
T: bitter citrus, grapefruit rind
F: bitter on the tongue
O: I don't like this as much as other reviewers

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Photo of DaverCS
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark orange, almost Amber color with 1 1/2 fingers of fluffy white head. Great lacing and alcohol legs.

Aroma doesn't jump out of the glass. While tame, pine and grapefruit are most present. Surprising amount of malt sweetness detected.

Taste is more on the astringent side. Big resinous, piney hops dominate the palate. Some bitter grapefruit pith. Nice amount of carbonation and a nice malt backbone. Bitterness is not tamed nor masked, as it is present throughout the sip and into the aftertaste.

Overall, a little too astringent for my palate. The pine resin is too dominate that any other nuances/ flavors aren't able to shine. I see this pairing well with some spicy gumbo. It gets a 84.5/100.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Been waiting to try this beer. Purchased a 22oz. Bottle at Binny's in Chicago.

Looks awesome-dark Orange cloudy brew with a huge 3 finger head. Tons of sticky lacing left around the glass.

Smells of tangerine, blood orange, grapefruit and lemon. Nice.

Tastes similar to the smell. Lots of deep rich citrus fruit with no pine and a sturdy backbone to balance the citrus. Again, nice.

Mouthfeel is great. Moves along easily and finishes dry. Keeps me wanting more.

Very impressed and have wanted to try it for quite some time. Wish it was distributed to Ohio. Would gladly have again. Quite the treat. Highly recommended.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

8/17...pours hazy thick orange copper rust with fluffy packed 1/4 inch white foam. Resin nose. Grassy. Bitter forward bursts out of the gate and slides into the malty touch. Peppery. White pepper taste. Strong bitter finish and beyond. Delicious.

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Photo of Reema
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Serving type: 22 oz bomber into a pint glass

Pours an appetizing honey amber color that is minimally hazy. Smells of citrus fruit, plentiful hops, flower like, with a small alcohol tinge. Very nice balance between hops and malts, isn't overly sweet but doesn't overpower with bitter hops flavors. Small citrus flavors, resiny flavors at the end, and slight warmth from the alcohol. It is medium thick with appropriate carbonation that feels pleasant in the mouth, a little too thick for my DIPAs but nice nonetheless. Overall, this is a good double IPA that I would definitely drink again with gusto.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Dark orange, amber color, lots of carbonation streaming up the side, bright white frothy head, lots of lacing, very hazy, cloudy, looks good.

A: Citrus, grapefruit, some pine, smells like someone is squeezing grapefruit skin, slight sweet malt aromas on the backend, alcohol is not noticeable, smells pretty good.

T: Pine dankness, grapefruit, citrus peel flavors, finishes bitter, a hint of malt sweetness in the middle, a nice dry bitter finish, very good.

M: Medium mouthfeel, dry, good carbonation.

O: This is good, a winner in my book, a touch of pine, some citrus bitterness, balanced malt sweetness in the middle, dry finish. Mongo is more hop bitterness than it is malt sweetness, some IIPAs are malty and sweet, Mongo has a nice balance of hop bitterness and malt sweetness.

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

22oz bottle, procured from the surprisingly good craft beer aisle at the local Yoke's in Sandpoint, Idaho this past week. I've heard of and seen this brew many times before, but never took the time to learn about its feline origin story.

This beer pours a hazy, kind of murky medium golden apricot colour, with a fistful of puffy, densely foamy, and fairly creamy eggshell white head, which leaves some spotty, sudsy archipelago lace around the glass as it very, very slowly evaporates.

It smells of bready, lightly doughy caramel malt, further biscuity toffee notes, muddled (if pleasantly so) tropical fruit (maybe some mango, maybe some pineapple core), lesser domestic citrus - generic grapefruit and lemon - and further leafy, weedy, and grassy hop bitters. The taste is gritty, grainy caramel malt, still mixed and matched but not remembered tropical fruit, a waning toffee wafer sweetness, and some increasingly edgy pine resin, leafy, and boozy floral (ok 'perfumed') hops.

The bubbles are there, sure, but in a lazy, sort of punch-in, punch-out, frothy sort of manner, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, the hovering hops taking a pass on creating any sort of misery here. It finishes off-dry, the left-over caramel/toffee dancing with the tropical fruit and abashed piney hops that done brung 'em.

A pleasant and most agreeably drinkable affair, this one is - the 17-proof booze doing very well to keep its touchy hands to itself. Overall, my favourite style, my favourite kind of pet, and my not so favourite (geography is a bitch) sporting past-time - what's not to like?

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Photo of OmahaKF
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber that's been sitting in my fridge for 7 months. Will revise review when I try a fresher bottle.

Pours with a large head and smell that is heavily of pine and orange/lemon citrus. Flavor mimics the smell with very little bitterness (could be that hop bitterness has degraded because of the age of the bottle). Nevertheless, malt sweetness blends well with the citrus flavor. A good double IPA that I imagine might be great when fresh.

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Photo of dar482
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer comes in an amber orange.

The beer hits of grapefruit, orange upfront, along with a reasonable sweetness of caramel and breadiness. The back end hits of lingering pine and dank bitterness.

A solid West Coast DIPA, but loaded with a bit much malty sweetness.

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Mongo from Port Brewing
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