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Mongo | Port Brewing

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4.18/5
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2,224 Ratings
MongoMongo
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by OlieIPA on 01-11-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,239
Reviews:
622
Ratings:
2,224
pDev:
9.09%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
157
Gots:
378
Trade:
2
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Reviews by Shibbykaiyai:
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4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this on tap at a very good small bar/eatery in the southern burbs of Chicago.

Pour like a great IPA, nice and orange with a little bit of head on it. As a fan of a good strong IPA, I can find very little wrong with the brew outside of the price I paid....

I've never seen this outside of my favorite establishment, but if you can find it, I would highly recommend it if you like a good strong double IPA.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - This is a beautiful, and I mean absolutely gorgeous copper in color with a serious head that showed great retention and left a nice film on the inside of my glass.

Smell - This smells dry-hopped but it doesn't indicate dry-hopping on the company website. Either way, the Three C's are huge here at the nose and balanced in a really fun way that provides a huge, resiny nose. The hops are just dripping here and smell fresh like they are still in the ground.

The malt is hard to find through the hops. It's there but certainly not balancing, which of course all the hopheads could care a less.

Taste - The raunchy hops just do not let up at the taste. They are rank, I mean as nasty as I've ever had them. I think The Chunks is the only beer I've had with a bigger raw hop flavor than this. If you like hops then drink this beer on your deathbed.

The malt, well, I can get a sense of it but the hops are just so big it's hard to find them. If you're looking for a well-balanced DIPA this is not it - lol.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied with a nice, live yet muted carbonation and a monster hop aftertaste that will keep the hop belches going all night long.

Drinkability - Well if we're rating the beer on balance it's a 2, but if you want a big, gigantic hop experience this can't be beat on the open market.

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Photo of warnerry
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 3/23/12; consumed 5/23/11

A - Pours a hazy orange/brown with some suspended material and three fingers of dense light tan head. Head has great retention coats the glass with lacing.

S - Big burst of pine with some nice citrus as well. Faint caramel malt.

T - Still a nice resinous bitter bite even if it isn't the freshest bottle. Very piney and grassy with some grapefruit zest. Just enough caramel malt. Solid bitter bomb.

M - Medium mouthfeel with long lingering bitterness. Very dry. Somewhat creamy.

O - Definitely a bruising bitter beer, but very good flavors. Solid DIPA all around.

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Photo of gopens44
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Top to bottom a great beer. Looks the part, then introduces tropical phrasing to the bitterness that coils up the nose. Taste begins with candy tangerine but morphs into a slight pine before fading into a resiny aftertaste. Availability denotes "year round", seriously? This thing can be had any time? West coast wins again!

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Photo of barsonthetrak
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
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 SawDog505
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 12 oz tulipish glass Game of Thrones glass and best before August 20 Pours a very attractive orange, with a very nice 2 finger sticky white head that leaves plenty of streaks of thin lace behind.

Smell is apricot, mango, guava, pine resin, and grapefruit.

Taste follows kind of tropical upfront, before it assaults your entire palate with ripe grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is pretty large, plenty of carbonation, maybe a touch dry, almost sticky on the tongue from all the fresh hops, and assaults the palate, but for a hops junky like myself goes down very easy.

Overall this is old school West Coast, but has some nice tropical notes that really add a lot. Thanks @jzeilinger for excellent DIPA.

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Photo of Extol
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'd like to state first that the head on this thing is ridiculous. I can barely pour it with any pace.

Alright. This is good. Solid fruit flavors with a good biscuity backing to it. Very solid beer. Would get again.

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Photo of oberon
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial nonic a hazed lemony yellow with a tinge of deep orange,a large blooming white head atop.A mix of tropical fruit,grapefruit,and a little pine resin in the nose,sweet caramel malt melds very well with the complex hop profile.Not an intense bitter hop flavor to the beer but well rounded fruitiness,mango,orange,and grapefruit flavors abound,a little bitterness comes into play in the finish.the caramel base hold thru to the finish.This a great left coast ipa,more of a well rounded approach than a bitter in your face beer.I loved it.

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Photo of beerjeep
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of trail77
5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of delaced21
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of JacobMutberg
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Drunkenass
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of danthehopslamman
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of freshflesh
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of DWolf
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Todd
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Beaver13
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange with a huge creamy rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is meloney citrus and piney, resiny, stinky hops.

The flavor is some sweet melon with a big resiny tarry, slightly charred hop finish with bitterness that dominates the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, a good DIPA. It's definitely big in the hops - a bit to tarry / charred for me with a huge bitter aftertaste. The sweet fruits help to balance it a little, but not much.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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Mongo from Port Brewing
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 2,224 ratings
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