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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #338
Ranked #1,878
4.18 | pDev: 9.09%
Port Brewing
California, United States
Notes: Our flagship Double IPA, Mongo harnesses the flavor of Columbus, Cascade, Centennial, and Simcoe hops. Massive resinous aroma leads to citrus notes with a piney bitterness on the finish.

99 IBU
Reviews: 641 | Ratings: 2,291 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by rrryanc:
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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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 RaulMondesi
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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 Beers-es
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
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 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 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 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 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 whartontallboy
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of OlieIPA
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured and served in an oversized snifter at 38 Degrees on 1/9/10.

A: A bold copper hued body that supported a quarter inch head and exceptional lacing. There seemed to be a bit of a "chill haze", which dirtied up the beer a little bit.

S: The nose exhibits tons of citrus-like fruits such as mango, tangerine, orange peel, and grapefruit. These tropical hop aromas are also backed up with a somewhat biscuity malt body and alcohol punch.

T: A sharp and robust alcohol flavor is one of the first things I noticed about this beer, and in many ways...reminded me of PtY. The flavor profile also consisted of tropical fruit and an extremely harsh bitter finish...perfect for a DIPA. The malt body is sweet as well, but again...the hops and alcohol are the main feature.

M: Mild carbonation with a slightly dry finish.

D: Even though I enjoyed most of the features, I found it hard to finish my glass. I attribute this to the over the top harsh hop bitterness and noticeable hotness.

Overall: One of the better and more unique DIPA's out there. A must try. Cheers!

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Photo of r0nyn
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip.

Hazy and golden, with a seriously huge bubbly white head. I had to wait at least five minutes for this thing to subside. When it finally does, there's a whole lot of stringy lacing coating the inside of the glass. The brew itself is fairly translucent, and there's quite a bit of yeast sediment floating around. Smell is redolent with aromas of piney hops and juicy citrus fruit. Equal parts bitter grapefruit and sweet pineapple. Quite nice.

Patently bitter hops come through on the initial sip and dictate the entire taste. This is definitely one of the more bitter examples of the style I've encountered, perhaps more so than Stone's famed Ruination. After the first wave of hops, a little bit of malt shines through, providing a slightly sweet contrast to the rather palate-puckering hoppiness. Finish is drying, with a bitterness that stays with you for a while in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel was surprisingly full and almost creamy on the tongue, with a good body to it.

On the whole, a fine rendition of a DIPA. Hopheads will certainly be happy with this. I would have preferred just a wee bit more of the smell's complexity and sweetness to be reflected in the taste, but it's really a minor quibble to such a solid beer.

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4.64/5  rDev +11%

Photo of threeviews
4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle (bottled on date: 1/19/12) into a 14oz Riedel tulip glass

A- Pours a beautiful golden orange with a 3+ finger, sea foam/meringue head which retains for a good while. Simply moving the glass elicits copious amounts of carbonation streaming up the sides of the glass.

S- Aroma is amazing! Initially, sweet tropical fruits (mango, peach, papaya, pineapple) are dominate. As the head subsides, bitter grapefruit and orange zest introduce themselves. Once the head dissolves to a mere film, sweet orange/tangerine come to the fore.

T- Where's the pulp...and where's the malt? An amazing assault of citrus! Fresh squeezed orange juice up front with a finish not unfamiliar to drinking white grapefruit juice. The palate is left buzzing with a lingering, tacky/resinous finish. Malt is nowhere to be found.

M- High carbonation allows the bitterness to linger on the palate and make this one dangerously drinkable beer.

O- (Without using expletives) Are you kidding me!? Even at just over 3 months old, this brew pops with pungent, hoppy delight! This is simply one of my favorite IIPA's ever and makes me wish I lived on the West Coast so I could get it regularly. As a matter of fact, I just might have to get a couple of more bottles before they're gone.

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3/5  rDev -28.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of michiganmatt
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sonorb7
3/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Heavily hazed dark yellow color. Two fingers of off-white, frothy/creamy hybrid head. Decent retention with lots of lacing.

3.5 S: Piney and citrusy hops and lightly sugary. Main culprits are grapefruit and orange. Not very complex from the hops and the malts don't contribute much of anything. Moderate yeastiness rounds out this beer.

3.5 T: Like the nose - hops and yeast with no malt component. Piney and grapefruit again with tropical fruits. Focus on orange, pineapple, and maybe some mango too. Again, not very complex. Yeastiness gives an overall bready vibe.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy and reasonably smooth.

3.5 D: I'm not really that impressed with this one. The bottle conditioning covers up a lot of what is right with this beer (the hop flavor).

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.34/5  rDev +3.8%

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