Mongo | Port Brewing

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Port Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

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Reviews: 636 | Ratings: 2,278
Photo of patre_tim
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange with lots of floaters, a few bubbles and 2 fingers of off white head.

Smells of resinous pine, citrus, caramel, dank roast garlic, onion, and tropical punch.

Tastes of nice balance of caramel sweet and grapefruit bitter, tropical fruit and pine.

The feel is rich, smooth and balanced. Slightly sticky, but really moorish.

I got this in Redding where I am drinking it Feb 19th, 2019. Excellent brew

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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 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 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 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 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 The_Kriek_Freak
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was not the freshest can but despite the lack of freshness I was very pleased to see that the liquid inside had not turned into an overly malty beer, but had developed a mildly neutral aroma and taste, a lot alike a flavorful lager. A really easy to drink DIPA and one I'd be very curious to sample perhaps fresh.

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Photo of cbutova
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Have probably had this beer on draft, in bottles several times in my life and now in a sweet looking can!

A- Tallboy into a snifter with a slightly hazy deep golden slight amber body and a tall, thick crown. The white cream shoots up to two fingers with great retention. Tons of thick lacing sheets and webs drape the glassware.

S- Classic west coast pre-NE invasion hop profile off the top with just a hint of bready and sweet grains to back the hops. Tropical fruits like mango, citrus like grapefruit, pine resin, dank herbs, mint and soft mandarins come to mind.

T- The malts and yeast open up just a bit more here and what you get is a well balanced and flavorful DIPA. Hops lead the way with a classic grapefruit flavor and pithy bitterness up front leading into pine, dankness, floral, orange, mango and herbal hops. The sweetness is pronounced and pale to toasty malt flavors come out without clashing with the hops. Somewhat bready as well.

MF- Creamy and silky texture feeling like a soft pillow on the palate that has some nice heft to it. High end and crisp carbonation all leads to a sharp grapefruit oil bitterness in the finish.

A classic West Coast brew that still stands up to the best of the style. Many NE and new school IPAs have gone too far with the hop powders to the point of burning acrid flavors where this remains smooth and insanely drinkable for 8% with a deep, balanced flavor.

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Photo of stevoj
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Draft at the Industry. Beautiful copper pour, soft creamy head. Gentle hoppy aroma, funky, dank. Taste is an initial blossoming of the hops on the tongue, followed by all the rest of the flavors, malts. Hops linger and tickle, slight warmth. Just beautiful.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned best by date of 03/06/18

Appearance - Pours clear with a bright, golden orange hue. White, half finger width head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving a thin, broken layer of suds with a thin ring around the edge of the glass. A small amount of spots makes up the lacing.

Smell - Slightly citrusy, spicy, piney, earthy and hints of tropical fruit.

Taste - Follows the nose. Candied orange, spice, pine and some light, bready malt sweetness sitting beneath. Finish hits with faint pith, a touch of caramel and some light tropical fruitiness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick texture with a refreshing, slightly dry finish.

Overall - Pretty good classic West Coast DIPA. Nice, cohesive flavor profile and an easy drinker makes this an attractive option in the future.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look - copper color with good head and sticky lacing
Smell - very tropical fruit
Taste - resin bitter not as fruity as the smell
Feel - medium body and carb.
Overall - slightly to bitter and not enough fruit but still fantastic

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Photo of BB1313
3.67/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Freshest by 4/20/18. 16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours golden with nice clarity; fluffy white head that slowly falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are solid, but on the mild and subtle side. A blend of citrus and tropical notes. Some sweet grapefruit. Some floral notes. Malts are there. The flavors have a nice scathing bitterness to it, but it becomes balanced the more you get into it. The flavors on the citrus side. Lots of grapefruit. Some fresh grass. Subtle herbal notes. Some malts. Finishes dry. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's full-bodied with moderate carbonation to active carbonation. It's very fluffy and slightly creamy. It's smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a solid DIPA. It's not flashy and is more on the traditional and classic side, which isn't a bad thing. It's clean, sharp and refreshing. It's enjoyable and fun to drink.

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Photo of hreb
3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in a pint glass. Beer pours pale golden in color, mostly clear, with big clouds of thick white head on top. Aroma is tropical, with pineapple scents dominating. Flavor brings big hoppy goodness, pine sap and resin, more raw pineapple, pith, and citrus peel. This is a big West coast DIPA which delivers exactly what you'd expect

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Photo of GreatBeerMakesMeCry
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can from Vons in Del Mar. Pours clear golden. Nice head. Aroma somehow makes me think of urine...probably the Simcoe. Tastes amazing, though. Grapefruit! Lingering bitterness, but I want more. Surprisingly little alcohol flavor for such a big beer. I wish I had this crap back home. Deelish.

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Photo of Buck89
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an IPA glass. Fairly hazy golden color with a frothy white head. A nice mix of citrus (grapefruit) and earthy pine on the nose. Huge taste. Old-school bitter with an outstanding melding of citrus and resiny earthy notes. A pleasant tropical element on the finish. Bready malt that stayed in the background.

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

16 oz. Can
Freshest By: 01/06/18

Poured into a Tree House glass a pretty nice slightly hazy dark golden orangy color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which also leaves some pretty nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, slightly malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, slight mango, peach), nice little pine note. The taste is hoppy, malty, pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, mango, peach), nice little touch of pine. Medium body, ABV is hidden very nicely, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty DIPA, surprised me. A nice take on the style.

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Photo of spelingchampeon
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can to 16oz Spiegelau IPA glass. Pours golden, unfiltered..yet not hazed. Quick dissipating head, little lacing.
Smells earthy, piney.. citrus based, mildly dank. Taste almost matches the aroma, except for the lasting bitterness. MF is light to medium light, with a fair amount of carbonation.

This was a very good beer that I had never heard of before. My overall score was 4, simply due to the amount of lingering bitterness that would not let go. On the plus side, the alcohol was hidden very well. Me like Mongo!

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange in color, slightly hazy. Thin, white head with streak lacing. Aroma is light citrus and some ripe, tropical fruit. Hints of bread malt. The flavor follows suit. Medium bodied, dry finish. Overall a decent beer.

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Photo of Antg8989
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with a white head that dissipates fairly quickly - a little bit of lacing here and there. Aroma is orange with bready malts and so is the taste. Feel is medium - heavy bodied with light-medium carbonation. Overall, this is fine. Pretty straightforward. Nothing to complain about, but not to write home about either.

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

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 11/26/2017. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy deep golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, passion fruit, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, honey, bread dough, biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, passion fruit, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, honey, bread dough, biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine, citrus rind, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, passion fruit, lemon/orange rind, pepper, pine, honey, bread dough, biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and minimal lingering hop astringency after the finish. Moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and sticky/resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.5%. Overall this is a fantastic DIPA! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink, despite the aggressively bitter/resinous/drying finish. Very bright and dank Columbus, Centennial, Cascade, and Simcoe hops; with a solid bready malt backbone, and no residual sweetness. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on West coast style example.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear amber with a two finger creamy off white head. Tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is mango, papaya, tangerine and piney hops.

T - The taste is tangerine, mango, pineapple, caramel malts and piney hops. The finish has a lingering bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - A solid DIPA with a nice mix of tropical fruit and piney hops.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored with an inch of dense, creamy dishwater white. Moderate lacing. I'm getting pine to citrus along with a touch of light malt aroma. I'm getting a touch of citrus, pine, and honey flavor. The mouth is lightly sticky and chewy.

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Photo of gopens44
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
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 SawDog505
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
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 Wiffler27
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours golden with a thick head

smell is fruity and sweet, nothing special

taste is very bitter, finishes bitter and dry. leaves a lingering bitterness. body is somewhat thin. sharp taste yet is still a good beer.

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