Mongo | Port Brewing

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Brewed by:
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

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 636 | Ratings: 2,278
Photo of Dragginballs76
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours clear deep orange color with thick soapy white head.

Aroma - Lots of tropical fruit mango, orange, pineapple and pine. Slight malt presence as well.

Taste - Excellent balance of mango, orange and grapefruit along with super pine bitterness. Just a touch of sweet malts at the end.

Feel - Medium bodied well carbonated nice bite and slightly dry.

Overall - A great DIPA, very balanced flavors and the alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Citrus, bitter, smooth. BB Date of July, four pack of tall boys. I'm an old school West Coast IPA guy living in the new jungle of NE IPAs. More often than not, I find myself eschewing those big, fruit-forward and low IBU ales for something with the description of "citrus, pine, resin, bitter" popping up in most BA reviews....and this baby is one of them. A true West Coast classic. Orange gold pour with faint clarity; nice puffy one-notch head that lingers for a bit. Aroma of pine, fresh cut citrus and a tiny bit of spiced spruce. Taste is orange, pink grapefruit, fresh cut grass, resin, a spicy earthiness on the backend with a nice lingering bitterness. Crisp, clean and smooth all around. Alcohol nowhere to be found. Two of these and I'm all set for the evening, thank you very much.

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

Color is an average IPA orange, pours clear, aroma is grapefruit, mango, slight pine, very nice, taste is a bitter citrusy hoppy DIPA. Nice job, Very good.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can poured into a shaped IPA glass.

Blonde. Excellent clarity. Lively carbonation.

Dank, pine, grapefruit, honey, and caramel.

Grapefruit zest, pine resin, and green dankness. Honey and caramel maltiness. Finishes with sappy honey, pine sap, and a touch of onion.

Medium-plus bodied, crisp, silky, sticky, off-dry, and moderately bitter.

Bitter, dry, and very West Coast.

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Photo of CraftBeerApprentice
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a can glass on 03/30/2017. Cans have a Best By date for 06/07/2017. Guessing these cans are barely a month old.
Look: Deep orange, clear as day with a white head. Decent lacing.
Smell: Very resinous with hints of orange rind and mango at first. Resin becomes subdued and citrus comes forward as the beer warms up.
Taste: The taste follows the nose slamming your taste buds with the aforementioned notes along with a perceivable crystal malt flavor. Finish is dry and refreshing.
Feel: Carbonation is the same as your typical DIPA, and the beer has plenty of body without being syrupy.
Overall: A true west coast DIPA and one of the quintessential San Diego IPAs. While somewhat simple in what it has to offer, what it lacks in complexity it more than makes up for in intensity and drinkability. A new favorite for me partly because of the story behind the beer (named after a cat and I'm a cat lover).

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Photo of dro7
3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Aroma is exactly what an IPA should be, floral, dry, grassy, and citrusy.
Pallet is pale, dry, citrus, very light bitterness.
I rated the taste a 3.25 because I feel a DIPA should be more bitter

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

Pours as orange as the can its from. Clear and crisp. Thinnish white head dissipates quickly leaving some swirly foam streaks on top of the beer and white soapy lacing on the glass.

Smell has notes of citrus, grassy hops, and pine with faint wisps of fresh orange flesh. Simple, classic and fragrant.

Taste follows the nose with a very mellow balanced piney bitterness, some citrus and orange notes giving way to a more earthy bitter hop finish. Straightforward malt backbone provides some depth, but isn't super noticeable in the flavor. lingering aftertaste takes on more of a citrus flavor.

Feel is medium bodied and smooth - drinks more like an IPA than a DIPA. Medium carbonation - a bit prickly.

Overall a really nice, well crafted west coast DIPA.

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

Overall, this is a great classic west coast style IPA. Crystal clear amber color, big white foamy head, tons of citrus and pine in the aroma and flavor, awesome big and bold bitterness paired with a simple and clean malt presence. Cheers!

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Photo of dsa7783
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Bonds Tavern in West Orange. Pours a copper, tawny hue with minimal frothing. Pungent, piney aroma replete with hints of grapefruit, citrus, and hops. Similar overall flavor profile.

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

Pours a slightly burnt orange with medium dense head that leaves a good amount of lacing. Nose is citrus and pine with some dankness, not really on the tropical side. Taste is bitter orange peel and grapefruit with a full malt backing. Finish is a bit astringent, which keeps this from scoring a tad higher. Overall, a very good IIPA.

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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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