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 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 TonyLema1
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 Brolo75
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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Photo of Extol
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
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 scotorum
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled November 12th 2014, so this is old for a DIPA. But it was on sale cheap, and it's well-thought of, so I took a chance that it would be an IPA that does not suffer too much with age.

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Tree House stemmed tulip.

a: Translucent Orange with an inch thick white head which receded to thick surface foam and dense lacing.

s; Fairly strong pine and citrus.

t: Pine and citrus with orange notes over a solid bready malt base. Bitterness lingers somewhat on an otherwise dry finish.

m: Medium, very good body, lots of carbonation tingle.

o: A potent DIPA which, perhaps due to the age of the bottle reviewed, becomes a little harsh, but mellows out later.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at at the Publick House in Boston, MA.

This one pours a golden yellow-ish/orange, with a tight, bubbly half inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

This one smells pretty fragrant, with some orange and grapefruit hop flavors, with a pretty significant herbal aroma, too.

This one tastes pretty good, but has a slightly disconcerting watery, almost flat finish. It doesn't finish as fully as I would've liked it. Up front, the flavor is great, though, tons of juicy fruit, a little bit of dankness, etc, but the finish is a bit too flat, unfortunately.

This is medium bodied, with a well-carbonated, juicy mouthfeel. This is pretty drinkable, but a little watery on the finish.

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Photo of wvudak
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a fantastic double IPA. On tap at liberty taproom in Exeter . Not overly bitter for a double. Goes down real clean, drank another. I'm more into the grapefruity doubles like victory's hop ranch but I am happy to spend on this.

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Photo of PGD120
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into pint glass

appearnace: nice translucent golden color with a big 3 finger white head that disspates to 1 finger with lots of lacing

aroma: tropical fruit, orange, fresh grass, dankness

taste: lots of tropical fruit and then some pine but kind of dank in the middle. sweet malty base too it.

feel: medium bodied

overall: pretty tasty beer. wish i could get it fresh more regularly in nj

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

Top notch DIPA. Had on tap at Kaiser Tiger, Chicago. The appearance is bright, hazy burnt orange. The nose is all citrus and pungent hops. The punchy hops are backed up with a slight sweetness that balances out the bitterness. Massively drinkable.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've reviewed this twice before on BA - one for draft, one for bottles (totally different experience). Somehow, the reviews appear non existent on this app.

Anyway, This time was draft, and it was fantastic, just as I remember. Smooth, pungent, full of tropical fruits in both aroma and taste. Mouthfeel is clean and smooth. Drinks like a 6% IPA.

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Photo of zeff80
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of pine, citrus and sweet toasted caramel. Strong caramel and roasted malt flavors with citrus and pine adding bitterness.

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Photo of Bone53
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A beautiful rich orange color with a two finger off white head

Smell: Candied bright fruits, pale malt, slight pine

Taste: Candied fruit upfront, pine in the middle, with both coming together superbly through the finish. The burps are equally as tasty

Mouthfeel: Medium body; oily smooth on the palate with moderate bitterness and carbonation. Great feel

Overall: This is a great IPA all across the board. Its not mind blowing, but it is very solid. The pine is more prevalent in the taste than nose which adds a nice layer of complexity with the bright fruits. As with most great beers, this gets better as it warms. It looks great, smells great, tastes great, and feels great on the palate. Thats a recipe for a world class beer

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Photo of SierraJosh
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft this beer shines. Tropical, bitter, dank hops on the nose. Taste is juicy grapefruit, orange peel and subtle bitterness thru the finish. Nice lacing and smooth for the abv. Wonderful WC imperial IPA.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Popping the cap releases a big grassy hop nose with citrus and fruit notes over some base malt. It has a hazy gold body under a big, fluffy 2” + very finely bubbled persistent foam collar with thick clumpy lace. Very creamy rich palate attacks with malty sugars, hints of caramel in the back ground smeared on a little white bread, which recede before a big hop bitterness with a little astringency on the finish. The malt and alcohol balance the hops. Medium full to chewy body and creamy above average carbonation. A big, beautiful elixir.

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Photo of Chris-Naz
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Obtained in pint glass from Meadhall (Cambridge, MA). Nice looking finished beer: classic golden-tan color with a white head that reduced to a ring but laced down the glass. Quite clear for a double IPA - some presumed hop haze. Taste: dry, crisp, clean, hop forward. Quite powerful citrus hop flavor but maybe it was me but it was a bit 1 dimensional and not a complex as other examples of this style. This was an excellent beer and I will certainly try it again!

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Pours amber with a small head.
Nose shows loads of clean malt, pine and resinous hops.
Flavours include more resinous piny hops, sweet clean malt and an assertive but balanced bitterness.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Paid just 7 dollars for the single. Not sure on the date it had some yeast particles but it may be unfiltered.

A - Looks pretty good unfiltered looking with a slight hazy body and a 1/2 inch of head that sticks to a real decent lace ring.
S - Nice bitterness citrus and mango hops all around. Sweet malts and sugary body.
T - Came off bitter and aggressive on tap but in this older bottle it drinks rather well. Citrus and pineapple like hop bitterness supporting crystal malts and a sweet malt body.
M - Hides the ABV rather well with a medium body and smooth hop bitterness.

Overall I could see why this beer is so sought after and am now glad port brewery has started to distributed more to my state. Look forward to trying more of their beers!

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.3/5  rDev -20.9%

Pours a finger of head on a hazy straw body.
The aroma is grapefruit and lemon. Nice.
The taste has a strong dry bitterness, there's supporting malt that keeps it balanced.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
A bold bitter IPA. Good.

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