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 Halcyondays
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood,

A: Pours an amber/golden with a light white head, good lace.

S: Looks like PtE, smells like PtE too. Great Christmas tree and pine, cedar, with a hint of pink grapefruit. Note of tropicality. A great nose which I liken to PtE or Alpine Pure Hoppiness.

T: I liken this to Pliny the Younger Light, not to take anything away from it. Kind of an imaginary mix of PtE and Racer 5. Great pine bitterness and a hint of grapefruit in the finish, great flavour.

M: Smooth, resiny, creamy carbonation.

D: I'm glad to be taken aback by a DIPA, thought I'd experienced it all. This is really freakin' good, delicious, I can see why it's been hyped up.

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Photo of sholland119
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Memphis Taproom, 2/22/10

A-Pours a murky apricot with a hint of white head and no lacing.

S-Grapefruit, grapefruit and more grapefruit to start. Some orange and tangerine also sneak in.

T-A lovely bitter DIPA with grapefruit and orange rind taking the lead. Very bitter grapefruit finish with some detectable alcohol and a small hint of sweeter citrus as it warms.

M-Medium bodied with huge lingering oiliness and bitterness.

D-A great bitter beer. Light booziness but otherwise very well hidden alcohol with big flavor.


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Photo of corby112
4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very hazy dark golden ripe banana yellow colOr with subtle hints of orange. Pretty much comlety opaque with a half finger foam white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring which leaves sporadic spots of lacing.

Dank oily hop aroma with an excellent combination of earthy pine bitterness and sweet floral, citrus and tropical fruit notes. Hints of pineapple, grapefruit, mango and lemon peel along with some sweet alcohol and very subtle malt.

Chewy resinous medium body with a burst of luscious dank oily hops that give off the perfect balance of dry earthy pine bitterness and sweet citrus and tropical fruit flavor. The initial dry bitterness lingers throughtout into a dry finish bit it is excellently balanced by a delicious blend of pineapple, mango, grapefruit and citrus peel. It unbelieveable how much tropical fruit there is and the ABV is excellently masked making this beer dangerously drinkable.

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

Served on-tap at Publick House in Brookline, MA during NotB and EBF 2010 into a goblet at the appropriate temperature (02/20/10).

A: Pours a rather hazy, golden orange with a creamy one finger off-white head which left thick lacing that covered virtually every surface of the glass. Great looking DIPA.

S: Great citrus hops aroma with notes of grapefruit, orange, tropical fruit along with a mild semi-sweet caramel/toffee malt. Some pine and bitterness is detected as well.

T: Extremely fresh taste which is dominated by citrus hops containing orange, grapefruit and tropical fruit. The malt backbone is mild yet balancing and consists of caramel. Pine bitterness is there, but it takes the backseat.

M: Fuller-bodied with fairly low and creamy carbonation. There is a slight oily characteristic as well.

D: Great drinkability especially for a 8.5% DIPA.

Overall was a great find as they had just tapped this keg and I was able to get the second goblet from it. Another solid offering from Port Brewing and extremely tasty. Recommended.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks for this one. Recieved as part of the White Whale BIF, this one I really did not think I was gonna have a chance at trying. Growler served cold and enjoyed throughout the day on 02/13/2010 as I built snowmen and cleaned up the flood in my house.

The pour was medium amber and very clean. Some light carbonation could be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass throughout the session leading to a nice two inch head of white foam that capped it off quite nicely. Faded down and left a nearly bare top but nice lacing on the sides and bottom of the glass. Aroma was pungent. Deep grapefruit hops and a ton of rich citrus notes rip through the air. Very fresh, ripe. Warming brings out some almost pineapple like notes and a nice alcohol warmness. Sharp, biting flavor. Crisp, clean and fresh. Raw hops shred the palate and bring tons of grapefruit and alcohol right up front. Damn this is strong, two pints in and I am feeling it for sure. Light, bright, and strong, a damn near perfect DIPA.

Overall outstanding, one of the single best offerings I have had from Port, hands down.

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Photo of nickd717
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Toronado for Port/Lost Abbey night.

Clear copper color with a medium-sized off-white head.

Aroma is loads of fresh hops, mostly citrusy, orange peel and grapefruit rind.

Flavor is excellent, very intense. A tiny bit of sweet pale malt and caramel is overwhelmed by brutal but amazing citrusy hops. Mostly orangey, with some honey sweetness to balance. Some resin.

Medium-plus body with palate-wrecking hop oils.

Drinkability is great for the style. Overall I like this one a lot.

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Photo of bulletrain76
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught at Beachwood BBQ, and like it so much that I had another pint the next night at Haven in Orange. Remember it being pretty clear orange in color the first time, but was pretty hazy the next night, so maybe that second pint came from the butt of the keg. Great lacing and a solid white head both times. Very fruity and floral aroma with lots of tangerine, orange, and peachy hop goodness. Nice toasty malt flavors balancing lots of juicy hop flavor, but more modest and very smooth bitterness. Restrained sweetness and insane drinkability along the lines of pliny. The hop flavor to bitterness balance reminds me of sculpin, though this has a bit more malt flavor and body. Another great IPA from port and just about the sweet spot for hoppy beers for me.

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Photo of snpub540
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can never pass up a good IPA, so when I saw this on tap at 38 Degree's in Alhambra I had to try it.

Poured a clear copper hue, with some nice carbonation. It was topped off by a fluffy white head that left nice lacing on the glass the whole way down.

Smell was great. Mostly grapefruit, but also dominated by piney and grassy tones. I knew this one was going to be a hop monster from the get go.

Taste was very much dominated by that pine flavor. A slight amount of citrus hops in there as well. It wasn't overly bitter or in your face but there's just enough malt flavor to give it a little sweetness.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and the alcohol didn't make itself known very much at all. A very nice example that I would love to get my hands on again.

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Photo of vacax
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ. Pours dark gold to light amber in color with a medium sized crowning white head which displayed acceptable levels of retention and attractive lacing. Aroma started off piney, but as it warmed spades of tropical fruits came out such as papaya and pineapple. The scent actually ended up surprisingly sweet on the nose. Tastes of sticky piney hops which dominate and sublayer of floral and earthy hops, nice high bittering, prickly lingering finish with a slight flora and a bitter cookielike end. Medium to full in body with the same levels of carbonation which were quite appropriate for this sticky bittersweet brew. Very nice beer to try.

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Photo of Sideswipe
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at Barley and Hops Tavern in Temecula 1/14/09. Pours a hazy gold color with decent carbonation. Tiny bubbles make a two finger fine white head. Good lacing. Smell is of grapefruit and pine. Really citrusy. This beer tastes awesome! It's all about the hops with this one. I'm getting big time grapefruit, and orange with a bit of pine. The malt is there, but it is not the emphasis in this beer. Fine with me, as I am a big fan of west coast IPA's. Mouthfeel is good due to the abundant bubbles, and excellent hop profile. Finish is dry and bitter, as it should be. IMHO, drinkability is excellent given the great taste of this hop bomb. Although, At 8.5% ABV I'm sure it would quickly catch up with me. As an aside, I'm told by my most excellent bartendress that the beer is named in memory of a cat that was part of a litter born at the brewery, that recently passed on. This is a great west coast DIPA from Port, and I highly recommend it. I hope they will start bottling this soon so I can fill my fridge with it! Cheers!

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Photo of OlieIPA
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
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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