4th Anniversary Double IPA | Port Brewing

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4th Anniversary Double IPA4th Anniversary Double IPA

Brewed by:
Port Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewery calls this a "Strong Pale Ale".

Added by HopHead84 on 04-26-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Old review. Light orange color, very thin white head on it, 1/10". Aroma was a let down for a Port beer, they have a very short shelf life it seems. I think this one was Simcoe heavy.

Gigantaur bitterness, too boozy, just way to big, kind of a mess beer. Just swingin' that hop sledgehammer all over this one, no delicate touches, but no off flavors either.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- I got a 1/2 inch of white fizzing foam that left after time. Some lace tries to stick but does not succeed. This one has a copper orange color to it.

S- A whole lot of hops and a malt backing to counter balance. This gives of a very pungent tropical citrus type of smell. Some alcohol in this 10%er. Getting pine and grapefruit from this with a bit of a sweet backing. Amarillo seems to be bursting.

T- The hop varieties used give off an over whelming grapefruit sense with and and not a lot of earthy flavors to back it, west coast for sure. This is hoppy and very bitter beer with malts to back. 4th while not hot gives off a semi warming sensation with the 10%, while retaining the hop bite and the malt sweet, ya dig. Pine barrens.

M- A step above Medium bodied with some warming quality from this 10% brew. This is extremely hoppy and very malted as well, you know what it is. Port has been stepping up in the carb game even though it's still not greatly carbed, but it is big beer and the yeast may not have been as strong as expected.

D- This is a lighter hop bomb than the other anniversary beers in all sense of the word so if thats not your thing look elsewhere. 4th has a balanced hop flavor came from many varieties of the plant giving citrus and pine. At 10% one draft is good with driving and all, but I could drink more.

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Photo of IronLover
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky copper orange in color. Poured with a short white foam that quickly reduced to a light wispy cap. Tropical and citrus hop aromas with a hint of pine. The pungency of the hops was subdued by an intensely sweet maltiness beneath. The malt and hop aromas couldn't mask the boozy higher alochol content. Smooth oily feel that thinned at the finish. Tropical fruit, pineapple and orange hop flavors up front that are quickly diluted by a rush of sweet maltiness. Pine hop flavors toward the end along with an undeniable alcoholic presence through thte finish. Definitely maltier and boozier than Port's other IPAs.

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Photo of smcolw
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting coloring--seems golden on the edge but deep amber in the center. Cloudy. Small, but lasting head. Leaves some ring lace after each sip.

Strong grapefruit (with a touch of pine) hop aroma. Attractive and inviting.

Classic DIPA flavors, with a sizable malt presence. One expects the the hop wallop, but this brew has a solid barley start. The hop does overwhelm in the swallow, leaving a near hot pepper feel to the tongue and roof of the mouth. The alcohol is strong and subdued, if that's possible. Traditional body and carbonation.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Filling in the old vintages seemed fair before writing the review on the new one. Orange pour, nice small thin ring of white head on it. Depending on which bottle we're talking about (fresh v. 2/4 months on it) the aroma can be vastly different. Its merely nice when fresh, after 60 days its way downhill and in 4 months it was deeply disappointing, for such a big beer, the hops are really lacking a strong constitution.

Taste, massively bitter at all stages, regardless of freshness. Ultimate feeling was that this beer lacked the beautiful touches in most Port hoppy beers. This one just is a tongue blast of bitterness for the most part, everything else, malt, sweetness remains in the background. Pretty hot too for Pizza Port. I buy less and less of this beer every year.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Date on the neck says April, 23. The color is hazy orange, there is a tiny off-white head.

The aroma has some caramel-like malty aroma with some pine and a bit of mango.

The taste starts out with candy sweetness. The finish is loaded with intense piney hops that assault the sides of my tongue, but the sweetness stays throughout.

This is a big beer; very viscuous. The carbonation is amplified by the pine flavors.

This is really good. I wish I had found it a few weeks ago, but the hop flavor is delicious.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great foam, great lacing. Color is a hazey copper with sluggish bubbling. Looks great.

Super citric, resiny, oily hop aroma. Smells fresh though. A little toasted biscuit mlat and some warming abv..

Clean, but resiny and oily palate from start to finish. The finish is pretty warm as the flavor lingers. Lots of resiny orange rind hop bitterness bomb. The abv. accentuates the bitter hop profile. This is a good sipping DIPA. The finish is warm both abv. and bitterness wise.

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Photo of shleepy
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Hopyard in Pleasanton, CA. Drank on 7/11/2011 (going through older notes). It was just labeled "Anniversary," so not quite sure if that's the 4th or 5th... based on other reviewer's dates, this one seems right.

A: Slightly hazy golden color; medium white head with small bubbles. Decent head retention.

S: "Green" hops, very potent and overwhelming.

T: Not much of the green hop flavor prevails here, surprisingly. Strong citrus notes. Very balanced malts, alcohol (i.e., can't taste alcohol, despite the high ABV), and hops. Maybe some light berry flavors going through, as a result of that balance. Clean finish.

M: Pleasant and drinkable, surprisingly. Not light bodied, but hard to say that it's above "medium."

O: Great stuff. Like a strong Belgian IPA or a fruitier Pliny.

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Photo of ChuckS
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pale yellow-orange and cloudy with a tall, thick pale yellow head that rapidly dissipates leaving a laced glass.

S- sweet with strong resin and citrus hops.

T- a hop explosion with grapefruit citrus and pine resin against a sweet background. Sweetness disappears with a warmth of alcohol and a lingering bitterness (almost like rubber).

M- smooth and creamy with a nice balance of carbonation. Coats the oropharynx with a layer of aromatic hops.

O- even for a hop-lover this may be too much. Strong and pungent. Lacks the balance and complexity of top scored DIPA. Careful or you may not remember the evening after a couple of bombers of this brew.

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Photo of cjoc83
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy golden amber color, massive 3 finger head that dissipates after a while but leaves excellent lacing.

Wow...big grapefruit in the nose, pineapple, pine, floral hops...basically just a hops explosion. A little booziness.

Taste follows suit closely. Huge grapefruit rind and pineapple, very sweet in the beginning, but that quickly gives way to a bold and unforgiving bitterness that will undoubtedly polarize many an IPA fan. I myself find it to be a bit much. The tropical fruit flavors that I love are there, but it's clouded in a brew that is somehow cloyingly sweet, too bitter, and too hot. A lot of alcohol in the finish on this one.

Creamy mouthfeel with low carbonation, very hot finish, lots of alcohol. Seems very heavy, sits heavy in the stomach. This is kind of hard to drink.

Hmm. Part of me really wants to love this beer. A big, super hoppy DIPA. But it's all just a bit too much. Too much alcohol hotness, too much sweet malt in the start, way to bitter in the finish. It ends up tasting like solvent. It's taking me over 45 minutes just to finish about 12oz. It's drinkable, but not easy or even very enjoyable.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber meet snifter, snifter meet bomber. Once pleasantries are exchanged, they co-mingle.

Soapy medium orange with what looks like frothy white caps that stand proudly above the beer. A variety of different sized bubbles line the surface. Lacing is patchy.

The cantaloupe hop, whichever it may be, is featured prominently on the nose. I remember it well from such beers and reviews as Double Daddy. Shudder...shudder. There's also some muddled melon...Honeydew, Alex? Damnit..the answer he was looking for was WHAT IS honeydew. Pompous prick! Now I'll have to go big in final Jeopardy where a most certainly vague and useless category will emerge.

Lots o' hots here kids. I understand ten percent isn't supposed to drink especially kindly, but this shows big. Pepper and, of course, boozy cantaloupe. I need to figure out this varietal, because it is gross. A further amalgamation of
of melonesque hops get the full frontal smack down by the wave of heat that unrelentingly pounds the experience from beginning to end. Touch of onion at the finish rounds her out.

Thick and syrupy and hoppy and abrasive. Typically these descriptors are viewed positively in this guy's book. Tonight, not as much.

I had purchased this bomber prior to having the opportunity to try it on tap. After sampling a small sample pour at the bar, I chose not to order this: a personal red flag. I had hoped that my palate was off that day as I was opening this tonight. If nothing else, I am, for the most part, very consistent on how I taste beer. This was no exception. A kitchen sink of hops seem to have been thrown here without much cohesion and with far too much heat to make this really nice. Happy Anniversary Port...here's hoping for a better 5th.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted May 18th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a La Chouffe tulip

A - pale amber, three finger white head and some serious lacing

S - oily, alcohol, hops, hops and more hops! Sweet fruit, earthy flowers, sugar, yeast, sweet malts and awesomeness

T - super hoppy! Alcohol, sweet yeast, floral, pineapple, tree sap and watermelon?

M - big, chewy, acidic, long finish, hoppy, sweet and well balanced

D - if you love huge iPad, this beast is for you! Wow! So drinkable at 10%

Final thought - I'd you haven't had this beer, you need to

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Photo of 4000qtrap
2.74/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Source/Serving: 22oz bottle

S: Woody orange/lemon citrus oil. Mint. Weed. Light alcohol with enough of a peppery edge to impart a slight spice to the overall nose.

T: An oily citrus hop bomb with intense, but semi-smooth bitterness. Really huge all over but little depth or quality. Fairly heavy, full bodied and oily. Malt character is barely present and has a faint grainy quality. Alcohol is readily apparent but peppery and not too hot, qualifying it as one of the better qualities of this brew. Finishes heavy too…. Not very dry but not at all sweet due to advanced bitterness levels. Lingers a bit rough with a weedy, alcohol citrus oil blend. Drinkability, without regard to the 10% ABV, is very low.

Notes: Nose is nice and I like the woody, minty character that doesn't often make it into a DIPA. However, taste is lackluster and overdone with little dexterity. Far too heavy for me.

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Photo of flannelman808
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For the record the 2011 release of this is actually the 5 th anniversary but its apparently the same recipe.

A: Amber to yellow color and hazy. Topped with a frothy white head with very good lacing.

S: Spicy herbaceous citrus and pale malt.

T: Fizzling bitterness up front helps to break up the sweet caramel flavors. Herbal tea leaf like bitter notes take over and in the background lingers orange pith.

M: prickly yet sticky.

O: good stuff but I wish the would come up with another one. This is not good enough to repeat and call anniversary. However it doe have a nice balance between bitter and sweet which is a good thing.

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Photo of aval89
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 05-05-2011. Less than a month old, good enough for me..

A: pours a nice golden orange.. with a solid finger of white head.. head sticks around & leaves nice lacing. Some alcohol legs. Hazy body, can't see through it.

S: mango..mango.. pineapple.. oranges, sweet grapefruit.. touch of pine. Malt is deep in there. A bit of booze detection.. smells great..

T: wow after first sip I noticed the alcohol immediately.. nice tropical fruit medley.. mango, papaya, pineapple.. some oranges & pine.. the booze kick just overpowers the other flavors too much.. its hard to fully enjoy the tropical fruits/citrus/pine.. still a great beer & sipper.. mixture of citrus rind & alcohol bitterness on the finish..

Mf: sticky/syrupy body with just enough carbonation to save it.u definitely heat from the alcohol content & some warmth going down..

O: I think I would have enjoyed/loved this beer a lot more if the alcohol was more masked.. turned out to be a great sipper though..

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a glowing orange color, cloudy with a huge white cap, lots of foam and mighty fine looking

S: Good. Mango, orange peel, floral and pine, melons, booze evident

T: A good amount of heat on this is noticable immediately. Mangos, melons, pineapple, orange peel, graprefruit

M: Warm, nice feel, medium body

O: Good. Tasty, plenty of heat, one bomber is enough

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Photo of chicagoabbot
4.55/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz chug split with a friend into pint glasses...damn this looks like a winner from first glance. Pours a big bright orange with a generous fluffy white head and huge bitter citrus in the nose. To overpower the kind of hops that gives you a 10 pointer ABV, you need a lot of hops...tons. Great boil hop profile and dry hop profile here. Awesome. Taste doesn't disappoint. Big citrus and bitterness, just wonderful and the alcohol is hidden well. Mouthfeel gets a full five. This is top of class. Highly recommended, a very special beer.

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Photo of alexhahn82
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Unfiltered orange, like an orange cloud with a small head. Chunky sediment in the bottom of the glass.
S. Smells like a light citrus and an almost melon like scent.
Taste. High alpha acid like taste, bitey in a bitter nice way.
Mouthfeel. Zesty bite with citrusy notes, very crisp and matter of fact.

Overall. Not too impressed, Bottle date was 6/20/10 and I am drinking on 5/8/10, not sure if it was meant to be on the shelf that long, but with a 10% abv it should still be within its proper life span. Worth a shot, not over priced. Meh.

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Photo of Chaney
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Orange sludge, with no translucence whatsoever... and not much of a head either. This sucker looked very dangerous!

S: Huge hop and citrus bill, with a bit of crushed Flintstone vitamins and/or sweet tarts thrown into the mix.

T: Very sweet for sure. The booze was definitely in there, especially on the back end. The more I sipped it, the bitterness really started to build. Alcoholic orange and grapefruit juice cocktail with added Alka-Seltzer.

M: Sticky, gooey, hoppy, boozy, and not very prickly.

O: This one reminds me quite a bit like Hop 15, but not as tasty or drinkable. Still, this was a solid anniversary DIPA.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very hazy bright orange with a big billowing white pillow like head and a slow fade leaving a nice lace down the sides. Smel was sweet, with a big citrus hop presence. Lots of orange, pineapple and tangerine flavors, balanced nicely with hints of carameled sugar and a touch of alcohol. The taste was very nice, warm, with lots of hoppy bite. Very smooth, and no real hint of alcohol whatsoever. This was very nice and a definate keeper, good solid IIPA

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Photo of Allpe45
2.54/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

on tap at The Hungry Monk
Appears bright orange and slightly hazy, respectable but small head (I blame the pour), but little lacing after the head disperses.

Somewhat muted nose, tropical hops and solvent alcohol.

A wide range of hops in the taste, some tropical/critrusy hop flavors up front, oily/resinous hops in the middle, and plenty of medicinal hops and solvent alcohol burn. The finish resembles some kind of industrial strength cleaning product. This would be an amazing beer if not for the finish. It is definitely a hop bomb, but in an unpleasant way (i never thought it was possible).

Medium bodied with light yet prickly carbonation. The prickliness of the carbonation really pronounces the hop bite.

Despite the huge variety of hoppy flavors, I did not find this beer to be enjoyable. This is one that I would warn my friends to avoid unless a dare is involved. Luckily it is limited enough that they probably won't encounter it anyway.

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Photo of Phelps
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed via tap at Tops, served in a small weizen-shaped glass.

Gorgeous orange-gold with the slightest bit of haze, topped by a puffy head of pancake batter consistency and color. The bubbles droop but never leave, and I don’t doubt that they’d still be there if I left this beer sitting here until tomorrow. Bubbles grip the glass in walls of fluff.

Citrus in the nose — mostly orange peel, with hints of more bitter grapefruit. Some grass also emerges, along with mango, rose petals and crackers.

Smooth, sweet flavor. I get far more tropical fruits here than I did in the nose, with mango and pineapple dancing on the tongue amidst grass and some dankness. A bit of alcohol. The finish is like simple syrup, but pale malts add a cracker-like sharpness.

Alcohol heat burns through the nose after each sip, and the bitterness is substantial. Carbonation is light yet prickly, and the body has a heavy, syrupy quality that seems to coat the tongue and really works with the sweeter flavors.

A nice blend of tropical flavors. I don’t like it quite as much as their regular DIPA, Mongo, but this is a damn fine way to celebrate an anniversary.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-hazy orange with almost no head whatsoever
S-faint bit of hops but the mslt has really taken over. I wish it was fresh but it is appearing that it is not.
T-alot like it smells. Very malty without much hops at all...
M-medium bodied and smooth. Very dry finish
O-good and I can see its potential. Wish it was fresn

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Photo of uturn
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz capped bomber poured into a collectable Duvel Tulip.

A: This beer poured a light & hazy auburn with a thin tan head. There was no lacing left on the glass at the end.

S: The nose was mostly citrusy hops (grapefruit in particular) with some notes of resin from pine.

T: I think since this brew is now 8 months old the hops in the taste have faded as this was leaning towards an American Barleywine. It was caramel sweet upfront then you got some of the grapefruit rind bitterness in the middle and near the end you got some of the piney hop taste.

M: The mouthfeel was a medium to thick body with a low carbonation level.

The drinkability was very good for a 10%abv brew.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber without a freshness date. Very hazed dark gold color with a thin, tan foam. OK retention, not much lacing.

Smells like a bag of freshly opened tropical Skittles. Pink grapefruit like a Mo-Fo. Probably the most citric smelling beer Ive ever had.

Taste is sweet, but not in a caramel, dark malty way...light, sugary even. A ton of hops, with about 90% of it flavoring. The fruit juices are incredible - grapefruit and orange juice with some pineapple thrown in for good measure. A tropical cornucopia if you will. Pulpy pithiness with more than just a breath of alcohol. Good beer, not great. Minty as it warms, wintergreen. Becomes a bit cloying and tough to finish near the end.

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4th Anniversary Double IPA from Port Brewing
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