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 Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 131 |  Reviews: 95
Reviews by zoso1967:
Photo of zoso1967
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served up one of the more orange ambers I have seen in a beer. The head is slightly off-white and very sticky. It fades to a ring around the glass and leaves random globs of lace.

The aroma is super sweet with tons of citrus, giving it a sort of candied orange smell. It has a really sugary malt aroma that seems to color the flavor of the hops. It also has a tropical lean to it that is nice, but it just seems a bit too sugary.

The flavor is also quite sweet with plenty of sugary malt and notes of caramel. The hop flavors are definitely right in there as well with grapefruit, orange and citrus pith. More herbal notes also appear as it warms and becomes a bit hotter alcohol wise. I keep wishing that it had a little bit less sweetness in it.

The mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium and is very smooth, but a bit sticky in the finish. There seems to be a lot of pine and pith citrus in the long finish.

This is a bit too sweet and boozy to be considered super drinkable, and I think overall it comes up a little bit short. It is an anniversary beer though, so I will cut it a bit of slack for going big.

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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 rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a hazy pale orange body with a thick bubbly off-white head supported by a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles.
S- The full green hops have nice pine qualities with some tropical fruit punch hop aromas to finish.
T- The apricot notes blend with more full green hop flavors and a sour earthy note finishes the hops. The pungent hop bite in the finish has a woody character and the bitterness clings to the mouth after each sip.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat noticed. There is a soft fizz the enhances the hop bitterness in the finish.
D- This beer has a big hop flavor that is earthy and a bit fruity which is nice. The pungent bitterness in the finish seem to grow and overpower all the other hops and each sip gets a little more bitey than the last.

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Photo of InfernoBoss
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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

Bomber into a Samuel Smith 12 oz. nonic.

Appearance: By the time this gets down to the last pours of the bottle, it ends up looking like a Hefeweizen with all the yeast, which I'm not complaining about. Initially, however, the head is a string presence, always there, leaving nice rings, remaining thick and frothy at always about 1/4" above the body, which early on is a mildly hazy copper-peach color.

Smell: Wet gymsock hops, with plenty of fresh good weed aromas -- the spiny, wet bright earthy and herbal aromas -- caramelized orange, and nice bright fruit esters and citrus.

Taste: This is a little raucous and unrelenting, but I do like that, as its brash and it seems like it wants to be brash. That said, there are enough fruit esters and malt aromas going on that the hops, though front and center, aren't off-kilter, yet they aren't as balanced as they could be. That said, again, I'm not sure this was supposed to be a balanced brew in that refined sense of the word, as they claim on the label that they did indeed want a lot of hops going on. Finish is long, earthy, with mild caramel, fresh herbal and bright hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The best part about this beer, very creamy and rich, which is very surprising for a style like this. It not only works well, but I think it lets the flavors develop and adds to the lingering finish.

Drinkability: This brew really surprised me, though I'm not sure how accurate that statement is, as this is only my second Port brew I've ever had. It seems, to me, like a non-typical west coast DIPA (there's no way this can be any semblance of a Pale Ale in my opinion), as there's a lot to admire, a lot of risk taken, and to me, a lot going on that I like with a lot of reward in the end. Hoping I can continue to get more Port brews in the future.

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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 DJButters
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of mikey711
3.04/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a cloudy amber with loads of carbonation and a decent size head that retains well. it looks like it may be unfiltered because there is some sediment and it is very cloudy

S: Citrus fruit up front, some mango, pineapple and tangerine. also a bit of floralness. Some vanilla notes and a bit of caramel

T: For what this smelled like it tastes completely different. It is exceedingly boozy and sweet with a slightly astringent hop bitterness in the end

M: As stated, excessively boozy

D: Really disappointed with how this one ended up tasting. Not a drain pour but not satisfying at all.

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Photo of loving44
3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the standard 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. I was fiending for a good IPA and as I walked into my local beer store I spotted this on a special end-cap display. I love Port Brewing and Pizza Port brews so this was a no brainer.

A- poured a beautiful amber orange with a nice fluffy...what? wait a minute... this beer is flat and lifeless! Burned!! A thin white ring of oily bubbles lined the rim of the glass. Very disappointing.

S: Grapefruit, various citrus, pine, cantaloupe, fruity pebbles whatever... this would probably be explosive if the carbonation was there. Again, very disappointing.

T: it's a credit to the brewer that this beer is drinkable. Oily yes, but plenty of rich malts and a good hop bite. Classic Port Brewing IPA in a crappy delivery system...

M: oily, syrupy, flat, lifeless.

D: I'm drinking this on principle alone, I payed a high price for this beer that I was expecting to be the flagship of the IPAs I brought home. Sadly this was not the case.

Something went seriously wrong with quality control on this one. I still love you Port, but I'm going to be very cautious from now on...

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Photo of WestValleyIPA
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured aggressively into my Zatec fluted glass out of a 22 oz bottle. Got less than half a finger of head, which immediately died. A dark urine colored yellow. Smelled sweet. Massively sweet with a strong alcohol and light citrus hop smell. Tastes very sweet, lightly piney, very malty, and not ever very bitter. Alcohol is prevalent. Very lightly carbonated. Hard to imagine drinking more than one 22 of these, and would definitely be the beer to close out the night.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of dejrrma
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Consumed June 2, 2010

Poured aggressively. Clear copper with tangerine highlights. Small forced white bubbly head. A little bit of foam sticks to the sides.

Grapefruit, floral, herbal, slight pine, orange/tangerine. Sweet biscuit.

Hop resiny, Grapefruit, pine, floral, and herbal. Slightly toasty biscuit, some caramel. vanilla and a touch of booze. Resinous bitterness. pine and bitter citrus aftertaste.

Sticky and drying, but completely flat.

Very tasty, but so flat that it hurts the beer tremendously across the board. Could have been an awesome beer.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden orange color with barely existent off-white head that leaves little lacing.

Smells of citrus and tropical fruits.

Tastes of the big hops mostly with a small malt backbone. Hops are characterized by grapefruit and pineapple with some floral notes as well. Plenty of bitterness, but only a touch of sweetness from mostly caramel malts.

Mouthfeel is medium and has very little carbonation.

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Photo of TheRealDBCooper
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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 JTahoe
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - brassy yellow-orange, chill-haze, and fairly minimal off-white head...some sticky pathes left on the glass...not bad for the ABV.

S - mellon (cantelope, etc.) and faint grapefruit with some biscuity undertones and a whiff of lemon peel.

T - sharp and bitter character embedded in bready body. Pine and sharp citric hops with pineapple and with green herbs and a hint of lemon pith in the background supported by some nice grains (for the style). Quite a bit if bready malt for the style.

M - moderate, perhaps a bit light for the style. Carbonation is moderate, leaning a touch light, but appropriate. Lightly creamy.

D - enjoyable to be sure. An appropriately interesting take for a special brew. Nicely done, though this isn't a grand slam. Try it.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt, served in a pint glass. Sunset hued and topped by a substantial head that refuses to quit. The nose is boldly aromatic, displaying notes of candied grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple - heavy on the fruity, tropical hops, with only a touch of sugary malt lending balance. Hop flavors are equally huge on the palate, as is alcohol; this is surprisingly solventy. Pine and grapefruit flavors are prevalent, and there's a touch of tropical fruit in the mid-palate. It finishes with a light sugary malt flavor before the resiny bittering hops and alcohol wipe away any trace sweetness. This is good - rough, but good. The hop aroma is exceptional, but it's slightly harsh on the palate.

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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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Photo of Xul
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a mostly clear golden with some amber highlights. A vigorous pour produced a head with the approximate thickness of a fingernail. Retention is obviously non-existent as a scant ring of bubbles lines the top of the glass.

S: Hops are predominantly floral and citrus with some piney notes in the background. Sweet caramel base is rather strong as well.

T: Hops are stronger than in the aroma, which is nice. Starts out with a bigger piney/floral character and transitions into citrus with orange and grapefruits. Caramel base comes up strong and leads into a fairly sweet finish with just a bit of residual bitterness.

M: Thick, chewy, lightly carbonated - these are not adjectives I like to use in describing a double IPA. It's not quite as bad as it could've been, but it's definitely not what it should be.

D: It tastes pretty good and if it had the body to match, it would be one that I'd have a couple pints of...in its current state, I'm not sure I'll bother to finish the bottle.

I'm not even going to bother to rant about the carbonation issues...all I can say is I'm glad this was a $9 screwup rather than a $30 one.

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of JLeege
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- a bit lighter than expected. Pours a very light orange color, with a two finger head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell- a blend of citrus and pine hops.

Taste- This is pretty well balanced. A blend of hoppy bitterness, with some caramel malt in the middle.

Mouthfeel- medium carbonation, though a bit thin for the style. The hop bitterness stays with you, but it is a quick finish.

Overall- this is not bad, but it just feels like it is missing something, but not really to sure what that may be. I guess I just expect a little more from an anniversary ale, I want to be "wowed" by one of these.

Edit: nearing the end of the bomber, this beer is starting to grow on me. maybe its the 10%, but I am bumping my scores up a bit.

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Photo of Zorro
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Noticed a low level of carbonation in this one.

No real head formation. This is a chill hazed burnt orange colored ale.

Smells hoppy with a strong smell of ginger, pine and wood. Some caramel malt detected. Not that much scent here, the low carbonation dulls it.

Starts out strongly bitter with a high malt content. Malt is a very big flavor in this beer unlike most DIPAs. Pine and word dominate the hop character of this beer. Caramel candy and butterscotch pretty well nails the flavor of this beer.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Drinkability is only so-so. The low level of carbonation in this beer is a distinct fault I have a hard time getting over, there is almost none. Might give it a second chance but I think this is how it is supposed to be.

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Photo of SDHoffers
4.52/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So excited to get this on tap at our place. Appears a little hazy and murky. The smell is so nice and dank. You really know the second you take a nose full what a gorgeous hoppy beer this really is. Taste is excellent with a lot of boldness. Mouthfeel is good and exactly what I would expect from a west coast dipa. I really couldn't see having too many of these even though the alcohol isn't too high. I made the mistake of having a Union Jack after this one and even though I dig U.J. I really couldn't taste much after the Port 4th explosion. I would recommend this beer to anyone that is looking to experience a hop rush and feel the power of a hoppy San Diego double IPA.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.24/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased somewhere in MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a1/4" beige head over the cloudy golden amber brew. What head there is quickly just a swirl, with lots of legs but fleeting lace. Aroma is whoa grapefruit!

Taste starts almost syrupy sweet, strong citrus in the middle, and then goes boozy at the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, although a bit rocky at times when the alcohol rears its head, and drinkability is good as well. Nice brew, maybe a bit over the top, but for an anniversary brew, you do what you have to.

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4th Anniversary Double IPA from Port Brewing
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 131 ratings