5th Anniversary Double IPA
Port Brewing

5th Anniversary Double IPA5th Anniversary Double IPA
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
ABV:
10%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 10.34%
Reviews:
83
Ratings:
151
From:
Port Brewing
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
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Gots
  7
SCORE
90
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5th Anniversary Double IPA5th Anniversary Double IPA
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Reviews by Dolph1979:
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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Photo of weeare138
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a glowing, orange tone gold with a fluffy white head that slowly fades into a gentle cap and collar. Spotty bits onlaving are left around the glass.
Smell is of solid citrus, pine sap, caramel, and herbs. Pumelo blasts through in a refreshing wave.
Taste is of sugared grapefruit, candied oranges, floral notes, and herbs.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, chewy, semi dry, citrus lingering and super balanced. 10%...really? Could've fooled me.

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Photo of Gavage
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy and cloudy orange in color with a one inch head.

Smell: loads of orange and grapefruit citrus and floral hop bitterness.

Taste: caramel, orange, grapefruit, light pine, a bit of earthiness, and some mild alcohol tones. Bitterness is hearty but well balanced.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Light crispness to start, smooth and dry at the finish.

Overall: had this served in a ten ounce glass and it was the perfect size. The flavors hit the mark, and this is a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of katan
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a pint -

A - Pours a deep darker brown color - tons of dirty white head. Appears to be highly carbonated. Breaks down slowly with significant lacing.

S - The citrus bomb of a beer. All west coast hops, leading with a hugely floral citrus flavor, with just a little bit of resin - grassy flavors in the background. This thing must be made of hops.

T - Starts off lightly bitter, stinging the tongue. Light sweetness hits the front of the tongue, including more of the citrus flavors. Mid-stream turns super bitter - biting. Sticks like glue to your tongue, tons of bitter resinous flavors. Really strong.

M - Moderate body, full bodied - just explodes in your mouth (thats what she said) with carbonation and biting acidity.

O/D - A super strong DIPA - everything about this beer is so over the top. I can't imagine drinking any more than one of these. Certainly embodied taking it to the extreme.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A firkin at Al's.

A: The DIPA I s a darker amber color, more brown than not. The firkin generates a small head. The ale comes hazy, a cloudy glass.

S: The nose is balanced, hoppy with a surprising amount of malts. A brown sugar/turbinado aroma is strong, making me think that the cask was primed a bit.

T: Hoppy, the bitterness is evident with citrusy strength. The bite is subdued, relaxed even. The turbinado, darker sugars, seem to run rampant, cutting into the hoppiness. The result is a solid IPA flavor without an overpowering finish. The edge is gone, replaced by a malty, chewy base that has just enough bite. The sweetness that results in unexpected but not unwelcome.

M: Whatever addition primed this ale, nice work. The darker brown sugar flavors soften up the hops (which are ample) and allow the brilliance of the cask to shine through. A good start to the 4th of JulIPA.

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Photo of John_M
2.71/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On cask at Al's of Hampden yesterday. Had a choice between this and cask Mongo, and there's now no doubt in my mind that I made the wrong choice.

The beer looks very attractive in the glass, showing an impressive orange amber color, with very good head retention and considerable sticky lacing all around. However, as soon as I took my first sniff, my immediate reaction was "oh no." This beer smells sweet and boozy, with barely a hint of hoppy citrus. The sweet tropical fruit and brown sugar aroma carries over into the flavor profile, and completely dominates it. This DIPA is VERY sweet, and while there's a hint of bitterness in the finish, it's not nearly enough to handle the level of sweetness I get in this beer (not sure I've ever had a DIPA sweeter than this). This level of sweetness, coupled with the noticeable alcohol (Al's lists it 9.5% I believe), were enough to just about make me gag. Mouthfeel is soft and creamy, with a long, cloyingly sweet finish. This beer is extremely heavy on the palate, and I was worn out from palate fatigue before I could get half way through my glass (which I ended up leaving).

This beer strikes me as one that probably does not benefit from cask conditioning.

Really not happy with this beer, which is not what I expect in a West Coast DIPA. Ugggghhh...

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a light orangey-copper body, nice clarity, and topped with a tall, foaming, off-white head. Some head retention there, as are some stickyish laceworks.

Smell: Pale malts, some sweetish, bready inclusions, but, predominately, it has a raw hop aroma, smelling of pithy white grapefruit and tangerine-flavored chewable aspirin.

Taste: Sweetish pale malts playing it loosely before the citric, citrusy hops roll in with freshly sliced white grapefruit and, as with the nose, tangerine. There's a resinous, raw hop cone quality both just before and just after the strong bitterness. Alcohol adds a peppery element, but is otherwise kept fairly in check, mainly because one's tongue is too busy wrestling with the hops to notice. Dry, bitter finish with some warmth to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Very, very, very slight stickiness on the tongue.

Overall: A hop-bomb, but a fairly pleasant one, with just enough malt (not one ounce more) needed to keep the beer from spiraling off into being totally an abrasive, caustic, and entirely unrewarding brew (like that SN Double IPA in the Beer Camp pack).

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of CHADMC3
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a gusher as the off white head erupts from the murky orange body with that also features straw colored hues. The head also sticks around for an eternity as it leaves a dense, sticky lacing as remnants of its rocky existence.

Abundant, pungent, sweet citrus hop aromas waft from the glass featuring grapefruit and pineapple. Additional pine hop aromas mingle with the sweet malts which show up more as it warms.

The flavor is equally robust in the hop department featuring a variety of citrus and pine hops. The focus is on the grapefruit and pineapple with touches of lemon and a sweet malty backbone.

Mouthfeel is thick and viscous with a boozy finish after the palate takes quite the beating from the bountiful hops.

Awesome beer, great example of the style. This is pure palate abuse. If you like it rough (on the palate), check this out.

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Photo of meatyard
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a golden amber with a 3-finger, white head that has good retention and ample lacing that is a bit wet and follows the head.

The smell is citrusy and pine hops with a slight malt aroma.

The taste is citrus and pine again, a good dose of bitterness and finishes with some sweet malt.

Mouthfeel is medium tending toward full and somewhat smooth.

Overall: This is a tasty, leaning ever so slightly to balanced beer. This is definitely worth trying unless you only want a hop bomb.

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Photo of biegaman
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Port's 5th Anniversary beer has a mandarin orange colour and icy complexion. While it appears perfectly clear, nothing more than shadows are visible from the other side. The off-white foam atop is smooth and unwrinkled; the lacing it conceives, however, is all brambly and leaves the glass looking disheveled. (Note: beware the yeast lurking at the bottom!)

The beer smells enough like lemon Pine-Sol that my first sniff reminded me I should finally get around to cleaning the bathroom. It is sharp, strong, intimidating and, above all else, citric: notes of grapefruit, tangerine and lime can nearly be felt crawling on the skin if you leave your nose close to the glass long enough. It's what you'd call a "hot mess".

Would that I could say that I taste any maltiness but, truthfully, it's hard to make out anything beyond all these stingingly citric alpha acids. What this does taste like is something from Booster Juice (their number 1 best seller, in fact) - it boasts plenty of guava, banana and passion-fruit flavouring on top of the usual lemon and grapefruit.

This year's anniversary beer seems to me a carbon-copy of past ones: it is ridiculously hopped, terribly unbalanced and tip-toes the fine line between potent and downright difficult to drink. But if you're going to get wet you might as well go swimming, no? I wasn't looking for balance when I cracked the crown on this bomber, no one opening a DIPA should be.

If everyone is evolving, no one can afford to stay in the same place - unless you happen to be the best at what you do. It seems almost redundant for Port Brewing to again put out another ravenously hopped, high gravity offering for their anniversary, but it's also fitting. They’re just so good at it. Lost Abbey will do other things, Port can stick to the hoppy stuff!

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Photo of jak
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden amber color with a long-lasting, two-finger head of off white foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine, grapefruit and citrus.

T - Good grapefruit, citrus and tropical fruit flavors. Nice burnt toast flavor some roasted malt and sweet caramel.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a very tasty double IPA. Another good one from Port.

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Photo of rand
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 22 oz bomber to tulip glass

A: Pours apricot-orange in color, opaque, while forming a small but tight head which almost never recedes. As I twirl the glass, tracings of patchy lacing are everywhere.

S: Citrusy hops up-front, really crisp, with boozy volatiles all over the place. The alcohol creates a big bouquet, revealing notes of candied oranges and tea.

T/M: Aggressively hop-forward, bitter and biting, but a big blast of malty sweetness quickly follows. This is just a huge beer all around. Notes of lemon rind, oranges and grapefruit meet caramelly sweetness, buffeted by a chewy, bready complexion. This year's offering has plenty of carbonation to rinse the syrupy residue (something last years sample was severely lacking). Alcohol is not at all masked, but fails to dominate against the huge flavor-profile. It becomes a bit of a palate-wrecker as the beer warms.

For a brewery that's delivered some of the most aggressive IPA's I've come across, this brew makes a perfectly appropriate anniversary ale. It's not off-balance, just big, and not for the faint of heart. Of course, it's highly unlikely your casual beer drinker is even aware this beer exists, so I doubt many will be offended. And I'll have another.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of flexabull
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold color with a nice large cream colored white head. Nice lacing too.

Aromas are very hoppy. Oranges, lemons, pine, and fresh floral notes.

Taste is hoppy up front, general bitterness, grapefruits, and pine notes. There is light sweetness, a touch creamy, and lightly caramel malts.. Finish is herbal, grassy, crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel is good, full bodied but not heavy.

Overall, this is a solid DIPA. Pretty drinkable for a 10% brew too.

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Photo of ncketchum
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel tulip

A - pours a hazy orange yellow with a large head which quickly fades, minimal retention, significant lacing

S - grapefruit, pine, bitter hops

T - bitter, piny aromatic hops up front that lingers for long after the beer is gone. This is accompanied by boozineness, a bit of lemon and grapefruit, but the taste is dominated by the hops

M - thick, sticky, lingers for some time. alcohol burns in the end feel

D - Overall, this is another great offering by Port, big, sticky, and in your face hops

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Photo of rrryanc
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with quite a nice head- quite big to start, and settles to a cap. Some decent lacing as well. Nice nose of herbal hops and a cream note. I get aromas of dill, green onions, and some grassy notes. Many people hate this sort of hop profile while others love it- I'm more toward the love end of things. The taste has a nice dose of pine and some bitter citrus to add to the herbal notes. Nice deep bitterness and a bit sharp in the mouth without being hot. A solid beer that satisfies, but lacks some complexity. Still, pretty tasty.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this with me at my cousins' from a growler into a tulip.

The colr is apricot with reddish hues, hazed translucent clarity w/ rocky thick 2 finger cap of cream. Lace clings in a thick film on the glasss. The smell is pungent with grapefruit and pine resin, there is a slight alcohol ester which almost adds a tropical tinge to the hop aroma with mild floral and citrus rind in the background, very mild malt scent, though. The feel is a bruiser, bitter and strong. The bitterness is high and astringency is pretty high too, generally dry with only a light tinge of malt poking through with a slight spice aspect and mild alcohol finish.

The tase is very good, the kind of beer that is all about the hops and how the juice the flavor out of them is incredible. The taste is very much like a golden grapefruit though the slight tropical sweet edge adds depth and there is some grassiness or pine in the background too which creates an earthy aspect alongside the slightly sweet malt. There is a gentle element of alchol, but it really isn't noticeable until the end of the 2nd glass. Overall this is a pretty great beer, a lot of potency and hop essence is captured in this huge Imperial IPA.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

clear amber with a nce foamy head that was slow to fad, leaving a fine lace all the way to the bottom. The smell is deep piney hops with a bit of grapefruit thrown in for good measure. Knock you down hops, beautiful, strong, pine and citrus that will have you puckering your mouth for a while. Great dry finish. This is a hop heads delight

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Photo of HopHead84
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5/13/2011

On tap at Lost Abbey at the new bar in the back. 

A: Golden orange with a big white head. Nice color and clarity.

S: Vibrant and aromatic hop presence. Notes of orange, grapefruit, and tangerine. Pine resin is there but not as strong as the citrus. Malt is really restrained compared to the last few Anniversary batches. It's hardly even there, maybe a touch of cracker. Really nice aroma.

T: Moderate bitterness with ample hop flavor in the form of tangerine, grapefruit, and orange flesh with a touch of pith. Very smooth and mellow for 10% ABV, with very little booze presence. Again, malt is faint and lends no flavor. Excellent.

M: Lower medium in body with upper moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry, sticky, and crisp.

Overall: Really nice. I think they tweaked the recipe a bit and it shows. I hope the bottles are this good.

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Photo of ithinkimasofa
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of MasterSki
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Smallbar Fullerton. Served in a snifter.

A - Served with a finger of white foam that settles to a thin cap, leaving behind splotchy lace. Hazy dark orange color.

S - Oranges, floral notes, a touch of soap, and light alcohol. Not much malt character - maybe some sugary hop in the background and some increasing bread flavor as it warms up.

T - Taste is less good - more bready malts and less of the citrus rind flavors. High bitterness that gets oppressive as time goes on.

M - Medium carbonation, medium-full smooth body, and light alcohol warmth and dryness in the finish.

D - Not the most drinkable, but certainly an improvement over the previous Port Anniversary DIPAs, if only because it's actually carbonated (on draft at least). It's also less malty and boozy than previous iterations, although I'm not sure how much is due to a recipe change and how much is due to bubbles.

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5th Anniversary Double IPA from Port Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 151 ratings