5th Anniversary Double IPA | Port Brewing

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5th Anniversary Double IPA5th Anniversary Double IPA
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5th Anniversary Double IPA5th 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)

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Added by HopHead84 on 05-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 151 |  Reviews: 83
Reviews by armock:
Photo of armock
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Perry's Liquor in Livermore,CA

A - Poured a light copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is a nose full of pine and grapefruit hops

T - Very bitter with the flavors matching the nose with pine and some grapefruit

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

O - This beer reminds me of San Diego with the amount of pine and citrus hops that are in it making it a bitter but very good drinkable beer this one is worth getting if you can

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Photo of Beerswag
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of ehammond1
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Lost Abbey
San Marcos, CA

A deep copper and amber with orange edges. Huge foaming off-white head that lasts and lasts. Not as much lacing as I would have expected.

A pungent and splendid nose! All sorts of citrus elements in this beer--guava, mango, orange, grapefruit--very aromatic and abundantly powerful!

A tongue buckling bitter blast of a beer! Hop bitterness galore! Unbalanced to its core--this is hops hops hops! As advertised: delicious and bitter hop bomb! Also some citrus and sweet elements as well, but bitterness steals the show. If that's what you dig, seek this one out!

A relatively heavy mouthfeel and a slight biting alcohol heat on the finish.

A delicious Port DIPA. Big citrus aromatics and huge hop bitterness.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangeish appearance with about 1/3" of head on it, not much in terms of lacing or retention. Aroma, sweet and hoppy. Dry hopping doesn't jump out at you unfortunately, but its an enjoyable semblance of smells.

Taste, wow, really sweet, really bitter. A very big beer, doesn't have a lot of subtlety to it. The malt bill seems a little lower, a nice thing, but the sticky sweetness is still massive, I wish they could deliver more hop lushness without resorting to the degree of heft and sweetness with this beer. Lots of that sticky hop resin going on.

It doesn't really hide the alcohol too well either. Its a massive beer, and it comes out at a time when I want something a little more sessionable unfortunately.

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Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a clear copper color with a cream-colored head that leaves solid lacing.

Smells of smooth pale malts with loads of citrus and tropical fruit hops. Slight herbal hops lurk in the background.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Mildly dry pale malts up front are quickly overtaken by bright citrus and tropical fruit hops. Midway through earthy and slightly herbal hops turn the flavor profile more bitter, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with decent carbonation.

Overall this is another great IPA from Port. A very good and easy-drinking beer that’s well worth a shot.

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head oversized (22oz) snifter.

Bright radiant orange body, opaque and glowing like an orb topped by a huge dense finger of beige. Big waves of sandy lacing. Superior retention.

Big fruity hop aromatics, dank, tropical, and citrus notes are joined by honey-dew and caramel.

Sweet, hoppy, bitter, and bright on the palate. Evergreen and capsicum are overtaken by juicy grapefruit, pineapple, and papaya. Finish is long and has a reasonable malt balance.

Alcohol seems to add heft, and the mouthfeel is oily, full, and well carbonated.

Definitely an improvement on previous year's versions...this is a potent and clean SoCal Double IPA with a stronger malt bill than is the norm for the region.

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Photo of Janderson91
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excited about this one, Port/Lost Abbey never disappoints. Picked up this bomber from Hop City in Atlanta. It says on the bottle that the ABV is 10% so I'm not sure why the ABV is unknown on this site. Bottled on 05/05/11, enjoyed on 06/11/11. Here we go!

A - Pours a hazy light orange color with a large white head. Surprised to get such a large head out of a 10% beer. A half-finger covering remains on top of the beer for the duration of my tasting. Leaves splotchy lacing down the sides. Good looking beer.

S - The hop aroma is similar to what you've come to expect from Port. But there is a more pronounced malt sweetness and some noticeable alcohol in the aroma as well. Aroma overall is very citrusy but also heavy on the pine. Pretty similar to HopSlam.

T - Quite balanced up front. A good citrus bitterness but it is nicely balanced. This is quite a rich beer. The finish is where I am slammed with hops. Citrus, pine and some alcohol burn. There is very little residual sweetness left after each sip which makes this beer pretty drinkable for the ABV. Good stuff.

M - Mouthfeel is excellent. Full mouthfeel for a DIPA which I love, but the carbonation is high on the back end making for a pretty clean finish.

O - Overall, another great one from Port. They continually make some of the best IPAs around. Keep up the good work Tomme!

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy Orange color. Frothy thin white head. Soapy and floral nose. Lots of tropical fruit once the beer airs out. Mango, pineapple ruby red grapefruit.

Juicy fruity hop character. Big concentrated flavors. Lots of acidity. Lots and lots of tropical fruit. Detectable alcohol heat.

The fruit flavor on these beer is awesome. Just enough detectable malt to keep things interesting. The only thing that would put this beer over the top as an awesome beer would be a bit more carbonation which would add a certain briskness as well as hide some of that alcohol. I really enjoy the flavor though. The drinkability just isn't there.

One of the most tropical ipas I've had, up there with hoptimum and terrapin hopzilla.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Murky autumn orange color shows an impressive 3 finger pitted foam ivory monster atop that sits oh so stubbonly. Good sign of micro-effervesce within. Thick clarity, chunky loads of foam stick well to the vessel walls as the head slowly retreats leaving a standing towering centerpiece.

S: Sticky pine and grapefruit wit a moderate to good level of awareness. A hint of dry pineapple is thrown in.

T: The flavor is huge and sticky of resinous hop oils and grapefruit and pine. Small warming of alcohol combines with the dry hops of citrus. High rate of bitterness, good level of flavor, sticky, thick hop bomb that still maintains a good level of balance between bitterness and flavor. Warm oranges, warm dry pineapple rounds things out in the huge sticky hop soup.

M: The mouthful is sticky and thick, loads of resinous hop oils and malts combine with the alcohol to give this a good glow. Slighting this to good is injustice.

O: Overall the abv goes to 10.0 here, the hops go spinal tap to 11. A worthy anniversary hop bomb that is huge and sticky, bitter and delightful.

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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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

Opened this Double IPA style last night and didn't know what to expect.

Copper color with impeccable head.

Ultra piney aromas tell good tale to the beer that awaits.

If you love hops you'll love this beer. Piney hops dominate this beer. Also citric undertones are present.

Mouthfeel: HOT! I like boozie beer but this one had the nostrils flaring. hot on the breath and nose. No place to hide at 10%. Plenty of bubbles so it will have a dryer effect. Don't be surprised if your blink and the bottle is gone.

Overall: Very enjoyable if you like the power. I would recommend this to people who like boozey, hoppy beer.

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Photo of Docer
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Grabbed a new bottle bottled on 05/05/2011..

Appearance: (4.5)
- Pours a zesty, lightly cloudy, west coast orange and copper. Huge fingers of fluffy white spotty head.. slowly settles with lace all about the glass and a thin fuzzy layer blanketing the top of the hop punch. A very pretty west coast IPA.

Smell: (4.5)
- This beer smells nothing short of amazing. Big pine and citrus hops.. very resinous. Candied hops, sweet caramel, biscuity breadiness.. hops galore.. but well played. Light lemon zest, some tangerine, and grapefruit. This is awesome.

Taste: (4.5)
- Smooth bready caramel malts. Lightly sweet, but extremely well balanced with huge grapefruit and zesty lemon hops. Big pine character as well. Super bitter punch shows itself later in the drink. This beer is simply amazing and that is that.

Mouth Feel: (4.5)
- Creamy smooth medium bodied brew with perfect carbonation. Certainly west coast all the way. Smooth malty body, and a bit drying and resinous. Sticky, and chewy as well from all the hop madness. Great feel.

Overall: (5.0)
- This beer is a must must have. Port has IPA's and IIPA's down. They simply brew the best and really know what a west coast IPA is all about. Purely amazing beer. I wish I had a keg of it or three. The hop blend and smooth balance with the bready malt character is bliss. A+ beer.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with a frothy white head that leaves nice chunks of lacing.

Smells of big pine and citrus hops.

Tastes of big wave of hops and a solid malt base. Hops are characterized by grapefruit, tropical fruits, and some pine resin. Plenty of bitterness is present. Malts cut through and add some caramel sweetness. Alcohol adds on the end and gives a bit of warmth in the throat.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, a good DIPA and is definitely better than the 4th anniversary DIPA.

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Photo of TheRealDBCooper
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of jsanford
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA.

Poured a cloudy orange with a 2-inch fluffy white head. Great lacing. Pungent aromas of pine resin and grapefruit. Flavors is pretty sweet and malt-heavy, with a good dose of piney, resinous hops and a lasting bitter finish. Crisp, with moderate carbonation. Solid DIPA, good, but not great.

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Photo of Vlaminck
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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 cindyjeffsmith
3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Slightly cloudy amber. Big ass pillowy head with lots of thick lingering lacing. Beautiful
smell: Grapefruity hops. Not particularly distinguishing but nice.
taste: Smooth with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Again, nice though not a stand-out.
A tasty beer, though i would have expected something 'special' from an anniversary beer. IMO, this is simply a good beer. Nothing wrong with that.

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Photo of Dolph1979
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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5th Anniversary Double IPA from Port Brewing
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 151 ratings