6th Anniversary Double IPA | Port Brewing

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6th Anniversary Double IPA6th 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:
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Added by PeterIngemi on 05-12-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Cobrito
4.62/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 5-16-12.

Five months old now but this is just fantastic. Cloudy golden color that I love, with very nice head, though dissipates quickly. Incredibly fragrant, with massive blast to the nose of multiple flavors, some sweet but mainly sour, but very appetizing. A full meal is in store here. Taste is superb, combining both malt and hops, but emphasizing a nice blend of the latter. Similar to Mongo but slightly sweeter and bigger. This is a huge, potent beer, almost too potent, but it lights up the palate like Mozart or the Beatles light up the speakers. Bright, complex, and a party in the glass.

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Photo of SnowFlowMfg
4.56/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great DIPA. I can't say i've ever had an IPA as intensely fruity as this one. Love it. Looks like hazy dull orange with a solid head. Strong smells of tropical fruit, papaya, mango, pineapple, orange, citrus, and sweetness. Tastes just like it smells. Intensely fruity hop flavor plays along with a solid but not overbearing biscuity maltiness. Intense flavors of orange, papaya, sweet mangos, and a nice zesty bitterness with very little pine flavor. Massively fruity but not too much. Sometimes I thought it was orange juice. Mouthfeel was good with a medium to heavier body and medium carbonation. Alcohol was very well hidden at a whopping 10%.

I think this is a very unique DIPA because of the immense fruit hoppiness. The price was good and is very fresh. I loved this one and will be buying a few more. I'm actually kinda curious to see what happens to all the fruit flavors as it ages a while. Mad scientist mode...

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 220z bottle bottled on date 5/16/12

A - A cloudy sediment filled bright yellow, with the biggest head I have ever seen! 3 fingers at least, and sticky lace left all over the glass. Perfect looking brew!

S - Huge hop nose! Heavy on the citrus front. But bitter as well. Grapefruit

T - Tasty! A good balance between the citrus and bitter hops. Grapefruit.

M - Medium to full bodied, high carbonation. Smooth

O - As good a west coast DIPA out there. Highly suggest grabbing this one. It is still amazingly fresh, 6 months old

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Photo of OTB
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poor Port Brewing. They have been getting slammed lately for everything from big ugly floaties to poor carbonation levels to bottle dating to....you name it. I love Port Mongo. One of the best DIPA on the market year in and year out. After the Hop 15 debacle I started to wonder if there were issues. So today when I grabbed one of these Anniversary Ales off the shelf at my local WF I did wonder if there were issues that hadn't been resolved.

Apparently the issues are being resolved. This brew pours a gorgeous hazy orange. The head is thick, at least two fingers worth of sticky dense cap that leaves insane sticky curtains of lace as I drink down.The nose is ripe mango,tangerine, and red grapefruit, fantastic nose. The Flavors are in tandem with the nose, huge resinous grapefruit, oranges, mango and apricots with just the right touch of sweet maltiness on the back end to keep the huge hop profile in check. The 10% abv is scarily tucked away no where to be found, proceed with caution.

The mouth is insanely gripping, bitter hops, pine resin, dry but worthy of that next sip, so good.

Bravo Port, faith restored. This is a damn good DIPA, PERIOD !

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Photo of CondorMcBride
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 5/16/2012, purchased today at Whole Foods in Redondo Beach, CA. Served up cold in a Duvel tulip.

A - Might have shaken it up a bit on the car ride back, but the head is outrageous. At cap level when opened and when poured takes up about 2/5 of my glass. Off white head sits on top of an opaque orange body. No lacing, but splatters of head residue on the glass.

S - You can certainly smell the hops in this one. Oh boy, fruity hop fragrance (citrus, lemon, piney, pineapple).

T - Citrusy hops upfront, malt in the middle, and a little bitter on the finish. Tastes of grapefruit, lemon, pine, mango, peach, and pineapple all surrounding a soft and almost undetectable caramel and milk chocolate undertone. Serious hop bomb, I'm burping up hop gas every couple sips.

M - Dry with good/moderate carbonation.

O - Pleasantly suprised by the hoppiness despite the 7 month age. I'm really glad I tried this one and if you haven't already and have the chance don't hesitate. As far as an in-your-face hoppy beer, this far exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow - looks hearty. Easily two fingers of head at pour - creamy - retains the head well - a good layer of head remains on top even after a few minutes of settling. Smells of piney, floral hops and slightly bready. Taste is thick - head remains. Bitter piney hops up front stays strong but yields a slight caramel sweetness towards the back.

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Photo of southdenverhoo
4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5/16/12 bottle I bought about a couple months ago at Grapevine Liquors in Denver, marked down from $8.99 to $5.99. "Great but fading fast now," said the main beer dude (Chris?). One of the things I like about this shop is they mark down big hoppy beers as they get older. Consumer sentiment is so in the nature of "gotta drink this within minutes of release or don't bother" that I guess he has no choice...

Anyhow I forgot I had it and so another couple months of alleged decline occurred before I noticed it in the back of the fridge last night and said "What the hell?"

Ratings are as noted, I'll just say that although the hop aroma may be a little muted the hop flavor is still big and piney with a little citrus lurking in the background; that the bready malt is right where I'd like it to be, present but not by any means "in balance" with the big hops, even after all this time, the alcohol at 10% is unnoticeable (in a blind tasting I'd probably have estimated it at about 7-7.5%) and that I'd drink all of this I could get at $5.99 a bottle if he still has any, which I don't believe he does.

A LOT of yeast settled to the bottom, ended up in my third pour (I use a little 25 cl Delirium Tremens taster glass on bombers and 750s, works out to 3 glasses each), no biggie to a homebrewer like me

Ten month old DIPAs, if marked down like this, may be my new thing.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a Duel Tulip to a hazy golden orange with a two finger slightly off white head and solid retention
S: smells of citrus, pineapple, tropical fruits, and a bit of caramel. West coast nose for sure
T: tropical fruits up front with some sweet caramel. a bit of piney earthy hop in the middle that lingers to the end. Malt base struggles to maintain a presence and balance. Swallow brings more tropical fruits, a bit of alcohol and slight sweetness. Slight mandarin orange like sweetness on the finish after a couple sips.
M: carbonation builds to be prickly, slightly oily from the hops and a not quite heavy mouthfeel. It feels slightly viscous but not over the top.
O: a well built hop bomb with some small semblance of balance in the loosest sense of the word. A great beer that any hop head will certainly enjoy.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: A finger and a half of tight, barely off-white head. Hazy, unfiltered, but translucent amber. Heavy lacing.

S: Fruity tropical hops. Yum. Bitter resin. Excellent! My kind of DIPA.

T/M: Hot damn. This is good. Sinuous fruit, drying hops, thrumming alcohol, sweetish malt. Tropical, piny, well-balanced, excellent DIPA. Full-bodied, thick, and rewarding. Hella tasty.

O: Highly recommended. A fantastic double IPA. I would drink again and again. A model of the style.

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Photo of edproctor
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a- hazy dark hued orange ale with a decent head (2 fingers +) that hangs around for a bit. strong retention.

s- LOTS OF HOPS!!! this beer is almost two months old too!!! bottled 5/16 and still comes through with lots of sticky, piney, orangey, bitter hops. just beautiful.

t- piney and strong. sorta the same as the nose. just blows you out on hops. im loving this!

m- mouth coating. nice carbonation. goes down smooth.

o- port brewing is always good for a hoppy beer. this one is no exception. recommended if you like good cali style hop assults...

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Photo of JG-90
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

220z into glass

A - dull orange color, off white head with heavy lacing down glass, considerable sediment in bottle (bottled on 4/1912) still very fresh though!

S - Hops, citrus, sweet fruit (pineapple), a little bread

T - Awesome IIPA, first sip i got hit with hops, but after drinking some more the other flavors really came out. Tons of hops, citrus and pinnapple, light malt. Huge bitter hops finish which I love. 10% ABV is almost un-tastable

M - Medium-High carbonation with Medium-light body. A little higher carbonation and lighter body than my "ideal" IIPA, but both these are prefect with the flavor profile in this beer.

O - Great beer, very happy that it still tastes so fresh even with the 4/19/12 bottle date. Mouthfeel and taste are more reminiscent of a single IPA, great fruity flavors and light body for a 10% ABV brew.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As promised, reviewing this year's anniversary ale in May.

Pours murky gold, with some light brown and some orange in the light. A huge light tan head leaves plenty of lace, and is capped by fluffy mounts of slowly dissipating rocky foam.

Smells of orange, pineapple, grapefruit pith, and barely detectable malts, which assert themselves more as it warms.

Tastes of great bitterness, pithy and strong, malts almost come through in the middle, but they are pounded into submission by the hops. More pith on the finish.

Feel is medium bodied, with a huge punch, boozy, though not 10% boozy. Drinkability is not high on this one, as it's reminiscent of Hop-15.

This is the first hoppy bear from Port I have tried that didn't have the ugly chunky sediment in it, and I was happy for that. All that being said, the flavor isn't as complex as last year, but still excellent.


300th review

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Photo of Kadonny
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap at TJs in Paoli into a snifter glass.

A: A light to medium copper color with a one finger white head. Lacing is full but it does not last.

S: Real citrusy and tropical with grapefruit, pineapple, mango and some lemon zest. Some slight pine and bready malt.

T: The citrus is the show here. Nice blast of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, lemon and slight grassy tones. There is some bready malt there but make no mistake about it, this is all about the hops. Finish is slightly bitter but very dry and prickly. Nice. Alcohol does warm the throat but no way it's 10% warm. I've had prior Port Anny brews that were an alcohol mess, but not this one, the alcohol is blended perfectly. Hop heaven.

M: Medium, prickly, resinous, slightly bitter with some alcohol. Nice lasting finish and nice carbonation (should mention this since it is a Port beer).

O: I thought this was a great beer and a true hopheads dream. I think they are finally learning how to do their Anny beers as they seem to get better each year.

If you want a balance DIPA, stay away. If you want the sheer joy of hops just totally overcoming all aspects of a beer, drink this one. Hops-a-plenty, the way a good west coast DIPA should be.

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Photo of codsmith
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy (from dry hopping) dark orange/red with a decent 2 finger high off-white head that drops down to about a finger high. Very nice head retention and lacing throughout entire beer.

S: Very nice and clean resin hop aroma mixed with a sweet caramel malty aroma

T: A little confused with the overt malt sweetness and the high hop bitterness at the end. These two should counteract each other. It still has a good malty caramel sweetness, but it finished off on a rather bitter note that lingers on your palette.

M: Medium-to-heavy mouthfeel. carbonation is spot on and perfect for such a high ABV.

O: Good beer, but beta hop bitterness and malt sweetness need to be a little bit better balanced. Might be better with some slight again...even though it's an IPA.

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Photo of rawfish
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a tawny gold, hazy and doesn't form alot of head yet manages to leave an attractive ring of lacing behind. Retention is basically none since there was no head to begin with.

Hops dominate but beneath lies a steady honey dipped grain and caramel malt backbone. Tropical hops of mangoes, papaya, sweet pineapple with some stock pine and red citrus. Floral yet very sweet with a tinge of alcohol.

Ample malt comes in with a tight bready and honey profile some sweetening molasses and caramel sneak in before a blast of citrus and piney hops, the aftertaste is a very pungent pine that balances the sweetness of the malt and alcohol barely detectable on the back end as the beer dries with a big pine note.

Average body weighed down by the yeast. Moderate and appropriate carbonation, the sweetness hides the alcohol and the hops balance nicely. Dries well.

Really good DIPA to satisfy the hop fix. A bit heavy and dank for the summer but made for San Diego where the May and June months are kept under a cloud and temperatures moderate. Tropical and robust come to mind with this brew.

Like Port's Mongo but it hides it's alcohol better. The sweetness might be overwhelming for some but drunk chilled, it balances out the hops in an ideal manner. Fruity and tropical aroma that translates somewhat into the taste. Overall a great DIPA and one to revisit annually.

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

On Tap at The Sidecar Bar.

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. 6th 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 hopbomb in all sense of the word so if thats not your thing look elsewhere. 6th 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 BucannonXC5
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a pint glass. Color was golden pale orange. Tons of head, probably four fingers. White cloudy frothy head. Good retention on the sides.

Good smelling beer right from the get-go. Got lemon citrus hops. Also tropical fruits like pineapple or melon. Lots of pale ale notes. Grains, wheat.

Tasted pretty similar to the nose, which was a good thing. Only just with a bit more alcohol. Got that citrus lemon hops mixed with the pale ale notes. Pineapple, mango, melon. Bitter alcohol heavy on the tongue for an aftertaste.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Strong, lingering alcohol finish.

A pretty good beer overall. The smell was by far the best quality. Super strong, but way too foamy.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

It was a choice between this and the Van Viven IIPA for the ending of my lunch session, and the bartender recommended this one. And it was a good choice, plus it kept me in America.

Poured a slightly hazy copper-amber hybrid color with a cap of soft white head that retained well and left streaky lacing on the glass. Great aroma of fresh hops, citrus, tropical fruit, pine resin. There was a definite bready malt background here, but the beer was clearly hop-dominant (expected, of course), with flavors of orange, grapefruit, pineapple, touches of white grapes. Great example of West Coast IPA greatness. Medium body, a bit sticky, alcohol is decently hidden in the taste, but about halfway through, I started to FEEL it. Oh boy. Mellow out before driving. Very nice beer overall.

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

Firstly notable for an extraordinary expanding head, tall, firm, and permanent. The brew is heavily carbonated. It's a pale orange color, containing a maelstrom of violently agitating bubbles and floaties. The smell is of piney, grapefruity hops and stone fruit. It's very hoppy in smell, completely overwhelming the faint pale malt aroma. The taste is bitter and herbally hoppy with some underlying fruitiness and mild malt. Strong bitter finish, long and lingering. It hides its alcohol very well. Nice.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

This has a typical color for a Port DIPA; bright orange, with a nice haziness and a fluffy off white head.

A good amount of caramel malt starts up front, with a generous helping of mango, grapefruit, pineapple, and some other tropical fruity hops.

The flavor progresses in a predictable but enjoyable way. The initial sweetness is smooth and not overwhelming. After a few moments, the flavor turns from sweet to bitter with a modest explosion of fruity hops. Mango, pineapple, and grapefruit contribute to a robust flavor that is more tropical than citrus.

The body is a bit fuller than medium; the carbonation is creamy and pleasant. There is a graininess to this as well.

Overall I enjoyed this beer a fair amount; nice, hoppy, and the transitions among the flavors is nice and smooth.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle date 4/19/12 into a duvel tulip.

A: pours a beatiful hazed orange with half a finger of a slightly of white head that dissapates quickly buy leaves nice sticky lacing.

S: tropical fruit.... Pinneapple, mango, grapefruit, a wonderful blend of citrusy hop deliciousness... A touch of grain and hop bitterness as the beer warms. You can also start to pick up the alcohol note through the pine as the beer warms.

T: citrus and pine, delicious.... Much like the nose.... Pinneapple, a touch of orange, mango, mixed with a nice touch of resiny pine on the finish.... An alcohol note in the finish hidden well by the pine but deffinatly there.

M: slick and almost oily with a light/medium tight bubble brisk carbonation that you can feel on the roof of you mouth if you hold it in there long enough... Overall the mouthfeel works very well with this brew. Dry an bitter on the finish... With a bit of a linger, but nothing obnoxious.

O: a great dipa, tons of great hop flavor, all blend together nicley, very well rounded, a must try... I'll deffinatly grab a few more of these.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Murky apricot/orange, big head that lasts a long time. Lots of lace.

S - Very sweet malt center, hops surround the smell.

T - Not as malty as smell, nice hope finish.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, nice balance and clean finish.

D - I like this beer. I would like to try it in the bottle.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Falling Rock Taphouse in Denver. Received in a pint glass. The menu listed this at 11% ABV.

4.0 A: Lightly hazed dark orange color. Small white head that leaves full on lacing.

4.5 S: Big, huge citrus. Tons of mango, pineapple, and orange. Light breadiness. This is all hops and they are extremely powerful. Booze is reasonably well hidden.

4.0 T: Again, huge top taste. Moderate bitterness. Loads of pineapple, mango, and orange. One dimensional, but that's the point I suppose.

3.5 M: Heavier medium to heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Moderately creamy.

4.0 D: Not an everyday beer for sure, but tasty and worthy of an anniversary.

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Photo of flexabull
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light gold color with a huge off white head.

Aromas are of hard candies, citrus, mostly orange, and sugars. Nice smelling beer.

Taste is bitter right up front, then settles into a nice mixture of hop and light malt flavors. Crackers, biscuit, lightly sweet, with some dry mineral and citrus hop bitterness on the finish. Nicely balanced, flavorful, but not over the top.

Mouthfeel is good, crisp, clean, and dry. Just about what you'd expect from a big DIPA.

Overall, better than the sum of its parts. Hoppy and dry, but surprisingly drinkable. Better than I remember last years version.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Whilst at 2Bros Tap Room I split a bottle of Port Brewering's 6th Anniversary IPA with a good friend. The beer pours a cloudy copperish amber color with thin slightly off-white head that did not lace all that much. The scent was mostly malt with subtle backdrop of pine and citrus hops. The taste was a big power of bitter hops with strong malt background the pine and citrus come true. With every double monster IPA at 10% ABV the malt base generally dictates the taste of the beer. The mouthfeel was full body with subtle carbonation. Overall it was a good DIPA, but certainly not teh best I have had.

The beer was bottled in May-2012.

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6th Anniversary Double IPA from Port Brewing
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