7th Anniversary Double IPA | Port Brewing

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7th Anniversary Double IPA7th 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:
Brewed with Columbus, Amarillo and Simcoe and dry-hopped with Columbus, Amarillo and Citra (a new addition this year) hops, Anniversary Ale has pleasant tones of citrus and pine, a screaming hops presence and just enough malt character to add a hint of sweetness.

Added by wethorseblanket on 05-24-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 111
Photo of cvm4
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, the label's in this anniversary series from what I could tell are all the same. Took me a while to figure out what year this was. Genius...

A - Pours a deep orange, slightly amber with an off-white two finger head. Great retention and lacing.

S - Orange peel, pine, bitterness, hoppy and a slight sweetness.

T - A good mix of citrus, orange peel and pine hops. Nice lingering bitterness finish.

M - Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Sticky, dry finish.

O - Even though the bottle date was 5/7/2013, this beer still delivers. And it was probably even better fresh.

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Photo of nickfl
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A small head of white foam on a hazy, golden body. Musty, sweaty hops with aromas of pine and grapefruit. The flavor profile is similar to the aroma but with bready malt notes and some citrus notes. A thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish. A fairly nice hop character, though it isn't as bright as it could be and the malt is a bit too heavy.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. draft
Glass: Pint glass
From: KnB Wine Cellars in Del Cerro (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $3.00 (Wednesday night deal)
Purchased: July 31, 2013
Consumed: July 31, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a caramel orange hazy color with two fingers of cream white head when I got it. Very good layered lacing along the sides. Above average retention on the top on the way down.

Smelled citrus hops, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, floral hops, peach and tropical notes. The 10 percent ABV seemed to be well-hidden.

Tasted the alcohol right away, which was the opposite of the well-hidden smell. Caramel, grapefruit, tangerine, orange, apricot, floral hops and citrus hops.

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, warming bitter finish.

Just a very good double IPA. Look forward to having it again.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on tap at the cambridge - served in tulip

Hazy golden orange pour with a creamy cap of white head resting on top. Slowly fades, leaving a collar of film and rings of lacing on the glass while drinking.

Sweet and hoppy in the nose with pine, citrus and orange peel. Spicy hoppy scents, alcohol buzz and doughy, caramel malts.

Smack of pungent, bitter hops on the tongue up front. Citrus and a splash of tropical fruits underneath the spicy, heavy hop profile. Bitter and dry, leading into a sweet caramel, doughy backbone. Finishes boozy, dry and bitter.

Fuller medium body, well carbonated, sticky and dry on the tongue. A pretty intense drinker, heavy handed on the bitter hops with a soft tempering of sweetness and fruit.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

bomber bottle. bottled on 5/10/13.

A: significantly cloudy. rich copper orange hue. head is bubbly and slightly off-white.

S: floral. mellow cantaloupe. kiwi? bitterness, but nothing crazy for the size of the DIPA. warm.

T: alcohol heat is followed by yeasty esters. chalky. bitterness concludes the drink. starts sweet and floral and turns to heat. woooo, that's got some heat.

M: frizzy carb/mouthfeel on a big time body.

D: overall a good brew, but nothing crazy. the yeast is strong, both bitterness and flavor-wise. just not crazy about this though.

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Photo of IronLover
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clover honey, orangish-yellow in color with a slight haze. Poured with a short bright white dense foam that slowly reduced to a wispy cap. Pungent citrus hops, grapfruit, orange rind, lemon peel and a hint of booze at the end. On the lighter side of medium bodied but with rich, creamy smooth carbonation. Pungent tropical citrus hop flavors right out of the gate with a light caramel maltiness struggling through. Finished cleanly with a citrus hop afterntaste that nicely covered the high abv. Fabulous.

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Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
4.74/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazing... 22 oz bottle, 34 degrees to start, served into a snifter...

A: Opaque, golden orange, with a tight thick head, and a stick lacing that stays through out the hole bottle...

S: Hoppy, citrusy, piney, floral goodness.

T: Booming with flavors, some sweet, but mostly hops. well blended citrus and pine...

M: rounded, and biting, with some sweet elements, the grapefruit/orange hops stay on the tongue and create a thick reminder of the mouthful. Resinous pine also permeates the after-breath.

O: Great DIPA. Not sure I have had the past editions, but this puts PORT back on my radar... Loved Mongo and Wipeout in the past... but forgot how good these guys were.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours an amber orange color with a massively thick and rich cream colored head that's incredibly sticky. (Compared to alot of IPA's the head will get away from you really quick so pay very close attention, it's active.) Carbonation is on the higher side of moderate for the style.

S - Light pine, Citrus, oranges, light floral, and biscuity malt.

T - Resin all over the place with pine, grapefruit, oranges, and lemon from start to finish with a very aggressive bitter grapefruit/pine finish that lingers and lingers, and lingers... There's some light caramel biscuit malt underneath but only comes out for a brief moment before being buried again by a healthy dose of hops. Light alcohol warming on the back end. As the beer warms up there's some light floral character as well.

M - Light medium body and almost creamy mouthfeel which was totally unexpected (with some carbonation), dry finish.

O - Have always enjoyed this big IPA from Port and the new addition of Citra hops is welcomed.

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Photo of RhyminBelmont
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Map Room in Chicago, served in a snifter.

A- cloudy gold and amber, creamy thick two finger head.

S- incredibly fruity hops, crisp and sweet, no noticeable alcohol

T- bitter, piney front, sticky and resiny hop bitterness pervades, kinda surprised given how fruity it smells. A bit of malty sweet, but omg this is one hell of a bitter, dry, Hop bomb

M- drying and sticky, slight alcohol warmth, creamy carbonation, almost feels bottle conditioned

O- a lovely DIPA, intensely bitter hops. Not my favorite, as i have recently been leaning to a greater appreciation for fruity, tropical sweetness. For that reason, the smell is my favorite part of this beer.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy orange body with a HUGE bright white, pillowy head that hangs around for a very long time. Lacing is thick on the glass.

S: Tons of pine. Lemony citrus. Bready biscuit malts.

T: Hops upfront. Sweet malts. Lemon and orange fruits. Finishes with strong bitter aftertaste. Alcohol warmth.

M: Full body. Creamy. Oily. Boozy. Low-moderate carbonation.

O: Port knows how to do hoppy well. This one isn't super balanced, but a solid brew nonetheless.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.37/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 5.25.13
Bottled 5.7.13

A - Pours a hazy, light orange with a two inch light tan head with good retention.

S - Strong hop pine and citrus, mango, and tropical fruits.

T - Strong sweet mango and some strawberry? Kinda odd.

D - Good carbonation and a medium body with some heat.

O - Fruity forward hops. Tasty at first, but it gets annoyingly odd pretty quick.

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Photo of Duff27
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Short off white head on a vibrant dark orange body.

Overly juicy/dank citrus notes in the aroma. Overall, not much to the nose.

Orange citrus hops mesh well with the maltyness and then turns to a lingering bitterness. Alcohol creeps up in the aftertaste, put another way the booziness shows its damn ugly head on the back end. Hey, I'm a man though, I can take it.

Bigger mouthfeel, medium to medium-low carbonation.

Good not great IPA. Booze bomb, especially as it warms a bit. I enjoyed the mega citrus/orange aspect. Thanks for the trade kojevergas!

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured gently in a Bruery tulip, a big foamy head forms easily over a cloudy orange/beige body.

Nose of hops and more hops, piney Columbus, citrusy/orangey Amarillo and Citra. Sweet sugary smells of pale malt, even some cotton candy. A bit of cheese and basil. Maybe they threw one of their very tasty San Francisco pizzas in this one.

This is a big DIPA, very tasty with a huge fresh hop assault and a nice softer malt background that ends with a slightly green vegetal bitterness. A refined take on the usually aggressive Amarillo, Simcoe, Columbus West Coast style DIPA (and their variants). This has layers of complex flavors: pungeunt Columbus and Simcoe piney flavors with a nice shot of Citra orangeness and tropicals. Dry hopping this with Citra is making my Citra radar detector go wild. Pine forest floor meets orange grove and tropical forest.

Body is medium, almost a bit viscous, with effervescent carbonation--a refreshing, cleansing mouthfeel. The long bitter, slightly dry finish of course makes you wanna keep drinking this one. And this doesn't usually happen with beers, but my nasal passages are also going wild with hop smells.

Really tasty. The addition of Citra I think refines what would be a harsher type of West Coast style IPA. The ABV is not all that noticeable, so this one will plow you under quicker than you think, so sip, sip, sip.

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Photo of KevT
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Harry's Hofbrau; $6.50 for a 16 ounce pint. Very cloudy light orange color with minimal head. Served very cold which may have inhibited the nose because it was virtually nonexistent. Flavor starts with a strong wave of orange citrus and finishes with nice bitterness and a little heat.

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Photo of Hatzilla
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Cloudy amber pour with a fluffy egg white head leaving scant lacing.

S - Lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, pine, mango and some caramel malts. Alcohol shows up as the beer warms.

T - Bitter pine and earthy citrus (mostly grapefruit/lemon) balanced with some bready caramel malts. This is a very tasty DIPA which hides it's 10% ABV quite well.

M - Smooth, medium carbonation with a grapefruit-lemon aftertaste and dry finish. The beer becomes more sticky, resinous and syrupy as it warms.

O - An aggressive, hoppy DIPA which has a nice marriage of hops and malts, though the hops certainly win the battle. Well carbed, tasty and well executed. Highly recommended for all hopheads. Cheers!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Eureka Burger in Redlands, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.91/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Identifies itself as a "strong pale ale." I'm reviewing it as an imperial IPA in light of the description and ABV. Acquired for a scant $7.00 at a local Los Angeles beer store. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high; Port's Hop 15 is one of the best imperial IPAs I've ever had. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with pretty standard label art and a standard branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Bottled 04/26/13.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger white colour head of nice ceam, thickness, and retention (~4 minutes). Body colour is a murky orange-copper. Not horribly vibrant, but passable. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Lacing is mundane. Not the most eye catching imperial IPA I've seen, but it's par for the style.

Sm: Lovely diverse hop profile. Floral character, light nectary character, piney character, and hop oils. Juicy citrus is sorely missed here. The malty side of things isn't as pleasant, with an overabundance of caramel/caramalt and overly sweet pale malts. Almost comes off a bit candied. Some tropical fruit - mango, tangerine. There's some grapefruit zest buried beneath the caramel notes. The balance isn't seeming great based on the aroma, but I'm optimistic. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Not my preferred hop character, but I trust Port.

T: Too sweet. Way too much caramel and sweet pale malts; it approaches cloying. Hop character is rather unimpressive, with unevocative floral hops dominating. Some unwelcome tropical fruit hop notes. Hints of pine. No real nectary, juicy, or oily hop notes. Alcohol is noticeable. No yeast character comes through. Not very well balanced at all. This one really misses the mark for me. Not a fan.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Too thick for the lack of deep and diverse flavours. Overcarbonated. Doesn't suit the flavour profile all that well. Presence on the palate is decent. Not as oily as it should be. Sugary. Hardness/softness is mid-range; nothing unique here. Pretty average execution all around.

Dr: Like last year's offering, this anniversary imperial IPA from Port just isn't doing it for me. Bad balance, poor complexity, poor subtlety. Hop 15 this is not. I wouldn't get it again and I'm not too excited about finishing a bottle of this alone. Maybe others with more of a preference for tropical and sweet IPAs will enjoy this one more than I did, but I won't be recommending it to friends. Unrefreshing. Somewhat difficult to drink; the alcohol is noticeable and the sweetness limits intake. Not an ideal beer in the style by any means. Port can do better - and has in the past.


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Photo of Ego
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

o copper mine pub, may I compare thee to a may day ?

murky golden straw with orange glow, every once in a while a carbo bubble catches a hitch up the brew careening toward the head, what head there was calmed quite quickly but was not a total disappearing act... in fact it clings to the glass like a cicada to a tree, this leaves a definite trail of sips traveled past all over the glass, and legs are shown as well, a nice looking brew

all the hops make themselves known, you have the grapfruit/lemony tang in there, the green floral "herbal" tones, the skunk weed notes, this smells fresh as hand crushed hops shoved in your nose, the strange thing is that it does not overload or kill ya, everything is there at the table to be enjoyed, nothing off putting whatsoever, the predominant hop tone I am getting is the more green variety of flavor but it seems to shift between the varieties depending on my schnozzola, yum tastic-o

taste etc...
wow, this is going to take a minute...
the first sip is as delicate as a mike tyson upper cut (in his prime of course), bitter city... woaa..
getting slowly used to this but man this really is close to nearly astringent, the malts do not stand a chance here, not by a long shot.
you experience (after the bitter Abomb in your mouth) all the hop varieties just as in the nose, and again (like the nose) the green flavor of fresh hops seems the most prevalent.
the ABV definitely is a player here, nothing is subtle in this brew.
now that I am slightly atuned here, this is what goes on for this beer drinker....
initially grapefruit/juicy fruit tone with first wave of massive bitterness which then gives way to a more floral taste then the second wave of massive bitterness hits, in its wake is a flavor of ground up green hops laying in your mouth... and the bitterness and green lingers for quite some time which also then gives you time to feel the warming happening in your now hopified stomach.
weight wise this drinks light medium but damn if you are paying any attention to that aspect... jeez, the carbonation is lightly prickly which helps...

this almost reminds me of eating really goddamn hot chile peppers (bhut jolika anyone ?).. on one hand you are like
"wtf am I doing"
on the other hand you think
"I kind of enjoy this"
am I a beer sadist ? maybe some days I suppose, this beer really is close to the barrier for me, it teeters on not being enjoyable but yet getting smacked in the noggin from time to time is a good thing. I only recommend this for serious hop freaks, there are way more balanced DIPAs out there.. but for a complete hop bomb / destroy your mouth... this is pretty damn good

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours from a bomber, sunset orange with a half-inch off-white head which fades to the rim leaving irregular rings and splotches.

N: Big citrus, grapefruit, tropicals and floral. Dank and green freshies.

T: Resiny and oily pine with some orange peel and grassy/herbal notes. Hop Kaboom. Malts faint in attempt to balance. ABV present by not overwhelming.

M: Semi-full body and medium carbonation. Bitter and dry finish with a slightly sweetish and sticky finish.

O: A hop head's delight. Powerful lupulin presence.

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7th Anniversary Double IPA from Port Brewing
3.94 out of 5 based on 111 ratings.
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