7th Anniversary Double IPA | Port Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Port Brewing
California, United States
portbrewing.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
111
Reviews:
19
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
8.88%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

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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.

C

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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