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8th Anniversary Imperial 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:
Using Columbus, Amarillo and Simcoe hops and dry-hopping with Columbus, Amarillo and Citra, Anniversary Ale has an intensely hoppy body with fresh tones of pine and citrus. A seasonal release that will satisfy any hop-head who has the pleasure to try it. In addition, we don’t want to make people “wait in line” to try an amazing IPA, so we also bottle it!

Added by mhaugo on 07-02-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
134
pDev:
8.27%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
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Gots:
7
Trade:
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4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very solid taste for a heavy beer. Has a light back and very citrus taste to it. Solid for a 10% beer.

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4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: This looks thick and luscious. Body is light burnt orange and the head is off white.
Smell: The smell is off deep hop and pine. Sweet and juicy.
Taste: Hops and some more hops. Rich. There is some heat in this one. I like it.
Feel: Substantial.
Overall: One of the better imperial IPAs.

I've had it before and I'll have it again and again.

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3.6/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

We pop a bomber, pouring a brew of glowing tangerine orange into our oversized snifters. It holds a dirty one finger head of eggshell colored bubbles, showing excellent retention. Ridged, arboreal lacing is left around the glasses. Haze reduces clarity and sheen, but no sediment is otherwise found. Carbonation appears to be light. The aroma gives massively bright and blossoming piney, soapy, and grapefruity hoppiness, with a background chorus of sweet bubblegum esters, hibiscus, aloe, sunblock chemical bite, clean pale and caramel maltiness, big fruitiness of cantaloupe, lime, pineapple, and tangerines, musky grape, and singe toffee sweetness. The flavor follows with big booziness and fresh orange zest and juiciness. Otherwise, the buds are flooded with chalky pales, pseudo-wheat dustiness, Styrofoam, phenolic clove and plastics, hoppiness of green saps and plants, fruity nectars, light floras, and oily citric skins, ceramic, cooling eucalyptus greens, black pepper, garlic powder, mineral water, cardboard, brassy metallics, and a soured lactic acidity that lingers. The body is full, and the carbonation is somewhere in the middle. Slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop all flourish in full force, and the mouth is left instantly oiled and slicked with each coming drop. This allows for a slight pucker, but little more. The abv is big and present, slowing drinkability.

Overall, yet another hoppy offering from Port. We say that not out of disdain, but rather from a place of excitement. As of now we’ve only been able to taste the hoppy side of their pedigree, as we’ve been sitting on their stouts and other darker offerings for a while, hesitant to pull the trigger. We have, thus far, not been disappointed. When we discovered that their typical anniversary swill was a DIPA, we became ever more excited. What we have here does not disappoint. It is large in is presentation, and some might shy away from its booziness, but this doesn’t take too much away from the flavor; it more rather makes you take your time. Everything about this beer is bold, in one form or another, and it would make any brewery proud to be able to call it their own, especially for an annual anniversary, with many more to come.

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8th Anniversary Imperial IPA from Port Brewing
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 134 ratings
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