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RATINGS: 727   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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A massively hopped strong pale ale brewed to celebrate our anniversary each year. Anniversary Ale is light gold to pale orange in color and offers a potent aroma of fresh pine and citrus with some warming alcohols present.The taste is a thick, chewy hop presence only barely contained by balancing malts. The finish is pure hop expression with a moderate warming alcohol sensation. Hops – Columbus, Amarillo and Simcoe; dry-hopped with Columbus and Amarillo. Body – Medium.
Availability – Late Spring / Early Summer Release. Formerly 10.5%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2009
On tap at Toronado in San Francisco. Pours a deep orange body with a slight haze. Dense, light tan, slowly dissipating head that leaves a light, layered lacing. The aroma is very sweet with lots of floral hops and tropical fruits. Sugary clementine oranges, fresh pineapple, mango, cantaloupe, and a light lemon. Big and thick caramels as well to fatten up the aroma. The flavor is pretty similar with lots of heavy caramels. Huge body. Lots more of the tropical fruits going on with a light resiny pine. Very hoppy, but the sweetness distracts the bitterness quite well. Finishes with a slow, drying, sweet floral aftertaste. Palate is full and chewy. Overall, a very tasty DIPA. Lots of fruits and caramels with a great balancing, big body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2009
Bomber. Pours turbid dark goldish orangish with 2-finger off-white head. Nose is tropical fruit, piney hops, caramel malt, slight spice. Tastes heavily malty, rich, well balanced, with tangerine, pineapple, and resiny hoppy notes. gets drier, more bitter, and a tad hot late, and is not quite as refined as the great IIPAs. I agree 100% with MSante79, who said, "Not as good as last year’s version, but still one hell of a beer". Well stated, and I concur.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11531) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 31, 2009
Bomber from Ledger’s. Pours a dark amber with a decent beige head. Aroma is hugely floral with strong pine underpinning. Malt? Near full bodied with frothy/chewey carbonation. There’s a bit of heat. Pine seems to dominate the mouth, though there is roast caramel and floral hop to go with it. Finish is pretty well balanced, IMHO, and the bitter just carries on and on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAY 31, 2009
22oz bottle. Amber color with a small head and not much retention. There is some hot alcohol in the aroma (2nd anniversary deja vu), sweet malt, and floral hops. I can’t say that I’m that impressed with it, but it is certainly not bad. The flavor is malty with a good dose of caramel and lots of floral and piney hop bitterness. Alcohol creeps into the finish and accentuates the bitterness. Medium bodied with medium-soft carbonation. Enjoyable stuff, but not really great for a hop bomb. The hop profile just seems monotonous and uninspired. I hate to compare it to their other hoppy beers, but the panzer I had a couple nights ago had a much tastier hop profile. This seems to pull off a pretty good balance though. For the second year, Port’s anniversary beer is a slight let down. Not bad, but hop 15 is so good that you can’t help but want more from a DIPA coming from these guys. Oddly chunk free in the sediment department as well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msante79 (2211) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2009
Bomber from brewboy1. Pours golden orange with white head. Aroma is loaded with citrus and piney hops. Great smelling brew. Flavor is dominated by bitter hops with citrus, pine and sweet malt there to bring some balance. Drinkability is good for ABV. Got to love a high hopped DIPA with citrus and pine. Not as good as last years anniversary ale but still one hell of a beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3357) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 30, 2009
Pint on tap at Toronado in San Diego (was also on tap at Downtown Brown’s). Orange-citrus pine hop aroma with some sweet malty notes, too. Nicely aromatic. Moderately hazy orange-copper color with a small off white head. Good lacing. Very chewy, sweet malty start. Balanced with citrus orange and grapefruit hop flavors with a bit of spiciness later on. Has a nice, sharp hop bite late.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (9189) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2009
22oz bottle. Poured a medium and hazy golden/amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of pine, some floral hoppiness, and citrus. Tastes of citrus, some tropical fruitiness, light pine, and some caramel. Alcohol burn in the finsh with some lacing left on the glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gkost (1714) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2009
Pours a deep gold. Lemon candy, citrus, and pine nose with hints of caramel. Tons of grapefruit and other citrus hops. Sweet malt backbone. Nice IPA, thanks JDubFL for the share.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (4545) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2009
Thanks jdubfl for the share. Pours hazy brown-yellow with a white head. Nose is lemonheads- sugary pine, lemon, grapefruit, and a lot of tangy hops. Flavor is lemon, grapefruit, and lots of hop bite. Sugar and lemon drop throughout. Great IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
grandet (501) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2009
Bottle from jessup plaza. Poured a strawberry blonde color with a small off white head. Aroma is lots of hops and some peach and manybe some grapefruit, very piney and nice on the nose. Taste is quite different than the aroma, very strong alcohol presence through out. The grapefruit and peach are gone and the sweetness stands out more than the hops do. good not great.

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