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RATINGS: 743   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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%.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hank1980 (963) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUN 10, 2009
22oz bottle. Pours cloudy dark orange with light beige head, no lace. Aroma of resinous pine hops, Taste is really piney, with some light citrus, and a much lighter malty sweetness. Kind of messy off-balanced piney brew. Finish is expectedly bitter. Mouth is full and sticky. Overall, a big IIPA with little balance. Not offensive, but not that good either.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2009
22oz bottle, from Capone’s (Norristown, PA). Pours orange amber, topped with a modest sized white head. Aroma of pine, fresh squeezed orange juice, caramel and pineapple. Flavor begins in a very nondescript fashion, with caramel and tropical fruit. Hefty piney hops, metallic notes and peppermint gradually hit the palate and stick around for a lengthy finish. Body is thinner than anticipated. This just doesn’t do it for me.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
djtimeless (222) - Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2009
Pours out cloudy red orange with head. Smell is some pine some sweet. Taste is more of the same. Toasty malt with fruity sweetness. Lots of bitter hops. Thick rich and high alcohol. Great brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 9, 2009
22 oz bomb. Cloudy, golden. Big, super juicy, big, barleywine-esque. Smothered w/ tropical fruits, caramel, thick mouthfeel, almost syrupy...not mouth numbingly bitter....fair amount of candy sweetness to even if out. Tastes 10%, bruiser like beer. I could see why this wouldn’t be everyone’s cup a tea. I liked it, but wouldn’t revisit considering the $$$.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gorditoabd (629) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 7, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2010 Bomber, pours like caramel syrup, with a creamy, foamy, off-white head. Aroma is all tangy hops, like a IIPA should smell. The heavy hops assault the tongue on first taste. After that, it’s all about the initial attack falling back, but I have to say my mouth watered for a good 20 seconds after the first sip. THe description said it all, this beer, is hops, pure and simple, and all the possible oils and flavors that heavy hops can exude. It has a surprisingly light mouthfeel for the hoppiness and ABV, so kudos to Port for putting together such an enigmatic offering. I like it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DubC5000 (305) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 7, 2009
Very strong alcohol flavor, but also with firm maltiness, and strong hoppiness, and all kinds of citrus peel: lemon, orange, grapefruit. A very "San Diego" style variation on a Belgian strong. However, the alcohol was too strong near the end, and the beer was hard to finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phiconners (149) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 7, 2009
Pours a cloudy orange copper, white head. Aroma is sweet hops. Flavor is crisp hops, very nice double ipa. Alcohol is completely hidden.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2009
Bottle courtesy of jdubfl. Pours a dark golden color with thin white head. Aroma is sweet and floral with notes of citrus, grapefruit, malt, spice, light lemon peel. Flavor is sweet and floral with notes of caramel, citrus, light grapefruit and honey notes. Generally medium body with a floral hop finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - JUN 7, 2009
This was truly delicious. On draft. Nice orange color with small head. Balance of malt was nice but hops were very strong, pine and citrus was superb. Port is tremendous.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
robforbes (2083) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JUN 6, 2009
pours a very cloudy orange with a small white head that goes away quickly, and okay lacing. smell of sweet fruit, caramel, some spice, and citrus. taste is smooth, sweet up front then becomes bitter, caramel, citrus, touch of pine, and lots of hops, ends very bitter.


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