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RATINGS: 1428   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   IBU: 182   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
First brewed in 2002 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the original Pizza Port location in Solana Beach, we searched high and low and combined 15 of our favorite hops which were added every 15 minutes to the boil. Somewhat darker than other Double IPA style beers, our beer oozes the hop goodness of pine needles, freshly squeezed citrus and ground spices which are only moderately tempered by a sweet malt finish. Thankfully, for all of us hopheads, we have decided to brew this beer more than once a year. Look for Hop 15 to make appearances from time to time when space permits us to brew this, one of our favorite ales.
Alcohol content varies. Spring 2012 batch is 11% ABV. Spring 2013 is 10%.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2007
22oz bottle from MrBendo. Aroma: Big piney hop and apricot. Mango and herbal/floral, light resin and a moderate dose of sweet caramel and light toast. Appearance: Medium golden in color and hazy. Off-white head was full and foamy with great retention. Nice lacing. Flavor: Medium sweet caramel malt notes with some light toastiness gives way to a bunch of hops. Pine, orange, mango,floral, and a touch of resin. Some light grassy and earthy hops into the finish. Medium dry finish and a nice hop bite. Palate: Medium-high bodied. Moderate carbonation. Light alcohol warming in back of mouth. Overall: Very nice West Coast IIPA. Well put together as a vessel for hop flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2012
Date: April 28, 2007
Mode: Growler
Source: Tasting, Dark Lord Day, 2007
Appearance: clear gold, wispy off white head
Aroma: sweet citrus hop aroma
Body: a bit thin body
Flavor: sweet hop flavor, lots of lingering bitterness
Overall: liquid hops

Date: August 24, 2008
Mode: bottle
Source: south bay
Score: 3.0 to 3.9
Appearance: opaque orange, creany white head, sudsy lace
Aroma: big sweet sugar covered grapefruit aroma
Body: creamy body
Flavor: sweet crystal malt flavor, lots of citrus hops, lots of sweet grapefruit, well balanced bitterness, leaves a nice long tongue scraping bitterness without being overly bitter or distracting from the hop flavor

Date: May 04, 2010
Mode: bottle
Source: south bay
a bit more bitterness takes away from the sweet grapefruit,

Date: January 20, 2011
Mode: draft
Source: tmac kennesaw
much more subdued and bitter, still the grapefruit with a bit of crystal sweetness, big bitterness takes over,

Date: October 13, 2012
Mode: draft
Source: bsp
Words: 3.9 to
continuing the subdued and bitter trend of the last couple of years,

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.9/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dankman (254) - Somewhere in, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2007
Tried this on an IPA evening; it smells like hops mixed with pine tar and caramel and pretty much tastes the same except the citrus comes out and smacks you in the head. Drink with caution, this will provide a severe hangover to the unprepared.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 31, 2007
22 oz bottle. Poured a hazy orange color. Head was thick and off white with good retention and lacing. Typical IIPA aroma: big malty caramel & grapefruity/perfumy hops. Unfortunately I also kept getting occasional whiffs of cheap cheese puffs. Dry on the tongue with assertive hop bitterness that strengthens gradually and lingers. There was a touch of malty sweetness at the end. A citrusy hop flavor comes out up front accompanied by modest malty caramel, apricot, and eventually crushed pine needles. The alcohol flavor was tangible and reminded of vodka somewhat. Pretty good stuff. Improved as it warmed.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - AUG 31, 2007
Amber with a white head. Aroma is pine hoppiness, light floral. Taste is a firm hoppiness, nice fruit, and floral combo, light caramel.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 27, 2007
A slightly hazed reddish orangy brown with a dense white head, thinning quickly. The nose is sweet and round with caramel spread over a big piney bitter hop presence. Alcohol abounds, but in a good way. A bit of cinnamon. Mingles with the sweetness and the hops nicely. A bit of citrus. The finish is a bit alcoholic, in a good way, with a very long lingering bitterness. I would like to try this fresh, just to see of the fruitiness is big and round, not that it isn’t present-a bit of unripe mango pinyness, natch! Reminds me of the Winter YuleSmith.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
djtimeless (222) - Colorado, USA - AUG 22, 2007
Great beer. Pours out dark red IPA style. Very hoppy with crisp bite. Sweet malty finish. No super green after taste. The best imperial IPA.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2007 Thanks To Hellbilly for the bomber!!! Pours hazy copper, with 1 finger and light lacing. Nice piney aroma. Grapefriut on the mouthfeel hop in the middle, and slighty sweet on the finish. Nice clean & crisp finish with not much of a aftertaste. Very complex and well balanced

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Arayaga2 (1905) - portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 20, 2007
Coppery reddish with minimal white head. Aroma is sweet and citrusy with pine and pineapple! Taste is almost stingingly bitter, like a hop tea with a slight sweet edge. Mouthfeel is thick and sensation lingers on the palate, fading with a slight alcoholic finish. $14/22oz

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 3, 2007
Bottle: Pours a golden orange color with 1 finger white head. Aroma of orange juice and malts. Flavor is mildly malty sweetness with medium bitterness, lots of citrusy hops, orange, grapefruit and apricot all in there. Plus some alcoholic warmeth. Among the best imperial ipa’s. really lets the flavor rest on the hops and some alcohol to balance.


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