thegreat78 (42) - San Marcos, California, USA - NOV 2, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy tannish head which just stays there the whole drink. The nose is hoppy, malty, citrusy, nice pines, and caramel. The taste is mostly hoppy, some malts, nice touch of grapefruit/pines, and some caramel. The finish is bitter and dry, just the way I like it. Medium body. Very drinkable, finally got to this one, very very tasty, another awesome brew from Port.
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Recieved in trade from errantnight, thanks again Derek. The first beer of my last leg before reaching 300. I’ve bee nanxious to try this for awhile now. Hop 15 pours a moderately hazed copper with prominant orange highlights throughout. A two finger dirty white head formed on the pour and fell to a frothy cap with a thick collar.
Left thin frothy drink lines after each sip.
The smell of this brew is wildly complex. Pure hoppiness in the nose. Layer upon layer of sweet tropical fruit juiciness. Pineapple, orange, grapefruit in that order with a sprinkling of pine. There is a touch of caramel maltiness in the background and spicy alcohol on the backend that compliments nicely. But this beer is all about the hop.
All that wonderful hoppiness comes through in the flavor as well. The caramel maltiness lays the foundation but the hop goodness quickly kicks the malt aside without consideration. All the aformentioned hop aromas are even bigger in the taste than aroma. The pine sap comes through big on the finish along with an aspirin like bitterness. This one will shred up your tongue pretty good.
Body is on the heavy side of medium but comes across incredibly silky smooth. Carbonation is sluggish letting every bit of hop resin coat your tongue on its way through. Lingering bitterness on the finish.
I would have absolutely no problem drinking this beer all day long. Every sip makes me want another and the hop complexity keeps me coming back for more.
A great IIPA from Pizza Port. The use of 15 different hop varities was something that had me drooling as soon as I learned of such a nectar. I couldn’t wait to try it. Now, I need someone to send a case my way.
hiphops (286) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - OCT 30, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
best imp/ dub ipa ever. its perfect. it taste better than the brown eye of a white girl. mmmm mmm good. resiny hoppy sweet beautiful sexin the mouth
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[bomber] Copper color, slightly hazy with a nice off-white head. Powerful hop aroma, like syrupy pine needle juice and grapefruit. Flavors are pure hops... the malt really takes a backseat in this one, providing some toasty, bready character. Floral, citrus hops finish things off, with a final attack of bracing bitterness and slight alcohol warmth. I really great beer.. certainly one of the better IIPAs I have had lately.
Beerdedone (3170) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sampled at stateline. Pours a hazy copper color with a nice off-white head. Aroma of malt sweetness, citrus, pine, and some grapefruit. Flavor is full bodied and moderately sweet with caramel, grapefruit, and notes of pineapple with a clean and dry finish. An excellent imp/double ipa . Thank burt
JAXSON (535) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2008 Bought a case of 22 oz. bottles. Medium dark, hazy amber with a soft, billowing head. Aroma is an explosion of fresh hops. Taste is apricot, bitter hops, pine, grapefruit rind. Closest comparison is Dreadnaught, but it falls short of that worthy. A bit one-dimensional as far as the flavor is concerned, it is just kind of bitter all the way through, I wanted more fruit presence.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - OCT 23, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle via trade (thanks hellbilly!). THis one pours a semi-hazy amber with a large beige head. Nose is orange, apricot, pineapple. And it tastes like orange, apricot,pineapple, subtle grapefruit and a tiny bit of pine, and even a little spiciness, likely from the hops. This all sits on a very nice malt backbone that gives it a full body and a nearly syrupy mouthfeel. Carbonation is medium to moderate. A very nice IIPA that is hoppy but not TOO bitter and is balanced just right for an IIPA..meaning the hops take center stage, as they should!!!
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - OCT 23, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from JCB - thanks! Clear gold with a thick white head. Lots of chip-like floaties, and a big hunk of sediment, still semicircle in shape from the bottom of the bottle, plops into my glass. Sweet malt nose that is pounded into submission by citrus and pine. Brutally bitter flavors permeate the mouth, it almost stings the palate. Dry grapefruit and orange with a resiny tone throughout. After the initial bitterness passes, something I think is cardamom comes through. A spicy herbal bitter finishes the assault, and it lingers for quite some time, like a hard punch, reminding you you were in a fight. Niiiice.
bitbucket (2164) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Thanks after4ever. Pours hazy copper with a lacy white head. Both the aroma and the taste have pretty much everything hops have to offer: Pine, grapefruit, flowers, resin, spice pineapple, etc. etc. The kind of beer that can make a hophead wax poetic.
thornecb (5322) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 21, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours bright gold into a tulip. Fluffy white head leaves little lacing as it slowly recedes. Pine and citrus aromas. Creamy caramel, pine and citrus. Lasting bitter finish.