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RATINGS: 1319   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   IBU: 182   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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%.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - JUL 23, 2006
Solana Beach. Beautiful complex aroma of hops; floral, with pine, light resin, and over underlying sweet malt. Appears a red-orange mahogany color with a good head and no effervescence. Flavor is big and warm, with grapefruit, residual sweetness, and some passionfruit. Palate is thick and enveloping, bringing out the passionfruit very well. Overall, this is a spectacular brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sistinas (97) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUN 30, 2006
On cask (!) at Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, AZ. Looked reddish brown in the dark, smelled super hoppy and almost a little... soapy? Tasted... holy moly hoppy, but somehow it wasnít overpowering or excessively bitter like some other beers of the same style Iíve had. Dry, pleasant finish, not too much aftertaste. Very drinkable for how much alcohol is in it. I am still recovering!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zeswaft (1361) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2006
I tried this at both solana beach and san clemente. I seemed to be the only one who didnít like it. It seemed way too alcoholic and overly sweet. I think some of the other ipaís were way better and even more hoppy. This was way out of balance.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2006
courtesy of silphium....hand-botled #65 reddish brown, almost chesnut pour with medium light brown head...aroma if sweet malts, caramel, and finished with floral, bitter hops...excellent caramel/sugar flavor with a crisp and biting gfruit hop finish...nice palate

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2009 this is the epitome of the american overhopped (cascade/centennial) IPA. somehow, in spite of that i liked the aroma, but i just thought it was an irresponsibly unbalanced beer. actually pretty good. amazing how high the ABV is.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2006
On tap (San Clemente). Nice, clear dark amber with a fine, creamy head. Nose is ultra hoppy with candy sugar and nice citrus notes. Flavor is huge and floral with massive bitterness from start to finish. Mouthfeel is bubbly and crisp with an alcohol bite, nice and refreshing (and fairly drinkable) for such a high alcohol content.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2006
On tap during my 6/7 visit to Solana Beach: Pours a deep amber red with an off-white head that diminishes quickly leaving nice lacing. Floral Aroma is sweet and very hoppy. Flavor is very sweet with citrus finishing with a hoppy, bitter, tingling bite on the tongue. Refreshing and very drinkable!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 28, 2006
Thanks to Brewblackhole for the beer! Smell of wonderful citrus. Taste of grapefruit, very sweet, a lot of flowery hops too! Nice bitterness at the end.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 15, 2006
Full,rich deep piney,citrusy,grainey hop aroma,that heavy deeply satisfying kind, that I had experienced with Deadnaught,and Devil Dancer,the kind you just get that mellow peaceful feeling just from having your nose in the glass, conjuring up thoughts of Mr. humuliís sweet sister,the first mouthful was equally hop intensive,with a wash of sweet almost carmelly malt clamoring for attention,but soon overwhelmed by the bittering hops and a wonderful satisfying swallow,and a tasty little burp. There was a little thickness on the tongue, no doubt oil from the mass amount of hopping that went in to this. Little bit of alcohol started to be noticed in the middle. All this from a5 day old growler(thanks alafido). Fresh from the tap,its probaly a 5.0

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2006
Pours a cloudy golden yellow.Huge citrus/grapefruit floral nose.Big blast of hop flavor with a malt background.Lots of bitter that lasted for a long time.Very good stuff!(Thanks Brewblackhole!)


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