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RATINGS: 1367   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   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%.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsquire (3565) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2007
From some generous person’s growler at ’07 DLD. Clear orange colored beer with a thin, off white head. Huge fresh hop nose with tons of sharp pine resins and perfume. Juicey citrus flavors with grapefruit, orange and tangerine, plus the pine resin, peach, and light toast. Lots of grapefruit zest in the finish. All this on just enough malt foundation to tempt balance. Very nice hop head beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2008 Growler: Pours a nice rusty orange color, cloudy with a thick tan head that laces. Very aromatic. Huge hop notes of orange, pine, light perfume hints and mint. The amazing malt depth balances the hop monster. Has a toasted bread characteristics & buttery toffee that blend perfectly with hop notes of orange-rind, peach, and pine needles. Finish is long smooth and bitter. An outstanding and balanced IIPA.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Pours a copper color with a white head. Aroma is slight malt and lots of citrus hops. Flavor is malty and a bitter citrus hop finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2007
Handbottle from Dickinsonbeer. Nice malty aroma with a good dose of piney hops. Golden brown body. Full palate for sure. Lots of huge malt up front with the great hop balance. Good bitter flavor is crisp. Massive doses of pine and caramel in the end. Excellent!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2009 This beer started off with a very attractive orange pour, topped off with a nice fluffy white head. The nose was everything a hopaholic desires...big PNW hoppiness. Fairly substantial malt sweetness underneath anchoring the hugely bitter hop highlights above. One of the highlights of the Dark Lord Day for me!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nuffield (3717) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 30, 2007
This was a profound experience. I hate 95% of most hop-laden beers. This one was different. Beautiful aroma--so freekin’ intense, like fresh grapefruit extract. Just so pure. Then came a rush of pine. Flavors of orange, pine, just a little sweet, really nice, with a note like candi sugar. Low bitterness. My best ever "big hop" beer?

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2007 Growler @ DLD thanks to bgburdman: Poured a hazy copper color with an off white head. Aroma loads of citrusy grapefruit hops, some lemon, pine, and a caramel background. Flavor, some pale bready malts up front with a delightful citrus and piny kick on the end. Nice bitterness, great stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
holdenn (2083) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2007
Profound indeed. Sampled from a growler at DLD thanks to the generous sharer. Hazy orange color with a small head. Wonderful nose here, grapefruit, carmel, citrus, and pine bouncing between my elated nostrils. The flavor is similar with some earthiness and a nice balance between the hops and carmel malt. Great beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cornfield (5552) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2007
Wonderful hop bomb for a hop head like yours truly. The body’s orange/copper and it has a frothy off-white head. I got a big hit of sharp pine needles followed rapidly by grapefruit, earth, pineapple, and zest of lemon. Delighted by the hops, I still managed to pick up a sweet maltiness in the flavor, smooth, but soon buried under heaps of hops, causing me to split my lips whilst grinning ear to ear. The finish is dry and profoundly bitter, the pine in the forefront. Great beer!

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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2007
Lots of piney hops really dominate the aroma.Pours a medium copper with a medium off white head.Great balance of piney hops and some nice sweet malt.Medium mouthfeel with a big very balanced finish.


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