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RATINGS: 1337   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%.


3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Sample at UPenn’s Tutored Tasting ’07. Poured a golden/amber color. Wonderfully floral aroma. Flavor was definitely on the bitter side. To me, it seems some of hops did not play well together. Blending was not quite right for me. Somewhat unbalanced.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (16788) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 11, 2007
Draught @ Port Brewing, San Marcos. Pours an amber color with no head. Hopy and more hoppy pine needles aroma with hints of grapefruit. Sweet malty and very hoppy bitter flavor with hints of pine needles and grapefruit. Malty finish with a long bitter burning aftertaste. Very nice.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
brstp (201) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 28, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2007 On tap at Toronado. Dark orange brown color, very clear and no carbonation bubbles, overall not a fantasic appearance. Typical citrus/pine hop aroma, again nothing special. Then the taste.....wow. Extremely clean and crisp, zero alcohol. Very well balanced with semi oily mouthfeel and both bracing bitter, almost harsh hop finish and a nice malt backbone. The beer travels all over the tongue -- smoother, more balanced, more refined than Pliny the Younger, my other top rated IIPA. A total wow experience.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2007
Pizza Port, Solano Beach 4/05. 750 ml Bottle. #171 Amber with massive rocky head. Prominant hop oily aroma. Taste well balanced with a good malt backbone with good bitterness without going overboard. Excellent 4/06 Side by Side Tap comparison with Lou P Linn. Hop 15 darker with much more prominant hop aroma. and more malt backbone. Lou P LInn with a more refreshing hoppy citrus/grapefruit taste. Hop 15 is much more complex, but I love refreshing beers.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DYCSoccer17 (3321) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 15, 2007
4 ounce sample at Bistro’s IIPA Fest. 4th IIPA rated of the festival. Pretty hempy, orangey, lightly piney hopped nose. Rather aromatic and quite pleasant. Mildly hazy orangey-copper colored body with a small off-white head. Sweet, sugary, malty start. Becomes more hopped with some big citrus orange notes as well as some hempy hops and some earthy hops. Finishes with some harsh, bitter, grapefruit flavors. The finish on this is a bit harsh and unbalanced, but not to the point where it detracts from the beer. Ethanol, like the other three beers I rated was well-hidden.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishBoy (3841) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 13, 2007
Draft at the Bistro’s 7th DIPA Fest: Nose of citrus and piney hops; hazy gold, small white head; Flavor piney, citrusy hop bitterness with a nice caramel malt balance fading to a citrusy hop finish

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (6926) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 2, 2006
On Tap @ O’Brien’s. Murky, brackish, dirty brown color with thin tan head. Aroma is light with hop notes mixed with a snipped of malts. Tastes just as it looks. I’ve brewed many a beer that looks just like this. Feels right at home. Chewy caramel maltiness mixed with a pine, slightly citrus, slight green (wet) hoppiness. Great mix. Refreshing brew for an IIPA.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 29, 2006
Deep rusty copper, creamy tan head. Nose was just full of fresh melon tones, grassiness, and straight-up mary jane. If only I could have lit this brew up. Anyway, the flavor had every known hop characteristic known to mankind. Every sip had something going on, and was really hard to pinpoint anything except crazy crazy hops. Just a hint of sweetness in the end. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, bitter, green hop finish. A profound hop experience it was...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2006
GABF 06. Aroma is hoppy and sweet malt. Taste is sweet citrus hops, mango, etc, because of the amount of malt backbone on this beer. It seems to border on a barleywine, but still very enjoyable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 1, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2007 22 ounce bottle shared by theisti
Murky orange and brown with a white head.
Aroma is toffee and toast. Herbs and pine.
Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice. Not a whole lot more.
Medium body. High carbonatioin. Dry finish.
Better than I remember, but still not all that.

A couple of samples at the GABF 06. Amber with a small head. The nose comes across as just a mish mash of funk. Dirty even. Flavor is more of the same. Seemed kind of flimsy to me. Big let down.


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