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RATINGS: 1362   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%.

brewskis' rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewskis (123) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - NOV 2, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2014 Pours a hazy, burnt orange color with a rocky three finger off white head. Surprisingly big head for the high alcohol content. Head sticks around and leaves a thick blanket of lacing after it diminishes. Smells of pine, grass, tangerine, lemon, lime, just lots of citric qualities and lots of earthiness on the nose. Very resinous and bitter but get a little carmel malt and some butterscotch in the background in the smell. Taste starts with the citrus fruits like grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, as well as some floral notes. Also get the some carmel or toffee up front. Then in the middle you get more of the sweetness of the carmel malt, as well as the same citrus flavors and floral from before. Pretty juicy, yet subdued in terms of bitterness thus far. Then on the finish the bitterness comes like a rush. You get some citrus fruits with grapefruit being the strongest flavor, accompanied with a much larger dose of grass and resinous pine. Definite alcohol flavor on the finish, along with some sweet malts. I’ve had many other dipas as this level of alcohol that do a much better job hiding it. Very chewy from the hop oils. Very biting and abrasive bitterness that lasts in your mouth. Has a wonderful creamy mouthfeel that works well with the bitterness. As it warms, more of the carmel malt shows through and becomes a little sweeter. Full body with a sticky and oily texture. Not the most balanced double ipa, but Port was not going for that. They wanted to show off the hop, and they definitely succeeded in doing that. A very intense and surprisingly somewhat balanced double ipa.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
King_Alex_II (99) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 11, 2014
Hoppy smell that promises a bitter taste. Which is correct. Very dry bitterness with some sweet aftertaste. Extremely awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SinH4 (247) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 11, 2014
Orange color with beautiful big white head. Aroma is a real hop bomb. Super fruity and piney, but also a hint of booze. Taste is very bitter and fruity, but also with a heavy body and residual sweetness. Lingering bitterness. A bit boozy. Still well balanced! Smooth mouthfeel. A very good Californian Imperial IPA!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jorn69 (1140) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - DEC 9, 2014
@ Beer tasting, Havregatan 141206. Fruity and hoppy, citrus and grapefruits, sweet, medium body with an oily texture. The finish is bitter, hoppy and fruity with alcoholic notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RichTheVillan (3439) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2014
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; hazy amber pour with a big fluffy off white head, tangerine and grapefruit aroma, taste has bitter grapefruit, sweet caramel, zest citrus, tangerine, some mango, this kind of bold assertively hopped DIPA is right up my street, glad it was a bomber.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
neongolden (532) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2014
(650ml bottle from Systembolaget) Pours a hazy medium orange with a huge whitish bubbly head that lingers for ages and leaves lace. Aroma sweet and hoppy with a pale and caramel malt core supporting lots of fruity, slightly resinous hops. Lychee apparent at first, mango, orange, a little passion fruit, also orange, citrus peel, floral notes, some resinous pine. On the palate, fairly sweet and tropically driven with passion fruit, mango, lychee blended with orange and grapefruit zest, some other fruit here, I think it’s strawberry?, pretty strong floral notes, a honey and moderate caramel malt sweetness forming the core. Sweet and fruity middle gives way to a fairly resinous finish where spruce and pine join florals and some lingering citrus zest and tropical fruit, moderate to high bitterness and a bit of alcohol heat. Medium bodied with medium carb. Surprised how well this has stood up to its shipment overseas, no obvious date but I am certain it is not extremely fresh. Still lots of lush fruity hop character balanced by an appropriate malt core and resinous bittering hops to dry. Maybe just a hair too boozy, but top DIPA nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beer_est_deus (742) - örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2014
Väldans dimmig gul-orange med ett stort och lite gulaktig skum. Doft: Humle,humle, färsk mango och ananas, persikor, godis (gott & blandat), frukt te. Smak: Humle, persiko likör, grape med socker, mandarin skal, malt, sött te, mango. Grym öl.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VictorStr (1421) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2014
Välhumlad, fruktig, tropisk, någon konstig doft i aromen sommar inte kan sätta fingret på. Inte så mycket kolsyra, fyllig kropp.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BMMillsy (1511) - Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2014
Bottle from Lazy Dog Growlers in Macon area, dated 10/1/14, poured 11/25/14. Hoping for the best after almost 2 months. Pours cloudy golden with a massive creamy white to off white head. Nice citrus aroma with light pine and grass, some honey sweetness and light maltiness. Flavor is lots of tropical citrus, way over the top malt sweetness, some strange off flavors. Nearly completely flat, dry left on the palate. Hoping I just got a bad bottle or something here. Not very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ramboraffe (718) - SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2014
650 ml bottle. Hazy yellow golden with white head. Smell is hoppy pine, grapefruit and grass. Taste is heavy hoppy with grapefruit and pine. Dry with high bitterness and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
avantdagare (143) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2014
4 finger beige head, amber body. Nose: Resin, grapefruit, pine and spruce. Aroma: Resin, pine, oranges, apricot, fudge, grapefruit, grapefruit-peel, spruce, passionfruit, mango, kiwi, caramel and floral notes. Long, dry, bitter ending.

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