CampesinoTino (799) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Bright golden orange colored in appearance with ample sea foam head. Lots of fragrant grapefruit citrus and floral hops notes in the aroma along with some caramel and dried tropical fruit in the background. The flavor starts aggressively bitter and citrusy with a blend of resiny hops, sour grapefruit, caramel malt and pine. The body is thick but not syrupy with strong carbonation and a bitter, slightly salty finish. Another excellent San Diego style DIPA from Port.
BiddleBrau (1047) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Lost Abbey. Nice golden with decent lacing. Huge pine nose. Itís like eating hops. Caramel malt does protrude but just to keep the hops from running rampant. Big IPA
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the CL Rosso Batch 3 Release. Pours clear gold with some white head. Fruity hop aroma with some tropical fruit, citrus, grapefruit. Taste is also dominated by fruity hops with a light bitterness on the finish. Solid IPA.
dogfish120love (1048) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma consists of resin, grass, pine and citrus. The appearance is straw to bright yellowish orange. There is a significant amount of flocculation. The head is dense and white. The flavor is predominantly bitter, but faintly sweet. This is an enamel animal
drjay44 (3037) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
650 ml. bottle. Served at cool cellar temperature. Pours a thick, long duration, with very heavy lacing, off white head, over a cloudy (dry hop central) light amber (SRM 7) body....nose is heavy pine, resin, grapefruit....taste is very light toffee/caramel, with floral honey to start, then very heavy pine, resin, citrus, leading to a long lingering heavy bitterness....mouth feel is medium to heavy, carbonation creates a creamy sensation. This seems unbalanced. The label says it has more hops than a "Left Coast" IPA and I agree, but the bitterness simply overwhelms the malt back bone, and adds nothing subtle to the aroma or flavors. This makes what could be a wonderful trip into the world of hop subtleties too simple. After allowing it to rest in the glass for an hour, some of the abject bitterness left and it became much more balanced and complex. Do you want to wait an hour?? BJCP 7/3/12/4/6
Pailhead (5820) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap: The aroma is a nice combination of tropical fruits, mango and grapefruit. Itís a transparent golden-orange with a small white head that leaves behind some spotty lacing. The flavor starts with pineapple, mango, and tropical fruits. The finish has a moderate grapefruit hop presence. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Dangerously drinkable.
Hair6a11 (1428) - Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap; pour is slightly cloudy gold with a nice, fine bubbled white head that retains on the average side. Sticky cob web lacing in this snifter. I enjoy the citrus on the nose; nice orange and mango. Bitter pines and floral hops fuse with orange rinds and mango, with a subdued sweet malt profile on the finish. This I think is my favorite port IPA.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at haymarket... Pours a medium hazy orange brown with a medium frothy white head... Aroma of sweet sacharine tropical fruitiness and to a lesser degree citrus...Flavors have citrus, somewhat dank, and a juicy fruit profile that is quite aggressive in a positive way. Bitterness pokes midway through and well on through the finish. Moderate sweetness to provide a counterbalance. I def like this one off the tap. Not sure about the bottles tho.
notalush (5449) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber - turbid gold with a thick,lasting head - nose is all earthy, resinous hops, lots of pine, a little bit of sweet orange and mango underneath - soft carbonation, almost cask-like in the mouth - a bit of sweetness bookends things, but this is mostly a semi-dry and aggressively bitter showcase of hops - peppery, piney, dank - moderately acidic - not at all abrasive, despite the high bitterness - pretty good.
RSRIZZO (1902) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 6, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle poured into a Snifter at 45į. Color is a hazy golden orange. with very good carbonation and tall frothy head. Aroma of hops and pine. Medium body with a sharp mouth feel. Flavor comes in with orange zest on a mild sweet malt taste then bold resiny hops and a strong bitterness. After taste is bitter with a long lingering citrus. Overall the citrus stands too much and in the end dominates the flavor. Not one of the better imperial IPAís Iíve had and not as good as most of the other Port brews Iíve tried.