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RATINGS: 1491   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   IBU: 182   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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%.

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4
   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. Ive 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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sir__v (2361) - Lille, FRANCE - DEC 28, 2016
Bottle from boxbeers.dk - Color: clear golden blond beer with small carbonation and medium white foam. Smell: hoppy and fruity, very intensive exotic notes. Fresh and sweet. Taste: full body with nice sweet malt backbone, fresh hoppy balance, exotic notes, mango and peach. Very intensive and good attenuation. Really nice and fresh beer. Aftertaste: wet bitterness, fruity as well. Very intensive and small alcohol finish. Boozy beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fackbesokare (100) - - DEC 26, 2016
Bottle form the importer. Maybe the transport conditions was not good at all, but this beer is a big one.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hub66 (426) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 18, 2016
Couleur jaune dor; mousse blanche; armes et got malts et fruits (surtout au got); les 10% dalcool se font un oeu sentir; finale bien amre

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ebone1988 (1530) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - DEC 11, 2016
For the book. Aroma is dank, pine, bitter malt, citrus. Appearance is amber, light tan head, slightly hazy. Taste is tropical fruit, dank, pine, earthy, malt, bitter. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, super bitter malt aftertaste. Overall, must be an old bottle. I hope this isnt what its supposed to taste like.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
robfohl1 (19) - San Jose, California, USA - NOV 20, 2016
Very nice.. refreshing, sticky pine, hoppy.. Nice head retention, slightly warming, dangerously drinkable .

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cristobal37 (870) - Budapest, HUNGARY - NOV 18, 2016
Super bomb wayy hoppy resin pine. Sweet sappy aroma big sticky hop mouthfeel. Really even but a total palate wrecker. Rad.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beerowulf (97) - , Indiana, USA - NOV 11, 2016
At long last I acquire a draft of Hop 15!! Glowing copper in color. Fantastic aroma of pine and orange. Decent lacing. A bit boozy but wonderfully offset by hop avalanche. A must have for Hop hounds!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
koleminer20 (2856) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2016
From notes. Enjoyed while on a work trip out to Cali with some colleagues at Congregation Brewpub on September 29. The pour is a dark orangey gold, relatively clear, with a thick white head and a pretty hefty lace left behind. The aroma is bitter citrus for days. There is a ton of pine resin and a light, yet earthy citrus. The flavor is much of the same. The bitterness is resounding. The pine resin and citrus peel work well together. There is a hint of light floral hops and a decent maltiness on the finish. The mouth feel is a little thick and lightly syrupy. There is a brighter carbonation and a lingeringly bitter resin and citrus with a sweetness on the way back. This is a lot better than I was expecting.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Klimaet (2223) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2016
Bottle. Pours light hazy amber with a medium white head. Notes of floral hops, grass, citrus, grapefruit, sweeter orange, malt, pine.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MD_Nethercott (2) - Escalon, California, USA - OCT 3, 2016 does not count
Gorgeous Cooper color with a two finger high tan head, fabulous lacing all the way down the glass. Smells earthy and sweet. Taste of pine, earthy floral citrus, alcohol and ear wax bitter (in a good way!?). Just enough bready malt sweetness to balance it sufficiently.


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