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Hop 15 Ale

Review - Port Brewing Company's Hop-15 IPA

"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." -- Port Brewing Company

Pours a dark amber color that lightens up a bit as it settles, with an average, frothy off-white head with decent retention. Good lacing with decent rings around the glass. Aroma is a complex blend of hops with strong citrus and grassy notes that have pretty moderate strength. With the number of hop varieties, it's hard to pick up individual aromas as they cross over each other. Initial taste is harsh bitter with overwhelming hoppiness with sweetness, remaining harsh bitter at the finish with a more sour overtone. Medium bodied, it has a creamy to oily texture with a slightly dry mouthfeel and soft carbonation.

Reviewed on February 10th, 2008.

Source22 oz bottle

Official Port Brewing website