717: Hop-15

717 - Hop-15Name: Hop-15
Brewery: Port Brewing Company
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: San Marcos, CA
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
Alcohol Content (ABV): 10%
First Brewed: 2002
Price: $5.99

Tasting Notes
A huge hop aroma spills out as soon as Hop-15 is uncapped. The flavors follow through on the hoppy promise, with a backbone of malty sweetness and a pleasant measure of alcohol.

Ricky’s Thoughts

How long has it been? TOO long. But we are starting to find a lot of list beers, and have even traded for a few, so we decided to review a beer tonight. Might as well do a BIG DIPA!!! 10%, huh? I had no idea. The price is right, and, well… I like hops. So here we go. I am sick of waiting. Cheers!

In the Glass: It has a nice orange color to with a thin head and a lovely lace. I did let this warm up a little bit. On purpose. I want this to be at the perfect temperature when I drink it. I know it is going to rock! Oh, and I have been smelling it as I sit there… So let’s talk about the aroma.

Nose: Hops. That is all.

To be honest, I thought about writing that… Just hops, and moving on. But the aroma is great. Imagine an orange and a grapefruit met, rolled around in a pile of fresh hops and then decided to become a beer together. That is what this beer smells like. Just an intense citrus hop bomb. Man, this is going to be delicious. Here. We. Go.

Do you think Sheryl will like it?

Flavor: Initially not as hoppy as I expected, but the balance is insane. The hops really come through in the finish, and you can begin to pick out the different varieties as you swallow and as the beer sits there on your lips. The more DIPAs I drink, the less hoppy they seem. But that’s OK. I know the hops are there, but the malty sweetness really does balance them nicely.

I must say, the longer it sits here, the better it gets. The flavors just change with every swallow. No way this is 10%… It is hidden nicely in the malty finish. Man, that is good.

Mouthfeel: Buttery is the first word that comes to mind. That experience will get better and longer the more it sits there, too. The back of my palate is just being destroyed with hop goodness and the finish… Wow. It’s not sweet, but close. The aftertaste is where I really can appreciate this beer.

Aftertaste: The hops really finish strong in this beer. Imagine 15 different hops being added to this with 15 minute intervals. I bet that would be quite the brewing process to see. I will say, I am surprised they kept the same order of hops from the first batch. It would be cool if every year they picked a new order. Same hops, but a new order of hop addition. That alone could be fun… Think the Final Four.

This is a really good, and affordable, beer. I LOVE this brewery, too. we will be in San Diego soon, and hope to find some more from these guys. This beer rocks. That’s all there is to it. Cheers, everyone!

Hop-15 – The bottle says: “OUR BEER OOZES ALL THE HOP GOODNESS YOU WOULD EXPECT TO FIND IN A DOUBLE IPA. IN YOUR NOSE, YOU WILL EXPERIENCE A CITRIC HOP QUALITY WHICH IS BALANCED BY A SLIGHT MALT SWEETNESS. THE ESSENCE OF A GREAT DOUBLE IPA IS HOPS AND AS SUCH THE BEER FINISHES WITH A PRONOUNCED SPICY HOP BITE. THANKFULLY, FOR ALL OF US HOP-HEADS, WE HAVE DECIDED TO BREW THIS BEER MORE THAN ONCE A YEAR. LOOK FOR HOP 15 TO MAKE AN APPEARANCE FROM TIME TO TIME WHEN SPACE PERMITS US TO BREW THIS. ONE OUR FAVORITE ALES.”

Not sure why it is in all caps… Or why they didn’t put an – in the name. But who cares. This beer freaking rocks!

Rating: 4.5/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts

It’s been quite a while since we reviewed a beer. I have several reviews in my queue waiting to be edited and posted. Soon! I promise. I guess it’s pointless for me to say that since by the time you read this one, all of those will have been posted. Anyway, let’s just get to the beer!

The name of this beer is Hop-15. Hmm. That alone says “IPA” and “hoppy” to me, so I doubt it will be my favorite. I need to get better about reviewing styles of beers that I don’t necessarily like as much as others. It’s just hard when it’s not a flavor that you would choose. But here we go.

The beer has quite a bit of head in the glass, and it looks pretty thick. It’s very cloudy, and the color is kind of orangey. It also looks pretty carbonated, with lots of little bubbles. It smells very wet and hoppy. Alright, now it’s time to see how it tastes.

Well, I was right about the carbonation. It does taste very bubbly and carbonated. That’s the first thing that hits you when you take the first sip. Then the hops take a little bit of a background, but they are definitely there. They leave a lasting taste in your mouth too, and so does the heat. Yep, it actually has some heat to it. It’s actually better than I expected. I think I like the fact that the carbonation overpowers the hop flavor. But it’s still not my favorite, and I’m not sure if I’d buy it again or not. It is worth giving it a try, though.

Rating: 3/5

716 bottles of beer on the wall…

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