Port Brewing Hop 15

What a day. It was a pretty busy day at work, even with a callout. My closer called out, so I knew I was going to be stuck there until the last driver finished. The last driver finished crazy early (around 5 PM). But, of course, there was another issue, so I was working in the car and at home until about 7:30 PM. After I finished with all of that, I turned on a History Channel documentary and settled in to update the blog.
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ABV: 10%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Welcome to San Diego- Home to Hop Heads on every corner and THE best place in the world to live if you enjoy Humulus Lupulus and the smell of a well hopped beer.
This is Southern California, it’s the place where Blind Pig started the Imperial IPA revolution and San Diego Brewers have continued to be at the forefront of its evolution. Today, fans of Double IPA come from every corner of the globe in search of many of the world’s best and most incredibly well hopped beers. It’s no secret that you can find many of them at Port Brewing as well. Like you, we love these beers and mostly we enjoy the happiness they bring us. First brewed in 2002 to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Pizza Port in Solana Beach, Hop 15 was imagined and designed by Tomme Arthur and Jeff Bagby as a celebration of 15 years of ‘Good Beer Brings Good Cheer.’ Hop 15 has 15 different hop varieties added to the beer every 15 minutes. Over the years, Hop 15 has racked up numerous accolades. It has won a bronze medal in Imperial or Double India Pale Ale at the Great American Beer Festival. It also was named Alpha King Winner in 2004 and 2008, and received a first place award at the Bistro Double IPA beer festival in Hayward, CA. Hop 15 remains won of the stickiest most resinous beers we have ever tasted and for that, we are thankful it is on tap at our brewery each and every day.”

Random: I am now over a month backlogged. This is going to take a long weekend of updating…I can tell.

This one poured with a huge, three finger tan head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the tulip glass. The body was a dark, burnt orange color with heavy carbonation visible throughout. The nose was really big hops with grapefruit and pine and a touch of malt at the end. The taste was not quite as hoppy as expected. I got some citrus and lemon zest. Malt quickly came up as well to back it up. The booze was nicely integrated into the brew. The body was medium thickness with high carbonation. The finish was long with pine resin. Although I enjoyed this beer, it lacked a bit of depth. Despite that, I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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