Saturday, August 31, 2013

Hop 15 by Port Brewing Company

22oz bomber poured into a typical pint glass.

Pours a dark golden color with a foamy, fluffy white head and some lacing. Full of sediment, very chewy looking. Not your typical looking clear IPA. See the picture below.

Nose is citrus, orange, lemons, grapefruit. Maybe some pine.

Taste is very good. Hops, caramelized malts, citrus. As mentioned, lots of sediment. Really a chewy brew (in a good way). Citrus and hops linger but no bitter aftertaste.

Overall a good imperial IPA. Very drinkable, but not so much a hop head brew. Tons of sediment in it if you like that kind of thing. On a scale of 1 - 10, I'd give it an 7.


Upslope Imperial IPA

19.2 oz can poured into a typical pint glass.

Pours a very clear golden amber with a nice white head and some lacing.

Nose is hoppy, but not overpowering. I wouldn't call it anything complex at all..

Taste is surprisingly very good. A lot of hop flavor as well as some malt.

Overall a great imperial IPA from Upslope, 90 IBU's, 10% abv. Very drinkable and appealing to hop heads. On a scale of 1 - 10, I'd give it an 8.5.

Stone 17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA

22oz bomber poured into a typical pint glass.

Pours a clear golden amber with a thick white head and nice lacing.

Nose is definitely hops. I think I read there is a blend of 8 different hop varieties. A little citrus, pine and even a little earthy as well as some malt.

Taste is very interesting and unique for an IPA. Lingering hop flavor in the aftertaste with a touch of citrus.

Overall a solid imperial IPA from Stone. Very drinkable and I'll definitely be drinking more of these. On a scale of 1 - 10, I'd give it a solid 9.