10 Year Anniversary Ale

California
United States
Port Brewing 10 Year Anniversary Ale Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
91
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

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ABV: 
11.0%
Judges Review 
Richard Wong's picture
Judges Rating:
91
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Despite this being an Imperial IPA, the hop aroma was surprisingly restrained. I was expecting a big hit of pine notes, but it was instead quite subtle. A beautiful light copper poured nicely into the glass followed by a well carbonated and creamy head. Upon initial sip, this was indeed an Imperial IPA -- there was no doubt about that. Well-balanced flavors of malt, hops and alcohol dominated the palate. The hop bitterness had flavors of pine and was aggressively used. Among the more subtle things about this beer, I also got hints of guava and/or passion fruit, possibly from the use of Citra hops. The beer had a medium body and just the right carbonation level. Flavors were very complex yet very refined. The aftertaste was both smooth with a malty sweetness and a slight alcohol warmth in the finish contributed by this beer's mammoth 11 percent ABV.