Sunday, June 12

Beer Review: Port Brewing Anniversary Ale (2011)

"A massively hoped Strong IPA brewed to celebrate our Anniversary each year.. Brewed with Columbus, Amarillo and Simcoe with Columbus and Amarillo Dry Hopping. Suggested Serving Temperature – 48-55 degrees F."

Saw this new at By The Bottle here in Vancouver, WA. Bottled 05/05/2011.

I will have to say.. I love anything Port Brewing. The various bottles I am lucky enough to get up here in Vancouver, I jump all over. Port Brewing does in fact brew my most favored IPA's around. From their High Tide Fresh Hop IPA, to Mongo.. and now this. Another huge 10% Imperial IPA.


Appearance: (4.5)
- Pours a zesty, lightly cloudy, west coast orange and copper. Huge fingers of fluffy white spotty head.. slowly settles with lace all about the glass and a thin fuzzy layer blanketing the top of the hop punch. A very pretty west coast IPA.

Smell: (4.5)
- This beer smells nothing short of amazing. Big pine and citrus hops.. very resinous. Candied hops, sweet caramel, biscuity breadiness.. hops galore.. but well played. Light lemon zest, some tangerine, and grapefruit. This is awesome.

Taste: (4.5)
- Smooth bready caramel malts. Lightly sweet, but extremely well balanced with huge grapefruit and zesty lemon hops. Big pine character as well. Super bitter punch shows itself later in the drink. This beer is simply amazing and that is that.

Mouth Feel: (4.5)
- Creamy smooth medium bodied brew with perfect carbonation. Certainly west coast all the way. Smooth malty body, and a bit drying and resinous. Sticky, and chewy as well from all the hop madness. Great feel.

Overall: (5.0)
- This beer is a must must have. Port has IPA's and IIPA's down. They simply brew the best and really know what a west coast IPA is all about. Purely amazing beer. I wish I had a keg of it or three. The hop blend and smooth balance with the bready malt character is bliss. A+ beer.

A+ / 4.6

(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)

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