Beer # 152 Port Brewing 4th Anniversary Ale

Port Brewing 4th Anniversary Ale

 

Name:  Anniversary Ale (4th)

Style: Double IPA                      

Brewery: Port Brewing Company/ Pizza Port   website

Country: USA

Region: San Diego, California

ABV: 10.0% Abv

How served:  22 oz capped bomber poured into a collectable Duvel Tulip.           

My Overall Opinion:  Very Good.

I paired this beer with: The BSC Championship Game: Ducks vs. Tigers , a Pre-Kick off aperitif.

Tasted on:  Monday January 10th, 2011  

Note: This beer poured a light & hazy auburn with a thin tan head.  There was no lacing left on the glass at the end.   The nose was mostly citrusy hops (grapefruit in particular) with some notes of resin from pine.  I think since this brew is now 8 months old the hops in the taste have faded as this was leaning towards an American Barleywine.  It was caramel sweet upfront then you got some of the grapefruit rind bitterness in the middle and near the end you got some of the piney hop taste.  The mouthfeel was a medium to thick body with a low carbonation level.  The drinkability was very good for a 10%abv brew.

On the Label:  In your hands, you are holding yet another hop monster of the beer world in San Diego County.  Yes, we know this is hardly original>  But, we love hops as much as you do so let’s party!  This beer oozes hop oils, aromas and flavors.  We hope it’s worthy addition to the riches that is the Port Brewing family of beer.  We look forward to this annual release each May and hope you will too.

 From their website:  Anniversary Ale  Strong Pale Ale

Anniversary:

A massively hopped strong pale ale brewed to celebrate our anniversary each year.

Anniversary Ale is light gold to pale orange in color and offers a potent aroma of fresh pine and citrus with some warming alcohols present.

The taste is a thick, chewy hop presence only barely contained by balancing malts.

The finish is pure hop expression with a moderate warming alcohol sensation.

Hops – Columbus, Amarillo and Simcoe; dry-hopped with Columbus and Amarillo
Body – Medium

Original Gravity – 1.090
ABV – 10%

Availability – Late Spring / Early Summer Release

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Impromptu Tasting of 19 Beers.

Saturday night started out as 3 couples (my wife & I, my neighbor and another couple) who planned a mellow evening of grilling steak and drinking only a few beers.  Well it turned out to become an impromptu tasting in which we had the opportunity to taste 13 different beers style from the 19 beers we went through that evening.   

After 19 beers & 24 glasses

Here are almost all the bottles and all of the glassware 6 people went through on the evening.  Having all those beers made cleaning the glasses a little easier.

 The Aperitif Beers:   

 

Cigar City Jai Alai

Beer #1:  Jai Alai

Brewery: Cigar City Brewing.  Tampa, Florida

Style: I.P.A.

ABV: 7.5% 

21st Amendment Hell of High Watermelon Wheat Beer

Beer #2:  Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Beer

Brewery: 21st Amendment Brewery.   San Francisco, California

Style: American Wheat/Fruit                                

ABV: 4.9% 

Rodenbach Vin de Céréale

Beer #3: Vin de Céréale.  2004 bottle #7392

 Brewery: Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.  Roeselare Belgium (Brouwerij Palm NV)

Style: Flanders Red Ale

ABV: 10.0% 

Goose Island Sofie 2009

Beer #4:  Sofie

Brewery: Goose Island.  Chicago, Illinois

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

ABV: 6.5% 

Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast

Beer #5:  Beer Geek Breakfast

Brewery: Mikkeller. København, Denmark (Brewed at Nøgne Ø, Grimstad, Norway)

Style: Oatmeal Stout w/ Coffee

ABV: 7.5%  

Kern River Just Outstanding IPA

Beer #6:  Just Outstanding IPA

Brewery: Kern River Brewing Company.  Kernville, California

Style: I.P.A.

ABV: 6.8%  

Pisgah Baptista

Beer #7:  Pisgah Baptista

Brewery: Pisgah Brewing Co.  Black Mountain, North Carolina

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

ABV: 11.5%

 Dinner drinks:

Beers #8 & #9 were paired with grilled Filet Mignon, grilled asparagus and corn on the cob.

Ølfabrikken Abbey Ale Special Reserve

Beer #8:  Abbey Ale Special Reserve

Brewery: Ølfabrikken   Roskilde, Denmark

Style: Dubbel

ABV: 8.5% 

AleSmith 2009 Decadence

Beer #9:  Decadence 2009 Anniversary Ale

Brewery: AleSmith Brewing Company.  San Diego, California

Style: Dunkel Weizenbock

ABV: 9.0%

 Pre Dessert Beers: 

 
 
 

Good Karma Tripel version 5, 6 and 9

Vertical Tasting of Good Karma Tripel Version #5, #6 & #9

(IMHO Version #6 was the better of the three. It is an outstanding example of the classic Belgian Tripel)

 Beer #10:  Tripel #5 (made with Westmalle yeast) 

Brewery: Good Karma Brewing.  Boca Raton, Florida

Style: Tripel

ABV: 9.0 %  

 

Beer #11:  Tripel #6 (made with LaChouffe yeast,  sold as Ardennes yeast)

Brewery: Good Karma Brewing.  Boca Raton, Florida

Style: Tripel

ABV: 9.0 %  

 

Beer #12:  Tripel #9   (made with Uniboue yeast)

Brewery: Good Karma Brewing.  Boca Raton, Florida

Style: Tripel

ABV: 9.0 %  

 The Dessert Beers, Part 1:

Beer #13 & #14 are paired with chocolate cover strawberries

Southern Tier Crème Brûleé Stout

Beer #13: Crème Brûleé Stout

Brewery: Southern Tier Brewing Company.  Lakewood, New York

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 9.2% 

Consecration in the glass with Supplication, Crème Brûleé, Older Viscosity & Beer Geek Brunch Weasel

Beer #14:  Older Viscosity

Brewery: Port Brewing Company / Pizza Port.  San Marcos, California 

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 12.10%

 The Palate Cleanser:  

Beer #15:  Supplication

Brewery: Russian River Brewing Company.  Santa Rosa, California

Style:  American Wild Ale

ABV: 7.0%

The Dessert Beers, Part 2:

Beer #16 was paired with a chocolate lava cake.

 

 Beer #16:  Beer Geek Brunch Weasel

Brewery:  Mikkeller. København, Denmark (Brewed at Nøgne Ø, Grimstad, Norway)

Style: Imperial Oatmeal Stout w/ Vietnamese ca phe chon coffee

ABV: 10.9%

 The Digestif Beers: 

 
 
 

De Dolle Stille Nacht

Beer #17:  Stille Nacht

Brewery: De Dolle Brouwers.  Esen, Belgium

Style: Belgium Strong Dark Ale

ABV: 12.0%

 

Beer #18: Consecration

Brewery: Russian River Brewing Company.  Santa Rosa, California

Style:  American Wild Ale

ABV: 10.0%

De Proefbrouwerij Boerinneken

 Beer #19:  Boerinneken

Brewery: De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot).  Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

ABV: 9.5%

 My Favorite Brew of the Day:

Vin de Céréale. 

 My Least Favorite Brew of the Day:

Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Ale

 
 
 
 
 

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Beer#95 Port Brewing Midnight Sessions Lager

Port Brewing Midnight Sessions Lager

Name: Midnight Sessions Lager

Style: Schwarzbier

Brewery: Port Brewing Company.   website

Country: USA

Region: San Marcos, California

ABV: 5.0% Abv

How served: 22oz capped bomber poured into a Maredsous glass.        

My Overall Opinion: Very Good.

I paired this beer with: Grilled tilapia with a spicy marinade.

Tasted on: Monday April 5th, 2010. 

Note:  This is a really good session beer.  I tasted hints of chocolate, smoke and coffee, but none of them were overwhelming on the palate, which made this very drinkable. Enjoy this beer with food or by itself, you will be pleasantly surprised.

On the Label: same as from the website below (give or take 2 words)

From their website:   It’s not often that a great swell coincides with a full moon. But when they collide, nature affords us a rare opportunity to paddle out long after everyone has called it a day.

These moments are a solitary pursuit with empty lineups. But those who carve graceful lines under a full moon understand how things can be dark, lonely and rewarding at the same time.

So next time you paddle in from an overcrowded beach break, remember that nothing tastes better than a cold beer after a session.

We suggest a roasty black lager for contemplating empty lineups and waves that go on for days. Most likely you’ll long for epic summer swells under moon lit sessions, opening the doors to isolation and empty secret spots on an age trying to pass us by…

Original Gravity – 1.052

ABV – 5.5%

Availability – Early Winter

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Beer # 72 Port Brewing High Tide Fresh Hop IPA

Port Brewing High Tide Fresh Hop IPA

Name: High Tide Fresh Hop IPA

Style:  IPA

Brewery: Port Brewing Company website

Country: USA

Region:  San Marcos, California

ABV: 6.5% Abv

How served: 22oz capped bottle poured into a Hennepin glass.     

My Overall Opinion: Very Good.

I paired this beer with: 2nd half of the Super Bowl game

Tasted on:  Sunday February 7, 2010.

Note:  Great quality IPA & great example of what an IPA should taste like.  Go get some & try it, I’ll bet you’ll like it.

From their website:  High Tide Fresh Hop IPA  (Port Brewing Fall Seasonal)

Each and every fall, we experience a coastal experience in San Diego known as the “Super High Tide.” This happens later in the Fall Season when the tidal swings reach a range of about 8 feet in difference between low and high tides. When this happens, there are days when the tide just gets too high and flattens out the surf. The lineups shut down and surfers are left to wait until the High Tide recedes.

While waiting for the tides to shift in your favor, might we suggest a High Tide IPA? Brewed only once each year to coincide with the Hop Harvest in Yakima Washington, High Tide IPA is made with 180 lbs of Fresh Hops per batch that are plucked from the vines and sent straight to our brewery. We skip the whole drying and processing stage which means the hops are ultra fresh and full of flavors we can’t normally get. Like grapes, Hops are only harvested one time each year and as such, we make what we can when we get them.

The recipe is very simple and basic with an emphasis on the variety of hops we select each year. Lately, we have selected Centennial and Chinook hops for our High Tide IPA. We used Centennial at the end of the boil and Chinook for the Dry Hopping. Now that we have brewed High Tide, we will sit and wait for the ultra High Tides of Fall to arrive knowing full well that we have sufficient stocks of great beer to get us through the flattest of sessions. We hope you’ll stock up too.

Malts- Two Row
Kettle Hops- Amarillo Pellets
Whirlpool- Centennial Fresh Hops
Dry Hop- Chinook Fresh Hops
Yeast- White Labs– Port Brewing Proprietary Yeast Strains

Original Gravity- 1.062
Terminal Gravity- 1.012
6.50 % ABV

Draft- Available in Southern California and Arizona 22 Oz Bottles and Cases- At Port Brewing San Marcos and Pizza Port Carlsbad, San Clemente and Solana Beach and wherever better beers are sold.

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Beer #33 Santa’s Little Helper

Santa's Little Helper by Port Brewing Co.

Name: Santa’s Little Helper

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Brewery: Port Brewing Company  website

Country: San Marcos, California

ABV: 10.0%

How served: 22 oz bomber, capped bottle poured into a Bavik glass. 

My Overall Opinion: Very Good

I paired this beer with: nothing, but had during an intense game of péntanque (a.k.a. boules).

Tasted on: Friday November 27, 2009

Note:  This is the 2nd of my daily Christmas/Winter beers which I will be having until Christmas.  There is only 27 more beer until Christmas!  I would say to hunt down this beer, as it is good to have on a “cold” Florida night.

 From their websiteEach and every yer, the Jolly Old Fatman sits down and compiles a list of who’s been naughty and nice. It’s curious that he never knows which list to put our brewers on as this is one naughty but incredibly nice beer.

Originally brewed at the Pizza Port in Solana Beach in November of 1997. As dark as the biggest lump of coal Santa can deliver, this beer has earned a dedicated following and is code named Satan’s Little Hangover by those who have indulged in a holiday like manner from time to time.

Originally shipped from London to the Czarist rulers of Russia, Imperial Stouts are stronger, richer and more robust versions of traditional stouts. The increase in alcohol content means that literally, many of these beers are a meal in a glass all on their own. Made from copious amounts of Roasted and Black Barleys, our stout invites you to share a silky black body with hints of freshly pulled espresso from the coffee house, melding with dark bitter sweet chocolate from a Belgian Chocolateer and the ash of a smoldering fire on a dark winters night.

Just remember that somewhere out there, the jolly old fat man is making a list and checking it twice. He knows who’s been naughty and nice… Might we suggest that you forgo the Milk with the cookies this year and leave him of bottle of something incredibly nice- Say like Santa’s Little Helper? Mrs. Clause would probably like some as well. That is if Rudolph doesn’t drink it all himself. Bad Reindeer.

Malts- Two Row, Wheat, Domestic and English Crystal, Roasted, Black and Chocolate Malts
Hops- Phoenix, Challenger and East Kent Goldings
Yeast- White Labs California Ale and Proprietary Yeast Strains

Original Gravity- 1.092
Terminal Gravity- 1.014
10.5 % ABV

Draft- Available in Southern California and Arizona 22 Oz Bottles and Cases- At Port Brewing San Marcos and Pizza Port Carlsbad, San Clemente and Solana Beach and wherever better beers are sold.

Beer #24 Hop-15 Ale

Port Brewing Hop 15 Ale

 

Name: HOP-15 Ale

Style: Imperial IPA

Brewery: Port Brewing Company  website

Country: USA

Region: San Marcos, California

ABV: 10.0%

How served: 22oz capped bottle poured into a Triple Petrus glass. 

My Overall Opinion: Amazing  

I paired this beer with: Pubix roasted lemon pepper chicken.

Tasted on: Wednesday November 18, 2009

Note:  What a great nose on this beer.  At 1st I spent more time sniffing then drinking.  Maybe they should make a hop scented air freshener.  

 From their website “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. It was to be a celebration of 15 years of “Good Beer Brings Good Cheer.” So there are 15 different hop varieties that are added to the beer every 15 minutes. Over the years, Hop 15 has racked up numerous accolades. It has won two silver medals at the Great American Beer Festival. It also was named Alpha King in 2004 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.”

Malts- Two Row and English Light Crystal
Hops- We use 15 Different Varieties on a strictly don’t ask don’t tell policy
Yeast- White Labs California Ale and Proprietary Yeast Strains

Original Gravity- 1.086
Terminal Gravity- 1.014
9.7 % ABV

Draft- Available in Southern California 22 Oz Bottles and Cases- At Port Brewing San Marcos and Pizza Port Carlsbad, San Clemente and Solana Beach and wherever better beers are sold.

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