Port Brewing 10 Year Anniversary Ale
Port Brewing 10 Year Anniversary Ale is an American Double/Imperial IPA, 11% ABV. There is no bottle date listed, but the label does indicate that an Anniversary DIPA is released each year in May. At 11%, I took a chance on a less than fresh DIPA when I was a short term Hurricane Matthew refugee in Atlanta.
The picture does not do the lovely appearance justice. This pours with a perfectly clear liquid gold color and a nice off white head. I am sure this was bigger and a little more dank when it was fresher, but this really smells wonderful at this point. I’m getting sweet caramel malt, mango and orange fruit and a little bit of pine on the nose. Well that 11% ABV is immediately evident in the taste, this is one of the boozier tasting Double IPA’s I’ve had in a while. The malt is sweet at the beginning of the taste, but the hops quickly come on to the palate. Notes of tangerine, tea, pine resin, a little pineapple, and a long lingering bitterness are all in the taste. Whew, I’m telling you the alcohol heat is really potent on this.
I really can’t speak to how this was fresh, but I do think it is holding up exceptionally well at about 4 to 5 months since being bottled. Glad I picked one up.