Friday, November 16, 2012

Port Brewing Company Anniversary Ale

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is Port Brewing Company Anniversary Ale. 

From the Port Brewing Company website:” 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.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange with a thick white head and sticky lacing.
Aroma: Big pine and citrus hop presence.  Malts are in the background and can barely keep up with the hops.
Taste: Sweet malts and big hop flavor – citrus up front and a nice malt backbone.  A little boozy, but what I expected with high ABV.
Overall: Smooth, big and tasty, Port Brewing Company’s Anniversary Ale is a really well done double IPA and one that I’ll try to pick up as soon after they’ve bottled as possible. I completely enjoyed this beer, but I wonder how much better it would have been from the brewery or within weeks of bottling.  I felt the 10% ABV on this one.


Mark Harvey

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