Port Brewing – Hop-15 Ale

Pizza Port

Those two words bring to mind good food and even better craft beer. My closest Pizza Port is in San Clemente and always has the best pizza in town with tons of great craft beer on tap. The tap list rotates, so stay in touch with their Live Beer cams to see what’s being poured.

Pizza Port – San Clemente, Carlsbad, Solana Beach, Ocean Beach

Why am I talking about Pizza?

I’m getting to that part. You see, the co-owners of Pizza Port in Solana Beach were home brewers. In 1992 they installed a 7 barrel brewery to serve their own beers in the restaurant. They quickly became known for their hoppy beers which led to their growth. Eventually they expanded the restaurants into more locations, San Clemente and Carlsbad, and they even added more brewing facilities at each. Yet they still couldn’t keep up with demand for their beer. Timing was just right for them in 2006 when they were able to take over the old Stone Brewing facility in San Marcos after Stone expanded to a larger space. With the new brewery in place they started brewing under the names Lost Abbey and Port Brewing. I’m sure you’ve heard of them because they win awards for their brews, lots of awards. So that’s why I was talking about pizza. Thanks for hanging in there with me.

I’ve already reviewed Port Brewing’s Christmas beer, and now I’m trying their famous Double IPA called Hop 15. (Hop 15 has 15 different hop varieties added to the beer every 15 minutes.)

The Beer


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 as a celebration of 15 years of “Good Beer Brings Good Cheer.”


Our beer oozes all the hop goodness you would expect to find in a Double IPA. In your nose, you will experience a citric hop quality which is balanced by a slight malt sweetness. The essence of a great Double IPA is hops and as such the beer finishes with a pronounced spicy hop bite. Thankfully, for all of us hop-heads, we have decided to brew this beer more than once a year. Look for Hop 15 to make an appearance from time to time when space permits us to brew this, one of our favorite ales.

 The Review

It’s a hop bomb! Exploding with big, bold, hoppy flavors. It is resinous, with citrus, pine, floral, and so many more flavors. This is not a gulping beer. Take your time with this one, and maybe even split a 22 oz bottle with a friend. Pours a deep amber with a healthy head. All-in-all another great beer from the folks at Port Brewing

This one gets 4 beer soaked caps from me. I’ll split one of these with a beer soaked friend anytime. But for now, this one is all mine.



Beer Soaked Erik

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