Port Brewing went all Johnny Tsunami on us. Although that’s not a human hanging 10, but a cat aptly nicknamed Mongo. When Mongo, a stray, strolled into San Marcos, CA, it chose Port Brewing as its home and after Mongo laid to rest, the good people at Port decided to carry on the legacy of Mongo by brewing up something special. And here we have it it, a west coast Double IPA sure to be the cat’s ass. Let’s do the numbers…
Appearance: Light in body (although the pictures wouldn’t suggest that) and a nice, off white head that left behind a pretty lacing as I drank.
Smell: Sweet and tropical. Red Starburts, mango, pineapple, honeydew, and just freakin’ awesome.
Taste: First sip was more bitter than I expected. The sides of the tongue get assaulted as this brew is not shy about making sure you know it’s a Double IPA. The second sip allows your taste buds to get used to this hop mugging and other flavors from the nose begin to develop. Light tropical fruits come into play like mango and yuzu adding sweetness to the beer while citrus elements complement the flavor profile in the brew – mainly grapefruit and clementine. This beer tastes as Californian as the label would suggest – tangy yet sweet, piney yet drinkable, and hop forward like all west coast IPAs.
Mouthfeel is very nice on this brew; at 8.5% ABV a lot of DIPAs can be a little syrupy, but Mongo is anything but. It’s very clean drinking with appropriate carbonation for a double. Not a whole lot to knock this beer on – from name, to label, to taste – it’s spot on.
Overall: Mongo, you did us proud. A. Thirst quenching, well balanced, hoppy, and packs a punch. This kitten’s got claws.