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Des de Moor
Best beer and travel writing award 2015, 2011 -- British Guild of Beer Writers Awards
Accredited Beer Sommelier
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"A necessity if you're a beer geek travelling to London town" - Beer Advocate
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"One of the top beer writers in the UK" - Mark Dredge.
"A beer guru" - Popbitch.
Des de Moor


Port Hop-15

ABV: 10%
Origin: San Marcos, California, USA


I was delighted to discover bomber bottles of this classic US imperial India pale ale on sale in outstanding beer seller Kris Wines. The name refers to its origin as a celebration ale for the 15th anniversary of the brewery’s original location at the Pizza Port restaurant in Solana Beach, with a secret formula of 15 different hop varieties added at 15 minute intervals to the boil. The grist employs two row American pale and English light crystal barley malts.

This amber beer has a fine off-white head and a gorgeously pungent, nutty and spirity aroma with grapefruit, pine and sweet orange syrup. A thick, resinous palate is just balanced by a decent malt base, with a spicy warming quality and notes of pinoli and flowers. A long and also spicy finish has tinges of charcoal, bitter chocolate and a slow building assertive peppery note. Bitterness is complimented by plenty of complexity to keep the interest.

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