A trip to my parents for easter means a required stop at the Foodery in Phoenixville for some new beers to explore.

As I perused the fridges, I was drawn to Mongo by Port Brewing Company, with a minimalist can design that I find quite attractive. I’m a big fan of breweries letting the beer do the talking.

I’ve already had Nelson the Greeter, their seasonal IPA, and really enjoyed it – so I was excited to taste this year-round DIPA.

Pours a beautiful, slightly hazy golden-orange. A strong white head that leaves thick webbed lacing down the glass.

The aroma is a wonderful combination of the citrus and tropical fruits alongside an earthy pine scent. Pineapple dominates the nose.

Oh, the hop flavors. Bitter, juicy grapefruit leads you down the rabbit hole with dank, piney and floral hops following along. The hops aren’t alone – it’s a wonderfully balanced DIPA, with sweet and toasty malt, candied orange and mango flavors making their presence known as well.

Creamy, slick, medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, with a sharp, bitter, oily grapefruit finish.

I would be more than happy to keep this stocked in the fridge as a perfect example of a classic west-coast DIPA. Smooth, incredibly drinkable, even at 8.5% ABV.

Port Brewing Company, located in San Marcos, California, would be a long trek for many who read this blog. Have no fear though, their beers are distributed across North America, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois (Chicago metro), Massachusetts (Boston metro), New Jersey, Pennsylvania (Philly metro) and Washington (state).


Andrij Harasewych
Editor at The Craft Beer Diaries. Devoted husband and father. Excessively geeky. Comic books, video games, and craft beer are my vices. Favorite beer style easily the IPA. Growing love for the DIPA, specifically.
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