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Ponto Session IPA - Pizza Port Solana Beach

Ponto Session IPAPonto Session IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

112 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 8.74%


Brewed by:
Pizza Port Solana Beach visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: acurtis on 10-27-2013)
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Treyliff

West Virginia

4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra, canned on 2/5/14

A- pours a bright golden-yellow with slight haze, small creamy and bubbly white head that retains nicely, leaving some good lace behind

S- citrusy hop aromas up front, also picking up some floral & pine, underlying bready malt rounds it out. Quite hoppy aroma for a session

T- blend of citrus, tropical fruity and floral hops mesh with a clean malt bill that adds just a touch of sweetness, more fruity notes on the finish with some grassy flavor

M- medium body and medium spritzy carbonation lead to a big creamy mouthfeel and a smooth and crisp dry finish

O- pretty impressive that they've fit this much hop flavor into an under 5% abv beer. If this were readily available to me, it would be a great pick for a summer go-to. Well done

Serving type: can

04-09-2014 23:20:51 | More by Treyliff
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pkalix

California

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

cool can art....
huge foamy. billowy head. very aromatic, of pine at first. then I get more cat urine smell. then, lots of cat urine smell. must be simcoe? taste is light and easy, easy to drink.
a little hazy. super light yellow. great looking brew on top, but not sure what to think of the color of the liquid below. not quite corona, but not enticing either. I give it an overall 3.75 because it's definitely not bud, miller or coors...
add: can date is 2/18/14 so maybe the age of the can and the fact it was purchased warm has something to do with the cat urine aroma developing??
add #2: sticker on can date is 1/20/14 ? ? ? ? how can that be? I think the sticker on the can is done by Total Wine.... how can it be BEFORE the can date??? either way, it may explain the less than expected rating....

Serving type: can

04-04-2014 00:44:06 | More by pkalix
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Nugganooch

California

4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can dated 03/12/14 – FW Imperial Nonic Glass
Notes taken on 03/29/14

I guess I assumed this was the same Ponto Pale as in the pub???

A: Pale yellow-gold body with some really well conditioned clarity. Streaming bubbles are evident and rising up to a frothy paper white foam cap. Decent hang time too with some nice broken rings of lace running down the glass.

S: Fresh hop aromas abound from the can. Apricot with a lemony citrus kick trailed by some tropical fruit, herbals, grass, and pines. There are some distinct pale malts underneath there but it’s not coming through as sweetness necessarily. More doughy bread if you will. Regardless this one is more about the freshy fresh hops. Really nice nose to Ponto.

T: Vivid hops up front much like the nose with a mixture of citrus peel, mango, pine, lemon grass and other herbs. Mostly fruity with no spice or earth components and a very nominal malt character as to be expected. Just some dry crackery substance there and a minimal sweetness coming through. Packs quite bitter hop punch for such a small table brew. Still very nicely balanced in that nothing is done over the top. Falls off a bit early for me however most session brews tend to do so. In the end some very refreshing hoppy swill.

M: Super light and crisp from the carb action. Thin of course with a nice peppery bitterness across the palate and a dry resinous finish. Very clean all around.

D: Delivers as promised. This is one of the better session IPA’s available if you ask me. Just very clean and fresh with some bright hop flavors and a crisp snappy body.
I see many of these in my future endeavors…Crush on!

Serving type: can

04-04-2014 00:11:56 | More by Nugganooch
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JohnCassillo

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Can, poured into pint glass.

A: Shiny gold coloring that's mostly transparent. Head's thick at first, before quickly dissipating.

S: A nice mixture of wheat and hops, plus tropical fruit notes and some soapy undertones.

T: Bready wheat, plus a subtle dash of hop bitterness. Tropical notes still ring true here, though not nearly as strong as they do in the aroma.

M: Very carbonated, with a lasting bitterness on your tongue, too.

O: For a session IPA, Ponto packs a punch, delivering on flavor and aroma in a major way. Given the amount of session IPAs hitting the market right now, there's a lot to like about the different offerings. But if you're looking for the one that delivers the best hoppy IPA experience without the high ABV, this is probably it.

Serving type: can

03-28-2014 00:04:26 | More by JohnCassillo
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I got this beer in a trade. Thanks Skuter! Canned on 2/18/14.

Served in an 8 oz. stemmed tulip, Ponto pours with a sizable white, crisp, foamy head that quickly collapses on itself after a few minutes. The gold liquid underneath is fairly clear, showing off what little lazy bubbles there are in this beer. Overall, a pretty attractive IPA!

The aroma is perfect. It is the quintessential West Coast hop aroma right now, with a variety of hops that offer notes of lime, kumquat, mint, and pineapple. This is all laid over a light bready malt aroma.

The flavor is the same, with a citrus forward flavor that doesn't overwhelm the palate. It is zesty, quick, and very bright. The carbonation could be dialed up a notch, but the way it is now makes it drink more like an English Bitter/IPA hybrid. Wonderful flavors of honey, mint, kiwis and kumquats all intermingle on the palate.

This is a beer that I immediately wanted more of when I tried it. Extremely beautiful aroma, and a sessionable IPA that really satisfies the hop head and the average drinker at the same time.

Serving type: can

03-18-2014 17:25:18 | More by MusicaleMike
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jibbyvonjibb

California

4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned 02/17/2014 (one week ago)
Golden color, some sediment floating around.
Aroma is citrus (more lemon than orange), pale malt and some tropical fruit like pineapple.
Taste matches the aroma. Very clean, crisp finish. Carbonation is moderate. Body light without feeling too thin. Overall, extremely drinkable and well balanced. My favorite session IPA so far (prefer it over Alpha Session).

Serving type: can

02-23-2014 22:31:01 | More by jibbyvonjibb
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HalfFull

California

3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can poured into a globe glass for tasting. This new or atleast newly canned brew from Pizza Port pours a hazed golden with an inch of nearly white foam. Offers good retention and lace.

Aroma is a bit soapy/hoppy in a good way with light citrus and some tropical notes. A bit clearer with some exposure. Taste follows and has an understandably thin finish given the light ABV. Touch of lemon of note on the finish and offering a firm feel and carbonation.

Nice and hoppy for a lighter bodied brew though not aggressive. No bitterness on the finish to note. There is nothing 'India' about this beer as the IPA moniker continues to substitute for the presence of aroma hops to my disdain. Sense a touch of wheat here. Nice, pleasant, easy yet a bit boring.

Call it what it is. A Hoppy Pale Ale. As an IPA I would give this a zero(;)). Alas I think I like it better than Alesmith X, or maybe not...And now comes Stone go to IPA on its heels...

Serving type: can

02-23-2014 06:19:28 | More by HalfFull
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xhuskr

California

4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Been waiting to see more Session IPAs/PAs out there. Went for one at Beachwood-Seal Beach..had more than that. Nothing over the top in any way, but hit the spot for what I wanted. An IPA w/out the alcomahol....mmm...can still get things cross off my list after a couple. if you're into hops w/out the alcohol...this is a MUST try.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2014 03:23:14 | More by xhuskr
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PlinyBeMiney

California

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

IPA's are the best out of cans. They always carry such a fresh and potent hop character compared to bottles. Ponto pours light straw colored with a bone white 1/2 inch head. The smell is nice, but isn't as potent as several other IPA bombs. The taste, in my opinion, is of the best I've ever consumed in the "session" category. I honestly could session this brew all day. While I feel it's more bitter than malty, the balance achieved is perfect for someone craving an IPA w/out getting completely lit. Mouthfeel is pretty good, good carb for the style. This is the best session brew I've ever had. Since IPA's are my favorite style I have to say me and ponto are a perfect match.

Serving type: can

02-08-2014 05:56:57 | More by PlinyBeMiney
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rawfish

California

3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours corn yellow from the can, mild chill haze and a dense two finger cap of foam forms nicely. Retention is very good as is the lacing.

Ah, a session IPA with some teeth, the malt component is thin and doughy with a mild amount of husky grains. Hops come in flashing yellow citrus, some grassy and pine notes with a bit of earthy resin.

Malt lays thin pale bread and grain husks for the hops to just rip to shreds. The lemon citrus and grapefruit pith and scrubbing resin give a piercingly bright hop flavor that evolves into an overly soapy and astringent finish. Pretty bitter kck but the citrus pith taste left in the mouth over exaggerates that impression.

Body is more hefty than it lets on but this beer is overcarbed. It's difficult to get past the bubbles and citrus pith bitterness and after taste. Dries well with some metallic twinges and alcohol is still detectable.

Still not impressed by these session IPAs hitting the market, they are all flawed in some way. The hop quantity here is satisfactory but there are limits to how bright and IPA should be, this one is well into the blindingly bright, under ripe citrus with massive carbonation. Maybe I'll try it again when it gets really hot.

Serving type: can

02-06-2014 02:35:13 | More by rawfish
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is pale yellow with a tight white head. Nose is strong gain bill, a strong doughy component, lots of citrus hops a touch herbal. Taste is similar, lots of fresh grain and bread crust with a bit of doughy caramel flavor. Hops are fairly strong in back, herbal and citrusy with low bitterness and a moderate carbonation on a light body.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 00:52:15 | More by cpetrone84
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RaulMondesi

California

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Um, yeah... Raul is quite feeling this one right well. For such a lil guy at 4.5% ABV, it packs a punch like Ali in Africa.

The main man is getting a bit of citrus lemon and some piney stuff like your late uncle's garage used to smell like. Along with that is some herbal-ish taste that Raul can't decipher, but it's aite enough because the thang is just done clean.

At 4.5%, I feel like I am at the beginning of the relationship where I have nothing but fondling to do.

Peace!

Serving type: can

02-02-2014 07:03:43 | More by RaulMondesi
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JoshuaMason

California

4.54/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage:2014
Appearance: Transparent gold/straw; Fluffy, white, fast-dissipating head; good lace.
Smell: Lemon; Tangerine; Grassy herbal; Grapefruit; Pine
Taste: Fresh; Grapefruit; Pine; Herbal finish
Mouth-feel: Med/Low Carb; Light body; almost watery thin;
Overall: Great SIPA. True to style. The body is lacking, but that’s to be expected given the style. Wonderful hop character and complexity.

Serving type: can

02-01-2014 04:39:12 | More by JoshuaMason
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wethorseblanket

California

3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap @ WF El Segundo.

A: Pours a clear yellow with a half-inch thick white head with leaves semi-rings and spots of lace.

N: Lemony citrus, floral, fruity and perfumy.

T: Citrus (mostly lemon) with some peachy fruit, mild malt backing.

M: Semi-moderate body and medium carbonation. Clean, fruity hoppy finish.

O: Easy drinking and very aromatic.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2014 04:38:36 | More by wethorseblanket
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theteleman

California

3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A sessionable IPA in a can..hmmm I am intrigued. Cool art work on the label. Poured into a pint glass. Color is light yellowish with a big(yet thin) frothy white head. Smells like pine cones with a hint of citrus. Mouthfeel is bitter, hops are prevalent, lots of carbonation, pretty thin on the tounge, pleasant. Reminds me of a pale ale, but with more hop character. Really nice brew to sip during a day of yard work, extremely sessioable brew with an abv of 4.5S%. My expierence with Pizza Port Brewing has been hit and miss, but I really enjoyed this brew, a nice IPA.

Serving type: can

01-26-2014 23:30:59 | More by theteleman
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ThePaleRider

California

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Very light in color. Looks like a pilsner. Nice two finger white head with very large bubbles. Very nice lacing left from the held. Bright yellow beer that doesn't look at all like a IPA.

S - BIG hops right up front. Very piney. Smells bitter with a little bit of mango thrown in. This smells like a huge DIPA.

T - Very resinous pine and sweet malts. Lots of sweetness in the back. Very clean IPA flavor that you would never believe is 4.5%.

M - Very light and a decent amount of carbonation. Leaves a hoppy flavor on the palette.

O - I'm really loving the wave of session IPAs hitting the market. Another great beer from Port Brewing!

Serving type: can

01-25-2014 04:58:11 | More by ThePaleRider
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travolta

California

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Crystal clear straw in color, regular retention, nice lacing.

Nose: There is just loads of citrus and papaya, pineapple, and mangoes! I had forgotten that this is how an IA should smell.

Taste: Dry, hoppy bite with very minimal malt character. Crisp and refreshing with a medicinal aftertaste.

Notes: With all of the double, triple, and imperial-on-cocaine IPA's out there, this was a very refreshing reminder of why we like IPA's in the first place!

Serving type: can

01-22-2014 00:34:46 | More by travolta
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PHBoiler

Illinois

4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Grassy, juicy and well balanced is how I would describe this. Talk about a full flavored 4.5% ale. I was very impressed by this fresh can from Pizza Port. This would be a must have in my fridge given the full flavor profile at a sessionable ABV. It's as good as any I've had in that category.

Serving type: can

01-17-2014 15:05:40 | More by PHBoiler
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mactrail

California

3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

To be accurate, it's "Sessionable." And the can says "Ponto S.I.P.A."

Golden color with a nice white foam. Plenty fizzy in the mouth. Extremely light body, not that there's anything wrong with that in a gulper. Piney aroma with a hint of flowers. Sharp and beyond crisp. Some astringency plus the resiny taste. The malt seems to be light to the point of vanishing.

Plenty bitter, and it lingers in the aftertaste. This certainly goes down easy, but it's so bitter it will appeal mostly to the hard core IPA dogs. It would clear the taste of salt water, at least. From the 16 oz can. Price was ten bucks for a six-pack at Whole Foods in Encinitas.

Serving type: can

01-16-2014 05:56:35 | More by mactrail
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with earthy citrus zest and floral flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice citrus aromas but the taste is more earthy.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2014 02:42:06 | More by UCLABrewN84
Ponto Session IPA from Pizza Port Solana Beach
87 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.