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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

104 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 8.48%


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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Reviews by theteleman:
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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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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

04-12-2014 04:57:46 | More by zestar
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SamPowell

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

04-11-2014 08:11:55 | More by SamPowell
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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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theoceantakesme

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

04-08-2014 01:00:02 | More by theoceantakesme
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shehateme

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10%

04-05-2014 22:48:51 | More by shehateme
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.8%

04-05-2014 13:03:11 | More by InspectorBob
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hitchhiker

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

04-05-2014 04:31:51 | More by hitchhiker
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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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Keananmichael5

California

3.5/5  rDev -10%

04-01-2014 23:29:05 | More by Keananmichael5
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dataylor21

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-30-2014 18:46:38 | More by dataylor21
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antonyliu

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-30-2014 02:55:31 | More by antonyliu
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vermilcj

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-29-2014 19:28:23 | More by vermilcj
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I_BYE_MI_BEER

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-29-2014 02:33:03 | More by I_BYE_MI_BEER
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apbaj

Guam

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-28-2014 07:30:17 | More by apbaj
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jds8411

California

3.5/5  rDev -10%

03-28-2014 03:17:31 | More by jds8411
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mvdillman

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-28-2014 00:18:41 | More by mvdillman
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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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teamwiggum

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-27-2014 04:01:38 | More by teamwiggum
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Nightrain87

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

03-26-2014 18:24:11 | More by Nightrain87
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Joecaddie

Delaware

4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-24-2014 01:51:10 | More by Joecaddie
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Skunkdrool

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-20-2014 23:06:22 | More by Skunkdrool
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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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vonnegut21

New York

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

03-18-2014 01:01:55 | More by vonnegut21
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Ponto Session IPA from Pizza Port Solana Beach
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