Ponto S.I.P.A. (Sessionable India Pale Ale) - Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Ponto S.I.P.A. (Sessionable India Pale Ale)Ponto S.I.P.A. (Sessionable India Pale Ale)

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BA SCORE
87
very good

317 Ratings
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Ratings: 317
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 11
Gots: 40 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Pizza Port Solana Beach visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: acurtis on 10-27-2013

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Photo of mschantz
3.14/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Sampled on tap at PP Carsbad. Very clear light straw in color with minimal head. Subtle grass and floral nose. Bitter hop flavor through out with pine and a bit of sweet citrus backing. Clean but uneventful finish. Solid for a session able IPA but struggling to make my top 5 sessionable IPAs.

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Very pale and clean hay straw color. 2-3 Finger white head that has decent staying power.

S- Nice hoppy punch to if for the size. Grapefruit. Clean and enticing.

T- Big hop character again with a touch of spice undertones.

M- Light, dry, and extremely quaffable. Spot on for the style.

O- A good effort. Not my favorite style, but this one fits the bill well and has solid hop notes.

Photo of mactrail
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of theteleman
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of HalfFull
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...

Photo of cpetrone84
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.

Photo of JimmyAloysius
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Was rather excited to try this but.... Was let down. Lemongrass and malt that faded faster with each sip. Will revisit again...

Photo of rawfish
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of pkalix
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
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....

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as correct as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 3.65 overall rating is correct.

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Lagunitas mason jar
From: Trader Joe’s in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.50
Purchased: March 1, 2015
Consumed: March 1, 2015
Misc.: Canned on Jan. 9, 2015 at 11:25 a.m.

Poured a golden, pale, clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy, white head. Lots of slow-moving bubble streams coming up from the bottom. Above average, uneven, foamy lacing. Average retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Pleasant odors of sharp grapefruit, Citra, floral, Mosaic, Amarillo, tropical, tangerine and light pineapple. (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted a lot less flavorful than the nose. Definitely could tell it was a SIPA right away. Got Citra, Mosaic, tropical, vegetables, onion, light mango, faint grapefruit pulp and some watery pineapple. (Taste - 3.50)

Light body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, watery, slightly bitter finish. (Feel - 3.38)

Not a fan of this one. This ranks at the bottom of the all the session IPA’s I’ve had (off the top of my head Day Time, Easy Jack, Go-To, All-Day, etc.). (Overall - 3.50)

3.65 | 83 | B

Photo of travolta
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
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!

Photo of hopsputin
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a: extremely pale yellow color, almost a grainy color with a 1 finger frothy soapy white head. looks similar to a pilsner

s: pineapple, garlicy simcoe, fresh dough, lemongrass, and some light caramel

t: very light flavor. garlic/onion hops, grapefruit, a hint of pineapple. these are followed up by a nice biscuty/flatbread flavor, and a nice caramel strawberry sweetness. very light tasting

m: light mouthfeel, but a large amount of carbonation that really fills out on the tongue

o: for a lower ABV it delivers a taste you would expect from a quality brewer. slightly hoppy, light sweetness, and a nice bready malt presence. its a tad too carbonated to be the extremely sessionable for me, but definitely a good beer to drink a few of if your looking to refresh

Photo of tlema1
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light bodied, huge pine/resin nose...not the best SIPA I've had, but good

Photo of JohnCassillo
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy lemonade shade of yellow, bright white head forms with a thicket of nice bright head forming thick. Have no fear the nose is as dank as any really hoppy beer I've ever had, big citric notes, lush Mary Jane, cider like acidity note, herbal/vinous hops growing out of the glass. A bit of floral and garlic in the nose on the backend if you keep digging. Flavor has an absurd amount of herbaceous, garlic, and onion resinous hops, bitter bite of hops hits with each sip, it must pair well with Funions. Light resinous hop oils lay on the palate, bitterness dries out the finish of each sip lighter bodied session IPA in 16 ounce cans. Someone needs to share some Two Hearted Ale in this sized can with the folks on the West Coast.

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

Photo of hopsolutely
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A beer I've hoped to try for a long time. Many thanks to iguenard for including it in my Canbif box!

Pours a very pale yellow colour that become hazy with sediment at the end of the can. Has an impressive large-bubbled white head with better retention than expected. Beautiful hop-forward aroma of juicy tropical fruits disappears quickly and I'm regretting not drinking this from the can, as it has totally disappeared from my glass?

Tons of flavour despite low ABV, a truly ideal Sunday afternoon beer. Although I can't distinguish the specific hop varietals I get mango, pink grapefruit & tangerine with a refreshing & lingering bitterness in the finish. Really nicely done.

Although I understand some of the controversy over the "session" style, this is certainly a beer I could enjoy over multiple pints.

Photo of 7Sport
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Older can I got as an extra. Started off tasting great, but fell off quickly. Smell went downhill after a few minutes as well. I'm guessing this had to do with the age of the beer. Think I'd really enjoy a fresh one as it showed some amazing promise upon first pouring.

Photo of homebrew311
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into imperial pint glass. Pale straw color with a tinge of cloudiness. White head forms and leaves heavy lacing. The nose is similar to Swami... notes of bread, grass, fruity hops, and lemon rind. Taste is mild in terms of bitterness, plenty of pale malt character comes through, lemony fruit qualities coming through with a clean finish. Very refreshing. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Overall, this certainly fits the bill for a "Session IPA". I still don't quite get the obsession with this style as it seems that every brewery has recently released one, but this is definitely tasty.

Photo of PlinyBeMiney
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of macher0
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured light straw color with a highly effervescent head that retreats extremely fast. Very translucent. The smell is mostly hops, in the form of citrus, and a little cat piss. The taste is a mix of resin and citrus hops. No malts or yeast. The feel is the best aspect: crisp, clean, ans duper light body.

This is an excellent session IPA. Very similar taste to Alpha King but much different in other areas.

Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +2.8%

This one showed up in a sort of FFT CANTrade ™ from a trader in Virginia who had received this and a couple of other Pizza Port CANs in a trade of his own and knew that I would up my ante in return for receiving them. Indeed.

From the CAN: “This Session IPA is named after a favorite beach and surf spot at the southern most [sic] part of Carlsbad. The jetties offer amazing lefts during a clean south swell and is a great place for a family or day at the beach with friends, We are really excited to share this hoppy beer in a CAN that you may enjoy a little longer than some of our bigger beers. Cheers!”

Yee hah! The Crack! showed that the surf and the level were both up in the CAN and in Carlsbad. I CANducted a goofy-footed inverted Glug until I was forced to back off because of the pint-sized CAN. A brief pseudo-cascade led to the formation of three dense, rocky fingers of bone-white head with good retention. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had notes of pine and grapefruit citrus, but I have been through this before with these “sessionable” AIPAs. The proof of the pudding will be in the taste. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was not as forward as a regular AIPA, but it was much hoppier than many of the session AIPA ilk. I still got the mintiness of the pine hops, but the citrus flavor was more orangish. Let’s face it, I am never going to be a fan of this dumbed-down style, but you could do worse than drinking this one, if such is your pleasure.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can from Whole Foods.

A crystal clear light yellow with a dense, white head with nice retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is great. Bright citrus with some pine, this is what you'd expect for the style. The citrus is a clean, mildly lemony and moderately orange peel like blend of hop aromas, and the pine is, well, pine-like. Crisp and cracker-like, malt character is minimal here. The palate opens with a blend of hop flavors, delicate but forward with the aforementioned blend, the mildly lemony like hop bitterness edging out the more orange-like flavors. Crisp and clean on the palate, this beer is light in body, crisply carbonated, and drying and mildly bitter with a wonderful, long-lasting fruitiness on the finish. Excellent stuff.

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Ponto S.I.P.A. (Sessionable India Pale Ale) from Pizza Port Solana Beach
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