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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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42 Reviews
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Reviews: 42
Hads: 329
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 11
Gots: 45 | FT: 2
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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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Reviews: 42 | Hads: 329
Photo of JohnCassillo
3.78/5  rDev -5%
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. (773 characters)

Photo of MusicaleMike
4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (1,074 characters)

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
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). (394 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
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... (950 characters)

Photo of xhuskr
4.26/5  rDev +7%
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. (330 characters)

Photo of PlinyBeMiney
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (680 characters)

Photo of rawfish
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (1,210 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (339 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
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! (482 characters)

Photo of JoshuaMason
4.56/5  rDev +14.6%
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. (401 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (352 characters)

Photo of theteleman
3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of ThePaleRider
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
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! (645 characters)

Photo of travolta
3.7/5  rDev -7%
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! (465 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
4.18/5  rDev +5%
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. (292 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.42/5  rDev -14.1%
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. (649 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (572 characters)

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