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El Camino IPA - Pizza Port Solana Beach

El Camino IPA
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32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.73%

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

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: jcalabre on 08-02-2003)
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Photo of evanforbeer


4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at San Clemente.
Pours a crystally golden orange with clean white head

Smell- lots of hop citrus, some bubblegum, bready malt
Taste- delicious juicy citrus hops, sweet-sour Valencia orange, grapefruit, subtle tropical fruit, herbal hop notes, again a touch of bubblegum, chewy malt, finishes citrusy
Feel- alcohol is there hut not overpowering, somewhere between IPA and dIPA in booziness and feel

Big fan of this! A winner for sc Pizza Port

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2013 05:29:22 | More by evanforbeer
Photo of womencantsail


3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Pizza Port San Clemente

Pours a clear golden orange with a white head. Nose opens with citrus peel, floral, and pine hops. Nose is quite dry, but there is a bit of bread and toasted malt. The flavor is very bitter and very dry. Tons of pine hop bitterness with only some mild citrus and just a hint of tropical fruit. Some bread malt, maybe a hint of toffee.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2012 16:14:34 | More by womencantsail
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad in Carlsbad, CA.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, honey, and some slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is of citrus zest, herbal hops, and a malty finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink but I think the smell is better on this one.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2012 01:13:04 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of scbrew


4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled from Pizza Port San Clemente. Beautiful golden color, fairly clear. Big fruity, piney hop aroma. Medium body with the right amount of carmel sweetness. Huge hop flavor. An absolute Must Try beer. One of my favorite if not my favorite Pizza Port IPA.

Serving type: growler

06-22-2011 18:30:51 | More by scbrew
Photo of HopHead84


4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


On draft at Pizza Port Ocean Beach (though a San Clemente beer).

A: Burnished gold with a slight orange tinge and perfectly transparent. The white head is two inches of solid sea foam. Great retention and sheets of lacing.

S: Hops are bright, evincing notes of tangerine, peach, honeydew melon, and orange. There's a firm resin profile that's not uncommon in the Pizza Port family of hoppy beers. There's a little bit of crackery malt character, but it's hardly there. No evident alcohol.

T: Dry up front, with a lower high level of bitterness. Big grapefruit rind notes and just a dash of orange and grapefruit flesh. A little booze is evident. The finish displays heavy grapefruit rind and orange pith notes and is damn bitter, with a substantial increase in alcohol flavor.

M: Upper light to lower medium in body. Mouthfeel is crisp, dry, and sticky.

Overall: Completely devoid of sweetness, this is a palate wrecker. I like it, but I don't think the hop flavor is quite there to match the bitterness. 

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2011 00:51:24 | More by HopHead84
Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove


4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Very clear Medium Golden color with about a half inch of head. Head resides quickly to leave a light film.

S - Smells of Orange, Grapefruit, Pine, Lemon and Honey.

T - Tastes of Orange peel, Pine, Minerals, Honey, Lemon Bitterness and Sourdough Bread.

M - Carbonation is almost perfect and a little sticky mouthfeel which is just what I like.

D - A very light and drinkable IPA that almost anyone would like. Feels like a session beer.

This is one of my favorite IPAs. I could drink a whole Growler in one sitting with no buzz and have. A great food beer.

Serving type: growler
@ Pizza Port San Clemente, 301 N El Camino Real, San Clemente

09-01-2010 04:15:58 | More by SanDiegoBeerLove
Photo of magictrokini


3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap @ O'Briens. Poured clear orange-gold with a bubbly white head. Some lacing. Floral and herbal hop aroma with sweeter citrus. Tangy, spicy hop bite with some earthiness. Oily resin and grapefruit, but not in large quantities. Lot more malt than expected, biscuit flavor. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel with a sticky finish. Easy drinker, just didn't taste as fresh as some of Port's other beers.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Pizza Port San Clemente, 301 N El Camino Real, San Clemente

10-01-2009 21:05:19 | More by magictrokini
Photo of Kegatron


3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pizza Port San Clemente on 3/22/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper with a thin covering of foamy brite-white head. A fizzy looking flareup leaves a solid cascade of sticky lace. The aroma is floral and spicy with a good bit of bread and citrus, and some lighter accents of sweeter malts.

Hops impart a nice dry spicy bite that is balanced by some moderate citric character and a malt backbone that is more about the toasted malts than it is about the sweeter tones. Finishes very dry with some lingering bitterness that hangs for a bit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamier carbonation but firm feel. There is some light warmth in the body but it doesn't impact the overall taste or feel.

Not bad but this was definitely one of the more hop forward IPAs that we had on our trip. A little more sweetness in the backbone would have gone a long way.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Pizza Port San Clemente, 301 N El Camino Real, San Clemente

04-03-2009 19:27:41 | More by Kegatron
Photo of benclimbs


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Again, super impressed with this beer...not as amazing as their double IPA, but still a solid beer with an amazing nose, multi-geared hops and a finish that stays in your mouth a while. Just a really solid IPA These guys brew some remarkable beers...

Serving type: growler
@ Pizza Port San Clemente, 301 N El Camino Real, San Clemente

12-05-2008 02:34:59 | More by benclimbs
Photo of MiScusi


4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- a clear golden orange.

S- Really nice and hoppy. Citrusy? probably. Piny? Mabye. Some sweet orange aroma as well. It is nice and pungent.

T- Bitter, leaving a resinous feel in the mouth after the sip. Grapefruit or citrus oil type of bitterness... pine... some bready or cracker like presence the background. Nice touch of orange sweetness as well.

M- Perfect carbonation for a hoppy IPA.

D- a really good IPA overall, I could drink a few of these in a day.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Pizza Port San Clemente, 301 N El Camino Real, San Clemente

11-08-2008 00:49:22 | More by MiScusi
Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from the san clemente location, but sampled on tap at toronado san diego aug 29/08.

pours a nice golden amber, crystal clear, with a small very dense white head on top. the head drops fast and leaves lots of lace.

aroma is great. citrus and pine - fresh green hops. this smells just like when i was harvesting my cascade and centennial a couple weeks ago. grapefruit. bit of orange and rind. white bread. bit of alcohol. hint of biscuit.

taste is great. just over medium bitterness level. big bready malt. light alcohol. pine, grapefruit, orange peel. touch of caramel. hops seem a little less green than in the aroma. nice malt and hop depth.

mouthfeel is great. medium body with a fairly dry finish. medium well-integrated silky smooth carbonation.

drinkability is great. nice depth and good balance. a keg of this would not last long at my house. good stuff!

Serving type: on-tap
@ Pizza Port San Clemente, 301 N El Camino Real, San Clemente

09-05-2008 17:39:53 | More by grub
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From San Clemente, but had a pint on tap at Toronado in San Diego.

Pours a lightly hazed orange, thin white ring forms around the glass, not much head on this but it drops some lace and looks nice. Smell is decent, grapefruit, floral, pine, bit of pineapple, caramel and grainy malt, bit of orange, standard IPA. Taste is okay as well, caramel, pine, floral, some grapefruit, biscuity malt, more grapefruit in the finish, nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, easy to drink. Nothing special for an IPA, but solid to the core and I would never say no to it.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Pizza Port San Clemente, 301 N El Camino Real, San Clemente

09-04-2008 21:23:13 | More by Viggo
Photo of Boto


4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ San Clemente location: This one poured an orangish color, and was fairly clear. There was almost no head to my pour. There was a big blast of grapefruit hops to the nose. There was also a little grassiness and pine scents on there also. The taste was pretty much the same. A big blast of hops, with a decent malt body behind it. This went down smooth. A very good brew.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Pizza Port San Clemente, 301 N El Camino Real, San Clemente

03-02-2005 21:19:03 | More by Boto
Photo of IceAce


4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled in San Clemente:

Orange / copper body with very nice clarity, all topped with an egg-white foam displaying excellent lacing properties. The nose is pure, sweet evergreen.

The initial taste is best described as a walk through a pine forest after a spring rain as floral hops embrace the tongue, while the just-right carbonation gives the mouth organ a gentle scrubbing. Sweet malty goodness gets a cameo appearance during the abbreviated midtaste, soon to be elbowed out of the way by the hops as theydemand their due with a floral / grapefruit finish.

Mouthfeel is thick-n-chewy, giving this IPA the tag of a winner...pair it with the jalapeno pizza!

Serving type: on-tap
@ Pizza Port San Clemente, 301 N El Camino Real, San Clemente

02-14-2005 07:06:52 | More by IceAce
Photo of Gusler


4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Draught @ Pizza Port Carlsbad
The beer sets in the mug a translucent amber color with a substantial creamy white head that slowly disintegrates leaving a velum like sheet of lace to obscure the glass. Hop floral rules the nose, underneath a nice sweet malt fresh and crisp presence seals it off, start is sweet and has a nice malt presence, the top is moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish is all about hops that titillate the taste buds, sweetly bitter, quite dry with the appropriate amount of acidity to make this a most excellent IPA.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Pizza Port San Clemente, 301 N El Camino Real, San Clemente

06-15-2004 15:47:37 | More by Gusler
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A trip to the San Clemente Pizza Port last Sunday for the purposes of swapping some beer with my good friend xlperro (aka Richard the Lionheart) resulted in the fine opportunity of trying some beers here.

The first beer I had here, well, no deliberating, guidance from BigDog, tasters or samples needed, it just had to be the El Camino IPA !!

A lucid body, a golden color with some shades of amber when held to the light. The head was reasonable in size but died halfway down the glass, leaving a muslin looking stretched lacing on the surface. Low to Average conditioning. Resiny hops with some floral aspects - appealing.

Hop-bitterness, freshly squeezed lemons give a sharp aspect that cut the hop-oils. Some grapefruits hints with a piney tingle. Light toasted malts take the edge of these in the middle with a sweetish hint that quickly fades. Wholesome feel but this has a light body that never invades the mouth. Some light grapefruits cling to the tongue along with the pine oils and the light malts. An astringent, bitter ending that does not last too long. Very Drinkable.

A great middle-of-the-road IPA that I think many could easily take to and one that has enough Hop-Bitterness to go well with any of the Kick-Ass spicy Pizza’s you care to pick up here.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Pizza Port San Clemente, 301 N El Camino Real, San Clemente

11-08-2003 16:37:44 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of jcalabre


3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

had this on draught at Pizza Port San Clemente. it's their version of an IPA. Using Centennial and Cascade hops, this IPA is definitely some serious hop juice. It is a bit one dimensional. It was enjoyable, but nevertheless, there are plenty of good IPA's out there.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Pizza Port San Clemente, 301 N El Camino Real, San Clemente

08-02-2003 22:02:25 | More by jcalabre
El Camino IPA from Pizza Port Solana Beach
86 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.