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El Camino IPA - Pizza Port Solana Beach

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El Camino IPA
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Pizza Port Solana Beach visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jcalabre on 08-02-2003

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Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 18
Reviews by Nugganooch:
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4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On Tap - Pizza Port San Clemente & later from growler
Notes taken on 05/17/14

A: Dark caramel amber with a semi-translucent look and a smallish layer of khaki cream that settles over top. Good retention effort with a few sticky suds left clinging to the glass wall. Looks quite tasty.

S: The aroma on this one is all hop flowers ripe with pink grapefruit and tangerine peel. I get some lesser notes of lemony pine with a soft herbal sway to it. Touch of bready malt underneath and some light caramel sweetness to round out the nose. Very fruity and fresh.

T: Great balance of hop bitters and bready malt sweetness. Just the right amount of high hop bitterness to it. Sticky and resinous citrus, grapefruit, tangelo, pine, and some mild earthy herbs. Alcohol is totally masked throughout. Very dry bitter and resinous just how I like. Straight West Coast traditions here.

M: Moderate to lighter body with a nice creamy consistency given from the carb levels. Good hop pucker across the palate with a dry and resinous finish. Light oily residues coat the mouth and linger.

D: Probably one of my favorite offerings sampled from San Clemente and very close to the Pseudo IPA actually. Its fruity and dank and resinous with a drying pucker and superb drinkability. Yet another short lived PP growler.

More User Reviews:
Photo of magictrokini
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of MiScusi
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of terpinsd
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of rhino54
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of kmoen
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of Gusler
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of Beerbuddy21
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.85/5  rDev -1%

Photo of jcalabre
3.12/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Photo of scbrew
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of grub
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
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!

Photo of jeff1973
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of evanforbeer
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
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

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of Viggo
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of HopHead84
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
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. 

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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