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Synergy - Pizza Port Solana Beach

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BA SCORE
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34 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 5.97%
Wants: 18
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pizza Port Solana Beach visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ggaughan on 01-30-2006)
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ctdfalconer

California

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My group and I got some Synergy at the very ragged end of a full day of brewery touring between Los Angeles and San Diego. Some of us had moderated their intake throughout the day, some had not. I am happy to say that I was in full control of all my senses so I feel can give this beer a fair evaluation.

I always love to see brewers out there on the edge, experimenting and pushing the envelope of what a commercial beer can be. Tomme is definitely one of those brewers and Synergy turns out to be one of those high-concept beers that work. It has tons of earthy almost mushroomy Brett character with a prominent hoppy punctuation and just enough malty backbone to carry it all. It's full of unusual flavors but they are made to work together nicely. The name fits.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2006 00:18:24 | More by ctdfalconer
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GRG1313

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

04-02-2013 06:35:48 | More by GRG1313
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smithj4

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

01-26-2013 16:00:55 | More by smithj4
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uturn

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

01-16-2013 03:56:33 | More by uturn
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

12-11-2012 02:17:20 | More by t0rin0
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craytonic

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Richard at 4/14/2012 DC Lambic & Sour Tasting

Appearance: Cloudy golden pour, decent head and lacing
Smell: Earthiness with some peach and apricot
Taste: Peach, earth, apricots, slightly sour
Mouthfeel: Light body and carbonation
Overall: Enjoyable beer and a pleasure to try

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 19:31:51 | More by craytonic
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared by Richard at a recent tasting. Thanks!

Beer is amber / yellow and mildly hazy with a white head, low retention, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is quite Bretty, mild maltiness, very Bretty.

Beer is light in body and quite funky, mild oaky, decent overall, I like the finish. This beer was barely on my radar before this day, it was on my long long list of top wants, now I have to return to whale hunting.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 15:28:45 | More by drabmuh
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared by GRG1313 at our insane sour and wild ale tasting on April 14, 2012. Thanks Richard!

The beer is a rusty orange color with a half inch or more of white head. Plenty of carbonation left after all these years. The aroma brings citrus hops, earthy notes, funk, basement, yeast. The flavor brings all of the aforementioned attributes, along with ripened fruits. I thought this was a decent beer, but a bit too sweet and earthy. Maybe I was expecting / hoping for something tart and sour. The feel was silky smooth on the palate. It was a treat to sample this long retired beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 02:27:23 | More by Huhzubendah
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mdfb79

New York

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 04/14/12 notes. Had at the DC Lambic & Sour Tasting thanks to Richard; thanks a lot! This wasn't on my radar but apparently is considered one of the precursors to Yellow Bus, so very interested to try it.

a - Pours a hazy brown orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bread, citrus hops, peaches, fruity malts, mangos. Lot more fruit then I was expecting, though not overly sour.

t - Tastes of swete fruity malts, citrus hops, bready malts, tropical fruits, peaches. Like the nose but even more sweet fruit. Pretty nice.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Very easy to drink.

o - Overall a very nice beer, though not very sour at all. I was surprised how much fruit seems to have held up over the years, but I liked it a lot. Would like to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 00:57:36 | More by mdfb79
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at the DC Lambic & Sour Tasting on April 14, 2012. Served in a Lost Abbey Teku. Huge thanks to Richard for this one.

Pours a mostly-clear, semi-cloudy golden color with a small-average white head with good retention and quite a bit of lacing on the way down, eventually settling into a nice cap.

The nose brings pretty heavy peach and apricot with a bit of pear in the background. A bit of apricot pit there as well. Touch of earthiness in the background, though not enough to overwhelm the intense fruitiness.

The flavor is loaded with stone fruits and has a nectarine-like bite with white peach notes as well. Average duration with moderate Brett-induced funk. Light bitterness on the back end. The body is light and just a touch chewy with light carbonation and a dry finish.

This was a long-time want of mine and something that I was extremely glad to try. Thanks again, Richard.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 10:19:10 | More by Thorpe429
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -4.5%

04-14-2012 21:34:34 | More by ygtbsm94
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HopHead84

California

4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

3/31/2012

Thanks! I've wanted to try this for a very long time. The cork comes out with an emphatic pop.

A: Light yellow orange with a massive white head. Excellent retention and lacing is scattered.

S: A tropical blast. Big pineapple notes with apricot and peach. Earthy and funky with pervasive barnyard characteristics. Hay, wheat, a dash of sulfur, and grassy hop notes. There's a subtle pepper-like spiciness with some lavender and rose petal.

T: Lightly spicy, reminiscent of white pepper. Barnyard and farmhouse funk with a bright fruitiness: apricot, pineapple, mango, and lemon. Floral with notes of grass and wheat. There's a dash of mineral.

M: Upper light body with high carbonation. The mouthfeel is very dry.

Overall: Reminds me a lot of the early batches of Sanctification. Bright fruit and a great level of Brett funk. Far exceeded my expectations. Incredibly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 14:02:35 | More by HopHead84
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ithinkimasofa

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

11-15-2011 08:50:14 | More by ithinkimasofa
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AgentZero

Illinois

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

Milestone review #1250? Why not.

A - Hazy golden colored beer with a small white head that had moderate retention. Faded to a fairly tight ring, with nice spots on the sides.

S - Light, sweet malts, brett, little citrus zest, some oak. Honestly, it smells about how I thought it would smell based on how it looks, if that makes any sense.

T - Citrus zest, light malt, brett, some sweet fruits. Pretty easy drinking and light tasting with nothing particularly special, but it does taste good.

M - Lighter bodied, with fairly active carbonation and a dry finish.

O - Good beer, and has held up well. Not exceptional, but solid and enjoyable to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 19:29:18 | More by AgentZero
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koopa

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle consumed today...about 5 years after bottling I believe.

Appearance: Pours a nice orange tinged golden with good clarity and a 2 finger white crown that displays decent retention and good lace.

Smell: Slightly sweet aged malt, hints of orange zest, melon, and slightly stale hops.

Taste: Same as nose but the hops are more enjoyable. I think I also detected a hint of oak in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Holding up pretty well actually....Medium bodied with a touch of chewiness but ample carbonation that keeps it close to crisp.

Overall: A bit past peak, almost no wildness about it, but enjoyable!

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 23:05:01 | More by koopa
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to schmittymack for sharing this one at his 50th birthday party earlier this month. Poured a nice golden color with a huge, rocky white head. Nice tartness on the nose, with aromas of citrus zest, brett and yeast. Medium bodied and tart, with brett, sherry and yeast.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 23:45:57 | More by emmasdad
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

lantern corps beer summit 2010 - day 2, oct 9/2010. Dakine contributed this one. thanks dak!

750ml corked and caged bottle.

pours slightly hazy orange with a small white head. the head drops slowly and leaves a bunch of spotty lace.

aroma is good. vanilla and raw oak. tons of hops. caramel and toffee. earthy. alcohol.

taste is great. vanilla and raw oak again. more caramel and toffee than in the aroma. big orangey citrus - perhaps lots of late cascade? low bitterness level. a bit earthy. a bit fruity. a nice candy sort of sweetness. no sourness.

mouthfeel is good. medium-large body. just under medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. great balance. nice hoppy character. a great break from the sour beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 17:03:25 | More by grub
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nkersten

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks Mike for bringing this one out! reviewed from notes. Pours a hazy golden with a small white head with decent retention. Smell is citrus, lemony brett and a hint of dough. Taste is lemons, some funky yeast, some light malts, no bitterness at all. Feel is very clean with a medium light body and medium carbonation. I really enjoyed this beer, it has held up very well. Would love to get a chance to try this one again.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 20:35:57 | More by nkersten
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Sean9689

Illinois

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

Thanks, Mike!

A - Pours a faint golden color, white head, spotty brett lacing, thin ring around the glass.

S - Lemon, brett funk, slight fruity aroma, malts, yeast. Everything here is very faint and light. A little bit of this and that going on works well because i think this one had faded a bit.

T - Brett funk, fruits, malts, slight lemon/citrus. Again, all very light notes of this and that. Nothing really sticks out besides the bretty funk for me.

M - Light, smooth, refreshing, dry finish.

D - A very good brett beer that's held up quite well for being as old as it is. Would drink again, no doubt.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 02:49:21 | More by Sean9689
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jrallen34

Illinois

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

Thanks to Mike, bottle into a tulip...Pours a dark dirty blonde with orange highlights. Light white head ok retention and lacing....Aroma is ok, a little blah, a little tartness in the form of lemon zest with some yeast...The taste is pale malt with lemon and brett, a generic descriptiong but this is a pretty generic (typical) golden brett.

An ok brett that is not as good as sancitfication, both similar, neither beer which I would consider great or drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2010 18:00:41 | More by jrallen34
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Lost Abbey rastal teku. Thanks to Mike for contributing this one - it's clearly old as it was brewed at Russian River.

A - Pours with a finger of white foam that settles to a thick ring and partial cap, leaving behind spotty lace. Hazed, slightly milky, dark orange color.

S - Lemony brett, citrus, a light plastic note, spicy yeast, and stone fruits.

T - Flavor profile is more smoothed out. There's some light oxidation, but this is mostly sweet pale malt, must and earthiness, and a bitter lemon finish from the brett. Still pretty solid despite the age.

M - Light carbonation tingle, smooth medium body, no obvious alcohol. Finishes slightly dry. Quite crisp and refreshing.

D - This was a pleasant surprise. Considering it is 3+ years older, it (mostly) kept pace with the Midnight Sun Anchor we opened earlier and exhibited a superior feel.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 14:52:51 | More by MasterSki
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vacax

California

4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark golden orange and cloudy. Good amounts of fine head with good retention along with plenty of lacing. Aromas of pineapple, papaya, flora, and apricot. Tastes of apricot, flora, brettanomyces style funk and a barnyard finish. Nicely thick for a wild ale with a full but not overbearing amount of carbonation that keeps the brew silk, light, and smooth on the palate. I was excited to try this Pizza Port brew that predates the Lost Abbey, but didn't have huge expectations. Fortunately, this beer is holding up wonderfully and was quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 01:26:34 | More by vacax
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womencantsail

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huuuuge thanks to Richard for opening this one at the tasting this past weekend.

A: The pour is a clear, light golden brown color with a fluffy white head.

S: I really had no idea what to expect from this beer, so I gave it a bit sniff to see what I was getting myself into. I got a nose-full of tropical fruits, especially passion fruit. There is a bit of malty sweetness and a noticeable spice and yeast aromas well.

T: The fruit flavors were not quite as bright as in the nose, but still enjoyable. Flavors of passion fruit, pineapple, and mild citrus go well with a mild bitterness. The beer seems to be slightly oxidized (a touch of cardboard), but nothing too terrible. There is an ever so slight brett character, but it does not produce a big funkiness like I was expecting.

M: The body is actually quite full with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a very refreshing crisp, dry finish.

D: I was surprised to see how old this beer really is and how well the flavors have held up. This was a really interesting beer and an interesting concept as well. On the incredibly rare chance I get to try this again, I would gladly do so.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 20:02:54 | More by womencantsail
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle acquired in a couple of trades.

Poured a deeper golden color with a larger sized white head. Aromas of yeast, fruity, bananas, spicy, brett, and leathery. Tastes of yeast, lighter brett / funkiness, citrus, caramel, and bready. The Brett quality was on the subtle side.

Notes from 9/12/07

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 16:20:24 | More by hopdog
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Floydster

California

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml corked and caged bottle acquired in a trade with Gueuzedude, thank you for giving me the opportunity to try this beer

Pretty sure this was exclusively bottled by Russian River for Michael Jackson's Rare Beer Club a few years ago, and the cost was originally eighteen dollars per bottle

Poured into my Duvel Tulip glass with a murky golden orange color that had an even lighter tint when held up to the light, big 3/4 inch creamy and soapy slightly off white head that stuck around for a good five minutes, nice retention, lacing lasted the entire time

Smell had lots of pear, different apple aromas including red delicious and granny smith, some peach, sweet malt, light hoppiness, Belgian yeast, candy, funkiness, some faint herbal scents, and orange peel

Taste was nothing like I expected, I thought there was going to be a whole lot of sour tartiness right from the get go but I was completely wrong, could not taste any of that the entire time, instead there was lots of caramel malt and some strong pear and sweet apple flavors, brett was more in the smell than the taste, some hoppiness was still present which made me wonder how strong the bitterness was when this was fresh because it was still fairly dry, sweet and chewy yeast, never got the same flavor, let this get very warm and flat to see what tastes came about and pear still dominated with some toffee and other types of sweeter malt, weird combination overall but it worked

Body was very thick and the beer was highly carbonated which turned out to be a good thing, it balanced out the malt that could have potentially been overpowering and too syrupy, sweet and spicy mouthfeel

Could have drank even more of this, finished the bottle by myself no problem, the alcohol is pretty light at 6.7% and it is pretty light on the stomach for the most part, tasxte keeps you coming back for more because each sip was different, went down easy and had scary drinkability

For a wild ale, this one sure was not tarty, I could barely tell if there was any brettanomyces present, I wonder if it just mellowed over time and molded into the other tastes, there was definitely two kinds of yeast and hop varities which surprisingly lasted through all of its age

There was large amounts of sediment forming at the bottom of the bottle meaning that this one is probably getting past its prime, it probably has already but it still tasted good and like nothing else I have tasted yet, highly recommended if you can get your hands on one of these rare bottles, drink immediately after obtaining, my guess there is not much life left

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 17:53:33 | More by Floydster
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Synergy from Pizza Port Solana Beach
91 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.