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Poor Man's Double IPA - Pizza Port Solana Beach

Poor Man's Double IPA
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132 Ratings
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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.74%


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

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 08-26-2006)
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srandycarter

California

4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Brilliant, almost clear gold. Near white head, lots of cling lace.

S - Sweet, malty, lively hops, both citrus and pine.

T - Awesome. Big sweet malt, perfumey, excellent aggressive hops.

M - Medium to heavy body, fairly clean finish at end, considering such a big beer.

D - A current favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2014 05:28:59 | More by srandycarter
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CurtisLoew

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unmarked bottle from GABF. Port Brewing bottle cap.

Pours a straw yellow color with a large soft head. The beer has a blood-orange color when viewed through a light. Looks very nice.

Smell is fruity, citrus, pineapple, pine, orange peel.

Very fruity and sweet IIPA. Along with pine and citrus. Tangerine. A warming alcohol flavor, reminiscent of Hopslam. As it warms, a yeast ester flavor comes out.

Very effervescent. A little astringent. The mouthfeel could be off because this is usually a tap-only beer, and was only bottled for GABF, so I won't knock it too much.

Good beer. Glad I got a chance to try it.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 02:04:28 | More by CurtisLoew
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ArrogantB

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Orange color, thick head, sticky lacing on the glass. Smell is bitter, hops, hops, hops. Flavor is more bitter hops, chewy, oily almost couldn't detect the alcohol but you could feel a thickness that let you know this was indeed a double IPA. This was pretty damn good and for 9% I killed it with ease. Nice.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2012 22:07:02 | More by ArrogantB
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FosterJM

California

3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1291st Review on BA
Growler to Tulip

30th Birthday Party
Thanks to Schmoopsbeer for sharing

App- A little bit of a darker DIPA. Leant itself to more of a golden amber with some orange and yellows. Only a slight head formed on this one and was gone quickly.

Smell- A thick smell came of this one. A bit of pine, citrus and malts. Fairly hidden malts with a touch of prevalant booze.

Taste- I enjoyed it but wanted to like it more. As I mentioned. A bit of a thicker DIPA with more malt forward and a nice hop backing but needs more to it.

Mouth- A medium full body with a low-medium fairly thick carbonation. Good body behind it but much to thick for my liking.

Drink- Overall, a very well done beer. Nice layers. Semi-good pop. I think I need to head down to Pizza Port soon.

Serving type: growler

05-20-2012 02:47:40 | More by FosterJM
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared at FosterJM's birthday celebration courtesy of schmoopsbeer.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form randomly around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of honey, malt, citrus zest, and citrus fruit. Taste is very much the same with a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good IPA with a very citrus forward presence.

Serving type: growler

05-19-2012 22:02:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad, 11/6/11.

A-Pours a clear honey amber with very little white head.

S-Light citrus hoppiness, plenty of sweet malt.

T-Sweet malt, juicy citrus hops. Very smooth with nice bitterness that is not overwhelming.

M-Medium bodied, carbonation a little light.

O-Very nice beer, very smooth for the ABV.

HV

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2012 14:47:54 | More by sholland119
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gregshead

California

4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review at Pizza Port on 5/31/11 from notes:

A: Light copper color pours with finger of head. Small lacing remains minutes after.

S: Mixture of pine/grapefruit on the nose. Lots of hops on he nose. Maybe biscuity background malt but its faint on the nose.

T: Some grapefruit up front & then a bomb of pine went off in my mouth. I don't usually say this but the hopes may bye a little overweight for this one. The doesn't back it up enough for me.

M: Plenty of carb. Resiny feel that has a little bit of that tear the enamel off your teeth feel.

O: A good hoppy double ipa, but I'm not sure I enjoyed it as much as some of the other DIPAs put out by Port.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2012 21:34:42 | More by gregshead
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer, served in a Stone Brewery IRS tulip. Beer is copper and clear with a white head, small bubbles, low lacing, moderate to low carbonation. Looks fine.

Aroma is mango pineapple and alcohol. I was surprised at the alcohol aroma.

Beer is medium in body and sweet, malt backbone playing against the fruity tropical citrusy hop palate. The whole thing is nice, bold, strong, the alcohol cuts through and messes with the palate some but I still enjoyed it a lot. I'd have it again, on draft for sure.

Serving type: growler

12-20-2011 19:41:23 | More by drabmuh
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.55/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Growler shared by drabmuh. Thanks bro.

Pours a chilled golden copper. Hard pour produces a quickly receding white head that fades to a thin film and crown. Light lacing. Juicy and fruity aroma of mango and pineapple with a strong caramal malt and booze finish. Medium thin body with light carbonation and a hot boozy finish. An ok DIPA, but a little too sweet and boozy.

Serving type: growler

12-18-2011 19:58:14 | More by yourefragile
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

The beer is pretty clear, appearing a copper orange hue. The head is thick and creamy, holding steady at a half inch thick. The aroma offers hops, pine, alcohol. Bready malt and biscuits in the flavor, with pine and alcohol. Substantial malt character throughout. Medium full bodied, with appropriate carbonation. Overall, pretty good, though too malt forward for my liking. Alcohol could be masked better as well.

Serving type: growler

12-18-2011 18:45:28 | More by Huhzubendah
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scottfrie

California

3.65/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing this growler, Chad! Poured into snifter.

A: Pours a glowing citrus nectar amber with a thin head that faded into a thin collar leaving soapy lace.
S: This is one of the most marijuana-forward smelling beer I’ve ever come across. The nose on this is just straight dank herbal pot.
T: Flavors of super citrus hops, sweet nectar and very herbal notes of grass and weed. Moderate bitterness, ultra fresh taste. This beer is a bit on the sweet side.
M: Can’t taste the high alcohol at all. The body is extremely smooth and viscous, the carbonation is soft and even, and the mouthfeel is thick and drinks well.
O: A bit one dimensional and sweet but man this was very fresh, hoppy and smooth. Thanks again Chad.

Serving type: growler

11-23-2011 03:07:03 | More by scottfrie
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had the opportunity to try this one at Pizza Port Carlsbad during SDBW 2011.

A - Pours a light copper gold color with a thin white lacing ring and lazy carbonation.

S - Pineapple, oranges, sweet grapefruit rinds, mangos, and light peppery spice. Smell is borderline pungent and bold. Aroma overall is overripe tropical fruit with some vinous pine tropical grapefruit bitterness.

T - Very vinous citrus rinds of grapefruit, oranges, mild pineapple, and very mild traces of caramel malt. This is a very hop driven beer highlighting the fruity goodness of the right combination of hops. Leaves your mouth coated moth oranges and grapefruit sweetness with a mild to moderate lingering sweet grapefruit bitter finish. Alcohol is completely masked. Spicy, vinous, fruity, and inviting.

M - Medium body.

O - Outstanding

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2011 06:35:22 | More by jzeilinger
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brew3crew

Ohio

4.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at pizza port in Carlsbad

A- beautiful golden body with white head that sticks aaround throughout. Prettiest beer I have seen in awhile

S-nice citrus smell that leaves me wanting more and more

T-wow. So amazingly good. Citrus and awesome. Hops sit on my mouth a do a dance of joy. Holy crap

M-medium body and smooth.had to knock it somehow

O-great, great beer. Wow.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2011 22:34:53 | More by brew3crew
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DarthKostrizer

California

4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ehammond1 for sharing this growler

Look: Yellowish orange in color with a 1/4 inch head and just ok retention

Smell: Lots of fruits in the nose grapefruit and apricots stand out to me

Taste: Similar to the the nose with lots of fruits in the flavor especially citrus fruits. The beer had just an ok balance of hop to malt ratio

Mouthfeel: Medium to low body and medium carbonation and just a bit dry

Overall: Good IPA with a great drinkability goes down crisp and clean

Serving type: growler

10-17-2011 05:59:36 | More by DarthKostrizer
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MrVonzipper

California

4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ehammond1 for the growler bottleshare.

Hazy peach color with a creamy eggshell colored head. Good retention with Light lacing.

Very Nice nose with notes of light citrus, Pineapple and the mild centennial funk.

Great flavor and good balance. Lovely citrus and pineapple notes. Solid bitter hops but not overly bitter. Mild centennial funk.

Light bodied. Crisp and very fresh. High carbonation. Perfect for this beer. (surprising because until now I had yet to have the right carb. in a Port beer? 

Overall this is an excellend DIPA and by far the best Port beer I've ever had. They should force carbonate and bottle this great beer.

Serving type: growler

10-17-2011 04:42:49 | More by MrVonzipper
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler at my 30th. Thanks, Alex!

A - Dark orange color, white frothy head, spotty lace.

S - Dank-forward...some citrus, pine, tangerines.

T - Big on the citrus, dank herbal notes, pine, big bitter notes.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, oily hoppy finish.

D - Another solid DIPA from Pizza Port. The alcohol was hidden pretty well and the hops just destroy the palate. Recommend!

Serving type: growler

09-12-2011 15:24:18 | More by Sean9689
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jdense

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad, 8.11.11, $6 a pint, score.

One finger slightly off-white head over medium amber body with some reddish highlights, slow dissipation with exquisite lacing. Nose features a prominent amount of caramel malt to balance the huge frickin' hop bill, a bit more citrus than tropical but not much, I pick up some toasted malt notes. Hop Bomb taste but very nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is a bit on the full side of medium, good effervescence. About as flavorful of a SD style IPA I've had, the alcohol was extremely well hidden. A high mark in the Brewer's Art. Well done, Mr. Bagby.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2011 02:38:41 | More by jdense
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange presence, one of my favorite colors for any kind of ipa not named Pliny. Great dry hop aroma, lots of varieties I'd guess, amarillo, summit (dare I say), cascade, centennial, citra? I dunno, but it was complex and yummy, insert typical pine and citrus adjetives.

A little bit of a tropical taste as well, really hit every possible hop descriptor, wasn't super bitter, just nice tropical fruity hop flavor with mango and pineapple. Light enough body, hid the alcohol quite well. None of that caramel sweetness, although it can be very good in the right beer (SNPA).

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2011 23:20:33 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to jodan for getting these to me in a timely fashion for Sean's 30th birthday. Served in a plastic cup.

A - A finger of white creamy foam settles to thin cap, leaving a few big splotches of lace. The body is a hazy dark apricot-orange color.

S - Intensely dank stuff, with big notes of pine and marijuana. The nose is largely filled out with citrus - mainly oranges and grapefruits - and perhaps a few other sweet fruits. Minimal malt character, as is the West Coast aesthetic.

T - The aroma transfer to the taste almost perfectly - an intense blend of dankness, grapefruits, and perhaps a faint hint of bread and sugary malts in the periphery. This one is a palate bruiser, with medium-high levels of bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is well-hidden - thought this was lower in ABV for some reason.

M - Super dry stuff. Medium-full body that is plenty hefty for the ABV and flavor intensity. Pleasant medium carbonation, and a plethora of residual mouth-coating hop resins.

D - Just a top-notch West Coast DIPA. There is unfortunately too little Pizza Port in my life for the time being. Even with the higher ABV, this stuff felt extremely light and refreshing - so much so that we used it to help contrast and offset the barrel-aged Dark Lord collection.

Serving type: growler

07-03-2011 13:08:54 | More by MasterSki
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Alex for bringing this growler to Sean's 30th Birthday Extravaganza. Served in a snifter.

Dank. Really dank. Pours a nice orange-copper color with a large off-white head. Really thick and creamy and leaves some really nice lacing on the way down. The nose carries loads of dank hops along with some pine and a bit of citrus. No malt to speak of. The flavor hits the same notes. Lots of bitterness with a great, great hop flavor. This one really blew me away and was another fantastic edition to an already-great beer day. Medium body with a fantastic bitterness after a dry finish. Probably could have consumed this whole growler by myself. Outstanding.

Serving type: growler

07-03-2011 12:19:59 | More by Thorpe429
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soze47

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes. This was one 4.5 oz. taster of a flight of four I sampled at PP Carlsbad.

Simply a great IPA. Maybe one of the best I've ever had, at least to my personal tastes. Glowing orange gold vibe. The nose on this is so pungent! Flowers, pine, and strong citrus come wafting out. The lady next to me at the bar sampled her BF's and said, "This tastes like weed!"

It is bright at first taste with lots of tropical fruits, pineapple, orange, and, maybe my favorite flavor, lime zest! There is a substantial bitterness that kicks in, which is good. For all the fantastic flavors it had, it could have been a little too sweet, but some nice flower and rind notes return from the nose.

Great IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2011 23:33:08 | More by soze47
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

MASSIVE thanks to a great BA for this especially awesome extra. Thanks, pal!

Appearance -- Pours a hazed orange with a tuft of foamy parchment head. Could've been a postcard...

Smell -- Aromatics galore: pungent dank hops, tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, clean pine, and caramel malt sweetness. I shared this with some non-beer-nerd friends, and I was definitely getting sideways glances from the group with how much time I spent with my nose in my glass.

Taste -- INTENSE! Mango and pineapple, pine boughs, dank leafy hops, hint of simcoe cattiness. Hop bitterness is pronounced, but in good proportion. Caramel malt sweetness is mild, just enough to balance crisp bitterness and vivid tropical fruit notes. My only real gripe is that it would be better with a little more hop bitterness, but it's really damn near perfect.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with gentle carbonation. For a two-week-old growler, this is pretty f'ing good.

Overall -- I had a taste of this at Dark Lord Day and was somewhat unimpressed. This growler, however, was impeccable. Incredible depth of hop flavor, incredible aromatics, and frighteningly drinkable to boot. Frankly, I've had a hard time finding faults to this beer. To describe it, I'd call it Alpine Expo meets Surly Abrasive.

If Port ever decides to bottle this, Alpine Expo will have some SERIOUS competition.

Serving type: growler

05-31-2011 23:48:00 | More by yeahnatenelson
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OlieIPA

California

4.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After a few recommendations from fellow advocates, I decided to grab a pint Poor Man's on my way back to Orange County.

A: Poured into a standard pint glass, Poor Man's exhibited a deep copper/orange hue with a gigantic cream colored head. Once the beer was gone, a thick film was left behind due to the lacing.

S: A lot going on here! Apricot, mango, and even pineapple develop immediately with hints of pine towards the back end. I'm amazed at the abundance of tropical fruit aromas! It's similar to the smell you get when opening up a Starburst candy wrapper...it's that intense. The malt body adds some balance as well, which I think is well suited for the robust hop aromas.

T: Gosh! A hybrid between Russian River's Pliny the Elder and Alpine's Bad Boy. The hop aromas transfer nicely to the palate and malt body sweetness is intensified a bit more. Rich and balanced are two terms that best describe this beer.

M: A bit chewy, with a gentle dry finish.

O: As I indicated earlier, I believe this DIPA holds up well against any of the other popular beers within this style. A must try! Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2011 17:47:40 | More by OlieIPA
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notchucknorris

California

4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad

A: Hazy burnt orange color with a nice frothy tan head.

S: Big aromas of mango, tropical fruit and some pine hops.

T: Lots of mango and apricot upfront with a big backbone of caramel malts. The finish is overripe mango. I really liked this one, but I think Mongo was a bit better.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2011 05:02:02 | More by notchucknorris
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at FFF brewpub.

Mmmm.
Pours a golden color with a frothy white head... Nice chunky spots of lacing form on the borderlands of huge sheets of lace curtains. Respectable retention.

Smells giantly hoppy. West coast style for sure-- addict notes of grapefruit and pine. Virtually no malt. I like it like that!
Taste follows suit-- slight crackery malt with huge pine bitterness and grapefruit/citrus flavors. The bitterness lingers and loiters, giving my tastebuds the finger as they scorch the earth of my palate.

The body is medium full with solid carbonation-- prickly and dry feel.

Overall, I must point out that I am AT Three Floyds right now and I am drinking my 2nd glass of this! It really is very good... I think I may have been slightly more impressed with the growler, but this is incredible nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2011 19:39:42 | More by AleWatcher
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Poor Man's Double IPA from Pizza Port Solana Beach
96 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.