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Poor Man's Double IPA - Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Poor Man's Double IPA
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150 Ratings
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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 41
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by beagle75:
Photo of beagle75
3.45/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the growler into a standard pint glass the day after being filled.

A: Clear medium golden color with significant white head that diminishes to a fine ring around the side of the glass. Abundant lacing remains.

S: Sweet floral hops that remind of tropical fruits or boutique hand-soaps. The smell is in no way bad, but it does not promise balance in the flavor.

T: All beta-acid hops flavors--high in flavor and low in bitter finish. The taste is entirely one-note, without the layers of flavor one might look for in a superior beer of this style. There is no malt presence identifiable, perhaps because it is overshadowed by the flavors of the hops. As far as I can tell there is no information about this beer provided by the manufacturer online, so I cannot confirm my conclusion that Simcoe hops are showcased here. No evidence of alcohol is detectable.

M: Medium viscosity, quite sticky but appropriate for the style.

D: This is a beer that tastes amazing at first but diminishes in interest and complexity quickly. A half-gallon of this seems like too much!

beagle75, Jun 14, 2010
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

pbsmooth, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8%

warnerry, Dec 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Guinnsslvr, May 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold with a bubbly but quickly dissipating white head. Floral hops with some citrus and grass. Smooth hoppiness on the taste, very clean. Sweeter hops and malt in the finish. Drier than expected. Pizza Port makes some of the best IPA's out there.

magictrokini, Dec 10, 2008
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4.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler

Pizza Port
Carlsbad, CA

A shimmering clear gold with a big frothy white head that sticks around, then forms deep craters. Sticky lacing running down the glass. A beautiful beer from start to finish.

An exceptionally pungent hop blast straight from the growler as I twist the cap. More electrifying citrus and pungent fruit aromas fill the air as I pour. This is mango, orange, lemon, and a bit of pine. A spectacular nose...

...but this beer really shines in the taste department! This is what I hope for in a DIPA. Where other supposedly top-of-the-world DIPAs have swung and nearly hit it out of the park, this one hits a grandslam! It's bitter, it's sweet, it's pungent, it's citrusy, it's clean, it's refreshing, it's easy to drink, it's everything!
I split this growler with my dad and he too was floored by it. He said, multiple times, "I'm sure glad they don't bottle this stuff!" Good, that is, for his wallet.
A truly perfect DIPA.

Medium to full in the mouth yet easy drinking. No struggle, no alcohol burn.

Perhaps as close to a perfect DIPA I've had. Truly terrific!

ehammond1, Mar 20, 2011
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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).

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Jun 03, 2013
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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.

MrVonzipper, Oct 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8%

ipa247, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grapefruit colour with white head, c-hop aroma. On-tap at Port Carlsblad.A good bitter mouth-puckering amount of hops, piney and some grapefruit-like and lemon acidity in the finish. Not bad for a double IPA. Refreshing and would have again in a bottle, maybe some day.

Sammy, Feb 12, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

DJButters, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8%

leschkie, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of MiScusi
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad, poured into a pint glass. I actually didn't know this was a Double IPA until I was almost done with it. It was really huge in flavor, but the body wasn't so big or alcoholy that it made me think Double IPA. That is actually a good thing in my book. The smell was fresh pine and sweet citrus. The taste had those same two characters with a brisk bitterness and carbonated bite to leave a bit of bruising at the end. Very nice, and I actually do like lighter bodied/Drier IPA's that don't have a ton of residual sugars... this one sure didn't.

MiScusi, Jun 29, 2008
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3.63/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Pizza Port Carlsbad location on 3/15/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear coppery amber with a thin covering of brite-white head. Retention stays rich and creamy, leaving solid swathes of lace behind. The aroma is a beefy smelling fume of sticky and spicy hops, citrus, and a good bit of buttery bread and caramel notes, with a stiff underpinning of warmth that sears the nostrils just a bit.

The taste starts out with assertive hops that rip the tongue, blasting the mouth with a dry, resinous, and spicy bitterness. A backbone of malt sweetness and citrus is present but it's barely keeping the hops in check. The hops naturally tear up the finish as well, leaving behind a bitterness that just sticks in the mouth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a prickly carbonation that mixes with a good bit of heat in the body, which is really inhibiting the drinkibility of this for me.

Hey, I'm all about getting blasted in the face with hops like the next guy but there has to be some better balance present. Plus, when you have an active alcohol component like this does, all of that bitterness and warmth can make for some tough drinking. The rare Pizza Port beer that was a bit disappointing for me.

Kegatron, Mar 17, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Seaba, Feb 28, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I feel like I may be underrating this one but it truly is very good. I am grateful and shocked to get a growler from fatheads in Ohio and this is one helluva beer. So it goes.

Growler, split between two of us. Drunkeness occurred in a good way. Pours an orange brown color with a thin head with lots of carbonation. Smells like pine, orange peel, citrus, and sweets. Tastes very hop forward with some orange and an aftertaste of spice, perhaps black tea. Very complex and crazy. This is one bitter beer. I probably could not taste anything else after this but it is very good. It is a sipper but you sip on a lot of it and it is dangerous so be careful with this one. Nonetheless a real tasty brew I highly recommend.

beerhan, Nov 16, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed on November 26, 2006. On tap at the brewpub. Spicy aroma, full of cilantro-like cascades and more resins. Nice. Clear and clean deep golden pour. Flavor is an incredibly profuse and floral flavor, with malt taking a backseat to some of the more upfront and delicious hop characters I’ve seen in a while. It ranges from piney floral qualities to sweet Meyer lemon zest and a blossom of honeyish ruby red grapefruit syrup. Lots of resin and whole hop character amagamating to create some beautifully spicy runs. The sugars aren’t sticky and cloying, yet only assist the beer nicely in bring a wonderful hop pack. A whole lot of fresh white grapefruit juice shows itself in a grass-inflected smack.

CharlesDarwin, Dec 20, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

terpinsd, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of HalfFull
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass, pours an orange golden in color with a decent whitish head. Looks attractive and innocent enough but I've been dumped by Pizza Port before. As soon as I get attached to a beer, it heads for the hills and I never see it again. Pizza Port is obviously female.

Nice blast of hops on the nose, touch of citrus and pine, bit of sweetness is apparent. The seduction begins, here we go again.

Tastes of light malts up front, with a hop barrage to follow. Bitterness is present but somewhat cloaked by a moderate malt blanket. Feel and finish are good. Nice job Port, but I'm not buying it. Take someone else's money in that planned future divorce, 'cause I'm not taking the bait. I can read it in your name! Put this in a bottle and show me you're serious, then I'll buy the ring, in the meantime I'm playing the field. I'm sure you'll hook up with some surfdude from Leucadia by then anyway. Whatever.

HalfFull, Feb 17, 2009
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4/5  rDev -8%

sammo, Mar 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Wantbeer, Mar 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

SirBentham, Dec 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Booner818, Jan 19, 2014
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Poor Man's Double IPA from Pizza Port Solana Beach
96 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.