547 Haight - Pizza Port Solana Beach
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Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 24 | Display Reviews Only:
4.45/5 rDev +8.3%
On tap at Pizza Port in Carlsbad, CA.
Pours a hazy amber with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and malt. Taste is much the same with medium citrus zest bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.
09-18-2012 01:46:24 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.9/5 rDev -5.1%
enjoyed on tap at carlsblad location. An imperial red, malty and hoppy. Orange red coloured body. Above average mouthfeel. Good bitterness, resiny, piney,syrupy,caramel a bit of a palate erase (so a pint is a lot-TM). Good drinkabiiity. Decent balance for what it is.
01-23-2012 02:20:23 | More by Sammy
3.8/5 rDev -7.5%
Enjoyed on tap at Blind Lady Ale House, poured into a snifter.
The beer pours a nice rich red color with a half finger or so of tan/orange head.
Beer smelled a bit piney, but also very sweet like toffee.
Beer initially tasted very sweet of toffee and caramel. The sweetness followed by a bit of bitterness hid the booze taste very well.
Relatively on the light side, but a good bit of lacing. Overall, a very well balanced strong ale that was fairly easy drinking.
01-19-2012 01:37:41 | More by Merkur
4.18/5 rDev +1.7%
A dark but clear auburn and ruby with a thick, pillowing pearl colored foam. Lots of sticky lacing running down the glass.
Pungent aroma and a nice combination of malt and hops: piney and citrus hops, toffee, bread, and caramel.
Balanced yet full flavor, without much to any alcohol presence, which is quite the accomplishment at this ABV. Piney and citrus hops with lots of caramel and toffee, without being too sweet. Very nice.
Medium mouthfeel and incredibly drinkable for a beer this big.
A delicious strong ale/imperial red.
09-09-2011 20:58:52 | More by ehammond1
4.15/5 rDev +1%
On tap into a shaker pint glass at Toronado the day after their 24th anniversary. Dark brown with some reds and orange at the edge of the glass with barely any head off the pour. Can't see anything through the glass, but there was some nice lacing as I drank from the pint.
Nose was toffee, brown sugar, molasses, and a decent amount of hops, orange and grapefruit peel mainly.
Taste follows the nose pretty much exactly, a good amount of malt, toffee, toasted grains, brown sugar, with just a touch of citrus hops, orange mainly to give a little bittering. Pretty easy to drink, to be honest.
Medium bodied with a smooth soft carbonation. Drank much too easily for a 10% beer, finished my pint quickly, maybe because I was thirsty with this being my first beer. Pretty good beer, but nothing that distinguishes itself from other beers similar to it like fresh Double Bastard or Old Stock.
08-14-2011 21:52:30 | More by nataku00
4/5 rDev -2.7%
On tap at Toronado for their 24th. Has a dark red translucent body topped by a thin white head. Pretty big nose, an even mix of dark semi-sweet malt and resinous, piney hops; very Double Bastard-like. Palate isn't far from the nose, with a ton of dark slightly caramelized and roasted malt flavor, followed by herbal and resinous hops. Ends on a biting bitter note, quite dry for the high ABV.
08-13-2011 23:37:51 | More by largadeer
4.15/5 rDev +1%
Reviewed from notes.
Pours a moderate amber color with a nice white head. A bit of lacing but not as much as I would expect from something this hoppy. Nose is overload of citrus and pine and is quite nice overall. The taste is a really dominated by the strong hops notes, although the flavor isn't as prevalent as the nose. The feel is quite bitter and nice. Drinks very well and was a nice selection. Glad to have visited.
11-03-2010 02:01:29 | More by Thorpe429
4/5 rDev -2.7%
A pint at Pizza Port, Carlsbad.
Very deep amber and clear. It was poured with a dense head that hasn't budged in 10 minutes. Citrusy hop aroma. Decently balanced, although more DIPA than strong ale. Could have used more caramel sweetness, but very drinkable, nonetheless. A bit of carbonation up front. Bitterness mellows a bit in the back end where the caramel tones begin to play, with the flavor becoming a bit smokey and bordering on heavily caramlelized sugar as it warms up. Alcohol is well incorporated into the drink but definitely there.
10-14-2010 01:02:55 | More by LittleDon
2.35/5 rDev -42.8%
Re-reviewing this one. My last review (from the Toronado 22nd) was an A+. My latest experience (Toronado 23rd) was less impressive.
A: Dark brown / amber in color with a reddish tint to the body. Has a small head and leaves some trace lacing down the glass.
S: Caramel, toffee, butterscotch, toast, candy. The last time I had this, it was very hoppy; here there is only a mild citrus note to it.
T: Really sweet and bland. A solid blend of maltiness, only partially offset by citrus and earthy bitterness. I know how good this beer can be; is there a lot of batch variation, or is this an old keg? It's incredibly disappointing.
M: Smooth, creamy, full-bodied, medium carbonation. No alcohol detected. Very well done for a 10%er.
D: I've had this beer 3 times, and 2 times it has been a sweet, malty mess. Such a shame; when this beer is on its game, it's an A+ imperial red.
09-16-2010 07:11:58 | More by Arbitrator
4.15/5 rDev +1%
A: pellucid crimson with a frothy beige cap.
S: Pungent mixture of grapefruit and pine resin with a substantial caramel malt foundation. Hop aroma is great when the beer warms.
T: Pine resin, strong caramel malt presence, balanced with an upper moderate level of bitterness. Dash of sweetness. Almost balanced in the finish with caramel, pine, and grapefruit
M: Sticky and creamy. Upper medium bodied. Upper moderate carbonation.
Overall: A nice malty imperial red ale. Not as aggressive as something like Tongue Buckler, but is tasty and drinkable.
09-06-2010 23:00:00 | More by HopHead84
547 Haight from Pizza Port Solana Beach
90 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.