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547 Haight - Pizza Port Solana Beach

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547 Haight
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90
outstanding

39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pizza Port Solana Beach visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rallison on 08-28-2007)
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Floydster

California

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64 ounce growler purchased for $19.75, board listed this imperial red at 9.4% ABV, split with my dad and a friend, poured into a pint glass

A-Deep brownish red color, thin 3/4 inch creamy beige head that lasts a long time, nice retention, great lacing at the top of the glass
S-Floral and pine hoppiness, toasted breads, caramel malt, toffee, sweetness, grassy accents, lemon juice, and mild booze
T-The sweet malts from the aroma start things off and stay pretty strong throughout, there is some soft but sweet syrup in the middle mixed with caramel and toffee, this finish is bitter and has a nice hop presence, there is also some mild booze in the finish that intensifies as time goes on, still fairly dry in the last few sips though, liked how the malt and hops worked together in this one, not overly sweet like many other beers of this style
M-Dry, bitter, creamy, and malty mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, moderate level of carbonation, taste lingers with dryness on the tongue
D-Alcohol is hidden well for a double red, the balance and strong hop presence helps well with that, not too heavy on the stomach, smooth and

Anything with Toronado's name or address on it is going to be good from my previous experiences, hopefully this one will be on for the Strong Ale Fest because it is quite tasty and I would not mind having some more, recommended

Serving type: growler
@ Pizza Port Carlsbad, 571 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad

11-16-2008 22:25:54 | More by Floydster
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4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Pizza Port Carlsbad, 571 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad

09-18-2012 01:46:24 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Pizza Port Carlsbad, 571 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad

01-23-2012 02:20:23 | More by Sammy
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3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Pizza Port Carlsbad, 571 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad

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California

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ehammond1


4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler

Pizza Port
Carlsbad, CA

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.

Serving type: growler
@ Pizza Port Carlsbad, 571 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad

09-09-2011 20:58:52 | More by ehammond1
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nataku00

California

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

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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Pizza Port Carlsbad, 571 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad

08-14-2011 21:52:30 | More by nataku00
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Pizza Port Carlsbad, 571 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad

08-13-2011 23:37:51 | More by largadeer
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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

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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Pizza Port Carlsbad, 571 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad

11-03-2010 02:01:29 | More by Thorpe429
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LittleDon

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Pizza Port Carlsbad, 571 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad

10-14-2010 01:02:55 | More by LittleDon
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Arbitrator

California

2.35/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Pizza Port Carlsbad, 571 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad

09-16-2010 07:11:58 | More by Arbitrator
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547 Haight from Pizza Port Solana Beach
90 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.