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547 Haight - Pizza Port Solana Beach

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BA SCORE
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40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
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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Reviews by Floydster:
Photo of Floydster
4.13/5  rDev +1%
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

Floydster, Nov 16, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

aquazr1, Mar 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

olradetbalder, Nov 21, 2014
Photo of ehammond1
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

ehammond1, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Sammy, Jan 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

DJButters, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Pizza Port Carlsbad on 3/18/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours deep hazy amber, with a thin covering of light mocha colored frothy head. This pretty much doesn't budge, especially staying rich around the edges and leaving thick and sticky swathes of lacing back. The aroma is rich with Amarillo hops, which give off plenty of dry spice and pine in the nostrils. Lots of sticky tropical fruit character is also present, as is a thick underpinning of caramel and toasted grains. This sits nice and heavy in the nose but still remains somewhat lively thanks to the sharpness of the hop profile.

The taste matches the aroma, with a blast of resins, bitter citrus rind, and spice up front, being balanced by a thick background of sweet fruits (mango, pineapple), rich & sticky toffee notes, and roasted malt character. Almost a dark molasses feel here to that big malty backbone. The spice and dryness of the hops really sticks around hard in the finish. The mouthfeel is full and thick, with a softer creaminess to the carbonation that keeps that big feel relatively smooth on the palate. As a matter of fact, you would be hard pressed to believe that this is 10% ABV. I mean, this has some beef and warmth to the overall feel but it never in any way gets out of hand.

Wow, just a big & burly West Coast flavored Double Red here, which seemed to pack the power and flavor of a couple of beers into itself. Well done and a fitting tribute beer for the SF Toronado. I'm glad that they are continuing to brew this one.

Kegatron, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of Sisky
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Sisky, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of nataku00
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

nataku00, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of rallison
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed, I am assuming, in honor of Toronado. This is an Imperial Red Ale - however, since that is not a style on BA, I have to classify it as an American Strong Ale.

Pours a beautiful dark amber/copper color with a 2 finger fluffy off-white head that never fully dies - nice!

Smells delicious - piny hops and lots of caramel malt.

Taste is excellent. Lots of delicious caramel malt backed up by a nice balance of piny hops. Strong in flavor, but very well balanced. This is a 10% that drinks like an 8% beer. Nicely done.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Nicely carbonated, with a medium mouthfeel and a perfect richness.

Drinkability is excellent. The growler went too fast.

Highly recommended. Go try it.

rallison, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

largadeer, Aug 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

wethorseblanket, Sep 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

beerdweeb, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Thorpe429, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

drewone, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Carlsbad

A: A solid looking pour to this one: a deep, dark amber color with plenty of red with a thin off-white head.

S: A solid hop aroma to the nose with plenty of citrus and pine. Even with the hops, the toffee, caramel, and toasted malt are pronounced, yet somehow remain at the back.

T: Like the nose, there are some nice sweet malty qualities to the flavor (as you would expect from a red). Also like the nose, the hops really are the star of the beer providing plenty of grapefruit and a bitter and piney finish.

M: A medium to full bodied ale with a light carbonation.

D: I didn't even realize this was 10% until I looked up the beer on here. Very well hidden ABV and a delicious beer all around.

womencantsail, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of sfoley333
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a pint glass at Pizza Port Carlsbad 10-02-07.
Poured a reddish brown color with a small head that whil sticky almost vanished in a couple of minutes. Smell most of toffee and malt profiles. Taste Carmel, toffee, peacan bourbon reduction with a mild bitterness that was of set by the malty body. But the body still proved to be creamy and smooth for a 10% beer. That makes this beer a creeper beer that will catch up to you. I had a glass of pliny elder than this and about 15 min. later felt pretty nice.

sfoley333, Oct 03, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

john0721, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of Stoneman78
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On cask at PP Carlsbad

Appearance is a clear amber hue, lively patch of bubbles on top, minimal lacing

Smell is big caramel and toffee malts, dark fruits, and piney hops

Taste mostly follows the aroma, the sweet malts dominate throughout, alcohol warming also hits the palate strongly and doesn't let go, pine hops, anise, molasses show up in the middle, finishes bitter and malty

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, thick and chewy texture, mild carbonation (cask!)

Drinkability is moderate, the alcohol is definitely stiff at 10% and the malt/hop profile is in your face, might be a little less edgy on draft

Stoneman78, May 14, 2008
Photo of MisterClean
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Toronado's. Barleywine festival.

A - Light mahogany pour with a 1 finger head, which dissipated fast.

S/T - Caramel, anise, breadiness, toffee, and light alcohol. Possibly some dark fruits such as plums/raisins.

M - Full-bodied, rich, malt-dominated, which lent a creamy, yet viscous feel.

D - Would love to try again should they bottle this one.

MisterClean, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of mcallister
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What we have here is a damn fine beer. Listed as an Impy red ale at Carlsbad it drank nothing like one.

Dark copper colored semi transparent with an off white head. Sticky trickling lace clings for dear life.

Very un-red ale like. Thick sweet caramel and milk chocolate with date and fig paste. Berries and candied nuts with a hint of clove.

A great beer. Thick creamy and delectable. Good floral hopping that lends to a good bitter balanced finish. Very sweet but not cloying. Milk chocolate, fig jam, clove, dried berry, date, and candied nuts. Alcohol is noticeable but dosen't really interfere with drinkability.

mcallister, Oct 02, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

GClarkage, Jul 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

JonBarley, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of HopHead84
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

9/6/2010

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.

HopHead84, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of Pinche_Oso
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Pinche_Oso, Aug 12, 2012
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547 Haight from Pizza Port Solana Beach
90 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.