Killer Dana Double IPA - Pizza Port Solana Beach
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Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
3.5/5 rDev -11.8%
A darker amber color for a dipa. Thin ring of head to it. Aroma wasn't over the top, mildly hoppy, not big time like many of Port's offerings.
Taste, thin sweetness, good bitterness, sizeable hopping, big malt bill to back it all up, loads of caramel. Hops presence isn't as big as in some of their single ipa's here. Almost spit out my beer when I was told this stuff was $24 for a growler fill (not a new growler filled, a used one). . .
Its a decent beer, but no way in hell I'd pay $24 for this when Humulus Lager is only $16 a growler, and a substantively better beer.
12-06-2011 19:50:49 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.33/5 rDev +9.1%
Pours a nice amber with sustaining head. Big malt and bigger hop aroma. Very fruity. Huge hop flavor profile followed by maltines. Big body, but easy drinking. Much less chewy than the Doheney Double IPA. Medium carbonation. My favorite Pizza Port San Clemente beer!
06-22-2011 18:32:56 | More by scbrew
3.7/5 rDev -6.8%
a - brown hazelnut and amber hues. nice finger frothy thick head and nice retention.
s - piney resiny. strong hops with a slight malt undertone. more grassy and green smelling than other double ipas.
t - bitter bitter hops with sort of a sweet carmely undertone similar to the smell but more established in the taste.
m - medium carbonation and body. based on the look and taste i would have assumed that it would have a fuller body but this one is pretty medium bodied making a little more handleable of an ipa.
o - although not as complex as others still very bold and refreshing. thoroughly enjoyable.
06-15-2011 06:36:34 | More by alenonbeeradv
4.28/5 rDev +7.8%
Reviewed from notes. This was one 4.5 oz. taster of a flight of four I sampled at PP San Clemente in late May, 2011.
Glowing orange nectar color. Beautiful! Very fragrant and skunky smell. It is light in body for an Imperial IPA, but that helps a bit with the very thick resinous nature of the hops. Floral and piney in a good way. The malt helps keep the IBUs in check during the primary and secondary flavors. The light body helps prevent the brew from over drying or shocking your palette on the linger.
I'm not getting a hint of citrus on this guy, which is OK. However, you sometimes don't realize what some of those balancing, fruitier flavors do to help keep more bitter varieties in check.
06-07-2011 00:32:40 | More by soze47
4.1/5 rDev +3.3%
On tap at Pizza Port San Clemente in a tulip.
A: Light amber with an impressive off white head. Lots of scattered lacing.
S: A blast of pine resin with orange pith, grapefruit rind, and only a little fruit flesh. Malt is faint and redolent of caramel. Lightly floral.
T: Resinous pine with a blend of grapefruit and orange flesh. The pith and rind components match the strength of the sweeter flesh notes. Bitterness is at an upper moderate level. Aggressive, though no harsh alcohol or astringent notes. The dry and bitter finish is clean, and resin lingers.
M: Lower medium in body with upper moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry and sticky.
Overall: Another hoppy winner from the Pizza Port family. No surprise there. Now, I think I'll have a pint of Pseudo.
05-30-2011 21:53:56 | More by HopHead84
3.68/5 rDev -7.3%
On-tap at Pizza Port San Clemente
A: A clear golden orange color with a thin white head and some spotty lacing.
S: Certainly more toward the fruity side of double IPAs. Sweet tropical fruits such as pineapple, with sweet citrus notes as well. A bit of caramel and a moderate bread note. Just a light pine character.
T: A very nice citrus flavor which is a bit more toward the sweet side. Grapefruit, pineapple, and orange make up the fruit notes. A touch of pine with a moderate bitterness to go with some sweet caramel.
M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.
D: Not quite as in your face with the hops as many of the style, but good flavors and easy to drink.
02-23-2011 01:11:07 | More by womencantsail
3.73/5 rDev -6%
Had this on-tap at Pizza Port in San Clemente. Pours a bright orange colour with thick white head. Lacing is pretty much coating the glass. Not sure how a double IPA could look better than this really. Smells of piney hop, without too much of a malt balance. Bitterness isn't as high as some double IPA's, but it still packs a punch. I think if I wasn't in California the review for this could have scewed higher, but this wasn't near the top for the beers on this trip even though it was good.
11-30-2010 21:31:01 | More by kwjd
3.9/5 rDev -1.8%
On tap at Fat Heads. Served in a snifter.
Killer Dana is one of the Port beers I had at the Hop Harvest festival but my palate was shot by the later part of the day. So I was thrilled to see it back on tap again when I returned this past weekend. The beer looks nice in the snifter but is a unique color for a DIPA. It's an amber with ruby red notes around the edges and a deep splash of mahogany in the center. The beer is relatively cloudy and has little head but good retention and nice lace.
The hop bill for this is right up my alley, but it is just a bit unbalanced. The wild cattiness comes across first in a fit of kitty pee and green onions. Underneath that strong scent, there is some grapefruit and pine lingering. The smell is just really heavy and could use more bright notes like orange or mango. A touch of toasted malt underneath makes this one strange but powerful DIPA.
I do like the way this tastes, though. There's a ton of malt balancing things out with some caramel and toast notes. The hops are dank and wild, with more simcoe silliness and some citrus notes. A huge spike of bitterness gives way to sweet malt. Interesting and really well put together - the missing elements in the nose come through in the taste.
The mouthfeel is creamy with low carb and medium body, finishing in a dry feel with lingering bitterness. This is not the most drinkable due to the bitterness, but I enjoyed the taste for one snifter's worth.
11-16-2010 22:34:07 | More by jampics2
4.03/5 rDev +1.5%
A- golden hue, very clear medium amount of bubbles good white head retention.
S-strong of hops, I want to say cascade and Chinook, citrus, hints of grapefruit, bit of floral smell to it. Also has a hint of ester alcohol smell to it.
T- Taste is pretty opposite of the smell, I got a much more pine and floral taste to it. There is a significant malt profile that does a good job at balancing it.
M- the lower amount of carbonation makes taste a little more smoother, which is surprising. and it has a great after taste.
D- I think that this is a pretty drinkable double IPA so hats off to them, this would go great with some spicy Mexican food or pizza! But the high alcohol content might limit how many pints to buy, overall a very good example of a double IPA.
09-26-2010 23:22:18 | More by Dlish
3.63/5 rDev -8.6%
A: hazy amber with thin lace and no head
S: not too much on the nose, some mild floral hop presence, slight sweet malt, orange-citrus notes become more present as the beer approaches room temp
T: pretty big bite throughout the palate despite nose, lots of pine qualities, faint residual malt character
M: clean finish with some hop stickiness throughout, pretty round
D: admittedly had after a Duet--just not as appealing but the mouthfeel is definitely worth a second
05-11-2010 02:14:23 | More by WOTO97
3.98/5 rDev +0.3%
Had this on tap.
This poured a bright orange.
The Killer Dana is super dry hopped. You can't smell or taste the alcohol, which is pretty impressive. It smelled of typical west coast hops- citrus fruits, pine, a bit of cedar. It tasted bright and hoppy but not too bitter.
03-25-2010 21:01:53 | More by femALEist
4.08/5 rDev +2.8%
Draught at PP San Clemente on July 2, 2009. Light amber orange color with a white head. The aroma is a hop punch of pine trees and grapefruit. Just bursting out of the glass. The flavor has copious amounts of fresh, piney, fruity hops with some grapefruit and mang going on. There is some light and dry toasty malt before a long bitter finish settles in. Dry and lean on the tongue with smooth carbonation. Really hoppy and dry for a DIPA, but not harsh or too one dimensional. This made the Poor Mans over at the Carlsbad location look sweet and tame in comparison.
01-26-2010 21:35:34 | More by bulletrain76
4.22/5 rDev +6.3%
Pours a bright golden red (not orange, though--more gold than red) with about 1/2 inch head.
Smells of tropical fruit and less obviously of pine and sweet flowers.
Taste is bright and hoppy, but not very bitter. The beer does not taste boozy.
This beer feels pleasantly complex and satisfying to my mouth.
This was a joy to drink, and when I'm back down here, I'm sure I'll order it again.
01-04-2010 02:11:33 | More by WindUpBird
3.95/5 rDev -0.5%
Cask @ O'Briens. Poured a clear, darker orange-gold with no head. Oily ring. Thick lacing. Strong pine resin and overripe grapefruit in the nose. Biscuity/bready malt. Slick mouthfeel with low carbonation, actually wished this one was an tap instead of the cask. Long, sitcky finish. Hop assault of resin and cedar flavors. Very nice. Bit of a grapefruit, mango hop mix follows. Stronger malt profile gives a bit of sticky sweet alcohol in the end. Normally I don't like this, but it went well with the aggressively hopped beginning. Well done.
09-10-2009 17:49:37 | More by magictrokini
3.93/5 rDev -1%
On cask at Port San Clemente,
A: Pours a light rusty red with a very light head out of the cask.
S: Hops, not a huge nose, grapefruit, cedar.
T: Grapefruit and cedar oil form the main flavour. The malt is significant, a nice toasted barley, dark bread, more malty than an average San Diego style DIPA.
M: Smooth, prickly carbonation, this is where cask can stand out, floral, easy hop bitterness, very easy to drink.
D: A nice Double IPA, I've had it in the past, and I've never been blown away with it, just thought it was good, it can hold it's own with San Diego.
08-13-2009 17:16:32 | More by Halcyondays
Killer Dana Double IPA from Pizza Port Solana Beach
88 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.