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Hot Rocks Lager - Pizza Port Solana Beach

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very good

342 Ratings
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Ratings: 342
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 18
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pizza Port Solana Beach visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Kegatron on 03-17-2009)
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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Photo of Furlinator
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque dark cola brown. The one inch khaki head remains as a thick cap on top that leaves thick curtains of shimmering lace.

The smell is of biscuit bread, grains, faint citrus and the earthy hint of freshly cut grass.

The taste is of roasted caramel malt with faint hop bitterness and citrus accents.

The texture is medium bodied with high carbonation.

Grainy and earthy enough to satisfy the lager drinkers with caramel and molasses notes that will please brown ale fans and enough hop bitterness to keep the IPA lovers happy. Easy drinking and accessible to fans of any beer style.

Furlinator, Jul 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

KAF, Jul 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

2beerdogs, Jul 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

sammyg832, Jun 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

atrocity, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of SeanPFarley
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite the surprise, this one. I work at Bevmo (this is either a 'hate me' or 'love me' job, I know) and we had a rep from Pizza Port come in and sample some of his wares. This was one of them. On initial taste I was pleased. It was one of the darker lagers I've had. I enjoyed it and thought I'd get a couple bottles.

When I got home I was unbelievably impressed. Great pour, great smell, amazing head (how many times are we actually able to say that in our lives?). It was rich, malty, hoppy, and dark. Honey, dark caramel, chocolate, fall leaves and burnt hay. Just fantastic.

SeanPFarley, Jun 11, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint glass at Estelle's.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark brown black color with no vision of anything. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Toffee, caramel, chocolate, lager yeast, and grassy hops.

Taste: Same as above with mild bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: For a EDL, I enjoyed it. I'll revisit thus again.

Flounder57, Jun 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

afsdan, May 27, 2014
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4.46/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of the best lagers I have ever tasted, I only sought this after seeing it being made on the Beer Geeks TV show. Great on tap at the brewery, where I was told I would not be able to find it in bottle shops. Heh - that may have been true in SD, but in LA, I tracked a couple down. Still tasty as hell.

DaveAnderson, May 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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2.9/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

this beer is disgusting. i love the idea, but the execution is appalling really. granted, my bottle had a little date on it, and may have deteriorated some, but i cannot imagine a great beer ever lived in here. sticky brown caramel color with some tan suds. the nose is sweet malt, but not fresh and harvest grainy, but more a euro extract thing, like a home brewers extract. no hops at all in nose or taste, but thats there least of the worries here. the flavor is an acrid funk that turns into unfermented sweetness. old taffy and gum and gross fair candy come to the forefront, behind stale grain and other off flavors. hard to believe this is rated as high as it is. thick and textured for a lager, although carbonation is fine. the price is right on some of these port bombers, but as much as midnight expression made my day for being so awesome and cheap, this one turned me right back off. if you can make older viscosity, you can do better than this.

StonedTrippin, May 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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Hot Rocks Lager from Pizza Port Solana Beach
85 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.