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Hot Rocks Lager - Pizza Port Solana Beach

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182 Reviews
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Reviews: 182
Hads: 362
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 15.12%
Wants: 23
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Pizza Port Solana Beach visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Kegatron on 03-17-2009

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Reviews: 182 | Hads: 362
Photo of KrautAficionado
2.66/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark nearly opaque brown, a bit reddish on the edges with decent offqhite head that dies to a decent film, laces ok enough. Aromas are a bit of a sweet maltiness, a touch of brown sugar and light caramel candies. Bit of toast and nuts, coupled with faint vanilla sweetness and chocolate, more on the softer side than bitter. Initial is decent bodied, toasty and smoothed out with a nice creaminess. Vanilla, chocolate, caramel, and a good nuttiness round out the base flavors, moving to a light brown sugar, touch of roast and decent bitterness on the backend. The roast and bitterness stay on the palate well, as this beer should be a bit lighter than expected, but still packs pretty good flavor for just a dunkel. The sweetness isn’t cloying, as roast and toast with pretty good hoppiness come in to balance. I liked this beer for what it was, and only qualm may have been that the bitterness and roast on the finish, although enjoyable, could have been smoothed out a bit for a more sessionable experience.

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Photo of kingcrowing
2.86/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark black with a small brown head. Nose is very light but malty and a tinge of coffee but not much...

Taste is fairly bitter and sharp. There's a lot of coffee and almost tart flavors from the toasty roasty flavors. Unique but good!

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Photo of kojevergas
2.92/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is my second time trying to upload this review, so it'll be more brief than most of my reviews as I'm pissed off at the website for screwing up. Bottle into stemware. Cost was $4.29 USD.

A: One finger of decent thickness, okay retention, and no real cream. Caramel-black colour; murky and nontransparent.

Sm: Light chocolate, some vanilla bean, and dominant dark malts. A mild strength aroma.

T: Vanilla, chocolate, cream, and awkward cola notes are present on the climax - where the majority of the flavour is located, throwing off the structural balance. Dark malts comprise the foundation and body. The cola feels awkward. It's imbalanced but still generally enjoyable.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Too sharp from overcarbonation. Too thick for the lack of complex flavours.

Dr: Drinkable but merely average for the style. I wouldn't have it again. A relative disappointment from this brewery. The cola notes throw the whole beer off substantially.


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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

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Photo of JBogan
2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark cola color with a very small off white head. Very little lacing is left on the glass. Pretty boring looking actually.

The smell was an interesting mix of sweet malt, cocoa and even some fruits.

Taste was also somewhat sweet and malty, along with the cocoa and a bit of raisin. Not quite as enjoyable as the aroma.

The mouthfeel left a lot to be desired. Thin and very flat, with almost no carbonation.

Overall this was a rather uninteresting beer.

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Photo of treyrab
3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Grabbed this brew at a local bottle shop a month ago. Kept in the fridge until I cracked it and split it last night. Poured into two pint glasses.

A: Pours a clear, mahogany red with an off-white, almost tan, one finger head. Looks dangerously close to Dr. Pepper; very cola-like. Looks spritzy.

S: Smell is very dry with smoke, ash, chocolate, coffee, and roast. While all of those scents are there, they are all muted and neither really sticks out. Smells very dry and smoky.

T: Taste, again, is dry smoke. Very similar to a rauchbier with the amount of smoke. Not so much peat, or earthy tones, but just smoke and ash. Chocolate also comes through, but it is very dry and not at all sweet chocolate.

Overall, an interesting lager. Glad I tried it, but not my style.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Spied a bottle of this on one of my weekly beer runs, decided to give it a try. Bottle is relatively fresh; usually bottles sit in my "cellar" for a while before I get around to tasting them. Not this one.

It poured a dark maple syrup color. Small headed that has since reduced to a tiny ring. Lazy lacing as I like to call it, its there but it resembles an old broken spiderweb.

All malts on the nose; hints of chocolate and fruits. I've never been great at detecting smells from lagers.

Taste is of roasted malts and mild smoking. It's like a very watered down (authentic) Rauchbier. The

Not including Bamberg, Germany I'm not much of a lager fan. If forced to drink one I would probably choose this, but there just isn't a whole lot going on. I'm glad I tried it, but I'm sorry to say I won't be having an other anytime soon.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brick red with a thin half finger width of head.

S- Malty with some coffee, and the alcohol is quite present. I'm also getting a metallic smell.

T- The taste is like a light shot of malty espresso. That metallic smell is here in the taste. They must have used hot iron rocks to brew this beer or something. I'm also getting that traditional lager yeast taste too. It really can be picked out in lager beers.

M- Thin at times, with a thick after taste that leaves my mouth slimy.

D- Easy to drink. Great darker lager, but it doesn't seem to have much direction

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one borders on being a schwarzbier in my mind, but it's not quite as dark and the hop tones just aren't there. The way it's brewed is interesting; dropping hot rocks into the wort to produce a boil. The old method....

Pours a dark ruby/chestnut color with a small layer of off-white foamy head. A bit sticky in the lacing as it drank.

Aroma is sweet, a bit smoky, and anise-like. Caramel seems to provide a the backbone, slightly smoked. Anise and/or almond comes and goes.

Flavor isn't bad, just not very noticeable. I think if I had paired this with some Mexican dishes, slightly spiced, the flavor may have popped more. As it is, it's soft. Caramel, anise or root beer-like center...soft. Smoke comes in a bit and the caramel finishes it off. Slight earthy spice.

Thin mouthfeel. Or perhaps it's just so smooth. Again, should have paired it. Makes it quite drinkable. Nothing bad here.

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Photo of Drunkenass
3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up in LA on a recent trip.

This beer was not what I expected it to be. It is well hopped but a little too malty for me.

Appearance: dark and malty with a good head.

Smell: malty with a hoppy note

Taste: not like a lager I wanted it to be. Heavy malt and tropical fruit.

Mouthfeel: Heavier than it looks with a hoppy aftertaste.

Overall: I'm into trying new brews, but this one was a disappointment. I'm a big fan of west coast IPA and this lager didn't do it for me.

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Photo of illidurit
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a pint glass. Dark copper color with a tan head. Aroma is full of caramel and dark fruits, specifically the dank odor of prunes and the sweetness of figs. Flavor is very similar, pungent dark fruits and a light toffee finish. This is a full-flavored lager that can hold my attention, but unfortunately the sweet + prune combo is a little much to deal with over the course of 22 ounces.

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Photo of callmescraps
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Always interested in a Port brew. Let's see how she does.

Appearance - Quite dark. Almost black. It's actually a very, very dark brown. There's a nice off-white head. Laces well.

Smell - Lots of malt, a little sweet. There's a hint of grapefruit. Not a terribly strong smell, but nice.

Taste - Some of that sweet malt again. A little roast comes in as well. Almost a corn adjuncty taste. A hint of caramel sugars as well.

Mouthfeel - Nice carbonation, but a tad light.

Drinkability - Not bad. The bitter roast on the finish is off-putting.

This is a fine beer, but not really doing it for me. More roast and malt than I was expecting. Eh.

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Photo of crossovert
3.29/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

THanks to jdubfl for the extra.

Pours into my large dimpled mug a decently dark brown with orangeish hues on the edges. The head is large and off-white.

The smell is medicinally hoppy with some nice malt character.

The mouthfeel is noticeably watery, which is a downer. The beer tastes alright though, not much like a Euro Dark lager though. It is almost like a porter meets bock. The chocolate malt is pretty evident as is the caramel.

It is ok, not true to style at all but not bad.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep brown color with amber highlights. Creamy off white head. Nose is earthy with toasted malt. Breadth Malta and very faint notes of dark fruit.

Surprisingly chocolaty. But you can definitely taste the granite. A really unique taste. Flavors blend together well. Toasted Malta, touch of caramel, chocolate and a mineral like quality. The granite really adds a unique quality to this dark lager. Somehow makes it taste cleaner and crisper. A strange beer for sure but overall its pretty good. A little boring and a little too malt heavy at times though.

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Photo of beerman21
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep burnt Magonhey color, with a massive fluffy almost creamy off white slight cinnamon hue color head. Its massive maybe 3 1/2 fingers so pour this beer gently. No need for a aggressive pour.

S- Sweet bready malts, picking up some dark fruits as well, for sure malty. Absent aroma of hops, has kind of a sour funk but in a good way, subtle on the sourness note though.

T/M/O- Really nice sweet bready malt flavor, melded nicely with hints of raisins and plum. Sourness is not there at all, I'd be concerned of sour flavor of this beer being bad, but really was only present in the aroma. Mouthful was slightly chewy; flavor lingered nicely and dissipated just in time to want to take another sip. Has a slight warming effect ABV at 6.5, just low enough I believe to be sessionable, but on the low end. Usually I find any lager to be very filling, but this one wasn’t to bad. This isn’t your typical strait forward lager either, it definiently has character. I'd recommend it for sure, although I'd probably go for there IPA that’s just my style preference.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Pours cola colored brown with small head that disappears completely within moments. Nose is weak to nonexistent, with a suggestion of musty caramel. Palate has an earthy quality that is probably the rock influence, but beyond that it's just a light roasty malt flavor profile. It's watery, with not much exciting going on.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Good brown and ruby red color going on, slight beige head, fluffy and ample. Aroma was largely missing. Tasted at the SDIBF.

Taste, maybe its just the imagery, but this one seemed to coat and help put out a little spice despite its smokiness. Super restrained in terms of hoppiness for a Port beer, but to style my friend, to style. More complex than a traditional brown ale, this lager had some nuances and possibly more malt heft than the average brown. All together, it all makes for a pretty smooth coating beer that might be good in place of a Negra Modelo (my usual spicy food go to beer).

Definite drinkability points for the cheapness $4, and for the uniqueness of this beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a pint glass)
A- This beer has a dense brown body with a garnet glow to it.  There is a thick lumpy light tan head that last for a bit.  It is a bit to dense to see much carbonation.
  S-  The dry roasted malt is by itself in an otherwise clean aroma.  There is a very perfumy quality to the malt that grows as the beer warms up.
  T-  The dry pure toasted malt note finishes with a bitter hop bite.  There is a melanoidin flavor to the darker toasted malt and coffee roast that come through when the beer warms.  The bitterness of the dark malt and hops linger a bit after each sip.  M-  This beer ha a light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a tight fizz finish.
   D-  This beer is very dry with the melanoidin/nougat flavor grown and just the hop bitterness to follow.  It would be nice if there was more caramel flavors form the lava rocks to add some depth and flavor. 

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.32/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark brown with good carbonation, nice big brown cap with a nice amount oflacing

S: Grainy with some chocolate and roasted malt

T: A noticable light roast and cocoa on the palate with some grains, grass and light floral notes

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated

O: Not to bad

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: dark brown color, good head finishes to a ring, little lacing
s: sweet and roasted malts dominate this one
t: sweet and roasted malts as expected to start, eventually comes out as a german-style brew once it warms, finishes with lingering malts
m: medium body, good carbonation
d: an easy to drink brew, just nothing that really stands out for me

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a very dark reddish-brown color. Tan head turns to a nice thin film.

Smell: Slightly sweet aroma of roasted malts: chocolate and maybe dates or cherries.

Taste: Big malty flavor with the bittersweet taste of herbs and berries. Finish and aftertaste is a sort of bitter herbal chocolate taste, that I'm not too keen on.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with light carbonation. Quite smooth as well.

Drinkability: The finish and aftertaste really skews the drinkability of this one.

A fun beer to try, with a (these days) rather unique brewing process, but it is not that great a beer to really enjoy (at least not for me). The flavor is very strange and a bit too bitter and herbal for me in a dark lager like this.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz single from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, on sale, $5.

A: Dark brown with a cream colored head that is a good inch thick, opaque, really a lot darker in color than I expected. Head is quite dense and has great retention, fairly sticky lacing.

S: Has some nice chocolatey smells to it, also has some big time minerally/metallic smells that I'm not really too excited about. Definite lager strain of yeast. Not really that aromatic.

T: Tastes a lot like chocolate, with few hints of grapefruit, and a definite herbal quality. Really tastes a lot more like a brown ale or even a stout, except there is a definite lager presence here. Kind of fruity, hard to place, definitely sweet. Finishes somewhat bitter, but not quite all there. The aftertaste reminds me of what my first homebrew tasted like. Can't quite put my finger on it. Not really distracting or taking away from the beer, but doesn't add much either.

M: Fairly thick, I actually thought I was drinking a stout or a porter based on some of the flavors, definitely dry.

D: Easy to drink, but not that impressive, and in all reality tastes a lot more like a porter or a stout than a lager. Really not that impressed with this beer, just doesn't really do anything for me. Some nice flavors, but has some off, maybe a little green flavors. Very cool collaboration, but the end product just didn't do it for me.

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Photo of asaharyev
3.37/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour: Dark red-brown, moderately clear, with a nice, fluffy, off-white head.

Aroma: Toasted malts, sweet with hints of molasses, caramel, and rye bread. No real hop presence in the aroma.

Taste: Crisp, prickly mouthfeel. Soft notes of chocolate, lots of toasted toffee with a hint of alcohol. I still get no hop presence in this beer. Long, sweet finish. I also don’t detect anything from the granite, but perhaps I would with a similar recipe traditionally brewed.

Overall: A decent lager, worth trying, maybe you’ll like it a lot more than I did. It also wasn’t terribly expensive, so a worthwhile experiment.

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Photo of Sammy
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$20 bottle at Fallen Rock club, Denver. Shared with JMSHB. Darkish body, almost nohead though lace. Sweeet with spices and pepper, root beerish.Chocolate, caramel, nuts. A brown ale more than anything. Average mouthfeel.Understated carbonation.Needed something very American, smoke or whatever.

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Photo of hopheadjuice
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ox bottle. no freshness date..

Pours a murky cola color with a 1.5 finger tan head leaving some spotty lacing. Nasty amount of booger looking stringy yeast.

Aromas of chocolate and sweet roasted malts, smallest presence of hops. a little bit of funk in the nose.

Bitter dark roasted malts followed by a sweeter presence of mocha chocolate.

Mouthfeel is creamy yet crisp and has a medium body. good carbonation.

I thought this beer was okay, nothing extraordinary being brewed with hot rocks in the process. I wouldn't pass it down if offered.

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Hot Rocks Lager from Pizza Port Solana Beach
85 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.