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Hot Rocks Lager - Pizza Port Solana Beach

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BA SCORE
85
very good

345 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 345
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.67%
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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2/5  rDev -46.7%

TheBigBoy, Aug 07, 2012
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2.08/5  rDev -44.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

Druss157, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of KrautAficionado
2.63/5  rDev -29.9%
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.

KrautAficionado, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of Chetti
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

Chetti, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of kingcrowing
2.83/5  rDev -24.5%
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!

kingcrowing, May 18, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
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
Photo of kojevergas
2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

C

kojevergas, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of JBogan
2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

JBogan, Feb 21, 2010
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3/5  rDev -20%

eorwar, Jan 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

TastyIsBeer, Feb 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20%

ithinkimasofa, Nov 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20%

JonBoy47, Dec 14, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20%

whartontallboy, Jan 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20%

rrryanc, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of treyrab
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

treyrab, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

AWolfAtTheDoor, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
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

Wetpaperbag, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Mebuzzard, Oct 22, 2010
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Hot Rocks Lager from Pizza Port Solana Beach
85 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.