Pseudo IPA - Pizza Port Solana Beach
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4.15/5 rDev -4.4%
On tap @ O'Briens. Poured clear yellow-gold with a big bubbly white head that didn't last long. Good lacing. Bitter hop nose that smelled fresh. Grapefruit, pine, and orange peel were strong. Bready malt. Light, carbonated mouthfeel was very nice. Bitter grapefruit and resin up front, but with less heartiness than other strong-hopped IPAs. Dry malt flavors in the back. Surprised to see the 6% given the lighter feel of the beer. Don't know why it is called a pseudo-IPA. Its pretty good.
10-01-2009 21:10:11 | More by magictrokini
4.83/5 rDev +11.3%
To celebrate my 500th review, I had this hop bomb ass beer. Standard awesome ipa fare appearance, almost leaning on the more yellow side. Aroma is fantastic flowers, grapefruit, pine, tangerine hop flava flav.
Taste, phenomenal, such a big single ipa wo a heavy woody malt feel to weigh it down. Tastes like every high alpha hop imaginable. Mouthfeel is slightly resinous, then let's go.
$4.25 a pint? Nice.
06-26-2010 06:11:56 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.25/5 rDev -2.1%
On tap @ Pizza Port San Clemente on 3/21/10. Served in a pint glass.
Pours a clear golden copper, with a thin covering of bright-white froth. Retains with more of a wispy look in the center but stays richer on the edges, leaving some foamy swathes of lacing behind. The aroma has lots of pine and grapefruit going on with it, along with some sticky sweet notes of bread and caramel that glide underneath. Touch of alcohol presence here as well. Nice West Coast bouquet on this.
The taste is led by an aggressive but balanced attack of pine resins, spice, and bitter grapefruit up front, before being evened out nicely by a silky sweet backbone of some softer citric fruit and toasted caramel malts. Hops really dig hard into that finish, with a deeply dry and piney finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a good amount of sharpness to the carbonation upon first sip but I was pleased to find that this got much more oily and slick towards the back of the swallow. The amount of alcohol here feels pretty spot on for the size.
I'm not sure what's supposed to be so "psuedo" about this, as it was honestly one of the better West Coast IPAs that I had on this trip. Full of powerful hop flavor, with a spot on easy drinking body, this was some really good stuff.
03-31-2010 17:15:16 | More by Kegatron
3.95/5 rDev -9%
10 oz. draft in a mini-nonic pint at the FFF brewpub.
Saturated orange body, bright clarity, thin layer of stiff offwhite foam on top. Creamy surface texture, some lace, good head retention that lasted for the duration of the glass.
Dried orange and grapefruit peel, zesty and citrusy, some dense caramel malt sweetness behind that, which came through more in the taste.
Big caramel malt again, bready with toffee notes, bitter herbal hop resin, grapefruit peel and pith. Moderately dry and bitter, piney with herbal notes in the aftertaste. Medium bodied and somewhat hefty on the palate. Not bad, and a solid west coast IPA, but it's got nothing on the drinkability/hop potency of Wipeout & Mongo.
10-23-2011 15:11:00 | More by emerge077
4.55/5 rDev +4.8%
On tap 6/19/11 at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Reviewed from notes:
A: Slightly hazy with a finger and half of head. Good head retention with a layer of head that remains after dissipation.
S: Crisp grapefruit and a little bit of pine in the background. Some lighter malt in the background but the nose is dominated by the hops.
T: Bitter from front to end. The pine astringency is fantastic. Backed with just enough of a caramel malt that keeps this one from tasting like burning pine tree. The end of this one is very dry. The dry pine after taste continues to linger.
M: carb level and lightness of this beer make it feel top notch in my mouth.
O: This beer wins over and over with every sip. There is no wonder why it won at GABF last year. I wish this beer was at one of the closer pizza port locations. Hopefully they bottle this one.
08-20-2011 23:05:47 | More by gregshead
4.4/5 rDev +1.4%
Grabbed a growler of this from Pizza Port San Clemente.
Nice appearance on this one, clear with a copper hue and a large, dense head that leaves sheets of lacing behind.
Smells great; grapefruit and pine with floral undertones, signature San Diego IPA in approach. Little discernible malt.
Quite the palate wrecker for a relatively low ABV beer, this is high on IBUs. It's not all bitterness, however; this beer packs a ton of fresh, resiny hop flavor. Grapefruit and pine are dominant, but there's just enough biscuit-like malt flavor to give it a whisper of balance. The finish is aggressively bitter but very smooth and clean. Very impressive stuff.
11-01-2010 04:12:59 | More by largadeer
4.05/5 rDev -6.7%
Thanks to Alex for bringing this growler to Sean's 30th Birthday Extravaganza. Served in a snifter.
Pours a nice light copper color with a good white head and a bit of spotty lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward a pretty good contingent of hops, mostly floral and citrus. Light malt in the background. The flavor hits hard with some citrus hops and perhaps a bit of a tropical character. Floral hops are there too. Light to medium body with a dry, bitter finish. A nice brew, but didn't hold up well when compared with the Poor Man's. Still, a very enjoyable brew.
07-03-2011 12:22:27 | More by Thorpe429
3.95/5 rDev -9%
On tap at FFF.
(with the number of small Port beers coming here on tap, I won't be surprised to see a collaboration coming sometime soon...)
Served in a half pint nonic.
Orangey golden with some amber hues in there. One finger off-white head leaves huge sheets of lacing and has great retention.
Smells hugely bitter. Giant bitter hops make this smell (and taste) less malty than the color would indicate. The flavor holds the bitterness that the nose implied, but there is a little dry roasty malt character here too. The hops come across as citrusy and spicy with a bite of piney resin in the lingering bitterness. Lots and lots of bitterness.
The body is solid: firm, yet delicate. Just shy of medium, but with ample carbonation to allow for a bubbly and slightly prickly feel. A little oily feel on the lingering bitter finish.
I like it. I like it quite a bit, and the only complaint I could register is that I get a little boozy alcohol in the finish-- it's a dry astringent alcohol note that hurts the overall experience and the flavor rating to a small degree.
09-27-2011 18:29:05 | More by AleWatcher
4.36/5 rDev +0.5%
On Tap - Pizza Port San Clemente
Notes taken on 05/17/14
A: An impatient pour from the pitcher yielded a massive cake of khaki colored suds. Took a few minutes for it to die down to a manageable film and top off. Has a darker caramel amber body with good clarity to it. Looks quite delicious with waves of sticky cling climbing across the glass.
S: Very floral hops on the nose with bright notes of tangerine, pine, and peach/apricot. There is a little Sensi herb going on as well albeit not incredibly potent. Lightly bready pale malts underneath. Smells freshly hopped with lots of lovely candied citrus notes.
T: Tangerine hops with resinous pine, florals, and a touch of the green herbage on the finish. Generous amounts of fresh hops give a nice upper moderate level of bitterness and a real resinous linger to the beer. There is a comforting amount of bready malt sweetness at the base bringing everything together. Has as great balance to it considering and the alcohol is really well masked throughout. This one just really hits the spot.
M: The feel is moderate to light with a nice even level of carbonation that gives a smooth lush consistency. There is a good amount of hop bitterness without becoming too sharp on the palate and a dry resinous finish.
D: Pseudo is not exactly mind blowing these days but it definitely has some great attributes and is very well put together. Nicely balanced with solid crushability factor.
The pitcher did not stand a chance.
06-04-2014 21:39:32 | More by Nugganooch
4.1/5 rDev -5.5%
On-tap at Pizza Port San Clemente
A: This beer is amber in color with about a finger of white head.
S: A nice sweet citrus aroma up front with plenty of pineapple and other tropical fruits. There is just a bit of caramel along with some bread. Strong pine notes on the back end.
T: Somewhat surprisingly, there is sweet toffee up front. But, that is quickly replaced by tropical fruits and pungent grapefruit (and other citrus notes). Overall, sweet fruits are prevalent and there is a mild pine bitterness.
M: Medium in both body and carbonation.
O: Very easy to put down a couple glasses of this stuff. One of Pizza Port SC's better beers.
09-26-2011 05:53:21 | More by womencantsail
4.38/5 rDev +0.9%
Cask service via hand-pump into a shaker pint glass at Pizza Port in San Clemente.
A: Clear, light amber color with just a thin layer of white foam residue (although the glass was served very full). Moderate lacing remains on the glass.
S: Muted herbaceous, floral, and faint citrus aromas are detectable. The smell gives the impression of being hoppy, though not intensely so.
T: Begins off-dry, intensely fruity with equal parts grapefruit and orange flesh--very juicy. Hints of diacetyl and acidity round out flavors, making for an intensely flavorful beginning. Creeping sweetness peaks in the middle, where robust toasted malt is detected amidst fading hop aromatics. It finishes moderately bitter and more dry, with nuanced herbaceous qualities.
M: Thin to medium viscosity, resinous and slightly syrupy, with no detectable carbonation on the palate.
D: For a beer whose reputation is starting to precede itself, the flavor of Pseudo IPA will catch you off-guard. The intensity of the aromatic hops here are both high and pleasure-inducing--similar to The Bruery's Humulus Lager--but are accompanied brilliantly by malt and yeast metabolites. While not as dry and clean as some other prominent West Coast IPAs such as Sculpin or Blind Pig, the overall approachability and ability to generate interest possessed by this beer seems very strong. I almost cannot wait until my next encounter with Pseudo IPA.
01-22-2011 02:15:45 | More by beagle75
4.05/5 rDev -6.7%
On-tap at Pizza Port San Clemente on November 6th, 2011. Pint glass.
A - Standard IPA golden color. Thin, white, very foamy head. Good retention and lacing. Lots of carbonation kicking up from the sides of the glass. Bodes well-enough.
S - Considerable hop character. Good mix of big pine cones and exotic fruits. Pineapple. Sugar cane. Maybe a bit of caramel.
T - Aligned with the aroma. Hop oils, more lemon, lime, and pineapple mixed with a sugary sweet note. Grapefruit zest, but not hugely tart. Short-medium finish that I didn't find terribly dry.
M - Light-medium body, appropriate carbonation. Nothing stands out here but it's adequate.
D - Regrettably, this was the only brew I had a chance to try on my one visit to the Port. For an IPA, it's very much on the same level as many DIPA's I've tried and satisfied my west-coast craving.
11-10-2011 04:52:46 | More by Auracom
Pseudo IPA from Pizza Port Solana Beach
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