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Summer Pale Ale - Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Summer Pale Ale
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Pizza Port Solana Beach visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 09-13-2009)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Haven Gastropub in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and quite drinkable.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

djrn2, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

acurtis, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

nmann08, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Lost Abbey

A: The beer pours a clear orange-amber color with a finger of white head and some sticky lacing.

S: A very nice hoppy nose full of of citrus, pine, and floral hop aromas. Just a mild grass note but otherwise it's just tons of grapefruit and other citrus peel. What one might call dank.

T: There is just a mild sweetness of malt and otherwise it's all grapefruit and orange with more subdued notes of pine and grass. A light bitterness with some floral notes to go along with it.

M: Medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Really a solid hoppy beer, which is something I always expect from Port.

womencantsail, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

ChainGangGuy, Oct 25, 2014
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +1.3%

SocalKicks, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Cloudy pale golden appearance, a firm 1" head rests atop and retains well. The nose is hop-forward, reminiscent of citrusy tropical fruit, especially pineapple. Malt is barely perceptible, and the yeast profile is clean. Citrusy, grapefruity hops are dominant on the palate, overwhelming the malt almost entirely. There's a touch of tropical fruit right before the sharply bitter and resiny finish; this has more bitterness than your average IPA, but it's a clean and pleasant bitterness. The body is medium-light, the mouthfeel very dry. It comes off as more of a low alcohol IPA than a pale ale, but it's a great beer either way.

largadeer, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

After a hard day, I needed a nice fresh and hoppy pale ale, and this was just what the [beer] doctor ordered. Poured a slightly hazy yellowish-amber color with a finger or so of white head; nice retention and lacing. Nose was hop dominant, floral, citrusy, piney, goody. Taste of orange and grapefruit zest and pith, some pine and grass notes, pleasantly bitter with a solid bready malt background. Medium body, crisp, easily drinkable.

Rifugium, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very bitter light ale.

In the half litre glass you are met with a pale golden brew, only slightly effervescent. The aroma is wonderful, which was my favorite aspect of the beer. Very light bodied with no hint of malt. Hops charge in immediately. Extremely bitter aftertaste.

This is no way a Pale Ale. It's a very aggressive IPA. Maybe that is splitting hairs, but if styles mean anything this is clearly one of those times it makes a difference. So I was misled by the name, always a hazard. "Hop Monster" or "Shark Attack" are better descriptions. But, if you are an IPA fan, here is one with a kick.

mactrail, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

InspectorBob, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled at 1702, Tucson February 2010
The beer arrives with a hazy, yellow-gold color and is topped by a wisp of a pale, white colored head. There is a vibrant hop-citrus character noticeable in the nose that is a mix of kumquat, tangerine, huge lychee aromatics and tropical fruit. This even smells a bit like a citrus candy of some sort (one made of real citrus though). As my nose gets used to the aromas some pine like notes become a bit more noticeable. This has a great vibrant hop character to it.

The beer is firmly bitter up front and only gets more so as it moves across the palate. It is pretty dry tasting, which accentuates the bitter, herbal and pine-tar flavors over the hop fruitiness that dominated in the aroma. Still there is a lot of essential-citrus oil like flavors here that are quite noticeable; including notes of Meyer lemon and bitter tangerine zest. This is nice and light bodied, being eminently quaffable without being watery or thin. The pizza I am eating brings out more flavors of citrus, but also makes this a bit astringent and accentuates the spicy hop notes and even a touch of warming alcohol.

This is definitely nice, a touch more malt character would make the flavor more fruity and floral from the hops, but would detract from the light quaffability I like so much. This beer definitely has an IPA level of hoping in a light Pale Ale form.

Gueuzedude, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours goldenrod with a medium frothy white head, nice sticky lace.

S: Grapefruit, citrus peel, with a hint of passionfruit.

T: Nice citrus flavour, some lemon and tangerine. Hints of pineapple. Amarillo and Simcoe are definitely apparent. Reminds me a bit of Row 2/Hill 56.

M: Soft creamy carbonation, medium-bodied, fairly crisp, easy drinking.

O: A very tasty pale ale, with the feel of that style, but has some considerable hopping for this style. I enjoyed it quite a bit, very Southern CA.

Halcyondays, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of BARFLYB
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap at the Belgian Cafe recently and some other places earlier in the summer. Gotta love a pale ale in the summer and fall.

PSPA is a bright orange looker with a bright white foamy bubbly head up above with good retention and stick. Smells include light pineapple and mango with some papaya. A nice backing of sweet malt that does not overpower. Does not come off grassy like some in the style. Taste is a pure pale ale with hops leading the pack. This is quite hoppy for a pale but coming from the west I guess that's how they roll out there. Taste is a smaller version of an ipa with lighter tropic fruits and a small malt backing. Feel is light bodied and refreshing, crisp, and all in the style, nothing to large, carbed up quite nice. I could drink this stuff all day. A great pale ale.

BARFLYB, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Mebuzzard, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of sendbeer
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

sendbeer, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of HopHead84
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah, a nice cold beer on such a beautiful day. What could possibly be better than a nice refreshing glass of cold beer on a day like this? On tap at Lost Abbey and reviewed at The Taproom on 9/12/2009. The beer is yellow gold with a creamy one finger head and good retention and lacing.

The aroma is bursting with resiny, grapefruity, pungent hops. This smells like an IPA. This does not smell like a pale ale. That is a good thing (in my book). Frankly, the beer smells fantastic. Hops, hops, and hops. Notes of orange and lemon are also present, as well as low notes of grassiness. This reminds me of a fresh hopped beer.

The taste is as excellent as the aroma. The beer is hoppy as hell and very flavorful. Resiny, citrusy, and a little grassy, the hops dominate from the beginning to the end. The beer has nice body, providing a solid foundation for the hop theatrics. There's a moderate level of bitterness, which seems high for a pale ale. This tastes like an IPA. Perhaps it is an IPA. The finish is long and filled with tales of victories and battles of the hops. I need a growler of this. Awesome stuff. What a nice refreshing beer. What could possibly be better than a nice refreshing glass of cold beer on a day like this?

HopHead84, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +1.3%

rolltide8425, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of xnicknj
4/5  rDev +1.3%

xnicknj, May 14, 2013
Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Gobzilla, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Briens. Bright yellow, lacing, looks good. Smells hoppy, lemons. Light hoppy flavor, goes down fast. Overall a solid pale ale with a good hop profile, maybe a little light on malts but that's probably why it's a summer pale ale.. Would buy another on draft.

ArrogantB, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a pint

Pours a fairly clear orange amber with a fluffy off-white cap that stood two fingers. Recedes slowly, in raindrop fashion, to a thick layer over the liquid. Huge streaks of lace.

A bright hoppy aroma greets you as you dive in. Pine needles, grapefruit, lemon, and floral aromas on top of a light bed of malt.

This is delicious. Hops leap onto the palate. Grapefruit, pine needles, lemon rind, and passion fruit all come in equal waves before touch of malt mid-palate. The finish is a burst of tropical fruitiness and a mild bitterness.

On the lighter side of medium, with a perfect amount of bitterness that lingers and builds with every sip.

This is a highly enjoyable APA that blurs the lines of an IPA. A clean malt bill with bright hops. This is one of the better APA's I have ever had; I will seek this one out again.

ColForbinBC, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a slightly murky yellowish orange. Nice, white cap. The head doesn't die off too much but also doesn't lace a ton either.

S-Well hopped with juicy notes of citrus. Grassed out and piney. Zesty and a bit floral as well. Nice, pale malt bill as well.

T-The citrusy hoppiness is tasty and agreeable. Pale maltiness complements the hoppy notes of oranges,pine, grass and flowers.

M-Bitter but not overly aggressive. Pleasant finish. Drinks very nicely.

O/D-A tasty Pale Ale with more than enough hoppiness to keep the likes of me interested. I would have it again.

VelvetExtract, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Union Ale House

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, hazy, orange/yellow in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: pine hops, grapefruit, and other citrus

Taste: pine hops, grapefruit, orange, lemon, small caramel malt

Mouthfeel: light bodied and carbonation, bitter with a small sweet backbone

Drinkability: A more American version that English. I do like the pine flavor, but wish there was some more of a malt backbone to balance this out. Not a bad beer for a hophead, but not one I would seek again.

tigg924, Jun 16, 2010
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Summer Pale Ale from Pizza Port Solana Beach
88 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.