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Swami's IPA - Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Swami's IPASwami's IPA

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153 Reviews
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Reviews: 153
Hads: 1,004
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 22.36%
Wants: 73
Gots: 188 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 08-22-2002

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Reviews: 153 | Hads: 1,004
Photo of Reema
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving type: 16 oz can into a pint glass

Pours a clear golden yellow color with billowy eggshell bubbles. Smells of pine dankness, heavy citrus, and heavy floral hops. Taste reflects the smell. Initial citrus bitterness, floral hoppy dankness, finishing with a pleasant citrus bitterness. Feel is light and amply carbonated which fits the flavor profile. Overall this is very good beer with great flavors that make this easy to drink.

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Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi hazed straw yellow color with a white head and decent lacing, smells of citrus and pine with lemon and grass , tast is pine hops up front with a lemon/citrus middle some sweet malts round this out , mouth feel is crisp with hops more pine than citrus medium carbonation with a good amount of WC hops, tasty and drinkable this is recommended

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Photo of Tele
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Can (Dated 12.16.15)
Consumed: 1.20.16

A: 4.5 Pours an orange-gold with a dense, nearly white head. Very lacy with good head retention.

S: 4 Aromas are very nice but a bit muted with some tropical elements and pine coming through from the hops. A good amount of mango, lemon, pineapple, and some malt.

T: 4.25 Flavors are similar to the nose but more assertive. Starts off slightly sweet with a very nice hop and malt balance. Pineapple and guava come through followed by more pine and dank than the nose suggested. Very pleasant bitterness on the finish.

M: 4.5 Substantial and creamy body with great carbonation and a slightly dry finish. Very drinkable.

O: 4.25 Been wanting to try this for a long time and it did not disappoint. Not a crazy or game-changing IPA by any means, but a solid beer that’s very satisfying.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger of head on a clear lighter straw body.
The aroma is a dose of pine with orange and mango in the background.
The taste is pine bitterness, orange and grapefruit sweetness. Nicely balanced.
The texture is lighter.
Nicely done.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a nonic pint glass

A: Pours golden yellow with a creamy off white head that settles to a nice firm layer and laces very well.

S: A bit grassy and herbal dank notes, citrus, lemon, grapefruit, tropical fruit, and a little light caramel malt.

T: Citrus, tangerine, grapefruit, and lemon, pine, hints of tropical fruit, pineapple, slightly earthy herbal notes, and light caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Solid IPA. I'm happy to now get this stuff in my area.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium golden pale, with a bit of haze. Frothy white head simmers down shortly thereafter. Piney nose, some sweetness and malty cracker, layers of tropical fruit as well. Smooth body, nice medium light bitterness throughout with a crisp finish. Some citrus flavor mixed with pine. Delicious IPA

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Photo of tlema1
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: straw yellow, with a thin white head
S: citrus prevails, with tropical fruit
T: slightly bitter, tropical fruit
F: light body, slightly bitter finish
O: very nice IPA, would recommend

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Photo of scottfrie
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can into tulip. Canned on date: 10/14/15. Thanks again Jason.

A: Pours a clear light golden color with a very soft, very dense, and very foamy and thick bright white head that took forever to slowly collapse on its self to form a rocky and thick film. Chucky and thick sheets of lace were left down the glass.
S: Huge fresh and juicy tropical fruit hop nose with citrus zest and a touch of spice, although the tropical fruit aspect disappeared shortly after the pour. I get hints of guava, tangerine, and light grass. Crisp pale malty backbone pokes through as well.
T: Follows the nose with sweet citrus hops, spicy grass, and a touch of juicy fruit nectars mixed with light and crisp malt undertones. The aftertaste is clean and tingly, with fresh notes of citrus zest, peppery spice, and slight mint.
M: Medium body, clean and crisp mouthfeel with a solid bitter punch, soft carbonation, and super easy to drink.
O: An amazing IPA that’s near flawless. Sits well in the glass, and sits well on the palate.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 08/19/15 at Redhouse BBQ. Love the bitter punch! Surprisingly light in color wit a delightfully piney nose. I'd buy this frequently if it made it to Norcal, especially given the 16 oz format. Bravo PP!

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look is yellowish orange super clear. With a thick frothy head and lots of bubbles.

Aroma is heavy citrus orange with the pithiness of grapefruit.

The taste is citrus with a very resin end.

Great west coast IPA.

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Photo of Elsuperjefe
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly opaque golden brown pour. Nice floral nose. Taste is full of bitter hops... Bitterness lingers for about half a minute. Well balanced. Up there with other very good IPAs. Nice fall brew.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 fl.oz. can. Canned on 06/03/2015. Poured into to tulip.

A: Clear gold. Poured with quite thin head.
S: Fresh citrus. Grassy.
T: Citrus: lemon peel, moderate bitterness. Dry.
M: light bodied. Crispy.
O: Average American IPA. The flavor is not backed by malts well, made it a bit harsh.

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Photo of calitrie1486
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a very average beer in my opinion. Of course we are splitting hairs here when we are talking about all these great IPA'S were drinking but this one just didn't measure up to the rest of the pack for me.

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Photo of SoCal_Matt
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 7/30 and enjoyed two weeks later on 8/14. Pours a clear, golden yellow with a bit of head and nice lacing as it goes down. Tropical fruit and citrus on the nose. Taste is somewhat the same with a bit of pine thrown in there as well. Mouthfeel is juicy and refreshing. Overall, a very solid IPA from Pizza Port and you have to love the six pack of 16 ounce beers for $13.

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Photo of raidertony
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got a fresh 6 pack about a week old and wow!!!everything on the nose is pineapple, mango,oranges you get all that on the taste as well very dank not bitter at all (for me anyway)one of the best I've had..also had the kook DIPA kind of similar but a little more bitter, in a good way..check it out strongly recommended...

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Photo of peensteen
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazed pale blonde colour, ring of white head with some lace. Smell is hoppy staring out with dank pine and a bit of citrus, light orange and grapefruit, malt is very lean here letting the bright hoppy nose stand out here. Taste is not as good as the nose but is still quite nice starting off bitter up front with big dry hoppy flavours, grapefruit and citrusy with some lemon, at times the hops are a bit astringent but never becoming unpleasant, drying finish. Lightly carbonated, oily with a dry medium body. Solid stuff here, something I would probably by quite a bit of if it was a local option.

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Photo of ZakFaruki
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from the can into a tulip, pours a dark gold with a thick, three-finger white head, trace amounts of lace occur

S: The smell is an herby, garlic smell, not too inviting to be honest, was expecting a more floral, citrusy aroma

T: Classic hoppy nose as is common with West-Coast IPAs, fades with a bit of malt and citrus, finishes wet. It's a very refreshing beer for an IPA

Feel: Light-Medium Bodied with a good amount of carbonation, you can feel hop oils on your teeth with the finish

O: Probably the best beer I've had out of a can, and a pretty good deal for a 6-pack of pint cans. A very refreshing and sessionable IPA, good if you're hanging out with friends on a hot day or a nice summer night.

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Photo of SoCalBeerBabe
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very drinkable IPA not crazy on the hops and bitterness. Very balanced, citrusy and complex flavor. I really enjoyed this and will have it again. If I had to explain it one word: refreshing.

This went amazingly with a wood fired pizza.

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Photo of SaulFox
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Definitely a west coast hop forward beer. Perfect on a summer day on the beach. If you like citrusy and dank hop forward brews, then this is one you'll enjoy

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Photo of csulaguy
4.95/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Someone at either BevMo or TotalWine suggested this one. Definitely one of my favorites. Hoppy, refreshing. Just an all around good IPA. Shame you can't find it outside of California...

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Photo of elNopalero
4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From a can. Pours a clear crisp golden tan color with generous foaming.
This is the definition of catty, cat pee and onions and garlicky hops come across on the aroma. It could very well be the first beer I've noticed this combination so present, and it dominates the citrusy orange notes that come out. Bitter and biting, but dangerously addictive all the same. Is it safe to say this beer blew my mind?

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Photo of AdamTebbs
4.84/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This pours a dark straw color, has bone white head, slightly fruity piney smell, hop flavor not too overpowering but very present. This is a very drinkable IPA. I really enjoy it.

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Photo of Dynobolt
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Opened up in a can. Poured golden clear, head dissipated rather quickly, ok lacing. Pretty average IPA for me. Nothing excited me about this drink.

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Photo of Mikus
3.42/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good date on the can. The major notes of this brew (in both aroma and flavor) were tropical and bright, however, a slightly off vegetal hop note came through in the palate that muddled and interfered with the enjoyability of the experience. not sure if this is a new SD thing, but noticed it in a couple of brews out there... keep it West Coast, West Coast! Noticed that this was a long-time brew from PP, so maybe not a new hop variety or style tweak? Either way, I tend to be a little bit sensitive to off flavors when tropical or 'dank/eathy' hop varieties are involved... so take my review with a grain of salt (as you should with everyone!).

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Photo of RichKent
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Swamis is an excellent and easy to find (SoCal) American IPA. Total Wine, BevMo, etc.. stock this in abundance.

Taste is juicy, fruity, hoppy and slightly sweet from the light malt balanced by just the right amount of bitterness (not too bitter).

My go to IPA in San Diego - especially because it comes in 16oz 6-packs for the same price as most 16oz 4-packs.

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Swami's IPA from Pizza Port Solana Beach
91 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.