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Swamis IPA - Pizza Port Solana Beach

Swamis IPASwamis IPA

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Ratings: 231
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.18%

Brewed by:
Pizza Port Solana Beach visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 08-22-2002)
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Photo of Tdizzle


4.73/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a pint glass. Canned on 4/7/14.

A - A moderate pour yields a clear golden hue with a billowing head of white foam. Webs of lacing cling to the glass with each sip. A thick cap of foam remains atop the beer for the entire duration. Lots of tiny hop particles float throughout the beer.

S - Big, clean notes of tropical fruit, citrus, and melon rind prevail. Mildly piney and a bit herbal. Clean ale yeast and some malty sweetness balance the multitude of hop aromas. Fantastic.

T - Clean, puckering, juicy bitterness blankets the palette. A nice crackerish malt backbone peaks through to balance the flavor before the hop bitterness kicks back in. Finishes dry and pleasantly bitter.

M - Medium body with a perfect amount of carbonation. Slightly oily and slick for a single IPA, but still finishes dry enough to leave you looking forward to the next sip.

O - A quintessential California IPA. Balanced, but still intensely hop-forward. My new go-to 6-pack.

Serving type: can

04-21-2014 04:50:05 | More by Tdizzle
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

tallboy, mostly clear sunny yellow color, inch of white head. its a fine ipa and all, no off flavors in the least, nothing missing, but its just generic in every conceivable way. a nice west coast style nose, hop resins and bitterness collide, piney for sure, but i have smelled this smell a million times, and already know the pale malts on the front end will be basic two row with nothing distinct, and that the hoppy finish will be unnecessarily bitter and long, to the point of trying too hard to be robust, and falling into that C+ category that seems to accumulate so many india pale ales, especially california ones. well carbonated and a little too squarely medium bodied. nothing special, although its not poorly made, it just doesn't distance itself from the enormous crowd of so/so india pales. passable, but utterly forgettable.

Serving type: can

04-19-2014 22:50:30 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of RaulMondesi


3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pizza Port, Carlsbad.

Maybe the Raul man was a lil too pumped on this one before he tried it because it's just aite - yeah, just aite. Minimal hops, the bitterness is there... Don't get Raul wrong, even when Behati Prinsloo is in a onesie she is still bangin' - but it's a onesie. And this is a decent, but basic West Coast IPA.


Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2014 01:23:50 | More by RaulMondesi
Photo of N_Schleret


3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden color with a half finger white head that dissipates to a light ring. Not much for lacing.
S: Light citrus with grapefruit, orange. I get hints of pine and caramel.
T: Minor grapefruit, grass, and malts.
M: Light body, slight bitterness, dry, and crisp. Easy to drink.
O: A good beer for a hot summer day but there are other IPAs I would lean on.

Serving type: can

04-11-2014 20:44:44 | More by N_Schleret
Photo of pkalix


4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

ugly yellow piss beer color, like a miller lite or something. very little carbonation. canned 5 days ago....
smell is much better than a miller lite, though. juicy grapefruit and large hops.
taste is nice juicy hops too! mildly sweet, mild bitterness. easy to drink. kind of lemon-y, but definite grapefruit. easy to session too, I think.

Serving type: can

03-29-2014 23:27:37 | More by pkalix
Photo of reebtaerG


4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured can dated 3/4/14 into New Belgium globe

A-Golden and pale, slight haze. Huge foamy and frothy head that lingers for a long time. Very good lacing.

S-Minor citrus, almost like bitter orange peel. Slight pine, grapefruit and caramel sweetness.

T-Grapefruit seems to be most prevalent with some pine. Balance beer, crisp and easy to drink.

M-Medium body and chewy, crisp and has a nice dryness of it. Nice carbonation!

O-Very nice IPA have been waiting to try well worth the wait! Got to get my hands on some more.

Serving type: can

03-28-2014 02:51:11 | More by reebtaerG
Photo of ThickNStout


4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can from j47paco (thanks!). Canned 1/27/14. Served in my Phish snifter.

Pours bright golden amber with almost three full fingers of pillowy white head. Slightly turbid but appealing nonetheless. Retains a fairly thick cap of froth and laces quite well.

Bright, citrusy hop nose full of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon zest, mild pine and vague cracker.

Taste follows the nose with sharp bittersweet grapefruit, mandarin, lemon zest, pine, cracker, peppery spice and just a slight hint of alcohol. A nice hoppy treat that goes down easy.

Light-to-medium feel with sparkling carbonation. Lingering finish with bitter citrus zest and pine sap.

An all around solid IPA that hits well above average in all aspects. It was awesome to get a couple of these. This is certainly worth a shot if you come across it.

Serving type: can

03-18-2014 22:12:22 | More by ThickNStout
Photo of NCalement

North Carolina

4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Can shared in some Brewvival tasters.

A- Yellow pour with a fast white head that fades quickly. Lacing is thin.

S- citrus, pine and lemon. Some grapefruit and honey.

T- Follows the nose. Very fresh and crisp.

M- Perfect. Crisp and finishes very clean. Not much sign of ABV could drink all day.

O- What a great extra to receive. Very clean and the hops shine nicely.

Serving type: can

03-17-2014 15:55:13 | More by NCalement
Photo of koutkid41


3.26/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Golden and pale, slight haze. Huge foamy and frothy head that lingers for a long time.

S: Minor citrus, almost like bitter orange peel. Slight pine, black licorice and caramel sweetness.

T: Black licorice seems to be most prevalent with some pine. Balance beer, crisp and easy to drink.

M: Medium body and chewy, crisp and has a nice dryness of it

O: Not bad, easy to drink. I get alot of black licorice and thats not really my thing, but has nice pine to back it up.

Serving type: can

03-16-2014 06:18:23 | More by koutkid41
Photo of mactrail


3.34/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Quite hazy golden amber poured in the Brewery Vivant tulip. Foam appearance in nice with lots of suds along the glass. Aroma of fruity pineapple hops is nice.

Some malty substance but the hops are quite aggressive. A touch of mango flavor with a little sweetness is one pleasant note. Serious grapefruit peel taste. Sharp and dry. Aftertaste is on the bitter side of average for an IPA. Definitely the southern California (and Colorado) bite.

Overall this is kind of thick in the mouthfeel and overly bitter. From the 16 oz can purchased at Bine & Vine on Adams Ave.

Serving type: can

03-09-2014 05:05:57 | More by mactrail
Photo of gueuzedreg


4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden medium murky, two finger head. Low retention.

S- Minor citrus more vibrant hop character. Very light and fluffheadish

T- Nice simple non hop bomb IPA here. Very sessionable. Really like this.

M- Somewhat thick, not smooth, not irritating with carb. Just about right.

O- A great session IPA for sure

Serving type: can

03-07-2014 23:29:08 | More by gueuzedreg
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz Can from Total Wine Palm Desert CA for $3

Appearance - Amber colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, grapefruit, apricots

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, grapefruit, and hops. There is also some lemon, apricot and a bubblegum like flavour.

Overall - Lots of hops and a little bit of a different fruity type flavour that still works. Wish I had access to beers like this everyday.

Serving type: can

03-04-2014 04:09:12 | More by spinrsx
Photo of McStagger


4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange. Finger of bleached head. Mix of large and small bubbles make up the foam. Carbonation appears vigorous. Moderate retention. Good lacing.

S: Dank. Big tropical fruit, some citrus. Little bit of the savory onion/garlic aspect. Malt is mostly grainy and slightly bready, with very little sweetness.

T: Again with a lot of dankness in the front. Fleshes out into tropical notes. Touch of grapefruit citrus. Bitterness hits a bit more aggressively than expected on the end. Subdues momentarily, before hit you again with a big citrus bitterness. Finish is very dry, bordering on astringent.

M: Light to medium bodied. The carbonation is not as prevalent as it appears to be. However, I wouldn't go quite so far as the say this is a "refreshing" example of an IPA. There is still some body present.

O: I'm impressed. This is a very nice beer. The six pack of 16 ounce cans is pretty awesome, as well. Will seek again.

Serving type: can

02-27-2014 06:38:53 | More by McStagger
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

16 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pale orange body. Big white head. Lots of surface foam and a chunky collar.

Smell - Dank and grapefruity. Toasty malt. Some caramel.

Taste - Grapefruit. Very little sweetness. Bitter immediately. Grassy hop finish. Some toasty malt.

Mouthfeel - Very bitter. Seems overcarbonated. Medium body.

Overall - Everyone else loved this but me. Just thought it was good.

Serving type: can

02-27-2014 00:28:02 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of HalfFull


3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A longstanding favorite from Pizza Port Solana Beach great to see this in a can. Or not. Pours a clear golden with a touch of haze. Offers a thin head and a nice aroma but this aint Swami's as I recall it.

Seriously? Wow, where did the Swami go? This beer has been San Diegoaziezed. The Can says they have been brewing this for 20 years, This is not Swami's. Aroma is more tropical than piney of old and adds a bit of garlic vs. caramel. Finish is moderate yet without the coarseness of the past either. A slight bitterness lingers but is a bit nondescript.

Honestly the original beer had some caramel malt and a healthy dose of hops yet was balanced and always enjoyable. This beer is a Societe knockoff. Sure times they are a changin. If you significantly change a recipe, then change the name. This is a decent IPA but I paid $13 for a six pack of Swami's and I got something quite different than expected. This may well be the first time Pizza Port(vs. Port Brewing) has let me down. I hope it's the last.

Serving type: can

02-22-2014 05:45:44 | More by HalfFull
Photo of santomark


3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very unfiltered, yellow, orange juice, almost unfiltered Belgian wheat type looking beer. Soapy 2 finger head, very foamy when poured slowly. When I poured it normal, I get a lot of head.

S - In a tulip glass, you get more of the malt backbone, those bitter hops, wet, some sweetness. From the can, you will smell everything the hops have to offer, mango, peach, berries, pineapple, very floral and a WIPA smelling brew.

T - Flatlined to that of it's aromatic counterpart. This had nothing of the nose in the taste. Very malty, slight fruity from the hops, ends on a malty pine finish.

M - Very light in body, crisp and dry.

O - By today's standards, this IPA is very primitive and one dimensional. The nose is fantastic, the taste however, is a malt bomb. You can defiantly tell this brew was made with a recipe 20 years ago. However, with that being said, by past standards, I can definatley see how this beer set the blueprints of inspiration for other IPA's to come. All in all, this beer is not my favorite. It's a not quite an IPA and not quite a DIPA. This is right in the middle. It has a great nose, average taste, and for the ABV, I will pass next time. Thank you Pizza Port for your contributions to the Craft Community, this just was not for me.

Serving type: can

02-13-2014 08:48:33 | More by santomark
Photo of rawfish


3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours honey colored into a nonic pint glass, huge fluffy three finger head forms. Good retention and tons of lacing.

Sweet bread, a light toasted aroma serves as a steady backbone for a good amount of candied orange peel, tangerine and underlying pine resin hops. The sweetness of the malt and orange citrus is profound, this one has some muscle.

Malt is bready with caramel sweetness, well integrated and a very solid foundation to balance the hops. Hops shine with orange citrus, tangerine a bit of gnawing herbal notes and pine. Bitterness is slightly above average with good drying.

Medium body but with a smooth more muted carbonation that keeps the beer stuck to the palate. Alcohol is hidden well by the plentiful malt yet manages to give the impression of drying.

A solid balanced IPA, the malt is fully integrated and dare I say truely crafted in this beer. Hops are stock west coast style that blends into the sea of generational IPAs, but hey, Port Brewing has been around the block and this classic beer is testament to their skill and longevity.

Serving type: can

02-06-2014 07:31:21 | More by rawfish
Photo of jibbyvonjibb


4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of first releases from Port using new canning line.

Orange color, clear, mousse-like head. Tropical aroma of pineapples, orange. Good acidity, just a touch of sweetness. Prickly texture. Really quite nice. I like my IPA's to be very drinkable and flavorful at the same time, and this definitely qualifies. Similar to Sculpin in some respects, such as tropical flavors and light body. Nice fresh hop kick in the finish.

Serving type: can

02-01-2014 04:41:35 | More by jibbyvonjibb
Photo of PaBrewSki


4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a snifter.

Pours a hazy yellow with an off white head. I could smell citra as soon as I cracked the can. Citra hops on the nose making a delicious blend of citrus, floral and pine notes. Taste is crisp and citrusy. Very hoppy with a dry and bitter finish.

Serving type: can

02-01-2014 03:58:00 | More by PaBrewSki
Photo of chugalug06


4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned 1/3/14. Fresh.

Huge, foamy, white, sticky, bubbly head. Brew is lots of light orange with some heavy yellow. Great lacing and moderate clarity.

Heavy pine, a bit too orange rind, lime, bready, heady, dank, strong, and robust.

Smooth, delicious, creamy, nice strong biting bitterness. sharp biting creamy smooth pine. The flavors are spot on. Carbonation is light and fantastically placed; up front and relaxed on the back end.

Highly recommended 16oz. can offering. Pizza port killed this one. A great IPA, should be seeked out. Nice smooth dryness with earthy undertones.

Serving type: can

01-30-2014 03:28:22 | More by chugalug06
Photo of jmac11420


4.79/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A : Lots of head. A great Beautiful, golden yellow. Lots of head when poured from the can. Very thick three finger, egg shell colored head. Very long retention with small bubbles. Crystal clear with loads of carbonation. Perfect.

S - Very hoppy, floral, citrus, and pine. As good as it gets!

T - Perfectly sweet but crisp, dry, and very hoppy.

M - Light and great carbonation. Super fresh

O - Great deal for a six pack of 16oz cans. A classic west coast IPA.

Serving type: can

01-30-2014 02:41:35 | More by jmac11420
Photo of superspak


4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade with BeerBaron666. 16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 1/3/2014. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of huge tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, pineapple, orange rind, floral, grass, pine, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity of bright citrus hop notes with light-moderate malt presence; and great strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, pineapple, orange rind, floral, grass, pine, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, pineapple, orange rind, pine, floral, grass, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity of bright citrus hops with light-moderate malt presence; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome IPA. All around great complexity of bright citrus/pine hops flavors with light-moderate malt presence; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: can

01-27-2014 22:55:31 | More by superspak
Photo of theteleman


3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Goden/yellow in appearance. BIg white head that retains its lacing nicely. Smell is excellent. Pine, hops, fruit, very nice smell. Mouthfeel, not too thin, not too thick,very pleasant.Taste, getting some grapefruit in here along with the prevalent hop flavors, kinda reminds of Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin. Citrusy and hoppy, pretty refreshing. I actually got this beer for free cause my local store's atm was down, the guy felt so bad he offered me this brew. So thanks to Distellers Outlet in Poway CA for this beer!

Serving type: can

01-27-2014 00:11:46 | More by theteleman
Photo of wethorseblanket


4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sixteen ounce can filled on 1/3/14. (2 weeks ago). Drink by date 4/3/14. ABV on can is 6.8% while listed on BA as 6.9%.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a solid 1-inch thick white head which recedes slowly leaving semi-rings and splothes of lace.

N: Shines bright initially with juicy grapefruit/citrus and tropical (mango and lychee) fruits. Initial blast of perfumy floral is wonderful, but fades as this sits for just a bit (5-10 minutes). Faint dankness.

T: More balance here with piney hops and malts with some biscuity notes.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Dry, bitter herbal piney finish.

O: Smell leads in rating, but only on first pour. Fairly straightforward IPA and easy drinking.

Serving type: can

01-18-2014 03:23:06 | More by wethorseblanket
Photo of mrkdwrds


3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can (dated 01/03/14) served at 40 F into a Teku.

This is a great looking IPA. It pours a relatively clear pale color with a good 2-finger head. The aroma is pretty subdued; it certainly has some hoppiness going on but it's tough to nail down and defining notes. Same goes for the taste - it is a balanced IPA that is sufficiently bitter and with some nice fruity and piney hoppy notes, but it doesn't jump out in any particular sense. For a more conservative IPA, it certainly does the job and doesn't exhibit any major flaws, but it isn't too exciting. I think the recipe is showing its age here.

Overall, this is a solid IPA that isn't offensive, but it also isn't the most exciting IPA I have tried. For the price ($12.50 for a 6-pack of 16oz cans) this beer is a bargain; I will certainly revisit this in the future.

Serving type: can

01-17-2014 05:02:56 | More by mrkdwrds
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Swamis IPA from Pizza Port Solana Beach
90 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.