Swami's IPA - Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Swami's IPASwami's IPA

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906 Ratings
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Ratings: 906
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 62
Gots: 160 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Pizza Port Solana Beach visit their website
California, United States

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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Ratings: 906 | Reviews: 149
Photo of elNopalero
4.78/5  rDev +16.9%
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?

Photo of AdamTebbs
4.84/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Photo of Dynobolt
4.09/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of mobrado
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Firmly bitter, classic West Coast IPA. Great with food.

Photo of josanguapo
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Bar Viriato, in shaker glass. Marriage of Cordon blue and creole sausage. Good IPA. It doesn't remove the thirst but its good.

Photo of Doctlow
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tastes good like a floral IPA should

Photo of Mikus
3.42/5  rDev -16.4%
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!).

Photo of RichKent
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of Zach136
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 4/10/15, enjoyed 5/12/15

Appearance: Crystal clear yellow, two finger white rocky head. Excellent lacing.

Aroma: Big juicy, tropical fruit hops.

Flavor: Hops come across more on the piney, dank side. With medium bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, medium+ carb. Slight sticky hop bitterness.

Photo of LADaveBN
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic representation of a big and juicy citrus bomb. If that's what you like, seek this one out.

Photo of windkook87
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has turned into might go to IPA. I have a huge selection my beer fridge, but I just keep reaching for this one

Photo of babaracas
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold color with soapy white head, settles to a thin layer, wispy lace trails down the glass. Smell: floral, honey, grapefruit, white grape. Taste: white grape and nectarine juice, grapefruit, crackery, rindy with pineapple and lemon cough drop finish. Nice!

Photo of DiUr
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on tap. Not much into American IPAS but this one semed to be well balanced and i could even get some malts around, balancing the hops.

Photo of chrisjws
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Pizza Port San Clemente, served in a pint glass.

A: Nice pale orange color, slightly cloudy. Single finger of head, laced the glass nicely as I enjoyed it.
S: Citrus, orange peel, grapefruit, and a little bit of sweetness coming from the malt
T: Nice grapefruit bite upfront, citrus throughout, a little bit of malt sweetness. Ends piney, bitter and dry. Follows the nose very well.
M: Lighter body with medium carbonation
O: Very solid, tasty IPA.

Photo of weiserr
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Decent IPA. Citrus in the nose and taste. A bit on the light side, and lacking a wow factor. Would not reach for this, but glad to have tried.

Photo of Rutager
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awwww yeah, Joseph brought the west coast hops in a huge way. Cheers bud! 500mL can.

Pours a lighter gold with a touch of orange and a very slight haze. Almost a finger of white head. Nice citrusy floral west coast goodness in the nose with some light toasted pale malts. Taste follows, pretty nice standard west coast ipa. Wouldn't have trouble drinking this on a regular basis.

Photo of Skaparty10
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good, lighter IPA. Not overly hoppy and very drinkable

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours slightly hazy and golden yellow in color with an off-white finger width head. Sub-par retention, dying to a broken layer of surface suds. Rare be small spots of lace around the glass.

Smell - Light aroma. Citrus notes that suggest a grapefruit character. Not much else.

Taste - Follows the nose. Grapefruit rind bitterness. A light orange sweetness. Hints of cracker or bread maltiness. Finish is more bitter than sweet, with a light citrus skin bitterness being the foremost character.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with fair carbonation. Smooth and drinkable, then a semi-dry finish.

Overall - Good, but a bit simple and one-dimensional. The can says they've been brewing it for 20 years, and it shows. Props for being one of the old school IPA's, but unfortunately it has been surpassed a lot of the newer brews in the category.

Photo of alisadk
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First sip at game night at JTs in Manhattan Beach. Tracy bought at Whole Foods.

Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one was really nice. Really nice tropical notes on the nose and very well balanced.

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Brewed at Carlsbad. Poured into a tulip from a can

A. Pours cloudy and peach in color with 1.5" of foamy white head. Nice cobblestone pattern lacing around the glass

S. Sweet malts and tropical fruit notes. Pine,white grape, mango.

T. Taste is a lil different than the aroma. You get big fruit on the nose but the flavor is a lil more sweet malt and floral. Starting with light mango it quickly switches to Lemongrass, pine, bitter aftertaste but not over the top finishing with a grassyness. I usually like bigger flavors but this one is very pleasent in a mellow way. Flavors are there that just kinda blend together in stages. Nice.

M. body is 4 on a scale 1-10. Nice amount of carbonation for an IPA. Finishes slightly dry. Mostly I think this is all fitting for an IPA and done nicely.

O. This is a nice beer. If this was around in my area it would probably be on of my goto shelf beers when you want to be in and out of a store. Sits right there with Anti-Hero, Daisy Cutter and Stone IPA IMO.

Photo of PicoPapa
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Orthodoxkardia for this one.

16oz can pours a hazy vibrant yellow rig over an inch of frothy white head. Tons of lacing. Tropical fruit aroma of mango, guava and papaya. Some pine and grapefruit. Slightly doughy. The taste is floral hops with some more of the guava and pine. Bready with a good amount of grapefruit towards the finish. Tastes slightly boozier than I expected. Moderate amount of carbonation with a mouthfeel on the heavier side for an IPA. Slick and very drinkable. Overall, this would be a Go-To canned IPAD for me if it were readily available.

Photo of Matonika
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: light golden amber, big fluffy head. Smell: hoppy piney, citrus and fruity. Taste: clean bold hop flavors, pinelike, light floral, not a lot malt flavor but subtle sweetness. Feel: medium body, plenty of refreshing carbonation. Overall: great refreshing ipa.

Photo of Rivcabeerlover
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with 1 finger head. Crisp mouth feel and good bitter taste with citrus tones. Nice bitter finish with hint of grapefruit. Seafoam lacing

Photo of Roguer
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, translucent golden brew, topped by a sizable snow-white fluffy head. Good retention, and tons of thick lacing.

Nice strong hoppy aroma: pine, grapefruit pith and peel, slightly floral, all riding atop a biscuity pale malt profile.

Flavor and feel are surprisingly light, considering. Very juicy - tropical and citrus - and exceptionally bitter on the back-end. Significant grapefruit peel finish. Pale malts make a grainy appearance early on, but are quickly washed out.

Lighter feel overall, slightly slick and oily. Very active; mild sting. Long, oily, bitter finish.

This is a traditional, old-school IPA, the kind I really appreciate. It's really well done, and clocking in under 7% is a bonus.

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Swami's IPA from Pizza Port Solana Beach
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