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Swami's IPA - Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Swami's IPASwami's IPA

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

683 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 683
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 41
Gots: 102 | FT: 6
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 08-22-2002)
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Reviews by jlindros:
Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

well thanks for this missed review beer Rudzud... but I'm not gonna review it just to spite you, this beautiful tall boy can of fresh IPA, canned on 7/08/14.

If I were to review this, which I'm not, I would talk about how the beer pours a huge fluffy 2+ finger head that fades at a med pace, leaves a nice soapy lacing, and a mostly clear honey golden color. 4.25

the nose, if I had reviewed this, would have been pretty nice, grassy hops, a little leafy and floral, touch of resin and flashes of a fruity hop aroma, and what would have been just a touch of a light malt. 4

Taste is... I mean could have been pretty nice as well, btu alas no review to speak of here. BUt the flavor I got from sipping it brought nice hops again, a bit noble flavor with nice grassy soft hops, but then a nice bitter American hop kick with touches of pine and resin, and a nice fruity bubblegum, and faint grassy minty like note, little melon rind, all with a nice mild fluffy malt base that only props the hops up. Finish is drier and a nice bitterness throughout, little more melon rind and grassy hops lingering. 4.25

Mouth is med bod, nice carb. 4.25

Overall, it's too bad I didn't review this as it would have been pretty good. Nice hops, good malt just enough to deliver the hops, nice carbonation, quite tasty and enjoyable. If on'y I had reviewed this, but I'll refrain just to spite rudzud! 4.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of hoppyhour
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lets keep this one simple.

This is a kick ass classic west coast IPA.

Super piney with some fruit on the nose. Pours clear, clean and very consistent.
Goes great with chiles and other spicy foods.

Always ultra fresh with convenient canned on date on the bottom. Usually when I get these they are only a week or two old. Cant beat that!

Swamis, I love you... at $13 for 6 pints my wallet also loves you.

One of my favorite daily drivers, get some.

4.5+

Photo of Aaron_Ramson
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

The quintessential West Coast IPA.

Photo of TastefulNudity
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in a six-pack of tallboys. I should mention I purchased this beer 5 days (!!!) after the canning date. Not obscenely expensive when you factor in the amount of beer you get for your money.

A: I'll admit, it's not the best looking beer ever. Pours a clear, golden yellow with a fair amount of white head that sticks around for a bit.

S: This beer shines here. Caramel sweetness, citrus, tropical fruit, melon. This is an awesome beer to smell, even straight out of the can (I've had it both ways)

T: Starts with that spicy, tropical bitterness that fades in to a smooth mellow malt sweetness. Solid west coast IPA with a nice malt bill to back it up.

M: Long, bitter finish. Good carbonation for the style, cleans up the sweet and finishes dry.

O: I feel like this beer is underrated. I found the last six pack in the store, and to be honest I never cared for Pizza Port/Port Brewing/Lost Abbey. At this price I can afford to drink this one, it's tasty, and it may just be my new go-to six pack. Cheers.

Photo of maxcoinage
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

2 week old pint sized can to DFH IPA glass (9/5/14). Lots of fluffy white head and golden colored beer, tons of lacing as beer settled

Aroma is popping with citrus and a little bit of pine

Taste starts of with a good amount of sweetness. Mango pineapple grapefruit orange are noticeable Good amount of hop bitterness hits you on the finish for a good balance

Mouthfeel is perfect for a crushable IPA like this. Good amount of carbonation, medium body, goes down smooth and slight dry finish.

Overall a great example of a west coast IPA and at this price ($13 for 6 pack of 16 oz) I wish I lived in San Diego, this would no doubt be a mainstay in my fridge. Just got back from a vaca in San Diego and already want to go I back.

Photo of Stevedore
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz tallboy can. Dated 11/26/2014. Poured into a stemless glass 12/16/2014.

A- Clear yellow-copper body, light golden hued with a two finger white head with nice effervescence. It looks clean, crisp and refreshing with nice carbonation in form of the head that has a good bit of longevity. Nice collar, lacing.

S- As soon as I popped the can, aromas of lemon and citrus wafted out and pleasured my senses. Very aromatic, citrusy and dry resins. Clean pale malt sweetness of which there isn't much, but just enough that the citrus isn't too overwhelming. Smells great, intense although not incredibly complex. Certainly delivers on the citrus.

F- Clean caramel flavour that is distinctly clean and mildly sweet, with a nice lemon, grapefruit flavour punch with a bit of pine and citrus bitterness on the backend. Not superbly complex, but very tasty, intense yet reasonably approachable for the average IPA consumer.

M- Medium bodied, very nice and dry, perfect carbonation such that it's not too prickly or too flat. Pine, citrus bitterness dominates on the backend. Fairly bitter as expected.

O- Another clean example of a west coast-style IPA. It's definitely worth picking up on a regular basis if this is available to you in such a manner. However, it does not supplant the likes of Duet and Nelson in terms of San Diego IPAs. It is certainly much easier to get and is a very good IPA.

Final score: 4.08

Photo of OhioBobcat
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of cjn40277
4.69/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jose_alehouseSD
4.84/5  rDev +18.6%

Photo of Ben7773
4/5  rDev -2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of codysjb
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of JC333
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%

West. Coast.

A little too piney for my tastes but it is the style.

Photo of Mattco
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Stebow1289
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of magictrokini
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy gold with a pillowy white head. Clean, fresh hop aroma with lots of citrus. More grapefruit and some resin in the taste, with maybe some strawberry. Bit of earthy malt to check the hops. Resiny finish. Yum. A great beer that is almost always on tap.

Photo of stu412
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of ehammond1
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Pizza Port
Solana Beach, CA

Clear amber, nearly copper, with a small light khaki colored head that leaves irregular lines of lace down the glass. Pretty.

Mild citrus aroma along with bread and a bit of caramel. This isn't nearly as hop-forward, tropical, and pungent as I'm used to getting from Pizza Port's on tap IPAs.

The flavor is simple, with mild pine and citrus flavors, along with moderate to high bitterness, even for the style. This is simple, drinkable, though somewhat plain and uninteresting. Interestingly, this IPA seems to be a bit old, though it's brewed here so that shouldn't be the case.

Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

Decent IPA, though Pizza Port makes far better examples of the style.

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of ryser2k
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another SDIBF tasting note. Came out a darker auburn and amber. What happened to the hops? None in the nose, or anything else for that matter.

Tastes like a lighter ipa for Port, barely noticeable pine. A light caramel base. Almost the antithesis of their anniversary or hop 15 beers. Stays around in the mouthfeel, which is always nice. What seemed like a lighter ipa evolves into a more sturdy one. Just didn't resonate the first few sips. Port's stuff is always priced nicely, which really helps drinkability.

Edit: much easier to smell the aroma today, 6-25-11. Getting a growler

Photo of chinchill
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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Swami's IPA from Pizza Port Solana Beach
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