Swami's IPA - Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Swami's IPASwami's IPA

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905 Ratings
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Ratings: 905
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.8%
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

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Beer added by: xlperro on 08-22-2002

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Photo of hoppyhour
4.5/5  rDev +10%
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 +3.9%

The quintessential West Coast IPA.

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 TastefulNudity
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
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 smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Canned Oct 7th. 2014.

Extremely pale amber, nearly lemon, with some faint bronze orange highlights in the body color with great clarity. Lost of plentiful and nice looking carbonation, reaching to a big creamy thick filled off white four finger head. Thick creamy retention with angel food cake like creamy top. Thick bubbled but slowly settles and doesn't break into chunks. Real nice.

Very nice hop juiced fruit tropical aroma. Some nice grass and fresh mellow cut senses going on with a hint of herbality too. Slightly spicy, and has a bit of mango character it seems. Subtle and subdued sweetness also.

Palate comes with a bit more crisp character. Steely fruit and washing tropical flavors. Hints of melon and mango like flavors with a clean and very crisp almost Kolsch like body. A mild sense of ripping grain on this, nearly husky but with lots of dryness. Some intersting sugar spices kick in as well

Pretty nice, but quite light bodied, and not so big on the fruit angle. Definitely a good IPA and some of its mellow character makes it a bit appealing too.

Photo of maxcoinage
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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 DefenCorps
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can from Whole Foods. Canned 04 Dec.

A clear light orange with a thin, off white head with decent retention and lacing, this looks decent. The nose is solid. Bright lemon peel and pine, clean, snappy, oily and hoppy, wonderfully piney and nicely floral. The palate opens bright and pungent with orange peel, pine and a moderate bitterness. Resiny on the mid palate with pleasing stickiness, this beer is light in body, has minimal malt character and is great on the palate. Drying and bitter on the finish with lingering hop oils, point resin and pungent citrus, this beer is excellent. Highly recommended. Exceptionally clean.

Photo of Stevedore
4.09/5  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 JC333
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

West. Coast.

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

Photo of magictrokini
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
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 ehammond1
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
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 Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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 IntriqKen
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really hate reviewing the beer here...it belongs under the main Pizza Port USA heading...corporate, but they won't let you review it there and say to review it where you enjoyed it.
Huh?
At home? I bought it in San Clemente but it's brewed and bottled in Solano Beach AT THE CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS
<sigh>

Poured an impressive cloudy orange/amber with a massive off white head that stays forever, leaving a thick coating of lace in it's wake. At the end of the beer, there was still almost a half finger of head left.

Aromas are softly amber malt and then lots of citrus and pine oil hops.

Flavor is surprising...almost like a DIPA in the malt complexity and softness of the hops...don't get me wrong...the hops are definitely there, but so are the malts and a nice balance is achieved between the two, particularly if you let it warm a bit.

Mouthfeel is creamy and thick enough for a DIPA, however there is no cloying sweetness or aftertaste so it finishes dry like an IPA should.
A little disappointed that I couldn't notice the 'fresh blast' of hops from dry hopping I am used to, but decent none the less.

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 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 SomethingClever
3.46/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can poured into my beer can glass...seems slightly pointless doesn't it

A: crisp honey gold color nice fluffy head the beer laces the glass like mad

S: very earthy hops a little fruit beer

T: muddled hops not sure whether it wants to be fruity earthy or what

M: medium feel nothing to much nothing too little

O: This beer is average I don't know what they were trying to do here but the taste is not balanced and the hops are muddled. This is a pass for me

Photo of Sammy
3.64/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Solena Beach. A real winner IPA. I didn't get aroma here, maybe it was my still frozen nose coming in that day from the East Coast. Taste was yeasty and there was a lot of lace. Decent mouthfeel and drying bitterness. Brought a bottle home.

Photo of Thedusanmandic
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Although not aesthetically pleasing on look and smell, one of the smoothest IPAs I've consumed. The mother-of-pearl lace reminds me of frothy seafoam.

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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pizza Port Solana Beach on 3/16/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a deep clear copper with a 1/2 finger of brite-white foam. Retains with a small covering that skims the surface but this flares up nicely into a big creamy cascade that leaves sticky lacing back. The aroma is floral, spicy, and piney; and is just absolutely lush with tropical fruit character. Some additional notes of toasted caramel malts balances the nose and add some extra sweetness that compliments the citrus.

The taste is absolutely West Coast feeling. Spicy resinous hops and tropical fruits just blast the mouth. Luckily, there is a big supportive backbone of bread and caramel behind it that evens things out. Bitterness and tang just HANG on the tongue for the good bit. Maybe this is a bit unbalanced towards the hops but I don't care. This is how I like my San Diego Pale Ales! The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a soft and creamy carbonation that makes this fantastically smooth in the mouth. Just a touch of warmth invades the profile at times but it doesn't impact the drinkibility (which is quite good) at all.

This is the "House IPA" here at the Solana Beach location and for me, this is up there with the Carlsbad/Port Brewing Wipeout IPA for being just about thee quintessential San Diego IPA. It doesn't get much better than sitting on a bench at PP, nibbling on some pizza, sipping the Swami, and smelling the nearby Pacific. Perfect...

Photo of jdaddy
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Picked up a six pack at PP Carlsbad, with 5 day old canning date. Honestly I felt the Pontos Session IPA (another PP 16oz tallboy offering) was better however Swamis is a great beer. If I lived here I would have this in regular rotation. Price point is very nice.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL Caged and Corked bottle purchased at Solana Beach. Pours a deeply-hued gold, with a soapy white rim. Aroma comes forth with flowery guava and pineapple. Fragrant and tropically fruity. Flavor moves with more of a pine sap rime, resiny with some bright yeast. Apparently, Cascade. A bittering domination with not as much hop flavor as I seek. Dry and airy. Malt body a little loose. However, drinkable and enjoyable. A classic West Coast IPA.

Photo of HalfFull
3.35/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Photo of larryarms847
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired this in a recent trade with JerppyJerp, thanks again! Poured from a tallboy into a pint glass. Only slightly cloudy, vibrant golden/amber in appearance.

Orange peel, cantaloupe, guava, and straight up nug

Very tropical, orange, grapefruit, melon fruits, and other tropical citrus fruits, accompanied by a dank sticky hop bitterness. Fantastic!

The mouthfeel is marvelous, but unfortunately fades to quickly.

Overall an excellent IPA and fortunate to have the chance to try it!

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Swami's IPA from Pizza Port Solana Beach
91 out of 100 based on 905 ratings.