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Swami's IPA - Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Swami's IPASwami's IPA

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Ratings: 646
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.54%
Wants: 38
Gots: 99 | 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 mtbdonn:
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

mtbdonn, Aug 23, 2014
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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.


hoppyhour, Jul 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

The quintessential West Coast IPA.

Aaron_Ramson, Sep 01, 2014
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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.

TastefulNudity, Apr 30, 2014
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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.

maxcoinage, Sep 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

OhioBobcat, Feb 18, 2014
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4.84/5  rDev +18.3%

jose_alehouseSD, Sep 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Ben7773, Feb 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

freshflesh, Mar 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

77apm, Apr 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

codysjb, Feb 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

aquazr1, Jun 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

olradetbalder, Nov 21, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

West. Coast.

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

JC333, Nov 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Mattco, Feb 04, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

Stebow1289, Oct 29, 2014
Photo of magictrokini
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

magictrokini, Dec 11, 2008
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4.48/5  rDev +9.5%

stu412, Sep 01, 2014
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.

ehammond1, Mar 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Cynic-ale, Jan 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

ryser2k, Mar 06, 2013
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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

Beerandraiderfan, Oct 13, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

chinchill, Feb 09, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +4.6%

Mikey_C_getitright, Nov 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

GlassHound, May 24, 2014
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Swami's IPA from Pizza Port Solana Beach
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