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Swami's IPA - Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Swami's IPASwami's IPA

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517 Ratings
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Ratings: 517
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 27
Gots: 66 | FT: 4
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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1.13/5  rDev -72.3%

AlexandraMarie, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of spazaru
2.05/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I love Pizza Port, and most of their house beers are really good to excellent, but I just don't get this one or it's sister, Wipeout IPA. It's hoppy, alright, but that's about all. I typically dig IPA, but this is one of the rare beers I didn't even finish. I would advise you to wait until they have their Frank Double IPA on tap, which is excellent. This is probably the second worst IPA in San Diego County (next to Karl Strauss).

spazaru, Oct 08, 2005
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

MPPHISH, Aug 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

toadman14, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of oggg
3.08/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12/19/03 from cask to pitcher to pint glass at PIzzaPort Solana Beach

Light brown, with a nice foamy head
Smell of hops is there but not especially strong, should have more character, I think. This is pretty darn bitter. Without a whole lot of citrus or woodsy hop notes. A tiny bit of malt to provide a little backbone and to keep the bitter hops from lingering too long on the palate.

Summary: average bitter IPA.

oggg, Dec 19, 2003
Photo of Daniel101
3.1/5  rDev -24%

Daniel101, Aug 16, 2014
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3.16/5  rDev -22.5%

Busyjones, Aug 17, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Enochase04, Aug 17, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Raziel313, Jul 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

pmoney, Mar 21, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

vonnegut21, Mar 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

retry4z, Aug 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

megsky915, Aug 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Jimi-goodbrew, Aug 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

starshockey9, May 10, 2014
Photo of koutkid41
3.26/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

koutkid41, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of mactrail
3.34/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

mactrail, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of HalfFull
3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

HalfFull, Feb 22, 2014
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3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On cask at O'Briens.

A dirty orange/yellow fluid, capped by a modest, off-white head. Visually, not terribly appealing.

Aroma was fairly mild. Citrus - lemon characteristics. Yeast and bread dough as a back drop.

This was a nicely balanced (in this hophead's opinion) beer. Not as hoppy as you would typically expect from a west coast offering. Citrus and pine danced around, with bread dough/cracker like taste as the backbone. Some fruit flavors lent sweetness to the taste.

Medium in body. Almost zero carbonation (cask offering). Dry.

Overall, an OK IPA. Far from the best the west coast has to offer.

, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Alieniloquium, Feb 27, 2014
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3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

StonedTrippin, Apr 19, 2014
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3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 ounce corked and caged bottle purchased from Pizza Port San Clemente a couple months ago for 4 dollars

Poured into my Russian River pint glass after splitting with a friend with a golden orange color and a massive one inch soapy white head

Smell was full of oranges and malt followed by some piney hops

Surprisingly sweet for an India Pale Ale, not as hoppy as it smelled, a lot of citrus, and sweetness

Easy to drink and could probably go through a couple bottles

I believe this is the first Solana Beach bottle their infamous brews, so it was exciting to drink it

Recommended, especially for the low price, but their High Tide Fresh Hop IPA and Hop 15 are still way better

Floydster, Oct 17, 2007
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3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A light vibrant copper, light haze but clean. Super low carbonation, no real head to speak of.

S: Very light. A bit of citrus...grapefruit and lemon peel.

T: Immediate woody bitterness. Piney hops with a sappy finish. Moments of grapefruit rind, lemon essence. Finishes bitter and nondimensional.

M: Medium body, low carbonation.

D: Boring IPA with out a lot of complexity.

Westsidethreat, Sep 20, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

chinchill, Feb 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

AdamF625, Mar 07, 2014
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Swami's IPA from Pizza Port Solana Beach
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