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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: 782
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 57
Gots: 130 | FT: 7
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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1.13/5  rDev -72.4%

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1.4/5  rDev -65.8%

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2.1/5  rDev -48.7%
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).

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2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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3.08/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

Photo of Daniel101
3.1/5  rDev -24.2%

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3.1/5  rDev -24.2%

Pour is clear golden in color with a bubbly white head. Nose is mostly caramel malt sweetness with resiny and citrusy hop profile. Flavor has sweet malts, lots of doughy bread, moderate orange citrus, light bitterness, some resinous hop through the finish. Light carb, syrupy feel, fuller body.

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3.16/5  rDev -22.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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3.26/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of koutkid41
3.28/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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.

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3.37/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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3.37/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Swami's IPA from Pizza Port Solana Beach
91 out of 100 based on 782 ratings.