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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
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780 Ratings
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Ratings: 780
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 57
Gots: 129 | 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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 08-22-2002

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Instant Replay in Canoga Park, CA.

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thick rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and pineapple aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color capped by an inch of foam; a few swathes of lacing descend from the lip

Smell: Bright and fruity, with tropical tones (pink grapefruit, pineapple and mango) as well as cantaloupe and a touch of pine

Taste: Smell begets taste, with much of the same flavors arriving on the tongue; just a touch of biscuity malt underpins and the finish is moderately bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: As others have noticed, this is a quintessential West Coast IPA, San Diego Pale Ale or whatever you want to call it - I call it quite tasty

Thanks, fthegiants, for the opportunity

Photo of jaydoc
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pizza Port Solana Beach

A: The pour is amber in color with an emphasis on the orange hues. The head is dense, creamy, and white.

S: Lots of hop aroma right out of the gate with grapefruit, grass, and orange and lemon zest. There's a bit of a bread aroma and as the beer warms up, some hints of tropical fruit.

T: The pine and associated bitterness are immediately noticeable. There's quite a bit of grapefruit and grapefruit rind present, too. The malt is there and gives the beer a solid bread base.

M: Definitely medium in body with a moderate carbonation and a dry, bitter finish.

D: A nice IPA that won't blow your socks off but will give you a pleasurable drinking experience.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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...

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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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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4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sixteen ounce can filled on 1/3/14. (2 weeks ago). Drink by date 4/3/14. ABV on can is 6.8% while listed on BA as 6.9%.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a solid 1-inch thick white head which recedes slowly leaving semi-rings and splothes of lace.

N: Shines bright initially with juicy grapefruit/citrus and tropical (mango and lychee) fruits. Initial blast of perfumy floral is wonderful, but fades as this sits for just a bit (5-10 minutes). Faint dankness.

T: More balance here with piney hops and malts with some biscuity notes.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Dry, bitter herbal piney finish.

O: Smell leads in rating, but only on first pour. Fairly straightforward IPA and easy drinking.

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Swami's IPA from Pizza Port Solana Beach
91 out of 100 based on 780 ratings.