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Swami's IPA - Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Swami's IPASwami's IPA

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638 Ratings
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Ratings: 638
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.02%
Wants: 37
Gots: 98 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Sammy, Feb 11, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

t0rin0, Dec 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

spycow, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

djrn2, Oct 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

zestar, Jan 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

acurtis, Feb 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Texasfan549, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

kjkinsey, May 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

ygtbsm94, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

womencantsail, Feb 08, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Sep 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

SocalKicks, Nov 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

largadeer, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
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
Photo of Kegatron
4.47/5  rDev +9%
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...

Kegatron, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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

jlindros, Sep 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

XmnwildX12, Nov 04, 2014
Photo of mactrail
3.34/5  rDev -18.5%
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
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

MarkyMOD, May 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

beernads, Jun 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

drewone, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Late May 2006- On tap at Pizza Port in Solana Beach, CA.

Presentation- Via the tap into two sets of samplers.

Appearance- Deep and dark golden in appearance. Creamy 1/4 inch head with light patchy lace.

Smell- Sweet caramel and bready malt with a fruity hop note.

Taste- Hops are rather laid back with a floral and fruity taste. Malt is the main player here which complements the hops well. Very bready and buiscut like.

Mouthfeel- Average carbonation, light bitterness.

Drinkability- Think I have tried this before at the Toronado. Will revisit if I see it again. Very tasty brew.

GClarkage, Jun 01, 2006
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

orangesol, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one showed up in a sort of FFT CANTrade ™ from a trader in Virginia who had received this and a couple of other Pizza Port CANs in a trade of his own and knew that I would up my ante in return for receiving them. Indeed.

From the CAN: "We have been brewing Swami's IPA for over 20 years, so to finally share this in a CAN is a dream come true! Whatever your form of meditation is, we hope that each and every sip [CAN]tributes to your own self realization! Cheers!"

The Crack! brightened the day and I CANtinued the celebration with an inverted Glug until the glass became close to full of the CANtents of the pint-sized CANtainer. The smell of grapefruit-citrus hops immediately filled the room and once again, I found myself wishing for this as an air freshener. It settled into three fingers of dense, French Vanilla-colored head with excellent retention. Color was a hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 – 5). Leaning in for a better sniff, I also noted pine hops among the citrus. Now, my mouth was watering unCANtrollably! I watched as the head slowly fell, leaving loads of sticky lacing in its wake. Finally, I could take a sip. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was a hophead’s wet dream! It was grapefruit, orange peel and pine, all wrapped up into one big joygasm on the tongue. It simply stood to reinforce my love of hops and especially in AIPAs. Man, I could just sit and drink hop-driven beers all day until I simply fell out! This was a little big at 6.8%, but I am up to the task. Finish was dry, hoppy, bitter, just the way, uh huh uh huh, I like it.

My original on-tap review follows:

I had mine at Downtown Johnny Browns.

It arrived with only wisps for head but with a stunning clarity in a deep-amber beer. The nose was heavenly! It had a beautiful floral aspect, but muted at the same time. Letting it warm just a bit made it smell like I had rubbed fresh hops in my palms. Oily, floral, even a little fruity. Mouthfeel tended to the thin side, but the slick, oily feeling that I got on the tongue more than made up for it. Finish was beautifully, lingeringly hoppy. Damn! I refuse to move back to the Left Coast, but they have fantastic beer.

woodychandler, Dec 22, 2009
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Swami's IPA from Pizza Port Solana Beach
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