Swami's IPA - Pizza Port Solana Beach
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3.7/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
02-11-2007 05:46:29 | More by Sammy
4.13/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
12-18-2013 00:29:23 | More by UCLABrewN84
4/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
02-08-2011 23:07:55 | More by womencantsail
4.47/5 rDev +9.8%
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...
03-25-2009 16:33:56 | More by Kegatron
3.45/5 rDev -15.2%
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.
04-19-2014 22:50:30 | More by StonedTrippin
3.34/5 rDev -17.9%
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.
03-09-2014 05:05:57 | More by mactrail
4/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
06-01-2006 05:46:10 | More by GClarkage
4.53/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
12-22-2009 22:51:24 | More by woodychandler
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.03/5 rDev -1%
Had this one on tap at Port in Solana Beach
Poured into a pint glass.
Pours 1/2 finger of off white head. Fades to a thin layer but leaves some nice sticky lace walls. Color is a clear golden sunset.
Aroma: Nice floral hop profile with a high amount of citrus. Caramel and bready malts balance it out a bit. Solid IPA aroma.
Taste: Just like the aroma, but it has more caramel malts to it. Big citrus floral taste. A good amount of grapefruit. Has a bubblegum flavor in the background. Very solid ipa.
Mouthfeel: Bitter, but not over the top bitter. Refreshingly clean. Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Ends sticky, which is expected.
Overall, a solid ipa and very drinkable. Well to the style. Glad I got to try this one. A staple of an ipa.
01-28-2010 23:42:10 | More by mothman
4.2/5 rDev +3.2%
Got in a trade with BeerBaron666. 16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 1/3/2014. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of huge tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, pineapple, orange rind, floral, grass, pine, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity of bright citrus hop notes with light-moderate malt presence; and great strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, pineapple, orange rind, floral, grass, pine, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, pineapple, orange rind, pine, floral, grass, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity of bright citrus hops with light-moderate malt presence; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome IPA. All around great complexity of bright citrus/pine hops flavors with light-moderate malt presence; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.
01-27-2014 22:55:31 | More by superspak
4/5 rDev -1.7%
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
10-13-2010 19:33:17 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.6/5 rDev -11.5%
Clear amber with a fine, light beige cap. Great head retention with tons of lacing. Lots of hop aroma, citrus and grapefruit, but it ended up being sort of plain. Strong bitterness and light on malt flavour. Plenty of citrus and grapefruit, some pith, and a hint of hop spice. Medium to light bodied, dry, with smooth carbonation. A good IPA with lots of hops, well crafted, but a bit one dimensional.
01-03-2010 00:05:54 | More by DrJay
Swami's IPA from Pizza Port Solana Beach
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