Swami's IPA - Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Swami's IPASwami's IPA

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Reviews: 135
Hads: 923
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 64
Gots: 166 | FT: 5
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Pizza Port Solana Beach visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: xlperro on 08-22-2002

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Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
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 (642 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
3.46/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can poured into my beer can glass...seems slightly pointless doesn't it

A: crisp honey gold color nice fluffy head the beer laces the glass like mad

S: very earthy hops a little fruit beer

T: muddled hops not sure whether it wants to be fruity earthy or what

M: medium feel nothing to much nothing too little

O: This beer is average I don't know what they were trying to do here but the taste is not balanced and the hops are muddled. This is a pass for me (468 characters)

Photo of jooler
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Initial taste is very hoppy and great. You can actually taste all the hops. Not too malty and very hoppy. Not as hoppy as lagunitas Maximus ipa but it's alittle better but still not as good as lagunitas hop stoopid. It's like a better sculpin. (243 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can from Whole Foods. Canned 04 Dec.

A clear light orange with a thin, off white head with decent retention and lacing, this looks decent. The nose is solid. Bright lemon peel and pine, clean, snappy, oily and hoppy, wonderfully piney and nicely floral. The palate opens bright and pungent with orange peel, pine and a moderate bitterness. Resiny on the mid palate with pleasing stickiness, this beer is light in body, has minimal malt character and is great on the palate. Drying and bitter on the finish with lingering hop oils, point resin and pungent citrus, this beer is excellent. Highly recommended. Exceptionally clean. (629 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice beer. I received this one from a trade.

Appearance: Hazy light golden color. Decent head retention.

Aroma: Resinous hop forward aroma. Some malts but not overly hop driven.

Taste: Resinous, balanced beer really though. Kind of earthy but not overly so. Its not a very fruity IPA more piney earthy dankness. Hits the front of the tongue smooth but as it crosses the back palate it leaves an assertive hop resinous bitter component.

Overall: Not a bad beer, I have had better, but this is a solid West Coast IPA. I do like how they put these in 16 oz cans. Respect the tall boy! (588 characters)

Photo of thebrood1987
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge tropical pungent hops so pungent I'm getting hints of that garlic/onion smell but in the best way possible. Very crisp and huge fruity notes from the hops and ending with that intense pine and pungent taste that I was getting on the smell. There is some sweetness in there but its all about the hops in this one. Honestly this is my favorite IPA. (351 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz tallboy can. Dated 11/26/2014. Poured into a stemless glass 12/16/2014.

A- Clear yellow-copper body, light golden hued with a two finger white head with nice effervescence. It looks clean, crisp and refreshing with nice carbonation in form of the head that has a good bit of longevity. Nice collar, lacing.

S- As soon as I popped the can, aromas of lemon and citrus wafted out and pleasured my senses. Very aromatic, citrusy and dry resins. Clean pale malt sweetness of which there isn't much, but just enough that the citrus isn't too overwhelming. Smells great, intense although not incredibly complex. Certainly delivers on the citrus.

F- Clean caramel flavour that is distinctly clean and mildly sweet, with a nice lemon, grapefruit flavour punch with a bit of pine and citrus bitterness on the backend. Not superbly complex, but very tasty, intense yet reasonably approachable for the average IPA consumer.

M- Medium bodied, very nice and dry, perfect carbonation such that it's not too prickly or too flat. Pine, citrus bitterness dominates on the backend. Fairly bitter as expected.

O- Another clean example of a west coast-style IPA. It's definitely worth picking up on a regular basis if this is available to you in such a manner. However, it does not supplant the likes of Duet and Nelson in terms of San Diego IPAs. It is certainly much easier to get and is a very good IPA.

Final score: 4.08 (1,415 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.1/5  rDev -24%

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. (297 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 9/5/14 at 40 degrees into SA lager glass
Aroma very piney
Head large (6 cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, slowly diminishing to 1 cm frothy layer
Lacing fair – segments of rings and stalactites of small to medium bubbles
Body straw yellow, slight haze
Flavor begins very resinous and bitter but not too bitter, ends with a bitter aftertaste; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, dry, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.0, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.25 (501 characters)

Photo of uvachief
4/5  rDev -2%

16oz aluminum can. Pours light golden color. Barely opaque and nearly clear. 2 full fingers of head that lingers. Aromas of pine and exotic tropical fruit like melon or mango. Maybe lemon. Crisp and light in the mouth with the IPA bite that is strong at first but dissipates quickly. Quite nice. After taste is pine and fruit. Pine lingers on the tongue. Excellent IPA. (376 characters)

Photo of jdense
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aces and Ales LV Pizza Port tap takeover.

Clear light golden white head decent retention. A bit of pininess in the nose leading to fairly resiny finish . Pretty light mouthfeel. OK tho not my favoite PP IPa. (209 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Canned Oct 7th. 2014.

Extremely pale amber, nearly lemon, with some faint bronze orange highlights in the body color with great clarity. Lost of plentiful and nice looking carbonation, reaching to a big creamy thick filled off white four finger head. Thick creamy retention with angel food cake like creamy top. Thick bubbled but slowly settles and doesn't break into chunks. Real nice.

Very nice hop juiced fruit tropical aroma. Some nice grass and fresh mellow cut senses going on with a hint of herbality too. Slightly spicy, and has a bit of mango character it seems. Subtle and subdued sweetness also.

Palate comes with a bit more crisp character. Steely fruit and washing tropical flavors. Hints of melon and mango like flavors with a clean and very crisp almost Kolsch like body. A mild sense of ripping grain on this, nearly husky but with lots of dryness. Some intersting sugar spices kick in as well

Pretty nice, but quite light bodied, and not so big on the fruit angle. Definitely a good IPA and some of its mellow character makes it a bit appealing too. (1,130 characters)

Photo of wulfie85
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Everything a single IPA should be. Great hop flavor and aroma. If you can get your hands on one you will not be disappointed. If you visit San Diego, you must have Swami's. (172 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: a deep yellow color. two to three fingers of a white with good retention and a strong lacing. strong clarity.

Smell: strong piney to citrus character. pale to light crystal malt base. strong bitterness.

Taste: opens with a slightly sweet bready malt to crystal malts. quickly overtaken by lots of hoppy bitterness. strong earthy pine and just a little bit of citrus.

Mouthfeel: nice light to medium body. strong lingering bitterness. dry finish

Overall: the bitterness and low complexity came off a little off at first but this is a solid IPA. great crisp refreshing qualities. (594 characters)

Photo of hophead86
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Had this for the first time a few years ago and instantly fell in love with it . living in Los Angeles its very easy to find and cheap at that for a 16 oz 6 pack. Great IPA . (174 characters)

Photo of jdaddy
4/5  rDev -2%

Picked up a six pack at PP Carlsbad, with 5 day old canning date. Honestly I felt the Pontos Session IPA (another PP 16oz tallboy offering) was better however Swamis is a great beer. If I lived here I would have this in regular rotation. Price point is very nice. (265 characters)

Photo of maxcoinage
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

2 week old pint sized can to DFH IPA glass (9/5/14). Lots of fluffy white head and golden colored beer, tons of lacing as beer settled

Aroma is popping with citrus and a little bit of pine

Taste starts of with a good amount of sweetness. Mango pineapple grapefruit orange are noticeable Good amount of hop bitterness hits you on the finish for a good balance

Mouthfeel is perfect for a crushable IPA like this. Good amount of carbonation, medium body, goes down smooth and slight dry finish.

Overall a great example of a west coast IPA and at this price ($13 for 6 pack of 16 oz) I wish I lived in San Diego, this would no doubt be a mainstay in my fridge. Just got back from a vaca in San Diego and already want to go I back. (737 characters)

Photo of Spinach937
4/5  rDev -2%

Picked up a sixer while here in San Diego for work. Very nice citrus aroma. Pineapple, grapefruit, orange peel. Sticky resin and pine needles for a refreshing taste on a hot Cali day. Good score. Cheers! (205 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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 (1,390 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Recieved as an extra in a trade an dpoured into my Duvel tulip. Canned on 7/3/14

A - Poured a nice crystal clear straw gold hue with a a billowy three finger head that fades to leave sticky side lacing and a thin blanket. Head kind of exploded on this one. 4.25 (x .05 = .213)

S - Aromas of big, bolder hops. Wet bitter citrus peel, grapefruit, pineapple, mango. The grapefruit really really pops on this and outshines the pine that is there at well. Just a classic west coast IPA aroma profile here. 4.5 (x .2 = .9)

T - Taste is similar to the nose here. More of those awesome awesome bitter wet citrus notes. Great balance of pine and grapefruit peel/pith here with flashes of pineapple and even some stone fruit every now and then. A little malty sweetness to keep things in check here but make no mistake, this is a hop heavy IPA. The finish is pleasantly bitter with faint resins. No alcohol on the pallet, really delicious. 4.5 (x .45 = 2.025)

M - Mouthfeel is a bit lighter, though not thin, with lower carbonation. Probably my only knock against this would be wanting it to be brighter and more carbonation. 4 (x .1 = .4)

O - Overall this is a prime example of a well executed west coast IPA. The nose and taste really pops here, my only knock would be the mouthfeel though even that was decent enough. Very well crafted IPA. 4.25 (x .2 = .85)

Total Rating Score: 4.39
Serving Type: Can (1,400 characters)

Photo of TaylorIPA19
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of my all-time favorites! Pours a clear pale gold, thick vibrant white head (solid retention) which coats the glass on the way down. Huge bouquet of citrus, pineapple, and mango. Tastes of hoppy citrus zest with a thin malt layer at the end. Light, crisp, and goes down really smooth. Easy drinking classic from one of the West Coast IPA pioneers. If you see it somewhere you should definitely get one... or five! Oh yeah, almost forgot the best part... They're only $1.79 a pint!!!! The beer gods are smiling! (522 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - 16 oz can. Pours clear, light apricot. Near white, thick head. Slow to leave. Lots of cling.

S - Malt takes back seat to bitter, aromatic hop profile.

T - Bam. Love this one. Big malt, refreshing, nice aggressive hops to balance it out. Big beer, so a little heat, but not out of balance.

M - Medium body, good carb and balance, finishes on the bitter side, maybe a bit much.

D - If a cleaner finish, would be higher points. As it is, very very nice. (458 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another extra provided by BA Black_Rider in a recent trade we did. This is one I've been curious to try, so cheers to Black_Rider! Enjoyed out of a 16 oz "tallboy" with a canning date of 6/20/14 stamped on the bottom of the can. Poured into a Speigelau IPA-specific glass.

Appearance - Pours a light golden hue with a fair amount of color variance and just a slight bit of haze to the body, but otherwise, is mostly translucent. There color is saffron for the most part, but there are notes of lemon and amber depending on how the light passes through. Atop the body sits a lucious three finger head of frothy white foam, mostly tight microbubbles, but a few larger suds from the pour. Retention is excellent, lasting for quite some time--longer than I have the patience to wait. As I begin to drink the liquid down, it leaves sticky swaths of foam in thick rings along the side of the glass. All in all, a very good looking IPA.

Smell - Nice pungent aromas of citrus and tropical fruit are definitely the star here. They shine almost at the expense of the grain bill, which I find difficult to pick out at all from smelling it. No matter, this is a hophead's IPA to be sure, with strong notes of grapefruit complemented by citrus zest as well as subtler characteristics of starfruit and mango. With a little warmth, there is a slight hint of biscuit, but it takes some work to coax it out.

Taste - More of the same, with the pith that you associate with white grapefruit shining through up front. It's so dominant that it borders on slightly astringent, but comes right to the edge without going over. The other citrus notes aren't as obvious in the taste, but there is pineapple and starfruit again, as well as a hint of pine that I didn't remember getting from the smell. Although on second thought, maybe that pine was there, just hidden by the bouquet of fruit.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-light bodied, with moderate-to-high carbonation. Even when I get to the bottom of the glass, there is still plenty of foam. In fact, I have to leave a bit of it in the bottom, as I don't feel like drinking straight foam. The feel is slightly juicy and with some foamy body.

Overall, just a well-done IPA from the left coast. I've not had anything else form Pizza Port, partly over my confusion at their branding, but Swami's was definitely worth a try. If I lived where it was readily available, I'd likely drink it all the time. But given the distance/effort to acquire it, it's just another good IPA. There are so many good ones these days that it's becoming less and less realistic to go to extreme lengths to get a specific one if you have a good one in your proverbial backyard. (2,677 characters)

Photo of hoppyhour
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lets keep this one simple.

This is a kick ass classic west coast IPA.

Super piney with some fruit on the nose. Pours clear, clean and very consistent.
Goes great with chiles and other spicy foods.

Always ultra fresh with convenient canned on date on the bottom. Usually when I get these they are only a week or two old. Cant beat that!

Swamis, I love you... at $13 for 6 pints my wallet also loves you.

One of my favorite daily drivers, get some.

4.5+ (458 characters)

Photo of Sintech
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can.

Appearance - Golden yellow hue.

Smell - Pine and citrus.

Taste - Citrus and pine. Delicious.

Mouthfeel - Very drinkable. Perfect carbonation.

Overall - Highly recommend

Grade (B+) (196 characters)

Swami's IPA from Pizza Port Solana Beach
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