Swami's IPA - Pizza Port Solana Beach
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4.35/5 rDev +6.9%
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!
07-30-2014 22:06:46 | More by TaylorIPA19
4.3/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
07-29-2014 03:15:47 | More by srandycarter
4.05/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
07-22-2014 17:16:33 | More by LambicPentameter
Swami's IPA from Pizza Port Solana Beach
91 out of 100 based on 464 ratings.