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Swami's IPA - Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Swami's IPASwami's IPA

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144 Reviews
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Reviews: 144
Hads: 954
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 22.85%
Wants: 67
Gots: 176 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 144 | Hads: 954
Photo of Spinach937
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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!

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Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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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Photo of rudzud
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
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

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Photo of TaylorIPA19
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

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Photo of srandycarter
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of hoppyhour
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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.


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Photo of Sintech
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
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+)

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Photo of mabermud
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is a quintessential San Diego IPA. Big on dank hops, piney, floral, nice, bright, and tasty. This would be a go-to IPA for me. It is readily available in San Diego, not pricey, and well-crafted.

A - Bright and juicy looking. Faded yellow body, big white fluffy head.
S - Mostly hoppy, then piney, and some floral notes. The wet dank smell is great.
T - Delicious. Medium hop, combine with light pine.
M - Very good. Medium mouthfeel and medium/low carbonation.
O - Highly recommended

One of my favorites for over twenty years.

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Photo of evanforbeer
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

can-date 6/20/14, pours a crystal clean gold with foamy white head

nose- pine, orange zest, tropical fruit, touch of fresh cut wood, pale malt

taste- citrusy and piney hop blast, orange, lemon, and mango, bready malt and spicy hop zest on the finish

feel- fresh, zesty, spicy, medium-bodied

great ipa. complex, with a bold zestiness to it

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Photo of MisSigsFan
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into my Spiegelau IPA glass. Forms a thick foamy white head that recedes quite slowly and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Golden yellow in color. Smells citrusy, a little sweet, and a little bready from the malts. A lot of orange up front with a little mango and a nice malt backbone to balance it out. I get just a tiny bit of earthiness as well. Not overly bitter. Very easy to drink. Mouthfeel is right where it needs to be. Light and crisp and great to session with. Overall, this is a solid IPA. Nothing outstanding, but considering this is one of the oldest American IPAs out there it still holds its own.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.64/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite beers and the fact that when I visit from phx it's readily available and almost always fresh is pretty sweet. This is packed with west coast bitterness, has not taste of booze and just a friggin delight to pound during the warm days.

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Photo of djjacobsen
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The appearance is a standard straw colored ipa. Moderate head with very little retention and decent lacing.
The aroma is very pleasant. Citrus fruit dominate. Lemony and grapefruit. West coast ipa smell for sure. Taste is very good. Easy to drink. Drinks fairly easily but has a great representative ipa flavor. Grapefruit and bitterness with a clean malt bill. I very much enjoyed this on a warm summer day. Will revist if I can find it fresh.

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Photo of ZAP
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Golden colored with a light creamy head

S-Very fresh floral aroma...Sweet fruits as well....Ripe Cantaloupe, and ripe oranges...and to a lesser extent some mango, papaya,and peaches...just a hint of dankiness..Excellent aroma to this. Fresh.

T-Fruity along the same lines as the aroma. Not bursting with hop flavor but it is enjoyable. Getting some orange peal and unsweetened grapefruit now as well as pine... Balanced by a sweeter crackery maltiness.

M-Not overly bitter but a nice tight dryness on the finish.

O-Smells a little better than it tastes but overall this is a winner. An upper tier IPA to add to the growing list.

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Photo of aquazr1
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can served in a tulip. Pours a clear golden color with a white two finger head. Nose and taste are floral and citrus. Mouthfeel is light to medium. A well balanced, easy drinking IPA.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired this in a recent trade with JerppyJerp, thanks again! Poured from a tallboy into a pint glass. Only slightly cloudy, vibrant golden/amber in appearance.

Orange peel, cantaloupe, guava, and straight up nug

Very tropical, orange, grapefruit, melon fruits, and other tropical citrus fruits, accompanied by a dank sticky hop bitterness. Fantastic!

The mouthfeel is marvelous, but unfortunately fades to quickly.

Overall an excellent IPA and fortunate to have the chance to try it!

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Photo of 64vdub
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Man, this is some good stuff! It's a lot better than a 90 pt beer for sure. It's a bit plain smelling on the nose, but the taste is there! For the hop lover. Right there in my top five DIPA's. It really is a great beer, and I can agree, the Heady of the West Coast. Thanks Pizza Port!

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Photo of rails
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It's the West Coast Heady Topper so dank and juicy. If you hold it up to the light you'll see all the hop resin that's the stuff that coats your mouth in Dankness. Such a great beer I still prefer Blind Pig & Nelson but its still a top 5 ipa for me. The only weak spot to me is the nose is not super dank and fruity.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can in trade from Stefan dated 4/7/14 and poured 5/18/14. Big thanks! Pours clear golden color with a big fluffy teo finger white head. Floral aroma, citrus peel, pine, grapefruit, some honeysuckle flower. Really nice. Flavor is pine bitter to start then fades in caramel malts, lemon and grapefruit rinds. Lots of bitter punch going on here. Light to medium resinous body with a dry finish and heavy carbonation. Very drinkable IPA that I would happily have again.

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Photo of WarEagleJeep
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Nearly clear straw gold color, 1/4" white head that gives way to thin ring, nice lacing

S: Pine resin, grapefruit, dry pilsner malt, and faint yeast

T: Pilsner malt, biscuit, hop resin, grapefruit pith, no real presence of alcohol

M: Light carbonation, medium feel, with mild linger hop and malt flavors

O: This is a very balanced IPA. Smooth malt and hop notes and not overly bitter. Unfortunately not my favorite choices of malt and hops. It tasted like a hoppy pilsner to me with dank and resinous hops and aromatic biscuit malts. Still well craft IPA though.

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Photo of BeerZombies1
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Swami's IPA - Pizza Port
American IPA
6.9% ABV
72 IBU

APPEARANCE: Well I actually drank this one from the can, but peaking in the color looks a bright golden yellow. Bonus point for the cool can graphics though.

AROMA: Getting my nose right to the opening you can really get a nice sense of what this beer is going to taste like. Some caramel sweetness, nice light citrus, orange zest, grapefruit and a slight hint of pine.

TASTE: Sweetness in the front, bready malts. Delicious bitterness is really present. Balances out nicely with the fruit that was detected in the nose.

MOUTHFEEL: Light plus body and medium carbonation. Clean, crisp slight oil but finish nice and dry.

OVERALL: Great outing from Pizza Port. Nothing over the top in your face or fancy just a great well balanced super drinkable west coast IPA. Highly recommend grabbing this if you are in SoCal, plus the pizza is amazing at the brewery as well!

RATING: 4/5 Zombie Heads!

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Photo of homebrew311
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A big thanks to @rjmusquiz for sending me a few of these as extras! Pours a very light gold with foamy head and heavy lacing. The aroma features citrus hop notes paired with a firm graham cracker crust malt profile. Notes of pine, lemon, cracker, and grass all come through. The flavor is super light and full of hop flavor. Notes of lemon, grass, and pine come up front and quickly give way to big time malt backbone. Mouthfeel is super light and refreshing. Overall, another solid IPA from the west coast.

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Photo of TastefulNudity
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in a six-pack of tallboys. I should mention I purchased this beer 5 days (!!!) after the canning date. Not obscenely expensive when you factor in the amount of beer you get for your money.

A: I'll admit, it's not the best looking beer ever. Pours a clear, golden yellow with a fair amount of white head that sticks around for a bit.

S: This beer shines here. Caramel sweetness, citrus, tropical fruit, melon. This is an awesome beer to smell, even straight out of the can (I've had it both ways)

T: Starts with that spicy, tropical bitterness that fades in to a smooth mellow malt sweetness. Solid west coast IPA with a nice malt bill to back it up.

M: Long, bitter finish. Good carbonation for the style, cleans up the sweet and finishes dry.

O: I feel like this beer is underrated. I found the last six pack in the store, and to be honest I never cared for Pizza Port/Port Brewing/Lost Abbey. At this price I can afford to drink this one, it's tasty, and it may just be my new go-to six pack. Cheers.

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Photo of Tdizzle
4.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a pint glass. Canned on 4/7/14.

A - A moderate pour yields a clear golden hue with a billowing head of white foam. Webs of lacing cling to the glass with each sip. A thick cap of soapy foam remains atop the beer for the entire duration. Lots of tiny hop particles float throughout the beer.

S - Big, clean notes of tropical fruit, citrus, and melon rind prevail. Mildly piney, a bit herbal, and slightly dank. Clean ale yeast and some malty sweetness balance the multitude of hop aromas. Fantastic.

T - Clean, puckering, juicy bitterness blankets the palette. A nice crackerish malt backbone peaks through to balance the flavor before the hop bitterness kicks back in. Finishes dry and pleasantly bitter.

M - Medium body with a perfect amount of carbonation. Slightly oily and slick for a single IPA, but still finishes dry enough to leave you looking forward to the next sip.

O - A quintessential California IPA. Balanced, but still intensely hop-forward. My new go-to 6-pack.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
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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Swami's IPA from Pizza Port Solana Beach
91 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.