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Swami's IPA - Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Swami's IPASwami's IPA

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154 Reviews
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Reviews: 154
Hads: 1,005
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 73
Gots: 189 | FT: 6
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Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States | website

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: 154 | Hads: 1,005
Photo of cpetrone84
3.1/5  rDev -23.8%

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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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

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Photo of uvachief
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

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Photo of jdense
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of wulfie85
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of hophead86
5/5  rDev +22.9%

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 .

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Photo of jdaddy
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

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Photo of maxcoinage
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

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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
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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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Swami's IPA from Pizza Port Solana Beach
91 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.