Frank Double IPA - Pizza Port Solana Beach
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Reviews by lostbearbrew:
4.95/5 rDev +11%
Lucky for me, Dad brought home a few of these on his last trip to San Diego....
Poured a nice goldeny-orange - kind of like the carrot/corn soup I made to go with it. A little cloudy, or thick looking...very large lace and almost perfect archtypal DIPA appearance.
Smell- Damn near knocked me out - I could have sat and sniffed this for days. Seriously! I can't say enough about the great wafting odors coming off this brew...very citrusy, yet not all citrus. Made me think of being in a workshop and helping my friend's son build a racer for Boy Scouts - pine pine pine! That and man, does it reek of dank buds under the pine and citrus. Kind of like AK-47 meets Syracuse Orange meets Northern Lights...lol! Not that I'd know anything about that...
One of the more complex beers I've ever had, and the taste is a large part of that. This one isn't ALL about the hops, although they do play a major role. The taste sort of catapults from one thing to the next, and I am anxious to see what else I pick up from the one other bottle I have to try. Sweet malt backbone, there, but not overpowering. A little alchohol in here, but also barely present.
Mouthfeel- very nice, maybe a little heavy on carbonation, but very nice all the same. Almost hangs on your tongue, not wanting to let go....
If Pizza Port would make it for me, I'd place it on tap at home and be happy the rest of my life - how's THAT for drinkability?!?
Ahhh, Frank's has set a new standard for DIPA's in my mind. The epic battle between Tommy and Vinnie for domination and loyalty of my tastebuds seems to never cease...I'd have it no other way!
08-22-2005 21:22:39 | More by lostbearbrew
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4.8/5 rDev +7.6%
I've been lusting after this brew for quite some time and I'm excited to finally try it. Pours from the silkscreened stubby bottle a dark orange with a two finger head of billowy creamy white foam. Sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. I can already smell the hops from two feet away. Aromas are a sensous blast of citrusy, piney hop resins. Candy coated green leafy goodness. Sweet candy caramel background. Pineapple, peach, orange, grapefruit. Simply lovely....I could bask in its aroma all night.
First sip brings a wave of rich citrusy, slightly piney hops. Tropical fruit flavors weave in and out with notes of pineapple, peach and orange. A nice sweet candied caramel maltiness asserts itself in the background and does a great balancing act with the wall of hops. Sticky lacing lingers everywhere after each sip. There's a wonderful interplay between the sweetness and the hop bitterness here that really makes this DIPA shine. The rich, resiny green hops hit every tastebud on my palate and cause me to envision picking and chewing on fresh hops right off the vine. Finishes with a lingering bitterness and some wonderful hop burps. One of the best DIPA's to cross my lips.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly viscous. Mellow carbonation dances across the palate and this one goes down smooth while still asserting its presence. Drinkability is seriously off the charts. If I had any access to this brew at all I'd be hoarding it like a crack addict. Ranks up there with Dreadnaught as my favorite DIPA yet sampled. The brewers at Pizza Port Carlsbad deserve high praise for this one..as does mentor for allowing me the opportunity to sample this lovely hoppy nectar.
09-03-2005 03:42:52 | More by orbitalr0x
4.28/5 rDev -4%
I had the pleasure of tasting Frank a few times thanks to fdrich29, orbitalr0x and AKSmokedPorter...once it was shared with me, the other I shared...this one is all mine.
A clear light copper color with a half a finger of bright white head...impressive lacing.
Not over the top in the smell at first whiffs...a well balanced malt/hop ratio with enough of each to pull me right in.
Ok, so the taste is definitely about the hops...piney, resiny hops that roll over the pallet so smoothly that it is hard to stop drinking.
Enough malt sweetness to counteract the bitterness, making this one as balanced in the flavor as it is in the nose.
Alcohol is totally hidden in the taste...just a warming feeling that comes over you halfway thru the offering.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is heavenly...I would get in serious trouble if I had too many of these in my possession.
Too bad Frank is not with us any longer...I will miss him dearly.
03-14-2006 01:02:21 | More by warriorsoul
4.58/5 rDev +2.7%
Stubby 12oz. bottle with screened graphics. Huge thanks to AKSmokedPorter for parting with one of these, and to HoppedUp for sharing his hard-to-acquire supply.
Pours a murky...cloudy dull honey-orangish in color. Scant, almost non-present layer of white head. Barely any lacing of the glass. Teensy amount of escaping gas when I popped the cap. Nose? Holy crikey. A hop-head's wet dream this one is. All sorts of green leafy hops soaked in pine oil and drizzled with sugary citrus juice, with a twist (and a BIG one at that) of grapefruit juice for good measure. Suprised was I with the first taste. VERY sweet up front, and is quickly balanced and somewhat overtaken by the hops explosion. The hop influence never gets out of hand...rather it feels like it is tugging and straining at the malt leash. A delicate balance that favors the bitterness. Finish sees a prickly carbonation "fizz" mixed with a honey-sugary sweet phase that slowly fades into a bitter oily pine resin on your palate. ABV is cloaked in everything going on with this beer. Not as big and chewy as expected, but it's so well-balanced that it doesn't need to be. Carbonation level is just right, adding a little bubbly to the mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable, though I savored every drop of this rare gem. A gem and one I'll remember for a L-O-N-G time.
10-27-2005 01:00:44 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
4.28/5 rDev -4%
I got this beer at Pizza Port Solana Beach. It is the last keg they will ever have since the brewer left, and took the recipe with him. All three Pizza Port locations had a keg saved for Halloween. It was $13 for a logo 25 oz mug that you can keep. It was called Frank in Stein. I am sad to see this beer go.
It pours a cloudy orange with a very thin white head. The head fades fast leaving very few laces. It has a very hoppy aroma. It smells grassy, and slightly piney. I can detect a slight citrus aroma also. This beer has a grapefruit like taste. The hops are very present in the flavor. It tastes citrusy and piney. This beer is full bodied. it goes down smooth leaving a grassy aftertaste. Due to the quite aggressive flavoe, this beer might not make a great session beer. Also, although you can not detect it, the alcohol content is a little high. I thought this beer was quite refreshing. Like I said, I am very sad to know that I might never get another chance to try this beer again.
11-02-2005 01:43:51 | More by OStrungT
4/5 rDev -10.3%
This poured to a murky orange and yellow with only a tiny ring of head. It's not leaving any lace.
Hops dominate the smell, with grapefruit and floral flavors taking center stage, and a hint of pine finishing the job. Malt content is fairly big. There's obviously a lot of hops in here, but they're not coming out as expected. Especially considering the smell, bitterness seems lacking in the mouth. Drinkability is very good.
02-23-2006 06:08:08 | More by watermelonman
4.13/5 rDev -7.4%
Pours slightly opaque, light maber with gold highlights. Big, dull white head forms and slowly ebbs, leaving streaks of uneven lace.
Aroma of grapefruit, pine, resins, hop oils and bubblegum. Basically the whole hop range of aromas.
Flavor of caramel, pale malt with a bread note, follwed by powerful citrus and resiny hop bitterings.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly sweet for an instant and then moves to a gradually rising but pleasant bittering. Not over the top but certainly aggressively hopped.
Drinkability is great. Screams for spicy Thai or Asian food. Really excellently crafted brew that must be awesome on draught.
12-05-2004 22:30:55 | More by CRJMellor
4.33/5 rDev -2.9%
Sampled at the 7th Annual San Diego Strong Ale Festival at the Carlsbad Pizza Port. I had to try the house IPA by Pizza Port. Had an amber-orange color and a minuscule white head. Smell had a sinus-clearing citrus and pine aroma, mostly of grapefruit rinds, and a passing, grudging hint of malt. The taste only reinforced what I knew from the smell: this is a fine IPA. Big juicy hops flavor, grapefruit and orange peels, dominate without being too assertive. Some malt taste serves as a check to balance out the bountiful hops profile. The finish had a hefty pine-flavored bitterness that coated my mouth, leaving me to taste this brew for quite a while after. The feel was full, resinous, and viscous as evidenced by the way the small bubbles did a painfully slow crawl to the surface after a gentle swirl of the glass and then tipping it to about 30º and righting the glass.
This was probably my favorite IPA sampled at the festival, behind the 90 Minute IPA. While packing a powerful hops punch, it was still well-balanced and enjoyable, quite easy to drink. A great brew by Pizza Port.
12-09-2003 18:14:58 | More by Boilermaker88
4.22/5 rDev -5.4%
Lucky me, Ive had both the draught and the bottle version of this most excellent brew, and the few bottle I brought home went quickly, darn I should have bought two cases.
The beer pours clear amber with a modest bright white creamy head and after its decomposition the lace forms a thin veil upon the glass. The hops made the nose, flowery and a nice citrus crispness with the start ambrosial, decent malt presence and the top moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish was briskly acidic, the hop masterful in their spiciness, very dry and long lasting aftertaste, quite a fine Double or Imperial IPA
12-10-2003 01:30:07 | More by Gusler
4.6/5 rDev +3.1%
This is a remarkably good beer. It pours a deep orange-amber color, much like the color of apple cider. The smell is dominated by bitter orange peel, or perhaps caramalized orange, with some pleasant floral notes. This would make a great perfume. I could smell it all night.
The beer starts with an orangey, citrusy, cedary, and slightly syrupy sweetness that I love. I really like malty IPAs or double IPAs because of the balance the malt provides, and this fits the bill. The malt is quickly devastated by an acute hoppiness that has a heavy pine character. The taste then evolves into a slightly astringent, but pleasant aftertaste that I can only describe as tea-like. Overall, this beer is like a delicious orange-chamomile tea, only carbonated and alcoholic. Very alcoholic. I would say it's well-hidden, but I felt a little twinge after just this one bottle. the mouthfeel is extremely syrupy for this style, which might be a turnoff for some, but I feel there is enough hops acidity to counteract this sensation. I only hope I can try some more Pizza Port creations in the future. A shout out to fellow BAs EyeChartBrew and mzwolinski for the bottle.
10-25-2004 23:33:18 | More by bultrey
3.75/5 rDev -15.9%
12oz: Clear orange hue, not much head at all, just a white ring. Big orange aroma. Hops in there are extremely oily, resinous. Sweet C-hops galore provide piney, pineapple, and orange flavours. Theres a weird freezing iodine-like outline all the way that, mixed with the honeyish malt, provide perhaps a touch more astringency than I hoped for. Bitterness is aggressive, resinous. High carbonation surprisingly, yet the mouthfeel is rather oily.
11-09-2004 01:29:21 | More by Rastacouere
4.4/5 rDev -1.3%
Appears a semi clear golden orange with a tall rocky white head. Clingy rings of lace are left coating most of the glass. Hoppy nose as expected with plenty of citric grapefruit and floral hops to be had. Some bitterness was detected as was a good bit of malt sweetness. Nice overall aroma with a bit of balance going for it. Citric hop juicy galore in the flavor with the sweetness that usually accompanies that citric juice taste. There is plenty of bitterness though to fight back the sweetness so that the hops stay on the front line. A bit of pine and some other fruits are there as well. Ends with a bitter grape fruity hop bite. Pretty full and thick feel to this while still remaining quite smooth. Damn good drinkability as well. This is on good DIPA, the bitterness really brings it all together. Thanks goes to Jetsbeer for this great beer.
07-22-2005 14:12:26 | More by meathookjones
4.15/5 rDev -7%
12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity...
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a frothy 3/4" beige head over the clear honey amber brew. Head fades but holds its own, with average lacing of small bubbles and such. Aroma is piney fruity hops. Taste is sweet malts, quickly overcome by the predominant hoppiness, which is not quite as strong as I expected. This is probably due to age of the bottle, since I think they have stopped brewing this one. Still, the slight dampening of the hops character makes the mouthfeel smooth and less prickly than DIPAs sometimes are, and drinkabilty is very nice as well. Have to gets me more of these PP brews...
01-18-2006 22:48:58 | More by ppoitras
4.43/5 rDev -0.7%
Bottle. Poured a darker, cloudy amber color with a smaller off white head. Aromas of pine, citrus, and grapefruit. Nice hoppy aroma. Tastes of oranges, malts, and sweet fruits. Nice balance (lightly sweet and bitter at the same time). Clean and dry finish. Alcohol well hidden. Another great West Coast IIPA. Big thanks to DarkElf for trading me this one.
Notes from 3/25/05
11-07-2008 18:41:36 | More by hopdog
4.58/5 rDev +2.7%
I've been looking forward to this for a while. Popped the cap and *wow* -- I don't believe I've ever smelled hops that strong just upon opening the bottle!
The beer pours a rich bronze, with a thin off-white head and slow, sparse carbonation.
Huge, very fresh hop aroma. Mostly floral, with a bit of citric tang.
The hops don't waste any time asserting themselves in the mouth. I was worried from the first assault that it was going to be pretty brutal, but a nice biscuity malt kicks in and lends a bit of balance and even a touch of sweetness in the mid-palate. The finish is actually quite gentle, but the hops stage a comeback in the aftertaste, in a long-lasting, slowly building assault.
Big, full, oily mouthfeel. Sort of like a cross between Dogfish Head's 90 min and 120 min IPAS. Ridiculously drinkable.
07-16-2004 21:47:16 | More by mzwolinski
3.83/5 rDev -14.1%
big thanks OStrungT for a wonderful package, including two of these puppies.
cloudy, peachy dark orange. dense body attempts to stifle the ehavy carbonation, like a war in the center of the glass. very thin foam with patchy islands on the surface. also a thin but universal coat of lacing on the glass' walls.
aroma is overwhelming with citrusy peach essence of hop. so sweet and spicy, very cali. what i expected in an amplified, mouthwatering fashion. i usually sniff for 15-20 seconds but this beer merits much more nasal enjoyment.
frank is a sweet and pungent hop MONSTER. a malty and sweet body with slight anise and peach liqueur, which sets up a thick carrier for the fresh n tasty hops. the green flower's flavor is not as extreme as i expected, but the heavy grain sweetness pushes this beer into barleywine territory.
complexity is great and sets the scene for a nice sipper. weather is a bit too warm for something that reds my face up like frank.. the next one is in order for a cooler connecticut night.
06-02-2005 22:06:35 | More by goodbyeohio
4.95/5 rDev +11%
This is one of the best imperial IPAs. HUGE, HUGE aroma of grapefruits, and citrus zest. The aroma of this beer is its greatest attribute. Its like walking through a field of simcoe hops with the fresh malty morning dew dripping from the cones. Yes, it is that good. And if you think it couldnt get better, the taste is almost exactly as you could imagine. In no other instance have I smelled a beer that so accurately represented the taste. Pungent citrusy hops explode in your mouth balanced by a caramelly sweet malty backbone. Bitterness is very clean and almost subtle for this style. 100 IBUs sounds like a lot but this beer plays it out well. Mouth feel is oily from the hoppy goodness. Any presence of alcohol is barely detected. This is one damn fine brew.
01-26-2006 20:53:35 | More by chargerfanjess
4.25/5 rDev -4.7%
Presentation: A 12 ounce pseudo-stubby that came my way thanks to fellow BA Gusler whilst attending the recent Real Ale Festival at the Pizza Port, Carlsbad. A simple brass colored crown cap sits atop a white screen printed brown glass bottle, which has a home-made presentation about. The reverse printing simply has the Governments usual nanny state warning crap, but the obverse label is much more interesting. The front has the words Port Brewing, with a picture of a balding dude reeling backwards whilst slapping his balding forehead, holding a beer and expelling the bubbled word Oh . Underneath it is formally labeled as Frank Double I.P.A.. Strength is listed as 8.1%
Appearance: Pellucid dark golden body with a minimal number of streamers that punctuate the sunset orange hue when held to the light. A dirty off-white head forms readily into a nice smooth cap that covers the beer adequately. The head soon dissipates into a thin scum that breaks easily and leaves only a ring of bubbles around the edge.
Nose: Pungently hoppy with some orange fruits. Odors of green stained Cricket Flannels thanks to a sliding catch in the Hop-Fields of Kent mix with a mild caramel whiff that breaks the pine needle encrusted orange fruits.
Taste: Lingering bitterness coats the tongue with hoppy skid marks. Sweet caramel malts with a hint of biscuit are sledge-hammered with pine encrusted hops, coniferous sap, oils distilled from orange zest and some astringent bitterness that positively rasps the tongue.
Mouthfeel: Thick and solid, syrupy pine needles mix with thick orange oils to give a luscious chewy feel in the mouth. Ever so slightly warming right at the back of the in the swallow.
Drinkability: Hmmmm . If you picked up a 24 pack of these from Pizza Port, then this would easily induce a Sumerian Beer Trance if you had little self control mi thinks!
Overall: I tried this on draft at the 7th Annual Strong Ale Festival at Carlsbad Pizza Port last year. I remember the draft version having more of a grapefruit and lemony citric feel, which in the bottle is replaced with a thicker orange zest and pine oil feel.
Pretty darn good, but I hope it doesnt get over-hyped like some East Coast IPAs I could mention ;-))
06-18-2004 05:36:10 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.35/5 rDev -2.5%
08/19/05- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA
Presentation- 12oz bottle with no dating. Poured into my Shipyard pint glass.
Appearance- Nice cloudy golden orange color, hefty 1 inch creamy white head and great chunky lacing. This is what a DIPA should look like.
Smell- Amazing scent of literally hundereds of different things. Maybe the most complex beer I have laid my nose into. Mostly strong citrus hops with lots of woodsy scents. Smells like freshly shaved pine sawdust. Also have some orange peel scent along with a bit of molasses and a pretty big scent of the chronic. Guess there is a bit of hemp in here?
Taste- Taste is very complex, in fact too complex. Besides the citrus and pine hops, you also have some bready malt and tons of other things that I can't describe beacause all the flavors are just mashed together. Not a bad thing, but this beer really confuses your taste buds.
Mouthfeel- Perfect carbonation, slight creamy texture and sweet and sticky.
Drinkability- Wow, pretty intense beer here. A miriad of smells and tastes that throw to taste buds into upheavil. Definitely going to pick up some more of these if I can ever get them again. Funky ass beer to be sure.
08-19-2005 22:48:53 | More by GClarkage
4.22/5 rDev -5.4%
Grabbed a Pint from Pizza Port C-Bad, They were down to they're last keg of Frank and they won't be making anymore, ever! Naturally I had to have one.
Poured a cloudy rust color, nice off white fizzy head. Nice carbonation.
Great hoppy scent.
Great mouth feel, kind of thick. Pretty sweet taste, nice bitter finish full of citrus, sticks on the palate. It's really good, but the sweetness makes it a little less drinkable to me. A little unbalanced, but still very good.
11-04-2005 22:06:41 | More by SteveO1231
4.58/5 rDev +2.7%
I had this cask-conditioned beauty on the hand pump at Pizza Port in Carlsbad 10/2/04. I've had this beer in the bottle before and while it is good inthe bottle, it is great from the hand pump.
It was serve in a standard pint glass with a huge, creamy, eggshell head. The creaminess looked beautiful writhing around inside the glass like any good hand pumped beer. Once the frothiness settled, the beer was a reddish orange. The head had great retention through the whole pint of beer.
The aroma is of grand hoppiness. Moreso than Frank from a bottle. It is not sharp or harsh, but very refined and clean tothe nose.
The flavor of the beer is full of loads of floral hops with a bit of grassy flavor. Not much pine flavor from the hops. It is a bit zesty and spicy from the hops as well. Some sweetness comes through, though not for long before it gets slapped by the hops.
The texture was excellent on the pallet. Creamy is the only way to describe this full bodied beer.
I must say though that the hoppiness of this beer is a bit too much for me. It is completely overpowering from the cask. It's not a bad thing, I am just not as much of a hop head as I thought. I bow to the cask-conditioned Frank. I can handle it from the bottle, but from the hand pump Frank wins.
10-06-2004 06:10:30 | More by BrewMaster
4.1/5 rDev -8.1%
Medium orange color. Aroma is floral hops. A big bodied double IPA. Malts are slightly malty and a little sweet. Hops are juicy, very floral and grapefriuty. Bitter without being over the top. Very flavorful, very hoppy, yet it's still a well balanced beer. Hides the 9.5% alcohol well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is bitter.
09-15-2003 01:36:29 | More by beerguy101
4.9/5 rDev +9.9%
Unending thanks to our Prez., the One and Only Frankie F for sharing these bottles at our Home Brewers meeting. As long as he keeps bringing beers of this caliber, he can hold the gavel for ever!
Deep orange color with a whispy white head and steady carbonation.
As I opened the bottle, I was hit with a massive blast of hop aroma - (im thinkin Centennial...?) resinous pine and concentrated mandarin orange dominate but dont overpower the heavy vanilla and toasted marshmallow notes ( golden brown - not burnt) that make this one of the best smelling beers Ive ever snuffed.
Hop flavor is strong but smooth caramel malt softness rounds out the intensity of citrus and conifer flavors to make this an exceptionally balanced off balance beer.
Mouth feel is nearly full but again, not over the top for the style. Slightly oily texture punctuated by a sharp hop bite that makes this so drinkable, it disappears way too quickly.
Finish is nicely bittered but not scorching. Caramel / vanilla flavors linger behind peppery hop and tickling alcohol.
Absolutely Outstanding Dbl IPA. What a friggin treat! Seek it out and enjoy! Thanx again Frankie!!
12-09-2004 23:32:42 | More by Shiredave
3.9/5 rDev -12.6%
Pours a cloudy orange color with almost no head and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma is all hops - grassy and pine mostly. Can't really detect any malts in the aroma. The flavor is very much the same as the aroma. Completely hops that leave a bitter finish on the tongue, but I think they used a different type of hops for the flavor - it has a lot of grapefruit and citrus with just a little of the pine and grassiness. The body is moderate on this one and the drinkability depends on your liking of lots of hops. If you're not a hop head, the drinkability will be poor. But it's a good beer.
10-24-2005 00:25:33 | More by clvand0
5/5 rDev +12.1%
Beautifully clouded peach gold color with a massively thick and frothy bone white head adorns the top and stays put for what seems like forever. Mega sheeting lace sticks all over the glass. Awesome sight of an I2PA!
Quenchingly large hop nose, wowzaa, hugely oily, fleshy, tangy, sour, and fresh yellow grapefruit citrus and peach flesh. Dry pine, dark orange, and slight candied sweetness play underneath. Beautiful smellin' hop nose oh my...
Taste is a eager diplay of hops, wonderfully citric without a ton of bitterness or over souring. Brillantly balanced, juicy, and zippy with orange, peach, nectarine, tangerine, grapefruit, and a pleasing dry herbal pine and biscuity finish that floats off leaving left over citrusy pulpy things and grassy herbs staying put across the palate. Hops dance and take center stage, but yet there is the behind the scenes malting keeping a fine balance of caramel sweetness and chewyness underneath. Very clean and respectable to the buds. Yum times two.
Feel is clean, hoppy, fresh, oily, pulpy, and full, I swear I was picking bits of hop leaves and grapefruit pulp out of my teeth. Lightly bittering and sour, just enough give and just enough pucker. I love when that happens. Perfect!
Drinkability is sublime, its great balance and clean but juiced up pulpy profile just begs for some major downability. Plus its so damn good!
The perfect Double IPA.
Courtesy of the monk and his west coast visit - Thanks times two!
12-13-2004 01:11:06 | More by tavernjef
Frank Double IPA from Pizza Port Solana Beach
96 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.