Get To The Hopper - Pizza Port Solana Beach

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14 Ratings
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Ratings: 14
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Pizza Port Solana Beach visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Sideswipe on 10-07-2012

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Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 3
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2.8/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Chilled growler into a glass, courtesy of Sideswipe. Thanks, John!

A: Pours a dark golden-amber body with a finger of off-white head. Great retention with some lace down the sides. A little dark for the style, but not bad.

S: Oddly enough, melon (think honeydew) and bananas. Really unique hop profile, though I don't understand how you'd get bananas out of hops. The malt profile is simple but very sweet-smelling.

T: Surprisingly syrupy; it's not caramelly, but there is a noticeable residual sweetness that suggests underattenuation. The banana-melon quality of the hops would probably overwhelm this if they didn't carry an associated wet squash (largadeer called it "pumpkin") flavor to it. Not a great combination. Drinkable in small quantities, but between 6 of us, we couldn't finish the growler.

M: Unnecessarily sweet and slightly boozy for a DIPA.

O: This might have been better if it weren't opened up side by side with 2 Hill Farmstead growlers (Society & Solitude 5, Ephraim), which completely crushed it. But, probably not. I've had fantastic Pizza Port DIPAs in the past; this simply wasn't one.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Beachwood I, from Pizza Port San Clemente,

A: Pours a hazy translucent yellow orange with a large cap of white foam. Leaves lots of sticky lace.

S: Very fragrant with fresh Citra hops. Gorgeous grapefruit, Meyer lemon rind and pine.

T: White grapefruit and cantaloupe rind. Quite bitter, not as floral as the nose would suggest. A bit more malt here could help. Full-flavoured the hop character is big and in-your-face.

M: Medium-bodied, soft carbonation. Resiny, intense hop character.

O: Aside from the nose, I think this might have been better served to be simply on-tap, as I've found with a lot of IPAs. The cask conditioning isn't really helping it too much. A nice beer, definitely worth a shot.

Photo of Sideswipe
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizza Port San Clemente.

Brewed with all fresh hops.

My pint arrives with a finger of dense, white foam atop the coppery hued brew. Aromas of hemp and citrus fruit dominate the nose. Taste is bitter up front with notes of grapefruit and a bit of melon. A biscuity malt profile makes a half hearted attempt to assert itself mid-palate, but the insane hoppiness of this beer crushes it completely. The finish is dry and bitter with grapefruit rind characteristics which linger for awhile. The beer is full bodied wih a slightly viscous quality. Overall a very bitter, finely crafted brew from the crew at Pizza Port. An excellent fresh hop beer of DIPA magnitude.

Get To The Hopper from Pizza Port Solana Beach
85 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.