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Get To The Hopper - Pizza Port Solana Beach

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85
very good

14 Ratings
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Ratings: 14
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pizza Port Solana Beach visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Sideswipe on 10-07-2012)
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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.

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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.

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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.

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