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SPA (Summer Pale Ale) - Port Brewing

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SPA (Summer Pale Ale)SPA (Summer Pale Ale)

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BA SCORE
88
very good

14 Reviews
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Reviews: 14
Hads: 95
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 4.96%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Port Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: SuperbikeShaun on 06-09-2014

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Reviews: 14 | Hads: 95
Reviews by M_C_Hampton:
Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 22 oz, bottle into an imperial pint glass, golden orange amber colored with a large white head that lingers leaving good lacing, slightly hazy

S: heavy on citrus hops up front, slighty bready with a notable yeast presence, has a lemony pine aroma

T: bitter grapefruit up front that flades into a slight malt sweetness, light flavors of lemon and orange in the middle, fades to a slight pine bitterness that lingers

M: medium to lighter bodied with higher carbonation, refreshing feel

O: an excellent new offering by Port at a very reasonable price, hopefully it will be available in 6-pks as I will gladly return to it (639 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

This is a solid drinkable beer. Cleaningo ut the shelves of the summer beers to make room for the big boys of winter. Certainly worth the try. (144 characters)

Photo of mjstacker
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of hoppyhour
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first review here;
Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass, creamy head, dissipates quickly.
Golden orange color with very subtle nose of fruit and strangely enough, a slight hint of ammonia.
Not what I was expecting in terms of hoppiness, this has plenty of hops for even the most discerning hop head and is far from your typical pale ale.
Piney front taste with a slight popcorny finish. Very easy to drink and does exactly what its designed for, a simple easy to drink summertime ale. At 6.0 abv this is very sessionable for me and is very inexpensive at my local bodega at $3.99
Another fine brew from Port. (615 characters)

Photo of gldnns
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of terpinsd
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Kmlund
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of apasternak
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of waddellc2
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of kmoen
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jsh420
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of st9647v3
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of RyanK252
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours slightly golden amber with a big frothy off white head that hangs around and leaves plenty of thick lacing.

S: Dank herbal notes, citrus, orange & a little grapefruit, tropical fruit, pineapple, maybe a little passion fruit, and light caramel malt sweetness.

T: Bright citrus, lemon, tangerine, and a hint of grapefruit, some herbal notes, pine, a little tropical fruit, maybe a little spice, backed with a little light crackery malt with just a touch of sweetness.

M: A bit towards the lighter end of medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Pretty darn nice pale ale. Just what the doctor ordered today. (672 characters)

Photo of jjd315
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ShanePB
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Clear orange body with a frothy white head. Nice lacing and retention. Aromas of fresh hops, pine, grapefruit, a bit dank. Flavor is crisp and hoppy, biscuit, lightly bitter. Refreshing and very easy drinking. (223 characters)

Photo of Mikexw
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of curlybird
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Drknight
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of AndyEdgar
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of rand
3.95/5  rDev -2%

22 oz bomber to pint glass.

A refreshing pale that accomplishes what its brewers intended. Hops are dank and floral on the nose, set against a cracker-grain backdrop. Citrusy and sharp on the palate, clean and refreshing, this hop-forward ale is gently held back by honey-lemon sweetness. With a light body and ample carbonation, the brew quaffs easily on hot summer nights (I could probably force this down given different weather conditions). (450 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 5/29/14, nice summer pale on a hot humid stormy day.

Pours a huge frothy creamy thick-ish 2+ finger head that fades semi slowly, decent spotty lacing, mostly clear honey orange slight pilsner color.

NOse great hop aroma, a cross of citrusy tropical fruit of American and Kiwi hops, a nice musty resin hint of pine sap like, but resin and big mustiness, dank passion fruit, some guava even, little papaya but not a lot, mild citrus and tangerine, a little terroir and earthy note, mild floral citrus blossom, but mostly nice mild tropical fruit notes. Just a touch of a grainy sweet malt.

Taste brings some mild sweet toasty grainy malts, actually malts get quite big with toastiness and grainy flavors, almost wheat like. Then big hops, fair bitterness, musty dank resinous hops, with a nice Kiwi like terroir and American citrus fruit, and tropical fruit of both. Some resinous passion fruit, papaya, little orange and tangerine juice, clementine, etc. Hops get a bit spicy and grassy as it goes. Finish is dry but a little sticky, huge bittering hop component that even turns a bit astringent, super spicy, with more earthy hop notes, terroir flavors, resin and musty hops lingering, long bitter hop lingering.

Mouth is med bod, very nice effervescent carb.

Overall quite nice, it does get a bit heavy bitter and astringent on the finish, but a great hop profile otherwise, and a nice malt profile that pops up to say hello then hides back behind the great hops. A nice balance and quite enjoyable. Also nice body, great carbonation, overall just a great enjoyable summer beer. (1,592 characters)

Photo of BostonPhilly
3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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SPA (Summer Pale Ale) from Port Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.