SPA (Summer Pale Ale) - Port Brewing

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

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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 8.03%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | 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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Ratings: 77 | Reviews: 13
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Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

Photo of hoppyhour
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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

Photo of rand
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

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).

Photo of jlindros
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was a good beer from start to finish.
The color of the beer was straw with orange high lights and was slightly hazy.
On the pour a generous head forms. It's tall with a tight sticky looking head leaving plenty of lacing in it's wake. Lots of carbonation bubbles cascade to the top.

The aroma is for the most part all hops. Aromas of tropical fruits like lemon pineapple and mangos are present. They have a sort of candied fruit quality.

The taste is hoppy but not like in the nose. Here the hops are dank and muddled. Lightly malted.
The first half of the tasteing is dominated by a sweet maltiness fading to a hoppt semi dry finish.
It's pretty clean in that the bitterness doesn't linger in the aftertaste.

Overall, a pretty damn good beer.
Looks nice and has a pleasant aroma. The taste is the one delta in this experience withit's lack of flavor. But there could be many reasons for that.
A great beer that s easy to drink.

Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a light haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is two fingers of frothy ivory foam. Pretty nice!

Smell: grapefruity, earthy, funky hops atop a slightly sweet malt base. The funk isn't like a saison-funk, but more of a green-hop-funk. Interesting.

Taste: earthy, piney, citrusy, funky hops; malt base is a little sweet, rather like a blonde ale. A good summer ale.

Mouthfeel: light body with a decent carbonation and a limited creaminess. Texture is more of a refreshing fizz, which works for this beer's philosophy.

Overall: quite drinkable. The hops are fresh enough that the taste doesn't bog down on the palate; I rather like it.

Photo of OsoRojo
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a tad more maltiness with this one than I would have preferred/expected for being a summer brew.

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

A - dark golden. 1 finger of head and some lace sticking to the glass.

A - Hoppy and delicious. Ready to take a swig..

T - Smooth, well balanced, hoppy. Tasty! As good as a pale ale that I have had in awhile

M - Light bodied and well carbonated. Well balanced.

O - A well balanced hoppy pale ale. Perfect for the summer time. Nothing wrong with this one. Very enjoyable! Port always nails it..

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this new brew from port is amazing, and bind maybe only older viscosity, this is the best ive had from them. totally impressed with this honey orange colored brew, with a slight haze and a tall frothing white head. ill be damned if this isnt a nelson bomb, i get so much of the familiar pineapple and passion fruit and melon tropical complexion and its unique acid profile. there are others in here too, but ill be shocked if i find out no nelson is in this. the taste suggests some simcoe to balance. it still has all the bitterness of a good ipa, and the resinous feel too, but the hop flavor is so delicious in this, and its real uncommon. super bright and pungent fruit right up front, perfect for summer. the carbonation is high and the beer drinks a lot lighter than 6% abv, a bomber went down in a matter of minutes for me. i love how fresh it is, how alive the hops seem to be, and how flavorful it is for a beer that is supposed to be on the simple side (according to the label). perfect beer for summer, and for the hophead who would rather not drink summer blondes and lagers. its really wonderful beer, and at around 5 bucks a bomber, its tough to beat this season. really high on this one right now.

Photo of brewmastercat
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

My favorite summer seasonal, all of that tropical taste and none of the adjuncts. It really doesn't really compete with the newly distributed Ballast Point Grunion or AleSmith 394 APA's. $3.99 per 22oz makes this beer stand out.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

22 ounce bottle - Bullock's in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: A hazy light copper-hued body filled with a little lively carbonation. Sustained, lightly fluffed white head.

Smell: Riding above the subtle base malts are tropical scented hops with a citrusy fruitiness as well as floral and pine tones, imparting notes of grapefruit, tangerine, even some papaya.

Taste: Soft pale maltiness with a hint of crisped grains and a small sprinkling of sugar. An initial floral component shifts to a long tropical, citrusy flavor, pulling in a fair but not unnecessary amount of hop bitterness and ending with a thin hint of muted pine and earthiness. Crisp, moreish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. A notch above medium carbonation for a nice bit of crispness.

Overall: A tasty pale ale I finished in a flash. What happens now is we start with the shouting and the yelling and

Photo of jooler
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good carbonation but I think this is stale now

SPA (Summer Pale Ale) from Port Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.