Wipeout IPA - Port Brewing

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Wipeout IPAWipeout IPA

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1,854 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,854
Reviews: 764
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 104
Gots: 223 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: beerguy101 on 09-15-2003

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Photo of RoyalT
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a nice, thick brown in color with a good, cascading head.

Smell – There’s some big piney hops in there but not so much that it steals the show. The malts are sugary and stand up well to the big hop profile.

Taste – This is big but balanced. The hops are more complex at the taste and the malts heavy; laden with mild yeast. This is a very powerful flavor profile that will please the drinker seeking an even-handed AIPA.

Mouthfeel – This is a solid medium-bodied with a light carbonation and a terrific mouthfeel. It is wonderful in between the cheeks.

Drinkability – I preferred this to the on-top version although that may have just been a difference in the batches.

Photo of APetitfils
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep orange and golden brown colors. Medium viscosity, but by no means murky. Nice thin eggshell head that does not retain very long but leaves a consistent layer.

S: Sharp piney hop aromas, not overwhelmingly strong, as I thought it would be with its five hop injection, but it is most definitely the most profound aroma on the beer. There is also a slight sweet malt undertone.

T: The hops are great, not too explosive, but certainly not weak. Its no coincidence that a lot of people get a replication of the aromas in the taste, I think there absolutely consistent with each other. I liked the balance of the five hops, but the malts come in well too to balance out the beer (grapefruit being the strongest for me, but also having other citrus in there as well)

M: Not very heavy, lower medium bodied. The carbonation, not too present within a head, plays well into the Mouthfeel. Nice astringency at the end.

D: It's a good beer and it would be quite easy for me to grab several more. For me this is sort of Port's m.o. and they deliver again. Have at it hoss.

Photo of Drunkenass
4.64/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up on a recent trip to LA and am impressed with this beer.

Appearance: this beer poured a golden amber with a huge head. This brew exploded out of my pint glass.

Smell: citrus and piny.

Taste: Like a grapefruit with a little pineapple back. Good lingering bitter aftertaste.

Mouth feel: a lot lighter than it is. Very easy drinker.

Overall: a very tasty west coast IPA that is as good as many Nor Cal offerings. If I see it again, I'll buy more.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 22oz bomber poured into a pint glass. The beer was a clear golden color with a medium-sized head and a little bit of lacing. It had a predominately floral aroma, but there was also a little citrus in the nose. Nice piney hops taste, with lingering bitterness. Nice example of an American IPA.

Photo of warnerry
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly translucent orange-brown with three fingers of dense pillowy head.

Smell is mostly grapefruit hops up front, with some faint grass smell and a very mild malt presence.

Taste is massive hops, again mostly grapefruit, with some floral thrown in; maybe not enough malt backbone for my tastes, but a tasty IPA for sure.

Mouthfeel is medium and crisp. Very dry on the finish

Overall, this is a crisp clean IPA. Not outstanding, but solid.

Photo of Beaver13
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden orange with a frothy white head that quickly goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is caramel malt, melon and spicy peppery hops.

The flavor is sweet sugary malts and fruits (melon and a little banana) followed by a resiny salty tarry (almost plasticy) hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, a decent IPA. I didn't care too much for the hop profiles. Very similar to the Hop 15 from what I recall.

Photo of bishopdc0
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber shared with my wife.

Poured this beer into my brandy snifter.
The beer pours a pleasant golden straw color. The head formes and pours over the edge. As is slowly dissipates it laces all over the glass. The remaining head forms a float in the middle of the glass.

The aroma is full of spicy and grassy hops. It lingers on the nose as you drink. Very nice.

The taste is very pleasant. It starts smooth on the tongue sweet with a grassy hop flavor. The carbonation builds but it never is harsh in fact it is very pleasant. The flavor finishes with a hop and pale malt flavor and a slight bitterness. It is smooth and nice great example of a west coast IPA. Will seek out again

Photo of Doomcifer
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish/amber color with a nice white head that retains well.

Smells of huge citrusy and piney hops all over the nose and a tad of malt peaking through but the hops totally dominate. Hopsmack!

Tastes of more citrusy, piney, and grapefruity hops with a slight sweetness from the malt but again, this beer is total hop domination. Ends extremely bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry finish, good carbonation.

Drinkable? Absolutely.

Photo of merlin48
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours an amber body with a large and creamy head that is just offwhite. First pour produces a clear body, clouding on later pours. Lacing is splotchy and clumpy. Aroma is big hops-fruity grapefruit and tangerine accented by pine. Body is medium with active carbonation. A bitter hop bite is present. Taste is dry and bitter, very hops driven. Grapefruit and pine, with a hint of orange. Bitterness becomes rough and abrasive at times. A nice westcoast IPA, but a bit rough.

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle, w/o freshness indication. Pours slightly cloudy, typical medium almond amber, with a light tan head, that evolves to a tiny bubble film. Spotty lacing, and the nose here is citrusy, pineapple, and a hint of pepper. Love those "S.D." style hoppy IPAs and DIPAs. Pineapple, more citrus, pepper, nice smooth malty base. The yeasty final pour add a nutyness and smoothness to the final few sips, yum. Finely crafted and thoroughly enjoyable hoppy brew. Highly recommended.

Photo of ElSid
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Beers of California


Bottled Date: 9/27/12

A: Golden orange to amber with a glorious fluff of white head that retains well.

S: Orange. sunshine, pine tree, green grass, and daisies. There is also some caramel sweetness and fresh warm bread.

T: Freshness translates to the palate again with pine, orange zest bite, grass, and wild flowers. There is a nice warm bread and caramel sweet malt that provides the backbone to the hop strength of the brew. The heat continues from the middle of the palate to the finish.

M: Resiny and oily with good linger, medium feel and appropriate, lively carbonation. There is smoothness also which adds to the drinkability of the brew.

O: Built in the classic West Coast IPA style. Port brings another solid IPA worth time and attention despite the already crowded and long list of California beers in this style.

Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, orange/brown in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: pine hops and caramel

Taste: floral and pine hops with some caramel

Mouthfeel: medium/light bodied, medium carbonation, moderately bitter

Drinkability: An above average IPA. I do like the pine flavor and this one is really well balanced. I could sip a couple glasses of this.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to barzigkin for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very nice with citrus, pine and oranges. The flavor is citrus with medium bitterness. You also get some pine and resin notes in there as well. Medium mouthfeel and medium-high carbonation.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bjohnson for a bottle for the BA Anny Club. Taken right from my cellar at a temp in the high 40's. Pours with a slight head. A mix of pine and citrus in the smell. Tastes mostly of the citrus hops which brings out the bitterness. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth despite the bitterness. Drinkable West Coast hops bomb. Very good IPA from the IPA masters at Pizza Port.


Photo of magictrokini
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As IPA's go, this is one of the best out of the bottle. Orange-gold pour, nice fluffy head, aroma full of hops. Big citrus and resin in the taste with a slight malt back. Nice and bitter. Tastes as good and fresh out of the bottle as it did out of the tap.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served into a tulip came from Bev Mo in San Diego on a trip the wife made.
Poured with a 1" creamy bone white head,cloudy reddish orange color. Not much carbination leaves thin rings of lace down the sides of glass.
Piney resiny aroma with sades of grapefruit. Flowery/perfumy with clean sweet maltiness.
Nicely balanced taste,tangy with a clean light feel. Strong carmell maltiness with a burnt metallic edge. Strong hop presence quik sharp bitterness earthy and very citrusy leaving a nice grapefruit fade.
Very easy to drink leaves the mouth watering for more. Gets better with every sip. An everday drinker if it was avalible in my area.
Really enjoyed this one,wish i had more!

Photo of ironlung
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Standard in the Newport-Mesa area area in the O.C. I would put this beer in my top five...if I could remember my top 5. :) Okay who recalls when an IPA was an IPA??? A great reminder...Port smacks you in the face and then allows you to reminisce.

A: Honey orange. Very hazy. Me thinks this one's bottle conditioned.

S: Grapefruit rind. Just Citrus.

T: Heavy on the hops. Just the way i like it! leaves a(good)sticky hop coating on the mouth.

M: Like I said Sticky!! Hops hang around.

D: This is a 2 bomber beer 'round here!(oh-man I out do myself).Basically It does the trick in a hop hearty fasion. For sure one of the better ipa's if your gettin' it fresh in so.cal.

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep warm yellow color. Thin white creamy head. Lots of carbonation.

S: Sweet and citrusy floral notes. Light malt characteristics underneath the hops.

T: Citrusy hop bitterness are very well balanced with the malt profile. A quintessential American IPA in taste. Sweet malt taste does come through the hops.

M: The carbonation gives this ale a light feeling on the palate. Pretty smooth. It floats right down the gullet.

D: Very drinkable! I love IPA's, so maybe I'm biased. It's very refreshing for an IPA though. Yum!

Photo of ehammond1
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Nathan's House

(I don't typically review the same beer twice; I only do so when my experiences between serving types are vastly different. My experience was much better on tap compared to my bottle of this beer.)

A cloudy bright orange with some dark auburn toward the edges of the glass. A monstrous and thick whipped-cream head that is still standing minutes after the initial pour. The best head retention I've ever seen from an IPA, hands down. So far, so brilliant! (This is my same exact description for Port Mongo DIPA. These beers appear identical in the glass and the head retention is stupefying.) Perfection in a glass.

Another beautiful smelling IPA from Pizza Port. As with their family of (D)IPAs, the fruit and citrus aroma is the star of the show and here it smells like pineapple and orange zest. Very nice, if expected.

An IPA leaning toward bitter as opposed to sweet or fruity, not that that's a bad thing! Initial and significant hop bitterness followed by a wash of citrus and fruit flavors. A hop-forward West Coast IPA stereotype in a bottle, which is to say: very good.

A highly carbonated, medium to thick bodied, typical West Coast IPA mouthfeel. Excellent.

This is a fantastic IPA to keep around and have close at hand. I don't think it quite stands up to the other San Diego IPA staples including Stone's, Green Flash's, Ballast Point's Sculpin, and AleSmith's, but I still feel very, very lucky to be drinking this beer. It's excellent.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22oz bottle with a bottled-on date of Oct 2010 (!). I bought this a few months back from a webshop - I'm disappointed at the age of the bottle (and not for the first time). Still, it doesn't seem to have aged too badly. Described on the label as a San Diego-style West Coast IPA.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A rich, hazy golden-amber hue with medium carbonation. Produces a huge head of creamy white foam with good retention; this eventually subsides to a surface layer. Aroma of sweet malt with notes of hoppy pine, rounded citrus and faint tropical fruit. Underpinned by a hint of dry yeast.

Tastes of caramel malt with a hoppy character and a dry, bitter finish. Notes of citrus, mild pine, faint tropical fruit and earthy yeast. Possesses a spicy quality, along with considerable bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with good body. Pretty astringent - dries the palate. Aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops and yeast.

A decent American IPA, though I feel that it has suffered due to it's age. Solid hop aromas and bitterness are present, yet the subtleties of character have melted away over time - resulting in a rather indistinct blend of flavours. Decent malt, yeast and hops, but nothing that transcends average for the style. A well-crafted beer that I'll revisit if I have the chance.

Photo of far333
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Murky dark apricot colored with a frothy, foamy orangey white head that settles down to a half inch and hangs on from there.

Big bright aroma of sweet tangerine and floral hops.

Flavor is initially a firm bready malt base followed quickly by big bold hops full of grapefruit and orange zest. Orange rind bitters ebb in as it moves across the tongue, morphing to pine and peppery spice. The tongue tingles with alcohol warmth, and vapors rise up the back of the nose.

Tremendous mouthfeel, full and rich, moderate carbonation with a lingering tingle. Very drinkable, but if it had just a bit more malt along for the ride I'd drink these all night.

Photo of rringler
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Rather hazy, light-orange colored, with about a finger to a finger and a half of fluffy, white head. Head is composed of medium to large bubbles, that dissolve rather quickly, leaving a moderate amount of lace (a little tough to tell in the plastic glass it was served in.)

S: Starts with some bitter fruits, but quickly followed with lots of bready malts. Not particularly hoppy in the nose.

T: Tasty. A bit of fruit upfront followed by a malty body, before finishing with moderate hops. There's a bit of dry, astringent alcohol taste between the fruits and malty body, but nothing I would call boozy; just not as hidden as some beers. 7.0% abv btw.

M: Medium body; moderately thick and sticky. Carbonation is good. Just about right for an IPA.

O: An excellent example of a West Coast IPA, though the hops may understandably be an acquired taste. This tastes like SoCal to me, and it tastes good.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance takes on orange dimensions, always a good sign in an IPA. Aroma, astringent hop bitterness, more on the citrus than pine side.

Taste, has a bit of both, but citrus, lemon and grapefruit seemingly most prevalent. Again, astringent, dry, not heavy. Not balanced in a good way. Very carbonated.

$4 a bomber for this? It doesn't get any more drinkable than this.

Photo of mondegreen
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of a taster flight at Trappeze.

Pours a hazy orange yellow. White head. Lots of lacing. Strong citrus aroma. Lightly sweet malts. Taste is all about the hops. Big citrus, very dry lasting bitter finish. Classic west coast style IPA. Well done and very drinkable. Very nice.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appears a clouded unfiltered copper orange hue with a bright off white head forms like layers of custard rising well above the rim of the glass. Aroma is full of citrus west coast hops grapefrui bomb, the type of IPA I have come to know and love. Flavors are hop forward citrus juice sugary layered tones of grapefruit, herbal, earthiness exploding on the palate with huge complimentary hop additions. Very bitter but very sweet hops of course rise to the occasion with a bit of backend heat, served decently warm but fully chilled this beer really had some West Coast balls in the hop department. A bit of tropical fruit, sweet sugar blasted hop candy with a touch of hot alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel overall is medium to full bodied citrus dryness with full rounded edges, carbonation is solid assertive not overdone. Resinous, oily textures make the palate pretty well lubricated. Drinkability is pretty kick ass, I wish I had more access to this beer, I've seen it in Pittsburgh once...this bottle was shipped from Hi Times in Costa Mesa, CA.

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Wipeout IPA from Port Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 1,854 ratings.