Wipeout IPA - Port Brewing
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2.55/5 rDev -37.3%
Re-review, based on a second bottle. I remember this being better.
Chilled bomber into a glass.
A: Pours a hazy orange / copper color with an inch of fluffy off-white head. Slow, active bubbles suggest a viscous texture. Thick sheets of lacing down the glass as I drink. Unfortunately, I managed to capture the sediment in the pour -- a sickly greenish yeast that doesn't look at all appealing.
S: A bit muted, but I'm able to pick up tons of pine, juniper, and a slight citrus note. Maybe some caramel malt in the background. A very classic IPA smell, if a bit standard.
T: A surprisingly malty flavor. Lays down a sweet caramel malt backbone with a general sugary sweetness. The hop bitterness is muddled, although I pick up an earthy palette of herbal and citrus flavors. I taste more malt than anything. Kind of weird.
M: Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation that works well for the style. Finish doesn't have any bitterness, and leans toward the maltier side. No oiliness, although the taste is slightly sticky. It's not burning hot, but there's quite a bit of heat for a 7%er.
D: Compared to other IPAs that are well-attenuated and have only a remnant of malt with well-hidden ABV, this seems almost unfinished somehow. The flavors are definitely good, but there are much better IPAs out there.
09-13-2009 06:27:47 | More by Arbitrator
2.63/5 rDev -35.4%
Appearance - Copper-colored with quite a bit of haze; nearly opaque. A gentle pour produces a solid one-inch head with very good retention.
Smell - Sweet and caramelly with mild notes of dried apple or peach. Hops are detectable but buried beneath malt aromas. I'm not particularly impressed.
Taste - Plenty of hop bitterness, but where's the actual hop flavor? For a beer boasting 5 different varieties of hops, there's not much going on here. Malts provide a modest backbone, but it's ultimately drowned by bland herbal bitterness.
Notes - I was expecting a lot more from this, as I've generally had great experiences with Port and Lost Abbey beers. It's decent stuff, but not one of the better West Coast IPAs I've had. The hop aroma is mediocre, and it has a sugary, fruity quality that I generally associate with over-aged bottles of IPA (the bottle came straight from the brewery, so I'm assuming it's not old). Ultimately decent and drinkable, but this beer doesn't hold a candle to the likes of Alesmith IPA and Blind Pig. Best avoided.
01-16-2008 02:54:26 | More by largadeer
2.75/5 rDev -32.4%
Pours a orangey gold with a nice head that leaves a nice lacing pattern all the way down the glass. The nose is fruity, citric hops. Flavor is very resiny with bitterness throughout. The nose belies the hop barage on the palate. This was too bitter for me and I thought that the strength of that marred the other nuances that might be lying just below the surface of all those hops. I prefer more balance in an IPA although I understand the desire for hopped up, West Coast styles. Thanks to BlindPig for the bottle.
06-09-2007 14:57:56 | More by thaichile
2.83/5 rDev -30.5%
tkunkel sent me this one. Thanks, Tom!
The pour is quite attractive, a light orange-amber with a dense off-white head with great retention. Lacing is decent, but what has me a little worried are the legs this beer exhibits. Their presence is rather well explained by the nose that's rather sweet with plenty of caramel and a moderate hop character. Maybe it's a freshness issue, but there's no way I can tell. There's a definite pine character, quite pungent actually, with some mint. The combination reminds me a little bit of pinesol. The caramel malt backbone is robust, belying this beer's west coast heritage
The palate opens with a decidedly big sweetness with quite a bit of caramel character along with quite a wallop of pine-like bitterness. Quite terribly sweet, the caramel flavors linger through the mid-palate and into the finish, masking the rather big bitterness. As with Hop 15, comparisons to pinesol are in order. While medium-light in body, the massive caramel character is a little distressing. Carbonation is moderate. Pine bitterness is quite huge on the finish as well, but hot damn, this really is sweet. Not really enjoyable.
06-06-2010 02:22:12 | More by DefenCorps
2.85/5 rDev -30%
This beer pours with some viscosity. It's got an orange/scarlet red kind of appearance. Very little head and sparse, spotty lace. Aroma is grundgey malts. Herbal hops. A little spiciness noted, but the aroma really isn't that strong. From the getgo I notice that the carbonation is a little low. Kind of syrupy. Medium-full body. And the flavor is very average. Not a lot of hoppiness here that stands out. The malts give the beer some toffeeish traits. Hops are kind of resinous. A little oily. But all in all, this IPA is lacking.
Thanks for the effort Darren.
11-23-2006 05:45:26 | More by Bighuge
2.9/5 rDev -28.7%
Cloudy yellow, with a medium head. Not much lacing. Mostly citrus aroma when cold, but some interesting mango and tangerine comes out as it warms. First sips just show bitterness, but as that wears off some tropical notes come out. I'd like a little more body on this, and the finish seems a bit too astringent. Decent, but definitely not one of my favorite IPAs
04-02-2011 23:24:46 | More by kscaldef
2.95/5 rDev -27.5%
Pours a pale yellow, to gold color. Some slight hop haze is evident. Grows a thick, rocky, white colored head, that hangs around through the whole glass.
The aroma is clean and citrusy, a mild lemon aroma, and a hint of grapefruit. Slightly sweet pale malt is hidden under the hopsplosion.
The flavor is fairly hoppy, citrus character for the most part, with a fair bit-o-sweetness. Sadly the pale malt sweetness does nothing to balance the overwhelming bitterness on the finish. It isn't a light, clean bitterness, like in the best examples of this style, but rather it's sharp, metallic, everlasting bitterness. Then to add insult to injury, there is a fair bit of alcohol in the finish as well. Yes IPAs should be bitter...but where is the hop flavor that I love so much? I don't want just plain bitterness, I want all that delicious hop flavor too.
Wipeout I.P.A., it looks good, smells great, the flavors at first are nice, but then that harsh, metallic bitter finish combined with the fusel alcohols, doesn't leave me wanting for much more. Plenty of other, better West Coast IPAs out there.
11-07-2010 00:43:55 | More by Soneast
Wipeout IPA from Port Brewing
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