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Wipeout IPA - Port Brewing

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Wipeout IPAWipeout IPA

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,611 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,611
Reviews: 742
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 97
Gots: 122 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Port Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 10-16-2006)
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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Cheers.

SkinnyElvis, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of rallison
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber color with a thick finger width white head that sticks around nicely and leaves some excellent lacing all over the glass.

S: Wonderful fresh piney hops. Just smells deliciously refreshing.

T&M: Again, piney hops. They don't overwhelm, but are definitely on the forefront. Some citrus is noticeable too - the grapefruit sort. Nice and resiny too. Just enough caramel sort of malt to back them up, but the hops are what's on display. A semi creamy mouthfeel with just the right amount of richness and carbonation to make this easy to drink but fully satisfying.

D: Very high. One excellent sessionable IPA!

Very well done Port Brewing. I had a growler of this IPA a while back, and loved it then. This may very well become my go to IPA. Highly Recommended!

rallison, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of far333
4.3/5  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.

far333, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of mithrascruor
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a generally clear dark orange color, with a bit of amber hue. Head is thick and foamy, lasts a long time, and laces the glass.

Smell: Very strong aroma! Mostly hops as you'd expect, but it's not overly bitter. Everything from pine to pineapple. Quite nice.

Taste: It takes a moment for the flavor to hit (which is a bit strange), but after that the hops and fruit come in. Plenty of piney hops and oranges, with a bit of pineapple. It's really well balanced, while maintaining a bitter edge to it. The aftertaste lasts a long time and is really enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and generally smooth. Less carbonated than I would have expected, but for me that is a plus.

Drinkability: I think it's a very drinkable beer. Though the flavor might be a bit too strong to make this a session beer.

A real treat! I wasn't expecting too much from this beer, but it's one of the more enjoyable IPAs I've had in a while. It doesn't try to do anything crazy or over-the-top, but is just a really solid and nice beer. Now I really need to visit one of the Pizza Port restaurants/breweries.

mithrascruor, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of Enola
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber obtained through the Double Trouble BIF

This beer is a slightly hazey orange. There was a small head that has left minimal lacing. The smell is hoppy and citrusy. The taste is of sweet hops initially with a nice bitter finish. The hop aftertaste last for a while. Mouthfeel is smooth with the lasting bitterness. Drinkability is good. I can easily finish the bomber and I would drink this beer again at some point if it is available to me.

Enola, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Hazed and cloudy orange amber color with a lively head of off white foam. Lots of lacing and a medium level of carbonation.

S: Rich, fruity aromas laced with fresh hops. Pine and sweetness blend nicely. Overall notion of citrus is appropriate.

T: An attack of harsh malt gives way to a swelling of hops and citrus flavors. Mildly sweet, with a warming alcohol character. A bit heavy on the citric acid.

M: Very dry for the style, likely due to the over-hopping. Light on the palate.

D: Not bad. I'd like this one to have a bit less on hops and a touch more complexity.

Notes: Speical thanks to KingG for the sample.

Frozensoul327, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of Imstillthegman
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BeerRun13 for this bomber.

This brew pours out a hazy amber with orange highlighting the sides. I got about a two finger head of tight eggshell bubbles. Good head retention and average lacing.

The aroma is filled with pine hops, some citrus (pineapple & orange), sweet caramel candy.

The flavor is a nice combination of citrus and pine with a solid malt backbone. I also pick hints of the alcohol, which is a bit surprising since it's only at 7%.

Mouthfeel is nice. Hop oils coat my tongue and the roof of my mouth. Bitter aftertaste isn't overpowering. This is another good brew from Pizza Port. Someday...hopefully...I will see their beers on this coast.

Imstillthegman, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of instrumentality
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Continuing my investigation of Port Brewing Company's offerings, I've decided to take the plunge and crack open my bomber of WipeOut, despite the apprehension caused by a respected fellow local BA's not-so-flattering analysis of the brew.

As usual, my receptacle of choice was my Stone Imperial Russian Stout tulip glass. An aggressive pour brought forth a clear, thin copper body (a bit lighter than I'm used to) with bubbles slowly trickling their way to the surface...a surface that was tall, thick, white, and frothy like milk. Most of this head disappeared, but the layer that remained was still taller and thicker than the sustainable head of most other IPA's I've had.

Color: not so good. Head retention: excellent.

The smell wasn't all that exciting: a bit of piney hops, a bit of malt, and maybe the slightest drop of grapefruit. All in all, the odors were very dull and uninspiring, which I found particularly surprising given the five different hops the label boasts.

The taste was odd. With my first sip, I tasted mainly alcohol and bitter, piney hops, but the bitterness was very approachable and faded quickly. I immediately followed with a tiny second sip, which brought forth a bit of syrupy sweetness, and a third sip intensified this quality. I quickly discovered that the key to enjoying this beer was to take it in a small amount at a time and let it sit for awhile between sips. This eliminates the unappealing sweetness and keeps the bitterness in check. The flavor, then, is simple but enjoyable.

By following this guideline, I find that the mouthfeel is...for lack of a better word...appropriate. The alcohol and piney bitterness are noticeable but not invasive. Again, though, follow up one sip with another too quickly and the whole experience goes out the window.

Ratings-wise, I give this beer the benefit of the doubt in terms of its approachability in small doses, but the fact that I have to take this approach to enjoy it demotes its drinkability rating (at least as I interpret "drinkability," that is, simply, how easily I can consume the beer. Being forced to savor isn't such a bad thing, though, although for a sipping beer, I would normally expect this one to have a little more bang for its buck.

instrumentality, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of ddarden
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber
Poured into a pint glass. Copper with nice white head that hangs around for a while. NIce tight carbonation streaming up. Classic West Coast IPA smell: grapefruit, pine....all hops. Malt smell does not penetrate the onslaught of hops! Nice...
The first sip a puckering shot of piney hops than gently turn more citrius. Malt is in there but is put in the back seat. Finishes with a nice bitter. Wipeout delivers on the style IMO.
The mouthfeel is medium and sticky with hops. NIce carbonation. Drinkability is excellent as well. The alcohol is low enough that you could put a few pints of this away in a sitting. I would have to say this is one of the better IPA's out there and it would be a favorite if it was more available to me.

ddarden, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of koolchas
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

drinking a nice very cold bomber that i got today at lone hill liquor for $3.69. this is actually my very first pizza port product (i have two other varieties on hand too) and this is very nice.

a: almost a cloudy rust color pour in a pint glass. lots of carbonation and small head that goes away quite fast.

s: honey, carmel, citrus with a nice hint of hops. a very pleasing olfactory experience.

t: very balanced between sweet and bitter. both seem to linger long after the swig. aftertaste - sweetness lingers for a bit then the bitter takes over in a good way. you've heard of "dessert wine," well i am almost close to call this a "dessert beer."

m: somewhat "thick" in the mouth, very creamy.

d: a very nice brew. an excellent introductory ipa if you first time trying this beer segment. the hops are present but, what makes this brew so special is all the sweetness that surrounds the hops.

cheers!

koolchas, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of ChazMania
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great ipa and one that i could and would drink over and over.

A- amber orange like. medium head that fades quickly. no big deal for me, i'm all about flavor.

S- floral and light, nothing pungent here.

T- Ahhh here is where this RAWKS! This is a great textured beer. Before this, I had the Port Brewing High Tide ( awesome as well) and this Wipeout maybe has more malt and the finish lasts longer. This is SO good. I can only imagine this on tap would be scrumtrulescent! (anyone know where that comes from ?)

M- again, more creamy and thicker texture than the HighTide.

D- fantastic. I can only hope that this is easier to find locally this year.

ChazMania, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of Zorro
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in my pint glass I get a hazy amber orange colored beer with a skimpy white head.

One sniff gives me a solid and HARD hop upper cut to the nose. Sweet and noticeably malty this has a slight malt syrup quality to it that the hops can’t quite cover up. Pineapples in malt cereal with some caramel candy apples on top describe the sweet scent exactly. The hops are mostly pine with a lesser tropical fruit scent. Slight pan baked biscuit aroma.

Taste begins neutral and bitter with a slight salty biscuit taste at the beginning. Quickly this becomes a woody and dry flavored IPA with a pronounced grassy flavor like a Pilsner. As I drink this the flavor brightens a bit and grapefruit and pine flavors come out and display all their glory. A tasty ale but it does smell a bit better than it tastes.

Mouthfeel is good.

A very tasty IPA and one of the best the USA makes, but I really think DFH 60 Minute is a little better.

Zorro, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky medium copper hue with a very thin lacy cap. There was little retention and decent lacing.

The smell was upfront oily hop. Waves of grapefruit, sweet orange and spicy white pepper.

The taste featured a strong spicy hop. Pine, grapefruit and orange flavors dominated with earthy grass flavors toward the finish. Hidden beneath the hop is a good soft malt.

The mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side. Good dry finish.

Overall a very nice AIPA. My first experience with Pizza Port. Very quaffable and a good solid ABV.

plaid75, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of jeffjfindley
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great beer! Funny thing is, it reminds me of a waaay hoppier recipe for Raucous Red Pale Ale, a recipe from The Woodland Hills Wine Beer & Cheese shop I brewed up a couple of months back. It was my first batch, and I was pleased.

The appearance is a murky dirty yellow and a not so voluptous head, not too impressed there. The smell is great and rich in citrus and hops. The taste is delicious, with ample malt character to balance out all those hops. I would love to get a look at the grain bill for this, because I swear it would look very similar to the one for the aforementioned Raucous Red. I know they both incorporate Amarillo hops, and I suspect there may be some honey malt at work here too.

Mouthfeel is crisp and creamy, just like any self-respecting IPA should be. This is a dirty beer, in a good way. You can almost feel the grains going down. Supremely drinkablility.

jeffjfindley, Jan 10, 2007
Photo of RoyalT
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

RoyalT, Dec 24, 2006
Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed November 26, 2006. 22 Oz Bottle. Nice sweet candied balsma orange aroma, with an edge of piney, light esters. Sieena pour with light haze, covered with a rim of whitish. Flavor is a subdued orange presentation, but a nice crisp flavor. A long lasting sweetness, noted with nice light piney concentration. Clean, well-built and deliciously refreshing, however, not particularly exceptional.

CharlesDarwin, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of HopDerek
4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received a bomber as a Christmas present from a friend in California.

Appears amber in color with copper hues. Little foamy white head.
Smells of pure piney hops, like a car air freshener
Taste is a citrusy grapefruit wave followed by a wipeout of piney hops (appropriately named beer)
Each and every sip is an attack of hops on the palate, instantly takes me back to Southern California
Fantasic beer to the last drop. Clearly a bomber is not enough, next time I'm getting a growler.

HopDerek, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of Franchise
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This offering from Pizza Port pours a cloudy dark caramel with a thick tan head. The first thought is pure west coast hope, citrus, piney, pungent but sweet floural bouquet. There is a doughy sweetness to this brew. The taste is very good, it starts bitter hard citrus notes of lemon/lime rind hit your palate then move to a soft hony caramel feel on the palate. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated but you always get the feeling there is something more to come with this brew, fantastic!

Franchise, Dec 13, 2006
Photo of wcudwight
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a bit darker than most IPA's I've had. The color is approaching strong ale or at least DIPA in appearance. Little to no head. Where is the sticky head that I've become used to for the style. I am being generous when I call the lacing spotty.
All doubts the appearance caused are removed my the aroma. Wow. Hopolicious. Citrus, pine and tangerine. Bold and arrogant hop aromas.
The aroma translates to the flavor perfectly. The hops dominate the flavor from start to finish. Citrus and piney flavors. It's like eating an orange and chasing it with a pine cone. I'm sure the malt is there, but I can't find it. In all honesty, I'm not really looking that hard.
The mouthfeel is full and somewhat syrupy. The hops are sticky but also kind of feel like they are attacking the mouth.
This is a good beer but the hops which make the beer good hurt the drinkability a tiny bit. It took a while to finish and enjoy the bomber. Like 3hrs. But it is an enjoyable beer. Also at 7% it's better to drink it slow.
Mucho gracious to boolshot and Marvz for a wonderful west coast IPA in the Double Trouble BIF.

wcudwight, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of ChillMike
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an apricot color with a hefty off white head that sticks around for a bit and leaves a nice trail of lacing. Very nice aroma of piney hops and grapefruits. Excellent piney hop flavor again with that grapefruit overtone, enough malts to help teter it a bit, don't get me wrong it's still loaded with hops but not completely devoid of a nice malt taste as well, finishes with a nice citrus bitter flavor. I like the level of carbonation on it but it is a tad bit oily. All being said this was a giant suprise to me after the High Tide I was a little skeptic, but this one came through and with loads of hops. I really like this one quite a bit!

ChillMike, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of ghostwalker
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to cburian for the trade!

Beautiful reddish-amber body. Head was very thin, with little to no lacing.

Nose is superb IPA. Deeply piney with a hint of sugary citrus.

Flavor is outstanding IPAness. Balanced hoptastic flavor with a moderately sturdy malt backbone. Even a tiny bit of creaminess. This reminds me very much of Masala Mama. No flavor is overwhelming or dominant, it's appeal is in the whole.

Mouthfeel is medium to slightly oily, with that hint of tooth-stripping quality that IPA fans know and love.

Drinkability is tops! Everything I love in an IPA. A growler of this would not be too much.

Another solid brew from Pizza Port. Now I want to see Hop15 or HopSuey in the bottle...

ghostwalker, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of bkett01
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my pint glass with no head at all. Appears a burnt orange / amber color and isn't leaving any lacing on the glass. The typical west coast hop aroma of piney/floral hops dominates the nose.
The taste is well balanced, and this is very drinkable, even @ 7%. Citrus hops are present over a sweet malty backbone. I've waited a long time to try Pizza Port beers, and as my first one, this did not dissapoint. Great IPA, recommended.

bkett01, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of bennetj17
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep, clear copper. Tan head is a full three fingers thick, settling nice and slowly. Solid streaming carbonation, and decent lace as the head clings to the glass. Aroma of fresh hops, lightly citrusy, very piney/grassy. Distinctly west coast, and much like it was dry-hopped to the max. Very nice and inviting. The hop character is more tangy and floral in the taste, with nutty sweet caramel malt coming on strongly. The bitterness becomes very intense, and it's light astringent/sour character lingering after the finish is harsh and decreases the enjoyment. The mouthfeel is slightly thin, with a hint of syrupy slickness. Plenty of carbonation.

The aroma on this beer was wonderful, but the taste didn't give me what I had expected. The west coast hops didn't show up and instead it was an overpowering, tangy, sweet mix with plenty of hop bitterness, just not enough hop taste. If you like bitterness, give this one a try. It's more like a double anyway...

bennetj17, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz'er all for me! Label: 5 hops including Amarillo, Centennial, Cascade, Simcoe and Summit. Clockin' in at 7% ABV.

Gluugy pour fills a tall tulip with a cratered surface of the moon vanilla hued head cap over a hazy golden auburn orange offereing. Last pour contained a bit of loose suspended debris.

Hops nose aroma flows over to my nose from three feet away. Fresh squeezed orange juice citrus and a light oky pine wood. Caramel sweetness. Incredible!

First swigs: Spree candy and cherry orange juice sweet hops with a linger of bright flavor echo. Excellent malt balance that whips this into a creamy vanilla ice cream balance.

Soft feel with full bodied IPA. Finish of dry pine and maple syrup.

Last swigs: Ranks right up with Alesmith IPA in my book as an amazing IPA. I could %&^# these all night all week.

Beer is good. Happy IPA beering.

blitheringidiot, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of Pooba001
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a nice clear orangish/light amber/dark golden color with a small off white head. I could go for more head, but couldn't we all? Looks like the beer is bottle conditioned, but the yeast mostly stayed on the bottom of the bottle. Smell is grapefruity citrus hop, resin, toffee, and a hint of grass. Very nice.

There is good clean bitter to start off, and hops do continue to dominate this ale. Grapefuit and orange rind, resin, and a bit of toffee sweetness. To me this is about the right ratio of hop bitter/malt sweet flavor for an American IPA.

Mouthfeel is excellent. The beer tastes hoppy enough that I wouldn't have been surprised by some astringency, but it isn't there. Rich, almost creamy, nearing exceptional. Drinkability is very good for the style. Quite tasty, this beer is the first to give me an understanding of why Port Brewing has such a good reputation.

Pooba001, Nov 23, 2006
Wipeout IPA from Port Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 1,611 ratings.