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Wipeout IPA - Port Brewing

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Wipeout IPAWipeout IPA

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1,772 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,772
Reviews: 753
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 97
Gots: 182 | FT: 2
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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 Cresant
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 22 0z. brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. The body was a light orange/gold with some haziness. The head was white and creamy with some lasting power.

Smell was very nice. Husky pine resin. Marmalade. Pepper. Some alcohol noted.

Taste was typical West Coast IPA. Maybe a little more hops flavor not just bitterness.

Mouthfeel was smooth, rounded edges. Medium body and medium/mild carbonation. Nice all-around.

Photo of PatronWizard
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Took a bomber of this with me when I had to stay away from home. I hate staying away from home.

Nice copper bronze. Head was rather unimpressive, like prom night (haven't used that one in at least 50 reviews). Second glassful got the standard harder pour and the head redeemed itself.

Smell falls a little flat, but the flavor is chock full o'hops. Grassy. Strong, hoppy, and bitter. Fairly nice. Rather full bodied.

Good stuff, but there are IPAs that I like much better so this is probably off my Christmas list.

Overall: a good beer

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

Appearance: Peachy golden with a light amount of haze to it. Nice soft 1.5 finger head of creamy white goodness. Slightly oily appearance which makes me think this one will be mighty hoppy for a normal IPA.

Smell: Lots of citrusy hops providing notes of lemon zest, grapefruit, and orange in the nose.

Taste: Some underlying pale malt foundation but its minimal. Mainly just a west coast hop lovers dream of a single IPA. A good amount of bitterness, not astringent though, but not spicy either. I'm liking the pine sap quality that really helps to add complexity to the dominating citrus hop qualities.

Mouthfeel: Good amount of carbonation and slightly oily. But still mighty fine.

Drinkability: A bit too much bitter oily goodness to make me feel that its a super drinkable IPA but the flavor is very nicely balanced.

Photo of atsprings
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a Duvel tulip. Pours a hazy pale orange with a thin head that lasts as a thin layer. Aroma is a nice fragrant blend of citrus malts and sweet malts. The taste is a wonderful balance of sweet caramel malts and citrus and pine hops in the initial that quickly turns to just hops in the lingering finish. The beer is very light, crisp and refreshing with perfect carbonation. This is certainly a wonderful IPA, one of the best I've had.

Photo of peabody
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a slightly cloudy orange/amber with barely 1/2 finger of white suds. Lacing galore here.
Smell is candysugars and grapefruit with a piney aroma. Yeast burns the nose and the malts are very faint.
Taste is a little weak at first but the bitterness soon takes over the mouth and after the alcohol builds up in the back of the throat then the sugarmalt shows itself. Not strong but just right.
Mouthfeel is really good here with the effervescent bubbles hitting first then the dry bitterness hits and leave the toungue wanting more.
Great Drinkability. Wish I had this on tap but alas it was from Colorado no doubt!

Photo of dsa7783
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber bottle purchased from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
Port Brewing has finally made its way to the East Coast!
Appearance: Pours a hazy, cloudy, off-colored yellow hue with a decent-sized foamy head that exhibited adequate staying power before slowly receding...
Smell: Fresh, wet, citrus-dominated hops, sticky resin, and fresh fruit...
Taste: The overall flavor strongly complemented the aroma... Bursting with wet hops, fresh citrus, lemons, limes, and fruit...
Good, medium-to-full-bodied mouthfeel along with a great level of drinkability to match...
An excellent IPA...

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 NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On my recent trip to San Diego, I had the Hop 15 and the 2nd Anniversary Ale as well as the Wipeout I.P.A. The Wipeout seems almost sweet in comparison. Not that it's not good by any means, I actually love it, but DAMN, it's much more mainstream!

It pours the typical hazy golden-orange body beneath the typical short white head that drops steadily and leaves nice rings of lace.

The body is decidedly medium and it's got a very fine-bubbled, natural, median carbonation from bottle conditioning.

Aroma is citrusy and fruity - Amarillo... Simcoe? But also a good bit piney. And of course, the maltiness is present as well.

The flavor is very well balanced between lightly caramelish and gently sweet and bready maltiness, and gently citrusy, fruity, grassy, and mildly piney hops. The bitterness is kept at an accessible level, and it's rather drinkable.

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

This beer pours a hazy orange gold. Theres about an inch of foam and the lacing is very good.

The smell has big notes of citrus hops with some tropical fruit and some sweet malt floating in the background.

The taste is also very hoppy, at least at first. Good notes of mango and grapefruit up front...bitter but not overdone. Then some caramel malt sweetness moves in and thre's definitely some balance here now. Nice! The more sips I take, the more I notice the balance and man, that works for me.

Mouthfeel is on the low side of medium and the carbonation is lightish but lively enough, for me, to keep the flavours "dancing" on my palate. It finishes with a caramel malt/earthy malt sweetness *and* citrus bitterness. In other words, the finish is also nicely balanced. I like!!

Head retention is good and lacing is also good.

Bottom line: I think Port Brewing did a fine job with this American IPA. Very tasty and quite the drinkable brew.

Photo of Tolann
4.92/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Golden orange and cloudy. Some carbonation

S - Scent is obvious. Its like a blanketing hug of hops. Very fruity and citrusy. They need to make candles that smell like this. Or maybe a perfume. I could smell this all night, but my mouth is watering so a taste is in order!

T - A somewhat sharper hop taste. Sweet and juicy fruityness balances it but not in the way malty-ness does. Really great fruity, citrus hops.

M - Some dry feeling at the end of the sip, but still mouth watering. Not too much carbonation, but far from a smooth drink. Lighter mouth feel. No harsh alcohol.

D - This far exceeded my expectations. Really great beer and you can bet I'll be buying more of this. Super wonderful and highly recommended!

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

Bottle thanks to golubj.
Pours a golden amber in color with a nice inch and half of head. Smell is citrusy, juicy hops. The taste is more of the hops, but is incredibly smooth and balanced. I can't get over how easy drinking and balanced this IPA is. Clean and non lingering in the mouthfeel. Too smooth to be 7%. Very nice beer.

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

Thanks got out again to BrewerB for hooking me up with yet another west coaster.

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip

A: Pours a dark rudy orange and topped with a tightly packed, tiny bubbled off white head. Ropes of carbonation bubble up from the etchings on the bottom of the glass which holds up the head as best it can, which leaves some streaks of white lace down the sides of the glass.

S: Sweet mellon, pine and grapefruit with a sugary caramel maltiness, pretty straigtforward. Good but not mindblowing.

T/MF: Inital sip yeilds a mild alcoholic burn on the tongue coupled with an herbal medicine-like hop kick for the first taste to open things. Pretty decent amount of malt to balance things out. The beer is actually quite earthy, almost cake-like in some places, but phenols doing most of the work while the jucier hop aspect is a bit more subdued. Mouthfeel has a mildly sticky hop bitterness that leaves a streak of resin down the center of the tongue but subsides in a few. Carbonation is right where it needs to be, body is almost chewy.

D: Not bad at all, reminds me quite a bit of Founder's Centennial in that it shows some incredible balance, especially considering this is a west coast ipa.

Photo of fahne23
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Color was a beautiful clear orange-amber with a slightly creamy 1/4 inch of head. Bright floral/leafy hops were present. Strong hop presence but a nice balance of malt with a slight hint of alcohol finish. All around classic I.P.A. Very drinkable and enjoyable!

Photo of Biggness
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice semi cloudy amber with a 1 finger head which has incredible retention. The smell is nice for this beer, a nice citrusy nut smell. The flavor is nice, a better than average ipa but not amazing imo. It has a nice initial hop/bitter flavor followed by a very nice malt flavor but the aftertaste of dryness and bitter is not the greatest. This also affects the mouthfeel, it seems a little overcarbonated and the aftertaste is no totally pleasant. Even with its faults I could certainly see myself pounding back a few of these.

Photo of cjgator3
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

A- The appearance of this beer is truly stunning, a slightly hazed amber color with a thick creamy head that possesses excellent retention and stick.

S- The aroma is citrus hops with a solid amount of malt, pretty balanced aroma for a West Coast IPA.

T- The taste is like the aroma is pretty balanced on an IPA scale. A solid malt backbone supports the hops in the finish. This beer is not extremely bitter like some of the other IPAs from the West Coast, but it is does contain a good amount of hops. The key to this one is balance and drinkability scoring very high in each category.

M- The mouthfeel is nearly perfect, with a nice creaminess to it along with a perfect amount of carbonation.

D- Very drinkable for an IPA, would be a standby in my fridge if it were available where I live.

Overall, Wipeout IPA is a phenomenal IPA that is recommended for anyone to pick up or seek out.

Photo of JeremyK
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a goblet which leaves a small head that sticks minimally through the drink.

The aroma is a pronounced citrus hoppiness. In the mouth this beer is perfectly carbonated. A really nice citrus hop flavor and full bitterness that just lingers on several minutes after the last sip. This is a very well built IPA. This beer grows on you.

Photo of beachbum1975
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another thank you goes out to pwoods for giving me the opportunity to try another West Coast beer.

22 oz bomber with no freshness dates seen. Great, colorful, fresh label of a surfer wiping out on a massive wave.

Pours a clear, light amber with an attractive 2 finger, slightly off-white head. Thick, sticky lacing works it's way up my glass as I drink it down. Lots of grapefruit hops mixed with toasted malts on the nose. The taste is a blast of carbonation in a light-bodied, bitter citrus that fades quickly leaving a lightly syrupy coating on the tongue. Mouthfeel is of highly carbonated, leaving a lingering dry & bitterness throughout.

Nice, sorta reminded me of Mad Anthony APA. I wasn't blown away by this one. It was a nicely balanced IPA with no frills.

Thanks again, pwoods!

Photo of ccrida
4.56/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber recently purchased in Seattle. Poured into an imperial ping, Wipe Out IPA is a hazy dark gold with a small, eggshell head, very tight bubbled, leaving medium lace.

Smell is very floral and fragrant, wow, fantastic. As it warms, you get more classic NW hops, pine and citrus.

Taste is also very floral, fruiter hops, sweet but not overly, just enough bitterness to be firm, with a lingering, hoppy finish.

Mouth is nice, medium body, not to thick, dry.

Drinkability is good, a strong IPA for sure, with the booze obvious but clean, lighter then others it's size. I'd love to see this in sixers!

Photo of flannelman808
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

great value beer, I got it at a whole foods on a whim.

pours with a bone white head which is not too thick, but is thick enough to hang around for a while.
Good aroma on the beer citrus and hops. the smell does not mislead the taste its a citrus hop beer that isn't too sweet. this is a really good ipa go out and try it.

Photo of Trueant1
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange color with lots of white foam head. Great lacing on the sides. LOts of yeast chunkies at the bottom of my oversised merlot glass.

Very floral smell. Lots and gobs of pine, citrus, and yeasty breadiness! Some mild off odors of urine.

Pine resin hits you in the face! Pine oils, again hit you in the face! Pine oils followed by sweet sweet malts that include flavors of citrus, pineapple, and sweet hawaian bread.

Medium mouthfeel that is slightly slick. The massive hop bitterness dominates all aspects of this brew. Pine oil,,,,can you say it again, pine oil!

This is a massive IPA. Love it! Typy and a stong exapmle of it's style.

Photo of errantnight
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, if this were available in 6 packs it would enter the regular rotation with Stone and Firestone Walker (unless it were as pricey as Green Flash or Bear Republic... in which case it would enter the: "occasionally" rotation).

Pours a frothy, lightly cloudy, light caramel copper. Lasting head retention with lacing all the way down. Yay!

Rich, floral fruit aroma with a backing of caramel sweetness. A little bit of orange/tangerine.

Taste is more of the same... with a very clean, but intense bittering. Very, very dry (which I love). Grapefruit pops here... but the bitterness is a bit on the strong side, and the malt comes forward approvingly, but it doesn't blow me out of the water.

Mouthfeel is nigh perfect... creamy feel with a spritely end lift.

Despite not LOVING (merely liking, a lot) the flavor, I love the look, I love the aroma, and it's got a great feel. It's nice to switch it up... so when I want a bomber of IPA and am reaching for something I don't keep around in sixers...

Yeah, anyway, give it a shot. It's good enough... it might end up being your favorite.

Photo of bonbini26
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber drank at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia.

Poured a light orange, with a nice 3 finger head. A great citrus nose, hops that cover the whole mouth, well balanced IPA. Easy drinking, i guess thats why i finished the whole bottle. Wont disappoint hopheads out there, I only wish port brewing was more available on the east coast

Photo of FacistCannonBall
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tall glass including the yeast remnants from the bottle conditioning. The beer had a nice deep orange color with slight haziness and a substantial head that laced down the glass. The aroma was powerfully hoppy with some malt sweetness lingering in the background. The beer's taste had a strong but singular hop character with some malt playing a supporting role. The hops weren't very floral nor very citrusy, as they were bitter. This bitterness lingered. The mouthfeel was nice with the beer's bitterness and crisp carbonation. The drinkability is limited in that the beer is so powerful, somewhat filling, and approximately 7% alcohol. One bomber is plenty good and plenty filling. One of the stronger and better IPA's around.

Photo of PhxHorn
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Toronado's in San Diego. Color is a medium yellow with a small amount of white foam. Smells lightly of hops. Tastes of citrus and bitterness, but not at the level I had when I tried this bottled. I don't know what the deal is with this on tap, but it's thinner. A good beer, but not a great one.

Photo of scootny
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber into a 20 oz Nonic. A cloudy orange amber with a massive,fluffy, three finger head that stays forever leaving gobs of lace so thick that I might need to coin another term for it. Active carbonation is visible despite the lack of clarity. The head remains a thickish cap all the way down.

Smell is deep with hops. Citrusy grapefruit and pine as well as floral notes. Deep also is the rich malt sweetness featuring caramel and yeasty esters A hint of breadyness like a neighborhood bakery in the background.

Taste is exceptional. Balance is what comes to mind. One of the better balanced and just maybe the best balanced IPA I've had. While the hops certainly are the star here the superb quality of the malt body gives them the perfect stage. The sweet caramel body just hits your tastebuds, then wham! Before you can fully process sweet it's a hop showcase. Grapefruit being the dominant facet, but the pine and oily resin hold a binding piece of the show. Then wonderful multigrain bread smoothes the hops edges and there is a gentle back and forth between them as the clean and drying finish spotlights a perfect bittering that fades to whole wheat biscuits on the tongue and hops in the back of your throat. Wow.

Mouthfeel is almost as good as it gets. Refreshingly active carbonation never steps out of line. The weight is perfect for a style brewed for hot weather, with higher gravity. Lighter than it has a right to be. Almost creamy in its caress.

Drinkability is too good at a relatively high abv. Go easy and you can drink it all night. The problem is it is far too inviting a beer to nurse. It calls you back for sip after sip. Great stuff. Thanks to Gueuzedude !!

Wipeout IPA from Port Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 1,772 ratings.