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Wipeout IPA - Port Brewing

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Wipeout IPAWipeout IPA

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1,646 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,646
Reviews: 744
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.36%
Wants: 94
Gots: 131 | FT: 3
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 Phyl21ca
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured an hazy brown color ale with a big foamy head with better then average retention. Aroma of deep citrus hops with some piney notes. Taste is also dominated by huge citrusy hops with some great caramel malt to back-up the whole thing together. Body is above average with some medium filtration and some adequate carbonation. Overall, a good west coast interpretation of the style but nothing earth shattering either.

Phyl21ca, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, light copper body with a white head.

Smell: A bit of understated aroma of caramel and pine.

Taste: Toasted caramel with resinous pine and plenty of bitterness and acidity along the way. That's about I'm getting oughta this one.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Moderately carbonated.

Drinkability: Just another in a long line of IPAs.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of thaichile
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

thaichile, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another San Diego masterpiece. On to the beer:

Amber to orange in color, it features a good dense head. The smell is sweetish with notes of caramel and a hop flavor that blends into it. Bitter citrus as it hits the toungue, but then it mellows out some despite the hops master plan of dominating from the start. They're held down by the biscuit malt, which slowly intensifies as the beers warms up. A tad creamy from the big head and silky in feel. This is a big hoppy brew that can compete with the local offerings.

DoubleJ, Jun 08, 2007
Photo of joecast
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light copper color with lively carbonation. thin, foamy, lightly tanned head has good retention.

full hoppy aroma. the label says five hops were used and they seem to have melded together quite well as the aroma is difficult to dissect. has the very common citrus/sweet/floral parts but the rest takes some investigating. a bit spicy/peppery and stays sharp and fresh throughout the beer.

yeah thats a great tasting beer. starts smooth as the light maltiness washes past the tongue. finishes with a good dose of bitterness. mostly the sharp peppery kind which i dont get enough of. a bit on the sweet side, but just a little.

was really impressed with this at the real ale fest. probably the best beer i tried (well, my favorite anyway). my only gripes are the aroma, and its a bit sweet. other than that, these guys are doing some great work.

joecast, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly foggy peachy lemon with a surprising number of bubbles. Things settle down in fairly short order, but not before the creation of a massive, pastel gold cap that resembles melting mousse as it slowly deflates. Little wavelets of sea foam lace decorate the pint glass initially, becoming larger chunks of foam as the beer falls with drinking.

The nose is West Coast IPA heaven. It could hardly be otherwise with a hop bill that includes most of my favorites: Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe and Summit. It's no surprise that the aroma is full of zesty lemon, grapefruit and orange. I'm pretty sure this is going to be outstanding beer.

Question: when do 78 IBUs taste like 98? Answer: when very little pale malt is added to the kettles. Wipeout is a quintessential, hugely hopped, Southern California IPA that never met a tongue it didn't want to destroy. Talk about a wipeout, I won't be tasting much of anything for at least a few hours.

Each gulp delivers a scathing amount of bitterness. Thankfully, it's accompanied by a dizzying amount of hop juicy flavor. White grapefruit pith, lemon peel, bitter orange and resinous pine sap dance a fandango across each and every taste bud. An undercurrent of sugar cookie-like pale malt tries to keep its head above water and is successful enough to keep the beer from becoming a pure alpha acid fest. Damn, this stuff is good.

I'm amazed at how full and how plush the mouthfeel is given the buzzsaw character of the hops. I guess that means there's a fair amount of malt present after all. The bottom line is that I wouldn't change a single thing about the way the beer feels in the mouth.

I had a pretty good idea that Wipeout IPA would be good, I just didn't expect it to be this good. I'm glad I got the chance to drink it fresh because it's been a good, long while since I've had such an explosively hoppy beer (thanks Luchman). If I lived in Port Brewing Company's distribution area, I'd buy this stuff by the case.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of akorsak
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 22 oz bomber from nvsblman as part of Secret Santa '06.

A: The IPA is a darker orange color, a fe shades lighter than the amber bottle it is served from. The head was quite voluminous on pour, kicking up to around 4 fingers of billowy foam that has nicely covered the entire glass.

S: The nose is full of pine hop deliciousness, oily and thick. Some citrus flavors emerge to add an astringent fruitiness to the pine notes.

T: The taste does not screw around, providing a whole mouthfull of piney sweet bitterness. Citrus notes come through, showing off a sweet pineapple and grapefruit element, complete with some orange peel tartness. The thick pine from the nose does not play such a big role in the flavor, adding some thicker flavors without dominating the taste. The beer tastes much hotter, alcohol-wise, than I would expect from a 7% beer.

M: Bitter hops dominate the mouth, providing an intense pine and citrus body that is very lively.

D: The flavor and nose are intensely strong, never wimping out on the hoppiness. One bottle is enough though, as that alcohol flavor comes across as very strong.

akorsak, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Downtown Wines and Liquors in Boston for 5.95. There is sediment in the bottom so I believe this is bottle conditioned.

Pours a clear deep copper with a frothy long lasting head that emits copious rings of lace seperated by webs. The aroma is full of sweet citrusy PacNW hops, pine, grapefruit and tropical fruit are all over the place. Some sugary malt lies in the background. The taste is satisfyingly bitter with loads and loads of resiny, pithy hops. The flavors are exactly equal parts grapefruit and pine. Some herbal hop flavors lie in wait. At the very end of the mule train lies a light malt profile. A bit of bready dough that shows more with time and warmth. The finish is wonderfully bitter but also aromatically sweet. The mouthfeel is full and wonderfully carbonated, not too much, not too little.

This is an amazing IPA. Packed with hops and bitterness.

CAMRAhardliner, May 30, 2007
Photo of Phatz
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Massive thick rocky head with an amazingly persistent retention. One could almost get impatient waiting for that gorgeous head to fade. The huge chucks of heavy foam lacing are quite impressive as well. The body is goldenrod with plenty of carbonation being displayed.

Smell: Grapefruit. Simple. Pleasant. Citric rind and caramel malt.

Taste: This IPA is the epitome of an India Pale Ale in my opinion. It doesn't have a heavy malt back bone but it is perfect for drinkability. It light weight body is citrus rind like bitter through and through with a bit of wood and just enough caramel pineapple sweetness to keep balance under control though it is a bitter beer. The aftertaste is long lingering orange peel on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: The is a dry bitter attribute around the palate but the body is sturdy and some chewy soft malt gives it just the texture it needs beside the carbonation/

Drinkability: It is amazingly easy to drink. Some people would argue 7% is technically too high to use the word session but I would drink several bombers in the evening so I'm gonna say it is pretty sessionable.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, May 16, 2007
Photo of Erdinger2003
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very carbonated and there's a big big head on mine that retains at least a 1/4 inch head after 15 minutes of rest and warming. Color is light gold and very nice. The smell is hoppy and very good. The first taste is very hoppy, almost astringent. Flavors of citrus burst out from the hop flavor. The mouthfeel is nice, after some time the carbonation wasn't harsh for me. Overall I wish I lived near wherever they send this, I would drink this a lot!

Erdinger2003, May 16, 2007
Photo of Tyrawlings
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Bright amber in color with orange hues. Dense off white head pours two fingers thick. Some retention. Thin and spotty lacing.

S: Citrus and tropical fruits. Pine hops. Yeast. Caramel malt.

T: Tastes of grapefruit and a hint of tangerine are followed by citrus and pine hops that give off a clean bitter bite. Caramel malts lend balance and are followed by a bread like flavor. Grassy or wet earth is met by more citrus juice.

M: Crisp and clean. Medium carbonation. Sticky and slightly dry.

D: West Coast IPA all the way. Clean citrus hop bomb that begs to sampled again and again. Recommended.

Tyrawlings, May 15, 2007
Photo of willjschmidt
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A: A medium-dark amber, a little darker than your average IPA. A thin and very quickly receding head formed on the brew.

S: Your standard IPA aromas: pine and citrus, lots of piney oils in the nose.

T: Wow, you sure this isn't a 2IPA? The bottle calls it a "San Diego IPA". I guess this means a very hoppy IPA. The first thing that hits you is the taste of the hops, mostly in the form of pine. The interesting thing about the hops in this beer is that they don't come off as bitter as some other IPA's. I found the hops used in this brew to me extremely tasty and flavorful. The malts are there as well but this beer definitely leans to the side of the hops in the hop/malt balance equation. After the hops is the fruit; mostly grapefruit. The finish is crisp and slightly bitter. Lots of hop oils in there as well.

M: Medium bodied with a low amount of carbonation.

D: Probably not the most drinkable of IPA's due to the huge punch that the hops pack. I really enjoyed this beer, I will definitely get it again whenever I'm in SoCal. I found the hop flavor profile very tasty.

willjschmidt, May 14, 2007
Photo of macster
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bomber a slightly hazy copper-orange color supporting a dense, thick bone white head. Paisley shaped wisps of foam endure throughout the glass with some spotty lacing patterns.

A surprisingly well balanced aroma is noted for this west coast IPA. Smells of caramel, lightly toasted malts, apricot and bread dough blend admirably with the ale’s hop aromas of pine needles, grapefruit and orange rind and flower pollen.

Super smooth mouthfeel; slightly slick and creamy with a subtle tongue-tickling fizz.

Flavor starts out slightly sweet presenting notes of Grape Nuts cereal, honey and caramel. This is quickly replaced by a very firm and muscular hop bitterness which replaces any and all remants of sweetness with flavors of citrus rind, pine sap, earth and freshly cut wood shavings. Finish is all about the hop resin bitterness which is clean, lip-smackingly crisp and long.

What this west coast IPA may slightly lack in the big hoppy nose it certainly makes up with a superb flavor profile. Good stuff here!!

macster, May 12, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange with a relatively short head that fades to a thin cap pretty quickly and leaves some okay lacing. This one is a hop bomb, and it smells like it. Citrus, pine, and beef broth on the nose, with the taste offering a similar profile. Very beefy on the aftertaste, and a slight waxy taste is there as well as the predominant citrus rind. A long sustained bitterness throughout. The body is a little light for all the hops here, but not terribly so. Pretty drinkable brew, but the beefiness for me distracts from the otherwise clean hop experience.

Georgiabeer, May 10, 2007
Photo of mattd017
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, from a trade with OstrungT

Poured a deep brown with a very small head. The smell of hops reaches out and punches you in the face before the liquid even hits the bottom of the glass. Pine, Citrus, Grass, Hops Hops Hops. The first sip, the beer tastes as it smells, Hops explode from every corner of the beer. The aftertaste has more hops, creeping up and coating your mouth. The malt background is more of a hint than a influential piece of this beer. The alcohol hides nicely, out of the way. The beer is slightly flat, good carbonation at the beginning, the end of the bomber had very little left. All in all, a great hop bomb of a beer. A definite try for any true hop head. Just don't taste it expecting to taste anything again for a few hours...

mattd017, May 10, 2007
Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two-finger rocky head. Cloudy burnt orange color. Excellent lace.

Some pleasant fresh hop smell from the first whiff. Light malt--balanced well for an IPA.

Very high hoppy bitterness. Some alcohol warmth. The body is close to skim milk with a high degree of carbonation. There's a nutty aftertaste that is muted by the bountiful hop content.

This beer is a hop-head's delight. For the uninitiated, it will likely be too much. It is worth trying if only for the floral hop bouquet on the nose.

smcolw, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of DrJay
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear orange with a constant stream of bubbles rising to the surface. A big, fluffy white head was produced from a moderately vigourous pour. Chunky lacing, good head retention. Pine was evident in the aroma as soon as the cap was popped. In addition, there was a strong grapefruit component, sweet oranges, and light, powdered aspirin. Balanced flavour, a combination of fruity and malty sweetness, moderate bitterness, citrusy hops, and alcohol. Grapefruit/grassy notes and a bit of spiciness from the hops and alcohol were present. Warm finish with some lingering bitterness. Medium bodied with creamy, ample carbonation. Definitely on the sticky side. A decent drinker, but the hop character was a little muted - not quite punchy enough for me. I'd happily have it again though.

DrJay, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of blackie
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Pours a lowish off white head that quickly falls to leave a decent layer and ring around the glass. Good retention. The beer is a bright amber-copper in color.

s: Hops upfront, a blend of fresh pine pulp and tropicals (passionfruit, kiwi, pineapple). Heavily floral, too. Sweet flowers, like honeysuckle or easter lily. Light biscuit malts and a touch of ethanol.

m: The carbonation is medium, and the body the same. Pretty good but with this type of IPA, that is with the hops way forward, I like the mouthfeel a touch lighter/crisper on the palate.

t: Absolutely dominated by a slew of hops reminiscent of tropical fruits and freshly cut light pine. Maybe a little more floral than I'd like...kicking up the bitter evergreen could help it out a bit. Or it could just be how I perceive it without a malt background. Notes of bready sugar cookies with the malts tough to pull out of the hop flavors. Still good, however.

d: ez

from bjohnson for my anny bombing

blackie, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of flexabull
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My friend brought a bottle of this back from SoCal.

Pours a bright orange color, a bit cloudy, and with a pretty good head.

Aromas are great on this one. A very citrus and grapefruit like nose, but also with a touch a sweetness from the malts. Nice!

Flavor lacks a bit because of a somewhat weak mouthfeel, but it is still quite nice. Not much on the front, kind of watered down, but then the beer kicks into a nice bitter grapefruit hop flavor, and a slight creamy malt backbone. This is a very dry tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is about the only thing this beer lacks. It just strikes me as too flat and lean. It's not bad, but it doesn't stack up to the others in this style.

Drinkability is very good. It's a tasty and easy drinking west coast IPA. I would have no problem drinking another.

flexabull, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of MiScusi
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's an Amber-Red and has a clean strong citrus and pine aroma and has a sharp hop taste. Quite unbalanced but in a pleasant IPA way. Bitterness is quite high for any IPA, but excellent and refreshing. It definitely depicts west coast brewing. It is quite a powerful flavored brew, so enjoy your first one or two.

MiScusi, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of kmo1030
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

hazed orange amber with a not quite white head.
nice clean, floral, piney and citrusy hops make up the majority of the nose. this citrus consists of grapefruit rind and lime. smells fresh and delicious. faint biscuit with warmth.
starts soft, but moves in for the kill quickly mid palate with a heavy dose of bitterness. mainly citrus flavors, including grapefruit and lime. some booze comes through at the back with touches of caramel and breadiness.
the body is a little thin, but nothing to complain about.
good drinkabilty, this realy hits the spot if you need hop fix. a nice west coast IPA.

kmo1030, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22 oz bottle, poured into a chalice at 40 degrees.

A - Pours a bubbly light orange/tan color with a pillowy white head.

S - Floral hops with a piney background...strong hop presence.

T - Taste grows stronger as it warms (sidenote: I just realized I say that a lot, but I think I prefer all my beer to be above 50 degrees, regardless of the style...anyway....). Citrus & earthy tones accompany the otherwise piney hops. I didn't taste the alcohol, but it crept up towards the end.

M - Medium body and a very crisp finish; lingering hoppy aftertaste.

D - The lack of sweetness made it very enjoyable to me...the perfect sidekick to a warm Spring night while grilling.

JohnnyM2002, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of MmmIPA
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge white soapy head,lots of nice lacing.Very lively looking beer with lots of streaming bubbles and a nice murky orange hue.Cascade hops in the aroma and some malts but the hops dominate the aroma.Simcoe hops are also in the beer.Bitter,BAM,BITTERNESS! then some malt.Its bitter then a ton of bitterness hits ya over the palate.It taste like simcoe hops in this stuff,its like a two stage hop attack then the malt.Its sorda thick in the mouth and cabonation is very easy on the palate and easy going down.Good stuff,very hoppy,not your average ipa.It kicks your ass.Not for the faint of the heart.Great job Pizza Port for making my first beer from you guys very enjoyable.

MmmIPA, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of dkeramaty
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer poured a nice deep amber hue with not to much of a lasting head. It gave off a nice piney, grapefruit, floral aroma. Has the dank simcoe finishing hops smell. Maybe because of the ABV but this sort of reminds me of a less carbonanted Ruination, smoother but not necessarily better. At 7% this beer is right on the verge of being a Double IPA, however the hoppiness was suitable to satisfy my high IBU cravings. Considering that Double IPA's are my favorite style I may be a bit biased but, I did thoroughly enjoy this beer and think it deserves a place amongst my favorite IPA's.

dkeramaty, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of lackenhauser
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very, very nice golden color with a huge white head. Still there almost all the way down the glass. Big hop aroma-very grassy with a slight grapefruit tinge. Big harsh hop aroma. the hashness somewhat detracts from the big hop flavor for me-still good though. Good body-very dry finish. A solid beer for sure.

lackenhauser, Mar 30, 2007
Wipeout IPA from Port Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 1,646 ratings.