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Wipeout IPA - Port Brewing

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Wipeout IPAWipeout IPA

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1,718 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,718
Reviews: 745
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 98
Gots: 157 | 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 BeerImmediately
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured w/a huge, booming and sticky white head over a mostly opaque, rich golden color body. Solid lacing coats the glass. Awesome to look at.

Smelled this one from a foot away without even trying. Complex and astringently hoppy - like a toned down version of DFH's 120 minute.

I was NOT expecting this... Quite bitter - with a nearly rye quality not unlike Hop Rod Rye... Reminded me of charred, marinated broccoli on the grill. But plenty of sharp citrus is evident. Lingering bitter bite on the tongue.

Mouthfeel was a pretty good representation of the style. Lightly carbonated and pretty smooth in the mouth. Finished with a hard biting aftertaste.

This is not an easy drinking beer. Found it a little too harshly bitter, which I didn't expect from a 7% ABV IPA from this great brewery. Would love a touch more balance, but hey, it IS called Wipeout, right? They're rarely smooth.

Photo of kirok1999
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden orange with a thin white head that laces like mad. Smells very hoppy with just a little caramel malt in the background.
Taste is all west coast IPA, tons of citrus and pine. Despite all the hops it is well balanced, not too sweet, just the right amount of hop bitterness. Nice tight carbonation.
Wish I had some more as this is an excellent IPA.

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 22oz bomber I purchased at Lone Hill Liquor in Glendora. Poured into an imperial pint glass.
Really nice to look at; hazy tangerine colored brew supporting a thick eggshell white head that lasted forever and left thick rings of lace on the glass.
Smell: plenty of citrusy hops aromas and honey-dipped malts. Got some resinous pine notes and orchard fruits, too.
Taste: sweet slightly yeasty caramel malt planking that stands up well to the onslaught of grapefruit rinds and pine resin hops bitterness that permeates this brew. Hops just drenches the back of the tongue and lingers long after each pull. Wipeout has a mild undercurrent of tropical fruitiness also that adds another layer of complexity.
Feel: medium-bodied, creamy due to the abundant carbonation, and ends up slick on the tongue.
Overall: damn, I could go for more of that! A finely crafted West Coast IPA. If you like the hops, track Wipeout IPA down.

Photo of charlzm
3.15/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed 04/14/08 at Back Street Brewery, Irvine.

Clear, burnished golden hue. Thin skin of white foam. No active carbonation.

Aromatic grapefruit hops greet the nose.

Flavor starts with a strong pine hop flavor on the tongue. Slight caramel maltiness appears briefly. Some parching on the tongue accompanies the long lasting thin bitterness of this brew.

Not a favorite of mine - too hoppy.

Photo of Norsebrew
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I tried this IPA at the Strong Ale Fest in Boulder, CO. Nice IPA with citrus floral hops and a drinkable hop heavy flavor. Of the 8-10 IPAsover 8% that I tried at this fest, this was probably my least favorite, but there was some serious competition. Overall, it was a good IPA but somewhat forgettable.

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

Bomber purchased at Plaza Liquors in Tucson, review based on notes

Pours an effervescent honey color with 2 fingers of of eggshell white head. Super head retention & lacing

S: Citrus hops by the truckload

T: Grapefruit, fruittyness & honey malt up front. More of the same when warm. Grapefruitty hops dominates the finish

MF: Chewy with low carbonation, skews too hoppy for me

Drinks easy for the ABV, but just too much of the wrong kind of hops for me, a little more malt wouldn't hurt either. I'd have to say, if based on taste & drinkabilty, alone this would be about 3.6. Hopheads may like this a little more..

Photo of jkane101
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the ex-wife for bringing this back for me on a recent trip to Cali...why couldn't you do this when we were married? :)

A- The beer pours a hazy orange, thick big white head...nice constant lacing.

S- Not a very strong aroma..light floral pine scent

T- Great balance between the malt and hops...not nearly as bitter as I expected

M -Medium body...trust me the hops do not overwhelm.

D- This is a hell of a good beer! Very crisp, light feeling...extremely easy to drink!

If this was available locally it would be in my heavy rotation.. Very much recommended

Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received from SeaofLament in Week2 Powerball.

This beer pours a blazing peach color with two fingers of sticky-white head, and it left spotty lacing on the walls of my pint glass. The nose on this beer just reminds me spring time. Loads of grapefruit, earthy pine, and grassy floral notes, and sweet caramel at the base. The flavor profile delivers right where the nose ends. This is how I like my IPA's. The hop flavor is bitter and aggressive with flavors of pine and ripe citrus fruit. The sweetness of the malt comes in very late to round things out on the palate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly above average carbonation on it that left a slight "doughy" texture on the back of my palate. The drink ability on this beer is fantastic and I want more!

Thank you Carlos for this tasty beer I can't get anywhere near me.

Photo of sholland119
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A-A very nice clear orange. A nice frothy cream colored head. Some nice stickiness.

S-Nice hop scent, grapefruit most prominently with some peach and pine.

T-Nicely balanced grapefruit hops with a nice malt backbone.

M-Smooth, moderate carbonation. Slides right down.

D-Yes, indeed it is.

A very drinkable, well balanced IPA from Port Brewing. Highly recommended.


Photo of francisweizen
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crimson peach haze. Aromas are all spring time hops with a lovely leafy green quality about them very fruity in the aroma too, I almost get a hint of raspberry. Taste is hoppy and bready. Actually a pretty big malt presence. Not a real over the top hop bomb, but smooth drinking for sure. Great crisp carbonation, very refreshing and drinkable. I've had this on draft a few times and it was substantialy better. Still this is a damn tasty IPA, great stuff!

Photo of jaxon53
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served slightly chilled in a pint glass, from a twenty two ounce bottle. Poured a very clear golden amber color. About one inch of creamy bright white head rose from the glass. Head quickly dissapeared into a thin film in the glass. Left some thin , silky lace on the side of the glass. Smell: Strong bitter and floral hop aromas. Pine , lemon, grapefruit, and sweet malt also in the nose. Taste: Smooth hops and plenty of balancing maltiness. Some nice subtle citrus notes as well. . Nice and smooth in the mouth up front, with a crisp, warm, spicey bitter finish. Very little carbonation with some pretty well hidden alcohol. Very dry and pretty complex. Nice very drinkable west coast I.P.A.

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

Peach-colored, with some darker highlights. Lacing and head are white, sticky, and terrific.

I really loved this out of the bottle; and it's coming back to me exactly why. Lots of bright, citric and shiny hops in the nose...and that's about it.

Zesty hop flavor carries right over into the flavor. There's some pine, grapefruit, pepper, and slightly less bitter citric as well. There's just not much malt here to call attention to. The light color of the brew betrays the paleness of the malts; their flavor is but a shadow in the nooks and crannies of this delight.

The mouthfeel I thought was just a hair thinner than in the bottle; really popping carbonation level. I drank this one after some pretty formidable brews and these hops cut straight through them all. Awesome IPA, highly recommended.

Photo of weiserr
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber purchased at julio's liquors. bottle denotes a 7.0% abv. consumed from a Ruination IPA shaker.

2" head with staying power to match; equally impressive. roasted copper blend w/ clouds and sediment. low-level carbonation present.

wipeout boasts an impressive mixture of hops, and this is easily detectable in the nose. the brewer's intent was most likely a certified "hop bomb," but the aroma's quality isn't on par with the quantity of hops.

the taste is ok, but for a west coast style IPA, i prefer a better blend of citrus and floral notes. the hop character is noticeable up front, but lacks balance.

mouthfeel is light and smooth.

i would try this again, perhaps on-tap. this is a decent IPA, however; i expected more given its region. worth a try.

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

Thanks to DrDogbeer for this tasty brew. 22oz bomber poured into a nonic pint.

Pours a hazy golden orange with a nearly white 1/2" head, leaves nice lace and a frothy film.

I love the nose on this beer, big peach and grapefruit, very fresh smelling with nice light pine, sugary sweetness and soft floral notes. Some good caramel and faint resin hang back beneath the fresh juicy scents.

Taste has hints of caramel and nuts that get somewhat lost in a full grainy taste. Middle is characterized by a nice citrus taste with hints of lemongrass and straw. Finishes with a pretty nice resin and some cereal grains. Yeasty bread aftertaste.

Feel is medium bodied with crisp carbonation. A nice light stickiness to the finish.

I really like this beer. Nothing stands out as being exceptional, but a really solid IPA. Drinks great for the style, very satisfying and consumable.

Photo of Atron67
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks olibeer22 for the extra!

A- hazy straw yellow with a big off white head that stuck around for a decent while. solid big fluffy lacing left behind too

S- big piney hops, citrus, grassynotes, not much maltiness present.

T- the first sip didnt taste that hoppy, but it seemed to build on itself. smooth light maltiness despite the reasonable abv. strong hops build up and then it fades pretty smoothly and lightly which was a little surprizing, pretty solid and i had been wondering about the pizza port

M- smooth medium body strong carbonation

D- solid IPA, glad i got to try it, had been wondering about pizza port

Photo of HumuloneRed
4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Botttle. This beer pours a slightly murky orange with a striking white thick head and sticky lacing.
The aroma is filled with pine, citrus, earth, and a sweet and fruity malt notes.
The flavor is has a huge hop flavor and bite. Then the malt comes to the rescue with some balance making this beer very drinkable. A well made beer is what it is.

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

Solid beer.

Looks good. Mmm good. Like the big wave crashing on the shore.

Smells good. Real Good. Smells like a DIPA.

Tastes good. real good. Big spicy sweet floral notes.

If you can get it. drink it. Good biting sweet aftertaste.

Is this really a DIPA?

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

Grub cracked this one open!

Pours a hazy golden/amber, thin white head, settles to a thin ring, leaves some decent lace spots. Smell is grapefruit, floral, light pine, oranges, lots of hops, not a lot of malt, light graininess, sharp aroma. Taste is pine and grapefruit, oranges, bread, light honey, clean citrus bitter finish, but unbalanced on the hoppy side but pretty good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, quite nice. Solid IPA, thanks Russ!

Photo of williamherbert
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy and orange like an apple cider. Minor amount of head. Light comes through; no clarity.

Bitter aroma hops, more chlorine bitter than grapefruit or woody. Some decent sweet malt balance.

Hops are bold and woody. Flowery. Malt comes in as a sweet, corn-syrupy balance. Lots of grapefruit hops.

A little thick, bouncy on the tongue. Leaves a bitter film. Really grapefruity and bitter. Powerful and yet drinkable.

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

crystal clear apricot color with insignificant head. Smells bready and fresh. Taste is biscuit up front with a dose of grapefruit pith(Colombus I presume) at the end. Slightly cloying. Probably could use some more citrusy notes (Amarillo perhaps) to bring it home for me.

Photo of bcm119
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy dark straw in color with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet ripe oranges. Similar burst of ripe orange flavors with some candied citrus sweetness. Pale grains come through a bit toward the finish, with some pithy citrus in the aftertaste. Medium bitterness. Malt contributes a slightly sticky mouthfeel and some wet grain flavors. Attenuation seems a little low. Overall a drinkable IPA, with some nice citrus flavors at times, but could be a little cleaner.

Photo of Nipitato
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bomber at Marty’s in Allston, MA.

A: Orangish copper hue. Sticky white head with good retention. Just slightly opaque. This beer has legs.

S: A strong West Coast IPA aroma that is not particularly pleasing. A mess of hops dominates with floral and pine resin notes. Good malt aroma provides balance. Malt is sweet caramel, candy.

T: Typical West Coast style IPA flavor profile. Biting hop flavor a mélange of pine and grapefruit flavors. Malt flavor provides minimal balance – not enough. Long linger bitter aftertaste. Once you get past the intense hop flavor it is pretty good.

MF: Medium body. Light though tingling effervescence. Not dry. Alcohol warming noticeable.

D, notes: A reliably hoppy West Coast IPA. Not particularly sessionable. More malt balance would be better.

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

A - Murky copper, aggresive pour gives off white 1+ inch head, leaves within 5 minutes. Thin, sticky lacing.

S - Caramel, sweet malt married with a fairly present hoppiness.

T - Lots of sweet malt up front, nicely balanced with hop back - asking for another sip, of course.

M - Medium to full, good mouth coater, medium and good carbonation.

D - This I could drink all night and not get tired. It's got enough to keep you interested, but not so much that you get tired of it. Good solid IPA.

Photo of largadeer
2.63/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I may have bought this at Capone's Restaurant and Bar in Norristown, Pa. I poured it into a large "pint" glass and after one sip to clear my palate judged it.
Appearance: A nice dark orange transparent orange body with a just off white HUGE head. The head had great retention and large bubbles and had good lacing all over the glass.
Smell: Very piny and citrusy but both were very very mellow. Absolutely loved it.
Taste: The only reason it got knocked down from a 4 is there was a hint of watery taste. Most of all there was the typical piny American west coast hop taste. The reason this is so good though is because where most American west coast IPAs have both pine and citrus flavors fighting together, this one had both flavors but they melded together better than anything I have ever tasted. If only it didn't have the watery flavor.
Mouthfeel: The huge bubbles in the head made it very smooth, that is if you can't wait until it goes down a bit. If you can wait, then it is a nice ridged flavor.
Drinkability: Very good.
Don't drink and review.

Wipeout IPA from Port Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 1,718 ratings.