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Ponto S.I.P.A. (Sessionable India Pale Ale) | Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Ponto S.I.P.A. (Sessionable India Pale Ale)Ponto S.I.P.A. (Sessionable India Pale Ale)

Brewed by:
Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by acurtis on 10-27-2013

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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 382
Photo of beertunes
3.29/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Cherche for this one. Canned on 4/28/16. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a nearly opaque straw gold color with about 1/4 inch of white head that had low retention and lacing.

Aroma was a mellow blend of grain and soft citrus hops. Taste was pretty similar, just a bit more sharp, with a mildly unpleasant tang at the finish. Body was medium, and crisp. Drinkability was decent, certainly no struggle to finish. Overall, this beer didn't really push my buttons. But, you may enjoy it.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy straw color with white head. Aroma has nice floral and citrusy hop notes with some nice green tea. Taste follows, fresh, citrusy, green ice tea, medium bitterness on the finish. Light body with medium effervescence. Really fresh and easy to drink, a true session IPA.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- clear copper color, foamy head that dissipates quickly to a thin head, nice lacing
S- dank hops, citrus hops, wonderful
T- wonderful citrus hops, very nice
M- medium bodied, smooth
D- This is a great session beer. I could drink a ton of them. Delicious.

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Photo of rudzud
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear golden hue with a thin white head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of malts, nice grapefruit citrus, light dank hops. Pleasant.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, nice citrus levels, good grapefruit peel. Good light bitterness, really refreshing.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, bright, clean.

O - Overall this was a solid ipa, really nice light bitterness with good light malt. Quite pleasant.

Serving Type: can

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Photo of jlindros
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to rudzud

Big foamy fizzy head fades at a med pace, decent lacing, semi hazy lemonade yellow color.

Nose musty hops, little tropical fruit citrus, musty earthy dank, floral grassy, citrusy rind.

Taste brings tropical dank hops, little passion fruit papaya, touch of pineapple pine sap like spicy hop, nice musty grassy almost herbal, touch malt background. Dry fair bitter finish, lingering mild musty dank citrus fruit hops.

Mouth is med bod, decent but lighter carb.

Overall pretty nice, not great but a nice big hop flavor for light sessionable beer.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, love the 16 oz x 6 pack format. ALL session beers should be as such! Nice clear, clean yellow beer, smooth feel with great tropical aromas and flavors. An outstanding session. Cheers!

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried the Ponto at Old Town Pizza in Roseville, CA. It poured a slightly hazy yellow with white head and left a lace. The scent and taste were bolstered by a grapefruit citrus base. The finish was clean. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with nice carbonation. Overall it was a solid session ipa.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This pours a clear golden straw. There's a light mango and melon aroma. It's mildly hoppy with the mango notes and a clean finish. Not much malt to distract from the hops. As a pale ale it fails but as a session IPA it works just fine.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours slightly hazy golden straw with a frothy off white head that settles to a light layer and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Pine, bright citrus, subtle dank herbal notes, and a little light malt.

T: Resinous pine, citrus, lemon, lime, grapefruit zest, faint tropical notes, light earthy herbal notes, and a little light malt.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Would make a great beach beer. The packed a ton of hop flavor into a session IPA.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours two fingers of head on a clear light straw body.
The aroma is bright citrus and pine.
The taste is a nice mild lemon bitterness throughout.
The texture is light and crisp.
An enjoyable SIPA.

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Photo of jakecattleco
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can dated 10/01/15 into a tulip glass. The color was faint yellow and not overly appealing, with 1 inch head that left nice lacing. The highlight of the beer for me was the nose. Didn't feel the taste did the nose justice. Finished a bit thin and dry. The session IPA is more my wife's style than mine, so I'm hoping she likes it and finishes the rest of the sixer as I prefer some other sessions to this if that's what I'm in the mood for at the time.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

excellent for what it is - a session IPA. a ton of mosaic hops. you wouldnt know the difference between this and a 'regular' ipa! really, really good...just wish it was available in houston.

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Photo of Hop_God
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Very light yellow, clean and clear. good white head 2 fingers.
S:Very floral. citrus forward. grassy finish. More aroma than expected
T:Light. Crisp. Grassy bitterness with come lemon peel. Definite grapefruit.
F: Tons of carbonation. Very crisp bite, clean. leaves a bitterness on the whole tounge.
O: I make sure to rate each beer for what it is. For a session it is pretty tasty. Very easy to drink. It could be balanced better though. Would recommend for summertime or out on the golf course.

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Photo of Benish
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned: 02/03/15

Appearance: pale, golden, yellow in color. Just a little bit of foam skimming the surface of the beer.

Smell: very fragrant and floral, not in your face. Smell mostly of pine with some citrus rind.

Taste: starts out bready, then it becomes hoppy and bitter. Dry throughout, with minimal malt backbone. What I love about this beer is the aggressive hop profile. For a 4.5% ABV session IPA, its outstanding! It doesn't compare to the standard IPA, but its beyond my expectations of session beers.

Mouthfeel: light-bodied and smooth. Perfect for a warm sunny day (or any other day)!

Overall: this heightened my camping experience out in California. It was only ten dollars for 16-oz. six pack and very tasty. I'm just hoping more and more breweries will start canning in 16 oz. rather than 12 oz. I hope to pick this up again when I'm visit the state.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as correct as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 3.65 overall rating is correct.

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Lagunitas mason jar
From: Trader Joe’s in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.50
Purchased: March 1, 2015
Consumed: March 1, 2015
Misc.: Canned on Jan. 9, 2015 at 11:25 a.m.

Poured a golden, pale, clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy, white head. Lots of slow-moving bubble streams coming up from the bottom. Above average, uneven, foamy lacing. Average retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Pleasant odors of sharp grapefruit, Citra, floral, Mosaic, Amarillo, tropical, tangerine and light pineapple. (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted a lot less flavorful than the nose. Definitely could tell it was a SIPA right away. Got Citra, Mosaic, tropical, vegetables, onion, light mango, faint grapefruit pulp and some watery pineapple. (Taste - 3.50)

Light body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, watery, slightly bitter finish. (Feel - 3.25)

Not a fan of this one. This ranks at the bottom of the all the session IPA’s I’ve had (off the top of my head Day Time, Easy Jack, Go-To, All-Day, etc.). (Overall - 3.50)

3.67 | 83 | B

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Photo of Roguer
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pretty light golden brew, slightly hazy, topped by a nice snow white head. Good retention, and very nice lacing.

Great, eclectic hop aroma: citrus and tropical fruit; rind and pith; slight herbal and floral undertones. Slight pale malt biscuit.

Flavor follows: light overall, hop-forward and juicy, with a slightly dank finish. Can still taste a nice presence of pale malt and grain, despite the low ABV and hop prevalence.

Very light and drinkable; lively; minimal sting; medium length wet finish.

This is a really good session IPA. It carries more heft and body than most, while still showcasing plenty of hops.

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Photo of 7Sport
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Older can I got as an extra. Started off tasting great, but fell off quickly. Smell went downhill after a few minutes as well. I'm guessing this had to do with the age of the beer. Think I'd really enjoy a fresh one as it showed some amazing promise upon first pouring.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a: extremely pale yellow color, almost a grainy color with a 1 finger frothy soapy white head. looks similar to a pilsner

s: pineapple, garlicy simcoe, fresh dough, lemongrass, and some light caramel

t: very light flavor. garlic/onion hops, grapefruit, a hint of pineapple. these are followed up by a nice biscuty/flatbread flavor, and a nice caramel strawberry sweetness. very light tasting

m: light mouthfeel, but a large amount of carbonation that really fills out on the tongue

o: for a lower ABV it delivers a taste you would expect from a quality brewer. slightly hoppy, light sweetness, and a nice bready malt presence. its a tad too carbonated to be the extremely sessionable for me, but definitely a good beer to drink a few of if your looking to refresh

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can from Whole Foods.

A crystal clear light yellow with a dense, white head with nice retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is great. Bright citrus with some pine, this is what you'd expect for the style. The citrus is a clean, mildly lemony and moderately orange peel like blend of hop aromas, and the pine is, well, pine-like. Crisp and cracker-like, malt character is minimal here. The palate opens with a blend of hop flavors, delicate but forward with the aforementioned blend, the mildly lemony like hop bitterness edging out the more orange-like flavors. Crisp and clean on the palate, this beer is light in body, crisply carbonated, and drying and mildly bitter with a wonderful, long-lasting fruitiness on the finish. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of mschantz
3.14/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Sampled on tap at PP Carsbad. Very clear light straw in color with minimal head. Subtle grass and floral nose. Bitter hop flavor through out with pine and a bit of sweet citrus backing. Clean but uneventful finish. Solid for a session able IPA but struggling to make my top 5 sessionable IPAs.

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Photo of macher0
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured light straw color with a highly effervescent head that retreats extremely fast. Very translucent. The smell is mostly hops, in the form of citrus, and a little cat piss. The taste is a mix of resin and citrus hops. No malts or yeast. The feel is the best aspect: crisp, clean, ans duper light body.

This is an excellent session IPA. Very similar taste to Alpha King but much different in other areas.

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Photo of jdaddy
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Having had quite a few session ipas, this is by far the best.

A) its in 16 oz Tallboys.IMO every session beer should be in cans.
B) its just simply delicious, blowing away easy jack, all day, go to, etc. This is sincerely a solid beer

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Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +1.3%

This one showed up in a sort of FFT CANTrade ™ from a trader in Virginia who had received this and a couple of other Pizza Port CANs in a trade of his own and knew that I would up my ante in return for receiving them. Indeed.

From the CAN: “This Session IPA is named after a favorite beach and surf spot at the southern most [sic] part of Carlsbad. The jetties offer amazing lefts during a clean south swell and is a great place for a family or day at the beach with friends, We are really excited to share this hoppy beer in a CAN that you may enjoy a little longer than some of our bigger beers. Cheers!”

Yee hah! The Crack! showed that the surf and the level were both up in the CAN and in Carlsbad. I CANducted a goofy-footed inverted Glug until I was forced to back off because of the pint-sized CAN. A brief pseudo-cascade led to the formation of three dense, rocky fingers of bone-white head with good retention. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had notes of pine and grapefruit citrus, but I have been through this before with these “sessionable” AIPAs. The proof of the pudding will be in the taste. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was not as forward as a regular AIPA, but it was much hoppier than many of the session AIPA ilk. I still got the mintiness of the pine hops, but the citrus flavor was more orangish. Let’s face it, I am never going to be a fan of this dumbed-down style, but you could do worse than drinking this one, if such is your pleasure.

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Photo of JMUbrewz
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Surprised the ratings aren't higher. This tops Go-To and Daytime as the best example of a "session ipa" I've had. This beer is bursting with flavor from what I presume are citra hops. I could drink this alllll day.

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Photo of brentk56
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear goldenstraw with a very impressive three-fingers of soap bubble foam with nice clingy lacing

Smell: Mango, passion fruit and ruby red grapefruit

Taste: It is pretty hard to find any malt flavor here as the mango, passion fruit and grapefruit flavors take over from the outset; subtle hints of strawberry and a smidge of onion on the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is the session IPA I have been looking for - just wish it were available here in North Carolina

Thanks, mabermud, for the chance to revisit

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Ponto S.I.P.A. (Sessionable India Pale Ale) from Pizza Port Solana Beach
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