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

Ponto S.I.P.A. (Sessionable India Pale Ale)Ponto S.I.P.A. (Sessionable India Pale Ale)
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #2,734
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #15,904
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 9.23%
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
454
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Pizza Port Solana Beach
 
California, United States
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SCORE
87
Very Good
Ponto S.I.P.A. (Sessionable India Pale Ale)Ponto S.I.P.A. (Sessionable India Pale Ale)
Notes: Named after the southernmost beach and surf break in Carlsbad, Ponto truly embodies the spirit of the southern California lifestyle. Refreshingly light in body and low in ABV, there is certainly no sacrifice in hop character with this sessionable IPA. With a hefty dose of American and New Zealand hops, this beer is bright and filled with hints of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit. Rumored to be a favorite among the disc-golf community, this beer is the perfect accompaniment to any outdoor activity.
Hops: Crystal, Citra, Rakau, Motueka, Waimea, Southern Cross.
Reviews: 80 | Ratings: 454 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad IPA but frankly I expected more from this great brewery. 3/26/20 date printed on can. Pours a clearer golden color with just a little fluffy white head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells of crisp grapefruit, lemon, orange, vanilla, malt, a little floral and herbal hops. Tastes similarly, has that classic bitter West Coast IPA finish. Smooth crisp mouthfeel, decent carbonation. Not bad just wanted a little more.

May 23, 2020
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: The clearest topaz with rising bubbles and a loose beige foam, some of which is long lasting and leaves an initial wide band on the glass.

S: White bready malt, lemon, and piney hop character. A fleeting pineapple sweetness.

T: Much more bitter and pine sap on the palate, but not trying to overdo it. It’s just off-dry, simple, but would beat most sessions for execution.

F: Watery but there is malt here and I think it’s got more heft and mouthfeel than most. Well done.

O: It’s hard to find a good session. They are never full IPA’s. This one is easy drinking and while it won’t beat the newest and best hoppy lagers out there, it beats most sessions I’ve ever tried!

May 15, 2020
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monkist from Hungary

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As much as I like session IPAs, I am always kind of taken aback by their watery quality - hope punch you in the face while you’re drinking a soda-like feeling. But there are a few exceptions (like Founders) for which I am willing to maje an exception of not seeking them out.
This one seems to be much better balanced than some of its counterparts: while a little bit less aggressive on the “in your face” style of hops, it is somewhat more reserved. But at the same time, while others tend to end up watery, this one stands firm and beings quite drinkable qualities in the mouthfeel. It is like a “light” IPA and it doesn’t leave you with any bad aftertaste. Especially on a hot summer night, this is your perfect companion when you are looking for a refresher.

Oh, and here are the real notes from the can:

“THIS SESSION IPA IS NAMED AFTER A FAVORITE BEACH AND SURF SPOT AT THE SOUTHERNMOST PART OF CARLSBAD. THE JETTIES OFFER AMAZING LEFTS DURING A CLEAN SOUTH SWELL AND A GREAT PLACE FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO RELAX WITH THEIR COOLER. WE ARE REALLY EXCITED TO SHARE THIS HOPPY BEER IN A CAN THAT YOU WILL ENJOY A LITTLE LONGER THAN SOME OF OUR BIGGER BEERS. CHEERS!”

Jul 15, 2019
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 18...pours pale yellow color with patchy white foam that clings. Light pine nose. Slight citrus too. Mellow bitter, smooth mouthfeel. Easy drinking IPA, as advertised.

Jul 14, 2019
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AleManDan from California

3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had it a while back. I recall the aroma and flavor being good but the mouthfeel just too thin and the hop bill just eh...love this brewery and I’d happily try again for free but this isn’t one I’ve gone for again since that time.

May 05, 2019
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deleted_user_1111368 from Delaware

3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 3-11-19
L: Almost completely clear. Light little bubbles, almost pilsner.
S: Light hoppy aroma featuring earth and citrus.
T: Light pine, some tropical touches throughout.
F: Thin, but not watery thin. A bit of bitterness throughout, but well done. A little carbonated.
O: A very well done SIPA.. even tasting, and quite flavorful for 4.5%.

Apr 28, 2019
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BeerBobber from Nevada

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very light yellow color, a bit of cloudiness, with billions of streaming bubbles. Beer is topped by two fingers of a white head that is quite craggy and seems to be falling as I type.

Smells very light on the nose. Picking up some lemon juice, maybe some other citrus (like an orange rind) and just a touch of dankness.

Taste is orange peel for sure and straight up. The flavors are very light and fleeting with a touch of bitterness.

Mouth feel is light and dry on the finish.

Overall this beer is light. Light on the nose and light on the palate. Not necessarily a bad thing because it gives just enough and does not overpower in any category. Lots of things to like here. The smell is very pleasing. The taste is just enough to satisfy. The mouth feel makes this super easy drinkable and refreshing. Plus almost all Pizza Port beers I find in Vegas are in 16 oz. cans. I feel this gives the consumer more of a sample of what the brewery has to offer. Overall a very nice beer!

Mar 01, 2019
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Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The look of this beer leaves a lot to be desired. Light gold, with random pieces of sediment (though not much). A quickly dissipating head and almost no lacing. On the other hand, it's quite an enjoyable sessionable IPA that doesn't hold anything back - especially at 4.5% ABV. Citrus notes and crackery malts on the nose and taste. Medium-high carbonation with a semi-dry finish. One of the better session IPAs out there in my opinion.

Sep 06, 2018
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joedvegas from Nevada

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice looking hazy gold color with a lingering, two-finger head. Really nice on the nose. Abundant scents of pineapple, grapefruit, lemon and biscuit. Soft front palate hints of pineapple and apricot, with a nice lingering finish of lemon and grapefruit. Coating finish. Overall solid beer with a nice finish, front palate didn’t blow me away.

May 15, 2018
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craigbelly from Iowa

4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden yellow color, white head. Bitter taste with grapefruit, hops, bread, pine, tropical fruits, and grass. Bitter finish with more grapefruit, very clean. Very nice session IPA. Enjoyable taste that’s not just scaled down IPA. Little thin in the end, but then again its a session.

Apr 19, 2018
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arizcards from Arizona

3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 16 oz tall boy from the Craft Beer Hop Stop 1-15-18 for $1.16. Canned on 11-14-17.

Beer poured golden with a tall thin head with the original pour.

Nose is a pretty good dose of citrus and herbal hops.

Taste is grapefruit, pine, and citrus rind over a small malt base, with a pronounced bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing, fitting for the style.

Overall not a bad beer but one representing a style that i am losing interest in.

Apr 11, 2018
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andrewh995 from Arizona

3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a small white head. Smells of citrus, hops, and pine. Tastes floral with some citrus zest, slightly bitter hops, and a touch of pine. Light crisp body with medium carbonation. Overall a delicious session IPA, one of the better of the variety.

Jan 31, 2018
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

File this under "oh shit, (whaddup) I haven't reviewed this beer I've had 20 times yet? Pours a light almost straw yellow feint kind of color. I must say, it looks the part, it looks like a standard session ipa. Aroma was kind of lacking, especially for a Pizza Port ipa, usually they bring some dank ass shit, but this was more similar to an ipa made with mostly bittering hops.

Taste has much in the way of bittering (Simcoe?) hops, there is mostly grapefruit as the primary flavor hop wise conveyor here. Its a very light body and a high amount of fizzy carbonation. BItterness seems around 60ibu. Its good, but slightly below the Pizza Port average ipa that tends to be in the very good to world class range.

Jan 08, 2018
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A straw-to-gold color with a scratchy, bubbly head of 1 finger.

Nice aromas of tangerine, orange tic-tac, lime, grapefruit, and a little pine.

Lots of piney bitterness to start, but that settles into a nice, calm orange peel vibe with hints of grapefruit, tangerine, and dough. It breaks away from that into seltzer and old grapefruit rinds on the finish. As it warms a bit, it goes into mostly biscuit-cracker bitterness, becoming a close drainpour.

Feel is light, seltzery, kinda watery, with a sharp carbonation and a woody, resiny finish.

Overall, it's not something I'd go after again, but it's worth trying if you can get it. Typical west coast session ale.

Jan 08, 2018
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breadwinner from California

4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very nice SIPA here that gets on your good side from the first pour, glorious rocky layer of thick foam, dandelion yellow, tornado-like bubbles streaming to the surface. Great whiff off the top, grapefruit and lime, perhaps something lightly floral. Palate gives a citrus baseline alongside some straight up West Coast bitterness, though not so sharp as to be off-putting. Nicely weighted body, thin enough to crush, but enough there to not feel hollow. Malt takes a backseat to the hop showcase (as you'd expect with from these San Diego vets). Quite nice and one I particularly look forward to as the weather warms.

Apr 04, 2017
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A monster foamy, billowy, and creamy head with fabulous retention; furthermore, the head did leave lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is a medium pale yellow color and has a slightly hazy clarity. The beer does present with some carbonation.
A typical light hop aroma citrus, herbal, pine and some grassy notes. Crackers, toasted malts, yeast, floral, and some tropical notes.
A pleasant pine resin, herbal, floral with some citrus grass, and touch of crackers.
Medium carbonation, light body, light plus astringency, and medium finish.
A decent IPA, especially for being a session IPA.

Mar 17, 2017
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JamFuel from Sweden

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from can into Spiegelau IPA glass.

Nice yellow color with a high head, and lots of bubbles.

The smell is citrusy, with a bit of pineapple thrown in.

Taste is also very citrusy, loads of grapefruit and lemon peel, balanced by a nice bitterness.

Light bodied, and very crisp, I can see this working well on a hot Californa evening.

Overall, a really nice session IPA, one of the better I've had.

Feb 05, 2017
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gatornation from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a mostly clear golden yellow color with a fresh 1 finger head. Light tropical fruits and cracker bread malts . Taste has tropical notes of mango,papaya and citrus fruit has a grain /sweet malt finish. Light hops with light bitterness, a low ABV but full flavored this is one of the better session IPA'S ive had

Feb 01, 2017
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a tallboy can into a Dogfish Head tulip. Thanks to DEK196 for the sample!

L: Cloudy medium to light golden pour... two fingers of foamy white head leave great lacing.

S: Citrus dominates... grapefruit and lime. A touch of pine.

T/F: Light malty/grainy backbone with a robust hop profile. Follows the smell with a strong citrus blend.. definite grapefruit, with some lemongrass and a bit of spice. A bit sticky on the tongue. Light in body... expected for the low ABV. Finish is crisp.

O: A very drinkable and tasty session IPA. Another quality West Coaster. I think Swami would be more of a go-to, but this is very light and refreshing and has great flavor.

Jan 21, 2017
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josanguapo from Spain

5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From 32GP. In Teku glass. Pkaying The Cave. 8 months after canning and amazing aroma and taste full of citrics. All packaged in a low abv brew. Must be astonishing fresh.

Dec 16, 2016
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.29/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Oct 09, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Sep 24, 2016
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jeffjeff1 from California

4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Aug 30, 2016
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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

May 27, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

May 27, 2016
Ponto S.I.P.A. (Sessionable India Pale Ale) from Pizza Port Solana Beach
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 454 ratings