Palapa Pale Ale
Pizza Port Solana Beach

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English Pale Ale
Ranked #87
Ranked #25,406
3.86 | pDev: 10.88%
Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 12
Photo of Hecklermtbr
4.66/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very surprised to see a relatively low score for this one. I think it’s awesome. Point of reference a couple of my favs are Golden Rd. Wolf Among Weeds and Stones Ruination 2.0

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad

A: The pour is a dark golden/light amber color with medium white head.

S: The nose starts off with bready malts and earthy, floral hops. And that's also just about where it stops. Pretty light aroma, overall.

T: A lot of similarities to the nose as I take the first sip. A moderate bitterness with an earthy hoppiness. The malts are bready and slightly sweet, but still not a very powerful flavor.

M: The body is medium, even for what is a pretty light beer, with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: Fairly light and simple, but definitely easy to drink. Not something I'd necessarily come back to, though.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.06/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Maybe it was the two IIPA's I had around this one, but it seemed weak. Copper pour with a white ring of a head. Nice malt and light hops in the nose. Light and bubbly on the tongue. Flavor is flat. Malt and bread, without much hops. Nothing distinctive, no bite, a bit sweet. Not their best.

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Photo of Brewsmith
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery. Aroma is hoppy, a little flowery and pine. A copper amber color, clear. Malty, but still balanced towards the hops without being overdone. Bitter, dry finish. Clean and drinkable. Very nice. A very good example of the style and one I could sit and drink all afternoon.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice rich copper amber into a pint glass with a nice half inch of head.

Smell is rather hoppy for a 'Pale Ale' but not unexpected from Pizza Port. This brew is basically a 'light' IPA. Dry, hoppy and Centennial on the nose, yet without the alcohol boost, I like the concept. Sign me up!

Taste does diminish a bit given the carbonation and comes up a bit short as for the IPA moniker. As an APA however, it stands tall and is yet a bit too confusing in a crossover sense.

A beer without a home..okay I'll take it home!

P.S., not sampled at Pizza Port Carlsbad, or any Pizza Port for that matter. My initial review has apparently been altered to include the default Carlsbad location. Port Brewing actually distributes kegs people, as do many 'single location' brewpubs. Yet all distributed kegs are from a fourth location, in San Marcos actually. Some other Port brews are indeed location, and brewer, specific.

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Photo of Floydster
3.29/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pint at Hamilton's Tavern in San Diego for four dollars, got this within minutes of when it went on the handpump, reviewed from notes back in April

A-Golden yellow color with a 1/4 inch creamy white head that stuck around for three or four minutes, some retention, nice lacing at the beginning

S-Hops that is slightly floral but more piney than anything, lemon juice, grassy accents, some other faint citrus aromas, bread, and straw

T-Started off with with malt and the hops came later on in the middle, seems like it is always the opposite with these kinds of beers, finish was rather hoppy and grassy, did not change much because it was already served at practically room temperature, nicely balanced beer but I was just not a big fan of the malt flavor, wish it was more chewy rather than sweet, otherwise enjoyable

M-Incredibly smooth but what brew from a cask is not, slightly bitter and crisp mouthfeel, quite refreshing though, taste did not linger long, thin to medium body, syrupy because the carbonation was sacrificed in the cask

D-Low ABV that is not even six percent, very light on the stomach, could drink a few pints of this easy, goes down without effort, cannot taste any alcohol

I am a sucker for casks and will try pretty much any beer I see on one, Pizza Port Carlsbad makes some fantastic beers but this one is just mediocre in my opinion, might drink again though on a hot day or something, worth trying

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Photo of tonistruth
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- 1 finger thin foamy white head, decent retent, dark golden straw, little lacing

S- citrus, moist straw malt, grain

T- sour/bitter bready malt, grassy, citrus, good balance, grapefruit, yeast flavor, mellow, warms nicely

M- light body, smooth, semidry finish

D- simple, balanced, pale ale, just don't find so many quality APA's like this (see balanced), reminds me a bit of sierra nevada, sessionable, i'd definetly have this brew again

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Photo of scottoale
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the tap, into your standard pint pub glass pours an orange-amber bubbly ale with almost a 1/2" of sticky lacing offwhite head. A real nice looking APA and well carbonated.

Smell is somewhat sweet and malty with grapfruit and some piney hops pulling through. No sign of alcohol in the aroma, even after it slightly.

Full flavored malt and hops with damn near perfect balance. Light, sweet malt intro with a grapefruit citrus (very mild ) tang that melds into a black tea mid flavor then eventually tapering into a nice bitter, hoppy finish...very clean and crisp. This is one tasty Pale Ale.

Lighter side of a medium body with the alcohol laying low, as in it's skillfully buried somewhere inside this ale. It was a perfect brew for this hot muggy day...tasty enough for me to order a second pint twenty-some odd minutes after downing the first.

Good stuff, a real easy drinkin ale that is highly sessionable!

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Photo of spazaru
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Before I ordered this, I noticed the guy in front of me had a beautiful deep amber colored ale and I asked what it was. He told me it was Palapa Pale Ale and described it as a "double Sierra Nevada". Sounded interesting and what's amazing is that's a perfect description!

It was just about twice as malty and hoppy as SNPA, but it definitely wasn't an IPA. Just a really flavorful pale ale.

PP didn't list an alcohol value for this beer, and BA lists it at 5.4 but it seemed to hit me pretty hard, although the alcohol doesn't show up in the taste at all.

Overall, one of the better Pizza Port beers a great pale ale, and one I hope they bottle at their new facility.

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Palapa Pale Ale from Pizza Port Solana Beach
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 12 ratings