Lou P Lin IPA | Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-03-2005

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 18
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Strong Ale 2011

Pours a clear golden color with a tall white head. Sort of an herbal hop aroma to it with a nice pine and citrus peel note as well. Just a bit of bready malt. Heavy on the pine flavors with a moderate bitterness. Somewhat citrusy, but more citrus peel in nature. A bit of herbal character. Medium in body with medium to high carbonation.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Pizza Port
Solana Beach, CA

Hazy golden yellow and orange. Minimal head but consistent lacing.

A strong and pungent aroma of citrus, namely grapefruit.

A bitter, easy drinking, grapefruit DIPA. So good my mom and sis practically insisted on having the rest of the growler once I let them have their first sip. (And they usually don't get too excited over beer.) At least I got a full pint from the growler! (That's fine; dad and I had plenty of Mongo and Stone IPA to keep ourselves satisfied.)

Medium mouthfeel. Incredibly drinkable. No alcohol presence whatsoever.

A delicious, easy drinking, citrus (grapefruit) DIPA. A good choice to use on IPA lovers looking for a venture into DIPA territory.

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Photo of Sideswipe
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at Pizza Port Solana Beach. Poured into a tulip.

Lou P Lin pours a beautiful clear, coppery, golden color with three fingers of white foam. The head recedes leaving very nice lacing. The aroma literally fills the kitchen as I pour. It's that signature Pizza Port DIPA scent. Huge hemp, citrus and pine notes waft up to my nostrils promising very good things to come. Taste is big, citrus hops up front. Orange, mango, and pineapple are present in copious amounts. Citrus flavors give way to a very nice piney bitterness which continues through the finish. There is enough malt presence to back up the aggressive hop bill, but the hops are certainly the star of this show. Mouthfeel is slick and viscous befitting a DIPA of this caliber. Carbonation is medium leaning toward low and imparts a nice creamy texture to the beer. The advertised 9% ABV is completely masked by wonderful tongue numbing hoppiness, making the beer insanely drinkable. Overall, Lou P Lin is yet another stellar DIPA from Pizza Port. I wish they made this one more often. Highly recommended!

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4.92/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap @ AZ Strong Beer Festival. SHOW STOPPER...went back for 3rd’s!!! AZ sunset pour, with a vibrant metallic pour (combinations of brass, copper, and 24 karat gold) and a small ivory head. One of the most incredible aromas I’ve experienced; pronounced lemongrass, red ripe grapefruit, tangerine, and evergreen. Flavor is like stuffing your cheeks like a chipmunk with hops and chomping down. Oily, chewy, assertive: DELICIOUS!!! This is definitely one of the best!!!

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3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


On tap at Port Solana Beach in a snifter.

A: Light yellow gold with a big creamy foam cap that lingers for a long time. Lacing is impressive. Nice color and good clarity.

S: Potent panoply of citrus: tangerine, orange, grapefruit, and peach. Pine resin is pervasive, though the fruit is stronger. No evident malt character and there's a little alcohol, though nothing inappropriate.

T: Heavy pine resin with some orange flesh and grapefruit rind. There's some sweet citrus midpalate, though the beer finishes dry. Moderately bitter with no astringency. Booze is pretty potent, even for the 9% ABV, and it hits hard in the finish and lingers on the palate.

M: Upper light - lower medium in body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth and dry.

Overall: I like the aroma and initial flavor profile on this, but the booze was a bit heavy and distracting, and it hurt the flavor and drinkability.

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4.97/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma: Intense hop aroma. The Amarillo aroma is awe inspiring. Simcoe coming in a close second.

Appearance: A sllight cloud of Hop goodness.

Flavor: Strong and complex, reflecting the use of Amarillo and Simcoe hops to wonderous effect. Malt flavor is appropriate with an long, clean smooth alcohol flavor with the promise of hop fulfillment.

Mouthfeel: Oily, yet smooth, with low carbonation that is roused easily with glass swirl.

Overall: A classic Double IPA that is the stuff of legend. Almost begs a medicinal permit for the hop goodness.

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4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yum. My kind of IIPA. Pours foggy gold with a thick white head. Good lacing. Floral aroma with a good amount of grapefruit, pine, and lemon. The initial sip is incredible; full of resin, pine, and citrus hops. The malt takes some of the edge off of the bitterness without taking away from the taste. Long bitter aftertaste with some stickiness. One of my favorites.

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4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the San Diego Strong Ale Fest. On cask.

Poured a cloudy amber/orange color with a smaller off white head. Aromas of pine and citrus (oranges). Tastes of pine, citrus, with some maltiness in there. Lightly sweet with a nice bitter balance.

Notes from 12/6/04

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3.84/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at PP Solana

Appearance is clear yellow/orange hue, minimal head and lacing

Smell is fairly hoppy, scents of grapefruit, lemon cleaner, and pine resin, some sweet bubblegum

Taste is initially dominated by bitter and sour citrus hops, transitions to sweet cotton candy, oily pine resin, and floral tones, finishes with sour lemon

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, smooth and oily texture, mild carbonation

Drinkability is moderate, this is a super sweet DIPA, the floral and citrus hops are a bit overwhelming, alcohol is muted, plenty of flavor but unbalanced for the style

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A few times sampled, vertical tastings against other double IPAs, Solena Beach and Port Carlsbad. C-hop clear aroma. White head. Good creamy taste and full hop mouthfeel. Lace in glass. All you expect from this style, but Pliny the Elder wins side-by-side.

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4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Originally reviewed on June 4, 2006. Handbottle. Aroma is a sultry warm cream of tangerines, lemons, oranges, rich spiced Cascades, Warrior, Hood and Centennial Hops. Lucious and very liquid. Elements of gravity and lavisciousness. Pour of clouded orange centered yellow, with a head of white and copious carbonation. Flavor is a soothing creamy melt of the fruit bombasting my palate. A deft hop build, with explosions of citrusy resins, mild creamed malts mingled with hopfully generous fusels and a nice smacked dry bite of almond skins and pear stems. The body is great, with plenty of middle malts building a glorious platform for the sacrifice of many hop cones. Palate is full, with a creamed sherry fruit mouthfeel and a nice balance on the backend. Again, well balanced. Finish and smack dry parchingly, but with the sweet perfumes of a lemon drenched gin.

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4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pizza Port in Solana Beach.

When I first ordered this I had no idea it was a double IPA due to the super pale yellow color. I had assumed with a name like "Lou P. Lin" as in the lupulin glands of the hop flower, that this would certainly be a hoppy beer. Gimme one!

The aroma was wonderfully pungent. The nose was dominated by an explosive burst of resiny and citrusy hops. A light and sweet maltiness poked through at the end.

The flavor of the beer was primarily that of citrusy hops with enough of a light caramel maltiness to help round things out. As potent (and lovely) as the hops were, they were very smooth. The beer was well attenuated and crips. The beer had a very "bright" taste and a nice spiciness that I prefer in DIPAs.

The mouthfeel was crisp and the carbonation seemed dialed in just right. As I mentioned the beer was well attenuated and considering it was 8.5%, it was in no way too heavy and very drinkable. If you're lucky enough to get a pint before it's gone, go back for as many as you can.

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4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Pizza Port's Solana Beach location. Pours near clear, light almond amber, with a slight near white head. Nose is chock full of grapefruit and hoppy resins. Leaves very fine, elegant lacing. Resiny, grainy, grapefruit hop blast/crunch, god I love "S.D. style" DIPAs! This one is all that and then more. Hop lovers rejoice and enjoy. Smooth, bold and tasty from first sip to last. I could drink this hoppy nectar all night.

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4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Brien's today, served in a pint glass, a bright gold with an orange hue sporting a 1/4 white cap with some nice, sticky lacing.

The fragrance is very spicy hops, ultra piney with white grapefruit and that's as far as that goes. Nice hop-bomb to the nose.

The flavor starts off with a powerful white grapefruit that turns sharply to a pine of all pines, spicy resinous pine sap with a nice bitter bite. Every sip is the same and is perfect for the 75 degree, late afternoon temp...thirst quenching perfection.

The carbonation is just right for this medium-bodied hop wonder, good mouthfeel with a crisp, clean citrus aftertaste. The rather hefty ABV is buried by the hops here, an ultra-easy drinker for any kind of a hop head. The style is spot-on...get it while it's fresh !

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3.72/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this one when I stopped into O'Brien's in San Diego. It was on a hand pump, which was kind of a cool feature.

It had a cloudy orangey gold look with a small white head. Blueberries were all I could smell, but a grapefruit/pine spicy taste was what hit my tongue. It was very sharp on the front tastebuds. Little bit of an aftertaste, but not bad. Overall this is too spicy and fruity for me. Tasty but hard to finish.

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4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I’m so damn tired of all these Double IPA’s , but this particular one definately stood out compared to all the other overly-hopped beers in Southern California. This was served on draught. Light orange in color with a large and lasting light tan head of foam. An aroma of pure grapefruit hops and nothing else. Great flavor. In ode to the West Coast hop glory. Grapefruit. Pine. But the mouthfeel on this one definately took it to the next level. Great beer.

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Lou P Lin IPA from Pizza Port Solana Beach
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