Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #577
Ranked #15,354
3.94 | pDev: 8.63%
Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States
Very Good
Notes: Surfboards have a limited lifespan. Sometimes they die in a dark dingy garage and other times they go down in a blaze of glory in board crushing waves. In the fall of 2001, the Oceanside Sandbar got hit with a rare Southern Hemisphere swell. The O’side locals erected a surfboard graveyard with all the broken boards taken. Then in October came the day of the year, when surfers were getting right and left tubes at the same time all morning. More than a few board victims were added to the graveyard, as captured in this classic, iconic image by Steve Sherman. Let’s raise a can of this hoppy pale ale brewed with Mosaic and Australian hops to all the surfboards that gave their life in pursuit of perfect tube rides!
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.22/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a burnt orange copper like color with 1/2" white head. Looks malty for a pale ale.

Aroma wasn't anything that I was expecting, Mosaic fell so flat here, never been so disappointed by the Mosaic hop bringing a lack of aroma? If anything there was more of a barley edge to it, but like, no hops. Weird.

Taste was a more bitter and less fruity flavorful kind of taste. Man, Pizza Port used to have like, zero hoppy beers that weren't hella good. Now they have a handful. Tastes like it has catty Simcoe even though it apparently does not. This one had more of a woody cardboard presence more than hop flavors. A stinging bitterness without much beyond a bare grapefruit rind and some pine needles.

From the heavier than pale appearance, the bready existence and the lack of hop flavors, this is the rare miss for Pizza Port in the hoppy arts. Scary part is, its happening more frequently from them. Just can up Pseudo IPA already.

Jun 30, 2020
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear light amber with a large cream colored foam settling unevenly and leaving thick, chunky fuzzy sheets of lace.

Smell is sticky, pungent pine, resin, overripe peach, rug, and orange rind.

100% West Coast, this features bitter pine, grapefruit and pungent rug with an orange swallow adding wood, Smarties and a hint of biscuit.

Medium body, full froth, crisp semi-dry finish.

Dec 17, 2017
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matcris from Arizona

3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

LOOKS: Slightly hazy, deep golden, lots of carb rising, and a nice big white foam that lasts. Some egg white like lacing.
AROMA: Citrus fruit, Tropical fruit, and bread dough that is proofing.
TASTE: Sight astringency, tropical, citrus, and, again, bread dough.
FEEL: About average carbonation, dry, and medium body.
OVERALL: A solid brew; just a slight catty quality that isn't my favorite.

Nov 09, 2017
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AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy straw yellow with thick foam and lacing. Nose is loaded with hoppy citrus, and floral. The taste is very good, a bite of piney hops with some softening citrus and resin like finish. This is a loaded hoppy beer with a nice bite, but leaves you craving another sip. Medium feel and dry/bitter finish, very nice beer.

Oct 11, 2017
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Phil-Fresh from California

3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Moderately danky with light melon notes.

A: Bright gold color, clear, with a frothy white uniform head that has adequate retention.

T: Moderate dank and melon hop flavors give way to moderately light malt presences, slightly sweet with moderate hop bitterness with a dry finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Solid; the beer has good balance between malt and hop presence with moderate hop bitterness.

Sep 24, 2017
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Red5StandingBy from Maryland

3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 16oz can into Seidel Mug. Canned on August 28th 2017.

L: Clear yellow gold, finger and a half of off-white head has great retention.

S: Smells of lightly toasted biscuits and some pine, citrus and grassy hops.

T: Hoppier flavor, citrus, pine, and herbal hops.

F: Light, average carbonation, clean finish.

O: Meh.

Sep 05, 2017
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TheSixthRing from California

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Canned date of 09/07/16

Appearance - Pours slightly hazy and golden yellow in color with a white, finger width head. Fair retention before dying to a thin, broken layer of suds. Good lacing, with broken sheeting and some spotting making up the bulk of it.

Smell - Grainy aroma mostly, with some woody undertone.

Taste - Mostly malt notes, as the hops are all but dead. Grainy with a lesser hint of caramel. Some cardboard staleness. Slight bitterness in the finish in the form of wood and grassiness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate, slightly bitey carbonation. Goes down easy enough.

Overall - Boy did I muck up this one. I almost always check for freshness dates, and here it is on the bottom of the can printed as clear as day. Definite candidate for a re-review provided they release this again. Let this review be a reminder to ALWAYS CHECK FOR FRESHNESS!

Mar 22, 2017
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timjg14 from California

3.07/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I found this to be a very hoppy pale ale, on par with your typical IPA's. Drank it from a can, poured into a glass. Quite heady, with good carbonation throughout the drinking session. Nothing really makes it stand out from the crowd in terms of taste, and it really has no aroma to speak of. I wouldn't turn it down if offered, but wouldn't seek it out either.

Mar 14, 2017
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FBarber from Illinois

3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rather clear orange color. Hop oil can be seen floating throughout the beer. Thick frothy white head dissipates steadily leaving a thin layer or foam with tons of sticky lacing.

Smell has notes of pine, hints of citrus, dried hay and grass.

Taste follows the nose with strong pine and dried grass/hay with a touch of citrus up front. Very malty backbone.

Feel is rather heavy and oily - closer to an IPA than an APA. Medium carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall its a solid APA - bit heavy/thick for my taste, but not bad.

Jan 27, 2017
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whatthehull from California

4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter/tulip/wine glass from
a 16 oz can

A - a translucent golden straw, three finger off-white fluffy head and serious sugar legs/lacing

S - dank, sugar, pine, some bright citrus, dry and sweet malts/grain, bright flowers, some tropical fruits, baking yeast, thriving grass, some fresh soil, crisp water and has a slight pilsner hint to the nose (yeast or malt)

T - bright bitter hops, citrus rind, pine, dry grains, wheat, very floral, grass, some tropical notes, soil, clean and plain hoppy all around.

M - medium body, well balanced, nice complexity, medium carbonation, medium plus acidity and a joyfully hoppy finish

D/O - this beast of a pale ale is a hop bomb and a half. Wow, the hops starts and won't quit. Refreshing and surprisingly easy to drink for how hoppy this guy is. Perfect with pork, beef and fish tacos that have a nice kick. Really well made and a must try on tap with Pizza Ports awesome menu of pizzas.

Final thoughts - $3 per can is perfect for this ale and at 6.2% ABV and hoppy like a boss makes this pale ale closer to an IPA. Lastly this one is great out of the can as well.

Nov 18, 2016
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cavedave from New York

3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear light amber pour topped by two fingers of thick white head that leaves impressive lacicles behind as it settles to a lasting cap. beautiful.

Light/med. strength aroma full of tropical hop funk, citrus pith, neutral sweet, and hints of bready malt.

Full strength taste, all the flavors in the aroma with a hefty dose of herbal bitter at the end that is like a dry desert wind intruding upon a tropical rain forest. Very bitter, almost aspirin, that is out of balance with other flavors.

Highly viscous for style, med. carb., very strong bitter finish that lingers with a touch of resin buildup that is more present than is optimal.

Decent beer that can't make its mind up which style it wants to be and ends up as confused as one would expect. All in all not a terrible beer, but not going down too easily either. Not recommended.

Oct 23, 2016
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mactrail from Washington

3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Orangey amber color. Has that lovely Mosaic aroma. Crisp and light bodied. Sharp and spritzy on the tongue.

Taste starts with some malt, a hint of sweetness. Fresh green apple and apricot. Overly bitter aftertaste, but the malt and endless fragrance make it drinkable. From the 16 oz can purchased at TJs.

Oct 21, 2016
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Hardwood Artisans shaker pint glass
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $11.99 for a 6-pack
Purchased: Oct. 7, 2016
Consumed: Oct. 7, 2016
Reviewed as: American Pale Ale
Misc.: Canned on Sept. 27, 2016 at 8:08 a.m. PT

Heard of this one before and kind of passed on it the few times that I saw it in stores. However, at $11.99 for a 6-pack of 16-oz. cans, I felt like it was a good time to pull the trigger. Could have just tried one can, but why not go all out?

Poured a straw-gold yellow clear color with 4-to-5 fingers of off-white rocky head. Lots of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass, looking like a snow globe. Excellent sporadic foam lacing. World-class, foamy retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled Mosaic hops up front, followed a mix of New Zealand or Southern Hemisphere hops, maybe Galaxy and tropical notes. Southern Cross as well? Also getting some onion and other vegetables, dank resin, guava, hints of stone fruit, orange rind and light notes of grapefruit. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste followed the nose, maybe more bitter. For hops, I got Mosaic and Southern Hemisphere (New Zealand, Galaxy and Southern Cross). Also got orange, tangerine, guava, bitter mango rind and stone fruit with a resin backbone. Also got some onions, green vegetables and trash. Very bitter. (Taste - 3.75)

Light body. Creamy texture. Lively carbonation. Abrupt, bitter finish. (Feel - 4.00)

This was a decent pale ale. I’m not a huge Southern Hemisphere guy, but this grew on me as it went down. (Overall - 3.75)

3.81 | 86 | B+

Oct 20, 2016
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rand from California

3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz tallboy poured into tumbler-style pint glass

Classic, West Coast-style pale, crisp and hoppy and citrusy with moderate malt character. Notes of grapefruit rind, pine, and coriander lead to a short, bitter finish. Floral, tea-like aromas, crackery yeast combine to make a drinkable, refreshing pale.

Oct 05, 2016
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DrinkThemAll from California

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very solid offering. Light and crushable. Flavors are there, but not too intense. I would easily kill a 6 pack of these. One of the better lighter beers I've tried. The hops and bitterness are slightly watered, but that's what it's going for. It's not a to die for brew, but I would drink this again and again.

Sep 22, 2016
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Hop_God from California

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8/26/16 canned- drank 9/20/16

A: orange glowing slight opaque, medium creamy lush white bubbles

S: citrus burst, floral notes, nice grassy earth notes rounded out by malty sweet fruit. some very faint tropical scents

T: bitter grass, spicy earth notes, citrus peel. peach pit, resin at the end

F: very full bodied coating, creamy possible oat addition. soft but bitter bite at the finish.

O: This has a ton of great elements, beautiful look and amazing feel, taste is nice but could use a bit more malt to balance the bitterness. overall a damn good Pale Ale.

Sep 21, 2016
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2beerdogs from California

3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured straight from the 16 oz can stamped 09/07/16.
loosely packed fluffy white head uses quickly and recedes almost as fast. Scattered head hovers and leaves some nice clumpy lacing. Crystal clear and honey in color.
Smell definitely highlights the hops. Mosaic is evident. Goes in the direction of onion without fully arriving. Also, has some pine and citrusy orange notes. For a pale ale, the hops are really the only show going on in the nose. Not catching any malt notes.
Taste is Mosaic forward, followed by a pithy orange to grapefruit. A bit of earthy pine comes through also. Malt really doesn't come in to play in this APA, beyond a backing role. More of a carrying the hops forward role. Having said that, this doesn't really detract from this beer.
Mouthfeel is spot on, almost slick on the finish.
Overall, not a big thing, but maybe a slight more contribution from the malt would be appreciated. But, I'll think about that later, when I revisit this one...soon.

Sep 18, 2016
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MonkeyBread from Nevada

2.9/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

American pale ale that is really an extremely bitter IPA. California yeast no character except overwhelming citrus bitter hops. Painful to drink so astringent. One note only and it is a terrible note.

Sep 17, 2016
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jakecattleco from California

4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice tropical APA from Pizza Port. Loved the nose, but wanted a bit more out of the taste. Very drinkable given the 6.2% ABV. Wouldn't necessarily seek it out, but would gladly have again if I come across it.

Sep 17, 2016
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jooler from California

4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one of those really hoppy pale Ales like Karl's mosaic pale ale and the ballast point grunion. Extremely drinkable. Tatste is very crisp and good.

Sep 13, 2016
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Reema from California

4.9/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type: 16 oz can into a tulip glass

Pours a beautiful clear orange amber color with a small amount of suspended particulate. Bubbles up from the bottom seemingly nonstop. Smell is of intense tropical fruit. Mostly getting pineapple, guava, slight blueberry, along with a familiar caramel like malt, some subtle pine and grapefruit. This is a mostly tropical forward APA. Taste reflects the smell, though not as well. Initial tropical fruit leads into a slight caramel malt-like flavor that finishes with a pine and grapefruit bitterness. Feel is medium, more towards plus. Perfect considering how well the flavors balance each other. Overall, this is a very good APA with solid tropical aspects but the smell is a little bit better than the taste. A definite repurchase if it comes out again.

Sep 10, 2016
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Brolo75 from California

4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 ounce can poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear dark orange with a bright white head, decent amount of lacing, looks a little under carbonated, minimal head retention.

A: Citrus peel, lemon, orange, pine, touch of peach and guava skins, no alcohol on the nose, smells good.

T: Follows the nose with citrus up front, pine, a touch of tropical notes, moderate amount of bitterness in the middle, finish is dry with citrus notes like lemon and orange lingering in the aftertaste.

M: Light bodied, dry finish, could use some more carbonation.

O: Overall a solid APA, a little more than an APA but I don't think it quite reaches IPA status, and the 6.2% ABV is not even noticeable, smooth and easy drinking, really enjoyed this.

Sep 03, 2016
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pkalix from California

3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

same signature Pizza Port malt (i believe) as the rest of their line-up but probably the best of them all. zero carbonation, it literally just sits there and does nothing. canned 8 days ago and NO carbonation. this is sad. it has so much potential....

Sep 03, 2016
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RyanK252 from California

3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a thin layer and leaves a little nice lacing.

S: Citrus zest and pine, dank herbal notes, a hint of tropical fruit, and some light malt.

T: Citrus, lemon, grapefruit, pine, dank herbal notes, a little tropical fruit, light crackery malt, and a touch of sweetness.

M: A little on the lighter side of medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Another solid hoppy brew from these guys. Drinks more like a light IPA than a pale ale.

Sep 02, 2016
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hard to call this a Pale Ale...definitely more like an IPA, but that seems to be the way it goes (not complaining). Poured from a 4 day old can. Bright golden color with a big white foamy head. Tons of juice and pine in the aroma, and almost has an old skool IPA feel as the flavor was big with resinous pine with a very bitter finish. Light to medium body, good carbonation, ends dry. My kind of beer! Cheers!

Aug 31, 2016
Graveyard's from Pizza Port Solana Beach
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 78 ratings