Nickel Bag Double IPA | Pizza Port Solana Beach

Liked This Beer
4.22 w/ 7 ratings

Brewed by:
Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by SteveO1231 on 11-16-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of Mebuzzard
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of quantumcipher
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of DogFood11
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice off white head that layers and layers with every pull. Its almost like a shaving cream type lather just smothering this brew. Huge hop presence as expected but this beer has an amazing ability to refresh the palate. Grapfruit/apricot fills it out. Malt presence is soothing although it is overpowered for the most part. Beer wanders on the palate, very silky and smooth, and has an amazing drinkability.

 408 characters

Photo of baiser
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought home a growler of this with me from SoCal since I don't make the trip too often. Shared it with a bunch of friends on a Sunday night. This is a beer that packs a strong alcoholic punch. Had about two pints of this myself and I was pretty out of it. Pours a hazy copper colour. Piney, fruity, and candy sweetness in the nose. Hints of citrus, lemon, apple and a nice earthiness. Very alcoholic and bitter. A pretty aggressive, strong and bold DIPA. Low in carbonation, makes for a smooth drink. A very good tasting DIPA.

 527 characters

Photo of SwillinBrew
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If i buy two of these, do i ask for a dime bag? :)

A burnished copper color bordering on burnt orange rind color filled my glass with a good amount of head that pretty much lasted and left some nice lacing. The aroma of orange blossoms and citrus waff to your nose and i felt like i was walking in an orchard, very nice.

The taste of citrus and pine hit your palate but just a little on the bitter or herbaceous side. Slight notes of malt linger in the mix. I think a little more malt backbone to carry the hops and bring it out more would suite me better. (in no way am i implying that I know more than Mr Nickels, this is just the way the taste hit me at this sitting). The carbonation was on the mark and this brew felt great on the palate. Good punch and finish.

 772 characters

Photo of OStrungT
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap at O'Brien's. Tom Nickel brewed it for Pizza POrt, hence the name, Nickel Bag. This beer pours a cloudy orange color with an off white head. the head fades slowly, leaving a thin layer and lots of laces.This beer has a hoppy, piney aroma. It also has a slight cirtus aroma, with hints of lemon. I can not detect the alcohol in the aroma. This beer does not taste as hoppy as the aroma led me to believe. It tastes piney. Behind the piney flavor, I detect a citrusy, lemony flavor. Hoppy, but not as hoppy as I thought. This is definately a refreshing beer. It is a little aggressive, but not overly, like some DIPA's. It leaves a piney aftertaste. I think this beer might make a decent session beer. The flvor might be slightly aggressive, but not overly, and although it might be just a little high in alcohol, it is good and refreshing. Definately worth a try. Hats off to you Tom.

 906 characters

Photo of SteveO1231
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Visited Pizza Port C-Bad on the way home from work, Noticed that they were offering the Nickel Bag brewed by Tom Nickel of O'Brien's pub in San Diego, I had to have it.

Excellent brew dry hopped with Centennial and Amarillo Hops. This bad boy poured a cloudy copper color. Descent off white head and good bubbly lacing. Great carbonation. Huge hop aroma smells great. Nice sweet malt flavor followed by a huge hoppy punch in the palate. Awesome citrus bitterness.

Perfect balanced of malts and hops!

Awesome Brew not sure the ABV but i put down 2 pints and I felt nice. I'll try to stop by again for some more.


 630 characters

Nickel Bag Double IPA from Pizza Port Solana Beach
Beer rating: 0 out of 100 with 7 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.