Hop Suey | Pizza Port Solana Beach

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States
pizzaport.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by hopsaplenty on 01-27-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
62
Reviews:
45
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
8.45%
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
1
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of rodbeermunch
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is like, Pizza Port's offering in the Pliny the Younger vein. Hits the mild orange spots, white head that can't formulate and hang because of the amount of hop oils and alcohol.

Was like a humid pine forest of aromas.

Taste was pretty good at hiding alcohol, dropping tropical and citrus fruit notes, bitter but not 100 ibu grating levels of bitter. Very good stuff, always happy to see this one show up. Still not as good as Pseudo Ipa.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Rampage1
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unfortunately for me in the end this had way too much alcohol hotness.

Appearance: This beer pours a menacing dark glowing orange with a slight haze to it. When poured it had a slight yellowish with a little green color to the head of the beer. First time i can think of where there is a slight green color to the head-- Crazy.

Smell: The overwhelming smell is definitely grapefruit with some orange,mango and slight pineapple in there. Not much if any pine to the smell to me. A little apricot there as well.

Taste: The taste almost follows the smell. Like drinking fresh grapefruit juice. This stuff definitely has some bitterness to it with all those hops chucked in there but there is a slight malt backbone where it doesn't bite as bad as say Ruination. Pretty clean and dry on the after taste. Not too much alcohol to the taste.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation to deliver the flavor and pretty thin on the mouthfeel itself. Nice little bite from the carbonation.

Drinkability: I just cracked this growler and am half way through the first glass in my Bruery tulip. This stuff for as high of IBU's as it has is going done pretty quick surprisingly. I won't go as far as to say it sessionable but would love this stuff to come out in bombers. I have some drinking to do here and some dreaming tonight for my Raiders to beat down on the Chiefs.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Pizza Port
Carlsbad, CA

A dark orange bordering on amber; reminds me of tree sap. Almost no head. Looks somewhat thick and oily.

Tropical and citrus fruits, namely grapefruit. Some pine.

Bitter from start to finish but refreshing and pleasant. Sweet malt backbone underneath a mountain of hops. Delicious.

Full mouthfeel. Somewhat sticky.

Fantastically drinkable for a double-digit ABV DIPA. Appropriately named, as this beer karate chops you in the face with hops: a good thing!

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a translucent amber brown in color with yellow highlights that had a half finger of head and left some good frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: had a huge piney hoppy aroma popping out on the nose with caramel, some good citrus, grassy, earthy notes, and good sweetness from the malts. It did however have plenty of booze.

T: the piney hoppy flavors alsao dominated the palate with grassy, earthy, caramel, and citrusy accents but the malts did add some sweetness and balance to the hop bomb.

M: the brew was medium in body with a nice amount of carbonation which had a piney hoppy, citrusy, mild sweet, and slight boozy finish.

D: this is definitely how I like my DIPA, nice hoppy punch but not overly bitter with a boozy bite as well. Really tasty and was drinking really good considering the ABV.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at Pizza Port San Clemente. Served from tap into a shaker. Poured red-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, and citrus hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a great DIPA. Not a whole lot missing in this one as far as the flavor. It definitely had a very strong citrus hop character going on here. Also a pretty good aroma as well. This one is a definite must try.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft. Poured at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Poured into a small glass a orange red color with a slight head. Strong danky, tropical aroma with notes of both citrus and mango. Nice lace. Medium mouthfeel. The high abv doesn't really show that much. Sweet topical fruit start with some lingering bitterness. Easy drinking.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thumbs up to Alex for sharing this at Darkness Day, and then allowing me to share it with other randoms.

A - Orange colored IPA that is a bit hazy. Nice off-white head, with good retention, and some spots left on the outside.

S - Huge and full hop profile. Nice citrus, pineapple, grapefruit, and some sweeter floral all balanced out with a slight bit of resin bitterness. This smells really fantastic, and not too sugary on the backbone.

T - Awesome beer, a solid but not dominating malt backbone bursts into fruity hops, notes of citrus, a bit of floral, all balanced by some refreshing bitterness. Very good balance and taste.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied, quite refreshing with the moderate dose of carbonation.

D - This is a fantastic beer, kind of surprised at the reviews under A, but guess it truly is a matter of taste. Highly sessionable, maybe a tad dangerous at the ABV. Would love to drink this all the time.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.35/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad

A: The pour is a somewhat dark orange color with a fair amount of haze and a thin (light) khaki colored head.

S: Lots of sweet tropical fruit notes such as pineapple and mango. Plenty of fleshy grapefruit and resinous pine as well, but still a lot of sweet caramel maltiness and hints of alcohol.

T: A fair amount of bitterness but still a lot of sweetness, especially for a Pizza Port DIPA. Sweet caramel and tropical fruits do provide some nice flavors, but there's also a somewhat harsh alcohol presence.

M: The body is medium to full with a moderate level of carbonation (I'd probably like a bit more with such a rich beer).

D: I'm guessing this must have been a lot better in the previous batch a couple years ago because I was just not a fan of this beer. Far too sweet and too much alcohol.

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Hop Suey from Pizza Port Solana Beach
4.26 out of 5 based on 62 ratings.
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