Hop Suey | Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by hopsaplenty on 01-27-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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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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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Photo of mothman
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Alex for sharing this with me at d-day.

Pours a layer of beige head. Good retention. Color is a slightly hazed golden orange.

Aroma: Tons of different hop characteristics. Citrus, floral notes, pine, onions, hop resin juice. Not a lot of malts showing.

Taste: A lot like the nose. A massive variety of hops. Hop juice, floral, citrus, grapefruit, orange, pine, onions, and a touch of caramel malts.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and sticky. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky with some weed flavors.

Overall, it was an interesting beer, but it just seemed as if they tried to through in a massive amount of different type of hops. It was alright, but nothing that I would go crazy for. Glad I got to try it. Thanks Alex!

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Photo of stakem
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Kegatron for sharing this growler with me. I really appreciate the opportunity/surprise in getting to try this brew.

Poured from a growler into a snifter this beer appears a lightly hazed color of orange that is not quite amber, not quite reddish but caught somewhere in between. The head initially looks white for the most part but agitating swirls revive the cap making it appear more of a stained yellow color. Spots of patchy lace cling to the glass.

The aroma of this brew is very fruity. You don't even need to get your nose into the glass to start picking up on the bold bouquet that is emitting. First impressions are the scent of fruits like mango, pineapple and grapefruit. Seriously, hops make a beer smell like this? Does this come in the form of an air freshener that I can buy? As it warms, a greater depth to the nose is displayed in the form of yet more hop characteristics. A scent of herbs and a more spicy component comes forward. This is the same beer I was smelling 2 minutes ago? A slight tingle of fusel alcohol is indicated in the nose along with a faint grainy backing. The smell of this brew right out the gate is a 5, as it warms a 4 so I will compromise with a rating of 4.5

The taste here is resinous bitter hops. Unlike the aroma, the grainy contribution is more evident with a toasted quality that provides a nice backing but barely any perceived countering sweetness. The sweetness that is there is somewhat reminiscent of caramel malt but it hardly gets a chance to shine before it gets dominated by the bittering power of these hops. The hops taste spiced with herbs, grass and a somewhat piny flavor. Some of the hoppy bitterness has indications of tasting like fruity rind reminiscent of grapefruit. The alcohol plays a bit of a mystery in this brew, it is there without an exaggerated contribution of flavor or warmth but it acts as a sort of accelerant to the hop flavor.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a moderate, enjoyable level of carbonation. This brew is packed full of complex hop flavoring that lingers in the mouth coupled with toasty grain. It finishes quite spicy and strangely enough does not come across all that resinous like some DIPAs do. I don't know what to think of this brew's drinkability. Could I finish the glass? Heck yeah! Do I want another? Ohhh yeah! But it only takes one serving of this and you will feel euphoric.

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

64 oz growler into an oversized tulip. Thanks go to mrbubbler for this in a recent trade. After many visits to the different Pizza Port locations, this is one of their beers that always seemed to elude me. It's awesome that they finally allowed growler fills of this. Anyway...

Pours a crystal clear orange-hued copper, with about 1 ½ fingers of tight off-white foamy head. Good retention on this, settling into a tight ½ finger cap of creamy froth, which really flares up nicely and throws a robust cascade of rich spotty lacing all down the sides of the glass. The aroma is robust and powerful feeling in the nose, being floral and spicy on the edges, before moving into a layer of earth and herbal textures, and then finally reaching a sweet and sticky core of tropical fruit, caramel, and toasted bread. Fresh pine just cuts through the whole thing, with sharp smelling resins that stick in the nostrils. There are no hot notes from the alcohol per se here but this definitely has a heady feeling heft to its overall presence in the nose.

Hops bite the tongue in the taste with a fierce and aggressive mix of pine resins, spice, bitter citrus peel and grapefruit. Fortunately, there is more than enough thick sweetness on the edges of the flavor profile for balance, with a LOT of juicy tropical fruit character (mango, orange, and pineapple are really coming out) and a flush of caramel across the back doing an especially good job here. Toasted malts give this a tight feeling grainy support underneath, while I'm also picking up a good bit of sweetness from the alcohol presence here as well. The hops want you to remember them though, as this finishes with resins, rind, and spice that linger hard and plasters themselves to the tongue with a sticky dryness that is hard to shake. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a sharp carbonation to it that that prickles the tongue with that angry hop profile. But man oh man this is beefy overall though, with an alcohol element to it that is necessarily "hot" but nevertheless has a chewy warmth that commands you take your time with it.

Wow, quite the over-the-top but well balanced hop bomb here that I was pleased to find held up well after a cross country journey and two weeks in the growler. That big ABV is the only drawback here though and while I appreciate the fact that the 11% here could have been way worse, it's hard for me to give this more than a good on the body and drinkbility. The alcohol heft here just got to be too wearing at times and I was good after two glasses. Not sure if the higher ABV on this was an aberration but I'd love to try this more in the intended 9% range, as I bet that it would be absolutely killer.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Solano Beach brewpub, served in a 10 ounce glass. Beer is amber to copper and a little hazy with a big off white head of small and medium bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is strong piny hops with not much malt.

Beer is mildly sweet on the onset and gives way to big midpalate hop flavors and strong bitterness at the end that finishes a little dry. Its really drinkable and its not very unique as an IPA, its solid for sure but I don't see a lot of difference between this one and other big hoppy piny IPAs. I'd have it again or not. Whatever.

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Photo of Sideswipe
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler consumed 10/22/10 Purchased at PP Carlsbad 10/17 Poured into my Delerium Tremens tulip.

A- The beer pours a dark orange,coppery color. Good clarity. A half inch of frothy tan foam manifests itself and quickly fades leaving a small ring around the inside of the glass. Looks great!

S- Huge dank citrus and pine dominate the aroma. Some , sugary malt tries getting through, but cant compete with the incredible hop presence. I can smell this beer from three feet away!

T- Sweet caramel malt followed by an all out assault of bitter grapefruit and resinous pine. My tastebuds are in a full retreat and i can feel the enamel peeling off my teeth! The bite from the 11% ABV is clearly present. Finishes dry with a lingering bitterness.

M- Feel is thick and resinous. Sticky even. Carbonation is about right for a beer of this magnitude, not fizzy and not flat.

D- Takes a slight hit here due to the evidence of the ABV. I'm almost through with my second glass and I'm feeling it already. No worries, drinking this at home, should be no problem finishing this tonight.

Overall an awsome beast of a DIPA! Hope they will brew this more often in the future. If you come across it, don't pass it up. Just make sure someone who's not drinking it is driving! Cheers!

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

8 oz mini pint glass at Pizza Port Carlsbad on 10/25/10.

Body of this beer is a clean orange amber in color and is topped by a medium sized off white head. Lacing is thick and stubborn as the head settles.

Big ass citrus blast on the aroma backed by some cannabis pungency and some caramel sweetness.

Boozy alcohol sweetness momentarily dominates the flavor before being smacked back into submission by the citric hoppiness and leafy bitterness. As I drink on there's a tobacco leaf and oddly vegetal character going on here as well.

This is a nice DIPA but it's not all I remember it being the last time I tried it. It's been about three or four years so I can't be certain if that's due to changes in the beer or in my tastes. Either way I wouldn't recommend spending too much time or effort trying to trade for it considering what you'd probably have to give up.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.47/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chilled growler into a glass, courtesy of Sideswipe. Thanks, John!

Taken down by me and alfrantzell.

A: Pours a clear amber with light tan foam that settles quickly, leaving just a few blobs of lace behind.

S: This initially has a pure tropical citrus aroma: grapefruit, pineapple, passionfruit. But I also detect pine, spice (onion?), and a touch of weed. Lots of straight sugar cookie sweetness and some burnt caramel. Arne commented that it reminds him of Double Bastard; from the malt character, I can see that. More than a little booze. For something so kitchen sink-like, it works remarkably well without clashing.

T: Citrus flavors abound. Not the candied grapefruit I found in Cho-Saiko, but a direct tropical presence (pineapple, passionfruit) that borders on floral flavors. Again, pine, weed, and a slight spice bite are noted. The latter is difficult to separate from the booze. Thankfully, the beer is not so hot as to be solventy, but it's not smooth, either. Makes for some sipping. The beer is quite sweet, with a strong emphasis on burnt sugar, bordering on caramel. As mentioned above, this distinguishes it from Cho-Saiko, and while I like the flavors of this one, I keep thinking I preferred the latter more.

M: This is a heavy, sticky beer. It has lingering bitterness, but it's mostly offset by a strong sugar cookie and caramel sweetness. I find the beer is quite hot, and I can detect that it's 11%, though it's not a deal-breaker. Also, I'm attributing this to the growler format. My experience with Pliny the Younger (tap vs. 3-week-old growler) was that the growler was much hotter. I don't know the organic chemistry behind it, but I tend to assume that all growlered Triple IPAs are hotter than draft, and will forgive some of that accordingly. But for a relatively fresh growler that didn't even travel out of state, I can only forgive so much.

D: I thought it was decent, but I'm not sure I'd go after it again.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

64oz growler poured into a Duvel tulip. Huge thanks to stawn for hooking me up with this!

HOLY SUEY! This thing has a crazy aroma, even after a 3,000 mile cross country trip the nose on this mother is insane! So fruity and fresh, floral and citrus dominates along with some really sharp piney notes as well, phenomenal to say the least. Color is a nice orange to dark amber with a decent white to light yellow head that fades down quickly - the D from the etching on the bottom is coming through nicely.

Wow, the tastes lives up to the aroma. This thing is all hops, what a wallop to the palate! Bitter and sharp, it's got a really interesting flavor that's a bit like sharp cheddar. It's very crisp and creamy with a subtle but nice malt profile, it obviously takes a back seat to the hops but for a big IIPA it's a nice balance of caramel sweetness. This is a bit hot, it seems higher than 9% (After reading other reviews, it appears this batch is at 11%, which explains the hotness) and that's the only slightly negative thing I can say, if the alcohol was a bit more hidden it would be near perfect, but as-is it's still one of the best IIPAs I've ever had.

If you get a chance to try this, do it. As a big east-coast IPA fan, I've got to say this really holds up to the best stuff we've got (Heady Topper, Ephraim, Hopzilla, etc).

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So when was the first time I had this, like maybe 2-3 years ago at the Bistro DIPA fest?

A faint orange glow, thin head that doesn't stick around too long, but it ain't a thing considering what I know I'm in for in terms of slick hops. Definitely a wet/grass/musty hop aroma, little bit of sweetness and definitely piney.

Taste, very good, not too bitter, alcohol remains in the background somehow. More pineapple. Dry. Had me thinking they were definitely going after the Pliny the Younger feel, except they dumped a ton of tropical fruit or citra hops into it. PTY meets Oracle.

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

Big thanks to mrbubbler for the growler hookup. The box showed up just as we were leaving for Darkness Day, so we brought it with us and shared it in the line. Served for me in a plastic cup, but I got to see it in a variety of other glasses as I served it to others.

A - Pours with a big light tan foam that settles to a thin cap and leaves behind splotchy lace. Transparent golden color.

S - This literally smells like every hop variety available was used at some point in the boil. Tropical fruits, tangerines, onion, dankness, faint cat pee, pine, and a solid burnt sugar malt backbone.

T - Big tropical and citrus fruit hop character and bruising grapefruit bitterness that mingles with brown sugar malt character. Long lingering bitter finish. Probably more of a 4.25 in my book, but I was tough on looks.

M - Medium-full body, smooth lower carbonation, extremely dry enamel-melting finish. The 11% ABV is well-hidden - I thought this was less.

D - I'm embarrassed to say that I drank a lot of this on my own and became increasingly stingy with pours. Not as good as some of the other Pizza Port double IPAs, but still quite tasty in its own right.

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

Very happy to receive a growler of this from BA sleepyhead out in San Diego, thanks so much Jeff.

Poured a very dark amber color into my snifter glass, crysdtal clear. Nice head with sticky lacing immediately on the glass. Quite carbonated for being a week old growler. I really liked the smell, big time pine, orange, bit of tropical fruit, weed and mango. I could smell the beer from about 3 feet away while walking back to the glass after my 1st pour. Taste had a lot of pine and tropical fruit notes. Very bitter beer which I didn't mind at all. I could taste the booze here and there but I was ok with it. The hop oils really coated my tongue and teeth after each sip. The rim of the glass was sticky from the hops. Felt very chewy at times, a very big IIPA. Drinkability is the only downfall and the 10 or 11% abv really kicked my ass. I polished off most of the growler alone but I was also pretty banged up from it. I was very happy to finally try this brew and would certainly trade for another growler.

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Photo of largadeer
3.87/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Pizza Port Solana Beach. 11% ABV, apparently.

Copper colored with slight haze. More a collar than a head, but that's due to the pour.

The nose is dank, weedy, very pungent. Grapefruit, herbs, earthy hoppiness. Perhaps a hint of malt buried beneath the hop aroma.

Flavors of grapefruit and earthy, weedy hops are dominant. Herbal toward the finish with a hint of toasted, caramelized malt. Bitterness is strong and mildly astringent, which inhibits drinkability a bit.

The mouthfeel is substantial, on the heavy side for the style but quite dry - or at least the sweetness is covered up by the hops.

A very good DIPA overall, but I've had a few better ones from Pizza Port.

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Photo of mikey711
3.55/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

huge thanks to irishgurl4 for this growler!

A: Vibrant orange with some amber tinting. a good amount of clarity but there is some cloudiness. good amount of head that holds pretty well and leaves very nice lacing.

S: citrus orange and gooey pine. also a hint of earthy hoppiness. a bitter grapfruit aroma. slight hints of caramel and biscuit malt. as it warms there is more pine apple and papaya notes

T: The first sip is a mixutre of super bitter grapefruit and pine. there is some peach, tangerine, and apricot note. There is also a fair amount of sweetness present that was slightly cloying. I also felt this had a bit of a scallion taste too.

M: Definitely some fusel alcohol present, decent amount of creaminess but also some roughness too.

D: Overall this is one hoppy ass beer but i guess i was expecting a bit more citrus and a little less earthy (scallion and onion). there are some points where it got to be a bit overwhelming in terms of the sweetness. I am extremely happy that i tried this but it wasnt worth all the hype.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh, a growler freshly filled with Hop Suey and safely back in NH.

Pours dark copper with a light haze and a quarter inch of a bone bead. Moderate lacing throughout the glass and a few whisps on the surface.

Aromatics lead off with a laughably pungent onslaught of tropical citrus and bracing pine resin. Pithy grapefruit, apricot, mango, and hop sap. Light malt way in the back.

On the fuller side of medium bodied with a tacky, gummy, mouthfeel. Residue of sap due is apparent.

An overload of bitter, fruit-laden hops assaults the palate with traces of honey-drizzled grapefruit. Crushed citrus seeds, tangerine pith, apricot flesh, and bitter resins.
Hop sap seeping from an old-growth pine.
Alcohol is apparent but a mere afterthought as one is dazed by the hop-bombing.

Finishes with a pressing, lengthy bitterness, citrus pith, and a kiss of toasty, sweet malt.

What a bruiser. A real IIPA on steroids. The only things I'd like to see improved in this beer is perhaps more dankness in the aroma and a little more carbonation. Certainly a top 10 contender in my IIPA book though.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10/16/10 and 10/17/10

Many glasses consumed over the weekend at Pizza Port Carlsbad.

A: Vibrant dark orange, good clarity, frothy beige head.

S: Dank and resinous, with colossal notes of sugary grapefruit and pungent pine. There's a strong caramel malt foundation that attempts to balance the huge hop character in the nose, but it ultimately fails. Intensely aromatic with light alcohol notes.

T: Bitter grapefruit and strong pine notes. Alcohol is evident, but well masked for 11%. The taste is well balanced, with a coordinated onslaught of resinous hops and lightly sweet caramel malt. The bitterness is big but it has the huge flavor to back it up; it's never astringent or harsh. Finishes dry and sticky with lingering grapefruit and pine, and a high level of bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Upper medium bodied. Mouthfeel is full and sticky with some alcohol warming. Carbonation is good.

Overall: An enormous and nearly balanced Double (Triple?) IPA. Huge, yet drinkable despite its power. I geeked out and brought a snifter in which to pour this on Sunday, which really brought out the aroma. Those 9oz pint-style glasses they were using didn't do the beer justice.

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Photo of vacax
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark orange amber with a thickish cream colored head displaying above average retention and a few strands of lace encircling my glass. The bouquet is intensely hopped, creating an explosion of herbal, fruity, and floral notes akin to smelling actual hop cones. Candied oranges, pineapple, honeysuckle, flora, and a backing of alcohol. Loaded with hops, alcohol, and malt. Note--this was listed on the board at C-bad as 11% ABV.

The flavor features a tongue abusing smack of hops, so much it strikes as herbal though it is highly fruity with orange, pineapple, and bitter geranium flowers. Full bitterness comes with the hops, and an attempt is clearly made to balance it with plenty of malt sweetness. Huge amounts of malt are here, but the even more massive dose of hops obscures it. It is really quite scary how extremely hopped this is, we are safely in triple IPA waters here and this is one of the most extreme hop bombs brewed anywhere on earth.

Body is quite full on the palate, the hidden malt backbone makes this extremely nice on the tongue with the present bitterness, and to match the carbonation is moderate to high but not as high as most DIPAs. It works very well on the feel, though it should be noted that the lesser CO2 volume also impacts the size/stickiness of the head (and it should not be punished for that). Delicious brew, strong, packed with sticky hops and sweet fruity notes.

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Photo of nomomentwasted
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap today at PP Carlsbad for the release. Was planning on going to Ballast Point's Anniversary celebration, but feeling a little under the weather today. Instead, went a few blocks over and had a couple pours of this and realized I probably could've handled Ballast Point. Oh well, Hop Suey it is!

Appearance: Amber-gold pour with a head that I swear has a greenish tint to it. Considering the amount of dry-hopping in it, I wouldn't put it past it. Really excited for this one.

Smell: Big and hoppy to say the least, but I wasn't floored as I was expecting. Big grassy and piney hops, with the Centennial and Amarillo peaking through just enough to provide that slightly fruits esters. But mostly, it's a wet hoppy aroma.

Taste: Man, this is a hoppy beast. Not even a hint of balance, this thing is hop-forward, hop-centric, and finishes with some more hoppiness. The grassy-pine starts out with a bitter rush, leading towards a chewy, hoppy mid-section where the sweetness of the 11% brew just wants to peak through, but it is swamped under another huge wave of hoppiness. The finish is almost sappy it's so hopped up, and it really reminds me of the first Ruination I'd ever had: so hoppy my palate was confused, but very happy. Yummy hop bomb for sure.

Mouthfeel: Whew, resiny and oily from the dry hopping. The alpha acid content is not hidden at all. The bitterness goes from start to finish, and I think my enamel may have taken a severe hit.

Drinkability: I drink hoppy beers like they're going out of style, but this one took me back to a time when I used to think a beer was too hoppy. The drinkability takes a hit because 9oz were about all I really wanted without any food. Which is okay, since I filled a growler to drink later on anyway.

When comparing this brew to other IIPAs of its ABC (Pliny the Younger, Racer X, Maharaja, Hop 15, etc) it holds up well. Younger was certainly more balanced and drinkable, but Hop Suey is considerably more hoppy and bitter in my estimation. A hop lover's delight, for certain. If this were available more frequently, I can think of nay better beer to quench a hop fix. And by quench, I mean absolutely obliterate. Well played.

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