Surf Stop Pale Ale
Pizza Port Solana Beach

Surf Stop Pale AleSurf Stop Pale Ale
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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #1,069
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #22,671
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 5.38%
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
23
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Surf Stop Pale AleSurf Stop Pale Ale
Notes: A refreshing, uber hoppy pale ale with a touch of rye. Boasts citrus fruit notes balanced with pepper, malt, and a slight biscuty earthy rye finish. The hop profile gives this beer its grapefruit and peach aromas. Hops: Idaho 7, Amarillo, Callista, Melon, Denali, Polaris Surfer and Photographer Steve Sherman discovered this classic sign while searching for a secluded, warm water surf break deep in Baja. The sign represented the excitement & adventure ahead... we hope this beer will inspire you to explore the unknown, too.
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 23 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Psilo:
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Psilo from California

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light honey color. It's a little bit hazy with fine particulate. Foamy off-white head sticks around, leaving chunky foam behind.

I can really smell the bready sweet malt, and some piney hops. Perhaps a little rye spiciness. Mostly that pale ale toasty bread thing.

Medium carbonation, full creamy body, lingering bitterness. Toasted brown bread. Piney and floral hops aren't popping, but it's a month old can. More rye in the taste than smell. Smooth and easy to gulp down, but also nice to enjoy in sips. Long-lasting bitterness leads into some astringency.

I wish the malt were a touch deeper and had more caramel, but overall a fine pale ale with a light easy-drinking body. Tempted to look for a fresher can.

Feb 05, 2018
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2beerdogs from California

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jan 27, 2018
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jakecattleco from California

4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 01/03/18 into a tulip glass.

L: Pours bright golden copper with 2+ fingers of frothy medium density white head with moderate retention and left ringed lacing. Gorgeous looking beer.

S: Very floral, grassy undertones and perhaps some passion fruit and mango. Very enjoyable and dynamic.

T: Departs from the nose, definitely notice the rye spiciness, also some citrus fruits, very little of the floral profile on the nose, subtle dankness. Finishes with some bitterness with accompanying mild astringency, both linger a bidarkness.

F: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, slightly lively on the tongue.

O: It's an interesting APA. Felt that the nose and taste were a bit disconnected for my palate and preferences. I'd get again, but likely only a single vs. a 6er.

Jan 20, 2018
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TheSixthRing from California

4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 01/03/18

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and pure golden in color. Half finger, off-white head that dissipates almost immediately, leaving a mostly barren surface with a thin ring of suds around the edge of the glass. Not much for lacing, save a few random spots.

Smell - Citrusy notes of oily orange, tangerine with lesser grapefruit. Caramel malts come through shortly after.

Taste - Follows the nose. Fresh citrus notes hitting on orange essence, lesser tangerine and a touch of grapefruit bitterness. Solid caramel malt backbone adds a sweet, intriguing undertone. Orange flavor becomes succulent and juicy by mid-taste. A splash of peppery spice comes through near the finish, leaving a brilliant balance of fresh citrus, caramel and spice to play with each other in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with fair, bitey carbonation. Slick, easy drinker with a crisp, dry finish. This would be chuggable if it weren't so damn savory.

Overall - Oh man, I'm in love. This is Lagunitas New Dogtown on steroids. This might be the best West Coast Pale I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. The depth and complexity it brings while also being a clean drinker is simply an awesome combination. I say 'Bollocks!' to the Limited Release proclamation labeled on the can. This baby needs to live on forever!

Jan 15, 2018
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sunsjammer from Arizona

4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz'er canned on 1-4-18

Mar 11, 2018
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On draft at the Ocean Beach location. Served in shaker pint glass

Clear dark golden color, foamy white head. Good head retention. Aroma of earthy hops. Taste is fairly bitter, some pale malt. Piney earthy spice hop flavor. Thinner bodied.

Feb 26, 2018
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mactrail from Washington

3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lovely orangey amber brew with plenty of foam in the St. Bernardus globe. Nose of peach and a whiff of pine. Rather dry with just a touch of honey malt. The hop flavors are complex and a little woody. Brewery says it's made with Idaho 7, Amarillo, Callista, Melon, Denali, and Polaris hops.

Moderate bitter tang but splendidly drinkable. IThis is about my favorite of the Pizza Port beers that they've been putting in cans lately. t's a Pale Ale with a little more oomph yet more mellow and less harsh with the hops. From the 16 oz can purchased at Bine & Vine.

Jan 09, 2018
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brewerburgundy from California

4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, tulip, canned 1/16/18.

The color is yellow to golden rod and very clear. Head-wise we're talking fluffy, tall, and off-white, boasting good retention.

Gum ball, peach, and citrus combine for a sweet, hoppy, and distinct aroma.

Once I take a sip, it's betrayed to be more rough and tumble, with the gritty west coast hopping. It's also more citrusy, exhibiting bright lemon and yellow grapefruit flavors before revealing the stone fruit and peach gummy ring. There's something tropical, lychee, and then a very dry, clean, moderately bitter finish.

The mouthfeel's medium-high carbonation and clean bitterness support the scale of hop flavors. It's so crisp and perfectly bitter that it's like cracking glass. Every crack allows funky flavors through that just want to have fun!

Pizza Port again shows their mastery of the American Pale Ale/IPA. From the look, to the hops, to the feel, Surf Stop was everything I wanted it to be.

Feb 14, 2018
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 20, 2018
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dertyd from California

3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out a light hazy medium golden color, with 2 fingers of off white head---------------- the aromas are of grapefruit, guava, papaya, basil and sweet Carmel malt------------------- the flavors are of grapefruit, orange, dank weed, pine, soap, light pineapple and light coconut, the beer has a thin mouthfeel with a pithy bitterness on the finish------------------ overall this beer was nice, it's a solid pale ale with good tropical and citrus flavors and a little pine thrown in--

Feb 06, 2018
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Clear 16-oz. Bruges beer glass
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa, Calif.
Price: $12.99 for a 6-pack (I think)
Purchased: Jan. 13, 2018
Consumed: Jan. 13, 2018
Reviewed as: American Pale Ale
Misc.: Canned on Jan. 3, 2018 at 8:16 a.m. PT

Picked up seven singles and this 6-pack of Pizza Port, all beers I had never tried, on a recent trip to Trader Joe’s. Had seen this at Bine & Vine, but thought I’d wait to see it cheaper at Trader Joe’s so here I was. Description online read, “A refreshing, uber hoppy pale ale with a touch of rye. Boasts citrus fruit notes balanced with pepper, malt, and a slight biscuty earthy rye finish. The hop profile gives this beer its grapefruit and peach aromas. Hops: Idaho 7, Amarillo, Callista, Melon, Denali, Polaris. Surfer and Photographer Steve Sherman discovered this classic sign while searching for a secluded, warm water surf break deep in Baja. The sign represented the excitement & adventure ahead... we hope this beer will inspire you to explore the unknown, too.” Familiar with Idaho 7, Amarillo and Denali, somewhat familiar with Melon, no idea about Callista and Polaris.

Poured an amber-to-medium amber clear color with three fingers of frothy white head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Excellent spotty lacing. Excellent retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled a lot of malts initially, followed by the hops. In order got toffee, caramel candy squares, Motueka-like hops, Amarillo, light Denali, peach, spoiled orange rind, red grapefruit, rye spice and Werther’s candy. More tropical flavors in the nose from the can. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste followed the nose. Actually got mint up front. Also Werther’s candy, caramel, toffee, Motueka-like, Amarillo, spoiled peach, red grapefruit rind, rye spice, pepper, Idaho 7 (not my favorite), orange rind and pine. (Taste - 3.50)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This was very good, but I think I overrated it overall. (Overall - 3.75)

3.68 | 83 | B

Jan 17, 2018
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SDRedDevil from California

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

Jan 08, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can from Beercraft. Medium golden with a small foamy head. Aroma is citrus, hoppy, fruity. Taste leans more on the hops than the malts, nice crisp bite,but light on the palate. Everything you's want out of a pale.

Feb 02, 2018
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schopenhauerale from Arizona

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

Oct 01, 2018
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Kurmaraja from California

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 23, 2018
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Brolo75 from California

4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce can poured into a tumbler

Pours a clear amber orange color with bright white head, lots of lacing, good amount of carbonation, and decent retention. Aromas of citrus like grapefruit, slight pine needles, bready malts, and a touch of spicy rye in the finish, no alcohol on the nose. Taste follows the nose with grapefruit peel, pine, and a good amount of malt to balance it out, bitterness is moderate with notes of citrus and pine needles, picking up some rye throughout with a nice spice kick in the finish along with grapefruit peel, very nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation, finish is really dry like sucking on grapefruit peel, and the bitterness feels more like an IPA than an APA on the palate.

Another winner from Pizza Port, solid West Coast style APA with a touch of rye spiciness, drinks more like an IPA due to the bitterness on the palate. I will definitely enjoy the remainder of the six-pack.

Jan 12, 2018
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Sellen from Connecticut

3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mar 18, 2018
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Stengelfoot from California

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

Feb 05, 2018
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stoumi from California

4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a golden rod with some minor cloudiness and a well-defined one-inch head that gives with heavy lacing throughout.

Aroma: Aroma dominated by citrus and tropical fruits, but carries a sweetness, akin to bubble gum and a hint of resiny hops.

Taste: Follows the aroma of juicy fruit, especially peach with a minor tropical fruit flavor. While hoppy and dank it is not overpowering with leaves a dry rye finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a nice hop profile and a dry finish.

Overall: A nice American pale ale which comes in with a nice combination of fruit and hops to create a smooth drinking craft beer.

Mar 12, 2018
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mnine from California

4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jan 16, 2018
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andrewh995 from Arizona

3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a mostly clear orange gold with a small white head. Smells of malt, hops, and citrus. Tastes of sweet bready malts, slightly bitter hops, citrus zest, some light caramel, and other fruits. Medium in both body and carbonation. Overall a pretty good APA.

Feb 01, 2018
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gboley from California

3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 24, 2018
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BayAreaJoe from California

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 1/3/18, consumed 2/13/18

Poured clear honey-colored with a large head that left tons of thick lacking.

Aroma is fruity, floral, bread, and sweet malt.

Taste is fruity, dank and pine hops, great balance.

Mouthfeel is medium, clean finish, very easy drinking.

Overall a great pale ale, perfect meal beer. Tastes and drinks bigger than the ABV.

Feb 13, 2018
Surf Stop Pale Ale from Pizza Port Solana Beach
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 23 ratings