AtTENuation | Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by seaoflament on 09-09-2007

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Photo of sloejams
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a pint (only $5 each) of this today at Pizza Port Carlsbad and enjoyed it so much I purchased a growler of it. Though it was a bit pricey, $18 and change to fill my growler - I'm glad I got it. My review is from the growler pour.

Into my chalice, the color was very similar to apple juice though with a pinky head that left lots of lacing. Lots of yeast in the nose mixed with lemon and clove. The flavor starts a bit sweet candied fruit followed by a apple and pear. It finishes light and crisp.

I would favorably compare this to Duvel or Moinette Blond. This would be a versatile beer for many cuisines.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Newport Pizza & Alehouse (San Diego, CA) on 3/22/10. Served in a tulip glass.

Pours a clear coppery gold, with a finger of bright-white foamy head. Excellent rich flareup on this that looks very handsome when swirled in the glass, leaving a thick cascade of foam down the sides of the tulip. The aroma is very sharp and tangy in the nose, with fresh floral hops, earth, green citrus, and a LOT of fruit, with juicy notes of apples and oranges taking center stage. Sweet bread adds some malty backing to the nose, while deep smelling spice gives this an aggressive zip. Lots of yeasty esters are present and the ABV gives this a bit of warm feel in the nostrils.

The taste is sticky sweet with malts and fruit (apples and pears are really coming out here in the flavor) while some spicy clove and moderately assertive hops dry the back of the profile out big time. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a big mouth filling creaminess to it but some oiliness from the hops add a certain degree of slickness to the body as well. Just a real nice ease on the palate here for such a big beer.

A Belgian Strong Pale Ale with a bit of a West Coast attitude, I wouldn't expect anything less from the Pizz Port chain. I liked how this retained a larger profile overall but the extra hops in the profile added some smoothness to the body that helped keep this a rather rapid sipper. I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of sfoley333
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Pizza Port Calsbad into a pint glass.
Poured a hazy orangish yellow color with a nice foamy white head. Smell of spice and lemon citrus aroma. Taste just like a pale ale beligum white mix. Bread pudding with lemon zest a bit of corriander with a malty not wheat base. Mouth feel is very light crisp and refreshing. This beer is very drinkable especially on warm day and you cant tell the alcohol is high in this one.

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Photo of Deuane
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Hazy, bright golden yellow with medium white head that left nice lacing behind.

S-Straight forward Belgian yeastiness and bit of citrus and light spices.

T-Again, straight forward Belgian yeast, citrus, pine/peppery spice and a nice support of bready malt.

M-Medium-light body with a pleasant sharp crispness.

D-Solid. Nothing crazy going on here, but no flaws either. A straight forward, all around good, Belgian Pale.

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Photo of Zbeetleman
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of illidurit
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Woodshop 5.0. Clear gold color with a fluffy white head. Aroma immediately strikes of wheaty esters. Lots of banana, bubblegum, and pear with a touch of red delicious apple. Flavor displays a similar fruitiness with added cloves and coriander, a wheaty graininess, and a bit of alcohol. Finishes dry and lightly bitter.

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Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of fruit spice and Belgian yeast

T - Like it smells some fruit and spice with Belgian yeast and some alcohol in the finish

M - This beer has a medium body with high carbonation to it

D - I enjoyed this beer its good taste made it easy to drink worth picking up a pint if you see it around

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A ten you wait shin. Poured a rather hazy darker shade of yellow with amber highlights throughout. A limited head and lacing which didn't last long.

The nose was limited for style. More of a Belgian Pale with some Belgian malty and biscuit notes. Some lighter sugary notes with some phenolics and hotter alcohol esters. Some Belgian yeasty notes with a touch of bubblegum and grassy notes. Some lighter fruity aromas, pear and lemon mostly, with some spicy touches, white pepper and a touch of coriander.

The taste and body is more towards style, although some remnants remain. Start off with a sweet Belgian malt flavor with traces of wheat and sugary finishes. Yeast flavors are the strongest notes with some nice esters and fruity finishes, lemon, lime and oranges. Some lighter bubblegum and pears as well. Some hoppy flavors with some earthy undertones. There is a chalky finish that is a bit of a deterrent but overall the taste is good.

The body is light but carbonation is low and there is a chalky finish as well. Could be crisper but the alcohol is hidden well. Overall this is a mix between an Belg Strong and a Pale to me. Not a ten but you can wait on your shins if you want (what?).

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Photo of Overlord
3.03/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale gold. One to two inches of white foam head. Smells ... sweet. Basically like sugar. This is a Belgian Strong?

In terms of flavor, again: this is a Belgian strong ale? I'm not a big style stickler, but this is basically a Belgian pale ale. Nothing strong about it. Some light yeasty, biscuit-y, wheat/grass notes, and a big sugary malt sweetness. Just overpowering.

Light, nicely carbonated mouthfeel. Would avoid in the future.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, was told it was 12%,

A: Pours a beautiful clear yellow, nice white head and good thick lace.

S: Green apple, baked yellow apples and baking pears, very fruity.

T: Definite full fruit ester flavours, not sweet though, the esters make it seem a little sweeter than it actually is. Bready malt in the background.

M: Off-dry, well attenuated, but this style will always have a bit of sugar in it. Alcohol is completely hidden.

D: Really tasty ale from Port, glad I got to try this Woodshop beer.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled during Stone's 11th Anniversary event. Glad I get to contribute a new beer to BA.

It's fizzy, hazy, vibrant yellow with very good head retention and lacing throughout the whole drink.

Aromas of citrus, yeast and some spices, also some pine (from the hops maybe) in the finish.

Taste is similar to the aroma--citrus, yeasty, bready, slight alcohol but not distracting. It is crisp and refreshing, could easily drink one of these any day.

Mouthfeel is good with a "fluffy" carbonation sensation on the mouth. Goes down very smooth and the alcohol is well hidden.

Drinkability is great. Good for a warm day. Look forward to see this one in bottles.

Forgot to mention that this is their 10th Anniversary beer. Why is it spelled with capital TEN? I don't know, that's how it was labeled at the fest.

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AtTENuation from Pizza Port Solana Beach
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 12 ratings