Riptide | Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by on 11-06-2007

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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by beagle75:
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3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Riptide Fresh Hop Strong Pale Ale

Draft pour into a shaker pint glass at Pizza Port San Clemente. I will review this beer as an American pale ale, not an IPA.

A: Slightly hazy, light amber color with no head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Faint grapefruit citrus, husky grains, otherwise very clean.

T: Begins off-dry with citrus and spicy hop aromatics detectable immediately. Toasted malt is present as well, providing remarkable balance without stepping on the juicy hop flavors. The finish features restrained bitterness, with the spiciness from the beginning still lingering. Flavors remain off-dry throughout.

M: Medium-thick viscosity, chewy and substantial, with low carbonation--rather surprising qualities in a pale ale.

D: The flavors here are, by themselves, beguiling enough to warrant return visits, despite the textural anomaly and the "strong" nature (although at 6.6% abv, it won't slow down most ale drinkers much.) Still, as a showcase for the best and most special hops of the year, this beer fails to stand out from its wet-hopped peers.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of thagr81us
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Pizza Port San Clemente while on a recent trip to Cali. Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a dark yellow-orange with a minimal white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus hop, and caramel. The flavor was of sweet malt, bitter hop, citrus, caramel, and citrus hop on the followthrough. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. It was well balanced and had a nice flavor and aroma. Really glad that I got the opportunity to try this one. I would suggest that you do the same.

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Photo of rhino54
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pizza Port San Clemente Edition. On tap at The Brickskeller during its "Whet" Hop Ales event with Tomme Arthur.

Pours dark copper with a white head and bits of lace. The nose is light bread some some minor scents coming from some floral and pine hops. We were told that this used Centennial and Simcoe hops. The taste is some light citrus and pine notes along with some mild Maris Otter malt underneath. Pretty bitter and a medium body. This was quite as good as the rest of the bunch.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Pizza Port Bressi Ranch – full pint

A: Caramel amber body with just a smidge of murk to it. Kind of looks like a jar of honey would. Nice foamy sea wash topper that holds fairly steady. Tracked lines of stick run down the glass as I make my way through the drink.

S: Smells is a bit on the bready malt side with a doughy likeness. A touch floral with wafts of dank weed and some hints of orange in there. Not all that pungent or exciting but still nice.

T: Tastes pretty clean; as in not much bitter resin coming through. More on the malty side with a soft bread like quality. I get some floral hops mixed in with orange jam and grapefruit and a final note of dank herbs. Smooth and clean with no alcohol to report. Kind of just okay for me and not up to par with your pick of Pizza Ports IPA offerings.

M: Light to moderate with a nice frothy texture. Has a light filling nature from the maltiness. Again very clean here with a nice drying lift at the finish.

D: For a Pizza Port IPA this is pretty lackluster. For a Wet Hopped Pizza Port IPA this a bit of a disappointment. Not that it’s bad, actually this is quite sessionable, but more on the malty side where the hops just don’t really pop for me. Seems like they had to cut costs here unfortunately. One shall stick to the Plant To Pint if looking for some better freshies.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Pizza Port San Clemente

A: The pour is a surprisingly cloudy copper color with a thin layer of off-white head.

S: A lackluster nose is obvious right off the bat. Very minimal hop aroma to the beer and what is there is sort of sweet with a little bit of orange peel, grass, and floral notes. Overall, though, this is mostly bread.

T: Second verse, same as the first. Bready malts with a decent enough bitterness, but no real hop flavor. Again, some citrus peel and maybe a touch of grapefruit and pine.

M: The body is medium with a fairly lively carbonation to it.

D: A true disappointment, especially for a Pizza Port IPA. I can't recommend this one.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the San Clemente location.

Poured a clear, dark copper/brown. Capped with a modest, light tan head.

Aroma was pretty mild. Some citrus, maybe herbs and/or grass.

Taste was very bitter. Lacked support from the malt. Character was earthy and herbal/grassy. What little malt could be picked up was crackery.

Body was light to medium and came across as too thin. Medium carbonation. Very dry.

Overall, good flavor (quite bitter), but more balance from the malt would have improved this beer from a mouthfeel and a taste perspective.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Promenade Beer & Wine Festival held in Downtown Long Beach in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with earthy citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a slightly better hop presence in the aroma.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap last weekend.

Clear and yellow/copper. Lacing was a bit of a let down.

Some citrus, grass, etc on the nose. Seems like they threw every hop aroma in the book at this thing.

Shit this beer is hoppy. More citrus and grass dominate the palate. Malt backbone is straining heavily under the weight of this beer. Holds up, but only just. I feel it could have used a little more balance. Not just a palate thrashing.

Beer seemed a bit dry for an IPA. Not that is a bad thing. Perhaps if it were a bit heavier, it would have been too overwhelming?

Overall it's hard to knock a pizza port beer, and a fresh hop beer at that. I have had better fresh hop beers, but this was definitely worth trying. I may even have it again if it's still on tap the next time I go.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Gobzilla
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a light amber brown with yellow highlights that had a thin white head and left very little lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was pretty faint for a fresh hop brew but was able to detect a little earthy grass character, mild hop notes, and slight bready malt notes. The taste was also not too potent on the hops which were also kinda leafy with overpowering malt sweetness and big malt bready character that was not quite balancing out with the hops. The brew was pretty light in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a bready, very mild hoppy, and thin earthy finish. Even though it was below average across the board it still managed to be quite drinkable. pizza port brews delicious hopppy beers but they can't win them all.

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Photo of kwjd
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at Pizza Port in San Clemente. This was labelled as a fresh hop pale ale on the board next to the bar. Pours a dark orange colour with a thin layer of white head that doesn't really dissipate at all. Some mild lacing on the glass. Smells of fresh citrus hops with a small amount of caramel malt. Just a small amount of bitterness. A nice enough fresh hopped beer, though not one of the better ones in California.

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 10/26/10 notes. Had on tap at the Brickskeller during its Wet Hop event with Tomme Arthur. Brought from the San Clemente Pizza Port location.

a - Pours a light amber color with one inch of fluffy white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, fruity hops, and light citrus, Very different from the other stuff we had at the Wet Hop event, but enjoyable none the less.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, fruity malts, and is slightly bitter. Also some caramel malts and roasted malts.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation, very smooth and easy to drink.

d - A very enjoyable IPA that was heavy on the malts in both the smell and taste. Very smooth and easy to drink, would like to try again.

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Photo of billshmeinke
2.94/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint.

Golden almost amber. Half an inch of head that dies down to a layer of sopay looking foam on top.

Smells of leafy hop fragrance. Mostly fresh cut grass, and some grain. Not really special.

Tastes of toasted grain, and cereal. Hints of bitter piney hops. Not too much hop character.

Carbonation is a little low and it feels almost a bit heavy for a pale ale due to the low carbonation.

Overall just mediocre. I expected a lot more from a fresh hop ale.

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3.39/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Fat Heads. This was one of two beers I missed out on during the Festival of the Hop event during Cleveland Beer Week and I was thrilled to see they put the rest of the barrel on tap a few weeks later.

The beer is relatively clear and is a copper color with some hints of gold and even some orange/red around the edges when held up to the November sun. There's a very nice head that sticks around and provides great lace. This is off to a great start based on the appearance.

Looks like I spoke, or wrote, too soon. Where are the hops? What happened here? This is more of an English-like toasted malt focused beer and has just hints of hops poking out. Bread and biscuit with just a note of citrus here and there. There are fleeting glimpses of grapefruit and orange, then the malt comes back. Maybe the riptide carried the hops out to sea?

The taste is also just not what I'm looking for in an American IPA, especially one from Port. Don't get me wrong, this is a pleasant enough beer without any real off-flavors, but the toasted and sweet caramel malt dominate the taste as well. There's some citrus hops that mainfest in the forms of grapefruit and orange. This just lacks any bitter punch, where's the SoCal/West-Coast/SanDiego Style love?

The aftertaste is watery when the malt stops, probably because there's no real lingering hoppiness. The body is light to medium without any resiny or sticky notes, probably because of the lack of green matter in the mix. The carbonation is low but that could be the tap system here, I've had a few issues with beers like this loosing their gusto. A drinkable beer that just falls short of my expectations from a Port American IPA. Certainly the least flavorful of the 8-10 Port IPA's and DIPA's that were sent to Ohio this year.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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