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Pizza Port Solana Beach

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American IPA
Ranked #1,598
Ranked #11,894
4 | pDev: 7.75%
Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States
Very Good
Notes: Brewed in collaboration with Modern Times Beer.

Hops: Nelson, Motueka, Simcoe, & Crystal.
Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 50 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by JuiceMan818:
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4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of MattBeer
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is far and away the best beer I've had from Modern Times. It makes sense, because it tastes like Pizza Port is doing the heavy lifting here. It's a NEIPA with a pretty unique hop profile. It is sweet in a way that I haven't quite experienced before. Your mouth tells you that it's sweet, and you say, "Oh, that's sweet," but then your brain has another look and disagrees to enough of an extent that you take another sip. That goes on until the glass is empty. Good beer.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a Modern Times Beer glass

A: Pours golden yellow with a frothy eggshell white head that settles to a light layer and laces very nicely.

S: Bright, zesty citrus, light tropical and fruity notes, a touch of pine, biscuity malt, and caramel sweetness.

T: Zesty citrus, lime, lemon, and a hint of tangerine, a little spicy pine, tropical fruit, guava, passion fruit, pineapple, white grape, and apricot, biscuity malt, and caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Bright and very easy drinking. The New Zealand hops bring some great flavor to the party. Really solid collab between 2 great breweries.

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Photo of spark3148857
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thamilton
3.12/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This tastes like a pale ale and smells like someone near by was thinking about malt. It’s very drinkable but very light on the nose and the palate. It’s nice on a hot day because it’s so light but a malty pale ale is not what I was expecting from SD brewers who put ipa on the can. It’s limited and pricy, for the money maybe not worth it.

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Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ElGallo
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fitzy01
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vabeerguy
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AleManDan
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a delicious beer. I’d call it a West Coast dry-hopped hazy pale ale, but go ahead and call it a hazy IPA because that’s what’s hot right now and it’s what got me to buy it.

For me the challenge is that I don’t consider this beer hoppy enough to be called bitter but those who don’t like IPAs would pucker and complain.

My stream of consciousness notes: amazing can art, collaboration between two amazing SD brewhouses I love, looks good in the glass—pale golden and hazy, smell is sorta weak but I dive in and find a medley of dry hopped goodness (tame citrus but some subdued zest and funkiness from the Nelson, but hard to finger just one hop flavor—a bit on the floral end of the spectrum), and a pillowy soft mouthfeel and a dry enough finish that I love it.

Kinda pricey I’d say but I’ve drunk two pint cans and I’ll be grabbing it again before the rotation ends. Palapa was more up my alley but this heavily hopped hazy pale ale is very good if not exceptional.

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of florisj135
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TrojanRB
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an unfiltered gold with a creamy white head

Nose is a woodsy, earthy, tropical fruit

Taste is earthy, dank, some notes of pine and a nice lemon rind acidity in the finish

Has a creamy mouthfeel, below average carbonation, but a pleasant lingering bitterness

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Photo of ChuckTom
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of elNopalero
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a crystalline gold with generous foam. Nice aroma, light guava and wine grape notes. Hoppy yet mellow while sipped, with a gentle fruit punch character. Easy drinker.

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mactrail
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy amberish color with plenty of foam in the IPA glass. Quite lively, sharp, and sudsy on the tongue. Aromas of orange rind and Concord grape. Tastes of purple grapes and citrus with that touch of acidity. Fruity, as in mango and papaya, but with a mineral finish. Some bitterness and astringency emerges in the aftertaste and becomes more distinct as you sip.

Overall, it's a kindlier sort of hazy brew, though still plenty murky. From the 16 oz can, which is so similar to the version brewed by Modern Times I didn't realize I had two different beers when buying a few singles.

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Photo of jchacko4
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SawDog505
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16 oz stemless tulip glass, canned on 10/10/19. Pours a very attractive hazy dark yellow with a finger plus, sticky white head that leaves thick streaks of lace, with solid retention. 4.5

Smell is ripe melon, pineapple, papaya, mandarin, and apricot. 4.25

Taste follows pineapple, peach, cantaloupe, papaya, orange, and apricot really juicy with very little bitterness and really balanced. 4.5

Mouthfeel is yogi (Bigger than your Average Beer) soft gentle carbonation, slightly sticky but not dry, and 7.2% ABV extremely approachable but packed full of flavor. 4.5

Overall this is excellent a collaboration with Modern Times and Pizza Port. Now you know what is in my glass what is in my glass this evening, what are others enjoying this Fall evening. 4.5

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Photo of HalfFull
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can poured into a wine glass. The beer pours a hazy lemon orange with a bright white cap of foam. Decent retention and lace.

Nose is fruity and danky with citrus and some mild shallot notes.

Taste offers a bold level of bitterness for a hazy though not unfitting an IPA in general. Fruit forward with a fairly quick finish which is drier than expected. Feel and finish fitting to the package.

Canned on 10/13/19, ABV 7.0%.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of monkist
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pizza Port - one of my old time favorites, Modern Times - one of my newfound favorites, and when they join forces together under the “Beer Buddies Project”, I new the result would be memorable.
What Pizza Port makes is not the “stunning” kind of beer but somehow it always has such an impact that makes me look for their next beer. Modern Times on the other hand is very skillful with the intensity of the flavors so here we are, having a typical Pizza Port brew but with extra fruity intensity, a trademark of Modern Times.
And how is it? It is like sweet grapefruit and mandarine. It has some of the grapefruit bitterness as well, and with that citrusy zest to it as if you were biting into a real fruit. It is NOT your punch type of tropical IPA though but it has a very well-defined taste - which is very close to the original fruit. It is very similar to a lemonad made of real grapefruits with some SoCal orange juice or mandarine added.
And at the same time it is a great West Coast IPA at 7.2%. I think this couldn’t have been made better - and makes me want to go down there to Carlsbad once and drink through their repertoire next to a great pizza. Can’t wait!

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Photo of TinFang
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy slightly orange gold with a uniform white head. Has glass appeal.
Slight smell of citrus, mango.
Im not a fan of hops blends beyond 2 or 3 varieties but this mix has character. Pleasing bitterness and enough herbal presence to add a dimension to the tropical taste.
Nicely filling in the mouth.

Canned on 6/29/19, which probably boosts the score.

Not a favorite but i don’t regret the purchase.

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