Plant To Pint | Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by sessycuban on 10-05-2008

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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of Daveychu
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of GeoChase90
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of womencantsail
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad

A: The pour is a clear, golden orange color with a dense white head and some sticky lacing.

S: Wow, lots of citrus aromas to this one. Tons of grapefruit along with pineapple and bitter pine hops. Really no malt whatsoever.

T: A nice bitter bite of pine and grapefruit peel. Great grapefruit and pineapple flavors are present as well and provide a well rounded and dominating hoppiness.

M: The body is medium with a fairly high level of carbonation and a nice crisp finish.

D: This beer was just fantastic. So easy to drink and wonderfully done hopping. I had no problem drinking my glass of this.

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Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Port Carlsbad's fresh hop IPA consumed on 10/25/2009 at Port Carlsbad. The beer is amber with a dark orange tinge and perfect clarity. I don't often get a good bar pour, but this was a great one. The one inch head is white with great retention and lots of residual lacing clinging to the glass.

The hops are pungent in the nose. They're earthy and reminiscent of fresh cut grass on a warm summer day in the New Mexican Badlands. As the beer warms the hops become intoxicating and I'm lulled into a hop daze as I drift between half and full mast. I detect floral notes and a touch of mint. The malt is subdued and almost removed from the nose, adding a semblance of balance that's smashed by the fresh hops.

The flavor exhibits an upper moderate level of dry bitterness. I notice orange pith, grapefruit, and a shard of mango, as well as pine. The malt imparts grainy sweetness. Light tropical notes are present. I'm sitting next to Arthur Pendragon and he insists the tropical notes are primarily pineapple. Okay Arthur, whatever, I guess that's accurate. The finish is dry and earthy with lingering citrus notes.

Plant to Pint is a flavorful and thoroughly enjoyable fresh hop IPA from Port Carlsbad. This is another winner from Jeff Bagby.

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Photo of Ultraman9000
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Kiniey01
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of rmaste6282
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of miadw3
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of xhuskr
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer at Beachwood tonite..had 2 to make sure. The aroma and hop flavor was quite present..not too much, and def. not too little. I passed on the 4 cask ales for two pints of this first. Nice head and aroma. Went great with the bbq and could be a semi-session brew if I had the time/money... worth a try for any ipa/apa lover out there!

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad

-Made with Simcoe, Amarillo, Cascade, and Centennial

*from 09/30/11 notes

A: Arrives a light copper color with streaming carbonation and great clarity. Beige 2 finger frothy head with hangtime and a really nice window dressing.

S: Smells just herbalcious with freshy fresh wet hops. Grapefruit zest. So floral and fruity.

T: So Fresh!!! Citrus-Grapefruit, florals, pine. Just danky wet hops lingering forever from sticky hop resins. Packs a decent amount of bitterness with a nice caramel backdrop bringing in some sugary balance. Awesome batch. Insane to be called a Pale Ale.

M: A creamy light texture. Great carbonation. Sticky resinous hop oils that coat the tongue and bitter the palate.

D: MAN THIS BATCH IS ON POINT!!! Not sure if it is because I only get this brew once a year or just a good crop but man this is so tasty. With fresh nugs and refreshingly light body.

One of the better fresh hop Ales around. A real hop treat and must try each year for me.

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Photo of Ambiorix
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Toronado, San Diego.

A: Slightly cloudy coppery pour, excellent, light white head with great lacing.

S: Slightly bready, caramel malt, piney hops.

T: Caramel malt backbone balanced against a delicately hoppy finish. Piney without being resiny, hints of grapefruit. Well balanced.

M: Nicely carbonated, medium nouthfeel.

D: Very drinkable. Great fresh hop flavor without being monstrously bitter. Excellent.

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Photo of Kshock
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Great light golden color with a darker golden hue in the middle. Awesome retention, with a nice white head.

S- Lots of hop resins!! Smells like a freshly cracked hop cone. Great hop aroma thats balanced out a very mild malt sweetness.

T- Hops, hops, and hops. Bitter, piney, and ends with a subtle citrus. Awesome use of bittering hops.

M- med light body, good carb on the palate, and with a great finish.

O- amazing fresh hop pale. Drinks more like an ipa or even DIPA.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Pizza Port
Carlsbad, CA

Golden amber with a inch-high off-white head and leaves tons of sticky, splotchy lace down the glass. Gorgeous!

Pungent citrus and tropical fruit aromas along with a strong punch of pine: this just smells fresh!

An incredibly hop-forward pale--there really isn't much else here, though that's exactly what I love about it! The pine, floral, and citrus hop notes are here in abundance with the grapefruit and orange leading the way.

Medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation.

A fantastic, incredibly delicious, fresh-hopped pale. This is tremendous beer!

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Photo of Kegatron
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Carlsbad location on 11/14/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of creamy off-white head. Smooth layer of retention skims the surface, leaving some thick foamy lacing back. The aroma is MONSTROUSLY fresh, spicy, and floral, and is just dripping with juicy citrus notes and resins. A sharp bready tang sits stolidly behind this, but man, this smells like mostly smells like tropical fruits and raw hops right up the nose. Awesome.

Hops rip the tongue with a fresh sticky character in the taste. You can literally feel the oily resins gliding across the tongue, as pine and spice prickle it with a sharp bitterness. A biting tangy blend of tropical fruits both bitter (grapefruit) and sweet (mango/tangarine) mix with bready caramel to fill out the back of this. This is nicely balance but really is all about the fresh hop character, leaving plenty of spice and resins in it's wake. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a nice fuller prickly creaminess to the carbonation, yet this also retains a very slick feel underneath from all of the hop oils. There is a touch of alcohol beef to this but it mostly only helps to pop the bitterness some.

Wow, just a really fantastic Fresh Hop Ale that is LOADED with delicious hop character. Pretty good drinkibility on this for the size as well. More please!

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Photo of terpinsd
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of corby112
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Toronado San Diego.

Pours a dark golden orange color with a one finger white head.  Good retention, slowly settling into a lasting, thick ring.  Chunks of soapy lace left behind.

Earthy, floral aroma with dank, resinous hops giving off lots of pine and citrus.  Hints of pineapple and grapefruit counter the earthier notes.  Pale biscuit malt presence.

Medium bodied wih a blast of sticky, dry hops that linger throughout into a slightly boozy finish.  Bitter and dry with dank pine needle flavor countered  by tropical and citrus fruit, especially pineapple and orange peel.  Subtle malt backbone for balance with hints of graham cracker and biscuit.  Very well balanced and extremely quaffable.

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Photo of Overlord
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an unexpectedly dark orange with an amber interior cone. Maybe an inch and a half of tight white foam.

Smells like hugely abundant floral hops, a dash of pine, and ... toasted malt? Interesting.

Taste is like an Extra pale ale mixed with an ESB. The toastiness is pronounced and unexpected, but the pine bitterness combined with the splash of citrus and pungent floral aroma is makes for a rather unique take on the pale ale style.

Eminently drinkable, nice mouthfeel.

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Photo of fox227
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of BretSikkink
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

According to the server, a fresh hop pale ale, listed as an IPA on Papago's draft list. Orange color with a nice little frothy head. Lacing is just about right for this style. Nice look.

Nose and flavor are prominently hoppy, with lots of fruit and herbal notes. Not exactly citric, but maybe a little sweeter. Not as bright or floral as most APAs, but really hoppy nonetheless. I note some pepper, pine resin, and something like grapefruit. Definitely the attitude of an IPA, but a smaller package. Pale malts just keep up a nice backbone without contributing to the flavor profile much.

Nice, sticky and long finish, leaves the hops swirling around in there for a while. A really nicely played hand here, mixing the India and pale ale styles. Very hop-forward and delicious for those who like it that way.

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Photo of jampics2
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Fat Heads IPA festival!

Caramel color with a touch of amber and orange. Nice head and amazing lace. Looks great, a bit darker than expected, but great nonetheless!

The bouquet is very green and floral with tons of citrus, orange in particular. There's also some melon and plant smells - this is certainly a harvest ale. The malt is slightly toasted and puts out some sweet caramel notes.

The beer tastes great, it may be a little on the green side, but the slight plant character is the trade-off for the huge hops. Tons of grapefruit, orange, and pineapple. The hop explosion is also backed with a decent malt base for an APA, with tons of sweet caramel and a nice toasted character. Very, very flavorful and well-rounded, but the hop tastes are a bit disparate.

The carbonation is high and that's the only downside of the mouthfeel. The beer feels medium-light and is just a touch sticky in its finish. The lingering bitterness is intense, but pleasant and bearable. This is a great harvest ale I could drink a ton of, too bad it will never be in Ohio again.

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Plant To Pint from Pizza Port Solana Beach
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