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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3/5  rDev -27.2%

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3/5  rDev -27.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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3.56/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks berkey! It finally arrived after a few mishaps.... shared the night before brewday with jeffthecheff.

Popped the top to pour a couple pints with some pizza, very active carbonation and great head formation, awesome. The growler held up great. Amberish with a slight reddish hue, good lacing, great retention.

Right out of the gate, the aroma had some good hop character, it's not super pungent, but what it does have is nice. Crushed herbs mostly with a good dose of citrus mixed in. Over the first few sips and initial impressions we were pretty pleased, but by the time we poured our second pints we were losing a bit of interest. It was ok, but the maltiness picked up a bit more as it warmed, didn't have enough of a bitter edge. It was a low-medium level of bitterness but not enough through the finish. Some of the same problems I found in Surly Wet. A good fresh hop, wet hop flavor but not the greatest structure, could have finished a lot drier and crisper. Ultimately, a bit too much malty sweetness but it was nice to try.

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Photo of sessycuban
3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From Pizza Port Carlsbad. Sampled at the 5th Annual Wet Hop Festival at The Bistro in Hayward.

A - The beer pours an amber color. Great lacing, about a half inch of foam. On par for the style.

S - The joy of fresh hop beers! Very aromatic, lots of cascade and centennial hops. This is a very floral beer.

T - The freshness doesn't come out quite as much in the taste is it does in the smell. Still, a lot of cascade and centennial hops. Malty base, much like a British Pale Ale.

M - Not as oily as one might expect, but very quaffable.

D - This could be a very sessionable beer, while it lasts anyhow.

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

O'Briens Wet Hop. Pours clear auburn with an oily ring of bubbles. Sharp, tangerine/citrus nose. More tangerine, but with a bunch of resin in the taste. Biscuity malt gives it a bit of earthienss, but not too much, with some caramel. The hops rule this one, surprised to see it classified as an APA.

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3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pint at Pizza Port, Carlsbad.

Golden with a touch of amber and crystal clear. Lots of carbonation. Tons of lace and very good head retention. Definite C hop aroma. Very citrusy front with a bit of carbonation bite. Bitterness buids slowly from middle to backend. Nice balance with the malt, but the hops definitely win out. Hint of lemons at the finish. Would have scored it much higher (+1 taste, +0.5 drinkability) if it weren't considered a Pale Ale. It makes a fantastic IPA.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw a new port brew at Toronado SF, sounded like an IPA. Beautiful look and smell upon pouring. Tasted like an IPA too, not sure if the APA style is appropriate. Anyhow, great tasting beer, holds its own against some of the other standard IPA offerings. Fruity hops, prefer a bit more pine, but still damned good.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizza Port in Carlsbad last weekend. Clear dark amber in the pint glass, a couple shades darker than expected for the style, with a finger of head that retains nicely. It smells of fresh citrusy hops, tangerine and grapefruit, with a subtle but sturdy malt backbone of biscuit and caramel. The taste is consumed by tropical fruit, pineapple and mango in particular, with more subtle notes of caramel and ripe tangerine. The body is on the lighter side of medium, mouthfeel a bit sticky. It finishes bitter and slightly astringent. A very solid wet hopped ale, not as exceptional as others I've tried this season, but thoroughly enjoyable.

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4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

MNF Steelers & Bengals.

A- clear dark orange with a thick an sticky white cap. Plenty of streamers in this pint glass.

S- I get pineapple right off the bat with some subtle pine. I really enjoy the fresh pineapple notes alot. Nothing is overly powerful, thankfully.

T- the ol switcharoo here. Not aduch in the pineapple dept. More of the cedary pine notes with some green pepper vegetable notes.

M- nothing too heavy, or sticky here. Some slight oiliness. Good carb.

D- maybe a little late in the game for a wet hop, but still a tasty beer nontheless. Glad to have some.

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4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Pours a light orange color with some copper hues. Big white head and crazy amounts of lacing. Nose brings some light fresh, green hops. No particular varietal really stands out as to pine or citrus, it's more of the "green" fresh hop flavor. The same is said of the taste, where there's a nice green, wet bitterness with a light body and somewhat low carbonation. Moderately dry finish. Quite good.

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4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tap @ Toronado San Diego. Gold and absolutely clear. Light head and lacing. Aroma of hops and sweet raspberries. Taste of light sweet malt with a bitter ending. Not much hops. Still outstanding beer that I can't really put my finger on...

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4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood, apparently a wet hop beer from Port Carlsbad,

A: Pours an amber/orange with a frothy white head, solid lace, but I'm used to a little more from hoppy beers.

S: This smells exactly like a cantaloupe, really can't say any more than that, that smell is spot on in the hop profile.

T: Cantaloupe, green cantaloupe rind, bitter melon, and a light pineapple/tropical fruit form the tasty hop profile. Malt is light allowing the solid hop flavours to take the show, very West Coast.

M: Fuller body than I expected, filled with a long-lasting resinous aftertaste.

D: Another delicious pub beer from Port, interesting name, glad I got to try this.

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4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Toronado San Diego, and then again at PP Carlsbad

Clear medium amber color with a one finger white head.

Aroma is fresh hops, earth, citrus, grapefruit, and some caramel malt.

Flavor is similar to the aroma with earth, citrus, and pine, very freshly hopped, with a little caramel malt backbone, although the hops dominate. Very planty, as the name would have you expect.

Long bitter hop finish with medium body. A real palate wrecker. Despite this fact though, drinkability is high.

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4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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 Carlsbad Pizza Port location.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent golden amber color with less than one inch of white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells strongly of citrus hops, and then some pine hops and floral notes.

t - Tastes of bitter citrus hops, which then becomes some smooth fruity malts, grapefruit, and light floral notes.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, smooth and creamy. Very easy to drink.

d - I thought this was one of the better beers Tomme brought to the Wet Hop event. It was a very drinkable APA I would definitely like to try again, and has a lot of citrus hops in both the smell and taste.

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