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 Kiniey01
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Daveychu
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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 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 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 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 kbutler1
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft. Poured at Toronado San Diego into a pint glass a orange amber color with a fluffy white head. Nice lace. Danky, citrus and piney aroma of hops in the nose. Sweet start gives way to building hoppy bitterness. Nice medium mouthfeel. Decenlty solid wet hop.

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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 Ineedabeerhere
3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
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 m1ked
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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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Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of Thorpe429
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
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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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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Photo of LittleDon
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
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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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 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 nickd717
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Photo of largadeer
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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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Photo of Halcyondays
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
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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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 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 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 magictrokini
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
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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Photo of audiojon
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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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