Killer Dana Double IPA
Pizza Port Solana Beach

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,962
Ranked #17,953
3.94 | pDev: 8.12%
Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States
Very Good
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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored ipa. 1/2" white head. Aroma was underhopped compared to most Port offerings, but it still was enjoyable amounts of grass underneath a pine tree.

Taste was respectable bitterness, good amount of toastier pale malts in this one, crystal even. Hid the alcohol well enough.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A darker amber color for a dipa. Thin ring of head to it. Aroma wasn't over the top, mildly hoppy, not big time like many of Port's offerings.

Taste, thin sweetness, good bitterness, sizeable hopping, big malt bill to back it all up, loads of caramel. Hops presence isn't as big as in some of their single ipa's here. Almost spit out my beer when I was told this stuff was $24 for a growler fill (not a new growler filled, a used one). . .

Its a decent beer, but no way in hell I'd pay $24 for this when Humulus Lager is only $16 a growler, and a substantively better beer.

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Photo of scbrew
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber with sustaining head. Big malt and bigger hop aroma. Very fruity. Huge hop flavor profile followed by maltines. Big body, but easy drinking. Much less chewy than the Doheney Double IPA. Medium carbonation. My favorite Pizza Port San Clemente beer!

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Photo of alenonbeeradv
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - brown hazelnut and amber hues. nice finger frothy thick head and nice retention.

s - piney resiny. strong hops with a slight malt undertone. more grassy and green smelling than other double ipas.

t - bitter bitter hops with sort of a sweet carmely undertone similar to the smell but more established in the taste.

m - medium carbonation and body. based on the look and taste i would have assumed that it would have a fuller body but this one is pretty medium bodied making a little more handleable of an ipa.

o - although not as complex as others still very bold and refreshing. thoroughly enjoyable.

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Photo of soze47
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. This was one 4.5 oz. taster of a flight of four I sampled at PP San Clemente in late May, 2011.

Glowing orange nectar color. Beautiful! Very fragrant and skunky smell. It is light in body for an Imperial IPA, but that helps a bit with the very thick resinous nature of the hops. Floral and piney in a good way. The malt helps keep the IBUs in check during the primary and secondary flavors. The light body helps prevent the brew from over drying or shocking your palette on the linger.

I'm not getting a hint of citrus on this guy, which is OK. However, you sometimes don't realize what some of those balancing, fruitier flavors do to help keep more bitter varieties in check.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


On tap at Pizza Port San Clemente in a tulip.

A: Light amber with an impressive off white head. Lots of scattered lacing.

S: A blast of pine resin with orange pith, grapefruit rind, and only a little fruit flesh. Malt is faint and redolent of caramel. Lightly floral.

T: Resinous pine with a blend of grapefruit and orange flesh. The pith and rind components match the strength of the sweeter flesh notes. Bitterness is at an upper moderate level. Aggressive, though no harsh alcohol or astringent notes. The dry and bitter finish is clean, and resin lingers.

M: Lower medium in body with upper moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry and sticky.

Overall: Another hoppy winner from the Pizza Port family. No surprise there. Now, I think I'll have a pint of Pseudo.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pizza Port San Clemente

A: A clear golden orange color with a thin white head and some spotty lacing.

S: Certainly more toward the fruity side of double IPAs. Sweet tropical fruits such as pineapple, with sweet citrus notes as well. A bit of caramel and a moderate bread note. Just a light pine character.

T: A very nice citrus flavor which is a bit more toward the sweet side. Grapefruit, pineapple, and orange make up the fruit notes. A touch of pine with a moderate bitterness to go with some sweet caramel.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: Not quite as in your face with the hops as many of the style, but good flavors and easy to drink.

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Photo of kwjd
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at Pizza Port in San Clemente. Pours a bright orange colour with thick white head. Lacing is pretty much coating the glass. Not sure how a double IPA could look better than this really. Smells of piney hop, without too much of a malt balance. Bitterness isn't as high as some double IPA's, but it still packs a punch. I think if I wasn't in California the review for this could have scewed higher, but this wasn't near the top for the beers on this trip even though it was good.

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Photo of jampics2
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Fat Heads. Served in a snifter.

Killer Dana is one of the Port beers I had at the Hop Harvest festival but my palate was shot by the later part of the day. So I was thrilled to see it back on tap again when I returned this past weekend. The beer looks nice in the snifter but is a unique color for a DIPA. It's an amber with ruby red notes around the edges and a deep splash of mahogany in the center. The beer is relatively cloudy and has little head but good retention and nice lace.

The hop bill for this is right up my alley, but it is just a bit unbalanced. The wild cattiness comes across first in a fit of kitty pee and green onions. Underneath that strong scent, there is some grapefruit and pine lingering. The smell is just really heavy and could use more bright notes like orange or mango. A touch of toasted malt underneath makes this one strange but powerful DIPA.

I do like the way this tastes, though. There's a ton of malt balancing things out with some caramel and toast notes. The hops are dank and wild, with more simcoe silliness and some citrus notes. A huge spike of bitterness gives way to sweet malt. Interesting and really well put together - the missing elements in the nose come through in the taste.

The mouthfeel is creamy with low carb and medium body, finishing in a dry feel with lingering bitterness. This is not the most drinkable due to the bitterness, but I enjoyed the taste for one snifter's worth.

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Photo of Dlish
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- golden hue, very clear medium amount of bubbles good white head retention.

S-strong of hops, I want to say cascade and Chinook, citrus, hints of grapefruit, bit of floral smell to it. Also has a hint of ester alcohol smell to it.

T- Taste is pretty opposite of the smell, I got a much more pine and floral taste to it. There is a significant malt profile that does a good job at balancing it.

M- the lower amount of carbonation makes taste a little more smoother, which is surprising. and it has a great after taste.

D- I think that this is a pretty drinkable double IPA so hats off to them, this would go great with some spicy Mexican food or pizza! But the high alcohol content might limit how many pints to buy, overall a very good example of a double IPA.

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Photo of WOTO97
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy amber with thin lace and no head

S: not too much on the nose, some mild floral hop presence, slight sweet malt, orange-citrus notes become more present as the beer approaches room temp

T: pretty big bite throughout the palate despite nose, lots of pine qualities, faint residual malt character

M: clean finish with some hop stickiness throughout, pretty round

D: admittedly had after a Duet--just not as appealing but the mouthfeel is definitely worth a second

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Photo of femALEist
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap.
This poured a bright orange.
The Killer Dana is super dry hopped. You can't smell or taste the alcohol, which is pretty impressive. It smelled of typical west coast hops- citrus fruits, pine, a bit of cedar. It tasted bright and hoppy but not too bitter.

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Photo of bulletrain76
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draught at PP San Clemente on July 2, 2009. Light amber orange color with a white head. The aroma is a hop punch of pine trees and grapefruit. Just bursting out of the glass. The flavor has copious amounts of fresh, piney, fruity hops with some grapefruit and mang going on. There is some light and dry toasty malt before a long bitter finish settles in. Dry and lean on the tongue with smooth carbonation. Really hoppy and dry for a DIPA, but not harsh or too one dimensional. This made the Poor Mans over at the Carlsbad location look sweet and tame in comparison.

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Photo of WindUpBird
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden red (not orange, though--more gold than red) with about 1/2 inch head.

Smells of tropical fruit and less obviously of pine and sweet flowers.

Taste is bright and hoppy, but not very bitter. The beer does not taste boozy.

This beer feels pleasantly complex and satisfying to my mouth.

This was a joy to drink, and when I'm back down here, I'm sure I'll order it again.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cask @ O'Briens. Poured a clear, darker orange-gold with no head. Oily ring. Thick lacing. Strong pine resin and overripe grapefruit in the nose. Biscuity/bready malt. Slick mouthfeel with low carbonation, actually wished this one was an tap instead of the cask. Long, sitcky finish. Hop assault of resin and cedar flavors. Very nice. Bit of a grapefruit, mango hop mix follows. Stronger malt profile gives a bit of sticky sweet alcohol in the end. Normally I don't like this, but it went well with the aggressively hopped beginning. Well done.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Port San Clemente,

A: Pours a light rusty red with a very light head out of the cask.

S: Hops, not a huge nose, grapefruit, cedar.

T: Grapefruit and cedar oil form the main flavour. The malt is significant, a nice toasted barley, dark bread, more malty than an average San Diego style DIPA.

M: Smooth, prickly carbonation, this is where cask can stand out, floral, easy hop bitterness, very easy to drink.

D: A nice Double IPA, I've had it in the past, and I've never been blown away with it, just thought it was good, it can hold it's own with San Diego.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pizza Port San Clemente on 3/22/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper amber with a 1/2 finger of soft off-white head. Retains with a thin creamy layer that froths up nicely on the sides of the glass. The aroma is just bursting with robust tropical fruit character, spicy hops, and a deep smelling combo of sweet caramel and toasted bready malts. Solid overall West Coast bouquet.

The taste is spicy and sticky resinous hop bitterness up front, with a deeply tangy backbone of zesty citrus and caramel malts. Piney hops stick the tongue, lingering for a good while. The mouthfeel is medium bodied but this bad boy is definitely packing some alcohol beef in it. The carbonation is fairly creamy but the overall warmth mixes with the aggressive hop profile to give this a bit of a sting.

Solid but unfortunately, not a spectacular DIPA. I liked the full throttle West Coast flavors in this but that almost 9% ABV needed to be tempered a bit more. Just too much warmth for me to overly enjoy this.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the San Clemente location, on to the beer:

A muddy, orange brown color is a little darker than the usual DIPA, but the fluffy, persistant head and amazing lacing is a beautiful thing. If you like the smell of hop juice, then you're nose will love you when you smell this beer. Perfumy, I might add. In the mouth, it is a smooth, hoppy treat with a medium-heavy body. Not really bitter, with citrus, grapefruit, pine, and a hint of booze. I got a small pinch of phenolic flavor echoing when the beer is half-way down.

Another good DIPA I have to add to my portfolio of good DIPA's. My daily dose of hops has been satisfied.

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Photo of RidiculedDisplay
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I didn't have this at San Clemente, but rather Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, but I know the keg they had was from the San Clemente location.

Appearance: Poured with a golden amber color, with a nice sizeable head that lasted for some time. Solid arms of lace remain for some time upon a swirl.

Smell: Biscuity malts predominate the aroma, followed by a sort of rotten citrus aroma and ending with fresh cut grass. A very, very weird DIPA aroma. The biscuit aroma really stood out, in a way I'm not used to - as in, it was just overwhelmingly a distinct smell of biscuits, not even "biscuit-like."

Taste: Biscuit malt again, hay, and grapefruit on the back end. I think it's fair to say this beer is more malt than hops. Still, I'm always kind of a sucker for DIPA's that dance around the norms of the style, since, at times, they all begin to blend together a bit in one's mind. Still, this was a little too unconventional.

Mouthfeel: Slight carbo, not dry, good and juicy. Fairly appropriate for the style, I'd say.

Drinkability: The biscuit flavors are just too off-putting and give you this kind of permanent cognitive dissonance as you're sipping the beer.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Patrick Rue of The Bruery for sharing this unlabled bottle he got during the GABF this year. I have heard it being on tap at Pizza Port San Clemente but can't believe it's not listed in the BA database. The ABV is a ballpark based on what Patrick said.

A- Clear orange, nice white head.

S- Sweet, not as hop forward as I normally like. This had that DIPA "soupy" sweetness smell to it. Some earthy hops come out in the background though.

T- More hops here, which is good. Not a whole lot of lingering sweetness. Not cloying. Fairly dry. I think they could bring out the hops here even more.

Overall an interesting beer. Don't know if I could drink a whole lot of it, but it's one of those beers that good in small amounts.

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Killer Dana Double IPA from Pizza Port Solana Beach
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