Warrior Black IPA | Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by charlzm on 12-23-2008

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

Tap @ Toronado SD. Pours jet black with a tiny white head. Random lacing. Earthy, peppery hop aroma; not herbal, more of a pine/pepper/rye combination. Sharp, bitter bite with only a touch of citrus. Strong resin and pepper flavors, some unripe grapefruit, and a tad veggie. A rye kick showed up throughout, adding to the bitterness. No real malt sweetness or breadiness, just a solid roasty compliment. A thicker mouthfeel without stickiness or heavy feeling. A little rough to drink at first, but got much smoother after the first couple of sips.

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Photo of rhino54
5/5  rDev +25%

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

Photo of charlzm
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed at Pizza Port San Clemente on 12/21/08.

Appears very stoutlike: black with very dark brown highlights and a creamy, tan, half-finger head. Might have been on nitro...

Aroma is slightly malty but mostly missing.

Flavor is somewhat stoutlike: a roasted, chocolate note appears at first sip. However, there is significant hoppiness in the glass, as the finish is a piney, resinous affair. Bitter at the end.

Dry on the finish.

Sort of splits the difference between a dry Irish stout and a west-coast IPA. Tasty and no trouble to finish a pint, but the guys at Stone have done this style much better with their Anniversary XI (aka Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale).

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Photo of beagle75
3.51/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the growler into a shaker pint glass.

A: Clear, dark brown color with garnet highlights; over one finger of light beige foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Roasted malt is strongest in intensity, but dark juicy fruit and piney/floral hop aromas join to make for a very enticing beer. As it warms, the smell develops a briny quality to the malt that is slightly off-putting.

T: Begins with smooth, earthy roasted malt, then sweetness increases as spicy and citrus aromatic hop flavors develop. The hops really taste different than they smelled in this beer. The finish retains earthy qualities detected earlier and is bracingly bitter, with a long duration.

M: Light-medium viscosity, lacks substance compared to the other qualities present, with light carbonation.

D: While this beer comes across as very interesting at first, it tends to fatigue the palate over time. The flavor components are each delicious, but never really merge into one cohesive identity. Add to that the lacking textural qualities, and this beer seems like a work that should still be in progress. It is worth trying once, especially if you are trying to increase your exposure to the style, but I'd be surprised if you choose to re-visit often.

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

RBSG09 growler courtesy of cquiroga. Pours dark brown with amber highlights and a fluffy tan head. Aroma is pine, toasted bread, and dark chocolate. Flavor is herbal and piney hops atop a malt foundation of cocoa, bread crust, and roasted malt. Pretty good stuff.

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

Poured from growler into a Maui Brewing Co. pint glass

A: Very dark brown, maybe even black, body that supports an extremely light cream colored head. The lacing coats the glass in ways similar to a milkshake.

S: An elegant, yet robust balance of roasted malts and hop aroma. Definitely hits the nose hard, but again, I'm impressed on how well each characteristic stands out in their own unique way. I'm not sure if Warrior hops are used in this beer (I'm assuming they are), but a high alpha-acid hop character like Warrior or Chinook seems to come through.

T: After a few minutes of letting the beer warm up, a slightly burnt roasted flavor was detected immediately followed by a strong bitter hop kick. The malt character picked up some chocolate as I continued to sip as well.

M: Well carbonated, not overly dry, and a palate wrecker (which is perfect for this style, at least in my opinion).

D: The first few sips were a bit of shocker in terms of intensity, but I really enjoyed the beer more as time went on.

Overall: Might be going out on a limb, but I would put this ahead of Stone's Black IPA (Sublimely Self-Righteous). A must try. Cheers!

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Photo of mithrascruor
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Pizza Port San Clemente.

Pours a nice solid black color with a dense rocky tan head. Good retention and lacing. Nice aroma of hops, citrus, and floral. There's some roasted undertones in there too. Taste has citrus, florals, hop spices, .. and a bit of coffee! Sounds a bit strange, but it works well. Medium-bodied with mild-carbonation. Feels like the ABV is quite reasonable. Nice to drink; would like to have this again.

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Photo of Jenray
3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of Floydster
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint at Beachwood BBQ a few days ago for six dollars, this is another collaboration between Julian and a Pizza Port, others being Tovarish at Solana Beach, Quadrupel at Carlsbad, and of course Panzer with Tomme at Port, this is the third time I have had this now, color is jet black with no light coming through, one inch slightly foamy off white head that stays around for close to five minutes, nice lacing, aroma consists of hoppiness, smoked and roasted malts, mild bread, earthy scents, and very mild citrus, I picked some rye in the flavor but not even sure if there is any in here, dry up front with piney hops, then roasted malts in the middle, bitter finish that some nice earthiness to it as well, by the end there is floral notes to go along with dry and roasty finishes, dry, roasty, and earthy mouthfeel, medium bodied but on the thicker side for the style, lower level of carbonation for an IPA too, taste lingered nicely with a bitter bite, could drink several glasses of this, if I had to guess I would say it is around eight or nine percent, which means the alcohol is hidden that much better like the rest of Julian's brews, smooth and easy to drink, the color might lead you to believe this is something else but it is in fact a damn fine American IPA, hope to have more of this in the future, a job well done again my friend, recommended

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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours black, with a firm off-white/tan head, good retention, great concentric lacing.

S: Pine notes, lots of hops, roasted malt.

T: Taste initially gets real hoppy fast. Pine, orange and grapefruit are evident. Smooths out towards the end, with heavy dark chocolate. Love the transition of flavours in this beer, a new adventure with every sip.

M: Smooth, medium/full-bodied, low carbonation, no problems here.

D: Real nice beer here. What Stone 11th was going for I think, the flavours are simply more balanced and smoother. Not a lot of Black IPAs out there, the best I've had.

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Photo of Pickles2393
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Warrior Black IPA from Pizza Port Solana Beach
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 13 ratings