Booya Steez | Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by torchednoodle on 05-03-2009

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of magictrokini
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like my predecessor, I had to take a growler home after having a pint of this. Poured oily orange-gold with a short white head. Thick, sticky lacing. Resiny goodness in the nose, acoompanied by pink grapefruit, ripe orange, mango, and tropical fruit syrup. Sticky, carbonated mouthfeel, and avoids feeling like syrup. More of the same fruit in the taste; heavy grapefruit and blood orange, but with a resin wallop. Tangy, sweet, bitter, and hoppy all atonce. A noticable malt presence in the back, which adds to the long, sticky finish. All the characteristics of a big, big DIPA.

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Photo of nkersten
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler provided by Chris, many thanks for bringing back all the beers for us to try! You are a truly generous BA. Poured into LA tumbler, golden peach in color with a tiny white head that fades quickly with no lacing or retention. Smells very soft and tropical, peach and fruity hops, slightly sweet malt. Taste is hoppy with a slightly astringent bitterness, lots of tropical fruits, pineapple, peaches and apricots, a hint of malt in the finish. Medium bodied with a very light carbonation. This is an awesome double IPA, one of the most drinkable 9.2% beers I have ever had. A great showcase of flavorful hops.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Pizz Port Solana Beach on 11/13/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold, with a 1/2 finger of creamy brite-white head. Thin smooth look to the retention, leaving heavy lacing back that hangs in thick swathes. The aroma hums with deep, fruity, hops, with a ton of grapefruit, pine, and spice showing itself. A touch of bread is present underneath for malt support but most of the sweetness here seems to be coming from the citrus. So fresh and floral in the nose, with just a touch of heft.

The taste is all resins, spice, and bitter grapefuit, which nicely rips the tongue with hops. Sweetness slides in from the sides and once again, the tropical citrus character seems to provide the bulk of the balance while the malts provide more of a grainy backbone. The finish is spicy and drying, with a splash of residual bitter fruit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a bit fuller feeling. There is generally a creamy texture to the carbonation but this is also showing a good bit of alcohol strength. To it's credit though, this never gets overly stinging, which helps keep the drinkibility up for such a big hop bomb.

There's certainly nothing shy about this hefty & brash DIPA from Port. Just loads of hop presence here, with only a minimal malt backing, yet this remains juicy and smooth-drinking for such a big-ass beer. And kudos for a beer name that I had to consult an urban dictionary to learn the definition of it.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pizza Port Solana Beach, consumed in excessive quantities before catching a flight back to San Francisco.

A: Pale amber with some minor hop haze. The small head retains well for a draft pour.

S: Intensely floral and grapefruity; I'm guessing centennial. Wonderfully pungent stuff. As it warms, I get sweet mango and papaya. Very subtle malt presence, this is signature West Coast style DIPA.

T/M: Like someone juiced a handful of fresh hop buds and poured the resulting tincture into a glass of regular pale ale. The light body and dryness make me wonder how this can really be over 9%; one of the driest, most hop-forward DIPAs I've had. Fantastic hop flavor balanced by the perfect level of bitterness. Remarkably well-crafted, I hope to see this beer around again.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy orangish colored beer with a great white head that had nice retention. Good lace and a partial cap left on the sides for an impressive looking beer.

S - Lots of pine, tropical fruit, grapefruit, some resiny bite, and grass. Smells great.

T - Taste is right in line with the nose, although the trpical fruits are just a little more muted. More grassy with some wet notes and nice bitterness on the end. Slight bit of heat.

M - Moderate carbonation and lighter side of medium bodied.

O - Great beer, can session this for a short time before I fall over drunk. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Sideswipe
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pizza Port Solana Beach

A- Clear, orange/amber color with a finger of white foam. Head dissipates leaving nice lacing.

S- Heavy on the citrus aroma. Some pale malt and pine come through as well. Smells great!

T- Huge notes of tangerine and grapefruit followed by a tastebud numbing wave of bitterness. There is a nice sugar cookie malt backbone balancing things out mid-palate and the beer finishes semi-dry with a lingering bittersweet aftertaste. The citrus and pine qualities do a great job of masking the nearly 10% ABV.

M- The beer is medium to full bodied with a prickly level of carbonation which really lightens things up and works very well with the extremely bitter character of this brew.

O- Pizza Port hits another one out of the park with The Booya Steez. Another study in the art of melding exquisitely bitter hops and sweet pale malt to craft a DIPA which is super drinkable and exceedingly tasty. Highly recommended!

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Photo of HopHead84
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Port Solana Beach. The beer appears transparent straw golden with a frothy white head. There is good retention and scattered lacing on this bar pour.

The nose is a lovely balance of sugary grapefruit and pine. The beer has a nice floral bouquet, and lesser notes are of lemon and orange. A pleasant aroma of crackery malt is present with some caramel sweetness. As the beer warms a swirl of the glass brings out mango and tropical fruit.

The flavor is sweet and bitter grapefruit. The subtle crackery malt and caramel sweetness works well with the pungent citrus and pine. The sweetness I notice up front quickly fades, segueing into resiny pine. The finish is incredibly long, striking the perfect balance between bitterness and citrus. The medium-high level of bitterness is spot on for this beer and it lingers on the palate for a long, long time.

The beer is light bodied with perfect draft carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel.

Largadeer and I rode the coaster from Port Carlsbad to Port Solana Beach to check out this Double IPA, and while I was excited for a Port DIPA I'd never tried, it exceeded my expectations. Despite having an utterly retarded name, this is a very good DIPA. This reminds me of a progeny of Pliny and Pure Hoppiness.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Sean9689
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Haymarket for Pizza Port Night.

A - Pours a hazy golden color, white head, thin collar, some whisps on top, with some spotty lacing along the sides of the glass.

S - Huge darkness, oily hoppy resin, orange peel, tropical notes. One of the most "dank" DIPA's I've ever had.

T - Huge dankness here too, citrus notes, orange peel, with a very bitter finish. This one is big on the grapefruit as well.

M - Light body, good carbonation, oily finish.

O - An excellent DIPA, but not world-class, by any means.

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Photo of torchednoodle
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Filled a growler of this recently. While deciding what to fill my growler with, I tasted a sample of my old friend Swami IPA (delicious, if you haven't tried it) and a sample of this. This clearly won.

This beer is like Pliny the Elder, reborn as a DIPA. Must be the same kind of hops. Pours a very nice, transparent, light orangish color. Smells just like PtE, a ton of C-hop presence.

Has a really nice hoppy bite, but with a strong malt backbone, typical of an excellent DIPA. Yet this beer isn't strong enough to put you under quickly; at 9.2% it will apply the rape to you eventually, but it's still low enough to affect you slower than it's 11+% brethren.

This beer is a real treat. Much respect to PtE for being first to really make this flavor arena popular, but this beer TOTALLY rocks if you can drink it on tap or fill a growler or two.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to spycow for sharing this during the BCS Championship game. Apparently it's a two-week old growler fill he got from his Bruery Trustee. Filled to the brim too! Served in a Tripel Karmeliet tulip.

A - Pours with a late-rising half-finger of off-white foam that settles to a thin ring and leaves a bit of film on-top and spotty lace. The body is a slightly hazed bronze color. Subsequent pours looked nicer, but I'm cutting this a little slack due to the conditions.

S - Big pine, lots of grapefruit rind, some tangerine zest, and when it warms up maybe the faintest hint of alcohol. It's a little bit muted, but I will also attribute that to the age of the growler.

T - Extremely juicy, with loads of citrus and tropical fruits, as well as some nice sugar cookie malt. Bitterness is moderate but never gets extreme of offensive, but lingers indefinitely. No trace of the 9.2% ABV at all - a lot of the guys thought this was a regular IPA.

M - Low carbonation, but thankfully still a sufficient amount. Very juicy medium body that has a slightly rough texture to it. Finishes oily and enamel-melting.

D - We just destroyed this growler. I'm not sure if it's because of the low carbonation, but this stuff went down super easy. An extremely enjoyable and efficient way to get drunk, and after a few glasses the name starts to seem better too somehow.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of satowns
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to admit that when we were drinking this tonight someone mentioned pliny...and i did notice a resemblance. But i must say that pliny is more herbal in hop aroma and has a more spicy flavor.

Pours a faded orange hue. decent head that quickly drops to lace. aroma is full of citrus, almost a menage of grapefruit, pineapple and apricot.

This double/imperial ipa is not bitter. It is very smooth and subdued; don't get me wrong, its hoppy as all get out. Big hops in the flavor and finish; resinous. VERY easy drinking, almost dangerous. Be very careful when consuming this subtle beast.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler provided by Chris, poured into a perfect pint glass...Pours a hazy peach with a nice off white head head. The head rises slowly but forms a nice cap with good lacing. Great job of growlering this!!!...Great notes of grapefruit and pine hops showing off grassy too, but subdued not showing strong alcohol or too much hops, doesn't show as a dipa...The taste is even better than aroma but similar. Tropical fruits on the front with a pine bitter finish, but no alcohol or sticky pine. So easy to drink, some malt helps too. Totally crushable, no way this is 9%.

High recommendation, would love to have this fresh.

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Booya Steez from Pizza Port Solana Beach
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 19 ratings