Summer Pale Ale
Pizza Port Solana Beach

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #435
Ranked #11,595
3.96 | pDev: 9.85%
Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States
Very Good
Summer Pale AleSummer Pale Ale
Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 86
Photo of KTCamm
3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Morris Tap and Grill, in Jersey.

Pours copper clear thick white foam. Sticky. Mild malt nose. Light malt taste, toffee, breads, then a very firm hop bitter. Strong aftertaste. Lots of flavor, but a persistent bitter hangs around a little too much.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a slightly murky yellowish orange. Nice, white cap. The head doesn't die off too much but also doesn't lace a ton either.

S-Well hopped with juicy notes of citrus. Grassed out and piney. Zesty and a bit floral as well. Nice, pale malt bill as well.

T-The citrusy hoppiness is tasty and agreeable. Pale maltiness complements the hoppy notes of oranges,pine, grass and flowers.

M-Bitter but not overly aggressive. Pleasant finish. Drinks very nicely.

O/D-A tasty Pale Ale with more than enough hoppiness to keep the likes of me interested. I would have it again.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had at the jamison pourhouse.

Came to me a slightly hazy golden amber. A nice white head sits on top with a wispy collar soon after. Carbonation was nice
Aroma was nice and hoppy and balanced well with the caramel malts.
Taste has an abundance of hop flavor, dank and wet and fresh. Perhaps a hint of citrus. Malts balance out well the hoppy bitterness.
Drinks smooth and refreshing on the palate.
A super grand beer thats a joy to drink.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Briens. Bright yellow, lacing, looks good. Smells hoppy, lemons. Light hoppy flavor, goes down fast. Overall a solid pale ale with a good hop profile, maybe a little light on malts but that's probably why it's a summer pale ale.. Would buy another on draft.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at Lord Hobo for their Night with Tomme Arthur. Served in a Port pint glass.

A- Hazy yellowish golden with about 3 fingers of fluffy white head that has decent retention and slowly recedes. Decent amount of carbonation.

S- A mixture of floral, pine, and citrus hops with a tiny bit of grass and farmhouse qualities lingering in the background. Slightly above average aroma strength.

T- Citrusy (grapefruit, lemon, etc.) floral hops with a tiny bit of pine, grass, and hints of other farmhouse qualities. Pretty hoppy for a pale ale and everything is very nicely balanced.

M- Medium bodied to maybe a little bit on the lighter side, decent carbonation, easily drinkable.

O- This was a very good pale ale. It had a very nice hop quality for a pale ale, the beer was well balanced, and was enjoyable to drink and refreshing. I would definitely drink this one again and I'd say it's one of the better APAs I've had. I'm giving it a 4.5 overall because I thought every other category was just over a 4, but not high enough for a 4.5.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

After a hard day, I needed a nice fresh and hoppy pale ale, and this was just what the [beer] doctor ordered. Poured a slightly hazy yellowish-amber color with a finger or so of white head; nice retention and lacing. Nose was hop dominant, floral, citrusy, piney, goody. Taste of orange and grapefruit zest and pith, some pine and grass notes, pleasantly bitter with a solid bready malt background. Medium body, crisp, easily drinkable.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

64oz Growler from Beverage World. Kegged July 11, 2012. Served at around 40-45F.

Pours hazy gold with a two finger white head that leaves a bit of lacing and holds a good cap.

Aroma is super-hoppy featuring pine, weed, a bit of onion, some grapefruit rind, grassy and floral. Excellent strength.

Flavor is almost like chewing one some whole leaf hops, resinous, citrus rind, pine, grassy, earthy, dank, there is a bit of sweet bready malt in the middle, finishes with very nice bitterness, minimal alcohol. Fantastic.

Mouthfeel is light/medium bodied, a bit oily, touch sticky, good carbonation.

Incredible Pale Ale. The hops are the absolute star of the show here with a very minimal amount of malt to interfere. Pure hop juice.

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Photo of B33R501
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pretty beer, hazy orange, served as a full pint, would probably look better in a tulip.

big hoppy aromas, grapefruit and orange. big blast of hops, pine and nicely bitter. great with last nites hot wings. reminds me alot of this years anniversary ale, 1/2 the alcohol. bitter and dank.

not my favorite ipa from port, but i'll probably get a 32oz growler tonite anyways. that along with a 64oz hop 15 growler fill should make for a hoppy, happy weekend.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Haven Gastropub in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and quite drinkable.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a pint

Pours a fairly clear orange amber with a fluffy off-white cap that stood two fingers. Recedes slowly, in raindrop fashion, to a thick layer over the liquid. Huge streaks of lace.

A bright hoppy aroma greets you as you dive in. Pine needles, grapefruit, lemon, and floral aromas on top of a light bed of malt.

This is delicious. Hops leap onto the palate. Grapefruit, pine needles, lemon rind, and passion fruit all come in equal waves before touch of malt mid-palate. The finish is a burst of tropical fruitiness and a mild bitterness.

On the lighter side of medium, with a perfect amount of bitterness that lingers and builds with every sip.

This is a highly enjoyable APA that blurs the lines of an IPA. A clean malt bill with bright hops. This is one of the better APA's I have ever had; I will seek this one out again.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours goldenrod with a medium frothy white head, nice sticky lace.

S: Grapefruit, citrus peel, with a hint of passionfruit.

T: Nice citrus flavour, some lemon and tangerine. Hints of pineapple. Amarillo and Simcoe are definitely apparent. Reminds me a bit of Row 2/Hill 56.

M: Soft creamy carbonation, medium-bodied, fairly crisp, easy drinking.

O: A very tasty pale ale, with the feel of that style, but has some considerable hopping for this style. I enjoyed it quite a bit, very Southern CA.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Lost Abbey

A: The beer pours a clear orange-amber color with a finger of white head and some sticky lacing.

S: A very nice hoppy nose full of of citrus, pine, and floral hop aromas. Just a mild grass note but otherwise it's just tons of grapefruit and other citrus peel. What one might call dank.

T: There is just a mild sweetness of malt and otherwise it's all grapefruit and orange with more subdued notes of pine and grass. A light bitterness with some floral notes to go along with it.

M: Medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Really a solid hoppy beer, which is something I always expect from Port.

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Photo of unitmonster
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Lost Abbey, 8/13.

A - Pale golden with minimum head.

S - Citrus, hops, and some funk. Smells almost like a saison or farmhouse style ale at times.

T - More citrus and hops. Definitely a beer I could drink all day during summer.

M - Light bodied beer with medium carbonation. Any more or less carbonation would blow the beer.

O - Wish I would have picked up a growler of this. It's a great session beer for these hot summer days.

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Photo of armock
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Brewhouse At Eastlake in San Diego CA

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is dominated by lemon and grapefruit hop scents

T - Just like it smells lots of lemon and grapefruit citric hop flavor

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

O - This is a damn good beer lots of hops but still light and refreshing worth picking up if you see it around

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Photo of Overlord
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange with gold highlights. Big white foam head.

Lancing bitter grapefruit and some floral notes right off the bat. I'm looking for the tropical aromas others noted, but didn't really find any. Maybe a whiff of passion fruit.

Taste is acridly bittering, with a full out grapefruit husk and pink grapefruit meat assault, some pineapple aftertaste, and some pine rounding it out. Sounds better than it actually is, as it becomes a bit one-note and wearisome after a while.

Good mouthfeel.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap at the Belgian Cafe recently and some other places earlier in the summer. Gotta love a pale ale in the summer and fall.

PSPA is a bright orange looker with a bright white foamy bubbly head up above with good retention and stick. Smells include light pineapple and mango with some papaya. A nice backing of sweet malt that does not overpower. Does not come off grassy like some in the style. Taste is a pure pale ale with hops leading the pack. This is quite hoppy for a pale but coming from the west I guess that's how they roll out there. Taste is a smaller version of an ipa with lighter tropic fruits and a small malt backing. Feel is light bodied and refreshing, crisp, and all in the style, nothing to large, carbed up quite nice. I could drink this stuff all day. A great pale ale.

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Photo of mactrail
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very bitter light ale.

In the half litre glass you are met with a pale golden brew, only slightly effervescent. The aroma is wonderful, which was my favorite aspect of the beer. Very light bodied with no hint of malt. Hops charge in immediately. Extremely bitter aftertaste.

This is no way a Pale Ale. It's a very aggressive IPA. Maybe that is splitting hairs, but if styles mean anything this is clearly one of those times it makes a difference. So I was misled by the name, always a hazard. "Hop Monster" or "Shark Attack" are better descriptions. But, if you are an IPA fan, here is one with a kick.

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Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Cloudy pale golden appearance, a firm 1" head rests atop and retains well. The nose is hop-forward, reminiscent of citrusy tropical fruit, especially pineapple. Malt is barely perceptible, and the yeast profile is clean. Citrusy, grapefruity hops are dominant on the palate, overwhelming the malt almost entirely. There's a touch of tropical fruit right before the sharply bitter and resiny finish; this has more bitterness than your average IPA, but it's a clean and pleasant bitterness. The body is medium-light, the mouthfeel very dry. It comes off as more of a low alcohol IPA than a pale ale, but it's a great beer either way.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at blue dog chalfont with my boy darin tending.

A- comes my way with a solid finger of bright white loose head that settles quickly to a very faint ring. Pale golden yellow in color.

S- crisp bright citrus hops out front with some lemon zest and juice. A powdery biscuit malts touch. Very clean nose.

T- fresh crisp lemon lime hops and a hint of a vegetative grassy hit. Mildly sweet biscuity malts.

M- less then medium in body a bit higher then that in carb. Semi dry.

D- superbly drinkable and very refreshing. Definitely a great bbq beer.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very special beer that we are lucky to get here on the east coast. Poured at TJs in Paoli into a nonic pint glass.

A: A lighter golden color with a one finger fluffy white head. Nice full sticky glass lacing that lasted.

S: Holy cow. This is one hoppy beer. Smells of massive citrus hops with fresh cut grass and some slgiht sweetness.

T: This is a pale ale? Wow. Massive amounts of fresh citrus hops just jump at you. Flavors of fresh grapefruit, lemon, fresh cut grass, mint and a slight floral note. Some light body sweetness creeps in with some caramel but it gets blown out of the water with the bitter dry crisp citrus hop finish. Bitterness lingers forever. Damn, this is one hoppy pale and and one hoppy brew!

M: Medium. Light, crisp, hoppy, bitter but very satisfying.

D: Uber high. Awesome.

Move over Alpha King, there is a new hoppy pale ale sheriff in town and it's name is Summer Pale Ale by Port. This is hands down the best, most freshest, hoppiest, easy drinking and enjoyable pale ale I have ever had. Excellent. Port, we need this year round or at least every year. Excellent.

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3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Yellow gold with minimal big bubble head. Quickly dissipates.

S: Some floral notes with a hint of grapefruit and pine.

T: Single note of hops and all else is lost. Maybe a touch of citrus. Much too subtle accents produces a simple beer in an ineffective kind if way.

M: Highly carbonated with a front of tongue bite and a mouthful of bitter.

D: Has the hops bite but nothing to smooth it over as a summer ale. Light body

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Photo of BeerDetective
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: a light gold yellow, almost orange
Smell: Lots of hops, well balanced btwn grass and citrus
Taste: Really good, like someone took a good IPA and turned it down a notch or two, but still left the really good hop flavor behind.
Mouthfeel: Really nice and smooth.
Drinkability: I had three last night, so this is even a good session beer.

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Photo of tigg924
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Union Ale House

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, hazy, orange/yellow in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: pine hops, grapefruit, and other citrus

Taste: pine hops, grapefruit, orange, lemon, small caramel malt

Mouthfeel: light bodied and carbonation, bitter with a small sweet backbone

Drinkability: A more American version that English. I do like the pine flavor, but wish there was some more of a malt backbone to balance this out. Not a bad beer for a hophead, but not one I would seek again.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled at 1702, Tucson February 2010
The beer arrives with a hazy, yellow-gold color and is topped by a wisp of a pale, white colored head. There is a vibrant hop-citrus character noticeable in the nose that is a mix of kumquat, tangerine, huge lychee aromatics and tropical fruit. This even smells a bit like a citrus candy of some sort (one made of real citrus though). As my nose gets used to the aromas some pine like notes become a bit more noticeable. This has a great vibrant hop character to it.

The beer is firmly bitter up front and only gets more so as it moves across the palate. It is pretty dry tasting, which accentuates the bitter, herbal and pine-tar flavors over the hop fruitiness that dominated in the aroma. Still there is a lot of essential-citrus oil like flavors here that are quite noticeable; including notes of Meyer lemon and bitter tangerine zest. This is nice and light bodied, being eminently quaffable without being watery or thin. The pizza I am eating brings out more flavors of citrus, but also makes this a bit astringent and accentuates the spicy hop notes and even a touch of warming alcohol.

This is definitely nice, a touch more malt character would make the flavor more fruity and floral from the hops, but would detract from the light quaffability I like so much. This beer definitely has an IPA level of hoping in a light Pale Ale form.

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4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah, a nice cold beer on such a beautiful day. What could possibly be better than a nice refreshing glass of cold beer on a day like this? On tap at Lost Abbey and reviewed at The Taproom on 9/12/2009. The beer is yellow gold with a creamy one finger head and good retention and lacing.

The aroma is bursting with resiny, grapefruity, pungent hops. This smells like an IPA. This does not smell like a pale ale. That is a good thing (in my book). Frankly, the beer smells fantastic. Hops, hops, and hops. Notes of orange and lemon are also present, as well as low notes of grassiness. This reminds me of a fresh hopped beer.

The taste is as excellent as the aroma. The beer is hoppy as hell and very flavorful. Resiny, citrusy, and a little grassy, the hops dominate from the beginning to the end. The beer has nice body, providing a solid foundation for the hop theatrics. There's a moderate level of bitterness, which seems high for a pale ale. This tastes like an IPA. Perhaps it is an IPA. The finish is long and filled with tales of victories and battles of the hops. I need a growler of this. Awesome stuff. What a nice refreshing beer. What could possibly be better than a nice refreshing glass of cold beer on a day like this?

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Summer Pale Ale from Pizza Port Solana Beach
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 86 ratings