Summer Pale Ale | Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

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Added by HopHead84 on 09-13-2009

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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Photo of Kadonny
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
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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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of HopHead84
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
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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4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
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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4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
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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4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
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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4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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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4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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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4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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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4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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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4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
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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4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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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4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Summer Pale Ale from Pizza Port Solana Beach
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