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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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 25
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%
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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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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4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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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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4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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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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4.32/5  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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4.2/5  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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Summer Pale Ale from Pizza Port Solana Beach
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 86 ratings