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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Photo of armock
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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Photo of Overlord
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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 +6.3%
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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Photo of mactrail
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
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 +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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Photo of oglmcdgl
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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 +14.4%
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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Photo of saalblade
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
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 +6.3%
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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Photo of tigg924
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
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 +8.9%
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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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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Summer Pale Ale from Pizza Port Solana Beach
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 87 ratings