Swami's IPA | Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Swami's IPASwami's IPA
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Brewed by:
Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by xlperro on 08-22-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
179
Ratings:
1,132
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
21.57%
 
 
Wants:
79
Gots:
243
For Trade:
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Reviews: 179 | Ratings: 1,132
Photo of Skrumpy
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden color, foamy, white head that recedes quickly, moderate lacing. Mostly clear with a slight haze. Aroma is light floral, citrus, and malt. The flavor is citrus, grass, malt and yeast. Crisp, medium body, juicy mouthfeel, but a bit yeasty in the aftertaste. Not a bad beer overall.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light golden color. Aroma is citrusy with some hoppy bitterness. Flavor is lots of clean citrus with somone juiciness and a little bit of a citrus peel bitter hop note in the finish. Has nice feel and overall is a very good beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-draught @ Toronado San Francisco. $5 per pint.

Varied hop profile. Lacks impressive depth of flavour, and the hop profile isn't dazzling, but it's well balanced by an apt pale malt sweetness and the coating mouthfeel suits it nicely.

Smooth, wet, and medium-bodied. Refreshing, but it'd be better softer. Well-carbonated.

Drinkable but ultimately forgettable. I wouldn't get it again with all the superior IPAs available widely in the Californian market, but it's tasty.

C (3.00) / AVERAGE

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Photo of Slatetank
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this can chilled poured into a glass.

The color is golden with light haze and thick white head with average bead and lace sticks. The smell is good with light pine and pineapple in the hop aroma with some grapefruit accents and sweet tropical fruity aroma. The smell of hops leads to a firm bitter texture with medium high carbonation and dry finish with low malt and almost no sweetness.

The taste is pretty tangy and fruity up front with herbal/pine hops with strong bitter flavor and maybe a grapefruit type taste more herbal and grass-like though toward mid palate with a light yeast emphasizing the hops which have a slight citrus and a tinge vegetal with slight alcohol in the semi-spiced finish.Overall this is a west coast IPA through and through solid for the style with fresh and citrus that is quaffable quality yet 1 is enough in a session

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Photo of crimsonfloyd
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light straw yellow with large foamy head. Smell is bright, lemony and hoppy with a slight pine hint. Strong lemon and rind taste upfront followed by a tangy orange taste.

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Photo of yung_peli
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale transluscent amber, slightly hazy, 2 finger white head, good retention, good lacing
AR: Floral notes, stone fruit, peach, subtle pine, soap, subtle citrus
T: Follows nose, light bitterness throughout, light bitter fruit and pine finish, lingering bitterness
M: Medium light carbonation and body, dry

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Photo of Prager62
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint can dated 05/10/16 poured in a 13oz. tulip glass for the reveal.

Look- Pours a transparent brilliant gold color with a generous finger of white foam that won't go away.

Smell- Floral notes, grapefruit, malt and a hint of spice that I can't pin down.

Taste- Juicy floral notes followed by mild grapefruit and a pepper-like spice in the finish.

Feel- A slick dose of hearty malt with a pleasant hop bite in the finish.

Overall- A very easy drinking IPA that leans more towards the floral and spicy side. I would gladly fill my cooler with this beer for a paddle in the kayak.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color. Light hopping in the nose. Not immense or anything, but pleasant for its grapefruit and forest.

Taste is a real light golden promise pale malt vibe, super dry meets 60 ibu of hop drop. Very little caramel to it. Citrus is the hop contribution. Good stuff and in cans now. Can't beat that. Pizza Port makes some world class ipas, but this one is 2nd tier, but still very good stuff.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice, almost clear yellow-orange pour. Very frothy head with excellent retention.

Smell is a nice blend of citrus and equal amount pine. Pine sap foward with nice hints of grapefruit, pinneapple, orange peel and lemon zest.

Citrus foward taste, getting plenty of grapefruit and lemon zest. Pine comes in the middle, and that hop resin coats the palate at the end.

Mouthfeel is very sharp crispness, medium carbonation and a sharp hop bite.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can dated 4/11/16, pretty fresh. Light yellow color, filmy, soapy head. Aroma is hoppy, light lemons, pineapple, berries? The flavor is hoppy, slightly bitter, light almost and super easy to drink.

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Photo of Buck89
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy light straw color with a generous foamy cap. Decent citrus and grapefruit aroma. Nice overall taste for the relatively low ABV full of citrusy hops and a nice subtle malt presence. Definitely not hop water. Nice.

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Photo of mchegash
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Medium orange in color, extremely clear, but a lot of visible particulates. Pure white head which looks quite nice but dissipates fairly quickly.

S: Citrus game is strong. Also some light pine aromas as well as tropical fruit. A little dank. Smells quite nice.

T: Taste is dominated by resinous, dank, hops. Only a little bit of the citrus and tropical fruit present in the smell is detectable in the taste. Nice if you like resinous IPAs.

F: Medium full body. A moderate amount of moderate intensity carbonation. Moderate to moderate high bitterness.

O: So I drank this beer cold yesterday and I didn't really like it at all. Today, I drank it at room temperature (and did this review) and it tastes totally different. I don't know if something weird is going on with me, but my recommendation would be to taste this closer to room temp than to fridge temp.

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Photo of Nachojon
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer is severely underrated. Not much of a looker, but the taste and mouthfeel of this one are on par with some of the better IPAs I have had. Great dry hop hay flavor and clean mouthfeel. Really solid beer.

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Photo of drmeto
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

L:
-pours a hazy bright golden with a big,rocky,foamy,head
-almost no carbonation visible
S:
-lemons,oranges,tangerines,slight resin,vanilla,papaya
T:
-lemons,oranges,tangerines,slight grapefruit,slightly piney,,resiny
-medium ,lingering bitterniss for the style
F:
-light to medium,smooth body
-low to medium carbonation
-alcohol noticeable
O:
Great drinking IPA.Heavy on Citrus fruits and not as bitter as other traditional WC IPAs

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice pale gold with a white head. Nice spots of lacing left on the glass. The smell is pine, grapefruit and lightly sweet malt. The beer taste just like it smells. The light sweetness gives way to a pleasant bitterness at the end. This is a really great beer with a clean finish.

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Photo of emount91
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

west coast hop bomb through and through. pours a clear orange/amber color, foamy head that dissipates quickly. smell is lots of pine, moderate grass, then a bitter citrus back end. Malt is also pretty apparent: crackery would be the adjective I would use. taste is very much like the smell, except it does have this very faint tropical-type flavor to it, can't pinpoint which one though as it's pretty blended and hidden behind the pine. malt is bigger on the tongue than the nose. overall a very good beer, definitely will pick some up fresh when I'm back in Cali.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a 90% clear golden yellow. Ginormous dish soap head tries to climb out of the glass amd sticks to the sides like a bathtub beard.

Smells super hoppy. A bunch of piney/grassy fresh green cones. A bit of citrus and some almost pilsner like grains.

This puppy is green! I envision the Deschutes Fresh Squeezed logo. In your face floral/herbal flavors. There is also some lemon and grapefruit along with a light grainy body. A solid crispness and bitter-sour combo punch. Some slick resin lingers on the tongue. Maybe a bit drying. Excellent beer.

I would describe this one as a session version of Hop Stoopid in a lot of ways.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours bright yellow almost golden, with a very wide white foam head, excellent retention and lacing. Aroma is spectacular, citric, fruity, hoppy. Taste is very well balanced between hoppiness and maltiness. Awesome IPA drink fresh.

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Photo of Deerin
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can into a glass @ Eureka in Fresno CA

Golden, a bit pale. Minor head, little lacing. Aggressive pour yields a medium head. Opaque.
Smells like west coast hops. I get citrus. Not an explosive aroma but nice.
The taste is great. Juicy citrusy hops. Tastes of grapefruit, orange, grain, pine, grass. Not as hoppy as alot of hop forward WC ipas but I'm fine with that- this one is super smooth and refreshing.

Very satisfied.

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Photo of Lobina
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Pacific Beach Ale House. Good overall IPA. Nice aroma and highly drinkable. Would do this one again. Probably haul some back to Arizona to share with my buds.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one of my go-to's. Love the 6x16 can format, and priced well.
Very crisp and clean golden IPA with a pleasant classic pine and citrus aroma. My favorite part, those hops are complemented with unique and delicious grainy, and toasted sesame like flavors. A staple in my fridge. Cheers!

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Photo of dleigh
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

In the past 48 hours, I've had this beer on tap and from a can dated 2/13/16. Tap was better (duh), but the can is solidly enjoyable too. I'm reviewing it from the can, because I figured it would have been rude to my dinner companion to whip out my phone and review it on draft.

A clear, golden yellow with a little fizzy head. Beautiful citra and mosaic hops smell--all of the fruity, peachy, juiciness I love. Refreshing bitter taste with a little hop grassiness. Great beer. Super-good IPA.

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Photo of SovereignGood
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright, slightly hazy yellow with a finger worth of head. Aroma is fresh tropical fruit with a nice amount of citrus notes. The taste is really nice with tons of fresh juice and hop flavor, followed by a nice balance of bitterness and malt sweetness. Can't go wrong with Swami's.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16oz, canned on 01/07/16
A - yellow/golden body with a rocky off-white head leaves a spattering of lacing on the glass
S - fresh citric and tropical nose loaded with lemon-lime and passion fruit
T - new-age hop focused with passion fruit and lemon-lime controlling the palate; slight grapefruit and mango in there as well. Presumed pilsner malt provides a bit of sweetness, but this is all hops
M - medium body, resinous, dry, and lingering pungent bitterness
O - great new age IPA. Glad to try it while visiting SoCal.

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Photo of Reema
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 16 oz can into a pint glass

Pours a clear golden yellow color with billowy eggshell bubbles. Smells of pine dankness, heavy citrus, and heavy floral hops. Taste reflects the smell. Initial citrus bitterness, floral hoppy dankness, finishing with a pleasant citrus bitterness. Feel is light and amply carbonated which fits the flavor profile. Overall this is very good beer with great flavors that make this easy to drink. A perfect go-to beer, especially with the 6 x 16 oz format.

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