Swami's IPA | Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Swami's IPASwami's IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States
pizzaport.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as Zombie Swami's IPA

Added by xlperro on 08-22-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
192
Ratings:
1,172
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
8.58%
 
 
Wants:
81
Gots:
257
For Trade:
5
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Reviews: 192 | Ratings: 1,172
Photo of BeerDawgs
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Straw yellow with clarity. 2 fingers of head, and lots of lace left all over the glass

S - Juicy hops with citrus

T -Citrus hops, well balanced, grapefruit, and malty. Love it

F - Well carbonated and medium body

O - A tasty strong IPA, well balanced, citrus and malty

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Photo of snaotheus
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2017-03-04
16oz can served in a large snifter. Canned on 1/30/17. Bought it in Oxnard and brought it home.

Pours clear light golden/yellow in color. Medium to large head that seems to be crawling up the sides of the glass. Lots of carbonation. Pretty. Smell is mild, malty, straw, a little juicy and floral.

Taste is very dry, Bitter but not killer, comes across very crisply. Long finish.

Mouthfeel is very dry, very light. Overall, nice solid IPA.

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

Pours a bright, almost neon yellow color. completely clear and crisp. Thick couple finger foamy head dissipates leaving a thin layer of soapy foam with lots of sticky white lacing.

Smell has notes of citrus, pine, floral hops, bread, cracker malts, and lemon.

Taste follows the nose with notes of citrus, lemon, pine, and some floral hops. Solid cracker and pilsner malt backbone. The flavor on this is reminiscent in some ways of a pilsner but with more pine and bitterness. Its really interesting. Super balanced yet the flavors really pop. Bitter finish with a touch of sweetness.

Feel is light and drinkable. Pretty crisp. Medium carbonation.

Overall a really nice IPA. Balanced and easy drinking.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3-week fresh can. Pours pale gold with a medium-small head that leaves lots of lace. Nose is crisp clean West coast hops, mostly citrus and pine, and some biscuit/cracker malt. Taste follows...really classic profile. Quite bitter into the finish. Taste seems to improve a bit after a few ozs...perhaps as the palate adjusts to that bitter finish...and more orange peel comes through. Overall, a solid beer that doesn't surprise but couldn't really disappoint either.

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Photo of EMV
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a dogfish head tulip, thanks to DEK196 for including this in a trade

L: Medium to light golden pour... semi-opaque with 2 fingers of foamy white head. Great lacing.

S: Bread and pine... citrus notes and old fashioned herbs.

T/F: Pale malts form the backbone... dry and hoppy. Evergreen, floral, and citrus hops... nice bitter bite. Oily and resinous... a little sticky coating to the tongue. Citrus in the aftertaste.

O: Great example of a classic west coast style IPA. Very tasty and would have this again any time.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Pale straw with a good white head

S - Pine, grapefruit, floral notes, pale malt

T - Follow the smell with an enjoyable bitterness

M - Nice mouthfeel, low carbonation

O - A good balanced brew. Though it's not very original in anyway, a classic west coast ipa

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Photo of breadwinner
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Oily, resinous IPA, not short on dank, as the kids say, maybe a little wanting in the body/hop flavor, a little reliant on the dry hop opener, but overall a satisfying West Coast IPA.

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Photo of larryi86
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks 2beerdogs for this
16 oz can, dated 10/12/16, poured into a teku

A- Super clear golden color with a two finger white head.

S- Citrus, candied oranges, some caramel malts, piney, slightly floral

T- Citrus, just enough sweet malts, floral, piney finish, well balanced.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A solid classic IPA, flavors are well balanced. Would buy it if it was local to me.

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

Appearance: pours an oange color with a nice 1" fluffy head.

Smell: citrus and floral hops are easy to detect.

Taste: caramel, orange, mango, and a nice floral bitterness are the main flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp and a touch dry at the finish.

Overall: a super refreshing a easy to drink IPA.

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Photo of Thumper92
3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L- looks like a regular beer, golden amber. Nice foamy head with some lacing that lasts

T- smooth taste but you can still taste the nice bitter hops at the end evening out the taste lingering on your palate

S- smells good like a little grapefruit and wheat

Overall- this is my personal favorite IPA, although I am a 23 yr. old who just started experimenting with and loving the artistic craft of beer, IPAs and Stouts, but if you are in San Diego (North County) it is worth going to Pizza Port for the awesome food and great original craft brew (I live right down the street from the Solana Beach location which is the original Pizza Port) so I am lucky to get fresh brew.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy, golden color, three finger white head, messy lacing, medium carbonation.

S: Fruity, hoppy.

T: Tropical fruits, mango, grapefruit, hoppy. Malty on the back end. Excellent!

F: Perfect carbonation, highly drinkable and refreshing.

O: A superb IPA. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Bshaw22
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer is probably a little under rated. Super classic crushable west coast IPA. Big white head. Kind yellow straw color. Bitter with a little dankness. Good stuff.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a tall-boy can into my Dogish Head shaped pint glass.

Misty straw colored body supports five fingers of off-white foam which clings tenaciously to the sides and leaves fat stiff peaks behind. Superior retention.

Minty, citrus-laden, herbaceous and bright aromatics.

Faintly "green" on the palate and after a brief cotton-candy-laced nanosecond, surprisingly dry. Moderate and lasting bitterness as the hops dominate the flavor profile with a variety of biting notes from pine resin to grapefruit pith. Pale, almost pilsner-like malt background is here to highlight the hops more than balance them.

Medium-bodied, but not at all oily/sticky; zesty carbonation - faint warming from the alcohol.

Intensely hoppy, exceptionally pale, yet decidedly thirst quenching - a unique example of the style worth re-visiting.

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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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Swami's IPA from Pizza Port Solana Beach
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