Swami's IPA | Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Swami's IPASwami's IPA
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4.1/5
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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
Ranking:
#2,275
Reviews:
213
Ratings:
1,244
pDev:
8.54%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of FFFjunkie
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a near opaque golden yellow. Poured with 1.5 fingers of white head.

Aroma is all citrus (grapefruit and maybe orange) and pine.

Taste follows nose. Massive grapefruit and pine. Hints of orange or maybe even lemon. Nice bitter finish.

Feel is prickly and crisp. Carb is moderate to high.

Overall this is a really well done west coast ipa. Big grapefruit, pine and bitterness. I believe this beer has been brewed for a long time now and for good reason.

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Photo of strohme2
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce can, dated 01/29/18. Poured into tulip.
Pours a pale yellow golden with rather large fluffy straw colored head. The nose explodes with hops among the pour. Pineapple, grass, lemon, citrus with a bigger whiff. Really a great smelling beer. The taste is what a big west coast IPA should be. White grapefruit, tangerine, piney, slight bit of dankness at the end. A bit of oxidation in the can, I won't hold this in the ratings. Some caramel notes from the malts but mostly a cracker finish. Medium bodied, finishes dry and abrasive. Just lovely.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andrew8626
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tgatort
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RedhawkPoke
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TylerJ
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pete9094
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent IPA

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Photo of TheBrewsky
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 16 oz can into 20oz tulip glass. Canned on 12/11/17, so not the freshest. Didn't seem to affect it however.

Look: Pours golden yellow in color, with extreme clarity. Typical look of west coast IPA. Huge 1 inch head that is white in complexion. Abundance of lacing on glass.

Smell: Citrus fruits up front, with orange, tangerine, lemon and grapefruit being highlighted. Also get a fair amount of pineyness to the smell with earthy floral accents. Really great smelling beer as well.

Taste: Follows the nose, accept more emphasis on the piney aspect. Pineyness up front, with citrus fruits right behind. No flavors seem astringent or unbalanced.

Feel: Good feel to it. Has a heft to it, which is enjoy. Body is medium, with moderate carbonation. Bitterness is medium to high, leaning more towards high end, in which the bitterness lingers in your mouth.

Overall: This is a really solid IPA, and indicative of the WC style. I highly recommend it. It is crisp and refreshing. Cheers!

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerMeCJS
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mltobin
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brittanylicious
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heysuz
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SteveStuart
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 1/02/18, consumed 1/24/18

Poured crystal clear yellow gold with a solid head, tons of lacing.

Aroma is very enticing, mainly citrus fruit with floral notes backing.

Taste is zesty fruit, pine, earthy, pretty pronounced malt.

Medium body, bitterness lingers a bit.

Overall solid WC IPA, a staple that every IPA lover should try if you come out West.

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Photo of monkist
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Okay first of all, away with the veil: Pizza Port came first and one of their former six locations became Port Brewing in San Marcos - hence the identical logo on their earlier beers.
And now for the show:
Swami's IPA is rich and full with "indian" (actually American) content, full blast with US hops that make it smell and taste fruity, citrusy, zesty but at the same time a bit bitter like a grapefruit would be - and this comparison is perhaps the most fitting. However what I find surprising is that it is rather like an East Coast IPA than a typical West Coaster - if there's ever been such a distinction. It is drier and zestier than your typical Californian IPAs would be, but nevertheless an A+ beer!
And you see the Swami on the can, playing his flute for the beer tap as his cobra on the San Diego county coastline with surfers out in the open. For a moment it makes me think of Big Sur and the Beat Generation with their indian transcendentalist things back in the Sixties...
An outstanding beer without limits of space, place and time. Wherever you drink it, it flies you back a few decades to SoCal. Great beer, baking a Pizza goes with it.

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4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TPiwaron
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tylerstravis
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alguzman1985
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mthomp081
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bearman13
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of unclekeith
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Swami's IPA from Pizza Port Solana Beach
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 1,244 ratings