Swami's
Pizza Port Solana Beach

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From:
Pizza Port Solana Beach
 
California, United States
Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #512
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
91
Ranked #6,460
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 8.56%
Ratings:
1,348
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 08, 2022
Added:
Aug 22, 2002
Wants:
  90
Gots:
  301
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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Notes: Swami’s IPA was first brewed in 1992 to commemorate one of our favorite local surf breaks nestled below a spiritual enlightenment temple that sits on the cliffs above. This West Coast style IPA features a timeless American hop profile of citrus and pine with a crisp balanced finish. It’s a dream come true to be able to share so many pints over time as we all evolve together. Whatever your form of meditation is, we hope that each and every sip contributes to your own self-realization…Cheers!
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Photo of LittleStevie
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by LittleStevie from Utah

Nicely balanced. A bit of citrus, but enough malt that it's not overwhelming. Goes with pizza!

May 08, 2022
 
4 by donspublic from Texas on May 01, 2022
Photo of gefinley
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by gefinley from California

Canned 12/7/21.

Apr 28, 2022
 
4.57 by Beecham from California on Apr 26, 2022
Photo of MeanMotaScootah
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by MeanMotaScootah from California

I give this one a straight 4 across the board. Solid IPA - not a West Coast apparently IPA (the specs says it's an American IPA - whatever that means). Great citrusy sweet aroma. Nice malty backbone, creamy mouthfeel with some sticky hop notes on the finish. Nothing bad about this beer - the Swami has spoken.

Apr 01, 2022
 
3.86 by TheHopsman from Nebraska on Mar 15, 2022
Photo of ChristianTotten
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by ChristianTotten

Piss colored beer. Has a little bit of a funky after taste. Defiantly piney flavor. It’s alright. I wouldn’t consider it outstanding. I prefer the pizza port red amber ale over this and I’m normally an ipa guy.

Mar 03, 2022
 
3.99 by Wesmaze from New York on Jan 01, 2022
 
4.1 by crewfan1952 from Ohio on Oct 10, 2021
 
3.94 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Aug 27, 2021
Photo of NeilSilber1
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by NeilSilber1 from California

Pours golden yellow with thick white frothy head. Notes of citrus and fresh piney hops. Really nice IPA from one of my favorite local SD breweries and pizza place.

Aug 21, 2021
Photo of ANIMOUL
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ANIMOUL from Vermont

Drank from a can - no birth date - purchased from grocery store in Alpine, CA. Amber yellow with decent head. Great hops and foam. Solid beer though wish they'd put the 'swami' back on the can. Pfft.

Jul 31, 2021
 
3.87 by Bwag from New York on Jul 28, 2021
Photo of BillAfromSoCal
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BillAfromSoCal from California

Brewed on 6/7, consumed from a tall tulip glass on 7/22. Nice clear dark gold color without chill haze. Voluminous white head that slowly dissipated, leaving only a little lacing.. Smell was very subtle with nothing much jumping out as an obvious ingredient or characteristic. Same with the taste. Nicely balanced mouthfeel with good combination of medium body or perhaps on the light side of medium with gentle carbonation. Overall a "not bad at all" IPA. Nice appearance but just not a lot of other outstanding characteristics compared to many other available IPAs.

Jul 23, 2021
Photo of PNW_pints
4.87/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by PNW_pints

Love it

Jul 16, 2021
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4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Beersnake1 from California

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a nice yellow/orange with white head. The nose immediately screams pine, lemon, and orange creamsicle. Resin. I get a bit of carrot cake and barnyard funk. The taste is super smooth. Not overly resinous, but it's there. the immediate flavors are citrus, but the pine needle bitterness comes through on the aftertaste. Also getting tree sap, grass, and leather. Really nice balance. Overall, a fantastic IPA.

Jul 05, 2021
Photo of blazerkor
3.3/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by blazerkor from Nevada

The malts hit my nose first but the hoppy dankness is close behind.

It tastes malty as well but with herby hops also present.

It's got a medium body with a lot of foamy carbonation. The finish is long, bitter and herby.

This is a solid IPA. I give it a 4 out of 6.

Jul 01, 2021
 
4.18 by JLC60 from Maryland on Jun 03, 2021
 
3.79 by mdfb79 from New York on May 01, 2021
 
4.25 by HopBelT from Belgium on Mar 13, 2021
Photo of ThoughtQuantum
4.76/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by ThoughtQuantum from California

Edit: this is a great beer. They changed the can art recently

Feb 15, 2021
 
3.86 by Road_Soda from California on Feb 06, 2021
 
4.5 by ChuckTom from Arizona on Jan 28, 2021
Photo of frankdatank1337
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by frankdatank1337 from California

Its a generic IPA. Not good or bad, very middle of the road. Hence my score.

Jan 26, 2021
 
4.25 by FLBeerGuy from Florida on Jan 10, 2021
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3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by zeff80 from Missouri

16oz can. Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a good-sized, white head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass. It smelled of orange peel, grapefruit, pine and toasted caramel. Nice citrusy bite with toasted caramel and a piney bitterness.

Jan 03, 2021
 
3.56 by bret27 from California on Dec 16, 2020
 
4.33 by simonrgilbert57 from California on Dec 02, 2020
Photo of laketang
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by laketang from Arizona

I get a clean straw with a nice fluffy white head.
Decidedly citrus, lemon and pine notes.
Hop and malt balance, juicy with lemon.
Creamy and chewy with some carbonation.
Great beer fresh (three weeks).
Great beer but smell left more to be desired.

Nov 22, 2020
 
4 by DOCRW from Washington on Sep 14, 2020
 
4.03 by FrankCastle from California on Aug 16, 2020
 
4.48 by cswhitehorse from California on Aug 07, 2020
Photo of FireMedk
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by FireMedk from California

This is a hallmark west coast IPA with the perfect blend of carbonation and great citrus notes with pine and malt. Such a smooth finish that it ranks up there with my top 5 favorite IPA’s of all time. Well done Pizza Port! Cheers!

Jun 29, 2020
 
3.79 by Kamahl16 from Nevada on Jun 27, 2020
 
4.5 by TallGuyCM from California on Jun 17, 2020
 
4.17 by Sellen from Connecticut on Jun 12, 2020
 
4.25 by ryanf2192 from District of Columbia on Jun 08, 2020
Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

L: Standard golden fair but for a dense four finger sticky foam that leaves webs of lacing in its wake.

S: Pine resin and citrus. Smells way bigger than the ABV would let on.

T: Not earth-shattering bit has the malt and taste of a resinous double.

F: Deceptively thin, sometimes you fail to notice.

O: This beer is special. If you like double IPAs but are trying to cut back, this is a beer to try. I don’t know how they did this.

Jun 06, 2020
 
3.75 by Seshin from California on May 11, 2020
Photo of REVZEB
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by REVZEB from Illinois

Clear yellow with two fingers of tight white foam. Stop me if you have heard this before: pine, hop resin and citrus in the nose, taste adds in more pale malts, pineapple and a touch of grass, bitterness is clean and prominent. It's a prototypical west coast ipa, which 18 years ago was radical I'm sure, now it blends in. That being said it is a good representation of the style, I don't want to give the impression I didn't enjoy it because I very much did, but it is nothing inventive. Feel is dry, crisp, clean, classic, and sneaky zesty in the hops. A model for style that is pleasing

Apr 29, 2020
Swami's from Pizza Port Solana Beach
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 1348 ratings