Pizza Port Solana Beach

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American IPA
Ranked #237
Ranked #3,354
4.1 | pDev: 8.29%
Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States
Notes: Also known as Zombie Swami's IPA

Swami’s IPA is a special beer to the Pizza Port family as it was the first IPA brewed in our original location over 20 years ago in Solana Beach. With a more traditional hop profile, this beer is the quintessential example of a West Coast IPA as it showcases the fresh bitterness of citrus and pine. Swami’s is named after one of the most famous surf breaks in San Diego county, which, as perfectly depicted on the can, is always crowded with surfers and paddle boarders alike. The break itself gets its name from its proximity to a Self-Realization Fellowship, a landmark in Encinitas that is also perfectly pictured on the can. Whatever your form of meditation is, we hope that each and every sip contributes to your own self-realization!
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Photo of REVZEB
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of beersampler6
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

These guys are no joke. I’d heard about this brewery before and loved their Bacon & Eggs imperial porter. This IPA was just great. Canned date 1/20/20. Pours a nice golden yellow color with some fluffy white head and nice looking small sheets of lingering lacing. Smells of ripe pineapple, grapefruit, orange, lemon, piney and floral hops, creamy vanilla, bread, malt and faint herbal hops in the background. Taste follows the nose, very nice balance and depth. Great flavors and loved the bracing bitter bite at the end - very West Coast IPA? Smooth mouthfeel, slightly sticky and good persistent carbonation. An excellent beer.

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Photo of Gatch
4.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 02/18/20. Damn good price for a 6er of tall boys. The essence of a West Coast IPA and how I remember them when I went to college in Arizona “back in the day.” Pungent yet refreshing, dank and resinous, dry yet fruity. Delicious, easy to drink, consistent.

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Six pack of pint cans picked up by my wife's friend in San Diego.
Canned on 09/25/19. Poured in to a pint glass.

Look- Clear golden straw color, large slightly off-white head with great retention, bountiful sticky lacing. Solid carbonation streaming as it sits.

Smell- Citrus (pithy grapefruit and lemon), resinous pine, bready malts. Mild pepper and tropical fruit, light spicey/floral notes.

Taste- Mostly citrus, pine, white pepper, earthy hops and bready malts.

Feel- Medium/light bodied, very smooth with a dry, lightly bitter finish, very well balanced. Moderate carbonation on the tongue.

O- A nice old school west coast style IPA, drinks like a session style IPA despite the higher ABV.

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Photo of EJPA_0425
3.05/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Honestly, I was disappointed with this IPA. I bought 1 pint of it from Trader Joe's. Pours a minimal head and has the same color as Miller Lite. Smells like a typical IPA. Tastes very bitter for only 6.8%, like pine and cedar. Difficult to drink too, although some people may like this kind of IPA. Definitely wouldn't buy again

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Photo of Nass
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I dig the can artwork for this beer. The pour is similar to marigold orange. The taste is piney, citrus, slight dank, & slight floral. It's a juicy beer & there is a fair amount of bitterness towards the backend but it's nothing too abrasive. The canned on date shows that this beer is a month & a week old (not bad). I'm delighted to say that I was able to try a beer from the OG craft brewery Pizza Port. I highly recommend this beer. Cheers! A-

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Photo of BigGold
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had poured from pint can, bottom stamped “CANNED ON 04/16/19,” into nonic pint.

Perhaps lacking some of the fruitiness of later West Coast IPAs, Swami’s still has rare bite, and just enough malt for you to hang on.

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Photo of jwc215
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Chupacabra, Mesa, AZ:

Pours golden. A thin lasting head leaves lacing.

The smell is of citrus, pine, herbal notes.

The taste is of citrus and pine. Somewhat musty. Light bready notes give it balance.

A solid IPA. Nice bitter notes but balanced. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of FLima
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden color with a thick head with decent retention and leaving good laces.
Nice tropical aroma with notes of mango, passion fruit, pine, peaches and malt sweetness.
Flavor with notes of pine, grapefruit, lemon-orange citrusy, green dank resin, pineapple and mild peach. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 6.8% abv is absent.
Bold dank, citrusy and resiny American IPA. Quite hoppy old school West Cost IPA

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Photo of JayeDog
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice fruity floral smell, taste has a smooth mild hopiness vibe with just enough dank to satisfy your taste buds. Just the the right bitterness, not too malty.

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Photo of AleManDan
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

You say WC IPA, I might say Swami’s. Pungent hops battle it out with a dry malt backing. Big floral and stone fruit hops on the nose followed by taste that brings a classic wave of piney and citrus hops. It’s old school in many respects but to me still tastes fresh and interesting due to the masterful recipe and classic west coast complexity of hops on a dry malt body. Also, the simcoe hops gives it just enough funkiness to battle against the citrus that there is a layering of complexity that elevates this beer far above its peers.

Drink it fresh and at the beach preferably.

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single can from Bottle Craft Liberty Station. Pours a hazy yellow/pale golden with uniform 2 fingers of white head. Aroma fruity - tropical, pineapple, citrus notes - some hoppiness on nose. Taste is sweet tropical fruit, pineapple notes, with some mild piney hoppiness, a little bit dank. Well balanced. Medium body, smooth mouth feel finishing with a subtle floral/fruity bitterness.

Fresher can March 12/19 taste really pops - gave my rating a boost!

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Photo of Jwale73
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz. can served in a willibecker. Pours a sunny gold with a translucent clarity and a frothy, bright white head. Nose expresses cereal malts - fairly clean for the style. Taste is lemony, herbal and piney. Mouthfeel is light in body with an even carbonation. Overall, a classic example of the west coast style from 10+ years ago. Nice to see it's still relevant.

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Photo of antonyliu
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tall can poured into snifter glass.


Light honey, merigold orange; light/medium opacity

Aromatic floral, tropical, some esters

Bitter juniper, pine, grapefruit rinds; Citrusy

Raw, carbonated, dry; medium/light body


Right in the middle, not light or heavy, but very hoppy and leans/finishes bitter and dry, like I just ate a piece grapefruit rind. Without residual esters/rinds, this would be epic level.

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

Fantastic beer for the price, at least here in San Diego. Great fluffy head and lacing. Smell when poured is divine. After that, sadly the smell fades. Feel in the mouth is nice, especially the fluffy, soft head. The taste is about 50/50 or 40/60 sweet/bitter. The sweet is apricot and orange like to my tongue and the bitter is lemon/orange-rind. Exceptional beer.

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Photo of summitsix
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into tulip glass
Canned on 5/27/18, 3 weeks old at local grocery (not bad!)

L: light hazey golden, if it were filtered, it would look like an IPA
S: dank, hoppy goodness
T: delicious peach notes and citrusy hops upfront, balanced nicely with malts
F: refreshing for a big ipa, easy to drink

I’d pick it up again, it’s a solid IPA

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Photo of stevoj
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft at PKWY - Henderson. Mildly hazy pour with small thin head. Hoppy with fruity undertones. Taste too has some nice gentle hoppy flavors, citrus , nice weight and feel. Decent all around IPA.

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Photo of Captain69
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this brewer is god at ipa's the next time I am in calif,. I would like to taste test them together. it is hard to say which is better . they are calling his an American ipa. from the taste it seems slightly sweeter then the other I tried . a great beer and looks good on the pour

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Photo of joedvegas
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice looking golden/amber color with a good amount of haze and a nice looking two-finger, clingy head. Inviting hints of grapefruit, pineapple, lemon and nectarine on the nose. Front palate a little flat but ample hints of pineapple, grapefruit and lime, with a smooth back palate of grapefruit and warm honey. Lingering finish. Crisp finish. Good IPA.

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

There is no doubt this is a great IPA. Perfect pour, good head and nice lacing, excellent aroma with hints of citrus and fruit nicely controlled by the bitterness. There is a lot going on in this IPA and it is a pleasure from start to finish. I have nerver found it on tap, but expect it to be even better.
Locally the price has hit $13/six pack and that makes me explore other brews.

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Photo of PlinyMeNow
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Exceptional cheerfully bright, clean IPA with a light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation from the can, crisp notes of pineapple, tangerine, tropicals, grapefruit. Light malt backbone. Finish is bitter but bright.

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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 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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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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