Pizza Port Solana Beach

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IPA - American
Ranked #275
Ranked #3,837
4.1 | pDev: 8.78%
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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Reviews by Surf1:
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Surf1 from South Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +9.3%

Oct 22, 2014
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hoppyhour from California

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lets keep this one simple.

This is a kick ass classic west coast IPA.

Super piney with some fruit on the nose. Pours clear, clean and very consistent.
Goes great with chiles and other spicy foods.

Always ultra fresh with convenient canned on date on the bottom. Usually when I get these they are only a week or two old. Cant beat that!

Swamis, I love you... at $13 for 6 pints my wallet also loves you.

One of my favorite daily drivers, get some.


Jul 18, 2014
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Aaron_Ramson from California

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

The quintessential West Coast IPA.

Sep 01, 2014
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TastefulNudity from California

4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in a six-pack of tallboys. I should mention I purchased this beer 5 days (!!!) after the canning date. Not obscenely expensive when you factor in the amount of beer you get for your money.

A: I'll admit, it's not the best looking beer ever. Pours a clear, golden yellow with a fair amount of white head that sticks around for a bit.

S: This beer shines here. Caramel sweetness, citrus, tropical fruit, melon. This is an awesome beer to smell, even straight out of the can (I've had it both ways)

T: Starts with that spicy, tropical bitterness that fades in to a smooth mellow malt sweetness. Solid west coast IPA with a nice malt bill to back it up.

M: Long, bitter finish. Good carbonation for the style, cleans up the sweet and finishes dry.

O: I feel like this beer is underrated. I found the last six pack in the store, and to be honest I never cared for Pizza Port/Port Brewing/Lost Abbey. At this price I can afford to drink this one, it's tasty, and it may just be my new go-to six pack. Cheers.

Apr 30, 2014
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PicoPapa from Connecticut

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

Thanks to Orthodoxkardia for this one.

16oz can pours a hazy vibrant yellow rig over an inch of frothy white head. Tons of lacing. Tropical fruit aroma of mango, guava and papaya. Some pine and grapefruit. Slightly doughy. The taste is floral hops with some more of the guava and pine. Bready with a good amount of grapefruit towards the finish. Tastes slightly boozier than I expected. Moderate amount of carbonation with a mouthfeel on the heavier side for an IPA. Slick and very drinkable. Overall, this would be a Go-To canned IPAD for me if it were readily available.

Mar 05, 2015
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maxcoinage from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

2 week old pint sized can to DFH IPA glass (9/5/14). Lots of fluffy white head and golden colored beer, tons of lacing as beer settled

Aroma is popping with citrus and a little bit of pine

Taste starts of with a good amount of sweetness. Mango pineapple grapefruit orange are noticeable Good amount of hop bitterness hits you on the finish for a good balance

Mouthfeel is perfect for a crushable IPA like this. Good amount of carbonation, medium body, goes down smooth and slight dry finish.

Overall a great example of a west coast IPA and at this price ($13 for 6 pack of 16 oz) I wish I lived in San Diego, this would no doubt be a mainstay in my fridge. Just got back from a vaca in San Diego and already want to go I back.

Sep 21, 2014
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elNopalero from California

4.78/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From a can. Pours a clear crisp golden tan color with generous foaming.
This is the definition of catty, cat pee and onions and garlicky hops come across on the aroma. It could very well be the first beer I've noticed this combination so present, and it dominates the citrusy orange notes that come out. Bitter and biting, but dangerously addictive all the same. Is it safe to say this beer blew my mind?

Jun 29, 2015
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PlinyMeNow from California

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.

May 07, 2018
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joedvegas from Nevada

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.

May 20, 2018
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timon from California

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.

Sep 24, 2018
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Stevedore from Oregon

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

16oz tallboy can. Dated 11/26/2014. Poured into a stemless glass 12/16/2014.

A- Clear yellow-copper body, light golden hued with a two finger white head with nice effervescence. It looks clean, crisp and refreshing with nice carbonation in form of the head that has a good bit of longevity. Nice collar, lacing.

S- As soon as I popped the can, aromas of lemon and citrus wafted out and pleasured my senses. Very aromatic, citrusy and dry resins. Clean pale malt sweetness of which there isn't much, but just enough that the citrus isn't too overwhelming. Smells great, intense although not incredibly complex. Certainly delivers on the citrus.

F- Clean caramel flavour that is distinctly clean and mildly sweet, with a nice lemon, grapefruit flavour punch with a bit of pine and citrus bitterness on the backend. Not superbly complex, but very tasty, intense yet reasonably approachable for the average IPA consumer.

M- Medium bodied, very nice and dry, perfect carbonation such that it's not too prickly or too flat. Pine, citrus bitterness dominates on the backend. Fairly bitter as expected.

O- Another clean example of a west coast-style IPA. It's definitely worth picking up on a regular basis if this is available to you in such a manner. However, it does not supplant the likes of Duet and Nelson in terms of San Diego IPAs. It is certainly much easier to get and is a very good IPA.

Final score: 4.08

Dec 17, 2014
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boy, they sure don't make them like they used to. Or do they? Sticking to the trendy roots of the west coast-style IPA, the Pizza Port brewing team were among the first to jump aboard the bitter dominant, dry-as-a-bone type of beer making. And their Sawmi's is not about to back down anytime soon.

Pale gold and surprisingly clear, the gleaming elixir sheds a foamy eggshell froth with some sexy lacing agains the glass. Its bright fruity and herbal bouquet is chocked full of citrus, pine, grass and hints of tropical fruit. Supple and sweet on the tongue, notions of honey and light caramel churn with an early malt influence.

But as the ale takes hold of the middle palate, the malt quickly release and the hops nestle onto the middle palate with the bright taste of pink grapefruit, radiant orange peel and a kiss of lemon. A backdrop of pineapple and mango take a mild tropical turn before the finish is gripping with deeply resinous pine, fresh grass clippings and a mild leafy green tea taste to close.

Medium body but trend dry, the beer's creamy structures on the front of the tongue bring a zesty carbonic snap that facilitates dryness, refreshment, crispness and drinkability. Nearly sticky with hop resins, the finish comes quick with a mild hop astringency, a peppery bite and a long bitter linger of fruit peels and pine needles. Its a classic west coast taste simply done right.

May 04, 2017
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WesMantooth from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev 0%
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.

Mar 18, 2016
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michiganmatt from California

3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Apr 11, 2016
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can from Whole Foods. Canned 04 Dec.

A clear light orange with a thin, off white head with decent retention and lacing, this looks decent. The nose is solid. Bright lemon peel and pine, clean, snappy, oily and hoppy, wonderfully piney and nicely floral. The palate opens bright and pungent with orange peel, pine and a moderate bitterness. Resiny on the mid palate with pleasing stickiness, this beer is light in body, has minimal malt character and is great on the palate. Drying and bitter on the finish with lingering hop oils, point resin and pungent citrus, this beer is excellent. Highly recommended. Exceptionally clean.

Dec 29, 2014
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my go-to's. Love the 6x16 can format, and priced well.

Very crisp and clean golden color. Perfectly clear in fact, with an impressive foamy white head that lasts and plasters the glass.

This thing bursts with a pleasant classic pine and citrus aroma. No sweet smelling backbone, just a pinch of cracked grain.

Almost all hops. Tons of grapefruit and pine, but what really stands out is the subtle black licorice in the background. Sip after sip, my mouth waters and I keep coming back to Swami's relentlessly with those hops being harmoniously complimented by unique and delicious grainy, and toasted sesame like flavors.

Crisp, clean, bitter as f*** and hoppy as hell. The light medium body and excited carbonation let this things bill bursts with aroma and flavor.

A staple in my fridge. Half the time I wonder why I buy any other IPA.

Feb 24, 2016
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strohme2 from Michigan

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.

Apr 14, 2018
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Smakawhat from Maryland

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

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Canned Oct 7th. 2014.

Extremely pale amber, nearly lemon, with some faint bronze orange highlights in the body color with great clarity. Lost of plentiful and nice looking carbonation, reaching to a big creamy thick filled off white four finger head. Thick creamy retention with angel food cake like creamy top. Thick bubbled but slowly settles and doesn't break into chunks. Real nice.

Very nice hop juiced fruit tropical aroma. Some nice grass and fresh mellow cut senses going on with a hint of herbality too. Slightly spicy, and has a bit of mango character it seems. Subtle and subdued sweetness also.

Palate comes with a bit more crisp character. Steely fruit and washing tropical flavors. Hints of melon and mango like flavors with a clean and very crisp almost Kolsch like body. A mild sense of ripping grain on this, nearly husky but with lots of dryness. Some intersting sugar spices kick in as well

Pretty nice, but quite light bodied, and not so big on the fruit angle. Definitely a good IPA and some of its mellow character makes it a bit appealing too.

Nov 09, 2014
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Mateo2699 from Texas

4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

May 12, 2016
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bruindre from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

May 21, 2014
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jamesar from California

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Aug 25, 2014
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JuliusPepperwood from North Carolina

3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Nearly clear straw gold color, 1/4" white head that gives way to thin ring, nice lacing

S: Pine resin, grapefruit, dry pilsner malt, and faint yeast

T: Pilsner malt, biscuit, hop resin, grapefruit pith, no real presence of alcohol

M: Light carbonation, medium feel, with mild linger hop and malt flavors

O: This is a very balanced IPA. Smooth malt and hop notes and not overly bitter. Unfortunately not my favorite choices of malt and hops. It tasted like a hoppy pilsner to me with dank and resinous hops and aromatic biscuit malts. Still well craft IPA though.

May 18, 2014
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TheBeerbarian from California

4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 19, 2015
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Jcorn from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 30, 2016
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -24.4%

Pour is clear golden in color with a bubbly white head. Nose is mostly caramel malt sweetness with resiny and citrusy hop profile. Flavor has sweet malts, lots of doughy bread, moderate orange citrus, light bitterness, some resinous hop through the finish. Light carb, syrupy feel, fuller body.

Dec 08, 2014
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