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:
#2,213
Reviews:
210
Ratings:
1,234
pDev:
8.54%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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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

Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of safaricook
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

though this beer comes from 1 ocean and a continent away it was only a good month old. I was expecting fresh hop aromas but was somehow disappointed because I had do dig rather deep to get the piney typical west coast IPA aromas. Taste was rather bitter not much of a balance. A bit outdated this type of IPA in my opinion.

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Photo of StanleysCup
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kitekid
3.69/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.51/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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

16oz can, small plastic hotel cup, canned 9/12/17.

Light yellow, yellow with no orange highlights, with a lovely rocky head. The retention and lacing are excellent.

A cornucopia of hoppiness greets the nose; grapefruit, orange, lemon oil, fresh grass, weed, and sweet onion.

Juicy classic American C hops everywhere! Dank pine and grapefruit predominate. After the initial juiciness, there's sharp sour bitterness and it finishes clean, just a little bitter and two row.

Full creamy body with great tight little bubbles. In short, it's the standard in California IPA mouthfeel. Dry, nice body, active carbonation that keeps the flavors popping.

I've already said it all, this is a classic that is already a classic.

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

16oz can poured into a pint glass

L: Pours a fairly clear light gold with a hint of haze, with a 1-finger head head with decent retention and average decent lacing.

S: Strong citrus hops in the nose, with predominately orange and grapefruit notes.

T/F: Like the nose, strong citrus hops upfront. Very smooth and balanced finish, with some malt backbone to take the edge off the bitterness. Medium body and carbonation.

O: Everything adds up to a very tasty IPA, smooth and balanced. I will definitely get this again.

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

Photo of khilt360
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 1,234 ratings