Swami's IPA | Pizza Port Solana Beach

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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

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Ratings:
1,199
Reviews:
203
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
8.56%
 
 
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82
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For Trade:
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Photo of Sammy
3.64/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Solena Beach. A real winner IPA. I didn't get aroma here, maybe it was my still frozen nose coming in that day from the East Coast. Taste was yeasty and there was a lot of lace. Decent mouthfeel and drying bitterness. Brought a bottle home.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of GRG1313
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Instant Replay in Canoga Park, CA.

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thick rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and pineapple aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

tallboy, mostly clear sunny yellow color, inch of white head. its a fine ipa and all, no off flavors in the least, nothing missing, but its just generic in every conceivable way. a nice west coast style nose, hop resins and bitterness collide, piney for sure, but i have smelled this smell a million times, and already know the pale malts on the front end will be basic two row with nothing distinct, and that the hoppy finish will be unnecessarily bitter and long, to the point of trying too hard to be robust, and falling into that C+ category that seems to accumulate so many india pale ales, especially california ones. well carbonated and a little too squarely medium bodied. nothing special, although its not poorly made, it just doesn't distance itself from the enormous crowd of so/so india pales. passable, but utterly forgettable.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-draught @ Toronado San Francisco. $5 per pint.

Varied hop profile. Lacks impressive depth of flavour, and the hop profile isn't dazzling, but it's well balanced by an apt pale malt sweetness and the coating mouthfeel suits it nicely.

Smooth, wet, and medium-bodied. Refreshing, but it'd be better softer. Well-carbonated.

Drinkable but ultimately forgettable. I wouldn't get it again with all the superior IPAs available widely in the Californian market, but it's tasty.

C (3.00) / AVERAGE

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color capped by an inch of foam; a few swathes of lacing descend from the lip

Smell: Bright and fruity, with tropical tones (pink grapefruit, pineapple and mango) as well as cantaloupe, onion and a touch of pine

Taste: Smell begets taste, with many of the same flavors arriving on the tongue; just a touch of biscuity malt underpins and the finish is moderately bitter; oniony finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: As others have noticed, this is a quintessential West Coast IPA, San Diego Pale Ale or whatever you want to call it - I call it quite tasty

Thanks, fthegiants, for the opportunity

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of dmorgan310
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade with BeerBaron666. 16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 1/3/2014. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of huge tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, pineapple, orange rind, floral, grass, pine, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity of bright citrus hop notes with light-moderate malt presence; and great strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, pineapple, orange rind, floral, grass, pine, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, pineapple, orange rind, pine, floral, grass, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity of bright citrus hops with light-moderate malt presence; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome IPA. All around great complexity of bright citrus/pine hops flavors with light-moderate malt presence; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mothman
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at Port in Solana Beach

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of off white head. Fades to a thin layer but leaves some nice sticky lace walls. Color is a clear golden sunset.

Aroma: Nice floral hop profile with a high amount of citrus. Caramel and bready malts balance it out a bit. Solid IPA aroma.

Taste: Just like the aroma, but it has more caramel malts to it. Big citrus floral taste. A good amount of grapefruit. Has a bubblegum flavor in the background. Very solid ipa.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but not over the top bitter. Refreshingly clean. Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Ends sticky, which is expected.

Overall, a solid ipa and very drinkable. Well to the style. Glad I got to try this one. A staple of an ipa.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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