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Swami's IPA | Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Swami's IPASwami's IPA

Brewed by:
Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by xlperro on 08-22-2002

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Reviews: 175 | Ratings: 1,124
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours slightly hazy and golden yellow in color with an off-white finger width head. Sub-par retention, dying to a broken layer of surface suds. Rare be small spots of lace around the glass.

Smell - Light aroma. Citrus notes that suggest a grapefruit character. Not much else.

Taste - Follows the nose. Grapefruit rind bitterness. A light orange sweetness. Hints of cracker or bread maltiness. Finish is more bitter than sweet, with a light citrus skin bitterness being the foremost character.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with fair carbonation. Smooth and drinkable, then a semi-dry finish.

Overall - Good, but a bit simple and one-dimensional. The can says they've been brewing it for 20 years, and it shows. Props for being one of the old school IPA's, but unfortunately it has been surpassed a lot of the newer brews in the category.

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Photo of Hop_God
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: clear straw thick white head

S: tropical notes. Bitter resin hops. Orange peel.

T: citrus. Resin. Pine. Guava.

F: creamy. Smooth bitter on the palate

O: solid. Good balance

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Photo of IPAGeorge
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Brewed at Carlsbad. Poured into a tulip from a can

A. Pours cloudy and peach in color with 1.5" of foamy white head. Nice cobblestone pattern lacing around the glass

S. Sweet malts and tropical fruit notes. Pine,white grape, mango.

T. Taste is a lil different than the aroma. You get big fruit on the nose but the flavor is a lil more sweet malt and floral. Starting with light mango it quickly switches to Lemongrass, pine, bitter aftertaste but not over the top finishing with a grassyness. I usually like bigger flavors but this one is very pleasent in a mellow way. Flavors are there that just kinda blend together in stages. Nice.

M. body is 4 on a scale 1-10. Nice amount of carbonation for an IPA. Finishes slightly dry. Mostly I think this is all fitting for an IPA and done nicely.

O. This is a nice beer. If this was around in my area it would probably be on of my goto shelf beers when you want to be in and out of a store. Sits right there with Anti-Hero, Daisy Cutter and Stone IPA IMO.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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

Look: light golden amber, big fluffy head. Smell: hoppy piney, citrus and fruity. Taste: clean bold hop flavors, pinelike, light floral, not a lot malt flavor but subtle sweetness. Feel: medium body, plenty of refreshing carbonation. Overall: great refreshing ipa.

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Photo of Rivcabeerlover
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with 1 finger head. Crisp mouth feel and good bitter taste with citrus tones. Nice bitter finish with hint of grapefruit. Seafoam lacing

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Photo of Roguer
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, translucent golden brew, topped by a sizable snow-white fluffy head. Good retention, and tons of thick lacing.

Nice strong hoppy aroma: pine, grapefruit pith and peel, slightly floral, all riding atop a biscuity pale malt profile.

Flavor and feel are surprisingly light, considering. Very juicy - tropical and citrus - and exceptionally bitter on the back-end. Significant grapefruit peel finish. Pale malts make a grainy appearance early on, but are quickly washed out.

Lighter feel overall, slightly slick and oily. Very active; mild sting. Long, oily, bitter finish.

This is a traditional, old-school IPA, the kind I really appreciate. It's really well done, and clocking in under 7% is a bonus.

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Photo of Thedusanmandic
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Although not aesthetically pleasing on look and smell, one of the smoothest IPAs I've consumed. The mother-of-pearl lace reminds me of frothy seafoam.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a nice clear golden amber with a one finger white head with great retention and lacing. Pineapple aroma poured out of the can on pouring and the aroma in the glass is pineapple, citrus hops, mixed tropical fruit, light pure lemon and a hint of pine, nice. Flavor is lemony citrus hops, lemon rind, light tropical fruit and mild malt; the malt is almost completely subsumed into the hop component, but seems to provide great support without much malt flavor. Finishes with lemon rind and piney hop bitterness. Medium bodied with good carbonation. A great lemon citrus IPA with light pine and herbal flavors, light tropical fruit. I usually like a more substantial malt flavor in my IPAs, but enjoyed this a lot. The very assertive tropical fruit in the aroma is not as evident in the flavor due to the intensity of the citrus hops, but the dominate hop flavor is great by itself. Great citrus IPA.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce Can. Courtesy of GetMeAnIPA another Thank you!

Let's get down to business! First this brew is phenomenal looking! Light Amber Body with some hop haze and White head. Sunshine in a glass I tell you! Let's get the Aroma now! This smells Outstanding! Nice Citric lime and stone fruits resembling Peaches. On the backend there's notes of resinous Hop Vine earthiness. Almost Dank like. Very nice!

The flavor is like just like the aroma. First hits with Lime and an under-ripe Peach fruitiness. Sweet malts barely keeping the hops in check with a crackerish vibe. Finishes dry with an Earthy Hop Vine aftertaste, slightly bitter but just an Hop Assault on the senses. The feel is outstanding medium bodied with tight scrubbing carbonation.

Overall: I'm liking this beer each time I drink it. It's a single IPA that gives you a Hop experience without the huge Bitterness that hops bring with them. This is almost like Gandhi Bot's little brother. Fuggit a good beer is a good beer, this is bringing some good qualities to the table. It's not balanced yet it's still drinkable like a MoFo. This pushes it's way to one of my favorite IPAs on the market. This brew is Recommended!

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Photo of Tonedef
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A solid A in my book..the smell is well balanced...lots of pine,citrus and grapefruit...it looks very good with some lacing on your glass going down.. the taste is smooth and bitter in a good way..if you love IPAs you know what I mean..nice body as well and as it warms up a bit there's some nice balanced malty sweetness to it..12 bucks for a 6 pack of caned pints..great value too.. Cheers!

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Photo of FlakyBiscuit
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was fortunate enough to get this beer through the latest BIF.

This IPA pours a slightly hazy golden color with a quarter inch of quickly dissipating white head. This ale, canned on 1/13/15, was obviously fresh and was very enjoyable. I would say the aroma was mostly grapefruit, maybe orange and bit of breadiness.

Taste wise, the beer shines. Nicely carbonated, not overly hoppy/bitter. I am guessing Centennial or Simcoe hops but not sure. Finishes quite dry for an IPA with a slight bitter aftertaste.

Overall, a very enjoyable IPA that I would love to make a "go-to" brew. Easy drinker but tasty, very tasty. Someone send me some cases :D

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Photo of hopsputin
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a: super clear. its a straw yellow/pale amber color. 2 finger white, light-bodied head. the head looks almost like soap fizz

s: juicy pineapple up front, mango, strawberry, grapefruit, guava, and caramel

t: taste follow the nose very well. right away your hit with ripe mango, passionfruit, pineapple, some faint piney resin, and some bitter grapefruit. comprising the backbone of this beer is a nice deep caramel malt sweetness, a little bit sugary. flavor ends with some earthy bitterness to cut the sweet

m: its on the lighter side of medium, with a surprisingly low amount of carbonation (i don't think that is a negative thing)

o: others have said it, but this is a definite picture of a west coast IPA. it has a great tropical fruit flavor, and a lovely balance of malt sweetness and hop bitterness. exceptionally juicy as well. bitter, yet balanced. definitely pick this up.

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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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Photo of SomethingClever
3.46/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can poured into my beer can glass...seems slightly pointless doesn't it

A: crisp honey gold color nice fluffy head the beer laces the glass like mad

S: very earthy hops a little fruit beer

T: muddled hops not sure whether it wants to be fruity earthy or what

M: medium feel nothing to much nothing too little

O: This beer is average I don't know what they were trying to do here but the taste is not balanced and the hops are muddled. This is a pass for me

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Photo of jooler
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Initial taste is very hoppy and great. You can actually taste all the hops. Not too malty and very hoppy. Not as hoppy as lagunitas Maximus ipa but it's alittle better but still not as good as lagunitas hop stoopid. It's like a better sculpin.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice beer. I received this one from a trade.

Appearance: Hazy light golden color. Decent head retention.

Aroma: Resinous hop forward aroma. Some malts but not overly hop driven.

Taste: Resinous, balanced beer really though. Kind of earthy but not overly so. Its not a very fruity IPA more piney earthy dankness. Hits the front of the tongue smooth but as it crosses the back palate it leaves an assertive hop resinous bitter component.

Overall: Not a bad beer, I have had better, but this is a solid West Coast IPA. I do like how they put these in 16 oz cans. Respect the tall boy!

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Photo of thebrood1987
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge tropical pungent hops so pungent I'm getting hints of that garlic/onion smell but in the best way possible. Very crisp and huge fruity notes from the hops and ending with that intense pine and pungent taste that I was getting on the smell. There is some sweetness in there but its all about the hops in this one. Honestly this is my favorite IPA.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.09/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.1/5  rDev -24.2%

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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 9/5/14 at 40 degrees into SA lager glass
Aroma very piney
Head large (6 cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, slowly diminishing to 1 cm frothy layer
Lacing fair – segments of rings and stalactites of small to medium bubbles
Body straw yellow, slight haze
Flavor begins very resinous and bitter but not too bitter, ends with a bitter aftertaste; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, dry, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.0, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.25

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Photo of uvachief
4/5  rDev -2.2%

16oz aluminum can. Pours light golden color. Barely opaque and nearly clear. 2 full fingers of head that lingers. Aromas of pine and exotic tropical fruit like melon or mango. Maybe lemon. Crisp and light in the mouth with the IPA bite that is strong at first but dissipates quickly. Quite nice. After taste is pine and fruit. Pine lingers on the tongue. Excellent IPA.

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Photo of jdense
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aces and Ales LV Pizza Port tap takeover.

Clear light golden white head decent retention. A bit of pininess in the nose leading to fairly resiny finish . Pretty light mouthfeel. OK tho not my favoite PP IPa.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Swami's IPA from Pizza Port Solana Beach
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