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

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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Reviews: 188 | Ratings: 1,157
Photo of SoCalBeerBabe
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very drinkable IPA not crazy on the hops and bitterness. Very balanced, citrusy and complex flavor. I really enjoyed this and will have it again. If I had to explain it one word: refreshing.

This went amazingly with a wood fired pizza.

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Photo of SaulFox
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Definitely a west coast hop forward beer. Perfect on a summer day on the beach. If you like citrusy and dank hop forward brews, then this is one you'll enjoy

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Photo of csulaguy
4.95/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Someone at either BevMo or TotalWine suggested this one. Definitely one of my favorites. Hoppy, refreshing. Just an all around good IPA. Shame you can't find it outside of California...

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Photo of elNopalero
4.78/5  rDev +17.2%
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?

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Photo of AdamTebbs
4.84/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This pours a dark straw color, has bone white head, slightly fruity piney smell, hop flavor not too overpowering but very present. This is a very drinkable IPA. I really enjoy it.

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Photo of Dynobolt
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Opened up in a can. Poured golden clear, head dissipated rather quickly, ok lacing. Pretty average IPA for me. Nothing excited me about this drink.

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Photo of Mikus
3.42/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good date on the can. The major notes of this brew (in both aroma and flavor) were tropical and bright, however, a slightly off vegetal hop note came through in the palate that muddled and interfered with the enjoyability of the experience. not sure if this is a new SD thing, but noticed it in a couple of brews out there... keep it West Coast, West Coast! Noticed that this was a long-time brew from PP, so maybe not a new hop variety or style tweak? Either way, I tend to be a little bit sensitive to off flavors when tropical or 'dank/eathy' hop varieties are involved... so take my review with a grain of salt (as you should with everyone!).

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Photo of RichKent
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Swamis is an excellent and easy to find (SoCal) American IPA. Total Wine, BevMo, etc.. stock this in abundance.

Taste is juicy, fruity, hoppy and slightly sweet from the light malt balanced by just the right amount of bitterness (not too bitter).

My go to IPA in San Diego - especially because it comes in 16oz 6-packs for the same price as most 16oz 4-packs.

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Photo of Zach136
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 4/10/15, enjoyed 5/12/15

Appearance: Crystal clear yellow, two finger white rocky head. Excellent lacing.

Aroma: Big juicy, tropical fruit hops.

Flavor: Hops come across more on the piney, dank side. With medium bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, medium+ carb. Slight sticky hop bitterness.

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Photo of babaracas
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold color with soapy white head, settles to a thin layer, wispy lace trails down the glass. Smell: floral, honey, grapefruit, white grape. Taste: white grape and nectarine juice, grapefruit, crackery, rindy with pineapple and lemon cough drop finish. Nice!

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Photo of CNoj012
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a crystal clear light golden color with a dense, two finger frothy white head. Retention is excellent and there are many hanging spots of lacing. Smell is bitter pine, citrus fruits and a bit of peach. Taste is the same with a good deal of bitterness. Feel is light and crisp with great carbonation that tickles the tongue. Overall a very solid west coast IPA.

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Photo of chrisjws
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Pizza Port San Clemente, served in a pint glass.

A: Nice pale orange color, slightly cloudy. Single finger of head, laced the glass nicely as I enjoyed it.
S: Citrus, orange peel, grapefruit, and a little bit of sweetness coming from the malt
T: Nice grapefruit bite upfront, citrus throughout, a little bit of malt sweetness. Ends piney, bitter and dry. Follows the nose very well.
M: Lighter body with medium carbonation
O: Very solid, tasty IPA.

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Photo of Rutager
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awwww yeah, Joseph brought the west coast hops in a huge way. Cheers bud! 500mL can.

Pours a lighter gold with a touch of orange and a very slight haze. Almost a finger of white head. Nice citrusy floral west coast goodness in the nose with some light toasted pale malts. Taste follows, pretty nice standard west coast ipa. Wouldn't have trouble drinking this on a regular basis.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
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 -3.7%
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 +2.5%
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 +3.9%
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 -1.7%
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 +8.6%
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%
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 -7.4%
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 -0.7%
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 +2.7%
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 +10.3%
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 -6.1%
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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Swami's IPA from Pizza Port Solana Beach
4.08 out of 5 based on 1,157 ratings.
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