Foam Ball | Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by womencantsail on 07-19-2010

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 5
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pizza Port in Carlsbad, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and some floral aromas. Taste is much the same with a distinct tea-like flavor on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some interesting aromas and flavors.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Nitro at Pizza Port Carlsbad

A: Appearance is clouded with an awesome display of cascading bubbles that finally settle to a creamy white top. Reveals a hazy light golden amber ale a bit on the duller side. Massive sheets of lace down the glass.

S: Smells citrusy with some nice ripe apricot aromas and a bit of estery yeast notes.

T: Citrus comes across much softer in flavor. I get more peach and apricot with a bit of that classic bready English pale malt presence. Freshly baked. Overall bitterness seems on the lower side. Slight sweetness with a real estery tart note in the end. Reminds me a bit of white grape and/or apple juice. Light and refreshing.

M: Super creamy mouthfeel on account of the Nitro. Lighter body. Finish comes across rather wet though.

D: This was a nice drink and a bit of a cross with the English malt and American hop combo.
I much prefer the hop monsters Port puts out however.

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4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful to see this poured in a pint glass, like a nuclear blast of foam, subsiding into a perfect amber body with creamy lacing.

The classic biscuit flavor. Very nice scent of flowery hops, maybe a touch of chamomile. This stuff really lends itself to the nitro treatment, I think. The aroma and floral hops emerge nicely from the foamy body. Seems to give a welcome body to this low-alcohol brew. Just enough malt, and not overly bitter. Really a decent treatment of the English style.

Listed at 4.2%. On nitro tap at Pizza Port in Ocean Beach.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Nitro at Pizza Port Ocean Beach.

A: Transparent bright gold with a big pile of white foam. Thick sheets of lacing cling to the glass.

S: Biscuit and light bread with expressive citrus flesh aromatics: orange, apricot, tangerine, and grapefruit. Very nice.

T: Soft orange and tangerine flesh notes balanced by a pleasant biscuit profile and a touch of sweet grain.

M: Upper light body with a great soft silly nitro mouthfeel.

Overall: Sort of an American-English hybrid of a Pale Ale.

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3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On nitro at Toronado SD

I don't know how this can be seriously classified as an English Pale Ale, but that's what PP has to say about it...

A: The pour is a pale golden straw color with some light haze with the usual fluffy nitro-tap head on it.

S: The nose is...popcorn? Not the buttered variety that you often get with a crappy beer from the middle of nowhere, but popcorn. Not really much else there, to be honest.

T: A bit of water and some more popcorn. The hops aren't really anywhere to be found, maybe they peak out with a touch of lemon or earthiness.

M: The body is insanely light and the carbonation is that sort of creamy/watery carbonation that only the nitrogen can provide.

D: This was a really strange and just not good beer. I don't know who decided to make this or sell it the way it is.

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Foam Ball from Pizza Port Solana Beach
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 10 ratings
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