Cho-Saiko | Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by HopHead84 on 07-21-2010

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of rudylaw
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler shared by MasterSki... the man, myth and legend! Served in a Bell's tulip on a blustery, muggy early evening.

Pours out a semi-cloudy copper with a thick, 2 finger head that has amazing retention.

A very, very sweet smell. Lots of juicy hops... in fact, I liken the aroma to a fresh Double Daisy Cutter (that's where those similarities end). There may be a hint of toasted malt in here... but I don't care. It's the hops... it's always the hops.

The taste is everything a DIPA should be. Sweet and bitter with a clean finish. There's more of a maltiness present now, but not near enough to even entertain the notion this is a balanced DIPA. This is a CA hop bomb! Grapefruit and orange rind!

Medium body and insanely drinkable.

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Photo of terpinsd
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of largadeer
4.67/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Shane.

Appearance: Perfectly clear and bright, golden with a burnished copper center. The head is fleeting but leaves some sticky lacing behind.

Smell: Dank citrusy hops, typical Pizza Port goodness. Ripe tangerine was the first thing that came to mind, but there's a definite grapefruit note here as well. Malt doesn't contribute any distinct scent, rather it contributes a little sweetness that highlights the fruitiness from the hops, giving it a nose of fresh ripe fruit.

Taste & mouthfeel: The citrusy fruit flavors carry over from the nose, but it's a drier beer than the aroma suggests. Tangerine and grapefruit are up-front on the palate, but there's a more subtle note of tropical fruit, specifically pineapple, that lends more depth to the hop profile. The mid-palate does bring out a touch of sweetness, but this is impressively dry, light and quaffable, especially considering the 9.5% ABV. The finish has a smooth, clean bitterness that makes the beer almost too easy to drink, Younger-esque in that sense.

Another stellar Pizza Port beer, which shouldn't come as any surprise.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber appearance, great clarity. I coaxed a little bit of a frothy white head from a growler which had been opened the day before.

Piney/dank resiny aroma mixed with citrusy fruitness. Some candy floral sweetness lingers in the background of the aroma to give you a hint of the malt.

Citrusy and resiny in the flavor department. Pithy grapefruit finish. Exploring further I find a little bit of a tropical fruit note and some slight caramel sweetness. I could be confusing the two.

This beer is very dried out for an alcohol percentage this high. Lots of robust hoppy flavors and a very unified beer. Alcohol is not very noticeable at all.

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Photo of ChrisPro
4.57/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by MasterSki through Shane. Thanks, guys!

Pours a slightly hazy amber with beautiful fluffy white head.

Served in a bulbous red wine glass which trapped the incredible aroma. Super dank hop aroma with some grapefruit and a hint of onion (a really f'ing good onion).

This was incredibly balanced. There was some sweetness present but a solidly dry bitter finish.

Great carbonation and clean mouthfeel. Not too sharp and the ABV was scarily smooth.

Overall, one of the better IIPA's I've ever had and glad to have tasted it. This brewer is definitely on to something.

Couldn't think of a better beer on this 90+ degree muggy evening.

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Photo of jeff1973
3.68/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of SocalKicks
4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DefenCorps
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Ocean Beach.

Beautiful big pine and candied mandarin nose, beautifully balanced with hints of mint and a touch of honey. Ripe pineapple and some dried mango is present as well. The palate opens with a big, pungent hop character, pine, citrus and an absolutely marvelous resiny feel. Juicy, fruity, pungent, pine and candied orange and an intense, concentrated fresh fruit flavor. Drying, resiny and mildly bitter on the finish with lunge fruit, this feels awesome. The light carbonation also helps enhance the feel. A superlative beer, one of the best of the year. The mouthfeel is nonpareil. There's no one outside of San Diego that brews beers that feel this way, except for maybe Cellarmaker or Russian River.

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5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Sideswipe
4.72/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler filled at PP Ocean Beach. Poured into my New Belgium tulip.

A- The beer is a crystal clear, deep golden color. Reminds me of the color of fresh honey you buy at a roadside stand. Two fingers of snow white foam recedes slowly, leaving very nice lacing on the glass.

S- Aromas of fesh citrus, pine and hemp waft up from my glass as I pour. A closer sniff brings a slight biscuity pale malt presence out as well. This stuff smells great!

T- Big time citrus predominates. Orange, tangerine, mango and pineapple are present in copious amounts. Pine makes an entrance mid palate with a very pleasant level of bitterness. the malt bill does a nice job of balancing things out without taking anything away from the magnificent hop profile. The finish is piney with a slight, lingering bitterness.

M- The beer is medium bodied with a slightly viscous feel to it. Really nice. The level of carbonation is high enough to keep things interesting while still allowing for a nice creamy quality. Very well done!

O- Cho Saiko is the epitomy of a great west coast DIPA. Fantastic citrus characteristics, bitter pine and a perfectly integrated malt backbone. It is one of my all time favorite DIPAs and I recommend it highly.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.72/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


This is consistently one of my favorite Double IPAs in San Diego. A fresh batch of this is like heaven in a glass. Upping smell and drinkability. Outstanding stuff. Radical, indeed.


On tap at Pizza Port Ocean Beach. Dark orange with perfect clarity and a frothy off white head. The aroma displays perfumey pine resin, floral notes, and prominent citrus in the form of grapefruit and orange. Alcohol is light and there's a subtle sweetness attempting to offset the hop brilliance. Outstanding. Hops are explosive in the nose.

The flavor opens with a big pine resin kick, which segues into bitter grapefruit and orange pith. There's an ephemeral malt sweetness that is reminiscent of caramel, though the high level of dry hop bitterness wins in the end. A very nice hop profile and subtle alcohol considering the high ABV. The finish is a blend of pine resin and citrus with a lingering high level of bitterness. The beer is medium bodied with a sticky mouthfeel. An outstanding Double IPA. If it were only available in some remote IPA wasteland of an east coast city it would easily be in the top 100.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chilled growler into a glass, courtesy of Sideswipe. Thanks, John!

I opened the growler the same day it arrived, so it hadn't cooled down fully. Couldn't be helped.

A: Well carbonated, with two inches of off-white foam rising to fill the tulip. It retains very well and leaves tons of sticky lace down the sides of the glass. The body is a clear, copper-amber color.

S: Mmm... Candied grapefruit, resinous pine, and a hint of moss. Delicious, clean sugar malt backbone. I had the pleasure of trying Hop Suey within a week of this one, so I'm able to reflect on the two in a nearly side-by-side manner. I prefer the candied grapefruit style of Cho-Saiko.

T: Sweet, candied grapefruit, orange, tangerine. It's not too tropical, unlike Hop Suey. No surprises in finding pine here, but it's interesting that there are hints of weed and moss. Lots of sugar cookie here; it's quite noticeable and it makes the beer overall sweet. It covers the bitterness well, though there is some in the aftertaste, along with a touch of booze.

M: Medium-bodied, with good carbonation. Nice hop oils that contribute some sticky bitterness. It's not a dry beer, but it has just enough booze bite that it comes off as drying.

D: Hop Suey gets much more attention, but I think this is the superior beer. I'd love to have it again.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Sean9689
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growled shared by Alex (Masterski) by way of the m'fer Shane (HH84). Thanks to both of these guys!

A - Pours copper, large frothy cream-colored head, lots of sticky lacing and a nice thin cap on top. This is how a DIPA should look!

S - DANK as all hell, lots of hops, lesser amount of malts, woah. This one makes my saliva turn into cementl...woah. Sweetness first. Bitter, then more hints of bitterness, topped by a bittery bitter note. Toasted malts. I think this one has it all, impressive.

M - Medium, good carbonation, oily finish.

D - I'm impressed. This kills the RR Registration I recently had and is right up there with Citra. Thanks once again to Alex and Shane!

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Photo of armock
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pizza Port Ocean Beach

A - Poured a copper color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of piney and citrus hops

T - This is like drinking liquid hops with pine and citrus flavors

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - If you like hop bombs you'll like this beer this is a west coast double ipa I could probably only have one of these in a sitting but its worth picking up a pint if you stop in

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Freshly obtained from PP Ocean Beach. The name plate on the beer board eluded to a sumo wrestler and perhaps Hop Sueys little brother?

Pours with a hazy copper body and a half inch of sticky white froth . Plenty of ripped lacework throughout the glass as well as a solid skim coat.

Aromatics lead off with a blast of pungent citrus and pine. Very much a San Diego style with loads of tropical fruit and citrus. Apricots, mangoes, grapefruit, and resins. Very lush and potent.

Medium bodied with a crisp, tacky mouthfeel. Gummy, sappy, and filled with powdery resins.

Tropical citrus pith with pine-rubbed grapefruit start the palate. A pressing, drying bitterness quickly steps forward along with a pithy spiceyness. Very light on the malt and heavy on the hops. Alcohol is there but not a factor.

Finishes with a lingering, almost bracing bitterness, tropical citrus, and extremely dry.

Great beer, but then again I had so many terrific hop bombs in So Cal recently.

Next up, a side by side with Hop Suey.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Shane for convincing Pizza Port Ocean Beach that I needed to try this beer. Huge thanks to me for paying the exorbitant two-day shipping that was a condition of the fill. ;-) Served in a Kuhnhenn tulip less than 48 hours after it was filled.

A - Pours with two-plus fingers of off-white, orange-tinged foam. Great retention and sheets of lacework, with the head eventually settling to a thick cap. Transparent gold & copper body.

S - Dank and pungent! Piny, resiny, hops that also contribute candied citrus and rind flavors. There's a light brown sugar malt backbone. If you blended Town Hall Columbus Pale Ale with Surly Abrasive, you might get something like this. There's the faintest touch of alcohol as it warms.

T - Taste is heavy with sweet citrus, light tropical notes, and a present but unobtrusive sugar malt character. After all these flavors it morphs into a persistent bitterness that is intense but never overwhelming. I could have gone for a bit more dank here.

M - Soft texture, medium body and carbonation, sufficiently oily and resiny, with some pleasant dryness in the finish.

D - I had been concerned that I would have to consume the majority of this growler on my own, as no one had confirmed for my Friday night growler party. However, after my first glass I was secretly hoping I would get to tackle this brew on my own. Alas, I had to share it with "friends" - thankfully they appreciated it as much as I did.

Shane said this wasn't game-changing, but perhaps he's just spoiled with the super-fresh, hoppy concoctions being pumped out of the San Diego area on a regular basis. For those of us on the Third Coast this was a wonderful, indulgent treat that we'll likely never get again.

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Zaximus
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Cho-Saiko from Pizza Port Solana Beach
Beer rating: 4.42 out of 5 with 24 ratings