Achievement Beyond Life's Experiences (A.B.L.E.) (Pizza Port Solana Beach) | Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A.B.L.E stands for Achievement Beyond Life's Experiences and is a tribute/ benefit beer for our friend Brit Antrim who was recently paralyzed in a workplace accident. All 4 Port locations will be brewing a beer along with Hollister, Anderson Valley, Great Divide, Lost Abbey, Avery, Cambridge Brewing Co and Maui Brewing.

Added by HopHead84 on 01-29-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 7
Reviews by DefenCorps:
Photo of DefenCorps
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shane, thank you. This is the first Pizza Port IPA/DIPA that I've had a chance to consume (not to be confused with the Port IPA/DIPAs)

A mildly hazy orange with a dense, off-white head that slowly falls off to a thick cap, leaving sheets of lace in my Duvel tulip. Beautiful stuff, this. The nose is excellent. A true explosion of hops, I'm immediately struck by the grapefruit character that's present. Behind that is a rich fruitiness - oranges, tangerines as well as some pine. Dried apricots round out the nose. Malt character is faint, I really can't pick much out here.

The palate opens thick, chewy and resiny from the hops, while displaying a brilliantly reserved level of bitterness. Again, flavors of grapefruit dominate, and fresh citrus, a moderate apricot note and some pine are present. The malt is a little bit more noticeable than on the nose, with some toffee and mildly burnt sugar like sweetness present, along with a little butterscotch. Juicy and rather resiny on the finish, there's a firm bitterness that's present. However, this is rather beautifully balanced IMO. I would say that the alcohol is reasonably well hidden here, but then again my last point of reference is Hopslam. While a touch sweeter than ideal, the mouthfeel is still rather perfect. Medium-light in body with soft, gentle carbonation, this is just how I like my DIPAs. As for drinkability - I think I might be able to drink this growler of ABLE (ha!) tonight.

**Edit. An hour later, I am stuck by part of the dichotomy that is this growler. Other reviews mention an explosive hop nose, and while that's partially true, it fades in comparison to the palate, which is where this beer truly shines. Still, an excellent beer

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Photo of largadeer
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Shane!

Pale golden-amber with a fluffy, sticky white cap that leaves scattered lacing. Huge hop nose, dominant pine and resin with bittersweet grapefruit beneath. Touch of sweet pale malt and butterscotch. Dry and resiny on the palate, fairly light bodied. Tons of pine and citrus hop flavor backed by bitter grapefruit. Firm sticky bitterness in the finish, punchy but clean. Alcohol is noticeable beneath the bitterness, though it's not terribly detracting. Another great DIPA from Pizza Port.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Pizza Port Solana Beach

A: The beer pours a translucent golden amber color with a dense white head.

S: Smells incredibly fruity with tons of grapefruit, tangerine, orange, and lemon zest. There is a lot of floral contribution too, and quite a bit of pine. Some sweet caramel notes from the malt eventually find their way into the nose.

T: The flavor is almost perfumey. An intense grapefruit and floral character that is just very fresh and vibrant. The beer is slightly sweet with some definite caramel notes coming through, but the pine provides a strong bitterness.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation and a touch of bitterness lingering on the finish.

D: I thought this was some pretty damn good stuff. I seem to have been skimping on my hoppy beer consumption lately, so a good DIPA from Pizza Port was just the trick.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


On tap at Pizza Port Solana Beach. A new Pizza Port Double IPA, hell yes. Poured from pint glass into snifter.

A: Bright golden orange with a dense frothy white head. Retention is great and a nice Brussels lace clings to the glass.

S: Dank pine resin with a light candied citrus quality. In a word: amazing. The hops possess the usual orange and grapefruit notes, but notes of mango and peach are also prominent. Hop aromatics have a lot of depth and are extremely pungent. 

T: Malt lends a light candied sweetness to a stellar citrus hop profile. The hops explode on the palate, imparting massive flavor and only a moderate bitterness. Huge orange flesh, peach, and apricot notes accompany mango, grapefruit, and resinous pine (light notes). The alcohol is criminally hidden. Oh god this is good. Devoid of astringency or any evident harsh notes.

M: Lighter side of medium body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry and crisp. 

Overall: Reminiscent of a less bitter Heady Topper. Immense hop flavor and aroma with only a moderate bitterness makes this a pleasure to drink. Do yourself a favor and get to Pizza Port Solana Beach this week to try this beauty. My god this is good. One of the best I've had.


Alcohol seemed much more apparent. Dropping taste and drinkability, both by .5. The beer also seems a lot more bitter. Hmm.

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Photo of codynevels
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of tokyofatts
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-light amber with 1" head that persisted down the glass
S-WHOA! Pine, citrus, couldn't wait to dig in
T-Piney resin, grapefruit, slight ETOH
M-Light, clean, crisp
D-Almost perfect. I had three of them and would have had more, but this was the end of a productive beer drinking day. Only distraction would be the slight alcohol taste, but I am not complaining!

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Achievement Beyond Life's Experiences (A.B.L.E.) (Pizza Port Solana Beach) from Pizza Port Solana Beach
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