Kaito | Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by HopHead84 on 12-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of a flight enjoyed at the Ocean City PP on 12/31/11. Review from notes.

Appearance: Brown/orange color. Quite a pretty hue.

Aroma: Hoppy nose, citrus and floral tones with a pot like dankness to it as noted by other reviewers.

Taste: Hop juice goodness. Orange and tangerine flesh with strong floral tones first. Nice rush of malt second followed by a very astringent floral/herbal bitterness.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Very easy drinking, but there is a very strong linger on this that only a true hop head would enjoy.

Overall: A great representation of what many of the best PP IPAs have tasted like from my experiences. Imbalanced toward the hops in all the right ways that allows for fully realized hop flavors along with their bitterness.

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4.8/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a growler of this fine ale over the weekend. What a splendid beer.

Appearance: Perfect beautiful lovely golden lucid amber. Totally transparent. Looks a little bit like the piece of amber containing the insect with dinosaur DNA in Jurassic Park. The head retention is good, too. Pours with three fingers plus, which settles to a firm cap with nice lacing. It's like that crown in Skyrim, from the Imperial quest. Can't remember the name.

Smell: Ambrosia, nectar of the gods, potpourri. Dank marijuana initially, and then ripe tropical fruit. Kern's guava nectar.

Mouthfeel: The body of this beer is surprisingly wet. It's quite full-bodied, with a nice crispness at the finish.

Taste: Weedy, herbacious, and really fruity. Pineapple, apricot, resinous bitterness. Botanical, juniper-like bitterness. Honestly, there are panoply of fruit flavors, finishing with citrusy orange petite mandarins.

Overall: Good beer IMHO

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler courtesy of Shane (HopHead84). Shared at Kuhnhenn Winter Solstice. Served in plastic cups - stay classy Warren!

A - A finger of white foam settles to a thin collar and some wispy patches on top, leave stray splotches of lace. Transparent bronze body.

S - The aroma is very intriguing - are there English hops in here? The initial impression is a mix of super dank, skunky, marijuana-heavy, piney hops with some floral and herbaceous flavors. As the beer warms up there is more in the way of tropical and citrus fruits, but this is hella dank and piney. As is standard for Pizza Port IPAs the malt character is minimal and unobtrusive.

T - The taste expresses significantly more mango and peach flavors among a bouquet of tropical fruits, with the dank ganja notes more in the margins. The surprisingly high single IPA ABV manifests as some crackery malts, candied citrus, and a faint hint of burnt sugar. Bitterness is present but never grows fatiguing.

M - Medium body, smooth texture, pleasant moderate carbonation, and an exceptionally dry finish. Alcohol is very well-hidden, and this drinks like more of a 6% beer in many ways.

D - I really enjoyed how the malt and tropical hop flavors became more expressive as the beer warmed up, as this was initially a dank-bomb when we opened it. Crushable stuff, as is usual for Pizza Port, and a recipe I hope they revisit with some regularity. With the recent personnel changes at the various locations I think Ocean Beach may be the best "go-to" location for hoppy goodness.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5


On tap at Pizza Port Ocean Beach. Pint into tulip. Brewed in honor of and named after the head brewer's new baby boy.

A: Burnished yellow gold with perfect transparency and a mountain of white sea foam. Retention is excellent and lacing forms sheets and tendrils on the tulip. Inviting.

S: Pungent pine resin accompanies aromatic floral notes. The citrus profile is a monstrosity, with huge grapefruit, orange, tangerine, and apricot notes. Mango is pronounced, as is passion fruit, and pineapple is subtle. Malt imparts cracker and a little sweetness.

T: Juicy orange and tangerine with evident pine resin. The beer is dry and moderately bitter with notes of citrus rind and melon. Passion fruit is light and I get a little mango. Malt imparts a suggestion of cracker and a little midpalate candied sweetness. A restrained alcohol presence is perceivable in the finish.

M: Upper light body with lower high carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry and sticky.

Overall: Congratulations to Yiga on the birth of his son. When he gets older you can tell him how delicious this beer was.

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Kaito from Pizza Port Solana Beach
Beer rating: 4.44 out of 5 with 11 ratings