Pizza Port Solana Beach

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,779
Ranked #5,038
4.04 | pDev: 7.43%
Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States
Notes: Double IPA brewed with CTZ, Amarillo, El Dorado, Melon and Chinook hops.
Reviews: 102 | Ratings: 410
Photo of EMV
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a tallboy can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Cloudy medium golden pour. 2 fingers of foamy white head. Great lacing. Looks outstanding.

S: Grapefruit and citrus. Resin... evergreen and tropical fruits.

T/F: Sweet bready malts hit the tongue first and lead into a bitter citrus and grapefruit hop experience. Lots of tropical fruit... some pineapple and floral notes. The bitterness is offset nicely by the sweetness from the EtOH and malts. Finish is sticky and resinous. Leaves the palate begging for some more.

O: An outstanding DIPA. Heavy malt sweetness well balanced by the hop bitterness. I could drink this every day. Thanks a ton to DEK196 for sending it my way!

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Photo of colts9016
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A huge creamy and foamy head that is slightly off white. The head has okay retention and did not leave much lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is amber with some light copper hues. Some carbonation bubbles are dancing around the glass. The beer is slightly opaque, but light still passes through.
Citrus, herbal, grassy, fruity citrus, lightly toasted, hint of caramel, and some yeasty cracker notes.
Herbal, citrus, pine, fruity, some caramel, cracker, and toasted bready malt
Medium carbonation, medium plus astringency and body, and full finish.
A rich vibrant DIPA with a heavy malt backbone. Good beer enjoyed drinking it.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Here comes the 58th variation of a hoppy ipa/dipa from Pizza Port. You can make jokes like that because they often are very good, if not very similar at the same time. This one, like so many, pours a yellow color, clarity isn't huge but it isn't NE IPA territory either. Also, I hear this place likes the word overrated. Isn't it ironic? White soapy head in the range of 1/3". Good mix of pineapple, citrus and grapefruit smells to it. Obvious dry hopping.

Taste, bitter, but not brace yourself bitter. A little bit sweet. Price is around $14 for a 4 pack, kind of middle of the road. Hops drop more flavor than bitterness. Light not quite dry, leans more sweet malt body. Carbonation is appropriate. Plenty of juicy melon, tropical and citrus to go around on this one.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Clear orange color, with two fingers of dense foam.

The smell is typical Weset coast IPA, dank and resinous with a boatload of citrus. Great smell!

Taste is also on point for a West coast . Dank, resinous pine, mixed with blood orange and grapefruit. Lots of pleasent bitterness that lingers for a long finish. Closes with a bit of warming alcohol. Top notch stuff!

Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth, medium bodied.

This is a great west coast IPA, up there with the best of them. Great flavor, and the smell is to die for.

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Photo of MrVincent48
4.99/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Delicious. Recommended by the dude at Total Wine and Spirits. I am so glad I took his advice. Truly great on first inhale. Covers the palate with a light, almost fruity inrush of hopififcation. Color could be a tad darker but overall I am delighted. Good job Pizza Port!

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Photo of FBarber
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orange tinged gold. Clear, crisp, and effervescent. Frothy white head dissipates leaving a thin layer of white foam and lots of sticky lacing.

Smell has notes of pine, pine needles, dried grass, with some undertones of citrus - particularly grapefruit and orange.

Taste follows the nose with notes of grapefruit, orange, pine, sap, dried grass up front. Gives way to a bitter grassy flavor with a nice malt backbone. Touch of sweetness. Bitter finish.

Feel is very light and drinkable particularly for a DIPA. Mild to medium carbonation. Smooth.

Overall a solid well crafted DIPA.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can to my FW nonice glass
First noted on 07.10.15

A massive DIPA that practices great equipoise. That said this brew will kook your ass if not cautious for sure.
Bright golden yellow body with some well-conditioned clarity. Equipped with a tall stack of thick khaki suds that delays any attempts to dispel. Healthy runners of clinging lace left behind.
Smells of fresh C-hops. Big pines and grapefruit citrus with elements of stone fruit and light tropicalia mixed in. Creamy malt sugars. Well restrained bitterness. Alcohol in tow but not hot on the palate.
Smooth in texture. Not heavy or overbearing. Well balanced with a light drying at the finish.
Reminds me a lot of their Hop Suey…which is worth checking out.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.74/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Clear golden color, four finger white head, nice lacing, tons of carbonation.

S: Tropical fruits, hops, sweet. Could smell this all day long :)

T: Tropical fruits, hops, sweet. Superb!

F: The smoothest and most balanced DIPA I have ever tasted.

O: One of the top DIPAs out there. Excellent!

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy yellow color with white head. Aroma is dank, grassy, herbal and earthy. Taste is also really hoppy and dank, grassy with medium bitterness on the finish. Medium bodied, light to medium carbonation. Quite classic IPA, grassy with lingering bitterness.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- clear copper color, head dissipates quickly
S- citrus hops mostly
T- citrus hops, very good nicely balanced
M- medium bodied
D- very good, I love it. Will buy again

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Photo of rickrem
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft, medium golden color with small off white head and light lacing.

For some reason I'm never great with aromas but do get a bit of pine and citrus rind.

This is a pretty easy drinker for a DIPA. Not getting a lot of alcohol in the taste and has a good lightly carbonated mouthfeel to it.
Getting good piney and bitter citrus peel tastes. Well balanced and not sweet.

Would like to do a side by side with Swami's but I think this drinks real well.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.93/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From Zombier. In Teku glass. Watching Captain America Winter Soldier while waiting Asun return from end of course dinner. Refreshing fruity hops with just the adequate amount of bitterness. Very resinous. A great DIPA. Aroma is great too but a bit below the taste

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Photo of Bulabeers
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

L: Yellow orange with white head and very little lacing
S: Citrus pine mess I want to say dank but realize I shouldn't
T: Oranges grapefruit pine delightfully bitter dry
F: Nicely carbonated perfect body tannins
O: Great double ipa

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Photo of IpaBeerDrinkers
3.44/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Underhelmed. Swami is a stellar offering, not sure what the mark is on this one.

Very boozy for abv, off puttingingly so.
Hop profile lacks crispness. Is medicinal in nature.
Mouthfeel; average.

This is a pass for me

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can. Pours hazy bright orange with two finger white head, great retention and plenty lace. Juicy tropical mango and orange aroma. Big flavor in this DIPA, mango and melon and pineapple, finishes with a blast of grapefruit peel. Very bitter lasting hops in the end. A little alcohol burn there too. Mouthfeel is on the thin side but slippery.

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Photo of BleedOrangeNBlk
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Incredibly subtle for an imperial. Also has a hint of fruit that isn't usually as potent with many imperial I've tasted. Goes down very smooth and a great aftertaste.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crisp clear yellow gold with a large head that clings to the sides in waves as it dissipates.

Smells like lemon meringue pie with some coppery acidity and a vegetal note in the background.

Tastes like a well made, balanced IPA with some green pine, grassy notes, and even banana as it warms. Unique.

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Photo of Deerin
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Golden and a bit pale. Head is reserved. Minimal lacing. Looks good but nothing particularly stands out.
Smells like hops, and plenty of it.
The taste... is a mixture of pine and resin, with a large, sweet malt backbone. This is awesome. Alcohol is extremely minimal for an (almost) 9%er.
Feel is... Good carbonation, the perfect amount of sticky cloying without being a nuisance. Really, really great.

This is pretty phenomenal. I'm almost blown away. I very much enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my go-to DIPAs. Clean, clear yellow with a good holding white rocky head, bursting with mango and citrus aroma and a hint of that classic pine. Same with the flavor, with a hint of licorice in this medium light bodied, smooth and refreshing, wonderfully formatted and priced beer. Cheers!

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear gold with a white head that leaves sticky globs of lacing. Smells like grapefruit and dope. The taste is mildly sweet with grapefruit pith and pine. There is a really nice bitterness that lingers and plays nice with the sweetness. This is a really nice beer.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with a 2 finger fluffy white head. Retention is excellent and there is tons of spotted lacing. Smell is grapefruit, orange, mango, pineapple, pine and dankness. Taste is the same although the slightly muddled from the bitterness. Feel is light side of medium and resinous. Overall a very good beer. Prefer this one to Swami for sure.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden yellow. Thick white head. Great retention.Nose is a mix of pine, melon, tropical fruits, mango, peach. Tropical fruits. Slight alcohol burn. Crisp finish. Not syrupy. Good beer

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Photo of Damian
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 16 fl. oz(1 pint) can acquired as an extra in a trade with DanPing
Canned on 01/05/16
Served in a snifter

Gorgeous appearance. The crystal clear, bright golden liquid was topped by a two-plus finger tall, tight, frothy, off white mass. Solid retention. The head slowly receded to a thick collar. Streaky lacing trickled down the glass. Later, the head completely dissolved.

The aroma was super hoppy and fruity. Very tropical and exotic. Pineapple dominated. This was a total pineapple bomb. Some coconut was noticeable as well. The beer reminded me of a piña colada. Clementine was also detectible. Really fresh and bright. As the beer sat, candied orange peel notes took over. Hint of white grapefruit.

The flavor profile was also very hoppy and fruity. Again, pineapple came thorough big time, although not as much as in the nose. Loads of orange, clementine and tangerine. The beer was anchored by a stiff malt backbone. A bit overly sweet on the front end. The finish contained notes of candied orange peel and a touch of pithy, grapefruit rind-like bitterness. Similar to the aroma, the grapefruit notes intensified as the beer warmed.

The mouthfeel was super soft and fluffy. Really creamy and supple. Medium-light for the style. The liquid contained a zippy, spritzy effervescence that frothed up nicely on the palate. Perhaps a touch over carbonated but still immensely smooth.

Kook is a super fruity and flavorful, West Coast-style double IPA. A refreshing change from the hazy, soft and juicy, Northeast-style hoppy beers I have been drinking a lot of lately.

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Photo of Tele
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Can (Dated: 12.22.15)
Consumed: 1.29.16

A: 4.5 Pours a clear, yellow-gold with a large, off-white head. The head lasts a couple minutes and leaves lots of lace in the glass.

S: 4 Aromas are really nice, but very mild. There was a big hit of tangerine as soon as I opened the can, but everything else faded quickly. There’s some mild, piney hops, citrus, and a bit of bready malt in the background.

T: 4.25 Taste is also fairly mild, but it’s also incredibly balanced. There’s a small amount cracker/bready malt sweetness up front with piney, lemony hops coming in next. Not much complexity or intensity from the hops, but still good flavor and also only mild bitterness on the finish.

M: 4.5 Really nice body and carbonation. Surprisingly refreshing for a DIPA.

O: 4.25 Not the most intense or interesting DIPA out there, but it’s great value, very drinkable, and still satisfies the IPA cravings.

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Photo of Jewefc2
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: awesome can coming out of San Diego
Smell is off the chain citrus
Taste is beautiful dipa I always say this but similar to heady
Feel has that lightly carbonated smooth home brew taste I love similar to alpine
Overall awesome, little pricey but they are 16oz bombers. Def will buy again. Maybe cheaper directly from pizza port

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