Pizza Port Solana Beach

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,770
Ranked #5,137
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: 103 | Ratings: 413
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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Photo of Fatehunter
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours two fingers of head on a clear light straw body.
The aroma is a really nice blend of pine, mango, pineapple and grapefruit.
The beginning is super pine bitter, mellows a little with topical fruit sweetness, then finishes with a moderate dry bitter note.
The texture is light and crisp.
It's pretty good.

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Photo of Tilly
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

P: Golden straw, his frothy head. Great long lasting lacing.
A: Mostly citrus, lemon, grapefruit. Pine, spicey coriander.
T: Resinous, sweet lemon drops, grapefruit rind,
M: Light to medium body, well balanced, mildly bitter.
O: Well rounded DIPA. Worth the wait!

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Photo of Timothy_Scott_Goeft
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Looks great, clear color head small and leaves just a small lining that lasts on the edge of the glass. The nose is small but noticably citrusy. Taste is very stardard DIPA Citrus and pine flavor hops that are accented by the slight malt that shows. Mouth is bit foamy or bubble gummy. Mid carbonation. Will go back anyday for this brew and if it is a sign of the brewery ill buy more soon.

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Photo of farrago
3.54/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice froth to the head, gets close to three fingers, pure white with a dimpled surface and very good retention, the lacing is more splotches than streaks. Dark golden color to the liquid, pure and consistent, just a few bubbles which are fat and lazy, sits calmly in the glass. The nose is initially loudly floral before settling into molasses, caramelized brown sugar and sour orange citrus, not shy about bringing the pine and wet leafy matter either, the mixed white fruit and pineapple a touch muted, not afraid to come off as sugary. In the mouth it’s full-bodied, its richness sinks it into the tongue. The carbonation is decently high and certainly makes every attempt to put some spring in its step. All that caramel and breadiness remains at the fore, the orange and grapefruit citrus sweet as juice concentrate. The green grass and pine yield ground, however, spicy enough that the bitterness elevates slightly through the dry finish. Has a tarry earth component as well. Seems like a beer you really need to catch super-fresh. The general heaviness makes it difficult to enjoy at a rapid pace. But it’s pretty much true to style.

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

1 pint can. Canned on 2015-08-26.

A: Clear. Pale amber. Poured a lot foam, medium retention.
S: Intense and fresh pineapple and lemon. A little grassy.
T: Grapefruit. Slightly toasty. Some hints of sweetness. Medium high bitterness. Dry. Long finish.
M: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation.
O: Excellent DIPA. The flavor and aroma are pretty powerful, yet I think it fairly drinkable.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Canned on date of 08/26/15

Appearance - Pours hazy and light golden in color with an off-white, half finger head. Fair retention results in a thin, broken layer of suds across the surface.

Smell - The aroma is dominated by citrus and caramel. Light pine.

Taste - Follows the nose to a degree. Citrus, pine and a touch of floral character make up the hop profile, while the malts show the caramel found in the nose, but also a surprising amount of graininess. The grain lingers along with a bit of pine resin and grapefruit pith.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full in body with moderate carbonation. Slightly sticky texture with a mostly dry finish.

Overall - Decent DIPA, but the grain and pine get to be a bit too much for my liking. I probably wouldn't seek this out again.

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Photo of youcantmakeme
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

look: light mango flesh color, not to much head which fades out rather quick but it does retaing a thin foam on top lacing the glass.

smell: sweet (tropical fruit), bread (yeast) more fruit than anything though.

taste: bitter sweet tropical fruit but it doesn't dull the senses. This one is probably the sweetest DIPA I've tasted so far.

feel: light to medium.

overall: i think i paid close to $18 for six 16oz cans which isn't bad considering that to me it's very easy to drink, the reason i say that is because when i purchased it i took it to a friends house and was planning on only having one maybe two but i ended up killing three of these straight out the can so that to me makes this beer worth the money. i think that the reason for this is that this beer is aiming more towards a west coast looking for a dipa that i don't have to think about much type of dude so with that said i'm out cause there ain't much more i can say about this beer than what's already been said.

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Photo of transbeman
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

I wouldn't have believed that this was a Pizza Port beer had I not purchased it myself solely BECAUSE it was a Pizza Port beer. Those folks know their IPAs -- Poor Man, While The Wife's Away, etc. I understand they vary from joint to joint and I believe all the canned offerings are brewed at Bressi Ranch, but nonetheless, I was wholly disappointed in this one. I mean, Pizza Port's IPAs are usually amazing. This tastes like it was brewed by any of the many subpar breweries to have opened shop in San Diego in recent years. Far too bitter with no backbone -- and this is from someone who likes hops.

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Photo of mactrail
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear light amber in the Ommegang chalice. Attractive foam that sticks to the glass. Sharp on the tongue. A lighter and less sweet DIPA.

Piney and resiny taste with a long finish of something like passion fruit. Sharp and clean. Totally drinkable with an interesting floral taste. Modest bitterness. From the 16 oz can purchased at Bottlecraft in LIttle Italy.

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Photo of emyers
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz. can poured into a Founders snifter. Canned on 8/26/15

Appearance: Pours cloudy dark gold with a thick fluffy white head.

Smell: Grapefruit with a ton of pine and herbal qualities. Would be a pretty classic West coast IPA aroma except for the fact that there is a fairly strong caramel malt presence behind the hops as well.

Taste: Similar to the nose but the malt takes over a bit more. Still brings a heavy floral/pine/herbal hop base, but it's reigned it by the bready malt base. Finish is pretty bitter with a mild alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied but still finishes quite dry. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall: Very solid DIPA.

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Photo of jakecattleco
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can dated 08/26/15 at TK Pizza into a shaker pint. A nice DIPA, though found the nose a bit lacking. Starts floral with a pine finish. Nice mouthfeel, quite enjoyable. Would I seek it out again, no. Would I buy it again, hell yes!

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to SomethingClever for this can.

In review was canned on 7/16/15. (My fault for letting it sit too long.)

A - Pours a bright, clear gold color with light carbonation and a soapy white layer of head.

S - Light malt and dank tropical fruit, overall, the nose is light.

T - Caramel/toffee malt is resting below and tries to poke through and overtake the beer but the hops kick in with juicy, dank tropical fruit - red grapefruit, oranges. The fruity side of the beer comes through with some spicy pepper character. Lingering grapefruit bitterness. As the beer warms, a little bit of herbal tea character starts to emerge.

M - Full medium body, gentle but lots of carbonation on the tongue.

O - Even at two months old, this beer is still holding its own on the hop front but the beer is more balanced right now than it is hop forward.

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Photo of michiganmatt
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16oz can (canned on 7/28/15) into a DFH signature IPA glass.

L: Deep yellow orange, several fingers of slightly off-white head. Can see a moderate amount of large carbonation bubbles rising up the beer.

S: Very pleasant hop aroma. Great complexity, there' s a lot going on, citrus, pine, resin, herbal flavors are all present.

T: Taste is not as complex as the aroma. The dominant flavor is a hoppy resin. Some other flavors are present, but all much too subtle. Overall am a little disappointed here.

F: Smooth but bitterness still present, moderate level of carbonation, medium-full body.

O: This was a decent DIPA. I would consider getting it again.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass from a 16oz can

A - A very nice semi-translucent beautiful gold color, with two finger very white fluffy head and tiny bit of lacing

S - Nice funk, dank, huge floral and citrus hops, citrus rinds, sweet malts, dry grains, belgian like yeast and has that perfect island smell. The one when you smell makes you think of being on a beach, near the ocean, cracked beer and the sunsetting.

T - The hop is very up front and huge, nice almost Belgian like yeast, pine sap, pineapple, nice floral bouquet , slight mango, orange rind, citrus hops, chewy grains, balanced malts, very dank, slight funk and a very earthy bitterness

M - Full bodied, nice balance, nice complexity, medium plus acidity, medium plus carbonation and a very nice hop to more hop finish.

D/O - Refreshing, easy to drink, crisp, lovely on the nose and palate. This one is year 'round, all weather and all location. Should be drank promptly and enjoyed often. Nice, simple D.I.P.A. for all. Though if you are a malt backbone kind of guy, you may want to move on from this one -- though you should give 'er a whirl.

Final thoughts - At $3 a can, an 8.5% ABV (The BA site needs to be updated) and a great all around D.I.P.A.

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Photo of dar482
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a clear amber color.

The beer offers dank hops, onion, lots of sweet bready malt and sugary caramel flavors, bitters out with a full bitterness on the finish, stinky resin.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden with a towering fluffy white head that took a really long time to go away and let me drink my beer!

Smell: Very strong floral hops, slightly citric and piney.

Taste: Pretty bitter up front. Dry malt backbone. Bone dry aftertaste from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium thickness and carbonation.

Overall: Seems somewhere between an IPA and a DIPA to me. Refreshing, but mostly just hops to me.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into snifter canned on 7/2/15

A: big head looked creamy but turned more soap as it dissipated great light orange hue with great clarity

S: huge sweet grapefruit smell with maybe some light caramel malts but very bright with the citrus grapefruit

T: wow very sweet nice juicy grapefruit but some herbal hops to with a sticky surprising amount of bitterness

M: medium to sticky really clings and lingers on the palate

O: this is a pretty tasty beer its a little sweet, but nice and juicy with a zinging bit of bitterness on the end. I could see drinking a glass of this and then really feeling it after wondering where the beer went.

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Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Tall boy can thanks to rudzud. Canned on 7/16/15

Pours a big frothy fluffy 3 finger head that makes me pour a small pour only, fades semi slowly with nice sticky lacing, mostly clear honey golden color.

NOse brings candied fruity hops, a little orange peel zest, candied apricot and candied orange peel, stone fruit, a little earthy spicy and grassy hop profile in there as well, and sweet candy malts.

Taste brings sweet malts, candy like sweet malts with basic toasty malty flavor, a touch of warming booze, fair sweetness. Then hops, big earthy spicy hops, with candied orange peel, more stone fruit and candied apricot again, hint of generic citrus, and pineapple too. Finish is drier, a hint of booze, no real malts, bug spicy hop bitterness lingering, and a little candied orange peel and stone fruit.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, nice fluffy carb, just a hint of booze warmth.

Overall eh, very basic DIPA with nothing really special going for it, semi sweet candy malts, stone fruit and candied orange peel, big spicy slight earthy hops, big bitter finish, pretty basic for a DIPA.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Drank from can. About one month old. Smell: melon, grassy hops. Taste: pleasant. Light for a DIPA in a good way, this one is different. Sweet malts come through, the hop profile is light but still quite enjoyable. Lower level of bitterness. Mouthfeel is good - medium mouthfeel. Overall: good, but too much sweetness overtakes other flavors.

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Photo of ManUtdSooner
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a special pint glass. Produces a white small froth bodied head with a slightly darker golden hue. Lovely pine and citrus notes with a hint of pepper. Too easy to drink. Damn you Pizza Port!

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ah...Pizza Port. Not to be mistaken with Port Brewing. I'll try anything from Pizza Port! Canned 7/22 & consumed 8/24.

The Kook. Well, I'll keep it short and sum it up. This is your prototypical West Coast DIPA. All the same usual suspects. Grapefruit and tangerine citrus, pine and grass, but what this brings to the table is a melon nose and taste very well integrated with all else I previously stated.

Thing is, it's executed extremely well. Very easy drinking. Soft & Pillowy mouthfeel, while staying dry in the finish The malt is there just enough to accentuate the hops and lend a almost bublegum flavor. Only knock on this one was the very faint onion / garlic nose and taste that showed up every couple sips or so. Again, faint. Recommended, and at the $2.69 price point per 16oz can!!! You can't beat this! It was very hard not to let the price pont influence my score but I gotzta keep it real for you fellow BAs without bias on the reviews friends. CHEERS!

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light blonde with a nice head, decent retention and lacing. Despite light appearance, the body is substantial and carries quite a bit of sweetness. Melons, orange, moderate bitterness, no pine or herbaceous notes. Drinks bigger than it is which is such a surprise when you compare to the lightness / crispness of Ponto and SIPA. Solid beer but not quite at their level.

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Photo of Ryancthomas7
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving type: 16oz can dated 7/30/2015 poured into a spiegelau glass.
Not as aromtic as I was hoping for, but more than makes up for it in the taste department. Extremely easy drinking and well balanced. Will definitely get this again due to the combination of flavor/price. Once again, well done by Pizza Port.

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

Received as an extra in a trade. Canned roughly 1 month ago. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a crystal clear golden hue with a big, fat almost three finger white head that faded to leave a fat blanket and dense side lacing.

S - Aromas of faint melons, oranges, little bit of mango. Softer malts, lightly floral too.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. The melon aspect is nice, bitter orange peel on the finish. The tropical aspect is rather generic, but pretty pleasant. Nice almost light bubblegum finish, citrus juice, little bit of alcohol on the finish. Malts are lighter, faint sweetness to balance out the hops. Bitter citrus lingers on the finish.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, alcohol noticeable though. Almost comes across as boozy.

O - Overall, this was a really tasty DIPA from Pizza Port. Only issue would be how the ABV makes itself known, instead of being hidden like I've come to expect from Pizza Port. Still, a solid flavour profile.

Serving Type: Can

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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 413 ratings