Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

SPA (Summer Pale Ale) | Port Brewing

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
SPA (Summer Pale Ale)SPA (Summer Pale Ale)
BA SCORE
3.86/5
Very Good
158 Ratings
SPA (Summer Pale Ale)SPA (Summer Pale Ale)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Port Brewing
California, United States
portbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by SuperbikeShaun on 06-09-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,759
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
158
pDev:
7.51%
Bros Score:
4.22
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
21
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 158 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of JamFuel
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

FRom the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Pours an unclear orange, with thick billowing foam.

Smell is piney, with plenty of citrus and resin.

Taste is floral and piney, with a hefty bitterness backing up. Sort of West Coast IPA Lite.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a great summer pale ale, drinkable and flavorful.

 336 characters

Photo of jzlyo
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is slightly perfumed/floral, citrus and malts. The flavor is fruit/flowers, citrus, malts and a tart/mildly spicy/bitter hop finish.

139 characters

Photo of parkwood
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of madelf66
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Vetbidder
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice almost see through light golden look with a white head from tap. Mostly malt scent from this brew with a slight citrus hop edge. Mostly malt flavored with a citrus and pine notes. Some bitterness from this beer with a thinner and less carbonated mouthfeel. Its "pretty good" but if your not fond of bitterness, this beer has a bitter finish that builds.

 364 characters

Photo of thatche2
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a tulip glass. Appearance is orange brown in color and fairly opaque with two finger thick white head. Smell is bitter hops, grapefruit pitch, saltine crackers, and a hint of caramel (classic West Coast). Taste follows the nose with good bitterness that is not over the top. Although nothing overly stands out, the balance and flavor profile are very good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation(very drinkable). it is juicier up front and bitter on the finish. Although I wouldn't seek out this IPA, this is a great beer to drink on a hot day.

 594 characters

Photo of CJNAPS
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IronLover
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light golden orange in color. Started with a light chill haze that cleared a bit as this warmed. Poured with a thick, soapy, off-white foam with excellent retention. Medium malty aroma with bready notes. Medium over-ripe orange hop aroma with citrus notes. Medium bodied with medium high carbonation. Light, pleasant warmth and a light creaminess through the middle. Medium malt backbone from start to finish. Light citrus and orange aromas up front that turn herbal and spicy into the middle. Medium high bitterness through the middle that lingers through the finish. Finished dryly with a strong bitter aftertaste. Aromas were well balanced, but hop bitterness was a bit heavy for the style. Lingering hop bitterness hurt the drinkability a bit.

 747 characters

Photo of aaronyoung01
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BrewsOverHoes
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can poured into snifter. Freshest by date: 7/16/17
About a month from its "expiration".

Orange-copper pretty clear, fluffy head with a decent pour. Smells of pine, citrus, pale malts. Tastes of pine, maybe a touch of citrus maybe grapefruit rinds, pale malt again, there's that pine again. Right bitter, not much in the way of citrus as I expected. Dry bitter finish, decent carbonation. Mediocre pale for me -- it's not offensive by any means. Would reach for SN over this. But worth a drink!

 504 characters

Photo of Avatar113
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

16 fl oz CAN acquired at a beer store in Colorado. Regrettably brief impressions below:

APPEARANCE: Clear copper colour of above average vibrance. Head is off-white but a bit wispy, lacking a robust consistency.

AROMA: Pleasant floral and citrusy hops. Pale malts. Seems balanced.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Dry and coarse, preventing it from feeling refreshing. Slightly overcarbonated.

Taste matches the aroma, but the balance is pretty rough around the edges, bringing too much bitterness on the climax/in the late second act. Amarillo and Cascade are not well showcased; I don't get much hop resin or bright citrus/clean floral flavours.

OVERALL: Drinkable but unremarkable - especially coming from Port/Lost Abbey. Far from on par with their best work, but competent for what it is. I had planned to revisit this via another can and go into further depth, but I expected it to be far better.

C / AVERAGE

 904 characters

Photo of hozersr
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JVan
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of liquorpig
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Reef
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Monk's Café, Philadelphia.
Dark golden orange with a healthy cream head. Spotty lacing.
Pine, citrus aromas, a little tropical note.
Piney, orange, cracker, hoppy.
So smooth, despite the strong hopping. Dry finish.
Great package, very enjoyable.

 258 characters

Photo of GreenMind
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EdTheEdge
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fthegiants
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mecmd
4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pkalix
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brolo75
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce can poured into a tulip

A: Pours a golden orange color with a bright white creamy head, slightly hazy, lots of lacing.

A: Piney grapefruit citrus peel, touch of tropical notes, light bready, cracker malts, smells really good.

T: Up front, hit of pine and citrus peel, moderate amount of bitterness with a touch of guava and mango peel, finish has pine and citrus notes lingering in the aftertaste, very.

M: Light bodied with a smooth, creamy semidry finish.

O: Really enjoyed this one and if it's around enough, will consume plenty during the summer, it's very tasty and easy to drink, great brew for hot southern CA days.

 637 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
SPA (Summer Pale Ale) from Port Brewing
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 158 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.