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IPA - American
Ranked #441
Ranked #5,113
4.06 | pDev: 9.36%
Port Brewing
California, United States
Notes: This one is dedicated to everyone who has gotten up at the butt crack of dawn, headed towards the shores and found it 4-6 feet and offshore only to find 30 of your “buddies” have already claimed the peak. As you paddle out, a swell arrives from nowhere signaling your turn to go. The surf Gods are shinning on you today. You turn, stroke like mad for the wave. Standing up you are alone and blammo you Wipeout….blowing the only chance of a right hander all to yourself. You know who you are. We’ve all been there too. It’s inside each and every one of us.

Welcome to the waters of Wipeout IPA, a massively hopped India Pale Ale with enough substance and body to overcome even the worst and most tragic of on the water spills. We brew Wipeout IPA for everyone- especially those hardy souls who brave the cold winter water and monster sets produced by an amazing northwest swell. Only a tidal wave of hops can overcome the surging tide of malt that is required to produce a beer of this shape. We invite you to drop in, hang on and kick out the backside. That is, unless you enjoy wiping out and all the glory that goes with it.
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Sigmund from Norway

3.14/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle, shared by my beerpal Olav (bought at the brewery). ABV is 7.0%. Deep golden to orange colour, large white head. Nice aroma of American hops, strong notes of spruce. Very hoppy and bitter flavour. Some sweetness, but the bitterness is still overwhelming. Not Port Brewing’s best.

May 10, 2021
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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle - split two ways.
Pours a slightly less than clear golden orange with 1+ fingers of puffy white head.
Aroma piney, resinous, bready caramel malt with grapefruit and nectarine and a touch of dankness.
Taste starts a bit sweet - caramel, bready malt, resinous pine, tangerine, ripe grapefruit, and a building slightly floral hop bitterness.
Medium full mouthfeel with some sticky bitter sweetness under moderate carbonation and a lingering soft bitterness. Very well done - West Coast IPA with a subdued but present bitter bite.

Jul 16, 2020
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a fairly clear light orange with airy, soapy head.

Smell is citrusy and piney with notes of resin, caramel and a hint of onions.

Taste follows the nose, with the exception of a stronger onion note. Powerful bitterness, but still balanced. Hints of grapefruit peel on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, sticky and well carbonated.

Overall, a very nice west coast IPA, but a little bit too oniony to be truly great.

May 26, 2020
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crisp, bracing, moderately bitter IPA in the West Coast style. No date printed on bottle. Pours a yellow-orange color with some fluffy white head after a moderately aggressive pour and some small rings of lingering lacing. Smells of ripe grapefruit, mango, orange, lemon, pineapple and some weaker malt, floral hops, vanilla and bread. Taste follows the nose, great hit of bitter hoppiness at the foreground, good weaker sweet malt backbone. Smooth, mild, slightly sticky mouthfeel with good carbonation. Very enjoyable, refreshing and crisp. Higher ABV well hidden. Nicely done!

Apr 13, 2020
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Charliethebrit from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy golden color, no head to speak of and no lacing
Faint hoppy caramel on the nose
Taste is piney and overwhelming bitter compared to the malt.
Mouthfeel is a slight soap and not so smooth
Overall - Southern Tier is a hit or miss with their beers. A respectable brewery, but QC, not so sure.

Mar 27, 2020
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Weisenbeer from Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good, but not great, west coast style IPA .... Kinda boring to look at and smell, but pretty tasty ... The five star reviews are a bit surprising but still glad I tried

Dec 08, 2019
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 5/5/12: This one pours an opaque golden honey color. It forms a nice, 2 finger, frothy, lopsided, variously bubbled, beige, somewhat lasting head that leaves wispy but clumpy lace on the sides of the glass. Through the haze you can see that the brew is alive with swimming particulates. Aroma is caramel malt with a hint of toast, earthy, humidor cedar wood, spice, pine a touch of citrus and just a hint of white fruit. Taste is caramel sweet fronted mixing with earthy cedar wood, pine, grapefruit and orange hops by mid-sip; a pepper tone develops late to produce a lively finish. It becomes aggressively bitter in the aftertaste. Medium bodied with ample carbonation. A solid example of the style.

Oct 23, 2019
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mike22ne from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Classic feeling west coast IPA.
Plenty of hops in smell and flavor. Good bitterness, while maybe not overly aggressive compared to the old days it stands out now.

Oct 06, 2019
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rex_4539 from Greece

3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Hazy amber color, one finger white head, messy lacing, light carbonation.

S: Hops, yeast. Very subdued.

T: Hoppy, bitter. A classic IPA.

F: Medium bodied, smooth.

O: An old school IPA.

Sep 26, 2019
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can poured into a snifter.

A: Sunny golden color with good clarity. Chunky off white head retains at a finger and leaves some sticky lacing in its wake.

S: Peeled and separated tangerine, candied lemon peel, grapefruit with extra sugar, sweet and dank bud, nectarine. Soft whiffs of pine and resin. Toasty malt base with a ribbon of caramel.

T: Pine and resin, dank and sweet bud, grapefruit rind, lemon, orange. Firm bitterness. Toast and caramel malt base. Faint alcohol. Drying finish of hemp seed, toast, and resiny bitterness.

M: Medium bodied, lush and well rounded. Bit of chewiness to it. Amply carbonated and deeply crisp. Some mild tooth-gripping astringency.

O: Pretty typical of a well-made west coast style IPA. Makes me think of being on the beach in San Diego. Really starting to miss that scene, and beer like this in general. I've gotten pretty fatigued with all the hazy/juicy IPAs on the market. Revisiting these classics is a great reminder of the sort of beers that drove the IPA category just a short time ago. Sometimes I kinda wish we could drag the industry back to that point.

Jul 09, 2019
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patre_tim from Thailand

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper with some floaters and a light haze, topped with 2 fingers of white head.

Smells of pine, tropical fruits, skunk, burnt caramel, and grapefruit pith.

Tastes of tropical fruits, lemon, a tea like bitterness and pizza dough.

Light body with moderate carbonation.

I got this in Redding where I am drinking it, Feb 17, 2018. Fruity and bitter mellow in between.

Feb 18, 2019
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sokol_1993 from California

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A little too single aftertaste, just bitterness all around. But overall, it's an enjoyable west coast IPA. Can't believe it's not a Double IPA due to its strength and strong taste.

Oct 22, 2018
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Mibsy from Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Lighter than I expected in color and hop flavor. Good for a lighter IPA given my tastes, easy drinking though if you are looking to have more than one.

Aug 13, 2018
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dcscientist from Colorado

3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Much lighter than I expected, in every sense of the term. Looked like a witbier, and didn't overwhelm with bitterness, though it was plenty hoppy. You don't feel the 7.5% ABV at all. Had a dryish mouthfeel afterward, as most beers like this tend to do. Curious to try more of their stuff if I find it in my part of the country.

Oct 30, 2017
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superspak from North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 12/14/2017. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy medium golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with fatnastic retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, light honey, lightly toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/pine hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, light honey, lightly toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine, citrus rind, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, lightly toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and zero lingering hop astringency after the finish. Moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, bready/grainy, and sticky/resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol for 7%. Overall this is an incredible IPA. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink; despite the aggressively bitter/drying finish. Absolutely spot on classic tasting West Coast Amarillo/C hopped IPA. Very vibrant and dank hops, with just enough pale malt to balance the resinous finish. A highly enjoyable offering.

Oct 07, 2017
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monkist from Hungary

5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is it! A lighter touch of the classic West Coast IPA, something that would meet your summer needs on the San Diego beach of SoCal. Feels like being wiped out by a huge wave, perhaps even a bit on the sessionable side that is the reason why. It is a very well made IPA with a bit drier finish and lighter body, that's all, with a citrusy or rather earthy, piney smell, feels amazing.
Port Brewing simply cannot do wrong. For me, they stand with the elite brewers of California like Sierra or Stone, all they have done so far turned to gold. This is no exception, enjoy it for what it is.

Jul 22, 2017
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Honeyham7 from Washington

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

Looks clear with a slight haze on draft, smell's delicate of grass, taste's smoothly hopped but sharp on the tongue and nice mouthfeel without bite. Great beer, first time I've had it from the tap.

Jul 03, 2017
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MeanMotaScootah from California

3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got this as a bomber at Ralphs. Poured a bright brass color, average head, some lacing. Aroma was almost non existent, maybe I am just hard of smelling but I didn't detect much on the nose. Taste was surprisingly light overall, not much alcohol heat, the 7.5% abv did not show up much on the flavor profile IMO. Lots of floral/citrus bittering. This had a piney/resin finish - that sorta sticks to the back of your mouth - a little off balance on the bittering but hey, some people really love the super bitter hops. Overall a nice bitter west coast IPA.

Dec 25, 2016
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Hopresin19 from Arizona

4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured From 22oz Bomber into tulip Glass.Appearance is Burnt Orange Lava lamp.Nose is tangerine,pine,and grapefruit.taste is nice powdery dry hops,with little malt backbone,just as a true west coast ipa should be,overall this is a classic bottle conditioned hop bomb,from a brewery whose integrity is never questioned...one of my go to west coast ipa's.....CHEERS!!

Dec 18, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one of those orange colored ipas, usually a good sign as long as you aren't strongly adverse to caramel. This one propped up a 4/5" white head. Aroma went citrus, grapefruit harder than anything else.

Taste was nice, kept up the grapefruit and Simcoe like bitterness throughout. Dry, light bodied, not as thick and crystal malted as they often are.

Even though its in a bomber, the price on these are usually pretty affordable. Would bang again.

Nov 16, 2016
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anon from California

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An all around great example of the West coast IPA style.

Hazy gold, creamy khaki head with great retention. Aroma is heavily citrusy and floral, fantastic. Taste follows the aroma with citrus being the dominant aspect. Tons of orange, grapefruit and pineapple. Moderate resin bitterness, earthy and floral. Crackery with a light malt presence.

Finishes on the lighter side, a bit dry and bitter. The citrus lingered a little too long for my liking but all in all this is a solid brew.

Sep 20, 2016
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gandres from Philippines

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle poured to wine glass. Part of a four-pack from Costco Carlsbad.
A: Light amber orange big off white foam slowly goes away-lingers, hazy with lacing
A: very fragrant, floral, hoppy and malts
T: very bitter
FeeL: lively carbonation long bitter follow through, sweet and bitter aftertaste
Overall: very good pale ale, ok to repeat look for
Drank: 8/15/2016 9:30 PM

Aug 16, 2016
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argock from Virginia

3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at The Hopping Pig in San Diego, CA. Reviewed from notes.

A: Slightly washed out golden with minimal head and no lacing.

S: Aroma is also light and mainly grapefruit and orange with a little pine. Seems toned down compared to most WCIPAs.

T: Flavor was very watered down tasting -- mild notes of grapefruit and orange with some floral character. Very disappointing given what I had seen about this beer over the years.

M: Continues the watery trend -- way thin with low carbonation.

O: I would have some suspicion about the pour or beer handling but everything else I had at The Hopping Pig was served flawlessly (except for glassware -- goblet is not appropriate for any hoppy beer) so I have to go with the beer. It is behind the times now.

Jul 02, 2016
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mkh012 from Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a traditional pint glass. An unremarkable but inviting yellow-orange. Fresh pine and a touch of lemon on the nose, and the taste largely follows. Not so much a fruity, juicy IPA. More traditional piney notes. Almost minty. Quite refreshing. Vague suggestions of citric sweetness. Medium to high bitterness, but a smooth finish. The bitterness doesn't linger. Paired nicely with a burger. Clean and almost crushable for 7.5%. Perhaps not a beer I'd seek out, but definitely one I'd order again.

Jun 27, 2016
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cmurkar from California

4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy straw orange from a 22 oz bomber. Head is about 2 inches, foamy, and soapy white. Very good retention on this one. Holding up well over a minute. Lots of fast rising bubbles on closer inspection. Smell is a refreshing blend of caramel and hop. Faint malt notes on this one. Finishes citrus, mostly grapefruit. Malt definitely comes forward on the taste. Wasn’t expecting slight sweetness for an ipa, but not disappointed. The hops are definitely there, with resounding grapefruit. Medium mouthfeel, slight carbonation. Not bad, but nothing special overall.

Jun 22, 2016
Wipeout from Port Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 2031 ratings