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Port Brewing
California, United States
American IPA
Ranked #769
Ranked #8,982
4.04 | pDev: 9.41%
Dec 13, 2022
Sep 15, 2003
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 shining 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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Reviewed by barnzy78 from Illinois

4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
19.2oz can
L: frothy ivory colored head caps a slightly hazed tangerine body
S: tangerine, grapefruit, pine, light caramel
T: very flavorful; tangerine, grapefruit, pine, mango, light caramel, mild bread crust
F: full body, very smooth, resinous, semi-dry bitter finish
O: better than I remember, but it’s been at least a decade since I had this one last
Dec 13, 2022
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Reviewed by TheWaySheGoes from Illinois

4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Strong spruce tasting notes, with citrus following up. Classic West Coast flavor beer for those that appreciate the style and history of this brewery.
Nov 11, 2022
Rated: 4 by edthehead from New York

Oct 19, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.14/5  rDev -22.3%
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
Rated: 3.75 by Urk1127 from Pennsylvania

Dec 01, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by msondel from Massachusetts

Oct 24, 2020
Rated: 4.18 by GingerFinn from Canada (ON)

Sep 28, 2020
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Reviewed by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.08/5  rDev +1%
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
Rated: 4 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 24, 2020
Rated: 4.48 by evanwoertz from California

Jun 11, 2020
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Reviewed by JamFuel from Sweden

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Reviewed by beersampler6 from Michigan

4.04/5  rDev 0%
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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Reviewed by Charliethebrit from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
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
Rated: 3.61 by Flyte from California

Dec 29, 2019
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Reviewed by Weisenbeer from Ohio

4/5  rDev -1%
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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Reviewed by mothmanscott from Georgia

4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Reviewed by mike22ne from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +5%
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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Reviewed by rex_4539 from Greece

3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
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
Rated: 3.5 by Marvicsin from California

Sep 21, 2019
Rated: 4.05 by garthbrennan from Tennessee

Aug 08, 2019
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Reviewed by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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
Rated: 3.76 by Ice_Cream_And_IPAs from New York

May 10, 2019
Rated: 4.14 by JuiceMan818 from California

Apr 13, 2019
Rated: 4 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Apr 12, 2019
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

4/5  rDev -1%
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
Rated: 4.25 by Nurt20 from Illinois

Jan 21, 2019
Rated: 4.14 by reradford from California

Dec 09, 2018
Rated: 4.04 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

Dec 03, 2018
Rated: 3.9 by AleHunter805 from California

Nov 05, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by fthegiants from California

Oct 30, 2018
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Reviewed by sokol_1993 from California

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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
Rated: 4 by Iski100 from Massachusetts

Oct 05, 2018
Rated: 4 by CtSoxFan from Connecticut

Sep 27, 2018
Rated: 3.77 by dsippel from Illinois

Sep 27, 2018
Rated: 4 by soundaurora from Pennsylvania

Sep 25, 2018
Rated: 3.56 by BrueryDC from California

Aug 28, 2018
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Reviewed by Mibsy from Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
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
Rated: 4.07 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Jul 20, 2018
Rated: 4.31 by ChuckTom from Arizona

Apr 25, 2018
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Rated by raider12 from Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Had this on tap.Fantastic brew.Smooth and tasty.Would gladly buy this beer again.
Apr 22, 2018
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