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Wipeout IPA | Port Brewing

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our version of a West Coast India Pale Ale brewed in the San Diego Style. This massively hoppy beer gets its flavor and attitude from no less than five hop varieties including Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe and Summitt.


BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,897
Reviews:
781
Ratings:
2,009
pDev:
9.41%
 
 
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129
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313
Trade:
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Ratings: 2,009 |  Reviews: 781
Reviews by beagle75:
Photo of beagle75
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft service into a 0.5-liter mug at Hollingshead's.

A: Slightly hazy, light orange-amber color with two fingers of turmeric-tinted foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass. A few relatively large suspended solids of unknown identity can be seen.

S: Floral and piney hops are transmitted clearly throughout. Some briny seawater is detected early, giving a seaside shock to the nose that seems most indicative of heavy mineral presence. Oddly, the volatile hop smells outlast the marine qualities--which is a very good thing.

T: Begins off-dry, with aggressively piney hop aromatics that are complemented by bright acidity of moderate intensity. A pleasant combination of toast and caramel emerge in the middle to represent the malt component, while persistent hop aromatics take on a softer floral quality. Strong bitterness--clean and mineral-laced--defines the finish, tasting slightly of grapefruit peel.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, a balanced presence of resins and acidity are felt on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D: Wipeout is a beer that is frequently overshadowed by other California-brewed IPAs that, for one reason or another, draw more attention to themselves. Regardless of the level of public awareness it enjoys, this beer deserves to be regarded among the top-tier of IPAs brewed in San Diego County, if not in California. It is hoppy, clean, and even balanced relative to its style and geographic origin; all favorable qualities are presented in sufficient intensity--i.e., the flavor matches the smell well. It is easily comparable to Ballast Point Big Eye IPA, perhaps even edging out that other beer when Wipeout is at its freshest.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Doomcifer
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish/amber color with a nice white head that retains well.

Smells of huge citrusy and piney hops all over the nose and a tad of malt peaking through but the hops totally dominate. Hopsmack!

Tastes of more citrusy, piney, and grapefruity hops with a slight sweetness from the malt but again, this beer is total hop domination. Ends extremely bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry finish, good carbonation.

Drinkable? Absolutely.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 11/30/2011

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a two finger tall foamy off white head. This beer exhibits excellent head retention and significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There is a cornucopia of hop aromas in this beer - citrus, mango, grapefruit, and pine. Very intense in aroma but also very pleasant/refreshing. Well balanced as the bitterness isn't the focus of the aroma but is present.

T: Very well balanced flavors, none of the hops overshadow the others and the bitterness is not overpowering. Lots of citrus, mango, grapefruit, and pine flavors.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation and very crisp.

O: Overall a very well balanced beer - some west coast IPAs can be too overpowering with the bitterness but this was not while at the same time really showcasing the hops. Really enjoyable and a beer that I will be having many more times, assuming it stays available in the area.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a hazy, dull golden tone with a solid finger plus of a light beige, foamy head. nice retention, slowly fades into a thin cap; good lacing. really respectable presentation.

potent nose offers citric (grapefruit/lemon zest) and floral hoppiness with a discernible pine character as well. not much in the way of balancing malts, at least from the aroma.

flavor follows the nose to a certain degree but in a more subdued way than i was expecting/hoping. i do get a touch of caramel malt. good, enjoyable, but in a star-studded category, really sort of middling. hoppy bitterness carries through the finish.

medium-bodied with medium carbonation. not bad drinkability, i just think there are better IPA options out there. that said, in the end it's still a solid offering.

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Photo of MasAer
4.78/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First review on here, but what a beer to kick that off with!

Appearance: Murky golden color, with one finger of head.

Smell: Brash and citrus hoppy. It takes me by surprise.

Taste: Wow.. this is tasty! Wow.. this is hoppy! Smooth for an IPA and focused in the bitterness rather than trying too hard to be well-rounded. Fitting of the archetypal Southern California IPA.

Mouthfeel: Intense, but smooth and with noticeable carbonation. Almost tickles my upper lip.

Drinkability: Not a beer for everyone, but a delightful example of an IPA. I would not have enjoyed it as much without previous experience. I will be buying this one again.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of appetiteforparis
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Oidmoe
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Jodio
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bosco7
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale copper with some chill haze. Fluffy white head.

Strawberry, mango, peach, grapefruit, alcohol and pine resin in the nose. Very fruity.

Overwhelmingly fruity. In a good way. Strawberry, pineapple, mango, and grapefruit to name a few. Moves into coniferous resiny flavors. Finishes with some alcohol bite. Aggressive bitterness.

Thinner mouthfeel than a lot of IPAs which was expected from a SD IPA. Perfectly carbonated. Recommended, very complex hop flavors packed into this brew.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy apple juice with significant flotation devices

Again with the apples, fresh cut, along with a bunch of doughy breadiness

Next to no bitterness at the start. Thrice the charm: green apple, but not in the sad, infected sort of way. Touch of pineapple and downplayed citrus (a bit dated?) and a bone dry finish that leaves a parched yearning for a water chaser.

Body drinks a bit more like a carbonated DIPA with the drinkability straddling the lines, but more in IPA territory.

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

Im really look forwards to this and it pours a pale see through golden yellow hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a two finger sudsy head and a rim of lacing,the smell is piney,citrusy hops,honey and bubblegum,it has a medium bodied well carbonated mouthfeel and has nice tastes of lime,passionfruit,lychee,bubblegum and finishes with a nice hit of piney bitter hops and overall its a nice IPA that is very well hopped but not totally balanced as the malt background definately takes a backseat but for someone who likes their hops thats not a problem and im just glad to be able to sample a brew from this brewery looking forwards to the next one cheers.

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Photo of od_sf
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of rringler
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Rather hazy, light-orange colored, with about a finger to a finger and a half of fluffy, white head. Head is composed of medium to large bubbles, that dissolve rather quickly, leaving a moderate amount of lace (a little tough to tell in the plastic glass it was served in.)

S: Starts with some bitter fruits, but quickly followed with lots of bready malts. Not particularly hoppy in the nose.

T: Tasty. A bit of fruit upfront followed by a malty body, before finishing with moderate hops. There's a bit of dry, astringent alcohol taste between the fruits and malty body, but nothing I would call boozy; just not as hidden as some beers. 7.0% abv btw.

M: Medium body; moderately thick and sticky. Carbonation is good. Just about right for an IPA.

O: An excellent example of a West Coast IPA, though the hops may understandably be an acquired taste. This tastes like SoCal to me, and it tastes good.

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Photo of NHbeerfishing
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of GarryM
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Hopresin19
4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
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!!

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Photo of MSchae1017
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the 22oz bomber shared with my by timtheenchanta.

This beer pours a golden amber with little head that doesnt lace or hold well. The smell is mildly malty with a good amount of a single hop that gives off citrus aromas. The taste is very nice. There is a strong hop profile with enough malty sweentess to balance out the beer. If you are looking for a nice hoppy tasting beer this is a good one. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Overall its a nice IPA but not the best.

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

Purchased in AK! Saweet!

Pours a nice slightly hazy orangey with good fluffy stark white head that leaves admirable lace. Nose is very citrusy hops and a generous portion of grapefruit. Taste follows with big grapefruit hops and a bit of pineiness. A very bitter bite through the middle. Not a sharp bitterness, but a dull bitterness, like chewing on a grapefruit with a sort of medicinal lingering bitterness. (that sounds bad, but I dont mean it to be bad or good) Some malt presence, but I would like a little bit more, as the hop presence in this one screams DIPA but the malt presence is pale aleish. Slightly unbalanced IMO. Still quite a good IPA, and one I will defenitely return to. Mouthfeel is crisp, yet harder to swallow than I would like. Drinkability is ok, but the akward sort of 1 and a half IPAness, makes it a bit strange. Overall a very good and well brewed beer, just slightly unbalanced and akward for me. Like I said I will defenitely return to this one, as it will be a fantastic go to, but as long as hop-15 is on the shelf right next to it, this one wont get as much attention. Recommended, but not mind blowing. Glad to see port in AK. Very Glad.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into a snifter, courtesy of gn0sis

A: Pours a clear honey color with a big white head that fades to a ring and leaves lots of sticky lacing. I breathed a sigh of relief as I popped the bottle and heard a whisp of c02 exit since my Hop15 was flat as a mofo.

S: The nose is huge with aromas of sweet tropical fruits, pine, and spicey hops. Almost smells like a DIPA and is very impressive. Definitely the best aspect of this beer.

T: The taste is a big hop bitterness at first and towards the middle it puts the tropical fruits on display for only a few seconds and then the piney bitterness continues.

M: The feel is crisp and carbonated nicely. About par for an IPA.

D: Not bad on the drinkability but I think the ABV and the bitterness would wear on you after a while. For a regular IPA this is kinda strong so I'm bumping it down 1/2 a point.

I have to say I was nervous before I popped the cap and started pouring given the carbonation issues from this brewery but it was a nice surprise. Thanks to Eric for the extra!

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kchannel9
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of omgvelvis
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of BryanCDM
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Mibsy
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.

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Wipeout IPA from Port Brewing
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 2,009 ratings