Wipeout IPA | Port Brewing

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Wipeout IPAWipeout IPA

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Port Brewing
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.63/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Re-review, based on a second bottle. I remember this being better.


Chilled bomber into a glass.

A: Pours a hazy orange / copper color with an inch of fluffy off-white head. Slow, active bubbles suggest a viscous texture. Thick sheets of lacing down the glass as I drink. Unfortunately, I managed to capture the sediment in the pour -- a sickly greenish yeast that doesn't look at all appealing.

S: A bit muted, but I'm able to pick up tons of pine, juniper, and a slight citrus note. Maybe some caramel malt in the background. A very classic IPA smell, if a bit standard.

T: A surprisingly malty flavor. Lays down a sweet caramel malt backbone with a general sugary sweetness. The hop bitterness is muddled, although I pick up an earthy palette of herbal and citrus flavors. I taste more malt than anything. Kind of weird.

M: Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation that works well for the style. Finish doesn't have any bitterness, and leans toward the maltier side. No oiliness, although the taste is slightly sticky. It's not burning hot, but there's quite a bit of heat for a 7%er.

D: Compared to other IPAs that are well-attenuated and have only a remnant of malt with well-hidden ABV, this seems almost unfinished somehow. The flavors are definitely good, but there are much better IPAs out there.

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Photo of largadeer
2.64/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Copper-colored with quite a bit of haze; nearly opaque. A gentle pour produces a solid one-inch head with very good retention.

Smell - Sweet and caramelly with mild notes of dried apple or peach. Hops are detectable but buried beneath malt aromas. I'm not particularly impressed.

Taste - Plenty of hop bitterness, but where's the actual hop flavor? For a beer boasting 5 different varieties of hops, there's not much going on here. Malts provide a modest backbone, but it's ultimately drowned by bland herbal bitterness.

Notes - I was expecting a lot more from this, as I've generally had great experiences with Port and Lost Abbey beers. It's decent stuff, but not one of the better West Coast IPAs I've had. The hop aroma is mediocre, and it has a sugary, fruity quality that I generally associate with over-aged bottles of IPA (the bottle came straight from the brewery, so I'm assuming it's not old). Ultimately decent and drinkable, but this beer doesn't hold a candle to the likes of Alesmith IPA and Blind Pig. Best avoided.

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Photo of thaichile
2.8/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a orangey gold with a nice head that leaves a nice lacing pattern all the way down the glass. The nose is fruity, citric hops. Flavor is very resiny with bitterness throughout. The nose belies the hop barage on the palate. This was too bitter for me and I thought that the strength of that marred the other nuances that might be lying just below the surface of all those hops. I prefer more balance in an IPA although I understand the desire for hopped up, West Coast styles. Thanks to BlindPig for the bottle.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.85/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours with some viscosity. It's got an orange/scarlet red kind of appearance. Very little head and sparse, spotty lace. Aroma is grundgey malts. Herbal hops. A little spiciness noted, but the aroma really isn't that strong. From the getgo I notice that the carbonation is a little low. Kind of syrupy. Medium-full body. And the flavor is very average. Not a lot of hoppiness here that stands out. The malts give the beer some toffeeish traits. Hops are kind of resinous. A little oily. But all in all, this IPA is lacking.

Thanks for the effort Darren.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.88/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

tkunkel sent me this one. Thanks, Tom!

The pour is quite attractive, a light orange-amber with a dense off-white head with great retention. Lacing is decent, but what has me a little worried are the legs this beer exhibits. Their presence is rather well explained by the nose that's rather sweet with plenty of caramel and a moderate hop character. Maybe it's a freshness issue, but there's no way I can tell. There's a definite pine character, quite pungent actually, with some mint. The combination reminds me a little bit of pinesol. The caramel malt backbone is robust, belying this beer's west coast heritage

The palate opens with a decidedly big sweetness with quite a bit of caramel character along with quite a wallop of pine-like bitterness. Quite terribly sweet, the caramel flavors linger through the mid-palate and into the finish, masking the rather big bitterness. As with Hop 15, comparisons to pinesol are in order. While medium-light in body, the massive caramel character is a little distressing. Carbonation is moderate. Pine bitterness is quite huge on the finish as well, but hot damn, this really is sweet. Not really enjoyable.

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Photo of kscaldef
2.9/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Cloudy yellow, with a medium head. Not much lacing. Mostly citrus aroma when cold, but some interesting mango and tangerine comes out as it warms. First sips just show bitterness, but as that wears off some tropical notes come out. I'd like a little more body on this, and the finish seems a bit too astringent. Decent, but definitely not one of my favorite IPAs

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Photo of wmtxbb
3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Thick head on top of a hazy gold brew. I typically don't see cloudy IPAs; I'm not sure if it's a bad thing.

Smell: floral hops, nothing amazing.

Taste: blind unadulterated bitterness, sharp pine hops and a weird chocolate flavor... that may just be my palate picking that up.

Mouthfeel: way too much carbonation...way, way too much carbonation.

This beer shouldn't be ranked as an A-. This is more like a B for a DIPA, if that.

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Photo of DocJitsu
3.05/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy pale golden color with an absolutely huge, foamy, fluffy off-white head that hangs around forever. It's literally annoying how long I had to wait to take the first pull. In the meantime, I assessed the bouquet. It's nearly like fresh hops, meaning, the aroma I get after I open a package of vacuum-sealed hop pellets. Grassy and lemony hops. There's so much hop presence in the nose that it wouldn't be surprising to see hop vegetable matter floating in the beer. There's also some notes of bread yeast in the bouquet.

The beer is light to medium-bodied with a somewhat smooth mouthfeel. There's a lemon perfume presence in the flavor from start to finish. Some notes of green banana and Belgian yeast. It gets a little hop hot toward the finish. It's very homebrewish for a variety of reasons. But, generally speaking, the appearance, bouquet, and flavor are all reminiscent of what just came out of a plastic, 6 gallon fermentor in the some homebrewer's closet. Backing off of the Centennial hops and changing the yeast strain might help this beer. It's kind of sad the way it is.

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Photo of Soneast
3.05/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow, to gold color. Some slight hop haze is evident. Grows a thick, rocky, white colored head, that hangs around through the whole glass.

The aroma is clean and citrusy, a mild lemon aroma, and a hint of grapefruit. Slightly sweet pale malt is hidden under the hopsplosion.

The flavor is fairly hoppy, citrus character for the most part, with a fair bit-o-sweetness. Sadly the pale malt sweetness does nothing to balance the overwhelming bitterness on the finish. It isn't a light, clean bitterness, like in the best examples of this style, but rather it's sharp, metallic, everlasting bitterness. Then to add insult to injury, there is a fair bit of alcohol in the finish as well. Yes IPAs should be bitter...but where is the hop flavor that I love so much? I don't want just plain bitterness, I want all that delicious hop flavor too.

Wipeout I.P.A., it looks good, smells great, the flavors at first are nice, but then that harsh, metallic bitter finish combined with the fusel alcohols, doesn't leave me wanting for much more. Plenty of other, better West Coast IPAs out there.

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Photo of bosox941827
3.13/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bomb bottle poured into a pint glass. No dates indicated on the bottle.
A - Cloudy orange with a foamy, soapy head that hangs around forever, leaving clingy lace all the way to the bottom
S - Citrus & soap, with just a hint of sweetness.
T - With the qualifier that I'm a hop-head (see other reviews), this one is a bit out-of-balance for me. The hop assault starts from the first taste and stays forever, drying out the tongue and leaving a bit of a grassy aftertaste. There's a hint of malt sweetness mid-palate, but that's really the only hint of balance I get. Even at only 7%, the alcohol is fairly prominent as well at the end, which is not too pleasant. Getting a bit of tongue fatigue about halfway through the bottle.
M - Carbonation is low and mouthfeel is pretty smooth.
D - Pretty low; I love hoppy beers but this one is wearing on me; it's just a bit too much to enjoy.
Had high hopes for this one and am a bit disappointed; will try some of their other offerings though.

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Photo of HansumFilly
3.14/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This bottle is 6 months old so we'll see how it goes.

A: Pours hazy yellow with an orange hue. Huge, frothy, white head. This one is lively.

S: Slight citrus, grassy hops. Not all that aromatic and not nearly as hop forward as I like in an IPA.

T: Taste is malty and citrus hops. Again, hops are not as pronounced up front as I would like although they do show up in the form of a bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied and very lively. Slightly overcarbonated.

O: This one is a disappointment for me. Where are the hops in this West Coast IPA? Very average and forgettable, IMO. I definitely wanted to like this more. I'll have to try again with a fresher bottle.

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Photo of loren01
3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy orange color, good sized head with nice lacing down the glass
S: Smell is of sweet ripe citrus fruits.
T: Much the same as the smell, lots of citrusy type hops in there. Slight malt sweetness but not well balanced at all.
M: Medium bodied beer, feels real overcarbonated to me.
Overall: Didn't really care for this one not balanced at all...I love hops but it would be better with some more malt backbone.

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Photo of charlzm
3.17/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed 04/14/08 at Back Street Brewery, Irvine.

Clear, burnished golden hue. Thin skin of white foam. No active carbonation.

Aromatic grapefruit hops greet the nose.

Flavor starts with a strong pine hop flavor on the tongue. Slight caramel maltiness appears briefly. Some parching on the tongue accompanies the long lasting thin bitterness of this brew.

Not a favorite of mine - too hoppy.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, light copper body with a white head.

Smell: A bit of understated aroma of caramel and pine.

Taste: Toasted caramel with resinous pine and plenty of bitterness and acidity along the way. That's about I'm getting oughta this one.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Moderately carbonated.

Drinkability: Just another in a long line of IPAs.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.24/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cost was $5.00 at the Cap N Cork in Los Feliz. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard branded pressure cap servd into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. 7.0% ABV confirmed. Expectations are high given the brewery, which also makes Hop 15 - one of the best DIPAs I've ever had. Bottled 11/06/12.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a healthy froth five finger head of beige colour, nice cream, good thickness, and great (6+ minute) retention for the high ABV. Fluffy and soft. Body colour is a lightly hazy vibrant yellow. Translucent and clear. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looks par for the style; a bit lighter in colour perhaps. In any case, I'm excited to try it. Not unique or special, but there are no over flaws and the retention's quite impressive. Good soapy lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head slowly recedes.

Sm: Light grassy notes, pale malts, bright citrus, floral hop notes, lemon zest, clove, and banana. Delicate and light in strength. Refreshing and appealing. I don't detect any yeast character or alcohol. Light toasted malt. A bit of orange.

T: Juicy grapefruit with accompanying unpleasant hop bitterness. A pale malt/grassy body. Clove and banana, probably from the yeast. The finish is juicy citrus with some of the dying hop bitterness. A bit nectary and refreshing - the highlight of this beer. Light hop oil is reminiscent of Lagunitas' offerings. The more I'm drinking it the more the bitterness is fading, but it still has that grapefruit bite that I despise. Decently balanced and refreshing, but not without its flaws. I do get the ABV a bit, which is a shame. No yeast character comes through. Tasty but problematic.

Mf: Refreshing, smooth, and wet. It's a bit sharp and overcarbonated, with an unpleasant bite that cuts into the smoothness, intruding. A bit oily. Decent palate presence. Suits the flavour profile well for the most part, but still needs work. Soft and chewy. Light on the palate. Somewhat delicate - the best quality of this beer by far.

Dr: A drinkable IPA from Port, but it doesn't match Hop 15's quality. Maybe the little bit of age on this bottle is affecting it substantially, but it tastes quite fresh and it's been refrigerated. Hides its ABV decently. I'd like to revisit it a bit more fresh, but it's still not bad by any means. I just expected more given the brewery. IPA fans will no doubt enjoy it, and I'll have no problem finishing it.

High C+

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Photo of utfiero
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Color- hazy butterscotch. Huge head.

Aroma- light with hints of lemon zest.

Taste- Starts dry and remains dry throughout. The finish is a bit jagged with a lingering hallmark IPA grapefruit zest. Nothing exceptional but drinkable. The variety of hops work but none rise to the occasion to make a great brew.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted 12/31/2012.

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Photo of TenHornsProud
3.26/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with big white head.

Smells of piny hop, and some spice and fruit notes.

Up front hop taste with some bready notes in the middle, a sweet finish.

Mouthfeel was a bit overcarbonated on this one for me...made it hard to really taste the beer though this may be intentional.

This is a good IPA but that's it...there are so many better options around it's hard to justify getting this again.

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Photo of noknife83
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A good IPA, but nothing that special among all the IPA's. My main complaint was that it was too pale in color for me. Nothing was bad about this beer, it just didn't impress me that much. I'll give the beer another chance, but I'm not holding out too much hope that I'll think any different of it.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.29/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, similar in style to the old viscosity packaging.

pours slow and thick, head self-creates after several seconds. the effort required for bubbles to reach the surface and leave white froth behind seems rather labor-intensive, giving the beer an intimidatingly thick presence. color is dark copper and not much head or lace lingers. island of bubbles hovers in the center of the surface sea.

certainly an interesting aroma. hoppy with a big honey backbone.. some lemon tinge as well as trace amounts of raw essence of pine. not a huge aroma by any means, unexpected for a 7% "san diego style" ipa.

hops here are very aggressive, flavorwise. not really balanced, leaning towards the chalky side. the simcoes and centennials are dominant here. together, they create a wall of bitter flower pollen and raw grass flavor. the hop finish rolls out a bit more citrusy and sweet, but the gritty hop oils linger on the tongue and long for a good cleansing. something, either booze or cologne, spikes my senses upon swallowing. on the positive side, the beer isn't as thick as i thought and that helps the drinkability some.

i am really not impressed by this offering, especially considering winners like hop 15 that i have recently tried from the port brewing. at 3.99 a bomber though, i don't feel like it was a complete waste. considering the difficulty involved in getting these, i probably won't revisit.

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Photo of kflorence
3.31/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was probably one of the hoppiest beer I've ever tried.

Smells like a juniper tree. Very bitter, tastes kinda like a pine tree, yet it has a sort of sweet flavor too. The after taste lingers on forever, which was kind of annoying as it drowned out the soft notes in all the other beers I tasted.

Not a fan of hoppy beers, although my dad is, and he can't get enough of this. If you like 'em strong and hoppy, give this one a go.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden orange with a frothy white head that quickly goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is caramel malt, melon and spicy peppery hops.

The flavor is sweet sugary malts and fruits (melon and a little banana) followed by a resiny salty tarry (almost plasticy) hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, a decent IPA. I didn't care too much for the hop profiles. Very similar to the Hop 15 from what I recall.

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Photo of argock
3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 20oz imperial pint on tap

Appearance: Just slightly hazy dark golden beer with a bright white cap which fades to a thick ring

Smell: Beautiful fruity citrus aromas with orange and grapefruit aromas up front

Taste: Mild toasted malts, but this is all about the hops...resiny, with lots of bitterness and not a lot of hop flavor...this is actually a bit simple and harsh

Mouthfeel: Medium side of heavy

Drinkability: Medium

Conclusion: This has beautiful aromas, but the taste is a bit simplistic and actually a little bit harsh

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Photo of YonderWanderer
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy amber/copper color. Decent head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Well carbonated as evidenced by the bursts of bubbles.

S: Hops. Piney with hints of citrus. And that's about it.

T: Hoppy, but not overly so. Gives a nice kick of bitterness, but has a decent malt balance to it. Solid, but not outstanding.

M: Good carbonation, solid feeling. Leans a little towards being watery, but smooth overall.

D: This is a decent IPA, nothing too spectacular, but a solid entry overall. Worth trying, but probably not something that'd fit into my regular rotation.

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Photo of HeckYeah
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: a light golden color with a moderate head that dissipated into a lacy rim.

S: a very hoppy, and citrousy smell that likens to orange peal. and piny. and yeasty

T: a misty, warm orange peal taste with lots of citrous hop flavor.

M: a thicker and more viscous beer at first, but then it seams more thin the more you let it sit in your mouth.

D: this is a little on the hoppy and bitter side for me, and I like hoppy and bitter, this is just not as well balanced as some of the better IPA's.

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