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.


Added by beerguy101 on 09-15-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,983
Reviews:
777
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
9.34%
 
 
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128
Gots:
305
For Trade:
2
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1/5  rDev -75.4%

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1/5  rDev -75.4%

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1.76/5  rDev -56.8%

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2/5  rDev -50.9%

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2/5  rDev -50.9%

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2/5  rDev -50.9%

Photo of KenFolk1269
2/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not good it's Blan. No good

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2.28/5  rDev -44%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Tried as a sampler, not a hoppy beer fan.

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2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

Photo of CharlesK
2.62/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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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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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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2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

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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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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2.88/5  rDev -29.2%

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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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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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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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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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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

not sure if it was old ro what, but not good

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