Wipeout IPA | Port Brewing

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Wipeout IPAWipeout IPA
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Wipeout IPAWipeout IPA

Brewed by:
Port Brewing
California, United States

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

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Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I previously had enjoyed this earlier in the year at Port Carlsblad. A welcome complex taste of bitterness from the five choices. It makes it quite drinkable at lunch, giving a citrus, or slightly tangy taste to different courses. Wonderful after fish. Medium mouthfeel. On the bitter side, otherwise a very good IPA.
Had this spot-on AMmrican IPA again at end of 2008. Grapefruit aroma, great bubbly white head.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: large 3 finger frothy head with nice lacing and retention on a hazy golden with slight crimson hue body.

S: citrus, pungent and musty hops. Floral notes. Very moist on the nose, lingers afterwards.

T: lots of pungent and musty hop flavor. Slight pine note and smooth finish.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very smooth.

Overall: This borders on an IPA and a hoppy APA. Either way this one is very good.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Library Alehouse in Santa Monica, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy light orange with an off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of tropical fruit, citrus zest, and herbal hops. Taste is of grapefruit, citrus zest, and subtle tropical fruit flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good IPA that is all about the hops.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of GRG1313
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light orange amber with a nice white head; lemon citrus nose with pine undertones.

Nice grapefruit skin and resin flavors and finish. This is a very nice, well balanced and food friendly IPA that is clearly well made with a nice bitter grapefruit hop finish.

However, in my opinion, this is one of the few brews in my experience that was bigger, bolder and more aggressive and flavorful in the bottle. Nice, none the less.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours out as a bright yellow color with an intense lively head on it. The beer smells like a field of fresh hops just waiting to be consumed. The taste of this beer resembles a true west coast style of citrusy hops and just an overflow of flavors. The hops dry your mouth out rather quickly which brings you in for your next sip. The mouthfeel is pretty light and refreshing. Good stuff.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy dark yellow in color. It poured with a two finger high off white head that has excellent retention properties and hardly died down, leaving lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrus and mangoes in the nose along with some hints of pine resin.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has lots of citrus and other assorted hop flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very well balanced. There are tons of hop flavors but the beer is very drinkable because the hop bitterness is not overpowering.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a bomber with a few friends:

Pretty standard west coast IPA. Very hop forward with orange and grapefruit flavors coming through. Maybe a bit unbalanced as there isn't much of a malt backbone, but personally with my IPA's the more the hops the merrier. Easily drinkable and a great taste and mouthfeel. Very good IPA, recommend picking up.

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Everything that's asked of West Coast IPAs are delivered in a pure and unadulturated hop on slaught found in this beer- all of the flavor, low in sweetness, and smooth in bitterness. On the quest of epidome-establishing beers, an IPA epiphane just occured.

Ok, flowery language there but this beer achieves world class stature and it starts with its appearance. Pouring a hazy copper and orange hue, it appears that red grapefruits and tangerines have been wringed out into the glass. Froathy slightly off white foam caps the beer and settles into a froath of creamy bubbles that cling to the glass as if life depended upon it- clumps of lace adorn the glass as the beer fades.

Juicy hop aromas resemble all of whats best about citrus fruits and tropical fruits- the pulp of white and red grapefruit, tangerine, freshly grated oranges, lemon peel, mangos, pineapple, herbal grasses, and a mild dank and catty scent all culminate in an aromatic blend of perfume and citrusy potpouri.

Flavors deliver all those fruity tropical and citrus tastes and along with the slight danky notes of herbs, grasses, and pine resin, but also do so with the slight candied taste of thin caramel and seemingly a whimsical confectioner's sugar taste that reminds me of pez candies. Malty sweetness is low and only support hop dominance and round off the rough edges of hop bitterness with supple sweetness.

In true West Coast style, the beer's malty sweetness and moderate body is short lived as the beer sheds its early malt influence in favor of sheer hop dryness, bitterness and bite. This all leads to a resiny-dry finish that lingers indefinately with citrusy bitterness and refreshing taste.

If Russian River's Pliny the Elder and Three Floyds Dreadnaught are the staplex of the style, then Port Brewing's Wipe out is an admirable challenger!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.24/5  rDev -19.8%
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 oline73
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Marion St. Market in Oak Park.
Served in a New Belgium .4L globe glass.

Bright high clarity orange with a generous head. The carbonation was a swarm below the surface when swirled, that ascended slowly. Retention was good, after awhile the foam ebbed to a ring at the edge.

Grapefruit & citrus rind in the nose, fresh cut grassy botanicals. Flavor was largely the same with a moderate resiny hop bitterness that lasted long into the finish. Pretty much your standard hop delivery device. Well carbonated with a refreshing wetness that quenched my thirst. At 7% it wasn't especially hefty and felt like a lower abv. Will try this again on draft at the next opportunity.

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Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a nice head; excellent retention and lacing

Smell: Solid aromatics, with grapefruit and lemon pith and caramel malt

Taste: Starts by laying down a caramel base but that is quickly joined by a pithy grapefruit flavor; after the swallow, the hop bitterness kicks to a new level bringing a floral finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Nice and hoppy, with an intriguing floral tone that adds to the citrusy bitterness

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured an hazy brown color ale with a big foamy head with better then average retention. Aroma of deep citrus hops with some piney notes. Taste is also dominated by huge citrusy hops with some great caramel malt to back-up the whole thing together. Body is above average with some medium filtration and some adequate carbonation. Overall, a good west coast interpretation of the style but nothing earth shattering either.

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Wipeout IPA from Port Brewing
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 1,994 ratings