Wipeout IPA | Port Brewing

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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

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Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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 GRG1313
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
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 kylehay2004
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
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 UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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 Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
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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Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
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 +0.7%
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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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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 brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
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 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 emerge077
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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 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 Phyl21ca
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
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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Photo of LXIXME
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 6 fl.oz. as stated on the bottle, we were at their facilities yesterday and I bought this off the shelf when we were leaving.

Anyway, this beer has a nice hops taste but its not overbearing or alcohol tasting/smelling like a lot of micro brewers lilke to define there IPAs. This is a rather smooth and very drinkable IPA, If you wanna get into IPA and not be blown away by the Imperials, Doubles, and other super hops style beers this is a recommended IPA to try.

A little cloudy but not filled with sediment, it has a very nice pale honey-golden color with a nice biscuity long lasting head that eventually fades into a nice lacing atop a light but decent hops aroma filled beer. The light hops basically dominates the taste but not in an overbearing fashion, just a nice hops taste. The aftertaste is light dry with a hops presence.

An overall very worthy beer, give it a try, especially if your not a hop head, this may convert you.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a bright yellow-golden color. Several finger white head that doesn't last too long and has a bit of lacing. The nose is strong notes of citrus and pine along with a bit of a floral character. The taste also leaves malt completely out and has some good citrus. The feel is nice and bitter, and this drinks quite well. I really miss having this stuff always available.

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Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

Pours 1 finger of white head. Color is a slight hazed orange gold. Leaves some lace rings.

Aroma: Sweet fruits, apricot, oranges, and peaches. Earthy hops, a bit floral. Some light malts show.

Taste: A ton of apricot and mangoes here but more malts than in the nose. Floral hop profile. A touch of booze at the end.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and bubbly. A bit more carbonation for the style. Medium bodied. Ends with a hop resin taste.

Overall, a bit malty for a west coast ipa. Nice fruit flavors though. Decent drinkability.

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Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 7/5/2012. Pours hazy golden amber color with a nice 2-3 finger dense off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice thick foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of huge grapefruit, orange, pineapple, herbal, floral, pine, grass, mango, and light bread. Fantastic aromas with great hop balance and complexity. Taste of grapefruit, pine, orange zest, pineapple, herbal, floral, grass, mango, light caramel and bread. Good amount of spicy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, pineapple, floral, grass, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Great balance of hop flavors with a solid malt backbone. Very low amounts of hop bitterness astringency. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a sticky and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic IPA. Great hop flavor balance and complexity; smooth and crisp to sip on. Highly enjoyable.

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Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a large head of white foam on top of a hazy, golden body. The head settles slowly and leaves excellent lace.

S - Earthy, spicy hops with some fruity character in the background.

T - Sweet, bready malt up front with herbal hop character. Some pine and tropical fruit comes out in the middle. Finishes with orange, mango, and sweet malt along with moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Nice aroma and overall hop character with a balancing malt profile that doesn't stand in the way of the hops.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On my recent trip to San Diego, I had the Hop 15 and the 2nd Anniversary Ale as well as the Wipeout I.P.A. The Wipeout seems almost sweet in comparison. Not that it's not good by any means, I actually love it, but DAMN, it's much more mainstream!

It pours the typical hazy golden-orange body beneath the typical short white head that drops steadily and leaves nice rings of lace.

The body is decidedly medium and it's got a very fine-bubbled, natural, median carbonation from bottle conditioning.

Aroma is citrusy and fruity - Amarillo... Simcoe? But also a good bit piney. And of course, the maltiness is present as well.

The flavor is very well balanced between lightly caramelish and gently sweet and bready maltiness, and gently citrusy, fruity, grassy, and mildly piney hops. The bitterness is kept at an accessible level, and it's rather drinkable.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Port Brewing/Lost Abbey tasting room on 3/14/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold, with a thin head of brite-white sea-foam colored head. Swirling this, yields a big, solid flareup that leaves some massive sticky lacing back. The aroma is completely West Coast smelling. Pine cones and spice with huge grapefruit character and backing notes of bread and caramel. Honestly, that's all I've got to say about it. It's awesome!

The taste is resinous pine cones and out of control spice that is barely kept in control by a rather assertive (unto it's own right) backbone of bread and caramel and juicy tropical fruits. Dry lingering bitterness and spice just MAKE the finish of this, unmercifully draining any remaining moisture from your palate. This may sound like hop abuse on one's mouth but trust me, it does it in all the right ways! The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a prickly carbonation that really brings out the hops and spice. Nice! Maybe just a scant touch of warmth but it doesn't inhibit the feel in any way.

Bodacious is about the only word I can find that completely sums up this West Coast IPA. It's brazen and wreckless in it's use of hops but in the best way possible and I couldn't imagine a trip to San Diego being complete without a pint of this.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from jgaston courtesy of Birthday Club 2, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy dark orange color with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is hoppy and sweet with caramel & citrus and a good malt background.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with flavors of fruity citrus sweetness, floral hops bitterness and caramelized malts each consistently rotating for dominance. There isn’t any more going on with this beer than any other IPA but each of the flavors are strong and distinguished enough to make this beer more interesting to drink any it certainly has the West Coast flavor to it.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, nice kick, very good representation of style, like I mentioned earlier, it’s yet another good West Coast IPA. I could definitely go with this beer for a whole evening without looking for anything else.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.15/5  rDev +2%
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 Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Haymarket, Chicago, IL
This review is from a recent bottle at a sharing at Beermongers, Portland, OR. Thanks to whoever brought this bottle!

Poured a clear golden orange with a small cap of white head. Aroma dominated by citrusy hops, scents of grass and bready malts in the background. Taste was likewise hop-forward, as expected, citrusy, orange, grapefruit, some pine, supplying dryness and bitterness; subdued bready malts as an afterthought. Medium body and carbonation; a solid IPA all over.

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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 BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly foggy peachy lemon with a surprising number of bubbles. Things settle down in fairly short order, but not before the creation of a massive, pastel gold cap that resembles melting mousse as it slowly deflates. Little wavelets of sea foam lace decorate the pint glass initially, becoming larger chunks of foam as the beer falls with drinking.

The nose is West Coast IPA heaven. It could hardly be otherwise with a hop bill that includes most of my favorites: Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe and Summit. It's no surprise that the aroma is full of zesty lemon, grapefruit and orange. I'm pretty sure this is going to be outstanding beer.

Question: when do 78 IBUs taste like 98? Answer: when very little pale malt is added to the kettles. Wipeout is a quintessential, hugely hopped, Southern California IPA that never met a tongue it didn't want to destroy. Talk about a wipeout, I won't be tasting much of anything for at least a few hours.

Each gulp delivers a scathing amount of bitterness. Thankfully, it's accompanied by a dizzying amount of hop juicy flavor. White grapefruit pith, lemon peel, bitter orange and resinous pine sap dance a fandango across each and every taste bud. An undercurrent of sugar cookie-like pale malt tries to keep its head above water and is successful enough to keep the beer from becoming a pure alpha acid fest. Damn, this stuff is good.

I'm amazed at how full and how plush the mouthfeel is given the buzzsaw character of the hops. I guess that means there's a fair amount of malt present after all. The bottom line is that I wouldn't change a single thing about the way the beer feels in the mouth.

I had a pretty good idea that Wipeout IPA would be good, I just didn't expect it to be this good. I'm glad I got the chance to drink it fresh because it's been a good, long while since I've had such an explosively hoppy beer (thanks Luchman). If I lived in Port Brewing Company's distribution area, I'd buy this stuff by the case.

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Wipeout IPA from Port Brewing
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