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 lacqueredmouse
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours quite a light coloured golden, with a frothy, but reasonably large-bubbled head of just cream-coloured foam. Lacing is sudsy and sticky. Carbonation is streaming and vigorous. Colour is surprisingly light, really, and the body seems the same way. Not bad.

Nose is strongly hopped, leaning towards pine fragrance, with some sharp grapefruit citrus as well. Very direct in its flavour; I suggest Chinook or Simcoe is prominent. Pretty nice though.

Taste is also sharp, especially on the front, with quite a ripping grapefruit character bittering the centre of the palate. Mellows pretty quickly, however, not leaving a lot of astringent residue. It ends up with a pleasant fresh but buttery character on the finish. This makes it quite drinkable, and really quite pleasant given the harshness on the front.

Feel is soft and light, despite the vigorous carbonation, it's quite smooth on the palate.

This is a pretty exciting beer - it's like they've found a way to get that grapefruit hop character just right to escape the overpowering bitterness. I guess it is Simcoe that shines here - all the flavour of Chinook without the lingering harshness on the back. Very nicely done.

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Photo of noknife83
3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
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 g00dness
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of the bottle into a pint glass. An inch of foamy head sits peacefully on a cloudy tan beer.

The nose is !hops! and then when my palate adjusted, it is grassy and floral with a small but noticable yeast note.

Taste, unsurprisingly is lots of hops with bitterness lighting up my tongue, although the finish was a nice smooth citrus. The hops taste thick and grassy/pine, although at times that verges on the metallic.

Mouthfeel was nice and creamy with nice viscosity but a touch too much carbonation.

Drinkability is good but not great. The bitterness makes it refreshing, but also kind of sharp.

Definitely a worthy brew, but its going to be hard for me to pick this again when I can have Racer 5 or Pliny.

p.s. makes a knockout hot afternoon shandy when mixed with basil lemonade.

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Photo of fourplayed
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a sam adams 12 oz glass.

Medium hazy red amber that poured 2 finger head. 3 fingeers with a more aggressive pour. nice lacing left behind as head broke up.

Smells of Hops, malts, citrus and subtle spice and fruit sweetness.

Taste of grassy hops first, balanced nicely with creamy malts, citrus...sweetness notes pretty well buried. Nice hop / malt balance. Hops are nicely subdued. Alcohol taste is buried.

Hits your mouth with soft fuzzy bubbles that break up fairly fast. Smooth with a nice creamy feel leaving a dry finish and some alcohol warmth in back of throat. Get's a bit more creamy smoothness as it warms up.

Very drinkable. Nice mild creamy malts giving way to a medium bite of Hops and a very good balance of carbonation that took a back seat in the mix. Will put it on my A-list.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky gold in color and has a haze to it but nice very long last head.

Very hoppy IPA but has a very citrus side to it which makes it stand out somewhat from other west-coast styled IPA's.

I must say I love Pizza Port and what it brings to SD but this is a good beer. Nothing super out of the ordinary but very good and worth trying!

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

A - Pours a light orange color with not much of a head.

S - I smell nothing but hops.

T - I taste nothing but hops. I guess that's what a West Coast IPA supposed to taste like.

M - Again nothing but hops.

D - One is probably all I could drink in a night.

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

A - Burt orange/golden color with a great looking two finger head that had great retention. Beautiful lacing on the side.

S - Sweet caramel malts and citrusy hops. The malt backbone dominates, with a bit of floral hop profile as well.

T - Sweet malts with some tanic burn on the end with the resiny hop bitterness. Pretty straight-forward, but not bad.

M - Medium bodied, a little too creamy, would have liked a little more carbonation.

D - Solid beer, wouldn't seek it out, but don't mind drinking it.

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Photo of sethmeister
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cannot find a bottling date or other indication of age on the bottle.

Pours a very cloudy golden orange with tons of swirling particulates and a thick creamy offwhite head. Patches of t5hick sticky lace adorn the glass.

Scent is grassy, citrus (grapefruit), and floral

Taste is citrus, pine, earthy and spicy hops. Bitter hops cling to the palate. Herbal notes appear. There's a subtle gingerale - like flavor which is a bit odd and may be due to oxidation or age? Light biscuity malt runs along the bottom. A hint of pineapple and tropical fruit emerges as the beer warms.

Mouth is oily and juicy but with a very dry finish and nicely stiff carbonation.

I can't think of anything I've had from Port that I didn't love. This is clearly a very good beer and I can only imagine how great it must be when very fresh.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appears a clouded unfiltered copper orange hue with a bright off white head forms like layers of custard rising well above the rim of the glass. Aroma is full of citrus west coast hops grapefrui bomb, the type of IPA I have come to know and love. Flavors are hop forward citrus juice sugary layered tones of grapefruit, herbal, earthiness exploding on the palate with huge complimentary hop additions. Very bitter but very sweet hops of course rise to the occasion with a bit of backend heat, served decently warm but fully chilled this beer really had some West Coast balls in the hop department. A bit of tropical fruit, sweet sugar blasted hop candy with a touch of hot alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel overall is medium to full bodied citrus dryness with full rounded edges, carbonation is solid assertive not overdone. Resinous, oily textures make the palate pretty well lubricated. Drinkability is pretty kick ass, I wish I had more access to this beer, I've seen it in Pittsburgh once...this bottle was shipped from Hi Times in Costa Mesa, CA.

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

A - Pours a light amber orange color and with a very active and almost violent head depending on how it's poured.

S - Slight caramel malt with dominating citrus, grapefruit, pine, and floral all blended together quite nicely in the nose. The caramel backbone plays a big backseat to the dominant hops.

T - Very indicative of the nose. There's a sweet caramel maly immediately up front, then followed by a dominating floral pine and citric hops. Even though it's a straightforward West Coast IPA that's hopped generously, there's still a very nice harmony betweem the malts and the hops. For someone who's not so into bitter beers, this will seem extreme. The aftertaste is mild with dry caramel intermingled with citrus fruit, flowers, and pine.

M - Medium body, mild carbonation on the tongue,
and semi-dry.

D - Scores the highest - awesome beer.

***Not the best IPA I've ever had but defininately well ahead of the pack . Port is one of my favorite craft brewers and this one is well worth checking out.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A - Pours a nice hazy grapefruit juice like yellow with some nice orange hints. There is a nice 1 finger head that forms. and recedes fairly fast leaving some nice sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet grapefruit and some papaya as well. Slight malt grain backbone is present as well. Flowery and citrusy with slight rose petal aroma as well. Grassy.

T - Starts off quite hoppy with a big citrus splash up front its lacking some sweetness on this front though. After the nice citrusy and dry hop blast a good grainy strong malt backbone pops up but fades kind off fast.

M - Light crisp and clean.

D - Very drinkable IPA. There are better Cali IPA's out there but its def a very nice beer that I would drink often if I had it more readily available.

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Photo of cigarchitect
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: perfect fluffy white cap, a very hazy yellowish orange. Lots of excellent sediment floating about. Excellent white stickly lacing. Orange sediment stains the foam as it settles. Sexy.
Smell: Grapefruit and orange candy, hoppy wonderfullness.
Taste: I took note before enjoying this bottle, that there are 5 different hops involved. I think I recognize the simcoe bitterness first. Then the sweet fruitiness of the other varieties begin to show up as this beer warms up. Not piney at all as I expected. Tastes vaguely mirrors the nose. Definite citrus finish. Not too complex IMHO. Very good though.
Mouthfeel: Perfect body for the style. Coats the mouth generously and does not disapoint.
Conclusion: Keep it out of the fridge for 15mins or so before enjoying. A very solid well done IPA. I would definitely drink again. Nothing mind blowing, but an excellent beer nonetheless.

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

Shared a 750 ml bottle. Poured a golden orange with a frothy 3 finger head.

Aroma was prominent & full of citrus, piney & even grassy notes.

Taste was traditonal West Coast IPA with lots of grapefruit character.

Mouthfeel was lighter bodied than other IPA's

Drinkability was tremendous. Very quaffable

Overall great IPA

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Photo of belgianbeerlover
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy, orange straw coloring. Light, white head - persistent lacing throughout.

Bright, piney, citrus hop aroma - definitely a West coast IPA. Picking up some grapefruit.

Sharp hop bite out of the gates, pretty light on the malt front. Creamy mouthfeel, with a lingering bitterness and very dry finish.

Packs a bit of a punch at 7%, but I could drink several of these.

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Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
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 kbnooshay
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a drity hazy dark orange color with lots of big particles floating around. Head is a huge cratery tan sculpture that holds its shape really well. Aroma is hoppy and floral. Lots of hop bitterness. Kinda fruity and citric. Taste is more of the same, ths is delicious but i would kick back the bittering hops just a little bit. This could use a little more piney/citric hop flavor. Feel is between moderate and light. Fairly drinkable.

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Photo of rudzud
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken at the Armsby Abbey on 9/.1

A - Hazy amber pour. One finger head with light lacing down the glass.

S - Typical hoppy pine resin. The bitter grapefruit is a bit muddled though.

T - Piney resin. Same as the smell, rather muddled citrus. Disappointing but still good.

M - Medium carbonation with a surprisingly dry finish.

D - Smooth oily resin. Stuff is nice and drinkable but there are much better examples.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the drafting room exton. Nice place.

A- comes to me with a small fizz of white, a few spots of lace and a wisp or two on top. Hazy golden orange yellow in color.

S- tons of bright grapefruit and lemon zest. Tid bits of green veg and a hint of spice. Lite sweet malts come through the back door.

T- fresh crisp citrus hops and sweet florals. The whole fruit baskets in this one. Grapefruit, oranges, lemons touches of tropical fruits. Honeysuckle sweetness, a blissful mix of sweet and floral ya dig. Slightly biscuity at times.

M- a bit less then medium in body with a mid level tingley carb that keeps things bright.

D- this is the only way to do port or lost abbey. I stay away from the bottles to much quality problems but on draft its always a tasty treat.

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Photo of Mooch273
3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: light copper, almost birch colored. Noticeably cloudy. Nice half inch head lingering after pour, indicating potential high carbonation.

A: grassy with slight pine essence. Underwhelming hop or citrus aroma, which is surprising for an IPA.

T: bitterness is striking at beginning of sip, almost peppery. Piney over-tones follow at the very back of the mouth.

M: higher than usual carbonation; bitter dryness was not pleasing.

D: chalky dryness and high carbonation left me wanting to move to a different beer.

Overall, by far not the most enjoyable of IPAs. Perhaps it would have been better accompanied by food, and that's something I shouldn't have to say about a beer.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.54/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A- A fluorescent, cloudy, orange liquid with a thick and creamy white head that has some great retention. Just how it should be.

S- Orange, caramel, and a bit floral. A little on the faint side.

T- Citrus, flowers, and a decent caramel malt backbone.

M- Creamy smooth with just a bit of lasting bitterness and dryness. The carbonation is spot on.

D- Aside from the appearance and mouthfeel, this is a very average IPA. Does not stand out froth other west coast IPAs, but it goes down smooth.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 8-24-10

Pours a bright but cloudy orange color, with an immense, creamy white head that lasts in a thick layer, for the entire time. One of the best.

Smell is light and fruity, tons of citrus and a little pine. Huge hoppy bitterness comes through next, with a slightly sour and soapy finish that is very enjoyable.

Taste is right where the smell leads you, light citrus following but a big kick of bitterness. The finish is a bit hot from the hops, with an earthy hop aftertaste. Not overly complex, but tasty.

Mouthfeel is good, but a little on the thin side. The carbonation is tart, keeping things light.

Drinkability is good, light and hoppy with a good kick. Only if you're in a hophead mood.

Overall, a solid IPA that lacks the magic of some of the better ones.

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Photo of garuda
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Arrives slightly hazy light gold in color with a thin white head that has good retention and good lacing.

S - Big tropical fruits up front, then some pine. Sweet caramel/bready malts come through as it warms.

T - Big pine flavors up front backed up by grapefruit flesh, then bitter grapefruit rind through the finish and aftertaste, all with an underlying light caramel malt sweetness. Noticeable alcohol content towards the end of the drink was a bit off-putting.

M - Light side of a medium body, full carbonation, smooth and creamy across the palate. Finish is bitter, but not very harsh.

D - Everything is there for this IPA, but the sharp alcohol dominated the taste in the last quarter of the glass or so. I would definitely get this again, in the hopes that the alcohol is less noticeable.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Copper with foamy head.

S-Not as good as I was hoping. Hoppy but not the hop explosion I desired.

T-Again, mildly unsatisfying. Quite sweet. Again, the taste ,especially in the hop category, is not as strong as I had hoped. Also get a metal taste somewhere in the middle. By no means a bad bear but wasn't blown away.

M-Medium bodied.

D-Drinkable but I can think of several others that are tastier and still easy drinking. I may not have drank this one fresh. I hope to try a fresh one in the near future and re-review.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Courtesy of Beerman4 on BA. Pours a clear orange color with a nice 1 finger head. Fairly strong aroma of hops present. Strong hop presence in the taste as well from beginning to end. Ends with a nice lingering bitterness. Slight alcohol taste. Medium mouthfeel. IPA or double IPA? You be the judge.

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

Bomber into a rocks glass in a hotel in Cambridge, Maryland. Bottle purchased for $6 at Boston Wine Exchange.

Appearance: Golden yellow and minor copper color, mild haze, with little carbonation at the edges. A good vertical and sword-like lacing on the top shooting down to the body.

Smell: A lot of hops here. Soaked and fresh citrus and sweat sock mostly, with a spiny and earthy aroma. Mild fruit esters come through, but the hops are dominant and front and center.

Taste: Initial spicy hop bite, bringing the grapefruit citrus flavors, mild caramel sweetness on the back end, with a lingering burst of hops at the long finish, subtly balancing the fruit esters, which also make themselves known more in the finish.

Mouthfeel: It seems deceptively lighter-bodied, which I like, with good and spritzy carbonation from beginning to end.

Drinkability: Solid and highly drinkable, especially for being around $6. Not quite a DIPA, or so they say, but it's tasty and sessionable, and if I can find it again, I wouldn't hesitate to snag another bottle.

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Wipeout IPA from Port Brewing
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 1,989 ratings