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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 CharlesDarwin
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed November 26, 2006. 22 Oz Bottle. Nice sweet candied balsma orange aroma, with an edge of piney, light esters. Sieena pour with light haze, covered with a rim of whitish. Flavor is a subdued orange presentation, but a nice crisp flavor. A long lasting sweetness, noted with nice light piney concentration. Clean, well-built and deliciously refreshing, however, not particularly exceptional.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received a bomber as a Christmas present from a friend in California.

Appears amber in color with copper hues. Little foamy white head.
Smells of pure piney hops, like a car air freshener
Taste is a citrusy grapefruit wave followed by a wipeout of piney hops (appropriately named beer)
Each and every sip is an attack of hops on the palate, instantly takes me back to Southern California
Fantasic beer to the last drop. Clearly a bomber is not enough, next time I'm getting a growler.

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Photo of Franchise
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This offering from Pizza Port pours a cloudy dark caramel with a thick tan head. The first thought is pure west coast hope, citrus, piney, pungent but sweet floural bouquet. There is a doughy sweetness to this brew. The taste is very good, it starts bitter hard citrus notes of lemon/lime rind hit your palate then move to a soft hony caramel feel on the palate. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated but you always get the feeling there is something more to come with this brew, fantastic!

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Photo of wcudwight
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a bit darker than most IPA's I've had. The color is approaching strong ale or at least DIPA in appearance. Little to no head. Where is the sticky head that I've become used to for the style. I am being generous when I call the lacing spotty.
All doubts the appearance caused are removed my the aroma. Wow. Hopolicious. Citrus, pine and tangerine. Bold and arrogant hop aromas.
The aroma translates to the flavor perfectly. The hops dominate the flavor from start to finish. Citrus and piney flavors. It's like eating an orange and chasing it with a pine cone. I'm sure the malt is there, but I can't find it. In all honesty, I'm not really looking that hard.
The mouthfeel is full and somewhat syrupy. The hops are sticky but also kind of feel like they are attacking the mouth.
This is a good beer but the hops which make the beer good hurt the drinkability a tiny bit. It took a while to finish and enjoy the bomber. Like 3hrs. But it is an enjoyable beer. Also at 7% it's better to drink it slow.
Mucho gracious to boolshot and Marvz for a wonderful west coast IPA in the Double Trouble BIF.

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Photo of ChillMike
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an apricot color with a hefty off white head that sticks around for a bit and leaves a nice trail of lacing. Very nice aroma of piney hops and grapefruits. Excellent piney hop flavor again with that grapefruit overtone, enough malts to help teter it a bit, don't get me wrong it's still loaded with hops but not completely devoid of a nice malt taste as well, finishes with a nice citrus bitter flavor. I like the level of carbonation on it but it is a tad bit oily. All being said this was a giant suprise to me after the High Tide I was a little skeptic, but this one came through and with loads of hops. I really like this one quite a bit!

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to cburian for the trade!

Beautiful reddish-amber body. Head was very thin, with little to no lacing.

Nose is superb IPA. Deeply piney with a hint of sugary citrus.

Flavor is outstanding IPAness. Balanced hoptastic flavor with a moderately sturdy malt backbone. Even a tiny bit of creaminess. This reminds me very much of Masala Mama. No flavor is overwhelming or dominant, it's appeal is in the whole.

Mouthfeel is medium to slightly oily, with that hint of tooth-stripping quality that IPA fans know and love.

Drinkability is tops! Everything I love in an IPA. A growler of this would not be too much.

Another solid brew from Pizza Port. Now I want to see Hop15 or HopSuey in the bottle...

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Photo of bkett01
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my pint glass with no head at all. Appears a burnt orange / amber color and isn't leaving any lacing on the glass. The typical west coast hop aroma of piney/floral hops dominates the nose.
The taste is well balanced, and this is very drinkable, even @ 7%. Citrus hops are present over a sweet malty backbone. I've waited a long time to try Pizza Port beers, and as my first one, this did not dissapoint. Great IPA, recommended.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep, clear copper. Tan head is a full three fingers thick, settling nice and slowly. Solid streaming carbonation, and decent lace as the head clings to the glass. Aroma of fresh hops, lightly citrusy, very piney/grassy. Distinctly west coast, and much like it was dry-hopped to the max. Very nice and inviting. The hop character is more tangy and floral in the taste, with nutty sweet caramel malt coming on strongly. The bitterness becomes very intense, and it's light astringent/sour character lingering after the finish is harsh and decreases the enjoyment. The mouthfeel is slightly thin, with a hint of syrupy slickness. Plenty of carbonation.

The aroma on this beer was wonderful, but the taste didn't give me what I had expected. The west coast hops didn't show up and instead it was an overpowering, tangy, sweet mix with plenty of hop bitterness, just not enough hop taste. If you like bitterness, give this one a try. It's more like a double anyway...

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz'er all for me! Label: 5 hops including Amarillo, Centennial, Cascade, Simcoe and Summit. Clockin' in at 7% ABV.

Gluugy pour fills a tall tulip with a cratered surface of the moon vanilla hued head cap over a hazy golden auburn orange offereing. Last pour contained a bit of loose suspended debris.

Hops nose aroma flows over to my nose from three feet away. Fresh squeezed orange juice citrus and a light oky pine wood. Caramel sweetness. Incredible!

First swigs: Spree candy and cherry orange juice sweet hops with a linger of bright flavor echo. Excellent malt balance that whips this into a creamy vanilla ice cream balance.

Soft feel with full bodied IPA. Finish of dry pine and maple syrup.

Last swigs: Ranks right up with Alesmith IPA in my book as an amazing IPA. I could %&^# these all night all week.

Beer is good. Happy IPA beering.

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Photo of Pooba001
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a nice clear orangish/light amber/dark golden color with a small off white head. I could go for more head, but couldn't we all? Looks like the beer is bottle conditioned, but the yeast mostly stayed on the bottom of the bottle. Smell is grapefruity citrus hop, resin, toffee, and a hint of grass. Very nice.

There is good clean bitter to start off, and hops do continue to dominate this ale. Grapefuit and orange rind, resin, and a bit of toffee sweetness. To me this is about the right ratio of hop bitter/malt sweet flavor for an American IPA.

Mouthfeel is excellent. The beer tastes hoppy enough that I wouldn't have been surprised by some astringency, but it isn't there. Rich, almost creamy, nearing exceptional. Drinkability is very good for the style. Quite tasty, this beer is the first to give me an understanding of why Port Brewing has such a good reputation.

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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 bgraney
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber/honey color with rich white/tan head.
Full hop-citrus aroma, more of a grapefruit scent than lemon.
Hop flavor a little milder than expected from the aroma. Nice grapefruit twang on the tongue.
Smooth, light flavor expansion.
I think this lends itself well to multiple glasses.
A very good beer, I'd always be happy to have one.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a scant 1/4" off-white head over the very cloudy orangey amber brew. What head there was is quickly gone, although there is some sticky lacing. Aroma is fruity with pine joining the party as well. Flavor is lightly of sweet malt upfront, which you might miss because it is so fleeting before the hops take over. Fruity pine taste dominates, and a whiff of alcohol is noticed upon the close. Hops burps are present almost immediately. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both somewhat limited for me by the hops grating a bit, but I am aware that's the way West Coast IPAs are, and have cut some slack.

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

On tap at Naja's in Redondo.

The beer was a rich golden color with a minimal white head.

The aroma of the beer was full of earthy, citrusy, and floral hops. Definitely a West Coast aroma, but the use of Summit hops add a nice twist.

The flavor of the beer was bright and crisp. The maltiness was sweet and somewhat biscuity. The hops obviously took the driver's seat on this beer, but things were balanced enough to make it very drinkable.

The carbonation was good although I think their bottled version needs a touch more. The mouthfeel was light and contributed to the beer's drinkability.

A dependable brew that makes for a great session beer. The next step will be bottling six packs.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Packaging: 22 oz bomber, no apparent date code.
Serving temperature: Refrigerator temp, ~35F.
Aroma at bottleneck: attractive hop aroma, strong for an IPA, closer to a DIPA. No yeast or malt aroma.
Pour: Decanted into standard pint, viscosity more like a DIPA. Very little head, no bubbles, so I increased pour aggressiveness to no effect. No head retention, negligible lacing.
Appearance in glass: Medium amber, cloudy, no flakes.
Aroma in glass: bountiful hop aroma, not notably citrusy or piney, somewhat grassy and floral. Good malty aroma.
Taste: Malty, slightly sweet, hop flavor evident, but a bit grassy, good bitterness. Good hop and malt balance.
Mouthfeel: Thick, slightly astringent, good residual flavor, weak carbonation, but not as bad as expected given poor head.
Upon Warming: Clarifies (chill haze mostly gone). Maintains good flavor when warmed to cellar temp, reduces grassy flavor, seems more balanced. Agreeable bitter aftertaste increases approaching room temperature.
Drinkability: Overall a tasty, enjoyable beer, hoppier and stronger than average for style. Impression is more like a DIPA than IPA. Hop balance between bitterness, flavor, and aroma is good. Hop to malt aroma balance is a little too hoppy when cold, good at proper serving temp. No notable defects and nothing outstanding, either. If I'd bought a second bottle, I'd store at room temp for a month (to potentially help carbonation) then refrigerate for a month+ (to potentially help grassiness).

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Photo of BlindPig
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- 1/2" off white head on a clear darker orange copper body. Nice lacing that covers the top and sticks to the side of the glass a bit.
S- Big hop aroma, with malt backing it. Grapefruit is the main smell on this one. Also hint of orange and maybe lemon.
T- Big grapefruit flavor. Hops come in very strong. Bitterness isn't too big. It's only a medium bitterness but does build a little. Alcohol also does come through a little too. The orange and a few other fruits also come out. Kind of grassy too. There is a hint of malt in the back too.
M- Medium body with medium carbonation. Maybe a bit cloggy?
D- It is pretty good but I would go with the High Tide over this any day. Isn't to impressive. Don't think it stands out from the crowd.

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

A very standard IPA. Second Port Brew this week. By the way, what's the deal with Pizza Port, Port Brewing relationship? The tow I've had this week have both had "Pizza Port" caps?!?!!?

Back to the beer. Average golden, yelowish, redish body, no lacing. Pretty hoppy on the nose and tongue. better than your average IPA, but not mind-blowing ny any strecth. A nice brew that borderlines a session-like drinkability. I solid offering nonetheless.

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

Wipeout IPA - The Lost Abbey Ales / Port Brewing Co.
American IPA 7.0%

Appearance: A cloudy amber color. Not much head to it. It pours pretty viscous and looks appetizing.

Smell: It smells like a nice hoppy IPA. I've had many pints of Wipeout from Carlsbad which has a much more apparent nose. Freshness...

Taste: The beer has a definite malty parenting with the hops. A nice thickness to it with a deep hoppy malty undertones. It has the high alpha acid type hopping, almost spicy. Good taste to it. Still can't beat straight from the tit though.

Mouthfeel: Very thick and flavorful. The beer is cold and still has a great flavor to it. When I let it warm up, a lot more character comes out. I like I.P.A.'s so this one is good.

Drinkability: could drink a couple of these but its so dominant that I could only stomache a few of them. Always have a couple in the fridge for sure! Pizza Port is awesome for venturing out to do this!!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.84/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a brilliantly clear, richly, reddish copper color. It is topped by a frothy, initially two-finger thick, tan colored head. A fresh hoppy aroma is here; notes of candied orange peel, ruby-red grapefruit, lychee and notes of apricot and peach are all noticeable here. Interestingly enough, even when intensely examined, the citrus aromatics linger on and refuses to let me get at any underlying malt character.

The taste is only lightly sweet up front. Punchy hop notes jump out immediately at me. A more intense sweetness becomes noticeable, magnifying the citrus hop components that make up the flavor profile of this beer. Loud notes of sweet tangerines, oranges, grapefruit and smoother fruit note of apricot, lychee and even some tropical fruit notes are noticeable. This beer is definitely intensely hopped; bitingly raw and hoppy notes of pine, menthol and a lingeringly herbal character that leans towards mint at times. A huge, lingering, astringently bitter note dominates the finish and continues on in my taste buds long after the beer has left my mouth.

The striking thing about this beer is that it is perfectly hopped for its gravity. By which I mean this beer clearly has lots of hops, yet it never gets to be too much. It has a perfect balance such that the hops are not more than the malt can handle. There is not a whole lot of malt character noticeable here; it is just enough malt to allow the ample hops to shine and dominate.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of timtheenchanta
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy red/orange in color with a thin almost nonexistent head that leaves big bubbles on top of the brew.

Surprisingly malt heavy nose. There's a largely hoppy nose. Floral and fruity with some gum and pears.

Similar taste with some fruit cocktail taste and a very dry finish. Big body for an IPA. Very very fruity. Gorgeous.

Very solid IPA. Not the best of the style but very good. Many thanks to lou91 for this one.

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Photo of MSchae1017
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the 22oz bomber shared with my by timtheenchanta.

This beer pours a golden amber with little head that doesnt lace or hold well. The smell is mildly malty with a good amount of a single hop that gives off citrus aromas. The taste is very nice. There is a strong hop profile with enough malty sweentess to balance out the beer. If you are looking for a nice hoppy tasting beer this is a good one. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Overall its a nice IPA but not the best.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok...this is exactly how an American IPA should be.
Cloudy golden amber in the glass is topped with 2 fingers of white foam that melts slowly to real sticky lacing that keeps a crown on the liquid.
Aromas are mostly about the hops but start with sweet amber malt then buried with citrus and pine hops....fresh hops....lots of hops.
Taste is first sweet but immediately overtaken with a complex mixture of hops....lemon peel....grapefruit...grapefruit peel....pine resin.
Aftertaste cleans up fast leaving you with a dry memory of grapefruit.
Gentle alcohol warming.
Love it...love it...love it...this is the way the west coast does it and they do it RIGHT.

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

Pours a dark reddish/amber color with a nice white head that retains well.

Smells of huge citrusy and piney hops all over the nose and a tad of malt peaking through but the hops totally dominate. Hopsmack!

Tastes of more citrusy, piney, and grapefruity hops with a slight sweetness from the malt but again, this beer is total hop domination. Ends extremely bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry finish, good carbonation.

Drinkable? Absolutely.

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Photo of scottoale
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. brown bomber with cool label and no freshness date. First pour yielded a pristene orange-copper ale with 1/2" of just off-white head (poured aggressively). The head was short lived as was the lace. The finish of the bomber poured with a light haze and left a tiny bit of (hop) sediment in the bottle.

Sweet orange peel, lime, grapefruit, evergreen and pine sap fill the nostrils. Some malt and alcohol creep in on subsequent sniffs, hop heavy overall aroma.

Sweet citrus bitters quickly with an astringent bitter hop bite...crisp and refreshing. Lots of hops, yet fairly well balanced. Solid medium body with some alcohol backing it up...fairly easy drinkin' and plenty potent, a good ipa overall.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy deep copper color with a slight rim and skim of head, but not much retention. Murky. Nice lace left after it warmed awhile.
S: Pine hop notes are quite spicy--simcoe? Slight infusion of soap. Grapefruit also present.
T/M: Pine and grapefruit hop notes with a decent level of bitterness--definately Simcoe. Slight toasted grain presence. Carbonation is very low making this almost flat--though this makes me think I'm drinking a cask wipeout ipa, which would be fantastic! Smooth with a buttery presence on the palate and a bitter lip smackingly dry finish. As it warms the bitterness becomes more pronounced and the mouthfeel becomes more thick.
D: Drinkable and hoppy, but a bit under carbonated for me--maybe I got a leaker? I would assume this brew on tap is great and would like to take another stab at it if I see it.

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Wipeout IPA from Port Brewing
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