Pizza Port Bressi Ranch

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Pizza Port Bressi Ranch
California, United States
American IPA
Ranked #458
Ranked #6,680
4.09 | pDev: 8.31%
Sep 07, 2023
Aug 22, 2002
Swami’s IPA was first brewed in 1992 to commemorate one of our favorite local surf breaks nestled below a spiritual enlightenment temple that sits on the cliffs above. This West Coast style IPA features a timeless American hop profile of citrus and pine with a crisp balanced finish. It’s a dream come true to be able to share so many pints over time as we all evolve together. Whatever your form of meditation is, we hope that each and every sip contributes to your own self-realization…Cheers!
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Reviewed by CTHomer from Connecticut

3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A: crystal clear; medium gold in color; 1+ finger finely pored ivory head that receded to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: not very aromatic; what's there is grapefruit and pine;

T: grapefruit and pine; not especially bright; moderate, long lasting bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: good, but not memorable;
Sep 07, 2023
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Reviewed by TheBricenator from Oregon

4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Look: Nearly clear yellow with a sudsy white head that billows up, settling to a lid, and leaving a nice coating of lacing behind
Aroma: I could smell it on the pour. Pink grapefruit, pine, oranges, light blueberry, lemon-lime, fruity dank, and bready malt
Taste: Starts out with a nice hit of citrus fruits that is grapefruit-forward and quickly joined by wet, sappy conifer notes that intermingle with the citrus. Some berry and dank appear in the middle before citrus and pine return for the close, along with a nice bite
Mouthfeel: Full, lightly slick, clean, medium-high carbonation, and light to medium strength dryness on the finish
Overall: This is some tasty stuff. I believe I’d had this once or twice before but don’t remember it being this good as this is a well-made and delicious WCIPA that feels a little old-school in its makeup. A nice citrus and conifer blend and in a clean package with a nice overall feel and welcome bite. I’ll definitely grab more of this if/when I see it. Recommended
Aug 27, 2023
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Reviewed by Reidrover from Oregon

3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
16 oz. can purchased from Westside Taphouse in West Salem Oregon.
Canned 07/06/2023.
Pours a nice clear golden coloured body with a lovely looking thick and frothy white head.
a kinda fruity semi tropical hop aroma and some basic malts. Simple.
Taste is hoppy but mellow. Getting grapefruit, then strawberries and some fresh spruce tip among other stuff. Tasty.
Mouth feel is very good well carbonated and yet smooth. Long bitter after taste which I enjoy in an IPA.
A good beer and happy to have tried it.
Aug 25, 2023
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Reviewed by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Swami's IPA pours a golden color with a large, long-lasting head. There isn't much on the nose, some bitterness. The flavor is bold, clean, and crisp, with nice floral bitter flavors. Good feel. Overall, just a very solid IPA.
Aug 20, 2023
Rated: 4.15 by TinFang from California

Aug 14, 2023
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Reviewed by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours orange yellow with a fluffy white head. Smells of citrus and piney hops. Tastes of citrus and piney hops with just a bit of earthiness. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.
Aug 06, 2023
Rated: 4.15 by Sambio19

Jul 23, 2023
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Reviewed by Curmudgeon from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pizza Port: Swami’s

Appearance (Look) – I know I’m repeating myself but…it is golden, clear with a bit of haze and has a soapy white head. A lot of the beers in the West Coast IPA box do look similar.
Aroma (Smell) – Light citrus and lemon
Taste – Piney, dank and lemon pith.
Mouthfeel (Feel) - Medium
Overall – Refreshingly piney and crisp
Jul 23, 2023
Rated: 4.34 by Tampa1950 from Florida

Jul 15, 2023
Rated: 4.17 by uncleotis from Illinois

Jul 13, 2023
Rated: 4.09 by heymikew from California

Jul 07, 2023
Rated: 4.1 by cbcrunch from Wyoming

Jul 06, 2023
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Reviewed by NickSMpls from Washington

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From the BA WCIPS Beer box. Canned 5/22. Pour is a light yellow amber. Aroma is subdued, with notes of citrus and some piney / yeast. Taste is clearly hops and more hops, with a prominent bitterness and a dry finish that still retains some of the bitterness. Clearly one of classic WCIPA early arrivals.
The 6.8% ABV is there, just not too noticeable.
Jul 03, 2023
Rated: 4.02 by Humanusfermentum from Virginia

Jul 02, 2023
Rated: 4.24 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Jul 02, 2023
Rated: 3.93 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Jul 01, 2023
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Reviewed by TCgenny from New York

4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Classic wcipa, golden yellow with fluffy head, soapy film remains , mild citrous with pine, nice balanced classic style wcipa. This one was OG west coast! Banger!
Jun 30, 2023
Rated: 4.12 by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

Jun 29, 2023
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Reviewed by Sheppard from Massachusetts

3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
From the WCIPA box. Pours a chill hazy golden with opulent pillowy white head. Grapefruit and citrus zest on the nose. A little grapefruit, a little earthy pine. This is a lighter one in terms of body. Very old school. Not bad but not a stand out either.
Jun 28, 2023
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Reviewed by Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Just barely a hint of haze and small head Swami's smells of hops. The taste is right for a WCIPA. Canned 05/22/23 It's probably the best of the box so far. Has the right mouthfeel and I would likely buy this again.
Jun 27, 2023
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