DialSquare (3656) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a somewhat limited old rating note - on tap at the Pizza Port San Clemente. I tried it in a sampler and then got a pint if I remember correctly. Copper pour. Grapefruit and pine hops. Good balance. That’s all I’ve got other than a score.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 1, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Toronado’s Pizza Port night. Pours a hazy copper color with a a frothy off white head that left perfect lacing. Nose was big with citrus hops and a big caramel malt background. Flavor was very hoppy with tons of citrus and semi sweet caramel, finish is medium bitter and quite sticky. A great IIPA, I see why it won gold in 2004.
daleharshman (987) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Toronado SD. Pours a clear orange-amber with one finger of white head which leaves good lacing. Typical west coast IPA aroma with lots of bright zesty citrus (grapefruit stands out) along with pine, flowers, and a certain musty tropical quality. Flavor is big on hoppy citrus -- the grapefruit is nicely balanced between bitter and sweet. The malt is there big and strong, too, and lends a perfect amount of sweetness. There’s bitterness in the finish but it’s not overwhelming and leaves you craving the next sip.
This is one of the best balanced and drinkable DIPA’s I’ve had.
ajm (1067) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 9, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at San Clemente. This was a dank-ass pint. Nose of pure weedy resin and thick malt. Orangey-gold in color. Flavor was smoky, grapefruit rindy, more weed. Some dank, dank shit.
swoopjones (7013) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Marked bottle sample courtesy of Bill Metzger. Enjoyed on Pizza Plant’s Miss Buffalo Cruise. Beer of the night along with 2007 Alaska Barleywine. Orange pour. Huge sticky hop aroma, citrus & loads of grapefruit. Taste is big hops, extremely smooth, grapefruit. Wow.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub in San Clemente. Pours a crystal clear, copper-orange body with a thick, creamy white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a lot of sexy layered lacing. Aroma jumps out with lots of bright, fresh, juicy, floral and sugary citrus. Very sweet with a bit of resiny earthiness to it. Lots of lemons and oranges with a light amount of caramels. Simiar flavor with a more noticeable pine from beginning to end. Sweet citrus again dominates and balances well with a light caramel malt. Long, piney sweet aftertaste. Palate is medium bodied and dry. Overall, a straightforward, big floral-citrus DIPA with a very nice balance. Not as aggressive or over the top as some similar tasting DIPA’s, but the balance and big taste make this quite enjoyeable.
BeerFanDan17 (1037) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - JAN 26, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at Pizza Port San Clemente. A deliciously hoppy double IPA. The hops are spicy and almost sour, but well balanced. Good Job PP!
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft and growler from PP San Clemente. Another in a long line of great, hoppy brews from PP. Nice and chewy with hops. Not as good as Hop Suey, but very good.
hopdog (10255) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the 2008 Strong Ale Festival. Poured a medium and clear amber color with a very large sized off white head. Aromas of citrus -peels-, floral, a little earthy, and light caramel. Tastes of citrus -same peels-, caramel, and pine.
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ahhh...this was once a favorite at Pizza Port. I ordered up a pint, certain of a magnificent glass of thoroughly hopped, malty goodness to enjoy, but something went wrong. I was talking with a local who was so impressed with the new recipe for this beer, having been unhappy with the old recipe. Anyways, I ordered my pint and found it hard to drink. I really didn’t want to drink it, to be quite honest. Some of the Port beers tend to have this astringent rubbing-alcohol flavor, like Lou P. Linn (which is an awesome IPA except for this astringence in the aftertaste), and the "new" Doheny Double has been thorough infected, from the aroma to the aftertaste. It looked great, dark honeyed body with a lovely head, nice lace, and visible carbonation. It has a lovely body and nice, mouth-filling carbonation. But I smelled pine, rubbing alcohol, resin, and some sadly nice malts. I tasted much the same. The beer was incredibly harsh.