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RATINGS: 555   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
"It’s hard to believe we’ve been slingin’ pizzas for 20 years since March of 1987! That’s about 7300 days or 175,200 happy hours of fun! We’re excited to celebreate by brewing and bottling up a beer to share a special toast! Swami’s IPA is one of our best selling beers. Many have called it the original San Diego IPA. As such, it’s been a big part of Pizza Port Solana Beach since we installed the brewing system in 1992. A bold IPA hopped to the extreme with galena, Centennial and Cascade hops. We also add a healthy dose of dry hops in the serving tank and always serve it unfiltered. Thank you so much to everyone who has been sharing the memories along the unbelievable way...Cheers!"

Formerly 7.4% when brewed at Solana Beach location.

UDBeernut's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
UDBeernut (2688) - Earth & Jacksonville (weekends), Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Can from a trade. Pours light copper, thick foamy off white head. Nose of pine. Taste is massively bitter, pine, earth, mud, then malt. This is just an old skool IPA like Run DMC.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thorongil2 (2423) - , Ontario, CANADA - OCT 18, 2016
(Tap) clear, bright honey amber colour with a small white head; aroma of citrus, hint of dankness; thick palate; intense, balanced flavour with a long, light bitter finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ineedbeer (1857) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 17, 2016
Poured from a 16 oz can with a canning date of 09/28/2016. Aroma is very hop forward, but with a somewhat old school hop profile. Lots of resin, pine, grapefruit, citrus and a slight, dank, oniony note. Light to medium light cracker malt notes and a hint of alcohol. Pours a fairly clear, bright gold color with a medium sized, fairly thick and pillowy, white head that shows good retention as it very slowly recedes to the edges where it lingers. Moderately high lacing and small legs. Flavor has a medium light sweetness with a medium light cracker malt note and a hint of biscuit. High bitterness and a light alcohol spiced note. Fairly high hop flavors with a lot of resin, pine and grapefruit. some lighter citrus and dank notes as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall, a good clean IPA with a strong old school hop profile. Tons of hop character from the dry hopping. Good alcohol and sweetness to balance the bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pedro_Pinho (174) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2016
Slightly hazy golden liquid with a large foamy white head. Aroma is pine, citrus and exotic fruits. Taste is refreshing with loads of hops. This is all a IPA should be. Great stuff!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
punkska101 (1752) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 8, 2016
Can thx Alex for the gift A: grapefruit, citrusy, melon, orange. Close to 2 months old can App: hazy pale thick white lasting head and great lacing.t/p: med body with long bitter finish. Moderate carbonation. O: it’s not super old but I still feel that fresher it would have score higher. It look really nice and it has close to a perfect texture. Aroma is simply not present enough for my liking. That said I would buy it again not doubt if a fresher can cross my path.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Samuel214 (603) - SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2016
Fat på Monks American Bar, Stockholm. Orange, disig med vitt skum. Mycket apelsinmarmelad, lite granskott och grön humlekotte. Något brödig, lagom stor beska.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (1359) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 1, 2016
500ml can served in a pint glass. A: Pours a slightly cloudy yellow color forming a big and bubbled white head with good retention and lots of soapy lacings formed and left in the glass. S: Nose is very fruity and flowery. Strong notes of grapefruit, pineapple and passion fruit. Notes of grass, pine, zest and resin. T: Slightly sweet upfront that becomes quickly dry and bitter. Strong notes of grapefruit, pineapple, passion fruit, grass, pine, zest and resin. Great and persistent bitterness. M: Medium body. Average carbonation. Grassy and fruity aftertaste. Persistent hops bitterness. O: Great drinkability. Classic American IPA. West Coast DNA. Lovely. :)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VastActiv (5723) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 27, 2016
Can at home, Riihimäki. Canned 6/16/16. Colour is very cloudy orange with large white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, caramel, some resiny, massive hops and malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaBeer1972 (1836) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 17, 2016
On tap at Pizza Port in Ocean Beach. A light copper color. Thin head. Lots of grapefruit, pine and citrus. Light sweet balance. Decent overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stoned99 (1271) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 16, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2016 Update: drank another can but this time straight from the can. Much better. I really appreciate it this time. Old rating: 16 ounces 3 weeks old can from trade with JC. Aroma: strong grapefruits (not unpleasant) mixed with a good presence of malt which unleashes mainly caramel aroma. Maybe some citrus (coming from the hop of course) from far behind too but it’s really not dominant here. App: clear golden, small to medium white head, good retention leaving good lacing. Taste and palate: medium body, a tad oily, clean moderate bitter finish. Overall: I was expecting this kind of ipa from this place. Something more balanced, less juicy or I could even say not juicy at all, and also something clean. Good but more like the kind of ipa I enjoyed when I started drinking ipa’s. Now this just feels boring to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
linusb (899) - SWEDEN - SEP 16, 2016
A: Clear light yellow coloured with a thick white head N: Pine, grapefruit, kiwi, kumquat T: Pine, forest, quite malty O: Pretty well balanced with some nice forest notes. Easy drinking.

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