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RATINGS: 422   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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"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.


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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 11, 2008
Translucent, magnifying orangey copper with a thick, café frothed and orange tinted head. Aroma rings with honeydew and lemon grass, freshly cut after a mid-summer rain. It’s timed perfectly for the season. Sweet orange crème toffee crests on the aromatic ridge. Bitter peaches trollop with maple covered grapefruit. Peaches, amaretto and balsa wood interweave. Honeyed marigolds and tinctured carbonation ride a horizontal line across the tongue. A gentle, grassy ridge cuts sweet bitterness to the edge. Thanks for the 750-ml. bottle, tpkenned!


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SinH4 (966) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 5, 2015
On tap at Toronado SD. Aroma is buttery, grassy hops, some fruit. Taste is buttery, grassy, green, lots of butter bread. Okay, but the fruit characteristics don’t really come through.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlackerMads (2062) - DENMARK - JUL 3, 2015
Can. Clear yellow/copper with a medium sized whitehtehad. Pne, grain, dough, citrus, flowersi nt nose. Kion of mellow flavour with some initial sweetnes whreafte r some honey and sweet tropoical frutis take over. Some pine and whte bread in the back. Mweidum body , medium sweet and bitter, ok balance. Long dry hoppy finish. Textbook ipa, indiansl love it.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hivemind (743) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2015
Draft at Tom’s Urban in Vegas, Fitz and Brandon. Medium translucent amber, full frothy white head, no bubbles almost whipped cream. Medium to heavy bitter, wet earthy hops, bushy. It’s ok. Nose is best part, pretty fresh hop and veggie.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niller (912) - Hammel, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2015
Can@Desverger, Copenhagen. Pours hazy golden with a white head. Aroma and taste is tropical fruits, citrus fruits, some floral hoppy nuances, malts, caramel, tangerine, grapefruit and peach. Hoppy bitter finish. Great.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrOrla (560) - Odense C, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2015
Can at home. Pours yellow with thin white head. Aroma of hop juice, light malts, grass, citrus. Taste is malts, hops, caramel, bitter. Slighty dry finish. Soft carbonation

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bursprak (1230) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2015
Can. Slightly hazy light golden pour with a frothy head. Lots of grapefruit, citrus peel, mangoes, resin, some light caramel and a pleasant bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2905) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2015
Shared 16 oz. can poured to snifters, showing a hazed, orangey gold color, with a modest layer of soft white head foam, and spots & streaks of lacing. The nose was dank and expressive notes, with some citrus, but mainly a resinous scent of pine. Medium bodied, with decent carbonation, the taste remained consistently resinous throughout, with a bit of dryness to the finish. A nice interuption from the more common of late, heavily citrus varieties of IPA.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
erickok (4251) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - JUN 22, 2015
Heavy beer. Copiously hopped, rough citrus aromas, some resin, alcohol. Sharp clean bitterness, very cleanly fermented too. Rough ending, not necessarily the most drinkable, but I like it still. In fact it’s an impressive beer with huge, huge taste. Just don’t expect anything restraint, balanced or complex. Assault on the senses. With lots of alcohol heat to beat the you down. (50cl can from Saveur Bière)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Desverger (3629) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2015
Can from Kihoskh, Copenhagen (shared with Niller) - hazy golden coloured pour with white head. Aroma and taste is a mix of tropical and citrus fruits, some floral hoppy nuances, solid malts, some caramel, tangerine, grapefruit and peach, pine needles, hoppy bitter finish. Canned only 2 months ago and it shows. Beautiful.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Barrelbelly (702) - BELGIUM - JUN 21, 2015
Fresh can. Tropical fruits, grapefruit, good bitterness. Somewhat watery at the end.


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