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RATINGS: 289   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"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.


StewardofGondor's rating

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!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sunevdj (3201) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2014
On tap at Beersaurus, Ikebukuro, Tokyo. Pours a clear golden with a small white head. Dry and hoppy with aromas of pine and citrus fruits. Medium to full bodied. Medium carbonation. Long bitter finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VsXsV (2323) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2014
Can. Light hazy golden liquid with medium off-white head. Aroma of pine, mango, lemon peel, grapefruit, bread and spruce. Taste is dry and medium bitter with notes of mango, pine and light bread. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Really good. Drinkable and hoppy.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6586) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 6, 2014
Shared by my friend Bruce. Pours clear blonde with an attractive off-white head and a tropical fruit aroma. There is a clean pale malt flavor with a bitter stutter that finishes nicely.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
oRos (1126) - sacramento, California, USA - OCT 6, 2014
Can shared by Bruce. Pours golden with white head. Big hop aroma. Has a nice dry taste with a bitter finish

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4049) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 6, 2014
16 ounce can thanks to Justin. Nice hoppy aroma. Clear orange body. Slight sweetness mixed in. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prufrockstar (1017) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 28, 2014
Can thanks to Matt. Moderately sweet caramel / maple base, but with solid balanced dose of grapefruit citrus and resinous oils, with moderately bitter finish. Medium body, creamy, good carbonation. Quite nice.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Encinitas101 (12) - Encinitas, California, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Can from liquor store on 101. Awesome grassy aroma, great body carbonation tec. Wonderful flavor....don’t hate the can

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jdb288 (534) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Fresh can. Pours fairly clear gold with tall white head. Aroma is grassy and pineapple. Taste is same with the more grass/hay/earth/spruce notes hitting harder than citrus. Smooth, clean finish. I love a good, tight IPA like this!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (5804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 10, 2014
"tap as Swami Jo Mami...so many good Port IPAs they start to get muddled. This was very good as well, but didn;t stand out much in a crowded field. Big oine and bitter, with some orange and grapefruit. Good. not quite great."

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cfrancis (2405) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2014
Thanks to BLG for this. Pours a light gold with a big frothy white top. Aroma is light flowery and citrus hops. Taste is well balanced between light citrus and flowery hop bitterness, Light biscuity malts. Easy drinking great beer.


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