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RATINGS: 278   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   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.


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!


3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (10985) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 25, 2014
Can. Hazy golden yellow color, medium white head. Nice citrus aroma. Taste is mellow lemon. Nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cladinshadows (43) - USA - AUG 18, 2014
Pours a light gold with nice big head. Aroma hits me before I even pick up the glass. Heavy aromas of pine and grapefruit, tiny bit of alcohol. You can tell this uses old school American hops. Flavor is all about the hops and matches the aroma. There’s some clean malty sweetness in there, but just enough to make you want another sip. Not heavy at all, it’s very refreshing and unflinchingly hop-forward. Finish is super dry with bitter hops. This is a true San Diego style IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (3138) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2014
Cannette. Une bière blonde avec beaucoup de saveurs. Les houblons sont bien présents et le malt ne se laisse pas imposer tout le rythme. C’est très bon surtout pour cette finale amère.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (3105) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 8, 2014
Une canette qui date de juin dernier. Dorée comme robe et monstrueuse comme tête mousseuse. Nez plaisant de fleurs avec des agrumes, une douceur mielleuse et des biscuits. Goût fruité, floral et frais. Bouche de moyenne densité avec un apport modéré des bulles et une texture huileuse. Finale assez sèche sur des houblons robustes. Solide sans être renversante.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (5664) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Yellow pour with a white head. The aroma has some very dank pine notes as well as some biscuit malt. The flavor is full of pine, biscuit malt and orange citrus. The bitterness level is fairly high. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenkiGonzo (239) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 31, 2014
Can from CBB. Pale gold, small wite head. Big tropical aroma with hops and some citrus. Great bitter flavour, lots hop, tropical fruit and citrus. Bitterness has a slightly rough finish, but surprisingly solid beer. Wish I bought two!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JBPortland (747) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 30, 2014
16oz can pours semi clear pale golden yellow with a finger of head. Nose is more malt forward than expected, some round soft tropical fruit, orange, and lemon. Taste is medium bodied, malty fruit, lemon zest, bitter mango. Finish is bitter fruit, mango, citrus. Can is pushing 5 weeks old so not ideal but still holds up fairly well.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Errl (1561) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Can..Pour is golden with no head. ..Nose is musty, grains, hop, dank..Tatse is musty, grains, grapefruit, spice

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3328) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2014
16 oz can. Clear yellow with a white head. Nose is musk, citrus zest, lime and toffee. Resiny medium body with sharp carb and a bitter bite. Taste is grapefruit juice, lemon basil and toffee with a touch of eucalyptus. Solid but unspectacular.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (3404) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 7, 2014
16 ounce can. Pours a pale gold with a nice white head. Aroma of citrus and pine. Taste is grapefruit, lemon, tropical, pine, and grass. Very hoppy, too bitter for me.


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