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RATINGS: 273   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   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 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenkiGonzo (225) - 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 (684) - 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 (1518) - 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 (3297) - 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 (3345) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gendv138 (1045) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2014
16 oz can poured into a Spiegelau tulip. Canned on 6/2/2014 at Carlsbad. Pours light golden yellow with 2.5 fingers of off-white head. Aromas of lemon lime, light grapefruit, floral. Tastes of pine, citrus, floral, bitter piney hops. Medium-light body and semi-dry. Juicy mouthfeel. Solid IPA.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radarsock (885) - Vermont, USA - JUN 30, 2014
16 FL. oz. silver can, supplied by GT2 ( as an extra) - many thanks! To over-sized snifter, it pours a yellowish honeycomb orange with which an off-white head 1 finger in length stood. Aromas of Swiss cheese, chives, cat urine, copper, denim jeans, sweat,, noble hops, and bong water. Tastes much the same with the addition of sunflower seeds, clementine peels, rosemary, LME, and table sugar. Maltier than the previous Pizza Port hop-forward ale. I’m not sure how I feel about this. Could be better, could be worse... this was a neutral experience.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GriffDaddy (64) - - JUN 28, 2014
Light goldish pour from tap, immediate piney aroma that suggests a very hop heavy brew. Spicey, piney hops with a bit of resin, nice malty balance but clearly a hop forward IPA. Pleasantly bitter finish. Very nice. Would I drink again? Yes. Would I order again? Yes.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
barn0216 (396) - California, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Can. Clear golden color, plentiful foam. Pleasant floral aroma. Refreshing light ale body, sharp pine bitterness quickly takes over. Very assertive for an IPA, slightly too much bitterness for my taste. The hop flavors are overwhelmed somewhat.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frank (2783) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2014
I was really happy to get to try a Pizza Port brew after years and years of this "Port Brewing" nonsense we get outside of California--and it’s a pretty nice IPA to boot. It is quite light in color, pilsener yellow and it has a foamy white head. The nose is very hop forward: citrus, herbs and pine. It’s pretty dry with some lemon coming out once tasted. This is light bodied w/ a resinous bitter finish. The end result is clean, balanced and drinkable, esp. for a higher gravity IPA.


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