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RATINGS: 514   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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!


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7272) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 28, 2016
12-oz can, muled back from an OC retailer who pulled it off the truck seconds before selling it; about as fresh as I can get this beer in Seattle. Thanks, K! Pours a cloudy medium amber with bright orange gradient highlights at the edges. Sudsy off-white head that sticks around. Bright tangy citric and tropical nose with a little resin; showing mostly grapefruit and a bit of mango with resin underneath. Just a little bit of malty caramel. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Light caramel under a steady wash of grapefruit, mango, and resin. Long dry resiny finish. Nice one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blklab2007 (2117) - Connecticut, USA - APR 21, 2016
Can poured a golden color with a thin layer of white head. Aroma has punchy hops, citrus, resins, and sweet underlying malt. Mouth feel is medium with good carbonation and nice coating. Flavor brings in light bitterness, citrus, sweet malt, and bits of pines. Nice stuff to be drinking after chopping some trees!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy (2207) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 19, 2016
16oz can from phesterjau, thanks Jess. For my 2200th rating - on a terrific spring weekend! Pours a golden pale orange with a rocky white head leaving a lot of lace. Aroma has big grassy hops with citrus, light pine and some toffee malts. Love the grassiness. Taste is of sweet fruits, tropical citrus fruits; mango, pineapple, light grapefruit, light pine, all sitting on a toffee malt base. Sweet and tasty fruity. Softly carbonated, the blend is well done with very little alcohol presence. The body is light to medium. Finishes fruity sweet to the sweeter side of bittersweet. This was quite excellent as a West Coast IPA 15.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Barreras (1471) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - APR 10, 2016
Pours a light orange color with a light floral aroma. Taste is slightly bitter, with a nice hoppy malt flavor. An easy drinking IPA with minimal bitterness in the aftertaste.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drmet (686) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - APR 9, 2016
L: -pours a hazy bright golden with a big,rocky,foamy,head -almost no carbonation visible S: -lemons,oranges,tangerines,slight resin,vanilla,papaya T: -lemons,oranges,tangerin grapefruit,slightly piney,,resiny -medium ,lingering bitterniss for the style F: -light to medium,smooth body -low to medium carbonation -alcohol noticeable O: Great drinking IPA.Heavy on Citrus fruits and not as bitter as other traditional WC IPAs

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beertholomeus (1543) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2016
Pours a pale golden color with a white head. Citrus, floral, pine and biscuit aroma. Grapefruit, tropical fruit, orange, pine and biscuit flavors. Medium body and carbonation. Citrus and pine finish. Solid with a decent bitterness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deaddeer (10) - Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2016
16 oz can dated 2/23/16, poured into a teku glass. A: Crystal clear, light golden color. Beautiful, pillowy head. Moderate lacing. S: Papaya, melon, wildflower T: Peppery up front, pine resin, apple, good malt balance. M: Crispy, effervescent O: First time I’ve had this classic. Very solid IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blueshockey24 (317) - Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2016
can. Pours slightly hazy gold. Aroma is Grapefruit papaya and pine. Taste is sweet grapefruit citrus with a grapefruit piney finish. Very good IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trapped (1954) - New York, TURKEY - MAR 15, 2016
Can, thanks to Misterburd. Slightly cloudy rich yellow with large foamy whitish head, piney hops aroma, medium carbonation, lavender like hops taste, long smooth hoppy finish. Flavorful and fulfilling.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (5082) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2016
Can from Bine and Vine. Pours a moderately hazy yellow-orange with a white head. Nose is big citrus peel, lemon, some light malt, and a hint of sweetness. Flavor is similar- citrus peel, lemon, sweetness, malt, and lingering pine. Medium in body and lingering citrus and pine in the finish.


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