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RATINGS: 331   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.


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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopwine (384) - Bend, Oregon, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Perfect example of san diego style ipa. Very clean and dry with citric hop flavors taking center stage. Very good stuff.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lightbias (157) - USA - DEC 14, 2014
A pale gold pours out of the can, and in tipping it to empty, a date of 10/22/14 reveals itself on the bottom. Fresh!! The soft, white head is slippery wet, not sticky at all, and goes from a thick layer on top to a small thin blanket that remains consistent to the end of the glass. The aroma is pine resin, some grapefruit and is slightly dank; the majority of which follows into the flavor profile. Bitter and dry, this lightweight brew stops short of being uncomfortably biting; instead, it finishes with a nice sticky palate, balanced and forgiving. The afterward is fairly short and the carbonation just right for this style, but the dry hops are going to be there long enough to kill the idea of having another review tonight. Not a palate wrecker, but definitely and obviously there for a while. Good beer!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drsandman (399) - New York, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Pours a clear golden yellow, light white head. Aroma is pine, resiny hop, bread, grass, cat pee, apricot. Flavor is light sweet, crisp light grass hop, pine, dank fruits. Med sweet, light lasting fruit and bitter hop finish

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
angel77 (1090) - oviedo, SPAIN - DEC 12, 2014
Bote de 50 cl en el momento el 12-12-2014 en cimmeria. Enlatado en 18-08-2014. color rubio pajizo transparente con espuma blanca persistente. Aromas y sabores maltosos y cereales, algo afrutados, con gran cantidad de lúpulos añejos y algo apagados pero que le dan una buena dosis de amargor, que persiste en boca por un buen rato. bastante buena, todo un descubrimiento que se bebe fácilmente y refrescante, un agradable recuerdo a los secaderos de lupulo...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pyrmir (3532) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2014
Canned at O’Connors. Hazy golden with white head. Aroma of malt, light caramel, pine and flowery hops. Taste is sweet yet balanced, no alcohol whatsoever, lots of pine. Very nice

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerFunGuy (739) - California, USA - DEC 12, 2014
This light gold beer has a nice sweet citrus hop aroma and flavor. It is a really good drinking IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
visionthing (2970) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 11, 2014
Can at Schouskjelleren, Oslo. Pours hazy golden with a white head. Fruity and hoppy with grapefruits and notes of tangerine, herbs and caramel. Fairly sweet with hoppy flavours and a decent bitterness. Refreshing and certainly a decent IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arve_Christian (3264) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 11, 2014
On can at Schouskjelleren . Canned aug 2014. Golden color, good foam. Medium/ high aroma intensity; hops, grapefruit, good fruitiness and other citrus. Medium body & complexity. Solid bitterness- good balance. Very enjoyable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lowenbrau (2146) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - DEC 10, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2014 500ml can @Cimmeria, Oviedo. 10-12-2014.
Canned: 18-08-2014.
In short: bold IPA.
Pours some hazy bright gold with some nice white head. Short head retention, good lacing. Herbal, earthy, fruity aromas, a bit off ones. Medium body, high carbonation, crispy texture. Taste is sharp bitter, quite herbal, with hops lingering for a while. Really nice american IPA.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (5148) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 9, 2014
19/XI/14 - 1Pt. can from Geers (Oostakker) @ Eurostar between Brussels and London - BB: n/a, canned: VIII/18/14 (2014-1342)

Little hazy blond beer, small specks floating in the beer, aery white irregular soap foam like head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: sweet malty touch, very piny, resinous, exotic fruits, pineapple, passion fruit, nectar, bit of honey, sweet ripe mango. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: caramel touch, malty, pretty bitter, resinous, piny, citrus, some pineapple and mango. Aftertaste: very bitter, piny, sweet caramel malts, bit metallic, sweet, citric ending, grapefruit, dry finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
cpetrone84 (1533) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Pour is clear golden in color with a bubbly white head. Nose is mostly caramel malt sweetness with resiny and citrusy hop profile. Flavor has sweet malts, lots of doughy bread, moderate orange citrus, light bitterness, some resinous hop through the finish. Light carb, syrupy feel, fuller body.


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