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RATINGS: 284   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.


thegreat78's rating

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thegreat78 (42) - San Marcos, California, USA - JAN 9, 2008
A nice copper coloured ale with a small white head. Very grapefruit citrus aroma and some pine notes. Very bitter initially but expected in an IPA nice crisp finish Great brew.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prufrockstar (981) - 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 (524) - 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 (3843) - 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 (2377) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ed5388 (2116) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2014
16oz can shared by JohnGonk. Poured a clear pale yellow color with a finger of frothy white head. Aroma of lemons, pineapple, grass, and pale malts. Taste of grass, grapefruit, citrus zest, hints of pine, and sweet malt.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (11983) - 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 (44) - 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 (3161) - 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 (3203) - Out Of This World, 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.


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