Friday, November 25, 2016

Pizza Port Brewing Swami's IPA

Beer Name: Swami's IPA
Brewery: Pizza Port Brewing (Carlsbad, CA)
ABV: 6.8% (formerly 7.4%)
How sold: 4-packs of 16 oz tallboys; on draft
Where bought: Craft Shack (San Diego, CA)  ****bought online
Price: $2.99 for 16 oz tallboy single

Date Canned: June 9, 2016
Date Bought: August 10, 2016
Date Received: August 19, 2016
Date Opened: September 7, 2016 
When brewed? Year-round beer.

What's on the Can: "We have been brewing Swami's IPA for over 20 years. So to finally share this IPA in a can is a dream come true. Whatever your form of meditation is, we hope that each and every sip contributes to your own self realization. Cheers!" See a comprehensive beer lineup here!

Where distributed: As of September 2016, Pizza Port distributes their beer likely just in California. See if Pizza Port ships to your area!

Appearance (5%): Poured clear golden into a pint glass. Frothy white head. Left patchy lacing on the glass. 4.75/5

Smell (25%): A mix of slight dank, tropical grapefruit, and complementing malt. This is exactly what I want after a long day of work and when I'm watching sports. 4.75/5

Taste (40%): Hop-forward with some malt and dank, tropical grapefruit with controlled bitterness, slightest bit of octane that complements. Amazing flavor. The bitter grapefruit and other tropical flavors are the star, and everything else (namely the dankness) plays a kickass supporting role. Definitely a top-notch West Coast IPA. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, some carbonation. Pleasing bitterness stays on the tongue so nicely. Juicy, not dry. This rules. 4.75/5

Overall (20%): A world-class IPA. Since I (likely) cannot get Pizza Port in the Pacific NW, I had to get this for science -- and what a great decision it was. If Block 15 Sticky Hands had a slightly younger brother or cousin, this would be it. Yeah, it was $2.99 for one of these, but was it ever worth it. Would drink this every day and at least two on game day for sports events. If you're in California and an IPA lover, go out and get this now. 4.75/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.75/5

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