Beer Review: PIZZA PORT PERMANENT VACAY IPA

Beer Review: PIZZA PORT PERMANENT VACAY IPA

Upon pouring Pizza Port’s Permanent Vacay into my glass, its crystal-clear straw hue captivates, topped with an enduring meringue foam that defies gravity for several minutes. The head retention is, indeed, noteworthy, setting an enticing stage for what’s to come.

Aroma

Raising the glass to my nose, notes of lemon squares and fresh-squeezed orange juice waft through the air. The aroma, while reminiscent of Pizza Port’s flagship Swami’s IPA, carries a more delicate and vibrant quality. There’s a subtle interplay of lemon oils, lemon rind, and white grapefruit juice, with an intriguing undertone of cake batter and the characteristic chewy, almost rustic grainy base that defines Pizza Port’s distinct style.

Taste

Permanent Vacay presents a robust flavor profile with a pronounced burst of lemon oils, lemon rind, and white grapefruit juice from the generous hop selection of Citra, Meridian, Motueka, and Melon. On the maltier side, a subtle cake batter sweetness unfolds, complemented by Pizza Port’s trademark chewy, nearly rustic graininess. While the use of malted rye remains undisclosed, the characteristic grainy chewiness, found in other Pizza Port IPAs, hints at its potential inclusion.

Mouthfeel

The mouthfeel delivers a satisfying experience, with a clean, dry finish that showcases Permanent Vacay’s light body, courtesy of a subtle grain bill of 2-row and Pilsner. The beer’s slightly less sweet profile compared to counterparts like Swami’s or Surfari imparts a sharper yet refreshing quality, leaving behind an intense herbal bitterness and lingering grapefruit rind.

Overall

Pizza Port’s commitment to crafting exceptional clear IPAs remains evident in Permanent Vacay. In a market saturated with hazy IPAs, the brewery stands its ground, offering a no-nonsense, flawlessly executed beer. Priced at $13 for a 6-pack plus tax, the beer provides value for money, especially when obtained fresh in the Southern California market. Permanent Vacay proves to be a touch lighter-bodied and slightly more refreshing than Swami’s, making it an enticing option for those seeking a straightforward yet refined IPA. In a landscape crowded with complexities, the simplicity and quality of Permanent Vacay emerge as a rarity worth savoring.