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Kook | Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Double IPA brewed with CTZ, Amarillo, El Dorado, Melon and Chinook hops.

Added by Arbitrator on 08-27-2012

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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 262
Photo of NolaHopHead
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can. Pours hazy bright orange with two finger white head, great retention and plenty lace. Juicy tropical mango and orange aroma. Big flavor in this DIPA, mango and melon and pineapple, finishes with a blast of grapefruit peel. Very bitter lasting hops in the end. A little alcohol burn there too. Mouthfeel is on the thin side but slippery.

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Photo of BleedOrangeNBlk
4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Incredibly subtle for an imperial. Also has a hint of fruit that isn't usually as potent with many imperial I've tasted. Goes down very smooth and a great aftertaste.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crisp clear yellow gold with a large head that clings to the sides in waves as it dissipates.

Smells like lemon meringue pie with some coppery acidity and a vegetal note in the background.

Tastes like a well made, balanced IPA with some green pine, grassy notes, and even banana as it warms. Unique.

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Photo of Deerin
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Golden and a bit pale. Head is reserved. Minimal lacing. Looks good but nothing particularly stands out.
Smells like hops, and plenty of it.
The taste... is a mixture of pine and resin, with a large, sweet malt backbone. This is awesome. Alcohol is extremely minimal for an (almost) 9%er.
Feel is... Good carbonation, the perfect amount of sticky cloying without being a nuisance. Really, really great.

This is pretty phenomenal. I'm almost blown away. I very much enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my go-to DIPAs. Clean, clear yellow with a good holding white rocky head, bursting with mango and citrus aroma and a hint of that classic pine. Same with the flavor in this medium light bodied, smooth and refreshing great formatted and priced beer. Cheers!

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear gold with a white head that leaves sticky globs of lacing. Smells like grapefruit and dope. The taste is mildly sweet with grapefruit pith and pine. There is a really nice bitterness that lingers and plays nice with the sweetness. This is a really nice beer.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with a 2 finger fluffy white head. Retention is excellent and there is tons of spotted lacing. Smell is grapefruit, orange, mango, pineapple, pine and dankness. Taste is the same although the slightly muddled from the bitterness. Feel is light side of medium and resinous. Overall a very good beer. Prefer this one to Swami for sure.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden yellow. Thick white head. Great retention.Nose is a mix of pine, melon, tropical fruits, mango, peach. Tropical fruits. Slight alcohol burn. Crisp finish. Not syrupy. Good beer

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Photo of Damian
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 16 fl. oz(1 pint) can acquired as an extra in a trade with DanPing
Canned on 01/05/16
Served in a snifter

Gorgeous appearance. The crystal clear, bright golden liquid was topped by a two-plus finger tall, tight, frothy, off white mass. Solid retention. The head slowly receded to a thick collar. Streaky lacing trickled down the glass. Later, the head completely dissolved.

The aroma was super hoppy and fruity. Very tropical and exotic. Pineapple dominated. This was a total pineapple bomb. Some coconut was noticeable as well. The beer reminded me of a piña colada. Clementine was also detectible. Really fresh and bright. As the beer sat, candied orange peel notes took over. Hint of white grapefruit.

The flavor profile was also very hoppy and fruity. Again, pineapple came thorough big time, although not as much as in the nose. Loads of orange, clementine and tangerine. The beer was anchored by a stiff malt backbone. A bit overly sweet on the front end. The finish contained notes of candied orange peel and a touch of pithy, grapefruit rind-like bitterness. Similar to the aroma, the grapefruit notes intensified as the beer warmed.

The mouthfeel was super soft and fluffy. Really creamy and supple. Medium-light for the style. The liquid contained a zippy, spritzy effervescence that frothed up nicely on the palate. Perhaps a touch over carbonated but still immensely smooth.

Kook is a super fruity and flavorful, West Coast-style double IPA. A refreshing change from the hazy, soft and juicy, Northeast-style hoppy beers I have been drinking a lot of lately.

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Photo of Tele
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Can (Dated: 12.22.15)
Consumed: 1.29.16

A: 4.5 Pours a clear, yellow-gold with a large, off-white head. The head lasts a couple minutes and leaves lots of lace in the glass.

S: 4 Aromas are really nice, but very mild. There was a big hit of tangerine as soon as I opened the can, but everything else faded quickly. There’s some mild, piney hops, citrus, and a bit of bready malt in the background.

T: 4.25 Taste is also fairly mild, but it’s also incredibly balanced. There’s a small amount cracker/bready malt sweetness up front with piney, lemony hops coming in next. Not much complexity or intensity from the hops, but still good flavor and also only mild bitterness on the finish.

M: 4.5 Really nice body and carbonation. Surprisingly refreshing for a DIPA.

O: 4.25 Not the most intense or interesting DIPA out there, but it’s great value, very drinkable, and still satisfies the IPA cravings.

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Photo of Jewefc2
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: awesome can coming out of San Diego
Smell is off the chain citrus
Taste is beautiful dipa I always say this but similar to heady
Feel has that lightly carbonated smooth home brew taste I love similar to alpine
Overall awesome, little pricey but they are 16oz bombers. Def will buy again. Maybe cheaper directly from pizza port

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours two fingers of head on a clear light straw body.
The aroma is a really nice blend of pine, mango, pineapple and grapefruit.
The beginning is super pine bitter, mellows a little with topical fruit sweetness, then finishes with a moderate dry bitter note.
The texture is light and crisp.
It's pretty good.

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Photo of Tilly
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

P: Golden straw, his frothy head. Great long lasting lacing.
A: Mostly citrus, lemon, grapefruit. Pine, spicey coriander.
T: Resinous, sweet lemon drops, grapefruit rind,
M: Light to medium body, well balanced, mildly bitter.
O: Well rounded DIPA. Worth the wait!

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Photo of farrago
3.54/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice froth to the head, gets close to three fingers, pure white with a dimpled surface and very good retention, the lacing is more splotches than streaks. Dark golden color to the liquid, pure and consistent, just a few bubbles which are fat and lazy, sits calmly in the glass. The nose is initially loudly floral before settling into molasses, caramelized brown sugar and sour orange citrus, not shy about bringing the pine and wet leafy matter either, the mixed white fruit and pineapple a touch muted, not afraid to come off as sugary. In the mouth it’s full-bodied, its richness sinks it into the tongue. The carbonation is decently high and certainly makes every attempt to put some spring in its step. All that caramel and breadiness remains at the fore, the orange and grapefruit citrus sweet as juice concentrate. The green grass and pine yield ground, however, spicy enough that the bitterness elevates slightly through the dry finish. Has a tarry earth component as well. Seems like a beer you really need to catch super-fresh. The general heaviness makes it difficult to enjoy at a rapid pace. But it’s pretty much true to style.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint can. Canned on 2015-08-26.

A: Clear. Pale amber. Poured a lot foam, medium retention.
S: Intense and fresh pineapple and lemon. A little grassy.
T: Grapefruit. Slightly toasty. Some hints of sweetness. Medium high bitterness. Dry. Long finish.
M: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation.
O: Excellent DIPA. The flavor and aroma are pretty powerful, yet I think it fairly drinkable.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Canned on date of 08/26/15

Appearance - Pours hazy and light golden in color with an off-white, half finger head. Fair retention results in a thin, broken layer of suds across the surface.

Smell - The aroma is dominated by citrus and caramel. Light pine.

Taste - Follows the nose to a degree. Citrus, pine and a touch of floral character make up the hop profile, while the malts show the caramel found in the nose, but also a surprising amount of graininess. The grain lingers along with a bit of pine resin and grapefruit pith.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full in body with moderate carbonation. Slightly sticky texture with a mostly dry finish.

Overall - Decent DIPA, but the grain and pine get to be a bit too much for my liking. I probably wouldn't seek this out again.

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Photo of youcantmakeme
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

look: light mango flesh color, not to much head which fades out rather quick but it does retaing a thin foam on top lacing the glass.

smell: sweet (tropical fruit), bread (yeast) more fruit than anything though.

taste: bitter sweet tropical fruit but it doesn't dull the senses. This one is probably the sweetest DIPA I've tasted so far.

feel: light to medium.

overall: i think i paid close to $18 for six 16oz cans which isn't bad considering that to me it's very easy to drink, the reason i say that is because when i purchased it i took it to a friends house and was planning on only having one maybe two but i ended up killing three of these straight out the can so that to me makes this beer worth the money. i think that the reason for this is that this beer is aiming more towards a west coast looking for a dipa that i don't have to think about much type of dude so with that said i'm out cause there ain't much more i can say about this beer than what's already been said.

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Photo of transbeman
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

I wouldn't have believed that this was a Pizza Port beer had I not purchased it myself solely BECAUSE it was a Pizza Port beer. Those folks know their IPAs -- Poor Man, While The Wife's Away, etc. I understand they vary from joint to joint and I believe all the canned offerings are brewed at Bressi Ranch, but nonetheless, I was wholly disappointed in this one. I mean, Pizza Port's IPAs are usually amazing. This tastes like it was brewed by any of the many subpar breweries to have opened shop in San Diego in recent years. Far too bitter with no backbone -- and this is from someone who likes hops.

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Photo of mactrail
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear light amber in the Ommegang chalice. Attractive foam that sticks to the glass. Sharp on the tongue. A lighter and less sweet DIPA.

Piney and resiny taste with a long finish of something like passion fruit. Sharp and clean. Totally drinkable with an interesting floral taste. Modest bitterness. From the 16 oz can purchased at Bottlecraft in LIttle Italy.

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Photo of emyers
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz. can poured into a Founders snifter. Canned on 8/26/15

Appearance: Pours cloudy dark gold with a thick fluffy white head.

Smell: Grapefruit with a ton of pine and herbal qualities. Would be a pretty classic West coast IPA aroma except for the fact that there is a fairly strong caramel malt presence behind the hops as well.

Taste: Similar to the nose but the malt takes over a bit more. Still brings a heavy floral/pine/herbal hop base, but it's reigned it by the bready malt base. Finish is pretty bitter with a mild alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied but still finishes quite dry. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall: Very solid DIPA.

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Photo of jakecattleco
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can dated 08/26/15 at TK Pizza into a shaker pint. A nice DIPA, though found the nose a bit lacking. Starts floral with a pine finish. Nice mouthfeel, quite enjoyable. Would I seek it out again, no. Would I buy it again, hell yes!

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to SomethingClever for this can.

In review was canned on 7/16/15. (My fault for letting it sit too long.)

A - Pours a bright, clear gold color with light carbonation and a soapy white layer of head.

S - Light malt and dank tropical fruit, overall, the nose is light.

T - Caramel/toffee malt is resting below and tries to poke through and overtake the beer but the hops kick in with juicy, dank tropical fruit - red grapefruit, oranges. The fruity side of the beer comes through with some spicy pepper character. Lingering grapefruit bitterness. As the beer warms, a little bit of herbal tea character starts to emerge.

M - Full medium body, gentle but lots of carbonation on the tongue.

O - Even at two months old, this beer is still holding its own on the hop front but the beer is more balanced right now than it is hop forward.

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Photo of mchegash
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16oz can (canned on 7/28/15) into a DFH signature IPA glass.

L: Deep yellow orange, several fingers of slightly off-white head. Can see a moderate amount of large carbonation bubbles rising up the beer.

S: Very pleasant hop aroma. Great complexity, there' s a lot going on, citrus, pine, resin, herbal flavors are all present.

T: Taste is not as complex as the aroma. The dominant flavor is a hoppy resin. Some other flavors are present, but all much too subtle. Overall am a little disappointed here.

F: Smooth but bitterness still present, moderate level of carbonation, medium-full body.

O: This was a decent DIPA. I would consider getting it again.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass from a 16oz can

A - A very nice semi-translucent beautiful gold color, with two finger very white fluffy head and tiny bit of lacing

S - Nice funk, dank, huge floral and citrus hops, citrus rinds, sweet malts, dry grains, belgian like yeast and has that perfect island smell. The one when you smell makes you think of being on a beach, near the ocean, cracked beer and the sunsetting.

T - The hop is very up front and huge, nice almost Belgian like yeast, pine sap, pineapple, nice floral bouquet , slight mango, orange rind, citrus hops, chewy grains, balanced malts, very dank, slight funk and a very earthy bitterness

M - Full bodied, nice balance, nice complexity, medium plus acidity, medium plus carbonation and a very nice hop to more hop finish.

D/O - Refreshing, easy to drink, crisp, lovely on the nose and palate. This one is year 'round, all weather and all location. Should be drank promptly and enjoyed often. Nice, simple D.I.P.A. for all. Though if you are a malt backbone kind of guy, you may want to move on from this one -- though you should give 'er a whirl.

Final thoughts - At $3 a can, an 8.5% ABV (The BA site needs to be updated) and a great all around D.I.P.A.

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Photo of dar482
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a clear amber color.

The beer offers dank hops, onion, lots of sweet bready malt and sugary caramel flavors, bitters out with a full bitterness on the finish, stinky resin.

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Kook from Pizza Port Solana Beach
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