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Kook - Pizza Port Solana Beach

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27 Reviews
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Reviews: 27
Hads: 133
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 2
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pizza Port Solana Beach visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Arbitrator on 08-27-2012

Double IPA brewed with CTZ, Amarillo, El Dorado, Melon and Chinook hops.
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Photo of Chcshammonde
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Drank from can. About one month old. Smell: melon, grassy hops. Taste: pleasant. Light for a DIPA in a good way, this one is different. Sweet malts come through, the hop profile is light but still quite enjoyable. Lower level of bitterness. Mouthfeel is good - medium mouthfeel. Overall: good, but too much sweetness overtakes other flavors. (352 characters)

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light blonde with a nice head, decent retention and lacing. Despite light appearance, the body is substantial and carries quite a bit of sweetness. Melons, orange, moderate bitterness, no pine or herbaceous notes. Drinks bigger than it is which is such a surprise when you compare to the lightness / crispness of Ponto and SIPA. Solid beer but not quite at their level. (369 characters)

Photo of Ryancthomas7
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving type: 16oz can dated 7/30/2015 poured into a spiegelau glass.
Not as aromtic as I was hoping for, but more than makes up for it in the taste department. Extremely easy drinking and well balanced. Will definitely get this again due to the combination of flavor/price. Once again, well done by Pizza Port. (312 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra in a trade. Canned roughly 1 month ago. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a crystal clear golden hue with a big, fat almost three finger white head that faded to leave a fat blanket and dense side lacing.

S - Aromas of faint melons, oranges, little bit of mango. Softer malts, lightly floral too.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. The melon aspect is nice, bitter orange peel on the finish. The tropical aspect is rather generic, but pretty pleasant. Nice almost light bubblegum finish, citrus juice, little bit of alcohol on the finish. Malts are lighter, faint sweetness to balance out the hops. Bitter citrus lingers on the finish.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, alcohol noticeable though. Almost comes across as boozy.

O - Overall, this was a really tasty DIPA from Pizza Port. Only issue would be how the ABV makes itself known, instead of being hidden like I've come to expect from Pizza Port. Still, a solid flavour profile.

Serving Type: Can (989 characters)

Photo of imonhiatus
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

thanks blake! from a can to a pizza port can glass. deep murky orange massive ipa head. super tasty on the resinous side of the ipa spectrum. rich and gooey hops. nice lush chewy ipa (182 characters)

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear orange/gold color. Thick head that sticks around, some lacing on the glass. Dank, earthy hop smell on the nose. Hop flavor comes through at the front and finishes with a solid bitter aftertaste. Medium body with plenty of carbonation, malt backbone stands up on this one. Nice offering from these folks (316 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.41/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Good appearance, typical of an IPA. Fairly hoppy aroma with lots of caramelized malts. Again the in taste, decent hop profile, but too sweet / too malty for the style, at least in my preference. Body was medium, lacking in good IPA crispness. Okay overall. I'd try it again if I knew it was super fresh. (303 characters)

Photo of Keananmichael5
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid beer. Pretty malty for my liking but a pretty good dipa. I wish it was more dry hopped but got solid flavor. Good first smell and taste. Best when very cold (162 characters)

Photo of McStagger
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz big kid can. "Canned on 7/16/15" stamped on the bottom.

Poured into a teku glass.

A: Pale orange in color. Excellent clarity. Two fingers of bleached white head. Foam is comprised of big and small bubbles. Leaves sticky lacing on the glass. Retention is moderate, as it's taking about a minute for the head to fad. Carbonation is ample, with several streams of small bubbles rising to the surface to form the head.

S: Pretty dank. Shot of evergreen and stone fruit up front. Big shot of orange pith and rind in the nose. Just a slightly touch savory (onion/garlic). This stirs more as the beer warms. Malt sweetness present, which leads to the fullness of the fruity aroma.

T: Big dank fruity bitterness up front. Dragonfruit, pear, spiced dried tropical candy, sugared grapefruit rind and ginger. The bitterness firmly reasserts itself on the finish. BItterness hits hard on rind and floral notes. Aftertaste is more citrus rind and the same tropical sweetness .

M: Very pleasant. Medium bodied with plenty of malt backbone. The tiny carbonation is wonderfully lively on the tongue, scrubbing the palate and leaving you ready for another sip.

O: Man, what a killer beer. Excellent flavors throughout. Surprisingly bitter on the finish, which I enjoy. A+ will buy again. Reminds me a lot of Stone Enjoy By, only with less garlic and more bitterness. (1,398 characters)

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good Double IPA by pizza port but it does not hold a candle to Swami which is much more a juicy hop character. This one has more of a piney hop character (161 characters)

Photo of Birmz
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Took a few days for me to appreciate the beer. Solid smell with a smooth taste and solid bite on the tongue. For the price could be a little steep, but just a solid sixer that will be brought to the fire pit at the beach..... cans where labeled 7/22/15 opened on the 28th. (272 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber verging on golden; an inch or so of foam build and leaves dots of lace

Smell: Dank, fruity and somewhat floral, with orange and mango tones dominant

Taste: Sweet fruit juice forward, with the orange and mango tones out front; the dank bitterness builds in the mid-palate as do the sugar cookie malts but it never gets sticky; all hops in the finish, with subtle warmth from the alcohol

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A DIPA that verges on but stays just outside the boundary where stickiness lies; true skill

Thanks, mabermud, for the opportunity (623 characters)

Photo of Big_Shavits
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is really good! It pours golden with a nice white head! Very nice hop aroma! Off the top i get pine with fruit, maybe mango or passion fruits! Some citrus with a smooth bitterness and light body! Amarillo hops baby! Its got this candy black licorice thing which I'm enjoying! I do not get much malt which is on point for a west coast style IPA! All i want is hop flavor and aroma in my west coast ips's! This beer could not be any closer to a wolf among weeds from GR! No way! Just my two cents! For the price its well worth it and great! Good beer yall! Pick it up and enjoy, i know i will weeeeee! (609 characters)

Photo of Hop_God
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear and golden. Thick foamy white head. Quite beautiful. Orange Peel lemon zest. Resin and grass faintly. Vey bitter. Pine. Some more of that lemon. There is a fruit presence. Passionfruit. But not much. Def west coast style. Overall well balanced DIPA and very refreshing. Good stuff (293 characters)

Photo of jooler
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is pretty damn good. Smell is amazing. Taste is hoppy and bitter with alittle malt. Only issue is the unappealing bitter aftertaste. This beer is exactly like wolf among weeds but the only difference is that the alcohol is hidden better. (242 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
2.98/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My sweet hell... literally. Was this thang brewed by a malt liquor company? All kinds of sticky, but not good sticky like that stuff your grandmamma takes for her glaucoma - think more like a green apple slurpee that spilled in your cousin Karl's pick-up truck and left to rot in the Alabama sun for two weeks. Feel is lighter than Taylor Swift when she steps on a scale.

Raul does not recommend. (398 characters)

Photo of chrisjws
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 15 days before consumption. Served cold in a tulip glass.

A: Clear, yellow-orange, single finger of white head. Laced the glass a bit on the way down.
S: Orange, mango, pine, sweet malts
T: Tropical upfront, follow by pine and resin with a slightly bitter finish. Sweet malt backbone comes through in the middle mouth.
M: Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Finishes up dry.
O: Very drinkable DIPA, goes down smooth and great on a hot day. (449 characters)

Photo of KMachHops
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz canned 63015.

Look: Golden yellow and clear. Soapy thin head.
Smell: Tropical and Piney. Some citrus at the end.
Taste: Tropical and more grassy than piney.
Feel: High carbonation. Slightly bitter at the end that lingers for a bit.
Overall: Soild West Coast DIPA. Can't beat the price for 16oz sixers under $15. Got to love that it's in a can. (363 characters)

Photo of neurobot01
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 16oz can into a Teku at fridge temp.

Look: golden yellow with some nice foam.

Smell: hard to describe. Like mint-wrapped sausage, or rotten honeydew melon, or something completely different, and much more appealing than those sound.

Taste: very reminiscent of a recent beer I had with experimental hop #07270. Basil, hard cheese, exotic tropical fruit, potpourri. Again, more appealing than it sounds.

Feel: pretty light in body, fizzy in a creamy way. Damn nice.

Overall: I am digging the absolute shit out of this beer. The funky/savory thing the hops have going on is way up my alley. At $16/6-pack, this will become a staple in my fridge if it stays available. (675 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Recieved this generous extra from TraumaRN, thanks!! Pours incredibly pale for a dipa, light yellow with generous head that leaves ample lacing. Nose is herbaceous and resinous. Deep piney notes pair with earthy aromas against a light honey malt background. I'm getting a ton of spicey hop aroma as well, notes of cracked black pepper come through, reminiscent of a saison minus the funk. The taste is lights in terms of malt character, assertive in the pine/earthy hop department. This brew definitely leans towards the bitter side of things.... This helps tame the abv. Mouthfeel is super light with high carbonation. Overall, a solid tasty brew from pizza port. (668 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

strong cat piss aroma.... but not totally bad. cat piss bitterness too! but a decent brew.....
update: the warmer it got, the 'pissier' it got. rather nasty after a tiny bit of warming.... (188 characters)

Photo of santomark
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I like this beer. Now here me out before I say why this is a great beer. A light to medium body for a DIPA, smell is subtle, taste is subtle too, a bit boozy in the body, but the after taste of hops really takes your mind off of it. With so many So Cal beers making DIPA's and failing miserably with them being too syrupy and sweet. Kook seems to show us that a simple enjoyable beer can be doubled up without any of the negative effects. This is a great go to beer for a summer day. (483 characters)

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light golden yellow with a frothy white head. Smell is really citrusy. You can already tell this is loaded with El Dorado. Floral, piney, herbal, and a little tropical. Taste is very lemony upfront with loads of pine resin, dankness, maybe a little peppery, and slight mango/guava. Malt is barely noticeable but adds a nice amount of sweetness. No alcohol detected. Bitterness isn't overwhelming and complements the citrus flavors very well. Mouthfeel is super clean and crisp. Really easy to drink. Not overly carbonated; I'd say it's right where it should be. Overall a really good DIPA. Price point is a bit higher than their other 6 packs, but considering these are 16oz cans it's not a bad deal at all compared to the 12oz 6 packs. I was expecting this to be a total juice bomb but I'm glad they went in another direction. It's definitely a pleasant break from all the super tropical fruity beers out there. (926 characters)

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- 16oz. can, canned on 16-Jun-15
- "1st run of Kook"
- Poured a fourth into stemless wine glass and drank rest out of the can on 25-Jun-15

- 16oz. can (canned 22-Jul-15) drank straight out of can on 30-Aug-15
This one was much less bitter than the first run and much smoother. Still danky bitter with the hop load typical of a west coast DIPA. (348 characters)

Photo of MonkeyBread
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: lighter in color than most DIPAs. This is a yellow straw color, looks like Swami's
Smell: melon rind, oranges, bit of mango
Taste: melon, lemon, citrus, mango, dry white biscuit, finishes with a little boozy bitterness that is not overall unpleasant.
Overall: Pizza Port puts out some top notch stuff and this DIPA is no slouch. Has a great level of hop bitterness complemented by tropical citrusy fruits and manages to retain some nice malt sweetness and slight booziness that fits the style. (506 characters)

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Kook from Pizza Port Solana Beach
88 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.