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Kook - Pizza Port Solana Beach

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very good

38 Reviews
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Reviews: 38
Hads: 181
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 16.79%
Wants: 3
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pizza Port Solana Beach visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% 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 youcantmakeme
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
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 -11.5%
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 -4.3%
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 +1.3%
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 -0.5%
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 -1.5%
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 -5.3%
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 +3.5%
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 -5.5%
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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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden with a towering fluffy white head that took a really long time to go away and let me drink my beer!

Smell: Very strong floral hops, slightly citric and piney.

Taste: Pretty bitter up front. Dry malt backbone. Bone dry aftertaste from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium thickness and carbonation.

Overall: Seems somewhere between an IPA and a DIPA to me. Refreshing, but mostly just hops to me.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into snifter canned on 7/2/15

A: big head looked creamy but turned more soap as it dissipated great light orange hue with great clarity

S: huge sweet grapefruit smell with maybe some light caramel malts but very bright with the citrus grapefruit

T: wow very sweet nice juicy grapefruit but some herbal hops to with a sticky surprising amount of bitterness

M: medium to sticky really clings and lingers on the palate

O: this is a pretty tasty beer its a little sweet, but nice and juicy with a zinging bit of bitterness on the end. I could see drinking a glass of this and then really feeling it after wondering where the beer went.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
3.75/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.99/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Ryancthomas7
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
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

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Photo of imonhiatus
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
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

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.23/5  rDev +6%
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

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Photo of Rifugium
3.41/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
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

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Photo of McStagger
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
3.75/5  rDev -6%
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

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Photo of Birmz
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
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

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Photo of Big_Shavits
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

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Photo of Hop_God
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
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

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Kook from Pizza Port Solana Beach
88 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.