Kook - Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Reviews: 15
Hads: 91
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 0
Gots: 16 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Pizza Port Solana Beach visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  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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Reviews: 15 | Hads: 91
Photo of Birmz
3.94/5  rDev -1%
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 +4.5%
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 +6.8%
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 +4.5%
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 +15.6%
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 -25.1%
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 +4.5%
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 +3.8%
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 +11.8%
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 +1.3%
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 +2.5%
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 +3%
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 +11.3%
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 ehammond1
3.36/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Clear burnt orange with a moderately-sized, creamy bone-white head. Leaves lots of sticky lacing down the glass.

Floral, citrus, and grassy aroma, along with some definite malt sweetness. A big, bold, expressive DIPA, but too much malt sweetness compared to what I really like to see in these style beers from Pizza Port.

Huge bitterness, floral notes, grass, and bready sweetness. Initially, there's some dank marijuana and citrus character, but after just a few sips the overwhelming bitterness and sweetness take over. This is a tough pint to put down.

Medium to full in body for the style, slightly chewy, with moderate carbonation.

A huge DIPA--too bitter for my liking, ultimately, but not poorly executed. (765 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
2.91/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Pizza Port Solana Beach on 8/25.

A: Pours a clear honey-orange body capped with a finger of off-white head. Decent retention with some lace left behind.

S: A distinctly floral (jasmine) aroma with substantial tannic bitterness. Malt is sugary without venturing into caramel. Kind of an understated, underwhelming nose.

T: On the front end, this has a distinct floral flavor and something that reminds me of almond marzipan or Di Sarrono. The sweetness of the malt backbone does little to counteract the fairly sticky, lingering, tea-like bitterness of this beer, which maintains an undercurrent from start to finish and becomes prominent in the aftertaste.

M: Medium-bodied, with more bitterness than I like and more stickiness of said bitterness than I'd prefer. No trace of the ABV.

O: Given how good PP's IPAs have been in the past, I expected quite a lot better, to be honest. This was nothing to write home about. (938 characters)

Kook from Pizza Port Solana Beach
87 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.