Kook | Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States

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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Ratings: 345 |  Reviews: 82
Photo of Hopfenpeter
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of earljones199
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jcallover34
4.51/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of johnnyboy76
3.12/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of CMC73
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MannyRox
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DefenCorps
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can from Imperial Bottleshop.

A clear orange with a dense, white head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks great! The nose is a blend of grapefruit juice, pine and a moderately tropical fruit blend - mango, papaya and peach fuzz. A mild malt sweetness is present. The palate opens with a blend of honey-like sweetness, a potent grapefruit bitterness and some pine notes. This is followed by a wave of hop flavor - peach, mango, papaya, grape, Honeydew melon and tangelos. Drying, bitter, pungent on the finish, this beer is medium-light in body and moderately carbonated. The bitterness that lingers on in the finish is vintage Pizza Port - potent, brash, unapologetic and yet thoroughly welcome. A very well-executed DIPA

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Photo of NWHopinator
3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CJNAPS
4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear golden color, Nice citrus smell that seemed to fill up the room.
One of the nicest tasting DIPA from pizza port. will revisit this one again.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sixteen ounce can copped from Pub 365 in Las Vegas. Pours a golden effervescent hue with minimal frothing. Assertive aroma replete with hints of citrus and grapefruit. Similar overall flavor profile.

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Photo of MFMB
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi hazy straw yellow with hints of orange. Nice carbonation and white frothy head. Nose is of tropical fruits and melon. Taste of guava, papayas and rip pinnaple. A little bit of biscuit malt in there as well as light grasses. Medium body with a crisp tropical bit. Good beer

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SawDog505
4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass canned on 4/12/17. Pours a hazy dark yellow with a 2 inch sticky white head that leaves behind a massive ring of lace.

Smell is papaya, guava, tangerine, pinapple, and a subtle hit of grapefruit.

Taste follows nicely tropical as hell guava, papaya, passion fruit, tangerine, pinapple, and a nice shot of grapefruit lingers on the tongue awhile after each sip and begs for you to sip again sooner than you should.

Mouthfeel is a tad bigger than medium, kind of sticky from all of the fresh hops, not dry at all, and drinks so darn easy you would never know it was 8.5% ABV.

Overall this is a New England DIPA brewed in California and it may be the best I have had from anyone on the west coast. Thanks @Lingenbrau for this treat. World class.

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Photo of EMV
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a tallboy can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Cloudy medium golden pour. 2 fingers of foamy white head. Great lacing. Looks outstanding.

S: Grapefruit and citrus. Resin... evergreen and tropical fruits.

T/F: Sweet bready malts hit the tongue first and lead into a bitter citrus and grapefruit hop experience. Lots of tropical fruit... some pineapple and floral notes. The bitterness is offset nicely by the sweetness from the EtOH and malts. Finish is sticky and resinous. Leaves the palate begging for some more.

O: An outstanding DIPA. Heavy malt sweetness well balanced by the hop bitterness. I could drink this every day. Thanks a ton to DEK196 for sending it my way!

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Photo of oldvines
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of colts9016
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A huge creamy and foamy head that is slightly off white. The head has okay retention and did not leave much lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is amber with some light copper hues. Some carbonation bubbles are dancing around the glass. The beer is slightly opaque, but light still passes through.
Citrus, herbal, grassy, fruity citrus, lightly toasted, hint of caramel, and some yeasty cracker notes.
Herbal, citrus, pine, fruity, some caramel, cracker, and toasted bready malt
Medium carbonation, medium plus astringency and body, and full finish.
A rich vibrant DIPA with a heavy malt backbone. Good beer enjoyed drinking it.

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Photo of smithj4
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of timjg14
3.34/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Here comes the 58th variation of a hoppy ipa/dipa from Pizza Port. You can make jokes like that because they often are very good, if not very similar at the same time. This one, like so many, pours a yellow color, clarity isn't huge but it isn't NE IPA territory either. Also, I hear this place likes the word overrated. Isn't it ironic? White soapy head in the range of 1/3". Good mix of pineapple, citrus and grapefruit smells to it. Obvious dry hopping.

Taste, bitter, but not brace yourself bitter. A little bit sweet. Price is around $14 for a 4 pack, kind of middle of the road. Hops drop more flavor than bitterness. Light not quite dry, leans more sweet malt body. Carbonation is appropriate. Plenty of juicy melon, tropical and citrus to go around on this one.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Clear orange color, with two fingers of dense foam.

The smell is typical Weset coast IPA, dank and resinous with a boatload of citrus. Great smell!

Taste is also on point for a West coast . Dank, resinous pine, mixed with blood orange and grapefruit. Lots of pleasent bitterness that lingers for a long finish. Closes with a bit of warming alcohol. Top notch stuff!

Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth, medium bodied.

This is a great west coast IPA, up there with the best of them. Great flavor, and the smell is to die for.

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Photo of MrVincent48
4.99/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Delicious. Recommended by the dude at Total Wine and Spirits. I am so glad I took his advice. Truly great on first inhale. Covers the palate with a light, almost fruity inrush of hopififcation. Color could be a tad darker but overall I am delighted. Good job Pizza Port!

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Photo of Beernoobie
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FBarber
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orange tinged gold. Clear, crisp, and effervescent. Frothy white head dissipates leaving a thin layer of white foam and lots of sticky lacing.

Smell has notes of pine, pine needles, dried grass, with some undertones of citrus - particularly grapefruit and orange.

Taste follows the nose with notes of grapefruit, orange, pine, sap, dried grass up front. Gives way to a bitter grassy flavor with a nice malt backbone. Touch of sweetness. Bitter finish.

Feel is very light and drinkable particularly for a DIPA. Mild to medium carbonation. Smooth.

Overall a solid well crafted DIPA.

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Photo of efrankmcguire
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Kook from Pizza Port Solana Beach
4.04 out of 5 based on 345 ratings.
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