Kook | Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States

Style: American 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.

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Reviews: 101 | Ratings: 407
Photo of monkist
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been thinking about Del Mar and Carlsbad and San Diego County the last couple of days so when it came to deciding what to drink from the fridge, I knew just the right one for the occassion.
Pizza Port does some really good beers (although I am a bit more on the Port Brewing side) and this one is no exception. Had to let it warm up a bit though to gain its full potential, both in the complexity in its taste and the intensity of its aroma. Because it can be really fruity, really tropical, maybe even more than your average DIPA could be. At the same time I felt really nostalgic because I haven’t had a DIPA for long and this was an amazing return.
This is 100% SoCal, even to an extent that it turns wherever you might be in the world into SoCal. SoCal in a bottle (or a can). An amazing brew, make sur you try it out - and let it warm up to a decent degree. Boom, what a kook.

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Photo of Spikester
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clear gold with four fingers of bone color head. The head lasts a long time and reveals rings of lace as the level drops.
Smell is a riot of floral tropical fruity hops. Plenty of bready malts also.
Taste is similar to the nose. Wow! Some hop oil resin shows up in the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium to full with strong carbontion. Finish is balanced and bitterness wins slightly.
Overall a teriffic DIPA! Canned on 01/31/2019.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at prep kitchen in San Diego little Italy

Poured into pint glass

Clear golden one finger white foam cap quickly recedes , good lacings

Aroma of pine

Taste is pine

Smooth hop taste nibbles but doesn’t bite

Good Beer

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Photo of BeerBobber
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden orange color with the slightest bit of haze. Two fingers of bone colored head. Nice visible carbonation.

Smell is a touch dank with pine resin and pineapple. Picking up that grapefruit smell as well.

Bitterness of pine resin on the taste balanced by nice sweet of some malts. Picking up on some of that bitter grapefruit and maybe some orange rind mixed with a touch of dank.

Mouth feel is very well balanced going towards the medium side but still giving a bit of dryness. Finish seems to be fairly crisp with just a hint of lingering bitterness.

Balance is what this beer is about. I do not find any one side or the other of what makes a good IPA battling to the front. Just very nice balance. I do find this to be a bit dangerous at 8.5 % ABV. It is definitely thicker than the Ponto at only 4.5% ABV. I would have a tough time choosing between the two. I like the Ponto for it's ease of drinking and with the lower ABV a few 16 oz. cans with a good pizza might be better. When one wants something a bit more meatier with a higher ABV I think the Kook would work. Both very nice beers. Remember..... balance!

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Photo of BabaBucc
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: gold, clear, light head retention, light lacing

S: mildly grassy, pomelo, citrus hoppy fragrance

T: tasty, full, rounded hop profile, moderately bitter, smooth finish

F: good beer, easy to drink

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Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw and hazy with a moderate amount of slow rising bubbles. Topped with a finger of fast dissipating head.

Smells old school dipa. Fried onions, pine resin, caramelised sugar, slightly burnt. Also fruity qualities of pear and yellow apple.

Tastes is right on par to the nose, to exactness.

Medium, full and bulky body but really smooth making it feel a much lower abv. Moderate t low carbonation.

I got this in SAC a while ago, and am drinking it in Redding, Jan 11, 2019. Well done, but really what was normal for a DIPA 10 years ago. Reminds me of Tug Boat.

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Photo of Buck89
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the source. Slightly hazy golden color with a modest white head. Bright grapefruit and pine. The taste was a classic bitter old school west coast ipa. Crisp bitterness with bright hop flavors. Clean and dry on the finish. Love the citrus/earthy combo. Outstanding beer.

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Photo of AleManDan
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow. Revisiting this beer was a bit of a surprise because I think I underrated it previously. Why? Here’s why:

Cold: amazing hop citrus and it’s smooth like butta’

Warmed up: damn! This is a bigger beer than I thought. Malty malt thick and sweet but tamed by the hop juiciness.

More warmed up: ok, you’re an imperial American with mad sugarz.

This to me may be the definitive San Diego/WC/SoCal IIPA.

And for me it’s under $2 in a pint can at the Marly Mart in Murrieta, CA.

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Photo of PlinyMeNow
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic DIPA. Clean, bright west coast style hops with prominent notes of pineapple, tropicals, grapefruit, lemon, herbal, with a medium-full body, somewhat resinous and thick; slight haze, big lingering head; finish is a nice bitter citrusy herbally linger.

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Photo of Ahypercube
4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This looks exciting. Weird art of a surfer dude catching a wave with strange posture...but I like it.

L: Pours with a thick yellow body with light sediment and a chill haze which noticeably lessens as it warms. Head is bone white and lasts FOR. EH. VER. Really thick lacing too. Clearly quality.

S: Tons of west coast hop character. Tangerine and lemon right off the bat, with some pineapple, mango and honeydew, then an herbal finish of rosewater, rosemary, pine, pepper, and grapefruit rind.

T: The citrus notes hit hard, balanced by the rich tropical fruit sweetness and a doughy but present malt base. Herbal notes are powerful in this beer, and that bitterness is not for the faint of heart. However, the balance is phenomenal and the herbal notes fade elegantly.

F: Very viscous. This is like a stronger version of Racer 5. Thicker body, but same sharp bite from the carbonation and crisp, balanced, hoppy finish.

O: One of the best examples of this style I have had yet. Easily makes my top ten DIPA list.

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Photo of TheBrewsky
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz can into 20oz tulip glass. Canned on 12/28/17

Look: Deep yellow, sap, bright amber in color. Half inch creamy white head. Moderate lacing. Crystal clear as WC style demands.

Smell: Upfront scents of pine, orange, lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, and earthy-flowery aromas. Great smelling beer.

Taste: Follows the nose. Bold pine and citrus fruits initially, with a subtle floral taste. Beer has no astringent tastes that are pronounced, nor foul lingering taste on palate. It is a decent taste, but not as good as other DIPA's I have had.

Feel: Medium feel to it, with medium carbonation. Bitterness is high, per expected in WC DIPA. Pretty decent feel to it.

Overall: A pretty good all around DIPA. Another offering I am glad to have had by Pizza Port. Cheers!

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 16oz can with a canned on date of 12.28.17

L - Copper, with clarity, 1 full finger of beautiful head

S - Fresh hops, not bitter or too citrus. Well Done on the aroma!

T - Well balanced, hoppy strong pale ale. Citrus and bitter are well balanced

F - Medium body and well carbonated

O - Port beers are phenomenally balanced. So tasty. Could never guess this fantastic brew is 8.5%

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

A pretty clean DIPA, not a whole lot of hop but enough. Solid amount of malt and sweetness with a good alcohol finish. A wee bit heavy on the stomach.

Nice golden color with a thin head. It’s got a hint of the tropical flavors.

Not outstanding but more than do-able

Try it

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Photo of arizcards
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from the Kings Beer and Wine fridge on 10-21-17 for $2.89. Canned on 9-13-17; refrigerated since purchase.

Beer poured golden with a very nice white head that had some good hang time.

Nose was a light touch of citrus.

Taste was a huge malt baseline with touches of citrus, pine, and melon. Finish had no residual bitterness.

Mouthfeel was medium to heavy bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall a pretty solid beer but the malt bill did not showcase the hop profiles as much as hoped.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy and golden. Head is off white. Nose is typical of an ipa as was the taste. Prefer more resinous flavors that offered. Much of the taste I received was bread. Not great but good.

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Photo of lucius10
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A decent double...I have had better...it looks great! Frothy head, beautiful lacing...was lacking in the nose department, which is very important for me. Taste was good, feel is excellent...but lacking the nose/taste that fits the looks.

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Photo of CMEG
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid DIPA. Great looking pour - significant head - hazy gold - real good looking beer. Smell is what I expected - citrus -but a hint of breadiness. Taste is solid, yet not distinctive. I wanted a more bitter beer with a richer flavor that matches the hefty mouthfeel. The beer is weighty in mouthfeel. Solid and would definitely choose it over most on a beer menu.

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Photo of matcris
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden, lemon up to the light, with lots of carb rising, and 2 fingers of white foam, that lasts. The aroma is tropical, fleshy, citrus, and a bit bready. The flavor is, again, fleshy, which is new to me. Lots of citrus and tropical flavors, and bready malt. The feel is well carbonated, medium full body, and dry. Overall, it reminds me of a suped-up Racer 5 IPA, + the fleshy parts. Nice stuff.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a straw yellow with thick head and sticky lacing, loads of carbonation. Smells of hops, citrus, pine. Tastes very nice, dry hoppy beer with interlacing of citrus and dry grapefruit. A very nice DIPA, light to medium feel, very tasty.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
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 CJNAPS
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
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 -5.5%
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 -0.7%
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 SawDog505
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
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 +5.5%
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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Kook from Pizza Port Solana Beach
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 407 ratings