Kook
Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,782
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,144
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 7.43%
Reviews:
103
Ratings:
412
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Pizza Port Solana Beach
 
California, United States
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SCORE
90
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Notes: Double IPA brewed with CTZ, Amarillo, El Dorado, Melon and Chinook hops.
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Photo of BeerBobber
4.08/5  rDev +1%
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 MisSigsFan
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of McStagger
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
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 rudzud
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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 RaulMondesi
2.98/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

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

Photo of warrendietrich2001
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Userme59
3.29/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SomethingClever
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
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 Hendry
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 Lofreqwave
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Washuffizi98
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BAsbill
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JonnyRebel
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Piddmeista
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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

Photo of Can_has_beer
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of maltmike
3.37/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Extra light color, good west coast IPA flavor. Overall mad decent

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
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 Gregafree
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of McAndrew
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of IDABEERGUY
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeysun23
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DblDiamond
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Kook from Pizza Port Solana Beach
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 412 ratings