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Hopworks Bike Beer Kolsch-Style Ale

Hopworks Bike Beer Kolsch-Style Ale
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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.36/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
Celebrate our love of cycling with Hopworks’ new spin on a German classic. Bike Beer Kolsch-Style Ale is bright straw yellow with a smooth malt body and just enough noble hop character to balance. This crisp ale sets the stage for a sunny day filled with bikes, bands and beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sarlacc83 (1953) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 26, 2014
On tap. A: Clear, light gold color. Thin whispy white head. N: Grist, biscuit, cracker. Some pine and earth, but for 58 IBUs this isn’t hoppy in the nose. Lemon and white wine grape. T: Sweet and a noticeable bitterness. This must be where the hops went. Touch of sulpur. M: Biting carbonation, light body. O: A decent kolsch marred by a Sulphur flaw. Hops, while Northwestern-y, are also over represented in the body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - JUL 20, 2014
On draught at Hopworks Urban Brewery. Fizzy clear golden. Aroma is grass, biscuit, and light honey. Taste is honey, biscuit, light caramel, and grass. Very smooth finish with lingering honey notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (8557) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Draft. Golden beer with a whitish head. Light mineral and malt aroma. Light mineral and malt flavor. Medium bodied. Malt and light mineral notes linger.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2012
Bottle:   Pale straw, slight haze, large white frothy head, spotty lacing.   Sweet straw and hay on the nose.   Smells the part.   Very clean and crisp grassy start, soft hay and straw.   Very smooth and easy to drink, light maltiness, even a touch of fruit albiet minor.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Finishes clean, grassy, straw/hay that is somewhat sweet.   Pretty crisp overall, and better than I was expecting.   Tasty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerona97 (2398) - Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Pours crystal clear with a foamy white head. Aroma of grain and floral hops. Taste has some mineraly bitterness and sweet grain. Medium light body, medium high carbonation. I wish it was a little hotter outside while I was drinking this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (7611) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2012
22. Pours crystal clear medium gold with a pillowy white head that rushes the top of the glass and then settles pretty quickly. Leaves a few good sedimentary rings of lace and keeps a little disc on top of the beer--gorgeous, and one of the frothier light lagers I’ve poured in a while. Big super-grassy nose, showing lots of herbs and great overall presence and power, especially given the low abv. Creamy medium body with wooly carb, very lively on the attack for such a light one. Crackers, grass, hay, and herbs on the mid-palate, very pleasant. This is an easy lawnmower beer to love.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CheersMate (1340) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - FEB 5, 2012
22 oz. bottle from the local QFC. Damn, I thought more folks would’ve rated this, but I guess not. Anyways, this has a golden-yellow, transparent body. No head to speak of. Yep, sure looks like a Kolsch to me. Smell is of light honey, yeast, grass, and a bit of sweet corn. At times, I feel like this is crossing over into the pilsner realm, in terms of how it smells. Pretty good smell. Very sweet at first, with nearly no bitterness to speak of. Very sweet, flavor wise, and very rich, texture wise. I’m getting bits of yeast, honey, sweet biscuit, sweet corn, and a touch of grass. Not complicated stuff, but pretty interesting. My experiences with Kolschs have been few, but I don’t remember them being this thick, in terms of texture. Overall, it’s a pretty nice beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (14165) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 20, 2011
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours light gold with a small white head. Bready aroma. Med body. Flavor is bready with citrus - sort of a fresh citrusness. It’s just a little bitter. Interesting how this light ale leaves pale lagers in the shade. Might even be a touch of grass in this, but it’s not harmful. Nice, drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 25, 2011
Easy drinking Kolsch. Golden in color hazy and thin white head. Good malt and light hops aroma and flavors. Smooth and easy drinking this was a great hot day brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (6160) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2011
I like kolsch. Nose is of bread, corn flakes - cereal grainy notes, a touch of grass and noble hops. Pours golden, thin head. THe flavor is nice and clean with soft sweet bready notes, cereal grains, and a light grassy sweetness in the finish. Crisp finish with a soft sweetness. Good.

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