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New Belgium Hop Kitchen #1 - Hoppy Bock Lager

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RATINGS: 216   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
Meet the first in our new Hop Kitchen series: A German-style springtime lager brewed with rye then loaded with Hallertauer, Perle and Fuggle hops for a spicy, earthy aroma. This Hoppy Bock Lager offers a medium body and slightly sweet malt character perfect for your spring hop-fling.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2013
Sampled during CBC 2013. Golden copper pour with a small khaki head. Plain malty aroma, bready, a touch of spice, light caramel. Light flavor, malty, some caramel and bread. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Caytinator (1005) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Bomber. Clear gold color, good lacing, rocky head. Floral & hoppy aroma (go figure), gentle. Some biscuit & cracker--citrusy, grassy. Good balance, nice palate. Great medium-light lager.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (7027) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2013
Bottle shared by a friend. Clear gold pour with a thick white head. Malty nose with notes of lemon and grass. Malty flavor with grassy hop accents before a piney finish. Tasted more like an ale than a lager and didn’t resemble a bock in any way (not even a heller bock), but I enjoyed it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigguns22 (792) - Maryland, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Aroma is hoppy and earthy. Pour is yellow to golden with a large fluffy white head that sticks to the glass. Small bubble are riseing from the bottom of the glass. Pretty lite beer over all but still has a nice flavor and good hop profile and dryness that I love.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnbuck100 (291) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2013
22 oz bomber. This beer sat in my fridge for the longest time - as I thought it would be overly malty, not my favorite. IT turned out to be much better than I thought. Yes, it has a rather heavy bready roasty backbone, but a good dose of hops balance things out nicely. A very rich palate - a bit too rich for the middle of the summer - this would be a nice beer for early spring - when it was brewed - or late fall at a football game. The really special aspect of this beer is that the flavor is truly unique.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beertholomeus (1723) - California, USA - JUL 25, 2013
Pours a golden yellow with thick frothy white head. Grassy hop and light malt aromas. Earthy and slightly citrusy hop flavor wit a good malty backbone. Medium body and leaves a nice lacing. Slight bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
nealblind (1680) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - JUL 22, 2013
Clear golden pour soapy frothy head. Aroma of grain honey and strong piney hops. Tastes like a wave a grassy hops. Moderately bitter. Also powerfully acidic. I think they depart from bock a bit too much on this one and end up being a pale or ipa. Out of balance with a caustic palate. Lots of flavor though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
J_man (934) - Tustin, California, USA - JUL 22, 2013
Clear medium pale yellow with a soapy white head. Clean malt and lager aroma with earthy undertones. Bready cracker malt taste up front followed by a solid earthy bitterness. A light yeasty sourness curls up under the tongue and rounds out the taste. Nice alcohol/hop bite as it warms up. Finishes with a lasting bitterness and also some honeyed sweetness. Nice, well-made beer with a unique style for a bock.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DMLINAZ (332) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 20, 2013
On draft at Postino East, Gilbert AZ; pitcher (2 pints) for $7.50. Nice lightness to this while also giving hops and fizzy mouth feel; some spice, though I didn’t get the rye in the brewer’s description. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (2589) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2013
Bottle from Tosa wine. Pour a golden orange very pale with a white foamy head leaving some lacing. Aroma has pine and lemony citrus with flowery hops, somewhat light and subtle Taste is of sweet hops, lemons, pine with a nice caramel base. Light to medium bodied and slightly sticky. Finishes sweetly hoppy without a lot of length. Not sure what style this should be. Have had similar IPA’s to this. A tasty beverage ... whatever style it really is.

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