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New Belgium Hop Kitchen #1 - Hoppy Bock Lager

Serve in Dimpled mug, Stein


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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
roxtersoxter (358) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Pours clear light yellow with large white head. Minimal floral aroma. Hop taste with a semi full body. Good session beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerandhockey8 (356) - Three Forks, Montana, USA - SEP 30, 2013
From 22oz bottle to dimpled mug. Pour is a nice good, thick foamy head. Nose is hoppy slight malt. Finishes average.

   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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AxlLives (288) - Maryland, USA - MAR 8, 2013
Tap - @ Jojo’s. Pours crystal clear yellow-amber with decent size white head, diminishing. Aromas of soap, yeasty, and orangey hops. Bit of bananas. Nice tastes of lively orange malts, bready hops, and citrus at the finish. Good long finish of bitter hops. Nice and drinkable. Very cool if the weather would turn.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
backdaft (286) - Menasha Red Light District, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear golden color with a good 2 finger head that leaves some moderate lacing. Aroma is of light earthy hops. Flavor is bitter earthy hops, some sweet grain, some lemon. Medium bodied Very nice example. I cant wait to see what else is in the Hop Kitchen.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steverus0 (262) - Shreveport, Louisiana, USA - JUN 16, 2013
There are some great hops finely matched in this delicious lager. Clearly a homerun, this brew is subtle and sufficiently bitter. Blends great with mustard roasted potatoes and chicken ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Majin (256) - West Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAR 8, 2013
1 pint bottle, mostly words, light amber color, light pine taste, pretty decent beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
benfergy (246) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - DEC 31, 2013
The aroma is of wheat and dry hops. The hops, as I sip the beer, take on a character of grass and some citrus. The taste is very balanced between sourness and biterness. The palate is mostly strong, albeit with an unimpressive finish. That said, quite a good beer. (Note: after drinking, I checked and saw that this bottle was a bit past the due date... and it’s still quite good, so that says something. Now I just need to try it fresh!)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikedevilsfan (225) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 13, 2013
Great lacing. This is a little confusing, but still good. Not malty like a heller bock, but hoppy. Still tasty, but I prefer the dead guy ale. Worth trying

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