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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
poisoneddwarf (2283) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Bomber. Pours a clear deep old gold with a medium white head with great retention; it laces pretty nicely. Aroma consists of citrus powder drink, lemon, earth, wet river rock. Taste is lightly sweet and ends on a fairly bitter (for a heller bock) note. Flavor is earthy, biscuity (has that Fat Tire signature taste) and hoppy. I seem to be really into straightforward and simple, yet well-made brews lately. This falls into that category.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
crossovert (11348) - Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Pitting this against a Capital Jacked. It is a gorgeous-looking brew, but perhaps to perfect-looking. It is a clear, brilliant gold with a frohty white head that lingers forever. They went kind of off the beaten path with the malt bill which includes rye and the hops including fuggles. Hallertauer hops seem to dominate. You can tell from the orangey marmelade scent that is highest in this one. There is definitely some earthiness and sweet breadiness form the fuggles and rye that develops as it breathes and warms. The flavor is actually quite tasty. Very much like a euro-ipa. Hallertauer and perle seem to dominate with spiciness but also that delicate citrus aspect. it has a medium to low bitterness which is a pleasant noble type herbal bitterness. There is a bit of sweetness on the palate and it is a bit thin in mouthfeel but a delicious beer and relatively inexpensive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 21, 2013
Draft at Whole Foods Short Pump. medium rusty amber, clear, nice compact white head eventually fades to nothingness. Aroma of lightly caramelized sugar and floral spicy hops. Flavor is a match - rich malts, fantastic Teutonic hoppy finish that perfectly balances out the sweetness. Kind of hits you as a Germanic answer to an Imperial IPA. Loved it, and I usually don’t like bucks. But this was hopped to high heaven, which probably is why I did like it so much. Liked this more than the score indicates I think.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tylermgaddis (16) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 28, 2013
Pours a rocky eggshell colored head that reduces to a thin film after a few minutes. Smells faintly grassy, with even a bit of honey character. Front/middle of tongue, tastes sweet, with a slight spice, back the hop presence is definitely there, but for being a 70 IBU beer, this doesn’t taste it. Finishes pleasantly bitter, and sweet. Super balanced, with a perfect hop presence. Will buy more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Warped_Silver (124) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 14, 2013
Great summer beer. Complex, well rounded, and very drinkable. Would buy again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kdm1984 (814) - Missouri, USA - JUN 21, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2013 Golden appearance with a terrific, fluffy, tightly-bubbled head that lingers for quite some time. Crisp, light, hoppy, bready, and slightly peppery aroma - very inviting. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel; a light hoppiness and fresh bread taste with just a hint of spiciness. This is really, really good - flavorful and exceptionally refreshing. New Belgium can really be all over the place, but this is truly a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Doofgoblin (491) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - JUL 8, 2013
A straight forward but hoppy brew that’s really good. Aroma is slightly less that you might think, but the hops are there. The flavor has a rustic sweet that is really complemented by the hops that are citrusy. The finish is smooth and faintly bitter and the mouth feel is medium. This brew is certainly for the hop enthusiast...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (7322) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Clear golden with a thin foamy head. Nose is floral and herbal with nice perfumey hop tones. Flavor is biscuity and malty but with a huge herbal and leafy hop flavor and bitterness. Ends with toffee and herbal hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Pours a clear golden with two fingers of head. Lots of citrus and grass. Very nice hop balance. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (5756) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 18, 2013
22 oz. bottle. It pours a nice clear light gold with a creamy white head and lots of streaming bubbles. The aroma is strong with Hallertauer floral and lemon zest, a little minty and earthy. The flavor is full bodied and extremely hop forward. Great blend of hops with mostly floral bitterness combined with some earthy and herbal notes backed by very minor citrus peel. Very creamy mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this lager. Well done!

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