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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ellolovey (483) - Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2013
22 oz bottle. Pours a honey color with a stiff ivory head. Sticky lacing. Aroma of sweet malts, citrus, and bananas. Taste is a bit of spice, sweet malts, tad of citrus, and leaves. Nice bitter finish. Has a slight metallic taste. Very fresh and enjoyable.

   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
boozedude (2228) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAR 8, 2013
bomber into glass, clear light copper pour with thick white head, fruity aroma, taste is hopps, and metallic bitter bite, not bad..not anythig i will seek out again tho

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdrinker79 (2047) - Idaho, USA - MAR 8, 2013
22 oz. bottle- Pours clear golden with a nice fluffy white two finger head that looks to stick around for awhile, lacing is nice and sheets the glass. Aroma is nice and hoppy, citrusy and piney with spicy bitter hops. The taste is different than the aroma, which led you to believe a nice straight up PNW IPA. This is more unique, it has the hops, but is sweeter than expected, almost syrupy, but not really, the hops are much mellower than I was expecting in the taste, very floral too, which is not surprising considering it’s a heller bock. The alcohol is more in your face leaving a warming feeling after the swallow. Body and carbonation are medium. Overall I liked it, and I am very intrigued by this new Hop Kitchen series that New Belgium is offering, can’t wait to see what else they will release.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (3439) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2013
650 ml. bottle. BBD 16JUN13. Pours a medium, well retained white head, with heavy lacing, over a clear gold (SRM 5) body.....nose is earth, grass, light cereal malts....taste is cereal, rye spice, pepper bite, grassy light green tones, slight sweetness, with hints of pear apple, finishing with moderate hop bitterness......mouth feel, medium, slightly sticky, carbonation adds creaminess and light carbonic tingle. The hops are a bit too apparent for the style. It should have been a little better balanced between the malt and hop back bones. That said this is a very nice beer with good complexity in both aroma and flavor, finishing very clean. Additionally the appearance is spot on. BJCP 8/3/14/4/7

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wxman (1748) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2013
Pours a clear bright yellow/golden with a big thick white head. Plenty of lace. Aroma is pine and dandelions. Taste is smooth sweet pale malt, biscuits and some piney hop bitterness, that seems less bitter than the 70 IBU would imply. A really good hellerbock (though more hoppy than most of the style) and well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (5732) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Clear light gold - soapy head - moderately honey sweet nose, with fairly potent fruity and floral hallertauer - some spicy and slightly husky rye kind of muddle things - light to medium body - moderate carbonation - medium sweet, but quite hoppy and spicy, especially in the finish, so it is easy to forget this is supposed to be a Maibock - quite a peppery bite to the hops, which I am digging - to some degree this tastes like an amped up version of Shift - however, that rye comes in near the finish - it is spicy and mildly husky, just like in the nose - it really does lessen the enjoyment - should have left the rye out and produced a cleaner product - still, it’s a decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Bottle @ home picked up at Aggie Liquor in Fort Collins. Pours a clear, dark golden appearance with a white head that doesn’t have the best retention. Fairly earthy, floral hoppy aroma with a bit of spice and grains. The rye comes through with a fair amount of spiciness in the flavor. Fairly grainy, herbal, moderately fruity flavor with a dry, herbal, earthy finish. Ehhh ok. New Belgium just hasn’t been able to come through with a great lager yet, unfortunately.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2013
22oz bottle from Binny’s Lincoln Park. Pours a crystal clear, pale golden colored body with an inch thick, dense, creamy and foamy, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is spicy, citrus-lemon, herbal hops with a slight graininess. A touch of rye spice, some dry spent grains, and bread. Flavor is lemon-candy hops, grain, spicy herbs, and a bit of a bready sweetness. Touches of rye spice, toast, and resins. Finishes dry, citrusy, and somewhat bitter before leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Medium-light body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, an interesting beer. Fairly hop forward with a clean, lightly sweetened, grainy malt backing. Somewhat spicy with a nice citrus and light rye note while staying well balanced throughout. Not bad.

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