New Belgium Hop Kitchen #3 - Fresh Hop

 
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RATINGS: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Fresh, aromatic, and green as a Leprechaun’s skivvies, Certified Salmon Safe Oregon Hops are picked fresh off the vine and trucked directly to our brew kettle.

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3.6
ilovedarkbeer (2741) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Amber colored pour with a small lacy off white head. Notes of brown sugar, grass, tropical fruit, and biscuit. Awkward mouthfeel and short finish.

3.4
BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Bottle with a best before of 23Feb2014. Pours with a crystal clear golden hued body with a lasting offwhite head that leaves good lace. Aromas are earthy, biscuity, nutty and grainy. Earthy, grassy, herbal and resiny hop character. Low ester. Flavors are nutty and toasty with light citrus, grass and resin. Light papaya. Clean. Lively carbonation, medium-low body. Dry.

3.6
vyvvy (6470) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Pours clear light copper with an off-white head. The aroma has mint, fruit, pine, caramel and rich malt offsetting. For some reason Sterling hops remind me of winter. It has a medium / full body with mild sharp carbonation. The flavor begins with a balance of minty / piney hops and dry caramel bready malt. The finish has spice, light alcohol and some medicine traits. It is quite nice and more balanced that most fresh hop beers, but the hops still show nicely. Nice value for the price as well.

3.8
Onslow (1495) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Pour form a 24oz bomber. Golden clear ale with two fingers of head that fades. Ample lacing. Aroma of a fantasy hops garden - pineapple, resin, aromatic floral tones. No weakness in the aroma. Taste in perfectly balanced - mildly sweet malt at the very start, hops jump in very early with a solid bitter resin wave that breaks into complex notes of spice, earth and citrus. Smooth palate. One of the best balanced IPAs New Belgium brews. Excellent.

3.7
MrBunn (2826) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Bomber. Pours a clear gold with a massive sudsy head and aromas of resin and pineapple. Flavor has a juicy fruit front end and a pine backside. Mouthfeel is thin and there is a bit of a chunky graininess that comes through from time to time.

3.4
bucs572000 (237) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2013
Poured from a bomber. Aroma is pine, pepper, and grainy cereal. Flavors are pine, black pepper, slight citrus, caramel and a grainy cereal flavor. Decent fresh hop, actually kind of spicy and bitter. Not overly aggressive or anything just kind of meh.

3.3
wlajwl (6811) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 25, 2013
Aroma is citrus, light fruit/juice and a hint of spices. The flavor is citrus, spices, light grapefruit, fruit and a bitter/dry but relatively smooth (for an IPA) finish.

3.3
jmcgavin12 (492) - Madison, USA - NOV 24, 2013
Hazy yellow pour with thick frothy head. Aroma is dominant with grapefruit, resin, and a subtle pine cone. Flavor is moderate sweet with a crisp bitter finish. Very average but also quite good.

3.5
vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Draft. Golden pour with white head. Herbal and grassy aromas. Light gassy and light hop flavors.

4.2
Braudog (6716) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2013
Bottle. Nice seductive pour of bright amber, the head’s a little bit relenting, but is sticky as heck. This drinks with a nice viscous palate, the floral and semi-acidic hops are in the forefront, but there’s a nice firm malt backdrop, too. Exceptional west coast IPA. (#5338, 11/21/2013)


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