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Hop Kitchen - Fresh Hop India Pale Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 10.96%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RockAZ on 10-10-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Finally sitting down to actually write up a review based on my notes from back on 11/19/13. Poured out of a 22 oz brown bomber indicating that the hops used are "salmon safe" and with a best by date of 2/23/14. Poured into the IPA-specific Speigelau glass.

Appearance - Pours with a crystal-clear opaqueness and a blend of straw yellow and more golden amber hues, depending on how the light passes through. A steady and active stream of carbonation bubbles rises from the etching on the bottom of the glass to replenish a big, rocky two finger head. Retention is moderate, with the full head lasting only a couple minutes, and leaving a mottled sheet of giraffe-coat like lace around the glass. Eventually settles with a quarter-finger film across the top of the body.

Smell - A nice mix of pale malts and a cocktail of hops, with notes of earth, pine and citrus zest coming to the forefront. Some sweeter hop profiles are also faintly present, with some notes of floral nectar and wildflowers. However, it's not as pungent as I have come to expect from the wet hop style

Taste - The malt becomes a bit more present, with biscuit and and fresh bread providing a hearty base for the herbal and floral hop profiles. Light pine, fresh herbs and white peppercorn along with the predominant notes of floral sweetness. There is again some faint citrus, but it's very fleeting--certainly not the predominant flavor profile in this beer.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation with a mostly dry finish that still contains a touch of sweet.

Overall, a solid beer, but not really mind-blowing. Not only have I had better fresh hop ales, but I've had better beers out of the Hop Kitchen series from New Belgium. That being said, the pricing on this series is outstanding, and as long as that continues, I will continue to buy bottles from it.

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S - Compact. A little ocean. Hops there but lots of not so good things there too.

T - More malt that smell but still very briny and not super tasty.

M - Medium body, good carb, ok balance, ok finish.

D - Not my favorite. One is enough.

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Hop Kitchen - Fresh Hop India Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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