1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Hop Kitchen - APA (FOCOllaboration W/ Odell Brewing) - New Belgium Brewing

Not Rated.
Hop Kitchen - APA (FOCOllaboration W/ Odell Brewing)Hop Kitchen - APA (FOCOllaboration W/ Odell Brewing)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

190 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 190
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 2
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Uanof on 05-22-2014)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 190 | Reviews: 36 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by cjgiant:
Photo of cjgiant
cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a decent beer, and I think a decent representation of the style. My pour was a little weak on top, but a nice clear copper. I couldn't get much from the nose, a little bit of wet leaves and some citrus that I can't quite place, maybe grapefruit.

Taste is pretty much what is expect from the style. There is a light brown sugar sweetness mixed in with an orange and grapefruit bitterness, both of which are accompanied by a woody dryness. The more I analyze, the more I like that there are different things going on.

However, overall I feel this beer is missing something. It does seem to be missing some carbonation, which may be it. APAs are also not interesting me as much any more, which could be part of it. Seeing as I could not really find anything wrong, this is the only component I rated slightly down.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2014 22:41:54 | More by cjgiant
More User Reviews:
Photo of Chuffbomb
Chuffbomb

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

07-23-2014 15:07:19 | More by Chuffbomb
Photo of bleedblue9150
bleedblue9150

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

07-23-2014 11:51:43 | More by bleedblue9150
Photo of Gordilly
Gordilly

Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

07-23-2014 00:11:28 | More by Gordilly
Photo of DRTBrewster
DRTBrewster

Arizona

4/5  rDev +2.3%

07-22-2014 20:46:07 | More by DRTBrewster
Photo of SitkaSteve
SitkaSteve

Alaska

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

07-22-2014 11:26:22 | More by SitkaSteve
Photo of oriolesfan4
oriolesfan4

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2.3%

07-21-2014 19:18:56 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of hoppy91
hoppy91

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

07-21-2014 01:07:50 | More by hoppy91
Photo of harripat
harripat

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

07-21-2014 00:59:43 | More by harripat
Photo of XmnwildX12
XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

07-20-2014 22:45:49 | More by XmnwildX12
Photo of jakewatt135
jakewatt135

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

07-20-2014 04:33:56 | More by jakewatt135
Photo of uwmgdman
uwmgdman

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

07-20-2014 02:43:02 | More by uwmgdman
Photo of jtladner
jtladner

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2.3%

07-20-2014 00:44:39 | More by jtladner
Photo of BucannonXC5
BucannonXC5

California

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Manzanita pint glass
From: Windmill Farms in Del Cerro (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $4.99
Purchased: July 10, 2014
Consumed: July 10, 2014
Misc.: Enjoy by Aug. 31, 2014

Poured a golden, orange clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy white head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Good amount of layered foamy lacing along the sides of the glass. Great retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled a healthy mix of hops. Got floral hops, citrus hops, soapy pine, Cascade hops, orange zest, lime, honey, caramel, wheat and lime grass. Smelled tasty.

Taste wasn’t quite as good as the nose, but still very tasty. Got floral hops, citrus hops, soapy pine, orange rind, lime juice, Cascade hops, tangerine, slight mango and other tropical notes, caramel and honey wheat.

Light body. Creamy-to-oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish. Surprised at the 6.7% ABV. It’s well-hidden.

A pretty tasty pale ale. I’d love to have it again. Great beer

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2014 03:11:45 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of StrictlyBricks
StrictlyBricks

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

07-19-2014 02:33:52 | More by StrictlyBricks
Photo of schoolboy
schoolboy

Ohio

3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hey! Another New Belgium product, and an interesting one. Let's try it, especially since it is a good value. The result is like most other New Belgium products, not bad.

It looks cool enough in the glass. Slightly dark yellow with just a bit of menacing fizz and lace. The aroma is a little weak but nice.

The taste is a safe, middle of the road APA - somewhat hoppy, somewhat malty. But nothing makes it jump that extra couple inches to greatness. The aftertaste is especially boring - not bad, but it just goes away. Maybe I am a bit numb from other beer today, but this isn't very special.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2014 00:30:45 | More by schoolboy
Photo of fergchri
fergchri

Alaska

4/5  rDev +2.3%

07-19-2014 00:24:21 | More by fergchri
Photo of Iparedman
Iparedman

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

07-18-2014 22:35:48 | More by Iparedman
Photo of staaaaalin
staaaaalin

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.3%

07-18-2014 22:32:25 | More by staaaaalin
Photo of polopaul20
polopaul20

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2.3%

07-18-2014 22:11:56 | More by polopaul20
Photo of MikeDAdams
MikeDAdams

Idaho

4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

07-18-2014 14:28:28 | More by MikeDAdams
Photo of biboergosum
biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. Echoes of Brewdog's stoat bottle packaging gimmick a few years back.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some decent layered snow rime lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of semi-sweet muddled tropical fruit, orange and grapefruit flesh, pine resin, bready caramel malt, hard toffee, a bit of earthy yeast, and further leafy, grassy hops. The taste is gritty, grainy caramel malt, sweet orange cream, overripe Texas red grapefruit, mildly acrid pine needles, a touch of earthy, metallic spice, indistinct light orchard fruit, and more leafy, grassy, and floral hops.

The carbonation is average in its tightly-held, frothy emanations, the body a solid medium weight, and mostly smooth, but for a subtle flinty undertone, more booze than hop in origin, it would seem. It finishes off-dry, the caramel malt turning somewhat biscuity, the fruitiness holding firm, and the bitter pine/citrus/floral hops starting to show a few quivering lips.

A pretty tasty and enjoyable, full-flavoured American pale ale, with plenty of nods to the same in an IPA, especially given the generally well-integrated and elevated ABV. Two quite respectable breweries, coming together, and not getting in each other's way - NBB malt goodness, and Odell's proclivity with the hops add up to one heady overall effort. Here's hoping that they can keep the prairie dogs from learning of keg-tapping technology.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2014 01:48:51 | More by biboergosum
Photo of XicanoBeerRun
XicanoBeerRun

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

07-18-2014 00:39:23 | More by XicanoBeerRun
Photo of hilgart1
hilgart1

Illinois

3/5  rDev -23.3%

07-17-2014 23:31:06 | More by hilgart1
Photo of bh123
bh123

California

3/5  rDev -23.3%

07-17-2014 06:33:04 | More by bh123
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Hop Kitchen - APA (FOCOllaboration W/ Odell Brewing) from New Belgium Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.