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

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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

281 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 281
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 6
Gots: 33 | 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)
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Reviews by cjgiant:
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3.85/5  rDev -1%

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.

cjgiant, Jun 24, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Best by August 31 2014.Pours into an imperial nonic a clear rich copper/brass color with a sticky tight formed half finger white head atop.Fresh cut grass and floral hop notes on the palate along with some grapefruit,quite a hop profile,come sweet biscuit is there as well.An airy feel in the mouth,not light but quite lush and it goes down easy.Green ripe hop flavors with nice complexity upfront with grass,leaf,and grapefruit all coming into play,lightly sweet and bready underneath.Just a real solid APA with alot of good hop stuff going on,very nice job here.

oberon, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of SD-Alefan
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

SD-Alefan, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
2.28/5  rDev -41.4%

22 oz bottle, enjoy by 8/31/14. Pours clear copper gold with a big rocky off-white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is biscuity malt and grassy hops.

The flavor is sweet biscuity malts with grassy, minty hops that have decent bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a creamy body.

Overall, an OK pale. I don't care for the biscuity malt or grassy hops. Odell's version of this was so much better - hoppy with fruity, resiny hops.

Beaver13, Jul 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

aquazr1, Jun 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Meyers1023, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Golden amber with good sized white head.

Smell: Grapefruit, pine and some tropical notes.

Taste: The malt backbone is somewhat biscuity, while the hops are subtle and complex with orange, grapefruit, pine, spice and tropical notes. The finish is much more hoppy than bitter, and somehow the hops are both center stage and restrained at the same time.

Feel: Fairly smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation. Dry and resiny.

Overall: This tastes like St. Lupulin but with a little of the New Belgium biscuit malt backbone. This is collaboration where I can actually tell who the collaborators are. Not quite as good as St. Lupulin in my opinion, but still very good.

bsp77, Jun 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

HeyYoMar, Jun 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Seattle_Suds, Jul 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

jtladner, Jul 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

timontheroad, Jun 28, 2014
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

Moondoggy68, Aug 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Iparedman, Jul 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

CarlyM, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

biboergosum, Jul 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

StrictlyBricks, Jul 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

tdm168, Jun 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

jheezee, Jun 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

russpowell, Aug 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

beergorrilla, Jun 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

drinkin-beeers, Jul 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

atlbravsrno1, Aug 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

zonker17, Jun 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Gerasimos, Jun 28, 2014
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Hop Kitchen - APA (FOCOllaboration W/ Odell Brewing) from New Belgium Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.