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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Ratings: 323
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 7
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
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Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Uanof on 05-22-2014

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Reviews by cjgiant:
Photo of cjgiant
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Beaver13
2.29/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of biboergosum
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of rossracing
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i wish they made more

Photo of hophugger
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is what I like in a pale ale. What a great collaboration. Color is a somewhat cloudy golden color with an average head and decent lacing. Aroma at first hits you in the nose with an awesome hop aroma. Taste is beautiful, hops, pine, resin and some grapefruit. Leaves a nice feel in the mouth, just the right amount of carbonation and an overall great drinking beer for hop lovers. Strong but not too strong as to not want to drink another, and another................................and another...

Photo of morimech
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle date of 31Aug14. Pours a pale amber color with a solid finger of head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.

Good hoppy aroma. The combination of Centennial, Cascade, and Citra all works well together. Has the PNW hop aroma with a touch of something new that adds even more citrus. The malt gives a touch of toasted grain that is a nice compliment.

Really nice, slightly toasted biscuit malt flavor that offers the foundation for the hops to play off of. The hop flavor is assertive, but the bitterness is not punishing. Hints of pine, earth, and citrus.

Medium body and wonderfully carbonated. Enough life in the body to really let the flavors pop on the palate.

I would call this a west coast IPA. A very good one that matches the malt and hop qualities wonderfully.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: A nice light copper color with a light head that leaves some big bubbles on the collar with some slight lacing.

S: Excellent straight hop smell that is mostly pine with a slight floral background.

T: Nice malt body here that is more prevalent than what I normally get in most APA's. This gives it more flavor allowing more for the hops to play off of. It really comes across as more of an IPA than anything. Hops are highlighted here with a nice straight forward malt base.

M: Smooth with just a bit of felt carbonation.

O: This is a great beer and I think my first of any type from Odell.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, label says enjoy by 31AUG14. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a mostly clear amber color with about an inch and a half off-white head that stuck around for a long time. There's also a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells mostly like pine hops, along with some citrusy hops (grapefruit, lemon peel) and bready malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some tropical fruit, orange and peppery spice flavors. There's a good lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and creamy with moderate carbonation. I liked this brew, definitely worth a try! $3.99 a bomber.

Photo of wedge
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright shining amber under a solid head that shrinks to a milky covering. Fresh, green hop aromas atop granola-like malts. Floral, orange, grapefruit, overall leafy/spicy dankness, and a distinct touch of Citra fruitiness. Flavors are, again, nicely "green" in nature. Grapefruit zest, oily pine, and fresh floral hops along with some sweetened tea. Just a very tasty, well-made APA...a balance of the citrus, pine, and fruit of American hops. Dry, medium, and creamy with mild carbonation.

Photo of Immortale25
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap at Westville Pub Asheville. Served in a short 8 oz glass.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a center patch of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Very juicy citrus hop aroma is quite pleasant. Very raw, like smelling a bag of hop pellets.

T- Aroma follows through to the flavor well with more notes of juicy fruit. Moderate bitterness. I kind of wish they'd gone full-on IPA with this since there's so much awesome hop flavor but it doesn't punch as hard as I'd like after multiple sips. Great hop burps.

M- Slightly sharp with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- A delightfully hoppy pale ale. Recommended.

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

22 oz. bottle, with enjoy by date August 31, 2014 printed on the label. New Belgium's collaboration effort with Odell Brewing Co. and another new beer in their Hop Kitchen series.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a nice burnt sienna orange colored body - slightly on the darker side for a pale ale, but it looks very nice. Just under two fingers of frothy off-white head that leaves some nice sheets of lacing on the way down. Appears adequately carbonated. It looks very nice. 4

S - A very lovely hop aroma - resinous, piney, grassy, fruity, floral, and very mildly soapy on the end. Lots of citrus pith going on also. A very pleasant smelling beer. 4

T - Taste follows the nose - very fruity & floral. Grassy, piney, & herbal. Lots of juicy lemon / orange / grapefruit going on here. A very delicious beer. 4

M - The mouthfeel is crisp and clean, lightly resinous / piney / sticky, but not overly bitter or resinous. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation. Extremely easy-drinking and refreshing. 4.5

Overall, a borderline IPA pale ale, but this beer definitely exceeded my expectations. Simple in it's approach, but entirely delicious and drinkable, especially with the moderate 6.70% abv. I would definitely pick this up again if it was available more often. Get it while you still can.

New Belgium / Odell Brewing Co. FOCOllaboration -----4/5.

Photo of utfiero
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color- deep amber. Full head.

Aroma- mild blend of floral and citrus hops.

Taste- Starts hoppy (but not overwhelming citrus like San Diego IPAs) with hints of floral and green briar weed finishing long, dry, and hoppy. Only 55 IBUs.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted June 20, 2014.

Photo of BB1313
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Best by Aug 31, 2014. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a beautiful transparent copper with a fluffy eggshell white head that leaves great retention and nice lacing. This is a great looking brew. The aromas have a nice amount of citrus in the mix. Orange and grapefruit is in the mix. Some lemon and lime zest in the mix as well. Some bread and caramel malts are there too. Really nice aromas, but I wish they popped just a bit more. The flavors ultimately match the nose. Citrus notes seem to really shine. More of the usual suspects like orange peel and grapefruit. The lemon and lime come alive in the flavors as well. Caramel flavors are there, but don't seem to dominate. Solid malt backbone, but allows the hops to do their thing. Flavors are somewhat earthy. Grass is there. There's subtle hints of pine. This has a clean finish. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeeel is awesome. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's fluffy and smooth. The mouthfeel makes this beer very crisp and dangerously drinkable.

This is a solid collaboration. It borderlines being an IPA, but it does have true Pale Ale qualities. It's somewhat similar to previous New Belgium IPAs I've had in the past, but different at the same time. It's good, but nothing mind blowing. You have to appreciate $3.99/bomber, which is a steal in the world of bombers.

Photo of MikeP64
2.28/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I enjoy NB's 'almost macro' brews and thought this would be good...WRONG!!This is not a good beer...like chewing on a handful of stale hops and a sip took 2 good beers to wash away.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

Look: Amber copper body. Cream colored head with good foamy lacing.

Aroma: A nice blend of pine, wood, and lingering spiciness.

Taste: Only a touch of malt sweetness before moving into clean hoppy bitterness with pine and grapefruit notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry.

Overall: A very clean, hoppy APA. Quite good.

Photo of Celtics17
4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

New Belgium has a very unique taste with most of their IPA's. They have a great peach/mango sweetness, with very little malt stealing the show. The pine bitterness is there, but not big. There is also this sweet bready taste that I can't I put my finger on.

This is my kind of IPA. New Belgium calls it a Juicy Fruit flavor, and that's what it is. The hops are perfect and shine.

Citra, Centennial, Cascade, Amarillo

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, best before 8/31/2014. Pours crystal clear orange amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, peach, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate bready malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice pale ale. All around good complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate bready malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours crystal clear light amber, rock light tan head and excellent lacing.

S - Hop forward. Solid notes of pineapple, citrus peel and apricot.

T - High hop flavor. More pine/grass come through than on the nose, but still predominantly citrusy. Clean malt bill, and refreshing relatively-dissipating finish.

M - Medium-light body, moderate carbonation, low astringency.

O - A hop head's pale ale.

Photo of archyquaffer
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A moderate pour from a bomber into a shaker pint produces a one inch head of frothy, sticky head. The beer is a pale amber with moderate carbonation.

One whiff tells me this is a hop bomb- flowers, hay and pine. The flavor is a bit more moderate, with citrus notes accentuated, and allows a nice caramelly malt base to shine through. Frothy and fairly moderate mouth feel. Floral hop notes linger on the tongue.

This is a decent pale that will appeal to hop heads. I prefer less of an in-your-face flavor, and really think some subtlety would up my marks a bit. I think the bomber cost 4-something.

Photo of Makena_Johnson
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a point glass with moderate force. 2" of off-white head that doesn't dissipate. Eventually leaves a nice lacing along the top of the glass that isn't too sticky, but sticks around. Aroma is hop dominated and quite piney. Flavor is has citrus heavy hops on the front side! Mellows out in the middle and leaves a very piney bitterness add aftertaste. Mouthfeel is average, large bubble carbonation dominates, although bubbles appear small on the head. Tasty beer, great aroma! 4/5.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Almost perfectly clear dark orange/copper-gold. Head is off-white, creamy, and dense. Solid carbonation leads to some decent retention for the duration of the beer. Nice sticky notches of lacing.

Smell: Really mellow. Some soft bready malts with a powdery yeast over the top. Some mild leafy hops with a touch of citrus and a mild earthy/herbal undertone. Some mild malt caramelization with a solid toasted edge that I've come to expect from New Belgium. Vague tropical hints off the Citra, but it's in the back. Definitely bready with some caramel sweetness. A touch of spicy hop running through the back.

Taste: Toasted bread. Mild but layered hop profile. Some tangerine, peach, grapefruit, flower petals, and a solid earthy element. A touch of hop spiciness as well. Malts are a touch sweet with some pale malts, something toasted, and a clean cooked malt sweetness. A touch of caramelization. A bit of honeyed biscuit. Some leafy herbal elements.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body with a moderate carbonation. Clean finish with a bit of a creamy mouthfeel. Pretty spot on with a mildly crisp finish.

Overall: Surprise, this is tasty.

A mild and straightlaced pale ale. Balanced and drinkable for days with enough of each brewery to let the collab function.

Photo of natron002
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Drank 7/15/14, 22 oz btl poured into goblet, coded 8/31/14. Light amber color, bright but not totally clear. Some candied hop aroma tying in with some caramel malt a bit of booze, and Chico yeast twang. Simcoe? (Citra, Centennial, Cascade according to label read after). Well-balanced flavor, with bitterness taking over and lingering. Tastes just how it smells. Boozy for the style (APA). Medium body, a little low on carbonation.

Photo of Rootscipio
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours amber with finger of off white head. which dissipates fairly quickly leaving a wonderful lacing. Smell of pine resin and citrus hops. Taste starts forward with pine followed by citrus on the mid pallet backed by a balance of a malt back bone. Finishes fairly dry with a slightly lingering bitterness.

Over all i have to give it a A- in flavor and a A+ in price range.

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