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Hop Kitchen - Hoppy Bock Lager - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
82
good

237 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 237
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 02-26-2013)
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance-The beer pours a golden coppery color with a one finger billowy white head. The head slowly fades over time to leave a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is heaviest of some biscuit malt with a touch or roasted malt within. Along with these smells so too are some aromas of caramel and a bit of grass, some citrus and small amounts of pine.

Taste – The taste began with a malty and somewhat sweeter flavor upfront. The malt is of biscuit and some lightly toasted bread while the sweet is largely of a caramel nature. The hop flavors quickly follow the initial taste with them being largely of a floral nature early on. As the taste advances however more hop flavor comes to the tongue with flavors of pine, a citrus and some grassy hop grow more intense as the flavor advances to the end. With a light orange citrus and tropical fruit coming along the time all the hops come, in the end one is left with a pleasant not too hoppy and not too sweet flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is a bit on the higher and finer side. A bit of a thicker (less champagne like) carbonation may have suited the tastes of the brew slightly better, but the medium body was spot on for the blend of hop, malt and sweeter flavors giving the brew a rather nice feel overall.

Overall – A quite tasty and enjoyable brew overall. It is one to try if you have a chance.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 08:41:44 | More by Darkmagus82
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heytomcat

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

06-30-2013 03:52:53 | More by heytomcat
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tubeyes

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

06-28-2013 02:24:56 | More by tubeyes
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jbaakko

California

4/5  rDev +10.5%

06-27-2013 16:10:53 | More by jbaakko
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teromous

Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Very pale golden straw colored body, transparently displaying loads of visible carbonation. The head is rife with foam, white, and leaves lots of lacing.

S: There is a very light flowery scent, with a bit of pungency coming through. It's not too fresh smelling, but it's alright.

T: Right off the bat I get lots of hop presence. There's some spruce mixed with bitter citrus peel, and then it fades away to background bitterness. I don't pick up any malt character.

M: Tingly sensation as soon as you start drinking. Some of this is a sharpness from the hops, the rest of it is carbonation. It feels a bit empty.

O: Even for this style, the beer is very hop forward, and hop lovers will enjoy it. There isn't a lot of complexity to the beer overall. Even though the hops are very tasty, they feel a little flat and don't contribute much to the aroma. I really would have liked to taste some more malt flavor in the beer as well. It's pretty good but it seems to be standard fare in the hop world, without any of the bock heritage to back up the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 00:46:59 | More by teromous
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Geuzedad

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

06-23-2013 13:41:52 | More by Geuzedad
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Had this beer on-tap at Closed For Business, poured into a pilsner glass. Had a coppery color and a clear texture. Not a whole lot of lacing.

S: A very subtle (almost a little too subtle) aroma of malt, hops, and fruit.

T: Tasted of a good amount of malt, a surprisingly big shot of hops, citrus, and a slight floral quality. An atypical flavor, but definitely a welcome change. Complex and flavorful.

M: A lot of carbonation with a slightly slick and oily finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While there are some uneven aspects of this beer, it's a interesting and well done brew. Drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2013 20:58:08 | More by avalon07
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Wrigfen

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

06-22-2013 19:51:38 | More by Wrigfen
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archyquaffer

Montana

3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The label says "brewed with rye". Poured from a bomber into a Shaker pint. A moderate pour produces about one inch of billowy head that sticks to the glass pretty well. The beer is quite pale.

Definitely some floral hops in the aroma along with something akin to baked goods- maybe a snickerdoodle cookie. The flavor is quite hoppy but with maybe just enough sweet malt to balance. The hops impart piney, citrus, flower and grassy flavors.

I'm not sure about turning a bock into a hop bomb, and this beer reminds me more of a pale ale, except that it's really extremely pale. Still, it's pretty good, and could make a session beer if you have the tolerance for it.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 03:34:09 | More by archyquaffer
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GinDC

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

06-22-2013 02:21:15 | More by GinDC
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clearish gold with lace ring down glass and decent head. Aroma is mostly some bready, pils-like malt and a nice wet citrusy hop aroma. Taste is more hops than bock, in fact its mostly hops, but as I drink there are some sweet notes popping up. Smooth, a little bready, easy to drink (woudl not guess almost seven percent alcohol at all). Not much of a bock but it's a nice try at mixing two styles and I enjoyed it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2013 12:59:17 | More by clayrock81
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

bomber into tulip. date says 16 JUN 13. I assuming I am one day late on drinking this in time. ill let it slide.

A: bright golden body. head is bright white and frothy. good retention. a coat of lacing down the sides of the glass. good looking bock.

S: sweet grist. German noble hop aroma. black pepper.

T: minerally flavor, slightly metallic? a sizeable grain body provides some presence. a little bit of bubblegum in the finish, but only for a moment. finish is slightly bitter. dry.

M: average carb on a medium body.

D: seemed to hold up pretty well. hoppy, but definitely fading. nothing exceptional here. sorry NB.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 02:19:23 | More by Jimmys
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rabiddawg

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

06-15-2013 19:25:43 | More by rabiddawg
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BigDaddyJohn

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

06-14-2013 01:07:04 | More by BigDaddyJohn
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tbeq00

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

06-13-2013 16:24:25 | More by tbeq00
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Jas45678

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

06-12-2013 21:29:02 | More by Jas45678
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TastefulNudity

California

3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I don't really have a palate for lagers but this was gifted to me, I'll try my best here.

22oz poured in to a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Straw yellow/light orange. Pillowy white head that grew up to two and a half fingers, settled nicely to a half finger without ever disappearing. Little bit of lacing. Looks nice.

Smell: Light hops, bready, small amount of sweet malt. Smell reminds me of a bock I used to have before I was in to craft beer (Gordon Biersch). Smells clean, like a toned down pale ale. Nice citrus in there.

Taste: At first I was disappointed because I'm used to hop bombs. Taking the style in to account, it's pretty hoppy. Bready, leaves a little bit of lingering hop bitterness that I like. Small amount of sweetness that's a bit refreshing. Seems good for a hot day. I'd love to call this a session beer, but at 6.9% it's tough to call it that.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. I expected biting carbonation but it's fairly slick. Leaves that clean dryness at the back of the mouth. It goes down easy. No alcohol present whatsoever.

Overall: Like I said, I'd love to call this a session beer save its high ABV. It was definitely a nice change, but I don't think I'd buy it again. Going to start a search for a nice pils soon to change it up.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 22:28:12 | More by TastefulNudity
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savagepm

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.5%

06-10-2013 17:02:36 | More by savagepm
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Rihup

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

06-09-2013 03:58:34 | More by Rihup
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bendukes86

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

06-08-2013 19:48:10 | More by bendukes86
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tswater

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

06-07-2013 20:02:15 | More by tswater
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muddyh2oblues

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.5%

06-07-2013 18:54:49 | More by muddyh2oblues
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everettsbeerguy

Illinois

3/5  rDev -17.1%

06-07-2013 03:01:01 | More by everettsbeerguy
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vipguy814

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

06-07-2013 02:36:33 | More by vipguy814
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beagle75

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a bomber into a chalice.

A: Clear, medium golden color with over one finger of white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Slightly toasty with a rustic bent. Delicate lime and grapefruit citrus elevate the pleasant but understated profile.

T: Begins slightly off-dry, with soft bready malt and floral hops aromatics of intermediate intensity. Acidity is mild into the middle where the early qualities are extended. Mild bitterness develops by the finish where a fine thread of sulfur can be detected at times.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, balanced on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This IPA-like lager shapes up to be a worthy vessel for hops delivery, although patience was required while the palate acclimated to it. Upon first taste the transitions from start to finish were jarring, as hops flavors faded to reveal other components. That experience did not last, however, and the profile began to smooth out considerably until the variance of flavors from start to finish was relatively small.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 01:27:52 | More by beagle75
Hop Kitchen - Hoppy Bock Lager from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.