Hop Kitchen - Rewind | New Belgium Brewing

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Hop Kitchen - RewindHop Kitchen - Rewind

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
An homage to our roots and the craft-brewing heyday of the early 90's. Maris Otter and Special B malts give a big sweet background to a palette of Horizon, Williamette and Galena hop varieties.

Added by Schwegler on 12-07-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 86
Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle (log stored in basement...), it pours a moderately dark amber with a nice head, reducing to a half inch layer of fluffy foam on top of the beer... Mild fruitiness in the nose. The mouth is enticed by the clean hoppiness. Enjoyable!

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Had at the Red Stag. Pours brilliant amber under a 1” off white clingy foam collar. Fruit and herbal aromas blend with malt. A dose of bitter balances and gives character to peach, melon, herbs and a light malt sweetness. Medium body and carbonation. A big flavored beer that is very easy to drink.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"An homage to our roots and the craft-brewing heyday of the early 90's. Maris Otter and Special B malts give a big sweet background to a palette of Horizon, Willamette and Galena hop varieties." Brewed in the style of an American India Pale Ale. Released as entry #4 in the Hop Kitchen series. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a New Belgium pint glass. Served above 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a tan white head of a foamy froth hoad over a moderately hazy copper orange body with light sparse carbonation. Retention is very good, lacing is light and streaked. 4.5

(Smell) Aromas of bready, syrupy malts with a fruity, herbal hop aroma and a mild bitterness. Very fruity, clean and sweet. You really don't smell too many IPAs like this these days. Potency is medium. 3.75

(Taste) Bitter, earthy hops up front with an unsweetened light bread malt and a pinch of grain. Mild fruitiness and pine after the swallow. More bitter and less hoppy flavor than the aroma had predicted. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, mildly chewy, mildly dry. Carbonation is smooth and light for a creamy, soft mouthfeel. Body is shy of medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is slightly bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is low and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) It's a pretty neat concept looking back at earlier IPAs and the varieties that have trended down over the years in favor of citrusier, brighter and more potent hop character. To that extent, Rewind is a good price for a blast to the past, but also a wary reminder as to why we mostly don't dabble in balanced IPAs or with fruity hops as much these days. Many don't find them as interesting or enjoyable as they once did, especially as the hop market explodes with bright and intensely flavored hoppy goodness. A nice blast from the past. 3.5

New Belgium Brewing's
Rewind India Pale Ale

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Photo of LampertLand
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

New Belgium Brewing 'Hop Kitchen-Rewind IPA' @ 7.0% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $7.50

A-pour is gold from the bottle to a clear dark amber in the glass with a medium size off-white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint

S-smell's of big hop's

T-taste is big hop's

MF-ok/good carbonation , feels full bodied

Ov-good IPA ,

prost LampertLand

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 4/13/14.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, floral, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, floral, and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice earthy hop presence all around.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Best by April 13, 2014.

It pours a clear copper with a huge head of foam.

I get a fruity hoppy and sweet malt nose. It starts off on the weak side but grows as the beer warms up.

Lots of grapefruit in the taste up front with a mild biscuit flavour behind the hops. Not a very pleasant bitterness ensues, imho.

Fairly light bodied with adequate carbonation.

I have to mention that the lacing is superb. All in all, this isn't an IPA that satisfies my taste for IPAs.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a brown-copper coloring with a bubbly, light, off-white head. Nose of toffee, subtle grapefruit and citrus, roasted notes, and piney highlights. Flavors are toffee forward, rich and sweet, with a subtle bitter undertone. Really comes off more malty sweet than anything, almost leaning towards a brown character. There is some resinous character at the end, into a rich, roasty sweet aftertaste. Smooth and light, with a crisp, clean finish. Different take on the style, giving a look back on where IPAs came from.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This nineties-style "retro" IPA pours a dark, deep amber with a lovely head of fine white foam. Detailed and frilly lace.

Aroma is pine hops, and some pungent garlic herbal notes, almost. Not bad.

Taste definitely reflects the earlier days before "American IPA" was the norm. Pine hops dominate, rather than citrus, while the malt profile is reasonably heavy as well. In fact, I couldn't help but think that this could easily pass for a modern-day pale ale, rather than an IPA. Think more like Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale rather than a typical West Coast IPA.

As it is, I enjoyed this one, but towards the end of the 22 oz. bomber, I had to force this one down.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-medium amber color with a nice off-white head and decent lacing

S-bready malt, citrus, pine, slight herbal

T-grapefruit, pine, bready malt, slight herbal, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-decent IPA, enjoyable but better with a little more depth of flavor

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Photo of garymuchow
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in Imperial Pint at Old Mill. Thanks Dave.
What makes this nice is the more aggressive yet balanced malt character. Getting closer to an English or Belgian ale, but not quite that big, as this is still hop forward. Still a crunchy malt that was enjoyable on a cold day. Pretty standard, but nicely done hopping. Firm, but in no way excessive bitterness with a well rounded hop flavors. Soft and moderately full. Attractive with pale amber color and nice white head.
This went well with chicken and pecan salad.

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Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Best buy date of

Apearance: Dark amber, three thick fingers of solid pale white, almost tan, head. Lots of lacing. A great looking beer.

Smell: Lots of sweet malts, brown sugar, coffee and chocolate even present in the aroma. Piney hops take a backseat to the malt.

Taste: Initially, i get a nicely balanced hit of sweet, lightly chocolatey malts with a nice background of hops. Hops bring stonefruit, pine, and some tropical fruit to the mix. Hop profile seems similar to how rampant IIPA from new belgium tastes.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied. Overall, pretty good.

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Photo of smanders
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found the Hops Kitchen pack at Costco and had to give it a whirl.

A - dark amber with a tan head. Looks appropriate to the style.

S - brown butter, caramel, and pine. Any fruit?

T - similar to the smell. Maybe ok for some, but I expect some fruit/citrus.

M - average.

O - With the myriad IPA options available, I would not recommend this beer to friends.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

This brew was served from the bottle, poured into generic mugs. It shined a ruddy amber orange coloring, holding a two finger head of foam the color of toasted marshmallows. This retained excellently, leaving cords and strings of lacing all around the glass. A chill haze cut clarity, but no sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared to be moderate. The nose gave notes of deeply roasted caramel and pale grain, metallics, sweaty dog bite, light and sweet booziness, cheap chalk powders, lime rind, additional toffee and rich caramel syrup sweetness, and finally, big, dirty, earthy, floral, gritty, and metallic hoppiness over the top of it all. Our first impression was that the flavoring was intensely malty for the style, reminiscent of dark and coppery rye IPAs. The taste began with rye, dark wheat, rich pales, sweet residual caramel graininess, tannic breakfast tea, newspaper inkiness, and grassy and earthy hop tones. The middle came to a peak with continued dark roast of caramel and coffee malts, licorice sting, musk and dust, burnt coffee bean metals, wheat tortilla, and brown rice grittiness. The end washed through with soy sauce, hair dye of chemical phenols, dusty rope, glassy metallics, baker’s yeast, pumpernickel breadiness, cotton cloth, brass, and cheap grassy hoppiness. The aftertaste breathed darkly and dirtily, with gravel, warm eraser, brown grass, nectary and stale floral hoppiness, burnt toffee, stale black coffee, old booze, vanilla extract, and caramel soot. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip gave nice foam, froth, and cream, with great slurp and smack, helped along by the ever retaining head. The mouth was left fully coated and satiated, with this feeling stretching into a light astringent chalkiness. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank back decently well.

Overall, the most enjoyable thing about this beer was how well the aroma matched its taste. Although we weren’t too blown away by this guy, we were happy that there wasn’t a disconnect or a surprise between the aroma and the flavoring. Often times you can have one be much stronger than the other, causing expectations to be raised and dashed expertly. That said, the depth of grain and general darkness to this beer’s entire profile make it highly approachable, but does skimp out on the bright hoppiness that any proper hophead salivates for. This makes it seem less fresh; inherently stale even, causing it to be a bit hollow. While this is not an excellent offering, it remains rich enough to keep you coming back for more, however cheap it may seem at times.

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Photo of reebtaerG
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 22oz shared bottle into new Belguim globe. Best before 5/4/14.

A-Clear orange red color. Thin khaki head. Few loose dots of lace.

S-Nice aromas of biscuit, bread, cookie like malt, some caramel malt and citrus hop.

T-Interesting malt profile. Earthy, lightly citrusy, lightly resiny hop.

M-Moderate bitter, moderate sweet taste. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of crisp, lighter carbonation. Lightly dry finish.

O-A descent IPA from New Belguim thou it seemed something was missing.

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Photo of ssteakley
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Excellant smell, but falls off from there, the finish fades away with a resounding grapefruit lingering. It is just a OK IPA for me. I'm glad I bought it, not disappointed at all. That is because before I buy any new Ale I check BA first! But living in Seattle I have many more choices.

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Photo of blackcompg
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased from their "6-pak of bombers" sampler pack at Costco:

Appearance - Poured nearly 3 fingers of light golden eggshell foam, body is a nearly translucent light orange amber, and leaves very nice lacing after each quaff. (refilling my glass with the other half of the bomber created another huge rocky cumulus 3 finger head - really gorgeous)

Smell - A nice nose of light candied herbal and citrus hops, and a touch of carmel, and the slightest whiff of floral hops - smells good!

Taste - Much like the nose, the flavors begin with a balanced mix of herbal and floral hops, but not assertive at all - in fact, the flavors are on the lighter side. As you swallow the hops bitter into more green grassy flavors, with the finish having an herbal bitterness of basil and oregano, and some dry grapefruit pith - and every so often, a few mineral like flavors seem to linger. I also get just a touch of alcohol warmth long into the back of the sip. There is a pleasant slightly sweet malt backbone that is there for the entire ride.

Mouthfeel - Almost medium, and this is enabled by the lower smooth carb that allows the flavors to linger for a bit - the carb actually asserts itself at the end with some wonderfully crisp edges along the sides and back of the tongue. Very smooth actually, and very drinkable.

Overall - There are some good flavors here, but the balance is a little off - it's sort of like a roller coaster ride, various hop flavors rising and falling throughout the quaff... and while I enjoy the good progression of a good ipa, this one just feels a little unbalanced - in some respects, it almost tastes like someone threw a few shots of their rampant ipa into a glass of fat tire. Give this one a try, but I would recommend Ranger far above this one.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle $4.49 (I think). Orange color, good head, good lace. Aroma is sort of weird, malty and then this oddness that I couldn;t quite put my finger on but it made me think I wouldn't like the beer, it caused trepidation. Flavor was a sweetness from the malts and then a very green hoppiness that made me think the hops were very fresh, I sort of liked the taste. Overall not a bad beer for the price but not something I am going to revisit.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours two and half fingers of head on a clear dark straw colored body. Looks great.
The aroma carries a little citrus but the pine sap dominates.
The taste is surprisingly sweet for an IPA. It's well balanced though with lemon bitterness.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.

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