Hop Kitchen
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American Pale Ale (APA)
3.9 | pDev: 9.49%
New Belgium Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Hop KitchenHop Kitchen
Notes: Collaboration with Odell Brewing Co.
Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 332 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The appearance was a decent looking clear golden amber color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute in a concave fashion leaving a fair amount of clingy foamy lacing at the top of the beer. The smell had a decent light grassy and somewhat citrus-esque aromas circling underneath my nose. The taste was mainly sweet but had a fairly decent bitter flavoring coating my taste buds. There is a decent sticky sweet citrus aftertaste leading to a refreshing and could be construed as watery finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a pretty light carbonation running underneath. Overall, I say this was a pretty good APA to have again.

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Photo of stevoj
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Lightly hopped ale, orange / amber in color, medium creamy head. Aroma is light, predominantly malt. Taste is where the hops come in, but add just a small amount of bitterness. Malt again on the finish. easy drinker, refreshing on a hot day, but watch out for the elevated ABV.

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Photo of Gear54
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Brix Pizza in Fishers IN

Pour is pitch black in color with 1 finger of thick kaki head and plenty of lace on the glass

Smell is both crisp and hoppy with roasted malts and dark chocolate. Usually you don't get both. I find myself wondering if I will like this.

Taste follows well with hoot notes and citrus typical of an IPA followed by the toasty malt flavors associated with a stout. It's interesting how well the flavors separate and identify themselves. Unique in my experience.

Overall worth a try if your experimenting or looking for something new but not a true IPA or Stout. I like the bold flavor with little boozyness. Very cool brew.

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Photo of IowaBiertrinker
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Perfect when fresh. Nice balanced hop nose and flavor with the perfect malty-oat backbone. Yum. And likely sessionable.

Had this fresh and hoppy, then after on for a while and though different, liked both times. Smoother and a nice malt balance when not fresh.

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Photo of MikeP64
2.28/5  rDev -41.5%
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.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"We teamed up with our hometown hop heroes at Odell to brew a Fort Collins collaboration. Our proximity allowed sharing of ingredients to create this unique Pale Ale. If only we could employ the prairie dogs that inhabit the space between us to courier the Fawcett malt, an Odell standard, we used to compliment our favored Centennial, Cascade and Citra hops. Best enjoyed with a neighbor!" Brewed in the style of an American Pale Ale. Available as a one-time release in 22 oz. bottles and limited draft. This is entry #6 in the Hop Kitchen series, and a collaboration effort between New Belgium and Odell Brewing.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a New Belgium pint glass. Served above 55º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a light tan color over a mildly hazy orange amber body with moderate relaxed carbonation. Retention is very good, lacing is light and spotty. 4.25

(Smell) Big hop aromas of citrus, tropical fruit, floral, fruit and grass overtop a biscuity and earthy pale malt aroma. Bitterness is moderate, potency is medium. 4

(Taste) Hop flavors of tropical fruit, pine resin, floral characters amongst a lightly sweet and clean pale malt backbone. Hop character is a little less citrusy and bright than in the aroma, but still very flavorful and enjoyable. Finishes on a lingering earthy grain malt note. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is slick, moderately chewy, faintly dry. Carbonation generates a soft frothiness for a silky, smooth mouthfeel. The body is medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is slightly bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is very low and there are no off characters. 4

(Overall) Very tasty although the flavor didn't quite come through to the expectations presented in the aroma, there's still plenty of hop and malt character to go around for a flavorful and well-bodied American Pale Ale. Like most of the New Belgium Hop Kitchen entries, the reasonable price of each bottle entry in the series combined with a quality build of flavor justifies this beer's purchase. 4

New Belgium Brewing's
FOCOllaboration American Pale Ale

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Photo of REVZEB
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Nice appearance, with plenty of lacing on the glass as you go. Good fruit upfront in smell, with grapefruit, peach, orange, pineapple and lemon, with caramel, grassy hops, and pine. Taste is similar, with malt being a good backbone for the hops and fruits. Little thick, but it works for me, with classic pale ale textures.

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Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Looks great, with the crystal clear amber liquid capped by a full three finger head; nice lacing action

Smell: Bready and slightly piney, with a tropical fruit edge

Taste: Bready, up front, with developing pine tones; some tropical fruit and harsh bitter elements creep in mid-palate and linger into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Leave it to Total Wine to have a beer on the shelves almost two months beyond the best by date, but shame on me for not checking; while the beer may have lost some of its hop elements, I just have to shake my head as to why these two brewers would collaborate on an APA that, even when fresh, just couldn't have been that exciting; so many collaborations are disappointing and I think this would fit into that camp

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Photo of hophugger
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
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...

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Photo of arizcards
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

Picked up a bomber from Total Wine in early July for $4.79. Best by 8-31-14. Been properly refrigerated since the purchase so it should be OK.

Beer poured orange with a decent white head.

Nose has some hints of citrus.

Taste is a nice balance of citrus and maybe some mango to go nicely with caramel malts.

Mouthfeel is decently carbonated and refreshing.

Overall this is a tasty well balanced APA. Definitely glad i got to try it at a nice price.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%

Enjoy by: 8/31/14.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and earth 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 solid citrus forward hop characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into an English pub glass. A ruddy orange amber, just shy of bronze, with a moderate sized but well-formed off-white head. Aroma is classic assertive American flavor hops: Pine resin, grapefruit, mango, canned peaches, rosewater, with gentle caramel malts in the background. The malts remain fairly subdued on the palate as well, a little nutty and toasted but largely serving as a base from which the hops can fire off salvos. I get the same elements as on the nose (good ol' Citra) along with some lychee, lemon, lime, yet more camphor and pine, a nondescript fruit chew candy. The label says "best enjoyed with a neighbor" but nah, think I can handle this one solo. This beer develops in a salutary direction as one drinks, a nice fruity sweetness blossoming even as the pine resin and citrus pith become more salient, yet with no sharp edges. Floral notes come on strong late in the game. Well done. Fairly fizzy and of moderate body; frankly I am focused on the hop aromas and flavors and less worried about the tactile aspects. No complaints other than maybe a slight desire for more malt balance.

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Photo of Rootscipio
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Photo of leaddog
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours an amber/copper with a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell - piney and citrus hops, pine resin, caramalts, touch of tropical fruits.

Taste - Initially hit the moderate bitterness of the piney and citrus hops, pine resin and then goes into the sweetness of the caramalts, and tropical fruits.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry with the sweetness of the caramalts and moderate bitterness from the caramalts.

Overall - A pleasant APA collab. This definitely has the pleasant bitterness and the supporting malt backbone the style is known for. No major complaints with this one. Glad to see more New Belgium offerings here in Cowtown.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle best by 8/31/14 poured into a pint glass
A: Pure orange color with a one-finger head
S: Fresh hoppy notes- citrus rind (orange/lemon), pine and grass; a hint of malt
T: More malty but keeps the freshness and citrus notes from the nose
M: Medium-bodied, a bit of weight from the malt
O: A very solid APA, true to the style, a touch heavier in malt than hops; recommended

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Photo of rawfish
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Stunning clear amber, with a dense and small cap of white foam. Suds are left all over the glass leaving an impressive and attractive trail following the decent retention.

Caramel malt, rather sweet but not dense or over done. Floral hops with a backing of citrus. Subtle lime, dried mangoes and red fruit esters.

Solid caramel and bready malt with just a twinge of vanilla and coffee grounds, backbone is a page out of Odell Brewing's 5 Barrel EPA but the hops here are much more in focus. Tangerine, pineapple, light mango with a grassy and floral finish. Medium bitterness with a citrus pith and grassy finish that leads to some drying and minimal alcohol.

Smooth carbonation and a medium body but very full feeling over the palate or an APA. Very complete with the bitterness leading to a nice drying feel. Alcohol warmth is kept low.

Ah FOCO, how nostalgic, it's where my journey into craft began. A great integration between elegant malt and just enough hop variance to keep the craft drinker's attention. A good beer for the summer season especially for a cool night in some mountains or the northern states. Cheers to NB and Odell, keep it up guys.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
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

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Photo of schoolboy
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of natron002
3.86/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of benloho
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love everything Odell does, so I was excited to see this collab. You rarely see a collaboration APA, which also piqued my interest.

A: Pours from a bomber into a stange glass. A light copper color with two fingers of rocky head. Awesome lacing as the beer is consumed.
S: The aroma is ripe and fresh with citrus and pine. Certainly dry-hopped. It gets my mouth watering. There is just as much hop presence in the nose as in many IPAs.
T: The hops are more subdued here with a nice malt backbone to it. Not as complex and juicy as I was hoping it would be, but very solid and tasty.
MF: Good balance. A bit sticky for an APA which makes this a bit less drinkable.
O: This beer is really solid. Glad to try it and would purchase more of this for the summer. I love drinking a beer that comes in a bomber and is under 7% ABV.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of OliOxenFree
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Picked up this FOCO collaboration and finally have gotten to trying it out. Poured this beer into a pint glass and marvel at how clear it is. It looks of super clear amber resin, with a nice head (though not very dense) that dissipated quickly, leaving a trail of lacing down the sides of the glass.

It smells like hop fruit, like a tropical pale ale. Catching whiffs of sweet hops and pineapple, some citrus. Tastes almost like it smells: juicy and sticky hop notes. It's pretty interesting to have a pale ale that is like juice, though it is a tad sweet. This beer leaves a sticky, resin-like mouthfeel that I constantly want to wash down with more beer.

Overall, this is a fine beer, further proving that 1) Odell is a solid brewery and hasn't disappointed yet & 2) that collaborations should be done more often (looking at you BLAKKR). This beer is recommendable and worthy of trying out.

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