Hop Kitchen - Hop Tart | New Belgium Brewing

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Average: 3.86 | pDev: 9.84%

Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 112

American IPA | 5.00% ABV

Wants   Gots 

New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Notes: This beer is retired; no longer brewed. 
BA SCORE
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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 112
Photo of Moose90
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap

A — Pours a clear and vibrant pale yellow color into the glass. A nice white colored head forms slowly on top and leaves behind a solid trail of lace.

S — Smell is fresh and vibrant, a bit zesty and tart like the smell of lemon rind or lime peel. Some pineapple tropicality. A bit of a dank herbaceousness on it too.

T — Tropical, juicy, tangy, lightly tart, pretty darn good.

M — Medium bodied, prickly light carbonation.

O — Quite nice overall, this is a bit like Progenitor sans the Brett, a nice IPA with a balancing tart Lacto addition.

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Photo of chefbigjon
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Love this style of sour. Not too sour or puckering, the hops come through quite nicely. Such balance. I would crush this all summer long if I could get it.

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Photo of LloydDobler
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Draft.
Pours a fairly clean gold with a 2" collar of foam that has good retention. The smell starts as bitter berries and mild piney hops. The taste is surprisingly tart. Better overall flavor than I was expecting. Fun style to try, so I'm glad I did.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a golden orange body with two finger head and left patchy lace ring and patches down glass. The aroma is a mix of lightly soured grape and apple notes with some spicy citric hops. Crisp, sharp body that is clean and balances citric hops with spices and a strong malt base. The sour fruit notes are minor and give off an acidic sharpness on finish and beer has complementary finish to easy drinking slightly sour IPA.

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Photo of stevoj
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Growler from Albertsons. Initial aroma reveals nothing amiss for a sour. However, taste exposed a raging battle between the yeast and hops, sometimes blending well, and a second later not blending at all. Finish lingers with a funky sweetness, dry and chalky. Hoping palate adjusts to second glass.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very pale yellow color, sour-funk smell, sour bitter mix is pretty sound, feel leaves slight malt aftertones. Overall, a great example of how hops and souring yeast can comingle in harmony.

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Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours golden yellow. Solid head retention and lacing.

Aroma/Flavor: Mild pine and grassy hop flavors with mild acidity.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, little apparent bitterness.

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Photo of milehighhop
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got a growler delivered to me from the brewery. Poured a nice golden orange with a thick head. Smells great - very citrusy. I thought it tasted pretty great too, not overpowering with the sour flavor although I thought it felt a little thin in my mouth. Overall though, it was a good beer to drink on a hot June afternoon.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.37/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

On tap:
Pours a nice orange-tinted yellow, with haziness lightening the appearance. White head sustains rather well.
Initial whiffs were quite earthy/herbal, maybe a hint of farmhouse funk. A little warmth brings some light, indistinct citrus notes to compliment the earthy notes.

Must let this sit a bit, as my initial tastes had two distinct flavor profiles that clashed horribly - citrus tart to open and piney hops to finish, with the in between being an ugly mess.
With a little settling time, the peach, lime, grapefruit pulp tartness balances with an herbal bitterness in the opening. This muted version of the bad tastes I initially got is more palatable, but not an ideal combination. Grassy/earthy tones grow as the tartness fades, in decent harmony they pass each other such that the hops take over the taste in the end.

Feel is medium-light, carbonation good, and a little puckering from the fading sourness in the end.

This beer just didn't quite work for me. With warmth, my rating moved up probably half a point as I could appreciate was I was experiencing and not hate it, but in the end, still not really enjoy it. If I do ever try this again, let it warm quite a bit.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the LA Beer Week Kickoff Festival held at Exposition Park in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour citrus fruit, citrus zest, and orange juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is refreshing and easy to drink.

Serving type: on tap.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy yellow with a thin white head. The head dissapates very quickly leaving almost no lacing.

S - Aroma is orange peel, lime, grapefruit, and some light funk.

T - The flavor starts with a nice hit of barnyard funkiness followed by a rush of grapefruit, lemon, lime, and orange peel.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This was a pleasant suprise. The balance of sour and citrus is great. Very refreshing.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours hazy golden yellow with a frothy white head that settles to a light layer and laces well.

S: Tart, light citrus, hints of tropical fruit, maybe a little barnyard funk, and a touch of sweetness.

T: Nicely tart, citrus, lemon, lime, tangerine, tropical fruit, fruity peach, and a little sweetness on the finish.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Very cool refreshing brew.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

how good is this?! every so often out of left field these guys go out and blow it up like this, holy man, wowza! a really awesome dry hop in this berliner type sour, clean and bright though, not way funky and woody like their other sours. its so clean, maybe kettle soured, hard to tell really through the new zealand type hops. not quite nelson, but something moving in that direction, amarillo too perhaps, a really interesting hop here, i wonder what they used. whatever it is, there is a ton of it! not bitter in the least, but juicy and citrusy and tropical and tangy, a beautiful selection for the mild acidity level and simple grain foundation. mild spice there in with the fruitiness of the hops, and just a shockingly clean finish for a sour beer. refreshing and delicious, innovative. i wonder when this will hit shelves, i am eager as can be to get some more in me. i sometimes fall into the trap of overlooking new belgium, passing on some new releases and all, i have been let down with almost every seasonal since dig, but this is so tasty and different, expertly done. im excited to see what others think!

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Hop Kitchen - Hop Tart from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 112 ratings