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Hop Kitchen - Hoppy Bock Lager | New Belgium Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: German Maibock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
74
Ratings:
245
pDev:
11.36%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 245 |  Reviews: 74
Reviews by beagle75:
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3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of BigDaddyJohn
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of koes0024
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottle has a 'consume by' date of June 16, 2013.

Appearance - A lemony yellow that allows light to filter through a hazy body. Topped with a frothy white two-finger head that slowly dissipates over several minutes. Healthy lacing clings to the side of the glass showing where the original pour came to rest.

Smell - Hoppy, herbal and showing off that characteristic NB house yeast. Some citrus zest as well. Very enticing smell that makes me eager to dive in.

Taste - Refreshing, with a finish that has notes of hops and green plants. Like drinking an herb garden, but in a good way. Malty backbone lends a bit of sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with mildly pleasant carbonation.

Overall a great way to start this new "Hop Kitchen" series. With a nice springtime lager. Just enough hops to give it an American twist to this traditional German style.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of archyquaffer
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of grahamboudreaux
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of RochefortChris
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of bendukes86
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of Westuh
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of bzach
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of dwtyler
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of DSkilling
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of olliegaff
2/5  rDev -44.6%

Photo of VTWicked
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of adam_e
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Ristaccia
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Braz
4.06/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked up at Safeway.
Appearance: Crystal clear straw color. One inch thick white head with great sustainability.
Smell: Fresh scent. Grass and spice. Rye notes. A bit of fresh cut wood. Very nice.
Taste: Bitter spice throughout. Slight herb medicinal notes. Earthy. Can really pick up the fuggles. The hop flavor combined with the hop scents are different yet you get them both at the same time. It's cool.
Mouthfeel: Good solid mouthfeel. Heavier than it looks as it looks very light but has a good dense body with nice felt like carbonation.
Overall: This is good and different. The label says hop kitchen and I think that is perfect describer for this. Spice is the dominant characteristic but the hop use in this almost makes it come off like a teaching beer. I hadn't heard of hop kitchen but I hope there will be more examples to try in future.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, with bottle reading best by June 16, 2013. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Semi-aggressive pour yields three fingers of fluffy soapy bone white head ontop of a clear, golden yellow lager body. Some fat fluffy rings of lacing as the beer recedes.

S - Some lemon citrus hops. Some weird, unidentifiable floral / spice characteristics, which I suppose could possibly be the rye. Some faint cracked peppercorns are noticeable.

T - Taste is strange. Not at all what I was expecting here. Strange spices & floral notes along with some sweet honey flavor & a bitter, spicy hop finish. Has a weird flowery taste almost akin to lavender or coriander. Juicy fruity hops like lime, lemon, and pineapple pervade the palate.

M - Feel is bitter, hoppy, and ends dry.

Overall, a strange beer to be sure. Not at all a bad beer, just very different than what I had been expecting. A warming beer with a pleasant 6.90% abv, and an easy sipping beer from New Belgium, although it is definitely not a beer I will be trying again anytime soon.

New Belgium Hop Kitchen Hoppy Bock Lager ---3.5/5

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Photo of hardrock
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of eulerthegrape
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of TheChico
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle (best before 16Jun13) into a pint glass. Pours much paler than expected. Smell is uninspiring. The taste is good, a very nice balance, but definitely hop forward. I agree with others that this reminds me of a pilsner, Lagunitas Pils comes to mind.

Overall a good "hoppy" lager. Just enough to keep it interesting. One of the better NB offerings I have had.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of bwarren82
4/5  rDev +10.8%

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Hop Kitchen - Hoppy Bock Lager from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 245 ratings