I missed trying a few beers from New Belgium's Hop Kitchen series since checking out their Fresh Hop India Pale Ale last November. That changed today when they sent me Hop Kitchen #6, an American Pale Ale brewed in collaboration with fellow Fort Collins brewery Odell Brewing. Or as they call it, a FOCOllaboration!
The story on the side of the label talks a little about the collaboration, where Odell's Fawcett malt was used with New Belgium's Centennial, Cascade and Citra hops to create this beer. They then suggested using the prairie dogs between the breweries to shuttle ingredients, which is depicted on the label art. Check out the picture--it's a fun label! 6.7% alcohol. Enjoy by 31AUG14 ---> oh, and "best enjoyed with a neighbor!" Well, for me, Big 22 was almost gone by the time I read their suggestion to share.
Nice aroma full of orange citrus and herbal sweetness with a touch of pine. Sweet orange and a little honey are the first flavors. Those are balanced by some fresh, hoppy citrus bitterness. There is also a floral aspect and again just a touch of pine in the background. As you keep drinking, an herbal tea flavor keeps building, bringing back some additional sweetness. Nicely carbonated, lightly prickly in the mouth. The finish is dry with a touch of alcohol, and a lingering fruitiness hangs on the palate after each sip. I liked it!