Roc Brewing Co. – Kyoto Protocol IPA & Belgian Blonde

by Daniel on March 10, 2012

Roc Brewing Belgian Blonde

Back at Roc Brewing Co. again–I can’t get enough.  They’re going to keep me quite busy as they keep putting out beers I haven’t tried or reviewed yet!  This time I had the Kyoto Protocol IPA & the Belgian Blonde, and wanted to share some quick reviews.

The Kyoto Protocol is a collaboration with Joe Bean Coffee Roasters making it doubly unique to Rochester.  It’s 6.0% ABV and pours a light copper tone and is slightly cloudy.  It amazingly smells like a bag of fresh coffee beans that makes you feel like Sunday morning, yet the taste is a great balance of hops with sweet & citrus that finishes not too bitter.  Don’t be scared off if you’re not a coffee drinker, the flavors in this beer are impeccable.  Only after you finish enjoying your sip of this IPA does the coffee again come through smoothly leaving you wanting to tip the glass back again.  5/5 stars.

I was excited when Jon told me that they were going to be tapping a Belgian Blond.  It pours golden & cloudy, with a big head–and of course into an appropriate glass for the style.  The aroma is fruity with a hint of banana.  The flavor is a lovely combination of citrus, apricot, and banana with a bitter/sour center.  Crisp on the finish, it tingles on the back of your tongue and leaves a mild bitter & ester aftertaste.  There’s a reason some Belgians associate this style with breakfast, but I could have it all day long.  4.5/5 stars.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Shawn April 26, 2012 at 9:26 pm

I haven’t tried the Kyoto Protocol but I am dying to get my hands on it. I’m very interested in what it’s like to go from a coffee bean smell to the citrus/hoppy taste of an IPA in the same glass, instead of just the rare days when you go coffee to IPA.


Daniel April 26, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Thanks for the comment Shawn, in my opinion it’s worth the wait. Just watch their website to see when it comes back on tap. Even then, because of it’s popularity, it doesn’t stick around for long!


Jay April 15, 2012 at 12:20 am

If you think Kyoto is anywhere near decent, I pretty much know not to trust anything in this entire blog. It’s horrible.


Daniel April 17, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Thanks for the feedback. Sorry you feel that you can judge everything I’ve posted based on one thing we disagree upon. What beer(s) do you like from Roc? Maybe there’s still something we can agree on :) I hope you know that my description of the beer is supposed to give insight to the reader as to what it tastes like so he or she can decide to try it or not. The best part about beer is that there’s a near endless variety out there, so I hope I didn’t lose you as a reader over just one.


Ron June 26, 2012 at 9:48 am

Everyone has their own tastes. Kyoto is my favorite beer Roc Brewing has produced thus far. The fact that they can’t make enough to meet the demand suggests there are plenty of people who find this beer quite enjoyable.


50K March 16, 2012 at 6:51 pm

I love Belgians! I will definitely head in to give this a try.


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