Friday, May 11, 2018

The Hemperor HPA (craft beer review)

Beer Review #204

Hello, hello! Welcome back to Beer Porn & More. Today I'm tasting something odd and interesting and perhaps also on the leading edge of a new trend - hemp in beer. Yes, you heard that right. The Hemperor HPA from New Belgium Brewing, according to the promotional material is....

"the world's dankest beer... Get ready: an exciting new offering that’ll change the way you think about hoppy beers is coming your way. The brewers at New Belgium have created a new style of IPA: The Hemperor HPA. With the popularity of hoppy beers, our brewers are always on the lookout for different hop varieties and the complexities and flavors new strains can bring. That’s where hemp comes into the picture. Without getting too nerdy, we found a unique way to recreate hemp terpene flavors in a beer, which complement the inclusion of hop flavors and hemp hearts (seeds) in a brand new, delicious way—not to mention this beer is extremely dank! The flavors and aromas are so unique that it’s a style unto itself, hence HPA®."

If you watch my video review (below) you'll notice that I miss spoke. I thought that industrial hemp had already been legalized by a bill introduced earlier in the year, and was in use in this beer, but it seems that the bill has not yet passed and this beer merely "recreates" the tastes and smells of hemp using hops, but I digress....

Just give this beer one whiff and you'd swear it was brewed with hemp (or its famous cousin cannabis). The Hemperor smells DANK. Yes, the musky, herbal aroma rolling off of this 7.0% "HPA" will take you back to college or rock concert attending days.

The beer pours golden orange, but is otherwise magnifying-glass clear with a frothy head of white suds.

 Aromas of marijuana, sage, oregano and pine will smack you in your honker before you even get the glass to your nose.

It tastes much as it smells, although less intensely. Clocking in at 55IBU's, the 'hempiness" rolls back, just a smidgen, revealing a semi creamy / semi dry wheat driven beer. Honey, a higher ABV from loads more barley would have made this brew better, but kudos to New Belgium for its experiment.

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