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Bowen Island Reef Break Hemp Blonde Ale - Bowen Island Brewing Co. Ltd.

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Bowen Island Reef Break Hemp Blonde AleBowen Island Reef Break Hemp Blonde Ale

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Ratings: 17
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bowen Island Brewing Co. Ltd. visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Derek on 06-05-2011

We use a base blonde ale recipe that’s light and refreshing. Then, we add a gentle amount of hemp and finish off with a distinct Pacific Northwest hop. Enjoy this well-rounded, flavourful brew alone or with your buds!
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Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 8
Reviews by BigBry:
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml can, a new arrival in Alberta.

This beer pours a clear, medium brassy amber hue, with two fingers of foamy, bubbly beige head, which leaves a few rock bridge profiles of lace around the glass as it nonchalantly slinks away.

It smells of lightly bready, grainy malt, while some pear juice and muddled melon fruit notes detract from any readily discernible hop characteristics. The taste is grainy, pastry-like malt, a flat, herbal mustiness, and some barely differentiated leafy, weedy (heh) hops.

The carbonation is fairly restrained, the body a sturdy enough medium weight, and more or less smooth. It finishes off-dry, the malt still running the show, but tied up in a guessing game with the mildly musty, dirty hippie seeming hops.

Huh. Why is it that BC brewers have this unique (in Canada, anyway) predilection for producing hemp-influenced beers? Oh, right. In this instance, we have an above-average blonde ale, with a decent bakery-borne malt, and some hemp rope essence, rather than that of the more common form of this particular weed's popular incarnation.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of BcCraft710
4.02/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

TBH I have bought about 10 X 6 packs of these, i used to pour them into a tulip/pils... however i have recently been using them for road hockey beers and they taste even better out of the can! more concentrated hemp flavour? im not sure, but try it out!

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Derek
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This actually has a nice hemp flavour, without going over-the-top and leaving you with a taste like you've been sucking on a rope. Hints of fruity esters and a modest bitterness. It's well attenuated with a crisp, dry finish.

It's very drinkable, though not overly enticing.

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3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml can poured in a pilsener glass. Thanks to Scott for the beer!

Pours out golden hued and slightly hazy with a thin off-white cap. Recedes to a thin little island.

Aroma is largely sweetness with hints of hops in the background.

Cloying sweetness with some grainyness throughout. A few hints of hops, but largely a plain sweet ale

Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

This is ok, but nothing to write home about. A decent representation of the style.

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3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml poured into pint glass 6/6/12

A clear light copper with some big bubbles that feed a short lived finger of foam that leaves no lace

S sweet grains with some leafy hops, not a whole lot going on really

T caramels and a little herbal tea bag, the hops a re faint but there and its an improvement over the smell

M has some body too it and good carbonation, its fairly smooth with a weedy aftertaste, no pun intended

O OK beer, easy enough too drink but nothing amazing

for a discount brand its pretty good, maybe worth picking up between paydays

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4.6/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Of all the beers in the sampler.. This was definitely my favourite.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Once again Bowen offers a decent beer for a great price. The hemp adds a little extra nutty flavour to the basic blonde ale. The hops are there but not really adding much to the beer but cold out of the can it works well with the summer patio action.

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4.04/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The final beer in the sampler pack (~$1.63 per can) and the one I was most looking forward to. It pours with lots of soapy-foamy, light beige head which reduces quickly. The body is clear with an orange-copper colour. It has a very faint aroma of mostly fruit salad and yeast. Not a strong taste either. However, I get herbal flavours (probably from the hemp) and milky-creamy taste. There is a light carbonation and creamy feel to it with a light-to-medium body. Overall, it is meets all the standard qualifications from a Blonde Ale but comes with a light hemp-herbal flavour. Generally nice.

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Bowen Island Reef Break Hemp Blonde Ale from Bowen Island Brewing Co. Ltd.
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