Home Grown Hempen Ale | Fitger's Brewhouse

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Fitger's Brewhouse
Minnesota, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ZAP on 05-15-2005

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 14
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Homegrown Hempen Ale, Fitger's BrewHouse. "Herbed/ Spiced Beer." 6.1%. Brewed once a year for the Homegrown music festival. Not much is said about the "hempen" part, however, so I don't have much to go on about that part. We'll just have to imagine, perhaps. Or is it evident in the flavor? Let's find out, but…first…Wait, I found this on the website: "The 14th time we have brewed this special beer brewed only once a years. Hoppy, malty, hemp goodness." Doesn't tell me much.

Clear, dark amber/bronze color, ample, creamy-toned froth atop.

Soft, herbal nose…heh, heh…"herbal". Just slightly sweet, and mostly malty. Hardly any hops.

Taste: Clean and smooth on the palate, with just a little bit of coarseness in the end. Medium bodied, malt-forward, but without a lot of flavor. Just that little bit of grainy coarseness riding almost bitterly on the palate, buoyed by the barest amount of sweetness from malt.

So, what is it I'm tasting here, hemp seeds or something? And what style would this be, exactly? Exactly, schmactly, who really cares. A dark ale, with a hint of something extra. But, not enough to make it really memorable.

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Photo of mothman
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beige head. Color is an amber copper. Malty but hoppy. Reminds me of a hopped up red. Bready malts with floral hops and grapefruit.

Taste: mimics the nose but packs much more hops. Very juicy and hop resiny. Dank hops.

Mouthfeel: bitter and sticky. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one. Very hoppy and dank. This one really surprised me.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Fitger's. Pours dark gold with shades of brown, persisten white head and plenty of lacing. Nose features caramel, earthy hops, And pine wood. The taste starts with bright hop character, this become very deep and earthy. The balance is great, the finish is slightly bitter. The body is medium with moderate. Over all tons of flavor, nice balance.

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Photo of Buebie
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in a trade.

Poured from the growler into a surly tulip.
A semi-rigerous pour produces a generous 2 finger off white frothy head. Receeding to leave thick sticky lace allaround and down the glass. A good cap of retention is left behind, as is an assortment of bubbles in the cap.
The color is a darker pale amber, transparent and glowing when held to light.

Aromas of apricots, malty sweetness, grains, and some grassy piney hops, as well as unfermented honey and a hint of maple.

The texture on this is sticky with carbonation throughout, not overbearing, but pleasant for sure.
The taste is a floral honey and sweet delicious maltyness yet bitter hops upfront, plenty of malt and shelled nut like flavors. Becoming more bitter into the swallow, still keeping hints at sweetness. Cereal grains perk up into the swallow and provide some exceptional flavors. More nuttieness into the finish and bits of toasted wheat bread, hops puckering the pallet, with bitter dry grapefruit and mild pine.
Lingering dryness with big hop bittering lasting a very long time.

This is another exceptional brew from Fitger's. It is fantasticle in balance with malt, sweetness and hops not overbearing the other sllowing everything to be tasted.
I find this very drinkable, no heat in here. I cant lay a finger on it but theres a hint at roasted nuts/ toasted wood, somthing bark like. I dont know how to describe it.

Truely delicious!

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.12/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Originally reviewed May 6, 2005. On tap at the brewpub. Dark burnt brown clear pour, with creamy off-white head. Dominant hops profile that is somewhat reserved, backed with light caramel. A hint of orange, citrus, and floral and some spice and honey in the background. Smooth finish, with sugar and an aftertase of light bitter hops sugars.

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Photo of ZAP
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

You can always count on this place to brew new and exciting things...this is another one.

Walnut colored...light herbal aroma...pretty soft....the taste is strong on cocoa....and it has a real bitter hoppy (piney/tart grapefruit) finsih....the body is medium and the drinability is good....very tight bitter finish..

.I like it but it's a little too one sided for me. I need to find out more info on this beer and will update when I do...I was expected a little more herbal/weed aroma and taste and a little less of the hops....as it sits it is unique with the cocoa....almost like an ESB..I have a tough time rating beers like this because I'm not sure what the brewer had in mind....as for personal tastes it's not one of my favorites at this brewpub, but would be better than a lot at some other places in Minnesota.

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Home Grown Hempen Ale from Fitger's Brewhouse
3.73 out of 5 based on 14 ratings.
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