Fresh Bongwater Hemp Ale | KettleHouse Brewing Co. (Southside Taproom)

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Fresh Bongwater Hemp AleFresh Bongwater Hemp Ale

Brewed by:
KettleHouse Brewing Co. (Southside Taproom)
Montana, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Fresh Bongwater Pale Ale

Fresh Bongwater Hemp Ale is made with Montana grown barley and Canadian grown industrial hemp making it a smooth drinking light ale. The hemp seeds lend a slight nutty flavor to the beer but don’t worry; there is no measurable THC in this brew (a local Missoula lab actually sat around and tested this). Caramel malts are added to enhance head retention and contribute sweetness. Great for parties where mass appeal is desired.

22 IBU

Added by beernut7 on 08-19-2002

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by GClarkage:
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2.84/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11/08/04- Sampled at The Kettlehouse on tap.

*taken from notes in August 2004.

Appearance- Poured with next to no head and no lacing. A light amber pour.

Smell- Floral hops and malt take most of the smell. Maybe a bit of medicinal scent also.

Taste- Very weak tasting hops. Almost a stale tasting beer. Very very watery.

Mouthfeel- Because of the watery feel, it went down, well, like water. Lack of carbonation, almost a flat feeling.

Drinkability- It is a fairly drinkable beer. Just need some backbone to it. It was potential.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i like the idea of incorporating hemp seeds into a beer like this, it makes sense for a number of reasons, but my four pack of this beer was too old to really be considered fresh anything, canned nearly six months ago, but picked up from a gas station in billings with seemingly high beer turnover, disappointing, but i should have looked closer before purchasing. at this point, it tastes overly malty, rather, less hoppy than it should, like the grain base would have been just right if the hops werent all faded out. i like the grain base, and i can easily appreciate the nutty earthy slightly toasted hemp seeds. they work great with the crystal type malt in here, there is some sweetness, but it works. the hops basically are just bitter here, light preserved lemon, but its way faded and its hard to even venture a guess as to what this would be like brand new, some citrus would be welcomed. as it stands now its a very balanced pale, richer than most, bigger feeling and tasting for its lower abv, and still rather enjoyable even this far down the track. ill find some fresher cans next time i am up there and compare... nice to try something other than cold smoke from these guys!

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Impetuous
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a can, born on 02/16/17. So it's all of seven days old.

Clear, pale golden colour. No lacing.

Taste is convoluted. It's highly carbonated with light malt followed by moderate light hop character. It has a thicker mouthfeel than these moderate tastes of indicate; possibly due to the hemp?

Quite good.

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Photo of BellsFan
2.29/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Flathead_Monster
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cbcrunch
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of sulldaddy
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampling a cold 16 oz can poured into a snifter. the beer is part of a trade with mt_griz99. thanks!
the beer pours a clear golden hue with a creamy bleached white head of 3 cm even with a gentle pour. Several active streams of carbonation rise towards the surface of the beer.
The aroma is a little grainy malt and some light spicy yeast with not much else. Pretty mild nose on this beer. Nothing negative, just not much going on.
First sip reveals an average to light body with fine fizzy carbonation. The liquid slides down my throat with no issue and the beer is crushable.
the flavor is some sweet grainy malt with a bit of caramel and some spicy hop notes . the beer dries out immediately after each swallow and leaves a bit of lingering hop flavor.
This isnt a complex beer nor is it very interesting, but it isnt flawed and I find it very easy to drink. Would be a good beer to bring to a July 4th party and share with 50 of your closest friends!

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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

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3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BulletsNBeers
5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

She said, "I hate not knowing how to describe it, but it is the best beer that I have ever had in my life!" - That's what matters, dog! DICK SUCKED!

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beernut7
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This hemp-brewed pale ale has a nice grassy aroma (no pun intended). The flavors are quite fruity with the characteristic buttery toast flavor imparted by the hemp seeds. I really enjoyed this creative beer

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Photo of loren01
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Had on tap at Kettlehouse in Missoula. Poured a cloudy orangish/yellow color, good white head good lacing down the glass
S: Smells grainy, pretty good hop/citrusy smell also
T: Lots of malty flavor, also a good crisp hop flavor. Not too over the top
M: Just the right amount of carbonation
D: Well balanced pale ale, very tasty. Awesome beer.

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Photo of BernardTrappe
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drank out of can. Interesting flavor, nuttiness is nice. Good beer.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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Fresh Bongwater Hemp Ale from KettleHouse Brewing Co. (Southside Taproom)
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