The Hemperor | New Belgium Brewing

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The HemperorThe Hemperor
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3.71/5
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173 Ratings
The HemperorThe Hemperor
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by gatornation on 02-09-2018

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#30,404
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
173
pDev:
13.75%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
43
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0
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Ratings: 173 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of robebo44
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ADTaber
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of weareallfalafel
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MacStinson
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Clewis049
2.52/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of donspublic
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlueSpader
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ginge530
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really got excited to try this beer.. maybe a bit too excited. Just not exactly what I thought it’d be. As I cracked the 12 oz bottle open I was hit with a strong aroma of skunk. Not even the type of skunk smell associated with MJ but a serious smell of skunk. As the smell dissipated it just smelled like a moderate hopped beer. Poured the beer into a tulip glass for optimal tasting. Poured a dark amber with a lasting head. The initial taste is mild hops, slight hint of pine and an aftertaste of the hemp. Wasn’t great wasn’t bad. Wouldn’t purchase again, many other IPAs that taste more dank than this.

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Photo of jschott75
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dd53grif
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jvgoor3786
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark tan with a thin white head.

The smell is marijuana, skunky, grassy, nasty.

The taste is a bit more citrus to go with the earthy weed. The taste is better than the smell.

The mouthfeel is slightly oily and medium carbonation.

Overall this smells bad but tastes better than it smells. Glad I only got one.

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Photo of entenduintransit
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

malty, weedy and resinous

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Photo of Skabiski
2.44/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of secondtooth
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clean amber. with a nice white wall of suds. Little notable lace.

Aroma: Pure skunk weed. Like roach clips in an old ashtray. Really. A pothead dream.

Taste: Hoppy but…different. Citrus hops and burnt marijuana. Very enjoyable, inventive, and evocative of times long ago past (for me, at least until Indiana legalizes). Well worth a try.

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Photo of MemphisSooner
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a beer unlike anything I have ever tasted. It looks innocent enough, pale straw with a fluffy white head. But the nose. It smells like...dirt. Perhaps some grassy, earthy tones as well. But straight up dirt. Not in an uninviting way, more like a freshly dug up potato. Its interesting.
The taste is similar. Really earthy. Totally unique in an extremely flooded IPA market. Overall, well done New Belgium. But this is one unique brew.

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Photo of jsmith313
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Beer Nerd 12-oz. tulip
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa, Calif.
Price: $2,34
Purchased: May 20, 2018
Consumed: May 26, 2018
Reviewed as: American IPA
Misc.: Enjoy by Sept. 9, 2018

Had tried this once on Untappd and gave it a 3.75, but it was pretty late in the night and I was pretty deep into the night as well. Couldn’t really find much on it except that it was made with hemp. I would think there would have to be some hops in there too, right? Going into this blind.

Poured a light brown semi-clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of off-white rocky head. Lots of slow moving bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass, kind of looking like a snow globe. Almost perfect spiderweb foamy lacing. World class foamy retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled dank marijuana, skunky resin, earthy grass, burnt toast and light smokiness. Could actually detect some light hops from the bottle, but nothing from the glass that I poured the beer in. (Smell - 3.25)

Tasted better than the nose. Got that New Belgium yeast that I associate with their Ranger IPA, which I do not like. Also woody pine, Chinook, dank hemp, skunky resin, toasted brown bread, herbal, earthy grass, toasted grain and Life cereal. (Taste - 3.50)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, dank finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This was probably about what I expected it would be. Not sure I’d want more than one of these, but good. (Overall - 3.50)

3.53 | 80 | B

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Photo of hman43
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours golden and clear with an off white head. Head retention is good.

Smell: It has a resiny, dank aroma to start with. There is a bit of pine in the background with minimal grain.

Taste: The flavors provide a bit more than the aroma with resinous and citrus flavors. The are also a slight bit of pine and lemon. In the background is a slight bit of grainy sweetness.

Feel: It has a moderate body with a slight slickness on the tongue.

Overall, the nose is a bit one sided, but the flavors due provide a bit more complexity to the beer.

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Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rangerred
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dillinger
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dsshuck
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GClarkage
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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The Hemperor from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 173 ratings