The Hemperor | New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
3.7/5
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312 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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by gatornation on 02-09-2018

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
99
Ratings:
312
pDev:
14.59%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
87
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 312 |  Reviews: 99
Photo of powdersoldier
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of epyon396
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zazzi82
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a clear ice tea brown with a thin white head that diminishes quickly but leaves good lacing. Aroma is caramel malts and marijuana. Flavor is hoppy marijuana. Feel is medium to light bodied with only adequate carbonation. Overall an interesting idea for a beer that doesn't work for me.

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Photo of Muss42
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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2.63/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of JimboBrews54
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VanessaM888
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

It is like drinking a pot plant! I love it but won’t get it again.

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Photo of ajdemma
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BenjaGrif
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Diamante
4.94/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dcor
4.34/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

COLD (33°) bottle into pilsner glass. This shit really smells like green bud. Until I retire this is as close as I'll get, so I actually enjoyed this beer. Good IPA finish considering it's mass brewed and that's not the actual focus of this beer. As a novelty I thoroughly enjoyed this, and even at 14 bucks a six will probably go there again. So far my favorite New Belgium variety behind Voodoo Ranger. Great amber color, odd considering it's an IPA, lacing remained on the glass between pours, and couldn't stop at one...or two...or...anyway check this out, if only for the novelty of it.

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3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mb_crafter
1.32/5  rDev -64.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Is this really beer? Overpowering skunky smell. Something between fresh skunk and spoiled cauliflower. Unpleasant taste, unlike anything I have ever had and certainly not IPA-like at all. I couldn't drink more than a quarter of a glass and couldn't wait for the waitress to return and take it away. I have traveled around the world and enjoyed beers in many different countries and many different styles. I have also home brewed many different styles of beer. Had I ever made a batch that smelled and tasted like this, I would have immediately dumped the whole batch in fear of it being unsanitary. Putrid is the word that best describes it. I would characterize this as the worst liquid I have ever drank. I still cringe to think about it.

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3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rootscipio
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Spikester
4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lightly hazed deep gold with two fingers of dense white head. Rings of lace.
The smell is super dank.
The taste is green dank bitter hops and hemp.
Mouthfeel is medium good carbonation. The finish is dry and bitter.
Overall a stinky dank beer. I enjoyed it but my spouse is going to hate it!

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Photo of Safa1
2.85/5  rDev -23%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

There are an absolute ton of drinks available in California with marijuana I them. This beer is obviously made with hemp seed. Tastes like hemp seed beer.

It’s not good. At all. But maybe I smoke too much weed and felt let down. In the future when they can use flowers I will look to Sierra Nevada and buy at first sight. Just not this one, ever again. A+ For effort but a solid C- of a beer.

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3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Nunya
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FlaS4
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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The Hemperor from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 312 ratings