The Hemperor | New Belgium Brewing

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

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

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Photo of Asics
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ADKbeerguy
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WesMantooth
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a best by date of 9/2/18

It is a dark burnt orange to copper color. Mostly clear. Pretty wispy head that disappeared quickly.

The aroma is weed. All weed. Like a left over bowl from the night before. Gradually as it warms and you get used to it, there is a bit of citrus there.

Surprisingly, the flavor is not the same other than the lingering flavor which is a very dank, bitter, burnt resin. I don’t feel like I just smoked a joint, but did at some point in the day. Otherwise it is just a pretty flat tasting beer. A little orange citrus and floral flavor on top of a fairly matly base. It srikes me as an old Two Hearted combined with a skunky Euro lager like Heineken.

A bit of prickly carbonation up front with a decent amount of body. Smooth finish, but a lingering drying effect. It is right where an American IPA should be body wise, and probably the best quality.

This one is tough to rate. As an American IPA, I would say very average. At best. Than again, they seem to have delivered on the “HPA” front. I am sure that like the lingering flavor of a cigar that I still enjoy the next day, there are people who like the taste of a quality marajuana. I never have personally, and haven’t known anybody that does, but this would be one to check out if you do. Definitely the most dank beer I have had. Definitely not one of the better ones though.

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Photo of Stinger80OH
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of JmpJckFlsh
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of norinco
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigmo66
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Simple observation, a cross between Fat tire and an IPA. Meaning IPA bitterness with an earthy tone. It’s a good ale and was on sale for $4.99 making it well worth buying. I don’t pick up any weed but then haven’t even seen weed since 1979!

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Photo of drunkenmess
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerMan247
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


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Photo of Mantooth
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JonathanED
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lingenbrau
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer that is so difficult to review. As a special ingredient beer, this might hit all fives. As an IPA, well shit, I just don't know what to say...

The Hemperor is a beautiful beer without question. Straddling the line between golden and brass, it's polished as such, crstal clear and capped with thin and wispy foamed off white crown. It provides streaks of lace as it descends after each sip.

It smells like straight friggin weed. Dank herb, ganja, sensei, marijuana, skunk, weed... Oh and a little dose of hops. Pellet hops like you would homebrew with. Generically speaking of course, as I'm unable to decipher which variety because of so much friggin weed.

Whoa, was I not expecting this. Of course the weed comes in hard, but at the end, and seems impossible to remove from the taste buds. It lingers on forever. But first, a little splash of sweet honey, light malt, caramel, and peppery spice start things off before the dominance of them greens come in.

It's quite light and refreshing feeling, well carbonated, and bitter. Not too bitter, but just bitter enough. It's insanely earthy feeling on the end with lip licking dirtiness.

I'm a one hit wonder type of guy these days. The Hemperor delivers on it's intentions. A good beer, and one I'll gladly revisit when I feel like indulging in one of nature's finer offerings. Cheers.

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Photo of corywalston
2.58/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1

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

Photo of Bad_Attitude_Brews
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: Clear copper with a big creamy white head. Very long retention, and sheets of lacing.

S: Skunky weed, grapefruit, chive, pine, scallion, lemon, biscuit malt.

T: Subdued cannabis notes from the nose. Some red grapefruit, pine sap, weed, lemon, toasted biscuit malt, caramel. Very little bitterness. Finishes fairly clean, but just slightly sticky.

F: Light, but not watery. A bit thin for its abv. Well carbonated. Clean but slightly resinous.

O: A novelty. Fantastic weed aroma, but a very mediocre IPA. An interesting concept.

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Photo of spongebob2
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I liked the funkiness but didn't really get weed. Wouldn't buy again at $15 a six.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Burnt yellow with 1" foam and very good lacing.
N: Dank
T: Dank hops, and some citrus.
M: Medium
O: Not bad, a decent beer and the flavors were what I expected.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. ENJY BOY 02SEP18 printed on bottom right corner of label. Poured into Duvel tulip.

appearance - big barely off-white pancake batter head with thick lacing and moderate-long stick. Hazy medium-gold body 4

smell - wet (dare I say dank) grass. Yes, actual grass. Faint cardboard. 3.5

taste - suprisingly mild and balanced, but not boring. great session IPA. 4

mouthfeel - sharp up front but very smooth with no astringency immediately, but the astringency does build up over the course of a bottle 4

overall - great session ipa. isn't overpowering but isn't boring either. 4.25

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Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear amber yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of earthiness are present in the nose along with hints of basil. It starts to smell much closer to weed as it warms up.
T: The taste follows the smell and has earthy and grassy flavors with a light to moderate amount of bitterness. As in the smell, the flavors become more weed-like as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: You will need to let this beer warm up a bit before it smells and tastes like weed.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of mmhannon
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dpgoblejr
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of whatsgoody
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Trappist_Reprobate
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Schedule I Resin Brown
S: Jeff Sessions Lawn Clippings, Roach Exterminator
T: Inside of an El Camino Ashtray
F: Walk Through Gethsemane.
O: 4.00

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Photo of Jason_cs
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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The Hemperor from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 251 ratings