The Hemperor | New Belgium Brewing

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The HemperorThe Hemperor
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The HemperorThe Hemperor

Brewed by:
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 craigbelly
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of B_B
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of luvGoldenMonkey
4.39/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

pours a beautifully clear light golden yellow. fluffy white head fades to a nice white cap on the beer with great lacing
nose is huge waves of dank. opening the bottle, even from a foot away, you can smell the dank. musty, skunky (in a pot way - not a 'skunked beer' way).
taste is initially very dank, resiny hop character. followed by musty, skunky, dank (hemp, assuming) flavors.

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Photo of howardnss
3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Musky skunked odor and taste

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

Photo of beerthulhu
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Apple juice coloring, crystal clarity sharp enough to read fine print through, with a slow and spacious rise of carbonation. A quickly falling head doesn't leave much time for detail, while the vessel walls remained clear of obstruction.

S: Really does have that dank and skunky hemp/weed like aroma by first uncapping of bottle. Musky, and meets the criteria of intention.

T: The flavor followed suit, musky and skunky hemp with some apple cider hints. Warm flowers, herbaceous tones with spicy dry floral on the finish. There was some grainy/toasty malt, buttered caramel and a touch of spicy pepper about as well.

M: Averagae mouthful, grainy and buttery texture, faint carbonation feel.

O: A unique taste and flavor, musky and skunky as expected, damp herbaceous notes with some buttered caramel toast sweetness to balance. Sweet and warm damp hop flowers, unique concept and hits the mark of intention. Good drinkability and a different type of hoppy drinking experience.

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Photo of nickfl
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Franziskaner
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored with a light haziness. There's a quarter inch of off white on top. The aroma is asparagus, lime, pine, and citrus.
which I presume to be the hemp. The flavor is of robust citrus and pine, but I'm still getting the asparagus. The mouth is sticky, dense, and lightly chalky.

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Photo of dafla67
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of deereless
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WoodBrew
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got a bottle of this off the single shelf from a Kroger just down the road from south metro ice in Dayton,OH. It poured a clear copper with thin white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent was skunky. The taste was much better than the scent...there was some sweet malt presence with an earthy floral hop bitterness flare. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's an interesting beer.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a clear orange with a big bubbly white head.

Aroma is super dank.

Taste is a little more balanced with a light molasses malt mixed with the dank hops.

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Photo of Shenk87
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Mdkaek
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sewercap
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Weird, I got a growler of this a couple months ago, and thought it was delicious. Just bought a six pack of bottles, and was kind of underwhelmed. The smell is amazing. You would swear there was a fucking bag of pot in there. The taste was kind of a letdown. Maybe pot just doesn’t translate well with craft beer? This feels like a novelty beer to appeal to the stoners out there. Probably won’t buy this one again.

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Photo of beertunes
1.88/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

12oz bottle poured into 14oz teku. Poured a clean, clear, light brown brown color with a half-inch of off-white head that had good retention and lacing.

Skunkbomb! The bottle I drank last night from the bottle, and this bottle just reeked of skunk as soon as I popped the cap. A closer sniff only deepened the skunk.

Not as skunky on the tongue, but still pretty skunky. Some mild grain showed through as well.

The body was medium and smooth, with a semi-dry finish.

Drinkability was a chore, having to smell this nastiness each time I raised the glass. Overall, cannot recommend. Avoid.

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Photo of puck1225
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad beer, but probably not one I will buy again.

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Clear golden yello with very good head and nice curtain lacing. Definitely a dank smell and taste, maybe a bit skunky. Some citrus background.

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Photo of KMcGrath
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OtisCampbell007
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hopphead31415
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a new style of beer called an HPA or Hemp Pale Ale, I think. It is a 7% ABV brew by our friends at New Belgium.

Look-It pours a stunningly clear golden yellow brilliance with thick carbonation trails. The head is foamy, one finger, and white.

Smell-It smells strongly of dank hemp or even ganja. As soon as I poured it, I wasn’t expecting the aroma, I thought someone was sparking up nearby. It blew me away. It even has an herbal and floral aroma underneath all the hemp.

Taste-It tastes of dank grassy hops, some light citrus, maybe lemongrass, and herbal/floral hops like clove and flower petal. It finishes clean and leaves a hemp coating on the tongue that is sufficiently subtle yet delicious so as to coax you for another sip. It is on the low end of medium-bodied and has a clean rinse.

Overall- The alcohol is quite suppressed for this balmy 7% which makes for an easy drinking experience. You definitely should try this at least once. Add HPA to your list of types of beers!

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Photo of bret717
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best by 1/6/19, Reviewed 11/10/18

Look- clear golden orange with a white head and rings of lacing

Aroma- right off the bat, getting a lot of dank weed, but under that lies piney and herbal hops and bready malts

Taste- that dank weed is absent in the flavor, leaving rich bready malt with piney and herbal hops

Feel- medium bodied and carbed; pretty dry finish with just a bit of bitterness

Overall- hemp definitely defines this beer and the smell of weed is predominant, but there's also a really nice piney/herbal IPA in there, and the weed note compliments it nicely.

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Photo of angryderunkcarnt
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never poured this one out, always had it straight from the bottle. I have no idea what it looks like.

I've had this beer many times over the last year and was always in love with it. That strong hemp taste was a boon. Just be careful about how old it is. I just bought a 6-pack of it this evening because it was much cheaper than it has been in the past year. It's not nearly as good this time around. It has a bit of that saccharine taste of an IPA overdue (similar to an amber or red ale, but in the bad way) and a disgusting milky aftertaste. The 6-pack and the bottles have a best-before date, but there's no date printed. My guess is it's on sale because New Belgium isn't putting any more of it out and all the stuff still left in stores is old and wasn't stored properly.

So if you didn't get it last year, you missed out. Sorry.

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Photo of onewayboogie
4.34/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SolarPower36
4.87/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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