The Hemperor HPA
New Belgium Brewing Company

The Hemperor HPAThe Hemperor HPA
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American IPA
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Ranked #32,123
3.75 | pDev: 15.2%
New Belgium Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Very Good
The Hemperor HPAThe Hemperor HPA
Notes: 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.
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Photo of Singlefinpin
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Appears orangish, with a nice foamy white head that lasted.
It's 4/19/2020 so a little hemp warm-up for tomorrow.
Smells initially dank, grassy, floral
Taste a little dank, hemp not at all overpowering, hoppy bitterness that I like.
Mouth feel is medium for an IPA.
Overall pretty tasty and I would definitely order again.

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Photo of gestyr
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.
Pours a nice clear orange-gold with a tight white head.
Smells of hops and hemp. Very much hemp.
Tastes of hops and has a subtle malty sweetness.
Light bodied and refreshing. A good warm weather beer
Overall, i liked it. I will buy again.

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Photo of ZagZagg
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into globe

A: Moderate pour yields a frothy single finger head with mild retention and some visible collaring. The beer has a honey-like hue that has opacity, leading me to believe this is not filtered. Carbonation is not apparent.

S: Somewhat dry and resinous, heavy terpene and herbal notes, subtle citrus, floral, bit of a cannabis aroma, light touches of a simple sugar sweetness. There’s also the presence of an iced tea fragrance. The dominating elements of the nose vanish shortly after the initial pour.

T: Hop forward, but without the piquant zest found in your traditional APA/IPA offerings. Mellow touches of dry wood, earth light coriander and lemony elements fade in and out about the middle mouth. Anonymous malt backbone is bready, although without much to balance. Finish is dry, and shy of refreshing. Not too much depth, somewhat one dimensional.

M: Crisp, light carbonation plays on the tongue, medium bodied with a certain dryness. After taste is dry and hangs around.

O: Eh, I appreciate the innovative style and exploratory brewing, but I think this brew lacks the complexity I’m looking for in the genre. It’s a decent beer, but nothing to write home about. It has an okay drinkability, which is a plus. I think if they could capture more of the terpene essence that presented in the initial nose and infuse it into the taste profile it would be much more interesting.

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Photo of Silas_Bowman
4.77/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer tastes and smells amazing. I look forward to other brewers exploring this method of flavoring beer. It definitely has a dank smell that I liked, but may be a bit much for some.

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Photo of arizcards
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead 10-15-19 for $1.99. Best by 10NOV19; consumed 12-19-19...whoops. Cold stored since purchase.

Beer poured golden orange with a beautiful white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose initially came across as skunky upon removing the bottle cap. After breathing a minute, hop profile is very minimal, a touch of grapefruit but not much else.

Taste is really well balanced where the malt base and the grapefruit and hemp combine very well but flavor wise is lacking compared to others in this class. Finishes with a light touch of grapefruit bitterness; 5/10 on my scale.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly refreshing yet smooth.

Overall i will need to re-review in the future as this bottle seems a bit old.

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Photo of Miguy
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow this is something new to me and extremely enjoyable. Very well balanced and drinkable. I feel like the execution of this beer is exactly what I would conceptualize and never be able to pull off. Clean, innovative and Crystal clear about the intention. This kind of beer does not happen by accident. These people are clearly talented individuals! New favorite!

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Photo of jmbranum
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought at Homeland in Oklahoma City. 12 oz. glass poured into a glass.

Crystal clear, subtle aroma. Flavor is... to be honest I've had more interesting, more dank beers, even some that only had cannabis-like terpenes without any hemp. This beer isn't bad but it is kinda underwhelming.

But... I appreciate the effort and hope more brewers experiment with hemp.

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Photo of SmokySignals
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, 6/16/19-Oct20/19, poured into New Belgium art goblet
Orangey caramel honey body, nice thick foam head
Skunked out for sure smelling like the old days! Quality brew smells underneath...caramel malt, hop...WHOA
Taste is there also, beer and skunk weed, together as one! Also reminds me a of the Euro beers from the 80's n 90's...but richer flavor/better brew. Damn good! Not too many at 7%!
The feel and overall of the beer itself is fine, and clean...Easy to keep chugging it.
I might share one with a friend here or there as a novelty, it's very good if you like that vibe/smell/taste! I do.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into IPA glass
BB 8/1/19
Pours light brown with a big head that slowly recedes
Sweet caramel aroma and of course the cannabis....
Taste is sweet caramel again, followed by a peachy taste, with the 'dank' finish
Overall as an IPA this was too malty

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Photo of HellsRanger
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

High everyone,
Well coming from the hemp(eror) capital of the world, this brew is interesting to say the least.
It pours a pale amber with nice white foam and mild lacing that disapates fairly quick, but looks nice.
As for the aroma...well this is where it gets smells like bong water, and the hemp definitely comes thru at this point, as soon as you open it, and then the skunk arrives too...hence the bong water comment. still has some essence of hops and maybe some old floral. Awesome!!!
Now for the taste...thank goodness it doesn't taste like bong water, not that I would know what bong water tastes like...(nudge, nudge, don't ya know). it was a bet. It has the flavor of the hemp for sure (liguid smoke, if you know what I mean), and with the hops in the background with maybe a hint of citrus...I still find it very enjoyable, just because of the whole concept. Nice job!!!
The feel highlights the dankyness (liquid smoke, bong water) with a dry snap to it, but again it is the whole concept that makes this brew work on all levels. Great mix of all combined...Genius!!

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Photo of defunksta
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy bronze-copper color with a mild to medium head.
Aroma: Wow! Just opening the beer and HUGE aromas of weed fill the air. Nothing like this. After pouring into the glass the skunky, marijuana smell lingers and lingers. Closer, huge amounts of grass, onion, dank and floral marijuana. It's grassy, earthy, and dank. Subtle tropical and black tea hop aroma.
Taste: Tons of flavor of the oniony and fresh-cut grass marijuana with lots of pine behind it. The HBC 522 hops really showcase themselves. Completely unique Just a hint of lemon and tropical citrus underneath. Pale malts are hidden. Finishes moderately bitter. Not fruity. Underneath it has a bitter pine and citrus west-coast IPA quality.
Feel: Lighter bodied. Dry and bitter on the palate, but moderated. Crispy and smooth. Not resiny nor thick.

Overall: Incredible how the HBC 522 hops and hemp really provide such a genuine and unique marijuana flavor. It suffers from being onion-like. An onion IPA! ....but hits the marijuana nonetheless. This incredibly unique beer does exactly what it is described and prescribed to do. Very high ratings here because of just that. For what this beer is supposed to do, it nails the bullseye. 4.38 folks.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This interesting concoction is made with both Hemp and Hops. It does not contain the active ingredients of Marijuana so it is only illegal in Kansas.

Look: Amber/apple juice with a half inch white head

Aroma: some dankness and some pine hops

Taste: The flavor is pretty typical of an IPA but a bit on the mild side. Grapefruit maybe, and sweet, pine resin, and a slightly different-off hoppy and sweet flavor that might be the Hemp. It's dank, very dank, no pun intended.

Body/Overall: light body

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Photo of Ltommy
1.06/5  rDev -71.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I just never recovered from the skunky smell. That smell must not be consistent because many don't mention it. Got a pint at a small restaurant and could smell it from across the room. Skunky beer isn't my thing, I guess.

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Photo of tucson_brewson
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Never had a hemp beer and figured why not!


L - Pours a slightly hazy copper amber color with little to no head, faint lacing, lots of streaming bubbles.

S - Dank pine, citrus, a little bit of malty, honey sweetness but mostly skunky. Not sure how other reviewers didn't quite get that strong whiff upon opening the bottle/first sniff but it stands out to me.

T - Follows the nose with herby, piney hops, citrus rind, bready malt, slightly alcoholic bite toward the finish. Definitely an HPA/APA rather than IPA.

F - Light bodied, good carbonation, slightly oily and sticky, finishes pretty balanced.

O - A good special-occasion specialty beer but nothing outstanding. Has the dank, skunky aroma and a nice balance of hoppy bitterness and malty sweetness but would almost prefer more hemp and hops to cut the citrus and malt.

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Photo of izraelc
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I wasn't too optimistic about this one and my assumptions were correct. Pours clear yellow. Smells great. Very green and earthy. Doesn't taste all that great. Mild hops. Soapy with a bitter finish. Good gimic but i should have known better.

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Photo of Firehazel
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

"Tee hee, hemp." Nah, this isn't your regular IPA. The hemp really does mellow it out, allowing for a broader stroke of the hops on the pallet (and less on the back end.) May have to get another one. It's ever so slightly sweet on the front end.

Oh, aroma. It's faint. It's there. It's not that bad. While at times I find it offputting, this isn't the occasion.

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Photo of Buckeye55
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a coppery clear color with a one finger head on an aggressive pour.
No real weed aroma, just a slightly off regular IPA (the hemp) smell.
Taste has the pine overtones with what I would assume to be the hemp also. Mouth feel has the IPA with some dankness coming through. Pretty good brew, just not overly impressive. Would rank a 'maybe' on the would you like to sit down with a 12 pack of this brew scale

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Photo of MackT
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear honey/amber.
Aroma, as advertised, like MJ, (unburnt).
Decent mouthfeel, if one is experienced with hoppy ales, the herbal taste should not be off putting. Don’t be afraid of the dankness. More like a novelty. Not bad, although not as good as Sweetwater (420 G13 Strain). Which is in a similar “herbal” style.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$ 3.50(Including tax and discount)/12 oz bottle ($ 0.291/oz) from Spec’s #100, DeZavala, San Antonio. Reviewed 3/11/19.
“ENJOY BY 03FEB19” on label. On shelf in store. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
Body – Gold, slight chill haze.
Head – Average (Maximum 3.5 cm, aggressive center pour), off-white, creamy with some surface rocks, good retention, slooowly diminishing to a three mm ring and a heaped, rocky, partial layer.
Lacing – Good. Bands of mostly tiny bubbles with a few small bubbles thrown in. Many short stalactites.
First pour – Light yellow, clear.
Aroma – 4 - Very dank – onion and weed.
Flavor – 3.5 – Begins with weak spice and much less dank than the nose suggests. No alcohol (7 % ABV), no dimethylsulfide, no diacetyl.
Palate – 3 – Thin, watery, lively carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3.5 – Looks good, smells intriguing, but the flavor doesn’t meet expectations.

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Photo of hreb
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle enjoy my 12May19. Served in a pint glass. Crystal clear and amber-y pale, and a small, white head. Aroma id decidedly hemp-y, not like dank hops, but like actual hemp. Flavor too, is hempy, with classic American IPA C-hops lending a supporting role to hemp. The two blend nicely, but ultimately this is a hemp beer with a hoppy bitterness first, and an IPA a distant second. I actually really appreciate the way hemp and hops compliment each other in this beer, but ultimately I just don't enjoy the taste of hemp that much, and I'd much rather have a really dank IPA.

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Photo of BrownNut
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't understand the people writing here about smelling and tasting weed. That's specifically why I ordered this beer and I got zero of that. In fact, while I was drinking it, I kind of spaced out and forgot that I had ordered a beer that was supposed to give me weed notes. I was just kind of idly sipping a beer and nothing stood out. Then I remembered and gave it a good sniff and a few tasty sips and nope, nothing. I got zero weed out of this. Without that, it's just a standard beer. Decent and just fine, but not at all memorable.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 6-pack $8.88 Foodland
Smells of Pakalolo
Clear golden slightly amber tinged color
Medium mouthfeel
Medium-high carbonation
Citrus taste, Bitterness aftertaste,
Overall ok. More of a marketing thing. Made me curious to try. Wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a foggy dark orange that looks more like a murky brown when held opposite the light. Head is a finger and a half of white foam with good retention. Aroma is dank from the get-go. Dank weed, skunky, resin, and herbal hops round out the aroma with a hint of bready malts. Flavor profile is dank, dank and dank. Aside from the heavy dank notes, there are glimpses of herbal hops and bready, earthy malts. Mouth feel is soft, with a velvety texture that maintains consistently throughout the duration of the sip. It has a medium, almost medium-thick, consistency. Overall, a very novel beer based on its advertisements and labeling, but it expresses all of those claims with each whiff and sip. Dank notes are heavy here, but thanks to the soft, velvety texture, remains wholly drinkable.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegalau tulip from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of ChrisJArco
4.77/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

If you don't like the smell or taste of fresh weed, then this beer is not for you. Personally the aroma, smoothness and IPA bite combine for a wonderful experience. I'm not aware of any other "weed" flavored beer so I have nothing to compare it to other than traditional bitter IPAs. I heard a rumor production was ceasing, so I'm gonna stock up!!

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Photo of Rockhead
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Looks like carbonated apple juice, not the best/most consistent smell of cannabis compared to others I've tried. Goes down pretty easy for 7%, Not bad, not great- would drink again, wouldn't seek it out. Seems like New Belgium is a little too proud and overly hypes an averagely good beer.

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