Harvest Moon Organic Hemp Ale | Nelson Brewing Company

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Harvest Moon Organic Hemp AleHarvest Moon Organic Hemp Ale

Brewed by:
Nelson Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Harvest Moon Organic Hemp Ale is a clean,crisp Kolsch style ale cold conditioned on Kootenay time. Brewed with the finest organic malt, hops, fresh Nelson water and yeast with a twist of B.C. Culture.

Added by scott451 on 09-07-2010

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3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml can, now available in Alberta, 5% ABV in this format.

This beer pours a clear, bright golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy and bubbly eggshell white head, which settles at due pace, leaving some low vistas of prairie bluff lace around the glass for its effort.

It smells of grainy, somewhat crackery pale malt, a subtle citrus fruitiness, dry honey, some mildly funky, earthy yeastiness, and floral, weedy (sorry) hops. The taste is floral, green herbal hops upfront, giving way to a subdued, yet pleasantly crisp, crackery pale maltiness, tinged with a soft citrus rind bitterness.

The carbonation is there and aware, but harshes no buzz, man, the body medium-light in weight, and fairly smooth. It finishes mostly dry, the inoffensive vegetal hops pretty much squashing out the too little, to late doughy malt aspirations.

A decent enough Kolsch, the fuller-bodied lager tendencies on display, sure, but really, I don't know what's more evocative - the name, the dull metallic green can, the organic rating, the strange, muddled, but still weirdly satisfying green flavours - of the label's proclamation of a 'twist of B.C. culture'.

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3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now available in 6 can packs.

Reviewing my 3rd beer of session.
Served poured into my favourite Vancouver Canucks beer glass at 5•c.
This beer pours an ever so slightly hazy deep yellow with a minimal, but lingering bright white head. Leaves ever so slight lacing as well.
Smell is of clean lager malts, crisp hops and floral honey. There's a grassy (yeah yeah) note in there. The hemp essence is there. Not the skunky astringence of cannabis, but the nuttiness of roasted hemp seed, like one of those hemp seed energy bars. Weird, but it works.
Taste is how it smells. Fairly true to the Kolsch style. Hemp seed oil is very apparent. No bitterness.
Carbonation is a bit on the light side, but I'm stretching for something to criticize.
Overall a nice session beer. The third beer is as drinkable as the 1st. An interesting but surprisingly unchallenging and highly drinkable offering from the brewery.
I was a bit surprised however, seeing as how cannabis and hops are related and truly are similar in their aroma and flavour, that they didn't just use (industrial) hemp as a defacto replacement for hops, as that was basically what I was expecting them to do. Perhaps they hope to be able to one day sell this stuff in the States...

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3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - slightly hazy straw golden, respectable soapy white head retained at a steady half finger
S - mild odours of white grape, herbs, bread dough, pineapple
T - an interesting mix of white grape and fruit juice, hops of herbs and resin, a definite metallic twinge, and yeasty bready malt lingers
M - medium to light with lower carbonation that I expected, definitely bready with just a little hop bitter on the edges
O - definitely has the pale flavours of a kolsch with just a tough of herbal resiny quality to bring in the hemp aspect, not outstanding but well worth a try

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4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Harvest Moon pours with a decent one finger thick head that does settle fairly quickly. It is chill hazed and the carbonation appears to be reasonably mellow. Lacing is modest, with several small patches of foam that cling to the side of the glass. Overall this is a decent looking ale!

S- Very Earthy aromas, consisting of wet soil, woodiness, and strong leaf and/or rope....probably from the Hemp. Other aromas include a multitude of raw nuts, smoked mollusk, beefy stew and fresh hop cones. A very unique aroma profile....

T- As opposed to the aromas, this is a lot more mellow, however it does contain flavors that follow the smells. Muted flavors of seeds, raw nuts, ocean shellfish, leaves, slightly broth like yeast and the finish is clean yet with subdued hop bitterness. Again, very unique but tasty!

M/O- Medium-Light body with mellow carbonation, as the appearance suggests. This is a truly unique style within a style....flavorful, the alcohol is well hidden, and I believe that this would assist in making a very good stew base! Try this is if you want something different!

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4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +33.3%

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

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.17/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This represents the best part of The CANQuest (TM) - CANadian beer in a CAN sent to me by a CANuck! BigBry and I have been trading for a while and I am always glad to receive and open one of his packages.

From the CAN: "Organic/Biologique"; "Harvest Moon Organic Hemp Ale is a crisp, clean Kolsch style ale cold conditioned on Kootenay time, brewed with the finest organic malt, hops and a twist of B.C. culture."

I am disturbed that a Kolsch is being called an "Ale". This is precisely how the unknowing CANsumer becomes really CANfused and I am unsure how they reCANcile this difference. A Kolsch, is by definition, a Lager, or am I wrong?

The Crack & Glug went off without a hitch, producing a finger of bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a sunshine-yellow with NE-quality clarity and it was set off nicely by the slate-grey skies out my kitchen window as I peered out into the day. Nose was clean, dry, slightly sweet and with a scent like fresh-fallen snow. This, to me, screams Lager, so why muddy the waters by labeling it as an "Ale"? Mouthfeel was medium and I got a biscuity taste on the tongue. Finish was likewise crisp and dry and I just could not help but think that this was much more a Lager than an Ale. Not bad, not great, but drinkable and worth a try.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml can poured into pint glass 3/1/12

A slightly hazy golden yellow with a fair amount of quickly raising bubbles feeding a thumbs width of dense foam that hangs around for a minute but leaves no lace

S honey and bread with a little citrus

T slight earthy tones to go with what I smell, basic but decent

M medium bodied with a good amount of bubbles, sweet finish

O not sure what hemp tastes like but I don't think I'd find out here, decent beer but nothing worth looking for

much sweeter then expected and I'm not really sure what the hemp aspect is trying to accomplish. I don't feel the need to "go organic' and this brew won't convert me

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.19/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sathanas
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a snifter (because why not?). Beautiful, puffy head on a golden heavily carbonated body. Not much on the nose. Drank slightly chilled. Crisp mouthfeel, euro lager graininess, slightly hoppy and dry. Green apple, banana, slight hemp. Okay beer that's easy to get into.

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Photo of scott451
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Available on tap only. Had this in the Hume Hotel in Downtown Nelson.

A one finger fine white head on a light copperish yellow. The head soon diminishes to a thin but persistant layer. Strong lacing.

Matly smells. The taste is of malts up front with and interesting nutty flavour in the middle. a very light hop finish.

Medium body. Refreshing. moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good. An interesting flavour with no flaws.

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3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Don't get me wrong - there is nothing really wrong with this beer. More than anything, it's not memorable. It pours with a bit quickly dissipating head. There is a bit of cracker, honey, citrus and malt in the nose and flavour. This beer goes very nicely with hot summer days, beaches, and doesn't give you the munchies.

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3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Harvest Moon Organic Hemp Ale from Nelson Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 19 ratings