Hempen Ale | Wild Goose Brewery, LLC

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Hempen AleHempen Ale

Brewed by:
Wild Goose Brewery, LLC
Maryland, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-06-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 10
Reviews by DrBier:
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3/5  rDev -5.1%

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Photo of ADR
3.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Unlike the other review of this beer, I didn't detect missing hops so much as the hemp actually balanced the malt taste pretty nicely. The mouthfeel and taste of this beer is really good and it does have a slight nutiness that I figure is a function of its seed mix in the brew, rather than hemp per se. Pretty drinkable.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.72/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Is deep murky brown with a thin cream head sporatic patches of lace nothing too impressive here. Aroma: The hemp imparts mellow herbabl tone this dark ale has some pleasant toasted malts with a very faint hop aroma. Flavor: Has a slight weird bready characteristic to it along with the toasted malts smooth and creamy not bad. Mouthfeel: Is medium in body with a creamy texture. Drinkability: Is decent but I think this beer is past it's prime, overall decent brown ale with a hemp twist to it.

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.64/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cellared 4 years. Like most of the aged beers I've been enjoying, this one opened with a dark, syrupy smell. Pours a very dark brown body, with a few tiny particles of stirred up sediment, under a thin, clingy head. Nice molasses malt flavor with a café note. I could catch the herbal spiciness of the hemp more than I could any hoppiness, possibly because of its age. There's also a nice alcohol warmth that slowly insinuates itself.

I notice the link for Frederick Brewing is no longer active. Anyone know if they're still in business?

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Photo of Brent
2.58/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Any beer like this must overcome the automatic "gimmick beer" badge. This beer makes an admirable run at legitimacy, but falls a little short. Probably closest to a brown ale, it has some caramel notes and a vague nuttyness. Fair, at best.

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Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of beerpadawan
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of beerguy101
3.44/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Brown Color, Medium Head. Roasted Malts, lightly hopped. Full complex taste "Brown Ale with a twist "brewed with the seeds of the hemp plant added. Did not notice any 'mellow herbal flavor'. Finish is clean, aftertaste is slightly bitter; malt sweetness shines through in the aftertaste.

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Photo of therica
3.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Think wet rope. This beer is very nice, although I fear that my last bottle has become irreplaceable. The appearance is nice, not a standout but a very surprising novelty, of sorts. So is the taste. I doubt that I could drink this all night, but it's a very nice beer when you're ready for a curve.

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Hempen Ale from Wild Goose Brewery, LLC
3.16 out of 5 based on 10 ratings.
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