When Kate brought home a hemp beer, I was a bit skeptical of it. I’m not a person who is into hemp or its illegal relative. I watched an episode once of “Three Sheets” where they had hemp beer in Amsterdam. To me, it’s a bit gimmicky. It doesn’t seem to be an adjunct that brings a lot of flavor to the party, or at least not what I’ve heard. Let’s see if I’m wrong.
Style: American Brown Ale
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Hemp Ale is a one-of-a-kind brew that boasts an incredibly rich profile and unique herb-accented flavor that is attributable to the incorporation of hemp seeds into the brewing process. A wonderful brown ale full of complexity Hemp Ale is great with food or by itself. American hops create a perfect balance to the darker malts used in this brew. This brown ale is the Gold Medal winner for first place in its category at both the 1999 and 2000 California State Fair Craft Brewing Competitions.”
Random: Whenever I update my blog at Kate’s, I throw iTunes on and rock out to music. I’m listening to Queens of the Stone Age, “No One Knows.”
The brew poured with a quarter of a finger of cream-colored head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, deep mahogany color with light visible carbonation. The nose was very nutty, specifically I picked up hazelnuts and almonds dominated with some chestnut thrown in for good measure. No sign of the toasted hemp seeds as of yet. The taste was a letdown. I got a lot less of a nutty flavor, but there were some hazelnut notes coupled with bready malt, toast and a taste that I could only describe as cardboard. I didn’t get any flavor that I could single out as being hemp seeds. The body was thin and carbonation was way too low. The finish was quick with a touch of bready malt. As I initially thought, I found this beer boring and gimmicky. I won’t be rushing back to have this one, there are way too many brown ales out there that have a ton more flavor.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0