New Belgium’s Dank Beer

“When I was a kid, I inhaled. That was the point.” – Barack Obama

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★★★

HPA
7% ABV
55 IBU
12 ounce bottle

The terms hemp and marijuana both refer to the cannabis plant genus. Hemp, however, is non-psychoactive and the seeds of industrial hemp plants contain virtually no cannabinoids. 

Recently, the Senate has voted to legalize industrial hemp. However, the complex mess of federal regulation and disparate state law creates difficulties for its usage in textiles, livestock feed, construction, and beer. New Belgium’s innovative creation, the “Hemp Pale Ale,” is an exciting foray into unexplored beer territory. Brewed by blending hemp with hops, the HPA is an interesting twist on the IPA.

Unsurprisingly, earthy and skunky flavors tend to dominate. Pine notes cut through well, but the drinker is left with a slightly unpleasant, syrupy finish. It’s hard to describe the taste and smell, but imagine someone spilling a barrel of molasses in a marijuana dispensary.

Ultimately, this beer is not bad. But it feels more like a novelty than something worth drinking again. Like the researchers currently studying on industrial hemp, New Belgium should be praised for their bold experimentation.

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Disappointing beer. Sad.

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Average beer. Nothing special here.

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Good beer. Would buy again.

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Excellent beer. Would buy many more times.

★★★★★
Amazing beer.

Birthday Beer-nanza 2018

Hank’s Beer Blog is back. We welcome our guest judges: Aidan, Maddie, Sarah, and Shenhar for a ranking of 10 beers! The following beers were ranked:

  • Ballast Point | Habanero Sculpin
  • Corona Extra
  • Deschutes Brewery | Fresh Squeezed IPA
  • Dogfish Head | 60 Minute IPA
  • Dogfish Head | Namaste White Belgian-Style Witbier
  • Flying Dog | Tropical Bitch Belgian IPA
  • Karbach Brewing | Lemon and Ginger Radler
  • Kirkland Light
  • Natural Light
  • Zilker Brewing Parks and Rec

Which beer will reign supreme?

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Dogfish Head’s Namaste White comes in with a first-place finish. Our judges described this beer as “refreshing,” “easy” and “a porch-beer.” Deschutes Brewery takes second and Karbach Brewing takes a close third. Last place goes to the Natural Light, described by our judges as “piss” (twice) and “wet.” Here is a photo of the (mostly) finished bottles and cans.

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This is how our judges scored each beer.

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We had a great time and we hope you enjoy this post. See you next time!

 

 

Founders Brewing | Breakfast Stout

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★★★★

Stout
8.3% ABV
60 IBU
12 ounce bottle

This beer is dark, intense in flavor, and I wouldn’t mind waking up next to one every morning. It’s not every day that you get to have chocolate, coffee, and oatmeal for breakfast. This is a rich and indulgent breakfast with dark chocolate and toasted oats abundantly present. The coffee brings a bitter sweetness to the finish. Sumatra and Kona coffee beans provide a rich, earthy backdrop to light notes of vanilla and caramel. The excellent people at Founders have made a dangerously drinkable beer that makes you excited to get out of bed and stout (start) your day.

★☆☆☆☆
Disappointing beer. Sad.

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Average beer. Nothing special here.

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Good beer. Would buy again.

★★★★☆
Excellent beer. Would buy many more times.

★★★★★
Amazing beer.