The Hemperor

American IPA New Belgium Brewing Company

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The Hemperor, an American IPA by New Belgium Brewing Company

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The Hemperor is an American IPA brewed by New Belgium Brewing Company, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in an IPA glass from a bottle.

What You Need To Know

New Belgium has dubbed this brew an HPA as it uses hemp hearts to give the aroma and palate greater complexity.

Appearance

The IPA pours a brilliantly clear copper and is topped by a thick cap of dense, off-white foam that shows fine retention. The reduction leaves behind patches of residue clinging to the sides while streams of bubbles continuously rise in the glass.

Aroma

The aroma is strong and expectedly dank. You’ll smell it upon popping the cap.

Flavor

The palate begins with a mild dose of floral hops while toasted bread and a sweet note of caramel hold down the middle. The finish is highlighted by the dank flavor from the hemp hearts. But there’s also a bright note of orange citrus and hoppy pine combined with an earthy character in the underlying base. Their bitterness is mild but lingers through the finish. A flash of caramel is picked up again on the swallow.

Mouthfeel

The feel is smooth and lightly coats the mouth with its medium body and moderate carbonation. Finishes dryly with a mild astringency.

Overall

The Hemperor presents very nicely. It simply looks gorgeous in the glass. The aroma is strong and persistent and considering the concept, it’s as you’d expect. If anything, perhaps the bitterness could be amped up a bit, but otherwise, its flavor is superb. The hemp hearts aren’t overpowering and add a lovely dank flavor to its layered palate. The feel is on point and all together, The Hemperor is an excellent brew that’s definitely worth trying.

Watch the Video

Have a look at the video below as New Belgium staffers discuss an overview and history of hemp and how it is used in The Hemperor.

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About the American IPA

The American IPA is the most popular craft beer style in the United States. And for good reason, too. When well crafted, its hoppy goodness delivers intense aromas and flavors that can be citrusy and fruity; floral and piney; earthy and herbal. The hops are complemented by a wide range of malts and other ingredients. It’s a popular playground for brewers to express their creativity and a veritable cornucopia for craft beer connoisseurs.