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Bowen Island Hemp Blonde Ale

Brewed by Kamloops Brewery
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Kamloops, Canada


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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 2.76/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.78/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerAndPonies (171) - Medicine Hat, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 27, 2015
355 ml can from a sampler twelve-pack from Real Canadian Liquorstore, served in a goblet. Pours a clear, brownish-amber hue (not what Iíd expect for a blonde ale), with light carbonation and a smooth head of off-white froth with fair retention, leaving rings of lace. Nose holds light toasted malt with gentle sweetness, along with muted hop notes of light earthiness and wine. Flavor is nicely reminiscent of amber ale, with broad, soft, gently sweet maltiness touched with red fruit; nice, but it could use a wee bit of spice for depth of character. Just a speck above merely thin-bodied, and with lingering malt aftertaste. This beer knows my weaknesses for amber and reddish ales, and exploits them well. I canít say I can detect the added hemp, nor would I know what it brings to the flavor profile, but if itís at all responsible for this beerís light, smooth maltiness, itís a marvelous addition. Nice and drinkable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Strangebrewer (1183) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2015
can. Poured clear dark amber with a thin off-white head. Aroma is a bit cheesy? Medium-like bodied, creamy mouthfeel with an acidic finish. Bready malt flavour, almost yeasty, sweet caramel with an earthy note. Lost points on aroma and overall but itís drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Reimer96 (1743) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 17, 2015
Pours a clear pale gold with a small white head. Aroma of cereal, pale malts and dme. Taste is sweet malts, light cream corn and not much else. Probably the best of the Bowen Island beers Iím terms of style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RD400F (226) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2014
Can to grolsch glass, the beer pours a very slightly hazy golden orange with a white head. Aroms is soft hops, honey, caramel, grain and vegetal in character. Taste is a good mix between sweet and bitter, very nice in this respect and the beer is quite palatable, being light bodied and easy to drink with high carbonation. Very refreshing. Overall...not so bad, the hemp is faint but the beer is pretty decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
markas101 (2308) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2014
35 cl can, Calgary, AB, Canada. Hazy brown, thin head. Malty aroma, sweet, then a balanced caramel finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 24, 2014
Pours a very clear copper with a fine white ring around the glass. Aroma is grainy, mild sweetness, nutty and grassy. Flavour is grassy, mild bitterness, grainy, citrus and slightly earthy.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
kidmartinek (4692) - austin, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Pours so dsrk golden its amber, dude! J/k.! No really its a dsrker amber with a blonde.tint. the head is thin and white, the aroma, all caramel malt with some apple fruitiness, and the flavor the.same. there may be.some oily texture from and hemo but no flavor. Note to you pot heads, this is not weed, fucktards, and there is nothing cool about that or it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
pintbypint (3328) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 21, 2014
As Reef Break Hemp Blonde Ale. 355ml can. Orange pour with a weak white cap. Nose has a bit of a nutty note and some sweetness. Taste is caramel and a bit of nut. Light hop note at the end. Not that interesting.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
tdubs92 (62) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 1, 2014
Came in a 12 can sampler pack. Beer now under the name "reef break". Slight malty, hemp scent but rather muted. Pours a good looking red copper with a thick head but ends spotty around the rim. Flavor is most disappointing. Small hoppiness but fairly watered down commercial beer taste. Ok to drink with friends on a hot day but id be suprised to see this on tap.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Lagerboy (1961) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2014
355 ml can re-branded as Reef Break Hemp Blonde Ale. Clear light copper, small foamy off-white head fades. Muted malty aroma. Lightly sweet, fruity, not too bland blonde malty taste, vague hints of citrus and earthy herbalness, no bitterness. Average carbonation, light bodied, low hopped. Less offensive than most KB offerings. LBW (Lagerboys Be Wary)

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