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Bowen Island Hemp Cream Ale

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Formerly brewed at Bear Brewing
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Kamloops, Canada

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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.22/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   ABV: -
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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2533) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUN 20, 2005
Pours a small offwhite head, minimal retention. Clear copper colored brew. Nose of caramel malt and a light spiceyness. Light bodied. Nice, unusual herbal ;} flavors, earthy with notes of toasted grains. Finish is dry and crisp. Thanks Cliff! Have,nt had a Hemp Ale in awhile.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
highlandlad (1421) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 19, 2005
Pours the colour of golden syrup with a big frothy head. Ginny notes in a hoppy nose. The body is as creamy as the name suggests, with some pine and grapefruit characters and a late, dry finish. A little oiliness in the mouthfeel may come from the hemp? (Bottle)

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rentalman (103) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 2, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2004 (Bottle) Golden orange color nice big head hoppy aroma with a soap or odd smell in the background. Nice malty flavor with some nice bitterness. Really has a creamy mouthfeel a little oilly. Finishes with a odd flavor must be the hemp also accounting for the oddness in the aroma. I did like this beer but I think they could do much better brew replacing the hemp with rye.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 17, 2004
Bottle. Pours clear amber with a slight red tone and a large white head. Malty aroma with definite hop nose and somewhat woody/herby notes as well. Burst of sweetness right up front, with the bitter hops and astringency of the hemp coming on soon after. Leaves a lingering bite at the back corners of the mouth. Light to medium body and gentle carbonation. Really interesting beer.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4709) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 14, 2004
Not sure what hemp tastes like. That seems to happen to me often when tasting these experimental beers. Surprised that Big Rock still makes it. Told to pour vigourously by a friend and got a very large creamy head and a good amount of lacing. Interesting tinted amber colour. Creamy mouth feel and an interesting oily nutty (or seedy) quality. A nice beverage.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8622) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2004
Light straw colour with a thin white head that quickly fades to nothing. Cascade hops are evident in the nose with some sweet malt. The body is quite creamy. There is a good balance of malt and hops throughout this one. Decent malty taste is balanced by nice oily and grapefruity hop flavour. I'm not sure where the hemp comes from though since it seems more like a regular APA to me.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Courtland171985LS (2) - CANADA - DEC 8, 2003 does not count
As a chronic kinda guy, I bought this beer just cause it said 'Hemp', but its actually a tasty beer. Kind of nutty, and the hemp seeds make it amazing.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - AUG 24, 2003
Yellow/orange color with a small white head. It smells a little sweet, sort of similar to cream soda but more subtle. Definitely hemp seeds were used. You get that oily flavor-texture on the finish that is very unique to hemp seeds. Some malt flavors come out also. Smooth and fairly watery, but there is enough flavor to keep it from being boring. Slight metallic edge on the nose but i don't notice it in the flavor. Interesting.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 29, 2003
Interesting beer. I did notice the texture from the hemp seed but didn't really notice the change in flavour. Still a nice smooth cream ale.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2003
Slightly bitter and hempy (no, really). Overall, quite flavorful. A pleasant surprise, all things considered.


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