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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed with organic hemp seeds and smoked malt. Reminiscent of a smoky campfire bacon taste.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
peteinSD (1377) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 12, 2014
Tap @ brewpub. Clear brown pour with an off-white head. Bacon, sweet malt, and roast in the aroma. Taste is bacon, toasted malt, sweet caramel, and lingering smoke. Clean, soft mouthfeel. Really good smoked beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kaser (2737) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Massive smokey and bacon aroma. Like a campfire. Very bacon flavored. Bacon bits, honey, sweet. Tasty but wouldn't drink more than one. Had this from draft at the Hollister brew house

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 18, 2012
I had this on tap at Hollister Brewing. I really liked this beer. It’s smokey, but not so smokey that you’re overwhelmed by it. The aroma and flavor definitely have notes of bacon, but all in all, it’s a really solid brew.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (11008) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 1, 2012
The beer is amber in color with an off-white/khaki head. The smoke comes through as the initial aroma. It’s got the usual semi-salty and woody aroma to it as well as a fair amount of toast and some toffee. While smokey, the flavor is not overwhelmingly so. Toasted malt and bread flavor with a hint of toffee. There might even be just a little bit of fruitiness to it, too.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7860) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 20, 2010
My Bottom Line:
This spicy and fruity Smoked Ale is a marvel of subtlety and drinkability, concluded by relatively dry and salty smoke fumes.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the deep amber.
-The smoke character reminds me of Briess’s cherry-smoked malts. But the esters and hemp might be playing tricks on me...
-The soft bubbling and slick body make for a very polished mouthfeel.
-The finish is low on leafy hop bitterness.
-This reminds me of a less intense Dieu du Ciel Charbonnière.

On tap at the brewpub.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JUN 22, 2009
Brown with a nice off white head. Aroma is light smoke, caramel, light roastiness. Taste is a nice smokiness, balanced by a caramel sweetness.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
can8ianben (1324) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Wow - this was one of the most creative beers I’ve had in a while. Smoky and salty aroma - like the description says, almost like wood smoke. The appearance was like an amber or red ale, and the flavor was like a scotch beer, but a fair bit sweeter.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
JeffreyCHall (1) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - JAN 27, 2009 does not count
Wow. I love this beer. This is, without a doubt, one of the most interesting beers I’ve ever tried. It’s made with a generous helping of smoked hemp seeds (hence the name and the smoke flavor other reviewers have referred to). The body and color is typical of a brown ale. The mouth feel is solid if unspectacular. The head is about a finger thick, and the lacing is good. However, what makes this beer stand out is smoky aroma and flavor. The best way I can describe this beer is that it tastes like somebody rolled a joint using bacon instead of paper, then smoked it around a campfire. Yes, that’s right - it has definite bacon flavors, and although this sounds awful, the actual taste is delicious. You will not find something similar anywhere else.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7864) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 15, 2008
On tap at the brewery. Quite a good smoked from someone who is not the biggest fan of the style. Pours with a clear amber body and an off-white head with great lacing. Slightly smokey aroma. Taste is a nice, light smokeyness, covering a quite hoppy ale. Syrupy mouthfeel and slightly lively bubbles.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JUN 30, 2008
Sampled at the Toronado in San Diego. Slightly smoked aromas and flavors. Interesting how subtle it was. Pretty good.


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