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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.28/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Joint Effort is hemp ale, brewed with hemp seeds. The collaboration between Redhook and Seattle newcomer Hilliard Beer was brewed to celebrate the recent legalization of marijuana use in the breweriesí home state (an initiative allowing possession for personal use was approved by voters in November 2012). Ringing in at 5.6% ABV and 25 IBUs, the beer is billed as a session ale. Itís dry-hopped with three kinds of hops ó Zeus, Cascade and Summit ó and the aroma is appropriately described as ďdank and resinous,Ē balanced by the earthiness of the hemp seeds.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2014
Nice, well-behaved red ale. Iíd be lying if I said I could pick out the hemp seed taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
luttonm (4740) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2014
22oz squatty bottle, a joint with Red Hook, to celebrate legalization in Washington state. green-gray tinged orange, nice foam. Big sticky sweet hops and green hemp/bud. Of course lots of good hops and hemp/weed go together in a beer, works well here, and balances out somewhat with the drier, earthier malts and sticky hops. Tasty beer, way better than I expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Coryphaeus (2) - USA - NOV 24, 2013 does not count
The version I had was from a 22 oz. bottle from Red Hook Brewery in Woodinville, Washington, bottled on 10/16/13 and drunk from a large glass on 11/24/13. That bit of "catty flavor" another reviewer noted is actually from the hemp that is used in the brewing. I donít know if they used marijuana buds or not. But hemp and hops actually make a pleasantly nice mixture. From a half-full 24 oz. glass, the marijuana and hop aroma is quite pleasing, but the hemp clearly dominates, or should I say the pot clearly dominates.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
robforbes (2189) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2013
pours a clear dark amber with a small white head, and good lacing. smell is of citrus, caramel, and earth. taste is a bit watery yet smooth, citrus, caramel, malt, hops, and dry leaves. ends just a tad bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
after4ever (7620) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2013
22. Certainly an interesting curiosity. Pours a clear burnished dark amber with a loose tan head and decent lace. Intensely dark toasted caramel and roasted seed nose. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Toasty caramel and roasty, oily seed husks on the mid palate. Dark and earthy and a little sour near the end. Long earthy dark finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
trujahwarrior (510) - Monroe, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2013
From a growler. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a thick off white head that leaves good lacing. Smells of hemp, pine and caramel. Tastes of the same things in the smell with a nice herbal hemp flavor being most noticeable. Mouthfeel is light and chewy with good carbonation. This is one of the most unique and tasty beers Iíve had for a while. My new favorite Redhook beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Pours slightly hazy orange with a finger white head. Smell hoppy and fresh cut grass. Taste much the same Light bodied. Decent

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
poisoneddwarf (2297) - Coeur dí Alene, Idaho, USA - SEP 28, 2013
On tap at Post Street Alehouse, Spokane. Pours clear amber with a creamy beige head. Aroma is hoppy, very dank. Taste is bittersweet, hoppy, very weed like. A little vegetal. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5914) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Tap, brewery. Pours a clear copper body with a minimal off-white head that faded to a thin ring. The nose is nicely hoppy with some citrus and tropical fruitiness. Some nice nice possibly Simcoe like notes in here. The flavor is moderately bitter with more citrus flavor than bitterness. Light caramel malt body. Thereís a little bit of a catty flavor to the hops as well as tropical fruit. Medium bodied with soft fizzy carbonation. Fairly short citrus hop finish. Overall a pretty OK beer, but nothing that stands out from the crowd. I do like the tropical fruit like notes though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - SEP 21, 2013
Amber in color, clear with a thin head. Easy drinking amber ale with a light taste of hemp. I get the hops and all but I did not taste the hemp.

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