In case you haven’t noticed, hemp beer is a thing, now — especially among bigger breweries with the skills and resources to make it legally.
Last week, SweetWater’s new 420 Strain Chocolope Stout was my Beer Pick. And now, Terrapin’s Jazz Cabbage Hemp IPA is this week’s Beer Pick
Jazz Cabbage Hemp IPA
Terrapin Beer Co., Athens
Available in 12-ounce cans.
Terrapin describes Jazz Cabbage as its “dankest beer to date.” The golden IPA employs hemp seeds, and what’s touted by the brewery as “our very own special strain of hemp flavors.” Beyond that, 2-row, wheat, CaraMalt, and Crystal 25 malts, and a triple play of Chinook, Columbus, and Simcoe hops go into the brew.
At 6% alcohol, it’s lighter and brighter than similar hemp beers, with a mingling of pure hop aromas and flavors, and a more subtle suggestion of cannabinoid notes on the nose and palate. Overall, I think it’s the easiest drinking hemp beer I’ve tried. And depending on your expectations of “sticky nugs,” that could be a good or a bad thing.
On the can, Terrapin suggests: “Pairs well with snacks.” Works for me.