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Affiliated with the Nectar Ales experience through shared origins at Humboldt Brewing Company, Hemp Ale is a one-of-a-kind brew that boasts an incredibly rich profile and unique herb-accented flavor that is attributable to the incorporation of hemp seeds into the brewing process. A wonderful brown ale full of complexity Hemp Ale is great with food or by itself. American hops create a perfect balance to the darker malts used in this brew. This brown ale is the Gold Medal winner for first place in its category at both the 1999 and 2000 California State Fair Craft Brewing Competitions. (Editor’s Note: originally brewed by the Humboldt Brewing Company until their acquisition by Firestone Walker)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thedm (5002) - Fort Wayne, USA - AUG 7, 2014
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a medium sized head of foamy dark tan colored bubbles that were and left behind a transparent dark ruby red brown colored body and a fair lacing. The weak aroma was bready and dough. The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start mediumly tingly at the finish mild malty aftertaste. The mild flavor contained notes of mildly bitter mild brown malt dough and breads.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
degbert (1269) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2014
TPSA. Nose is smoke and caramel. Nice color; a rich red-Brown. Flavor is lovely. Good richness and toast; caramel malt and a little anise. Sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dliberto (216) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - AUG 1, 2014
Drank from the bottle. Aroma is toast, caramel, grass, and earthly notes. Taste is coppery with a mild sweetness. Finishes semi dry. Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation and a sticky mouth feel. Not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SODAK14 (298) - Rapid City, South Dakota, USA - AUG 1, 2014
Pretty good brew... Light tan head but I was expecting a darker body. Anyway an overall good beer with a nice finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sonnycheeba (4038) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 1, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear brown with creamy off-white head. Aroma is toasted malts, toffee, hemp, mixed nuts, fig, and light woody notes. Flavor is toasted malts, nuttiness, faint cocoa, and faint woodiness; dry finish. Light/medium body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (2850) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 1, 2014
From a bottle. Pours clear ruby brown with a bubbly beige head. Tastes like bitter raisin, dry toast, molasses, also grassy and earthy. Light/medium body and low carbonation. Smells nutty, earthy, like dry toast and light alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bubbleflubber (1896) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Pours a deep mahogany with a nice off-white head that leaves soapy lacing. The nose is of barnyard silage and lightly sweet caramel. Caramel and sourdough flavors finish with a medium–light grain. The mouthfeel is round with a light body and soft carbonation. Very decent session brown ale here. All of the complexity is provided in an easy quaff. Delicious.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
labattslover74 (63) - Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2014
A nice mahogany color with a thick head. Aroma is caramel and coffee. taste is a sharp soy sauce mixed in beer flavor with a bitter salty after taste. Basically it’s Guiness stout with a different label. I will finish the glass but not a fan.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wittales (686) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 8, 2014
Appearance was clear reddish brown with diminishing creamy tan tiny head,no lacing. Aromas are caramel, chocolate, hints of coffee and sugars. Taste are toffee, brown sugar, touches of coffee and vanilla. Palate was soft creamy CO2 with light body, then average length simple semi-sweet lightly dry finish. A average easy drinking brown.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drjay44 (2831) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2014
12 oz. bottle. Pours a medium, well retained, light beige head, over a clear brown (SRM 25) body......nose is light with cocoa, chocolate, toffee/caramel, hints of coffee, no esters, minimal hops........taste is light cocoa, chocolate, hints of toffee/caramel, slight roasted coffee, minimal esters, light herbal hop bitterness to finish, dry throughout......mouth feel, light of medium body, no astringency, soft carbonation. This is a nice rendition of a Brown Ale, with pleasant complexity in both aroma and flavor. The malts are dominant in both aroma and flavor, which is entirely appropriate for Northern English Brown. BJCP 7/3/14/4/7

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