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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. (Editorís Note: originally brewed by the Humboldt Brewing Company until their acquisition by Firestone Walker)


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2419) - Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2014
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 4/16/2013. Pours slightly cloudy deep reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, biscuit, light chocolate, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malt and light hop/hemp notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown sugar, light chocolate, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, and toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown sugar, light chocolate, light nuttiness, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a bit. Nice balance and robustness of dark malt flavors with light hop/hemp presence; with no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice brown ale. Good balance and robustness of dark malt flavors and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BOSSbrewer (1420) - Arkansas, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Pours a dark brown with a medium thick tan foamy head. Aroma of slight chocolate and sweet malt. Flavor follows. Slightly sweet. Medium bodied. A drinkable brown ale.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarkSachon (553) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2013
12 oz bottle. Whatís the big deal with hemp seeds anyhow? This is a middle of the road beer posing as something more exotic. Avoid unless you need a hemp fix.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rougeau13 (1951) - Richmond, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Clear brown. Beige head. Aroma of roast, chocolate, and milk. Taste is semi sweet and semi bitter. Light-medium bodied.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thome50 (989) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - DEC 1, 2013
As FW Taproom Brown. Pours a moderate to light brown. Aroma is stale wholegrain bread, walnut and spent grain. Taste is light brown toast, some lackluster pine nuts and toffee. Overall, meh.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
IPAronson (10) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Lovely rich texture. Tasty nutty finish with an enriching appeal. The hemp makes this a very filling beer.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
GIJOE (574) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - NOV 15, 2013
Pours dark blackish-brown with a thin white head that disappears quickly. Nose is malty with cola notes. Taste is fairly sweet. Thin mouthfeel, vigorous carbonation. Good brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ads135 (2814) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 3, 2013
A little bit of nuttiness, a lot of bread and some caramel in this mediocre brown beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lupulucid (188) - - OCT 23, 2013
This is a friendly brown ale with plenty of sweet malt character and enough acidity to establish balance and keep the beer from being flabby. There is no balancing bitterness nor hop expression. There is some nice complexity.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JDBaker11058 (1205) - Maryland, USA - OCT 1, 2013
Appearance: clear medium-dark brown, with pretty ruby-amber highlights and a short, fizzy light tan head. Aroma: caramel, molasses, graham cracker, star anise, and a surprisingly herbal undertone whiffing around. Taste: slightly sweet, a little nutty, with caramel, brown sugar, and a bitter, herbal note as forecast by the aroma. Finish: smooth, yet slightly zingy, with lingering brown toast, nuts, basil, and anise. Notes: Didnít really care for the herbal accents to this; guess I wasnít a fan of the hemp addition. Palate was a little watery, and the typical brown ale flavors were overly subdued.


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