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RATINGS: 489   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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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)


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
after4ever (6693) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2008
22. Brown with thin gray film. Mild nutty, woody nose. Medium, slightly bubbly body. Indistinct mid-palate of wood, caramel. Very little tang of nutty, slightly sour hemp oil. Light finish. Definitely the most interesting thing about this beer is reading the label to find out what’s in it. Not sure where they’re getting the "toasted crystal malt flavor," but there may be a joke there I am missing.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 20, 2008
Pours murky brown with an off-white head. Dank malty aroma with the noticeable vegetable-hemp aroma. Same goes for the taste. BIg caramel malt flavors mixed with peppery hops. The straw/vegetable/hemp flavor is throughout, but doesn’t really add anything in a positive way.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SamGamgee (2451) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAR 13, 2008
Draught at Woodstocks IV. Dark brown with a medium beige head that laces the glass. Roasty and toasty aroma with some herbal quality. The flavor is between a brown ale and a porter, with some chocolate roasted bitterness showing, but remaining pretty smooth. The hemp is subtle, as has been every example I’ve had, but it adds a nice dimension, and makes for an interesting and drinkable darker ale. medium to lighter body and lighter carbonation.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bartzilla (568) - La Mesa, California, USA - FEB 22, 2008
I’ll rate this for historical purposes. One of the gateway craft beers, along with Red Tail and Arrogant Bastard, back in the day. Used to go through a couple pitchers of this at a time at the Tilted Stick because Chip had a tough time giving this stuff away because it was too different at the time. I flocked to it.

There was that time I put my clothes in the wash at the launderette next door to the Stick and decided I’d stop in for some lunch and a beer while my clothes tumbled. Fast forward to about 11pm and a solid 3 or 4 pitchers of Humboldt Hemp Ale to my head and it was a bitter pill to see the launderette closed. Didn’t even get my clothes to the dryer until the next day. Solid times.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
sickassmick (227) - Concord, California, USA - FEB 12, 2008
5.99 6pk everyday at cork and bottle. the smell and taste of this really give me more of a brown ale feel. Really really lightly carbonated. Pours cool dark brown amber with hardly any head even if you pour it straight into the bottom of the glass. Malty nose, malty sweet front, not really any hop bite, watery mouth feel, drinkable i guess, but nothing too special.. bud is 4.99 a six pack, so I guess it’s worth the extra buck. I’d probably rather have it than newcastle, while we’re on the topic of brown ale. Is this style really called a "spice herb vegetable"? Is that how you say it? LOL

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - FEB 4, 2008
This was different and richer, but less strongly-flavoured than I had expected. It is very dark red with a medium, dense, lasting head that slowly dissipates but never vanishes. It leaves a little weak lace. The aroma is light caramel, toasted grain, and delicate citrusy-flowery element. The taste is almost like a light, mild porter, being mostly lightly sweet with mild, burnt caramel, dark toast, hints of chocolate, with a light flowery element and bitterness in the finish. It has good flavours but they are all rather muted and the whole thing is very smooth and soft, almost too soft. It gets kind of boring after a bit.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeremytoni (3017) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2008
From the tap poured copper color with a good amount of head. Bitter lasting flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 7, 2008
Thanks again to Eric for a taste of this nice beer--Poured a deep syrupy brown amber body with a small milky head. Lots of aroma. Fruity, thick, floral, and malty. Flavor of rich bubblegum. Like some of my favorite hoppy barley wines but a lot lower on the alcohol end. Finished sweet and mildly spicy and faintly cloying.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Aroma is sweet, syrupy, lots of dark crystal malt, milky. Flavor is fairly dry, coffee-roastiness, rather one-dimensional. Clean, spicily bitter finish.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jgb9348 (5098) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2008
Light amber coloured body with a thinnish off-white head. Aroma of some mild hops, coupled with some malt and a bit of sweetness. Light to Medium-bodied; Strong malty taste up front with a bit of nuts and a dose of fresh hops shows nice. Aftertaste shows a bit more amber type flavour with some faint pit fruit tastes coming through. Overall, not a great showing, but not horrible either. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Whole Foods in San Francisco (4th St), California on 25-December-2007.


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