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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - MAY 3, 2007
Humboldt Hemp Ale is a deep raspberry brown in color with a small, dissipating parchment-colored head. The aroma is of piney, resinous hops and sweet malt, perhaps caramel. It is medium-bodied and ever so smooth with soft carbonation. It is not overtly bitter. The flavor is of resinous hops that linger lightly. I’d almost call this a brown ale. A great example of a West Coast ale!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
waolsen (1362) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2007
bottle. dark cranberry pour with a lot of fizzy cabonation to a healthy off white creamy head. aroma of an amber ale with roasted malts, floral hops and a bit of spice. suprisingly fruity and tart at first. mellows. roasted malts are steady, a bit of sourness. nice herbal qualities(not ganja). fairly hoppy. easy drinking quality brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - APR 13, 2007
Pours a dark mahogany color w/ a medium, semi creamy froth. Good head retention that finally settles to a full dusty canopy and lacing. Aroma is malty yet dry and brisk. Medium nectar w/ . A malt driven brew w/ a mild, herbal, hop component that sets up camp fast and sticks around. Mild flavored w/ a faint, almost tart nuance. Very mellow and I really like the velvet herbal hops. Hints of green tea, black cherry, cassis. The finish is bittered nicely w/ the same herbal hops. Because of it’s lack of flavor, you could totally session it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - APR 9, 2007
Clear copper body and small beige head that leaves minimal patches of lace. Subtle aroma of herbal hops and mild chocolate. Taste is chocolate and cola. Slight nuttiness and faint earthy and leafy hops. More of a brown ale than a spice or herb brew.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2007
Pours a deep ruby red with a minimal head.Nothing distinctive on th e aroma.Flavor was malty with a bitter finish.Easy to drink but nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - MAR 18, 2007
deep amber color with a small and quickly diminishing tan head. slightly malty coffee aroma. Taste is very watery, very lightly toasted malt with no hop experience to speak of. Uneventful :(

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fordest (2014) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAR 14, 2007
Dark cola color with a cola like fizzy head. Aromas were decent. Caramel, some spice. Lots of malt with some fruity aromas too. Flavor fell off a bit with some metal. More malt than hops. OK, but not excellent.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Dynamind69 (29) - San Miguel, California, USA - FEB 22, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2007 This ale had a nice color and aroma,but the taste was horrible,very bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemattie (4283) - Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2007
Beautiful full red with an almond head. Aroma of rich malt, almost like a robust honey. Amazing heavy malt nose. Reminds me of San Diego Pale Ales! Flavor is of a herbal, grassy hop. Tastes like a toasted crystal malt wort, without the sweetness. (Just a handful of grain) It is drier than I expected. The label alone is of course reason to try this one. Distinctive crystal grains throughout this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - JAN 31, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2007 Another pick up from Firestone Bar. A simple, good drinking beer. Nothing special just a nice easily put drank brew. The smell was a bit weak. The best thing about this ale was the drinkability. The weakest thing was prob. the smell and look, very simple on both parts. I could easily put back a bunch of these.

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