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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)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
egajdzis (5196) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2010 Poured a reddish amber color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malt, light roast, nuts, and citrus hops as well. Taste of more nuts and caramel, with a touch of citrus bitterness, and a somewhat piney finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Lubiere (9440) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2006
Red copper ale with a nice thin off-white head. Nutty malt aroam with hemp oil coming out. Malty nutty ale with some harshness in mouth, not pleasant. Russian River Beer Revival & Barbecue Cook-Off, August 20, 2005.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2005
a decent brown ale, i donít know what the hemp is all about but this is well balanced, and interesting. i think the hemp is just a gimmick to get hippies to buy this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - AUG 28, 2005
Sampled@Port Solona: Root beer color with a small off white head. Aroma is caramel sweet. Flavor sweet, a little nutty, peppery (seltzer like) with a light bitterness in the finish. Thin, smooth palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 18, 2005
Well, thereís not much here to work with. Pours well, with a smallish head. Nice brownish coloring, very little lace on the glass. Very veggie flavor, and has very little actual "hemp" attitude. Overall, not something Iíd make an effort for.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Odeed (1774) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 24, 2005
light brown body with a little white head.aroma of nuts and malts.nice roasted nut flavor with medium mouthfeel.not to bad at all.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrewDad (4632) - Olympia, USA - SEP 27, 2005
This was a nice dark brown ale that had a good flavor but nothing overall that excited me. I was expecting more I guess my stoner genes where wanting more. I would try this for fun and this is a good herb beer and will give some to friends for fun.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Saarlander (1685) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - NOV 15, 2005
Darker than I was expecting for some reason, taste was of a bitter hazelnut, Not a bad flavor at all, quite good actually, Iíll have it again!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 8, 2005
12oz from fordest. Pours a brown color with a small off white head. Nose was kinda nutty, lightly hopy, and some sweet malt. taste was mostly nutty, some ligh tmalt and a hoppy bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Taverner (1076) - San Ramon, California, USA - SEP 29, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2008 This is one of the best beer’s I’ve ever had. IT keeps things simple, but the hemp flavor in the hopping process rounds out the flavor, and evens out any sharp edges that pop up in dark ales. ON SECOND ANALYSIS: It’s not bad. It’s just not as great as I thought before. The hemp does give it a nice, non-hoppy bitter edge, which improves complexity. But other than that, not much else stands out on this beer.

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