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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)


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
forthebirds (26) - - MAY 10, 2014
Medium brown with thick head. Metallic. Sweet. Blech. Not my choice for a brown.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lutz2jm (148) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Got at wine 101 in wf nc. Ok brown ale. Carmel taste is slightly to overpowering and give the beer a very sweet overall taste.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HIGHB4LL (656) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2014
On tap at Firestone. Appearance: light brown color, clear, khaki head. Aroma: nutty, caramel, light floral. Palate: light body, dry finish, soft carbonation. Taste: sweet throughout. Overall, almost cloying sweetness. Not my brown.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
chinchill (2142) - South Carolina, USA - APR 16, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2014 12 oz bottle dated 26 July 2012 served in a snifter. "Brewed and bottled by Nectar Ales" on the label. Pours clear, deep mahogany in color, with a large and durable tan head and excellent lacing (1st sample had a fragile and small head). Aroma; a mix of with caramel and toffee malts, with a hint of alcohol infused dark fruits and an off aroma that may indicate I left this in my refrigerator for too long. Flavor: hmm, a buttery (diacetyl?) component that is not entirely bad. Medium and dark roasted malt base. I believe I can taste the hemp seeds too; at least there’s an unusual nutty-herbal note. Slightly sweet until the balanced finish. Mild malty-toffee aftertaste. Feel: Very smooth, with excellent, soft medium carbonation. O: perhaps not at its best but likely not to exceed very good. (revisited with fresh bottle in Nov. 2014 -- rating upgraded)

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AbbeyRoade (401) - Missouri, USA - APR 7, 2014
Sweet, malty smell and malty taste. Taste isn’t very sweet and leaves something to be desired.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Getbetter (887) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - MAR 30, 2014
From a tap at Firestone Walker taproom.The pour is a burgundy with a white minimum head.A light to medium body with a molasses texture.Nothing too out of the ordinary and kinda of forgettable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jimthechap (1790) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 20, 2014
Oh it looks like a brown ale that could come from my ancestral home of the North of England, but I doubt my ancestors would have contemplated adding hemp to their beer... they make ropes out if that don’t they? This beer is on the ruby side of brown with an off-white head that left sporadic spiderweb lace down the glass. A good niff of the aroma reveals something I wasn’t expecting or was pleased to find. It smells of hydrochloric acid and partially digested food, In short, like newly chucked vomit. Faintly sweet and vegetal with chlorophyll on caramel. Mercifully, it took me a few niffs and some sips to draw this conclusion. Fortunately, it wasn’t too late. This is a beer style that carries the hemp in a ’you’ll love it or hate it’ way. Equally fortunately, it does it fairly well. The finish is a balance of that brown ale nuttiness, the caramel and the green astringency of the hemp. It’s a beer of contrasts rather than harmony and worth trying at least once on that basis. Is it worth trying twice? Not unless the next edition gives you some sort of dizzying high as well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ronaldtheriot (1336) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - MAR 13, 2014
Humboldt Hemp Ale (Humboldt Brown) has a very thick, soapy, beige head, a straightforward brown appearance, with a bit of haze and some lacing left behind. The aroma is of overriding sweetness, medium-roasted barley malt, and it’s pungent. Taste is of those elements, with a nice, noticeable, but not harsh, hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and a tad slick, and Humboldt Hemp Ale finishes mostly dry, refreshing, and easy going. No alcohol detected. Also, I did not detect anything that I would associate with the hemp seeds. RJT

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ericdevin (890) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAR 11, 2014
Bottle, unknown. Pours a medium cloudy brown, little to no tan head. Aroma rich and full, big, buttery and sickly sweet, brown sugar, candi sugar. Body lively and fluffy, finish slight and watery. Like this better on tap, bottle is pretty meh.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fredis23 (515) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Murky Brown, Small Head That Did Not Last, Light Spotty Strings Of Lacing. Faint Toasted Malt Aroma. Lightly Toasted, Lightly Sweet, Light Bitter. Rather thin. Easy to drink but I did not get The Hemp part. Just OK. Pass It...


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