JHeath99 (1247) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUN 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap from Lazy Dog. Pours a dark brown with a thick ring of beige head. Taste is not too shabby, malty and nutty. Aroma of caramel and malt.
beerguy00 (186) - Fountain Valley, California, USA - JUN 4, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2014 Dark brown pour with small head. Floral and spruce smell. A bit of a caramel and rosted nutty flavor with bitter finish.
nike (966) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle, dark brown pour, small thin head, little lacing. Light body, slightly sweet taste coming through, grain, thin feel, with a slight bitter finish. Lively co2. Decent overall.
forthebirds (26) - - MAY 10, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Medium brown with thick head. Metallic. Sweet. Blech. Not my choice for a brown.
Lutz2jm (168) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
HIGHB4LL (773) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
chinchill (2556) - South Carolina, USA - APR 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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)
AbbeyRoade (437) - Missouri, USA - APR 7, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sweet, malty smell and malty taste. Taste isn’t very sweet and leaves something to be desired.
Getbetter (928) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - MAR 30, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
Jimthechap (1885) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.