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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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
riversideAK (5944) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2007
A brown beer with a super sweet malty and earthy aroma. Flavor is sweet and earthy. This is not really that good. Too sweet and too earth. Rather unpleasant really. Ughhh!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lb4lb (2581) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2007
Dark pour that looks basically black, with head that didnít hang around for long at all. Smell was a different sort of dark ripe sweet fruit, and roasted malt-ish. Taste was more nutty and kind of like a nut brown ale, and has slightly low carbonation, making it a touch watery since its body was on the thinner side as well. This wasnít bad, but not what I was expecting, and nothing to go out of the way for, I thought.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JUL 13, 2007
Sacramento Sports and Brew Fest. I seemed to have been cursed this Saturday to drink nothing but unispired, blah beer. This beer fell in line with todays theme. An aroma of subtle iced tea with no real signifigant character other than that. I tried, but zip. Appearance was a deep reddish/copper color, almost bordering on brown. Flavor was just uninspiring. Very little to hang your taste buds on to except some sweetness from the malts. While it wasnít offensive, it was just simply boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FlacoAlto (4100) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Pours with a three-finger thick, darkish, amber-tinged, tan colored head that sits atop a opaque, dark, concentrated amber colored brew that shows a brilliantly clear, ruby hue when held up to the light. The aroma is lightly sweet and fruity (soft berry notes) up front, but then a spicy, herbal, hemp aroma comes through almost immediately. A touch green, with a hint of black pepper, some notes of rosemary and hints of pine needles make up the hemp aromatics. While the hemp is the most notable thing about the aroma, it is still fairly soft overall.

Lightly sweet with a definite bitter edge to it from the get go; unlike a typical beer the bitterness actually seems to lessen a bit as the beer slides past the tongue and down the throat. Fruity notes of raisins and a generic berry flavor contribute to the flavor as does some dark malt notes of well toasted malt and not quite burnt caramel. Did I forget to mention the hemp, it is definitely here, though it is definitely not overwhelming; it contributes a green, concentrated grassiness, touches of menthol, something like pine tar and a definite resinous character that is unmistakable.

This is not a bad beer, it certainly has an interesting ingredient, but I canít really see this being added to beer on its flavor merits alone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (8628) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 19, 2007
Clear chestnut brown, surprising initial aroma of earthy pot (is this the power of suggestion?) gives way to sweet chocolate. Mostly chocolatey palate, a slightly grassy/earthy quality, smooth mouthfeel with medium body, clean finish. I thought this was an excellent brown ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 27, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2007 Poured a nice rich mahogany color with plenty of brown highlights. The head was thick and off-white, receded slowly and left spotty lacing. The aroma was lacking, with herbal notes and faint spice. The flavor was a blend of spicy malt and sweet floral hops with a bizarre, herbal finish that had a slightly oily mouthfeel (edit: Early Grey tea is the flavor I was tasting that I couldnít quite put my finger on earlier). I donít know if I actually tasted hemp on the finish or if I simply wanted to taste hemp on the finish, but right there at the end, there was a little something.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - MAY 19, 2007
did not have the slightest hint of hemp in it, not in aroma or in taste at least, i was expecting this ale to at least smell some what similar to the stuff but no dice, an overall average brew, nothing special

   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. Iíd 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 (1375) - 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 itís lack of flavor, you could totally session it.

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