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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
raiderjake (4) - USA - DEC 29, 2006 does not count
Better then I thought it would be, smooth hoppy ale, goes well with alfredo sauce. Great for that burn out college kid you know, although I tasted no hemp.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 4, 2006
Bottle: Pours an amber color with average head and lacing. The nose is lightly hoppy and a bit fruity with some pale malts, but Iím not getting much in the hemp department. Maybe a bit of spice. The flavor is herbal and sweet, rich caramel malts and bright hops, but no real hemp anything. Woo, letís call it hemp ale to sell more. Why not just Pale ale? Oh, they already have one of those.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hayduke (3470) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 21, 2006
22 oz bottle. Poured a red-brown color with a nice light tan head. Good nose of spices and a fairly heavy mouthfeel. Flavors of malt carmel and chocolate, with an overlay of fruit. No sign of hemp. But that doesnít detract from the brew, which is quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwyerpg (4653) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 6, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2008 Original rating 3.0 Smells like malt, and actually has abit of smokiness to it. :) No flavor that lasts too long, but overall a decent brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
scanman (149) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - NOV 5, 2006
This was pretty smooth for a hoppy ale. Nicely modeled and a real good structure. No jagged flavors. Nice color with a hint of spice in the aftertaste. A nice winter ale. Not real refreshing. Recommended.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
davidflores99 (225) - Long Beach, California, USA - NOV 2, 2006
Nothing really special about this beer, I only wanted to try it because it had hemp seed in it heh, even though I didnt taste any hint of it.....it wasnít too bad, a little bitter malty taste to it, pretty smooth drinking, wouldnít mind drinking this again though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6860) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 25, 2006
Bottle. Ruby brown beer with a nice off-white head. Slightly fruity and caramel aroma. Clean malt, caramel, and slight fruit (stone) flavor. Touch of cpise. Medium bodied. Easy drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 31, 2006
(12 oz bottle: Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA) Darker in color and "darker" in flavor than I remember, Iím pleasantly surprised at how nice this beer is, and by how much it reminds me of a brown ale. Amber-brown in color and slightly hazy, itís capped by a small, light-tan head that fades to a ring a bit too quickly. Aromas of dry, toasted caramel and a bit of chocolate, this has the clean, dry nose of a lager. Matching flavors of toast, caramel and bakerís chocolate, plus it has a pretty dry the finish, so the palate a fairly clean for what it is. Totally not what I was expecting here, which is good since I wasnít expecting much of anything. Flavorful, pleasant, easy drinking, and no, I canít taste the hemp seeds, a claim I heard a few times when I presented this beer at a recent beer tasting at BevMo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - AUG 16, 2006
Bottled. Pours a rich garnet color with an ivory head. Caramel, chocolate, malt, and some licorice aromas. Rather thick mouth feel. Dry, dusty malt character with a slight hop bitterness. More chocolate and some fruit notes as well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rybowen (105) - Los Angeles 90039, California, USA - AUG 11, 2006
Decent Brownish ale, good full body and bitter flavor, but nothing hemp-like about it. Pretty average, nice label, though, and the concept is an attention-getter.

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