DocLock (9239) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Deep brown pour that has a great ruby shade through light, and about 2 fingers of khaki head. Aroma is dark malt, brown sugar, hops, chocolate. Tastes rich, chocolatey malty, with some brown sugar and hop notes. This one comes off like a scwarzbier.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - AUG 17, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Light brown color. Sweet malt aroma with hints of roasted malt. The flavor is similar, pretty good mouthfeel.
riversideAK (6010) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2007
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
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!
lb4lb (2582) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark pour that looks basically black, with head that didn’t 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 wasn’t bad, but not what I was expecting, and nothing to go out of the way for, I thought.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JUL 13, 2007
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
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 wasn’t offensive, it was just simply boring.
FlacoAlto (4125) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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 can’t really see this being added to beer on its flavor merits alone.
DuffMan (8801) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 19, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 27, 2007
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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 couldn’t quite put my finger on earlier). I don’t 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.
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - MAY 19, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - MAY 3, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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. I’d almost call this a brown ale. A great example of a West Coast ale!