Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 11, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This brew pours with a deep red body topped by a thick off-white head with some lacing. The aroma is rather well balanced leaning slightly towards bitter and it has a slight mustiness. The flavor is slightly bitter and, well, tastes slightly similar to pot. A slightly sweet maltiness is observed in the background. Medium bodied and smooth with a sliy dryness. Not a half bad beer.
sphinx (11) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JAN 27, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
For a hemp ale, this is my favorite. Honestly some of them are pretty bad, but I am quite fond of this one. Today I am drinking a pint poured from a bottle, but it is much better on tap at the brewery in Arcata, CA. Still, it is great in a bottle. It has an amber color and a light head that dissipates quickly. Tastes like a decent micro-brew ale, but can't tast any hemp. Previously, I have used hemp oil for cooking, and this beer tastes nothing like that. It is a good beer, a great hemp ale, and it would be better if it was under $7 for a 6-pack.
Ernest (5892) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2012 Bottle.
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is dark brown.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted bread/nuts), with light notes of pepper, poppy seeds, cardboard.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Thin, watery, and bland for its size. Not a very enticing nose either...some resemblance to oxidation despite these bottles having just shown up in local stores. Not terrible, but a drain pour for me.
labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2003
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
I bought this basically cuz of the hummingbird on the front. Very malty with a bad aftertaste. Maybe they used the wrong chronic to brew this crap.
drinkbeer (281) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - SEP 20, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This had a very slight tomato/salsa taste that turned me off at first, but the beer grows on you. Unfortunately, I didn't end up getting high off this beer.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - AUG 25, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2003 On draught, almost no head. Tasted like an average ale but slightly oily in texture (possibly from the hemp seed). Just not as good as other hemp ales I've tried. You could call it something else and I would never guess they used hemp seeds in this.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUN 27, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not much flavor for a semi-dark beer. The flavors that are there are out of wack. Too malty with a strange caramel aftertaste.
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUN 24, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
An enjoyable ale. Nice hop and malt balance, a little caramel sweetness in the finish.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Horribly underwhelming in most respects. It pours a ruby red and magenta color with a white and slightly opaque head that dissipated very quickly. The aroma is filled with malts, almonds, cherries, cranberry, and something rustic. The body is very juice-like and light with a heavy cranberry and syrupy malty finish. I feel like i just swallowed a glass of boysenberry syrup or ate some pancakes. I'm not quite getting any hemp flavor, just more malt than anything. A strange acetic bitter maltiness is all thats truly out of the ordinary. Medium carbonation, and light mouthfeel...not very appealing other than as an "i tried it..". Next please....
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - APR 28, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Had from bottle - April 28, 2003
Pours a dark reddish brown with a slight head that lingers for a while. Aroma is quite malty with a bit o' hops. Taste is initially strong, but weakens quickly - almost zero aftertaste. Flavor is quite underwhelming without any stand-out tastes. An interesting gimmick, but nothing more.