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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. (Editor’s Note: originally brewed by the Humboldt Brewing Company until their acquisition by Firestone Walker)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Geokkjer (5719) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 9, 2013
On tap at Firestone Walker taproom. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, malt and red fruits. Flavor is sweet and fruity with soon be red berries and coffee. Medium body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yngwie (13350) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 9, 2013
On tap at Firestone Walker Taproom, Buellton. A clear, dark brown beer with a small, off-white to light beige head. The aroma is lightly roasted, with caramel and some chocolate notes. Low on hoppy aromas and flavors, some bitterness though. Caramel, caramel malts and some chocolate and coffee hints. Medium body, soft carbonation, quite dry. Short finish. A bit boring, like most brown ales, not bad in any way though. 130809

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4009) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 3, 2013
Cool these are in NC now. Pours a clean and soft reddish brown with one finger of creamy cacao colored head. Nose is very nice, soft sweet malts with a nice caramel component and sweet biscuity background. Some earthy and lightly toasted grain as well. Nice raisiny, caramelly, bready sweet flavor. Dark round fruits with sweet malt and a hint of toasted grain. Medium bodied with a very light hop character and subtle carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jstraw (1914) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2013 Draft at Jerry’s. Clear, dark red-amber with good, foamy, tan head, nice lacing / Mild, sweet nose of dark caramel, smoke, chocolate, citrus, bread / Light body, some sweetness, toasty, good balance, weak finish / Light flavors of chocolate, smoke, plum, toast, orange / Pleasant, somewhat thin, more on order of lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DedicatedToFun (2402) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JUL 25, 2013
6 pack from BevMo, decent brown ale, hemp seeds, dark malts, nicely balanced, overall good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
queenholly (2919) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Bottle. Nutty brown sugar malt aroma. Clear chestnut with a moderate beige head, moderate lacing. Similar to the nose with nutty brown sugar malt flavor. Light body, average carbonation. Solid brown ale. I think this would be a good pizza beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammer (1030) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Bottle. Smooth is a good way of describing this one. Taste is roasted nuts, caramel and charred wood. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rumproasts (2863) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2013
bottle. Brown with small head. Drinking hemp makes me feel a bit like a dirty hippie. This is pretty tasty though. Very smooth brown ale

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AirForceHops (3115) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 30, 2013
12 oz. bottle purchased @ Top Shelf Brews, Hampton, NH. Aroma is caramel malts, nuttiness, with some brown sugar. Flavor is consistent with aroma, with a thin body. I don’t really know what hemp should smell or taste like but… I don’t pick up anything extra in this ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Block (1342) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Dark brown-red pour. Nearly non existent head. Body is a bit syrupy. Not enough carbonation, or something. Flavor is mild with a lot of malt sweetness. A slight burnt finish. Some alcohol comes through. Heavier than I expected.

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