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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jstraw (1930) - 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 (2754) - 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 (2987) - 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 (1048) - 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 (3101) - 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 (3315) - 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 (1461) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maxwelldeux (3723) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUN 20, 2013
Draught in a flight. Pours a dark brown color with a thick tan head on it. Nose is definitely malt forward with some nice toasting elements to it. Taste was actually surprisingly bitter, but with a little bit of caramel coming through. Interesting brown ale...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beertholomeus (833) - California, USA - JUN 19, 2013
Pours brown with thick off white head. Malt, bread, hop, nut and caramel aromas. Malt, caramel, bread and nut flavors. Bready finish. Medium full body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dacrza (525) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2013
Date tasted: May 24, 2013... Glassware: Victory Hop Devil nonick... Occasion: recognizing baseball coaching season is almost over... Appearance: dark brown body with a monstrous brown two-finger head that foams significantly--welcoming!... Aroma: lightly toasted, brightly hopped--a bit of mild sweetness too... Palate: smooth--too smooth?--with mild effervescence late, and little more... Taste: quite mild and unassuming--mellow to the point of nondescription; I recall having a Hempen Ale and wondering the similar thought--hemp doesn’t seem to alter much... Overall: a pleasant, easy-drinking brew that has little in its complexity (it is a brown, after all), and yet its promise to be anomalous doesn’t quite pan out....but for its price point, about right.

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