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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)


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - SEP 15, 2010
12oz bottle poured brown with minimal head. a roasty toasty cereal malt flavor but not overwhelmingly "smokey." (haha had to make bad a pot joke) good brown ale not what i was expecting

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2004
rating # 420: Light brown with a medium head. Aroma is grains and resiny hops. Flavour is lightly sweet, somewhat bitter. Kind of an average sort of ale.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Padron4KM (566) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Poured from bottle. Dark brown, with a tight tan head, and moderate lacing.
Aroma is roasty, bready malt.
Flavor is mostly roasty malt, with a touch of citrusy hops. Finish is slightly bitter, with a mild vegetal note.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BoltonDK (561) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2012
Small aroma. Dark clear brown color, white head. Medium dry taste with notes of anis ? Nice brown ale.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mbgrayson (560) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Pours a clear dark brown with a reddish hue. Very little head. Aroma is malty. Taste of a decent brown, with (I guess) a hemp after-taste. Not that good of a palate, a little rough. All in all, this one is just OK.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bartzilla (551) - La Mesa, California, USA - FEB 22, 2008
I’ll rate this for historical purposes. One of the gateway craft beers, along with Red Tail and Arrogant Bastard, back in the day. Used to go through a couple pitchers of this at a time at the Tilted Stick because Chip had a tough time giving this stuff away because it was too different at the time. I flocked to it.

There was that time I put my clothes in the wash at the launderette next door to the Stick and decided I’d stop in for some lunch and a beer while my clothes tumbled. Fast forward to about 11pm and a solid 3 or 4 pitchers of Humboldt Hemp Ale to my head and it was a bitter pill to see the launderette closed. Didn’t even get my clothes to the dryer until the next day. Solid times.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dacrza (543) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - MAY 19, 2007
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

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 18, 2001
Odd. Pretty much a pale ale, but with a ’seedy’ spiciness that I can only assume is a result of the hemp, since I may well be the one person in the world who hasn’t blazed even once. Of course the bar served it too damn cold and in a stupid chilled glass, so only the last fourth of the beer really even counts. Quite smooth for the strong flavor. Give it a shot.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dumontn (529) - CHICAGO, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2011
Pours rich clear ruby brown with 1 finger of sudsy head that fades to a skin, lackluster retention. Aroma is toffee, caramel, raisins, nuts, spicy plums. Taste is toffee, raisin, sweet caramel, very mild woody/spicy hop profile. Body is medium, frothy, less than average carbontation, balanced finish that highlights malty sweetness but balances perfectly with mild hop bitterness, very mild astringency (perhaps from tannins in the hemp hulls?). Overall, a tasty beer that incorporates cannabis in one of its incarnations. Rock on, man.


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