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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)


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fredis23 (481) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Murky Brown, Small Head That Did Not Last, Light Spotty Strings Of Lacing. Faint Toasted Malt Aroma. Lightly Toasted, Lightly Sweet, Light Bitter. Rather thin. Easy to drink but I did not get The Hemp part. Just OK. Pass It...

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - AUG 25, 2003
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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fishonmyplane (465) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Dark, almost porterlike appearance. The hemp gives it an earthy flavor, like chewing on a rope or a piece of straw. Fairly sweet, not a lot of hops or roasted malt. Light bodied. A little gimmicky and not the most well made brown ale.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnyoski (443) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Bottle. Clear brown pour with a large, foamy tan head. Very malty aroma, with caramel and leaves. Nutty, sweet flavor with a funky bitter finish from the hemp seeds. Sticky texture with average carbonation. Light to medium bodied. Unique, but doesn’t measure up to the other hemp ale I regularly have.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bnoel09 (439) - Elk Grove, California, USA - FEB 28, 2011
From the tap to a 24oz. mug at the midtown Sacramento location. Cola brown color with a tan head. Aroma is mostly caramel and chocolate malts with some hop notes. Flavor includes sweet malts along with chocolate, nuts, and roasted flavors. Overall this is a very solid brown ale with a nice balance between sweet and roasted characters.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 18, 2005
Well, there’s not much here to work with. Pours well, with a smallish head. Nice brownish coloring, very little lace on the glass. Very veggie flavor, and has very little actual "hemp" attitude. Overall, not something I’d make an effort for.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2004
This beer poured a golden yellow color w/ good head and slight lacing. Malty and crisp w/ citrusy notes on the nose, and the same in the mouth. Good effervescence, and a light body complemented this beer. I like it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
robgibbens (415) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - JUN 5, 2012
Very dark brown pour with a small head the fades fast. Roasted, nutty aroma. Taste is sweet with oats and cereal, very interesting. The finish is clean. This brew is very nice. I like the aroma and flavors all the way through!

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - APR 28, 2003
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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown pour, literally no head to speak of. Aroma was hops, maybe a touch of malt. Flavor was just like a brown ale, like said below. Not a bad beer, but nothing special either.


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