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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)


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7172) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 23, 2010
Bottled. Poured rich, coppery-brown with a short cap of khaki head. The aroma picked up dry molasses and caramel notes with most definite herbal accents.. touches of honey and lemongrass as it warmed up. The flavor found nutty notes and lesser molasses at the core.. dry herbal notes and earthy bitterness surrounded.. finished dry and herbal over nice nutty malts. Light-medium bodied and dry on the palate.. the seeds were a nice accent to the malt bill here.. got caught up on a few places on the palate. I’d drink more.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7043) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2011
12oz bottle pours a nice deep brown that’s nuanced by garnet hues supporting a tan head. The mild aroma is a mix of roasted malts, chocolate malts and a pleasing firm level of clumpy wet earthiness. The taste is similar with a tasty mix of roasted malts, chocolate malts, some milk chocolate bar and a yummy earthiness. There seems to be something meandering around the earthiness but I can’t put words to it. Maybe it is the hemp or maybe I’m over analyzing. Along the edges of the flavor are thin rings of spicy hops. Overall the aroma is a bit timid buy everything else is spot on good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (6967) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 19, 2007
Clear chestnut brown, surprising initial aroma of earthy pot (is this the power of suggestion?) gives way to sweet chocolate. Mostly chocolatey palate, a slightly grassy/earthy quality, smooth mouthfeel with medium body, clean finish. I thought this was an excellent brown ale.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6861) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 25, 2006
Bottle. Ruby brown beer with a nice off-white head. Slightly fruity and caramel aroma. Clean malt, caramel, and slight fruit (stone) flavor. Touch of cpise. Medium bodied. Easy drinking.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrSilverworm (6798) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2013
20oz pint on tap at Cock & Bull in Hyde Park, for $6.75. Clear dark red / slightly brown color. Thin khaki head retains on the surface. Leaves decent bits of lace. Medium-plus body. Smooth, crisp, lighter carbonation. Lightly dry in the finish. Good toasty, slightly nutty malt profile. Kind of spicy hop, good amount for a brown ale. Bit of herbal, earthy, hemp-type flavors here, hint of chocolate. Moderate sweet taste, light bitter. Solid, kind of spicy-hoppy brown ale.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
marcus (6680) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 21, 2008
This black ale poured with decent tan head and a malty aroma. The head disappeared quickly and so did the flavor - a bit of malt with a sour bitter finish. There are surely better hemp products out there.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6665) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2011
Draft at The Bridge. Pours a cloudy, light brown color with a small, creamy off-white head. Aroma of chocolate malts, earthy hops, toast, nuts, and faint herbs and citrus. Flavor of crackers, earthy hops, chocolate malts, nuts, toast, and grass. Light-bodied, with modest carbonation and a malty, earthy mouthfeel. Really smooth and easy to drink. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6520) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 27, 2010
Bottle 355 ml
Aroma good malt aroma , hint of hops , good character , depth , woody leafy scent. Touch of alcohol. 7+
Appearance brown shade , hint of red ruby garnet. Light creamy foam.
Flavor and Palate : Mid bodied with lighter sides. Good depth of malt work , smooth with gentle bitterness. Solid offering. 14+/20

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
arminjewell (6322) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2010
Highly disappointing. Pours dark brown/black with off white head, aroma is some chocolate and roasted notes with a bit of resiny hops. Taste is resiny hops up front with some chocolate and coffee ending roasted and bitter. Not at all hemp-like, with more porter like qualities.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6306) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2003
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.


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