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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
crossovert (6927) - Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2011
Spicy, mildly hoppy brown. I guess this recipe was inherited by FW and it isnít one of their better beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6760) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2011
12oz bottle pours a nice deep brown thatís 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 canít put words to it. Maybe it is the hemp or maybe Iím 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6715) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (6438) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6368) - 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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
marcus (6300) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6204) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6178) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Bottle:   Deep brown, copper highlights, small sudsy off-white head, a few spots of lacing.   Sweet malty nose, subtle roastiness, hint of bittersweet chocolate.   Much the same on the tongue, although not as malty as I would have liked.   Flavors fall off quickly.   Average body and mouthfeel.   Perhaps a little dry.   Some astringency on the finish, albeit its minor.   Average Brown Ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6142) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
after4ever (6055) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2008
22. Brown with thin gray film. Mild nutty, woody nose. Medium, slightly bubbly body. Indistinct mid-palate of wood, caramel. Very little tang of nutty, slightly sour hemp oil. Light finish. Definitely the most interesting thing about this beer is reading the label to find out whatís in it. Not sure where theyíre getting the "toasted crystal malt flavor," but there may be a joke there I am missing.

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