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RATINGS: 495   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
arminjewell (8749) - East Lansing, Michigan, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (8667) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2007
Bottle. Deep brown pour that has a great ruby shade through light, and about 2 fingers of khaki head. Aroma is dark malt, brown sugar, hops, chocolate. Tastes rich, chocolatey malty, with some brown sugar and hop notes. This one comes off like a scwarzbier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DSG (8664) - Tel Aviv, - OCT 7, 2012
Bottle sample at a tasting at kerenmk’s place. Thanks kerenmk. Clear brown with a beige head. Aroma of chocolate with nuts and a bit of toastiness. Sweet malty flavor with nuts, caramel, a bit of toastiness, a bit of chocolate, some herbal notes and a bit of metal hints. Medium-bodied. So-so

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BVery (8186) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 4, 2015
Bottle. Deep amber to brown pour. Small soapy white head. Aroma is malty, nutty, and slightly herbal. Medium palate, somewhat sweet to the taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (8152) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7905) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 2, 2009
Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. Pours a deep amber with a tan head. Aroma of caramel and grain. Taste is lightly smokey, chewy with some caramel. Light bubbles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (7824) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
marcus (7810) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (7644) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7565) - 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.

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