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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)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maxamillion (103) - Glendora, California, USA - JAN 23, 2005
Small Head, a lot darker than what i was expecting. dark amber/brown. Nice refreshing feel. Good for warm day. I would say that it looks like it should taste a tiny bit stronger than it is but i really like the taste myself. I really enjoy this brew and will keep it on hand.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - AUG 16, 2006
Bottled. Pours a rich garnet color with an ivory head. Caramel, chocolate, malt, and some licorice aromas. Rather thick mouth feel. Dry, dusty malt character with a slight hop bitterness. More chocolate and some fruit notes as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Koskela (290) - Marysville, California, USA - JUL 20, 2012
I smell a malty chocoately smell in this crystal clear dark red brew with a little bit of head. Its malty and slitly bitter a good combo. Has a touch of choc at the end with a bitter aftertaste. Not very too malty but there is sweetness in good moderation. Slightly full bodied a bit much for s red but crisp. A very good brew tho the body is a bit heavy but worth a buy and rebuy for sure.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmagnus87 (2427) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2012
12oz bottle poured into a shaker. Pours a clear dark brown with a ruby hue. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, caramel, toffee, dark fermented fruits and a little plum. Taste is light bitter. Coffee and caramel with some herbal hops and dark fruits. Medium bodied with a somewhat thin texture. Lively carbonation and a decently long finish. Overall, not bad. There is some sort of odd taste that I can’t quite place. The only thing I can think of would be the hemp seeds. Try it if you find it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ronaldtheriot (1257) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - MAR 13, 2014
Humboldt Hemp Ale (Humboldt Brown) has a very thick, soapy, beige head, a straightforward brown appearance, with a bit of haze and some lacing left behind. The aroma is of overriding sweetness, medium-roasted barley malt, and it’s pungent. Taste is of those elements, with a nice, noticeable, but not harsh, hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and a tad slick, and Humboldt Hemp Ale finishes mostly dry, refreshing, and easy going. No alcohol detected. Also, I did not detect anything that I would associate with the hemp seeds. RJT

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
opiate (199) - Sandy, Utah, USA - APR 8, 2001
A very nice ale. I’d swear it’s made with coriander and not hemp. (But then, I’m not sure what hemp tastes like.) Anywho...a nice beer. Reminds me of Traquair House Jacobite Ale except it’s not quite as rich. Warning: This stuff pours like homebrew. Watch out for the gunk in the bottle...I wasn’t prepared for that and now I’m drinking it! ;-)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Taverner (1098) - San Ramon, California, USA - SEP 29, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2008 This is one of the best beer’s I’ve ever had. IT keeps things simple, but the hemp flavor in the hopping process rounds out the flavor, and evens out any sharp edges that pop up in dark ales. ON SECOND ANALYSIS: It’s not bad. It’s just not as great as I thought before. The hemp does give it a nice, non-hoppy bitter edge, which improves complexity. But other than that, not much else stands out on this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - JUN 28, 2006
THis had a good head.Aroma was robust of hops and malt,perhaps some barley,maybe it was the hemp.Color was a medium brown.Tasted full-bodied,with a bitter after taste.Good beer.will buy again.Why am I hungry all-of-a-suden??

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bnoel09 (434) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NJBeerman013 (1050) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Draft. Pours a chestnut brown color with minimal head. The aroma is nutty with a slight herbal note. Smooth and rich malty flavor with a helbal spicyness in the back.

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