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RATINGS: 496   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2002
Dark and not that fizzy. Bitter. No hemp taste - but Im not sure Id recognize it if there WAS a hemp taste. An ordinary, uneventful ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 25, 2002
Absolutely not the taste I thought I would get. It was lacking in taste. An amber color slightly malty. No hemp flavor at all. Maybe a slight earthiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 27, 2003
Tastes like malt, maybe it tastes like hemp, but i dont know what the hell hemp tastes like. Spicy, hops are also thrown into the mix, though it has a very watery feel to it. Unimpressive, hemp ales are nothing more than gay marketing schemes.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - FEB 27, 2004
Light bodied, mostly malt. Drinkable but not much going on here. Only in your imagination would you detect any hemp flavor... ummm, I think.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - MAR 27, 2004
on tap at Hobson's Choice on Haight. brown at center, red at edges. little to no head. watery mouthfeel going in, but high carbonation. hop aftertaste. missed the hemp. maybe next time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2004
rating # 420: Light brown with a medium head. Aroma is grains and resiny hops. Flavour is lightly sweet, somewhat bitter. Kind of an average sort of ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nickd717 (4165) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 7, 2009
Tap at the Nut House in Palo Alto. Dark brown in color with an off-white head. Aroma is caramel malt, hops/hemp, and a little roast. Flavor is earth, grass, hemp, hops, caramel and roasted malt. Medium body with somewhat low carbonation. Pretty average overall.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nik925 (786) - USA - OCT 21, 2009
Thinness...reminds of a dunkelwiezen . I know they would love a hemp reference in this one, but it just comes across as a dunkle. not bad, nor good. apparently I got a bottle before firestone bought them. Decent, but nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 9, 2010
Hemp aroma is fairly pronounced, and comes out even more in the flavor. Some herbal hops add some complexity; finishes a wee bit astringent but not bad.

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