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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)


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2010
A: snifter. Pours a dark, rich brown slight ruby color with an off-white head that dissipates rather quickly. light lacing. S: earthy malt aroma, some slight nutty characteristics. T: Nutty, oily, and bitter taste with malt background. Finish is a little bit more mellow, but the flavors wears down after a while. M: Light to medium body and rather oily and smooth, with little carbonation. D: Not a bad beer, but a novelty item to say the least. The flavor tends to get old after a while.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
eaglefan538 (2911) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 20, 2010
On draft. The pour was red average brown color, mediocre initial head, weak lacing. The aroma was nuts, caramel, chocolate, some berries. The flavor followed, chocolate, faint roast, nuts, caramel, and dark berries, which perhaps was the hemp? Seemed to make me dead tired, maybe something else caused that? Mouthfeel was full to a little undercarbonated, with slight malty sticky aspects. Just another average brown ale, imo.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
vtafro (3823) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2011
Bottle. Dark brown pour with slight white head. Slight earthy grassy, "herbal" aroma. Flavor is mildly earthy and spice flavor with some heavy caramel and toasted malt influence.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
adnielsen (9470) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2014 Blind tasting @ home. Hazy deep reddish orange appearance with a light brown head. Slightly oxidized / cardboard, burnt sugar / caramel / molasses, pear / apple nose. Moderately to highly sweet. Earthy / herbal bitterness. Chalky / dusty grainy. Dull mouth feel. Some acidity. Not all that great.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2011
On tap at the Yard House. Dark brown brew with a small amount of tan head. Very malty aroma with some slight chocolate and hops. Almost has a rye-like quality to the flavor. A bit of nuttiness as well. Not bad but not much going on. The only hemp ale Iíve ever had.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - APR 1, 2011
Bottle. Poured a coke brown with a tiny white head. Left lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma was earthy, tree, spices and herbs. Flavor was chocolate malts, floral. A weird chewy aftertaste. Not the best.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thegreenrooster (3304) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - APR 6, 2011
Pour is a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is caramel malts with a little roasted nuts. Flavor is a little roasted malt but kinda watery in the end. Again I donít know what hemp seeds taste like so I donít know if they add anything to the beer. Average brown ale.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2011
Medium brown with a small off-brown crown. Aroma of toffee, caramel and mild nuttiness. Taste is an average brown ale with mild nuttiness, caramel and light hops. Not noticing anything that would resemble hemp, but not sure Iíve ever seen it used as an adjunct before.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - APR 28, 2003
Had from bottle - April 28, 2003
Pours a dark reddish brown with a slight head that lingers for a while. Aroma is quite malty with a bit o' hops. Taste is initially strong, but weakens quickly - almost zero aftertaste. Flavor is quite underwhelming without any stand-out tastes. An interesting gimmick, but nothing more.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6352) - 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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