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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 (2900) - 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 (3569) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JUL 20, 2002
My first hemp beer and may very well not have another (of course this isnít true). Nice aroma but did not enjoy the herb aftertaste.

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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - SEP 20, 2003
This had a very slight tomato/salsa taste that turned me off at first, but the beer grows on you. Unfortunately, I didn't end up getting high off this beer.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6264) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - MAR 31, 2005
Tap. Dark brown ruby color, thin whitish head, little lacing on my glass. Aroma is gently malty, not much complexity to it. Flavor has a dark malty flavor, a little darker than Newcastle, a twang of bitterness to it, kind of spicy in the finish. Body is average for a beer like this. A run of the mill beer, not much too good nor too bad to say about it.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2005
a decent brown ale, i donít know what the hemp is all about but this is well balanced, and interesting. i think the hemp is just a gimmick to get hippies to buy this.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - APR 8, 2006
On tap. Reddish brown, transparant color with a nice beige head. Some caramelized malty aromas with a light, grassy hops touch. Mouthfeel is syrupy, but not in a creamy or full kind of way. Flavor of toast and cherry jelly.


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