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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 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
eaglefan538 (2937) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
vtafro (4696) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
adnielsen (10037) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
monkeychugg55 (950) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2011
Cola color with a very small, off-white head. The aroma is mostly strong caramel, with some brown sugar, and spices. The flavor is lighter and crisper than I had expected. Sweet, with caramel and brown sugar, but reminds me of a watered-down porter. Abrupt finish.

   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 I’ve ever seen it used as an adjunct before.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
stouby (4041) - Holbæk, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2011
Draught at The Wicked Shamrock, Lompoc, USA. Clear orange-red with an off-white head. Aroma moderate malty (roasted) and spicy (tobacco, herbal). Flavor moderate sweet and spicy. Medium body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hair6a11 (1426) - Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Bottle; pour is murky dark amber / brown with a khaki head in this glass; retention on the mild side, really, with very light lacing present. the nose is underwhelming, really; brown malts and... ale yeast and....the flavor profile follows it for me. there is a bitterness present from the hop profile, light brown malts, and a bit of herbals. an easy drinker

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6699) - 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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