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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)


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - JAN 31, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2007 Another pick up from Firestone Bar. A simple, good drinking beer. Nothing special just a nice easily put drank brew. The smell was a bit weak. The best thing about this ale was the drinkability. The weakest thing was prob. the smell and look, very simple on both parts. I could easily put back a bunch of these.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopheaven (91) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 9, 2009
Deliciously fruity, zesty aroma... Rounded brown malt background... Nothing too dark here, perhaps chocolate malt, lighter caramel... Very slight coffee aroma... Malts are very mellow and nutty and pleasant smelling... Malt flavor is similarly subdued... Yeast is faintly estery... Sweetness is appropriate and this is a dry-finishing, low-carbonated, thin yet quaffable ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (4409) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 2, 2010
Tap. Poured a ruby color with a small-ish white head. Aroma is a tad fruity, malts, caramel, fruit. Flavor was malty, hoppy. This one was smooth, clean, and really good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3413) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Growler from my local Whole Foods. Pours a dark brown with a small light tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, a sweet fruitiness (tart raspberry), and earthy notes. Flavor of the same fruity notes up front with an earthy, malty finish. Some bready notes as well. A good beer and more interesting than your typical brown ale. 7/4/7/4/15 [3.7/5]

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Damico (2452) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2011
It pours dark clear amber with a small tan head. It smells of pure malts, sweet and rich like a brown ale normally is. The flavor is a sweet malt brown ale base with a huge earthiness, like green, chlorophyll almost. This comes from the hemp I assume giving the beer a unique flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 18, 2012
A - Pours a fairly clear mahogany-brown color with a hinger of frothy off-white head. THe head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing. S - Aroma is a mix of caramel malts, nuttiness, with some brown sugar and roastiness, with a bit of floral hop. T - Starts off with a mix of sweet sweet caramel malts with some nuttiness and brown sugar. Through the middle, some floral hop comes through with some bitterness and some bready malt and a bit of roastiness. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts with some bready malts, floral hop, and a bit of brown sugar. M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet finish. D - Very drinkable. Nice malty brown ale. Good mix of flavors and balance.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerFunGuy (601) - California, USA - AUG 18, 2012
This beer has a wonderfully complex yet smooth flavor. It pours a beautiful reddish brown. A great ale amongst a field of ales with little distinguishing characteristics. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keanex (1379) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Bottled September 14, 2011. Old bottle gifted from a friend, cheers anyway!
Appearance: The body has a great garnet and brown color with a creamy tan head that fills up the last quarter of my glass the beer doesnít fill. Retention is average but thereís a nice coating and some lacing.
Aroma: Some chocolate aromas, slightly dry nut aromas, and some sweet caramel. Nice aroma despite being so old.
Taste: Caramel and some cocoa mesh nicely with good balance, this drinks nicely even after a year.
Palate: Light to medium bodied with light carbonation.
Overall: Solid brown ale, in fact one of the better ones Iíve had. This is something Iíll look for fresher to re-evaluate.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fuzzycranium (4) - Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2013 does not count
appearance was a wonderful color with what I had expected in the head. Retention was a bit low. Wasnít sure what to expect in mouthfeel and flavor. Hoping to taste the protein, minerals and such from the hemp.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2411) - Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2014
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 4/16/2013. Pours slightly cloudy deep reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, biscuit, light chocolate, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malt and light hop/hemp notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown sugar, light chocolate, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, and toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown sugar, light chocolate, light nuttiness, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a bit. Nice balance and robustness of dark malt flavors with light hop/hemp presence; with no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice brown ale. Good balance and robustness of dark malt flavors and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.


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