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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)


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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5192) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Tallahassee, Fl - New Leaf Market - 12 oz bottle. Slightly murky, tea-like brown pour, light off-white head. Aroma is somewhat neutral with some earthy herbal accents. Flavor is pleasant with some light chocolate accents, a bit of nuttiness, some earthy undertones. Nice smooth mouthfeel, sufficiently thick.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chinchill (1367) - South Carolina, USA - APR 16, 2014
12 oz bottle dated 26 July 2012 served in a snifter. "Brewed and bottled by Nectar Ales" on the label. Pours clear, deep mahogany in color, with a fragile and small head. Aroma; a mix of with caramel and toffee malts, with a hint of alcohol infused dark fruits and an off aroma that may indicate I left this in my refrigerator for too long. Flavor: hmm, a buttery (diacetyl?) component that is not entirely bad. Medium and dark roasted malt base. I believe I can taste the hemp seeds too; at least thereís an unusual nutty-herbal note. Slightly sweet until the balanced finish. Mild malty-toffee aftertaste. Feel: Smooth, with medium-low carbonation. O: perhaps not at its best but likely not to exceed very good.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AbbeyRoade (257) - Missouri, USA - APR 7, 2014
Sweet, malty smell and malty taste. Taste isnít very sweet and leaves something to be desired.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Getbetter (720) - Cucamonga, California, USA - MAR 30, 2014
From a tap at Firestone Walker taproom.The pour is a burgundy with a white minimum head.A light to medium body with a molasses texture.Nothing too out of the ordinary and kinda of forgettable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jimthechap (1480) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 20, 2014
Oh it looks like a brown ale that could come from my ancestral home of the North of England, but I doubt my ancestors would have contemplated adding hemp to their beer... they make ropes out if that donít they? This beer is on the ruby side of brown with an off-white head that left sporadic spiderweb lace down the glass. A good niff of the aroma reveals something I wasnít expecting or was pleased to find. It smells of hydrochloric acid and partially digested food, In short, like newly chucked vomit. Faintly sweet and vegetal with chlorophyll on caramel. Mercifully, it took me a few niffs and some sips to draw this conclusion. Fortunately, it wasnít too late. This is a beer style that carries the hemp in a íyouíll love it or hate ití way. Equally fortunately, it does it fairly well. The finish is a balance of that brown ale nuttiness, the caramel and the green astringency of the hemp. Itís a beer of contrasts rather than harmony and worth trying at least once on that basis. Is it worth trying twice? Not unless the next edition gives you some sort of dizzying high as well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ronaldtheriot (1100) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - MAR 13, 2014
Humboldt Hemp Ale (Humboldt Brown) has a very thick, soapy, beige head, a straightforward brown appearance, with a bit of haze and some lacing left behind. The aroma is of overriding sweetness, medium-roasted barley malt, and itís pungent. Taste is of those elements, with a nice, noticeable, but not harsh, hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and a tad slick, and Humboldt Hemp Ale finishes mostly dry, refreshing, and easy going. No alcohol detected. Also, I did not detect anything that I would associate with the hemp seeds. RJT

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ericdevin (591) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAR 11, 2014
Bottle, unknown. Pours a medium cloudy brown, little to no tan head. Aroma rich and full, big, buttery and sickly sweet, brown sugar, candi sugar. Body lively and fluffy, finish slight and watery. Like this better on tap, bottle is pretty meh.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fredis23 (480) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Murky Brown, Small Head That Did Not Last, Light Spotty Strings Of Lacing. Faint Toasted Malt Aroma. Lightly Toasted, Lightly Sweet, Light Bitter. Rather thin. Easy to drink but I did not get The Hemp part. Just OK. Pass It...

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
unclemike (2180) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - FEB 4, 2014
Looks solid; a semi-transparent amberish-brown with sticky off-white lacing. Smells and tastes of dark malt with a light tastiness and mild nuttiness. Average on the palate. Okay, but a little thin and light for the style

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KnowThyBeer (9) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2014 does not count
A delicious aroma of chocolate, malt, and a slight tinge of mint. An appearance of dark brown the taste is overwhelming with malt, chocolate, and a small under currant of honey. The carbonation doesnít take away from the over all experience. A wonderful brown ale, delightful and refreshing.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnyoski (415) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Bottle. Clear brown pour with a large, foamy tan head. Very malty aroma, with caramel and leaves. Nutty, sweet flavor with a funky bitter finish from the hemp seeds. Sticky texture with average carbonation. Light to medium bodied. Unique, but doesnít measure up to the other hemp ale I regularly have.


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