RATINGS: 501   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChadPolenz (1787) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2016
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2016 BJCP CATEGORY 19C: AMERICAN BROWN ALE

AROMA: Overtly sweet, but restrained. Light chocolate. Light toast. Hint of dark fruit. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Deep mahogany/blood red. Clear. Large tan foam. 3/3

FLAVOR: Low sweetness. Some chocolate. Bit nutty. Faint spice on finish. Noticeable tang (old bottle). Not sure what hemp tastes like. Not as sweet as most browns. Decent. 11/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body, well carbonated. Smooth. Watery texture. Clean finish. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: A fresher bottle probably would be a lot more interesting. This isnt bad. 7/10

TOTAL SCORE: 33/50

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tmoney99 (14275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2015
Bottle. Poured a clear brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate roasted malt and soft hop aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium roasted sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Soft brew.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jb (3190) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2015
Pretty good for a brown. Plenty of body, and a bit of Porter-like grit and character. Fruitiness in nose and taste, along with malty notes.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tnkw01 (1753) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 20, 2015
Bottle. Cola colored with a tan head that quickly disappears and not much fizz. Aroma is caramel and roasted grains. Taste is roasted nuts, roasted grains and caramel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnnniee (4179) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 11, 2015
Bottle from America on Tap Deep copper/ brown color with a decent tan head. Rich caramel maltiness with hints of chocolate. Light earthy hop. Decent brown ale, but I cant say what the hemp added.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
beer_rookie (546) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 30, 2015
Pours a ruby or burgundy or yes, brown color. However, its somewhat clear. Barely any head, but despite that, it does have some lacing.

Aroma is well, Im gonna say hemp. Very much so. Its also toasty malt and a little nutty. Im not noticing any hops really. But this to me, smells like scotch, at least a little Its also a little doughy. Its interesting.

Taste is nutty, thats what Im getting up front. Also, a little hoppy, but not so much that its bitter. Theres some toasted hemp seeds in there, Im guessing. It reminds me of the taste or aroma of say, toasted sesame seeds. Theres maybe some caramel sweetness in there. Its actually quite sweet. A pleasant sweetness, not too much.

Mouthfeel is actually amazing. Its light, its barely dry. Its very refreshing. It finishes pretty clean, without an aftertaste.

Overall, I dont like it. My first impression was that it wasnt very good, and Im going to stick with that. However, yes, it smells very different, and I give it high marks for that. Yes, it has a surprisingly good taste. Yes, its quite pleasant to drink. It does well in each of the categories, but it just doesnt come together. Dont get me wrong, it is good. I will probably drink it again. But I just dont like how it comes together. I cant grasp how I really feel about it. I keep drinking it, and I keep changing my mind.

Im thinking of a boxer, who just totally dominates the fight. He wins every round. The opponent is bleeding, all swollen, can barely stand. Yet, this boxer just cant quite deliver the KO. This boxer will win the fight. But his fans, his team, theyre all disappointed that he didnt finish strong. Thats the way I feel about this. Man, that was incredible. But yeah, nothing memorable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JStax (6115) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2015
12 ounce bottle poured into a brandy snifter. The beer is a more hazy brown with a beige head of foam. The aroma is pretty caramelly and sweet. Some brown sugar notes come through as well. Big sweetness in the taste. Definitely something to have as a dessert. Medium body, chewy mouthfeel, and medium carbonation.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alphadelic (2232) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 8, 2015
Darker than I expected. The nose has weighty chocolate notes amongst sweeter toffee malt and a hint of dry wood and coca-cola. In the mouth its definitely on the sweeter side, a wave of chocolate caramel, and a hint of bitterness in the finish, maybe a touch of pepper. Tasty but nothing special. I probably wont get another 6-pack ever.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jredmond (8096) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 25, 2015
[Backlog] pours a brown/Amber body with light off-white lace. Mouthfeel is medium to thin-bodied with notes of soft malt, caramel, bread, toast and faint fruits. Maybe some floral notes as well which Im guessing stems from the hemp addition. A bit boring and bland overall.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marheb (5705) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 13, 2015
(En ft la brasserie de Buellton sous le nom de Taproom Brown): Riche mocha, pure de noisettes et raisins rouges. Quel corps!


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